“Antihero” is a slippery term. Sometimes I see it applied to characters I think of as heroes or villains, but I’m hard pressed to define the width of that gray line between the extremes.
With the recent trends in cable television, I’ve seen the term used more frequently and broadly. Does “antihero” apply to characters like Walter White? How about William Masters, Nucky Thompson, Don Draper, Jax Teller, or practically any character from Game of Thrones?
“Complicated protagonist” doesn’t have quite the same charm, but I tend not to think of characters outside of pulp fiction as antiheroes anymore.
Does “antihero” have a more specific meaning to you? Who are your favorite antiheroes? Who are some that you think are actually heroes, villains, or “complicated protagonists”?