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What’s the deal with the popularity of anti-heroes?  I don’t get it?

Here’s a good definition of an anti-hero: a central character in a story, movie, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes. (Google definition)

No seriously, how did this come about?  The latest anti-hero rage is the “Suicide Squad” movie.  The anti-heroes are some really bad guys and gals who go around killing other bad guys.

When did it become cool to cheer for the bad guys?

When did it become cool to have two good guys fight each other?  aka all the movies pitting one super hero against another.  i.e. Batman vs. Superman.

Are we really surprised that have ended up with anti-candidates running for office.  They fit the definition of an anti-hero don’t they?  With any luck it will be like an extended four year (or eight year, God help us) movie that we can sit back and watch and cheer for the anti-president.  Only in that case we are dealing with real life.

But seriously, what’s the thrill with these anti-heroes?  Is it something to do with a fantasy that many people have – to brake the rules, to be different, to go against what is considered normal?

Actually this has been occurring for some time, so maybe I’m just late to the game on this.  As you can see from the picture above, Capt. Jack Sparrow is an anti-hero.  Deadpool became popular too recently as an anti-hero.

What does the rise of these anti-heroes, in all their forms say about our society?  Does it affect us any way?  Does it say anything all?  Do anti-heroes give rise to anti-candidates and other things?  Maybe I’m just reading too much into entertainment and politics?  I’d really like someone to explain it to me though.  What are you thoughts on the rise of anti-heroes?