Top 5 Anti-Heroes Since 1990

Top 5 Anti-Heroes Since 1990

The anti-heroes we have grown up watching have no dearth of heroism, yet they oppose it. These are sinners with a heart, and a truckload of guts. Selflessness is not their virtue, but trust them for not letting your belief in them down. Ever.

Here are the best anti-heroes of the last 2 decades:



Jean Reno as Leon in Leon: The Professional


Leon kills for a living. But beneath that stone-hearted bastard, you know there’s a heart somewhere, that coxes him to save that 13 year old neighbour whose whole family was just massacred inside out. But before you come to a conclusion that he becomes a ‘father-figure’ for her, just stop. The young girls’ hormones are raging for this assassin.

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Hold onto to your sense of Women Power. The movie has its own take on it. Any discussion of the most gloriously and non-chalantly sinister has to begin and end with Lisbeth Salander of The Girl WithThe Dragon Tattoo. But call her what you wish to, at the end of the day, she saved our heroes’ ass.

Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999)

The macho-ness of Tyler Durdent is confirmed in spades. He would fight against things that lesser men just loathingly ‘complain’ about. Society can’t tie him up. He would do what he would do, and that’s mostly rights, coz his un-existing morals do not let him be wrong! Capitalism is running for cover!

Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood

Oh please, don’t bother him with dialogues! His eyes, the gnawing jaws, the straight but wanting to be flared up moustache and when he finally speaks up, the booming baritone thaws you out of the chair. And we believe him – at times identify with him – when he says he sees only the worst in people and finds it hard to like them. The shrewd businessman has a heart, somewhere lost in the oil-verse.

Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd

Depp slays and slashes his way to acting glory in this anti-state of the art masterpiece by Burton. He was gruesome and melodic (not a combination you see everyday). Though, Depp’s action to a certain extent were justified for the fact he was a man burning with revenge, but making meat pies out of innocent men was just an evil out of him brought by the misplaced definition of revenge.

And it’s not often a Demon trances you by his melodies! That pleasure always went to the witches.

In the age where bad-ass is the new hero, fans are rooting for anti-heroes despite knowing that they run on the bolstered fuel of demonization. And how we love to demonized!

Rohit Raina
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  1. Alex

    Not a bad list but you missed Mel Gibsons finest onscreen performance- Porter in 1999’s Payback. Brilliant anti hero and in my book, should go top of the list 🙂

  2. Rohit

    My bad! Well, I have missed more than a few here and Mel Gibson’s performance can sure make its way into any list. But you know…the moment I decided it has to be just 5, I had to leave them out!

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