Anti-heroes is it one word? Idk are a common trope in literature, usually being somewhat antagonists that are forced to become heroes or complete morally correct acts due to a variety of reasons. Reasons can be but not limited to:
•They need something the protagonist has (though the protagonist isn’t always a hero).
•They are trying to shift suspicion from themselves.
•Their superior is ordering them too.
•They are in danger.
•Their goal aligns with the protagonist.
•They may want to change their ways.
•They may not consider themselves a villain.
These are just a few examples, as there are many different reasons. Becoming an anti-hero can be considered the first step to a redemption arc for a character, but not always.
In media characters such as Damon from The Vampire Diaries, Satan from Paradise Lost, Deadpool, Blanche from A Street Car Named Desire are just a few examples. People often root for these characters to succeed in their goals, due to excitement, pity, likability or them even being more appealing than the protagonist.
My question is, which characters on Episode are the best anti-heroes? Which story is made by its anti-hero? Any characters that you think deserve to be anti-heroes, or should some remain as full villains? What makes a good anti-hero?