Best Anti-heroes in Books

These books have characters who have traits that make them villainous or disqualify them from being perceived as true heroes. Hence the antihero designation. They may be villains who do good. They may or may not reform before the end of the book.
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624 books · 410 voters · list created August 27th, 2009 by Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (votes) .
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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn FOOTNOTE: The author of Casino is NICHOLAS PILEGGI, period. So now we have filmmakers adding their names for what ? To sell books is a good bet. Pileggi, Pileggi, Pileggi.....As Book People we should maybe to remember it, yes ?


Mike (the Paladin) For fantasy fans one I didn't include (because I really don't care for the stories, but many do) would be the Kane stories. He's definitely an anti-hero.


message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert Seems like there are a lot of Tragic characters and antagonists, rather than anti-heroes, on this list.


message 4: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed Assuming Names which is nonfiction and had reached #1 by virtue of many sockpuppets.


Mike (the Paladin) The Kane books and stories are by Karl Edward Wagner the first novel is Bloodstone the second is Dark Crusade and the third is Darkness Weaves. They were all gathered together in one book in 2002 Gods in Darkness: The Complete Novels of Kane. There are also some short stories I believe.

In the books it's pretty broadly hinted that the main character may be Cain of the Bible who killed his brother Able and became the first murderer of the human race.


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