Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Anti-Heroes

Top 5 Wednesday was created by BookTuber Lainey, at gingerreadslainey.  If you want to join in, please check out the Goodreads group.

This week's topic is favorite anti-heroes, which is an excellent one.  I really like anti-heroes because they are so complex.  In real life, most people have their moments of weak morality.  We can be righteous cowards or brave thieves.  But many characters in literature are written with a lack of moral duality, so I love it when I find a protagonist I'm not sure if I quite cheer for.

Here are my favorites (in no particular order):

Number Five

Ramin Karimloo is my favorite Phantom
The Phantom

If you have never read Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, please do. And then watch the musical production. It's a beloved classic of mine, and it's solely because of the Phantom. Though he does awful things, he redeems himself in the end, and it's difficult to loathe him because of how pitiable he is.

Number Four

Severus Snape

Snape is the absolute picture of an anti-hero, isn't he? Throughout the entire series, I couldn't decide whose side he was on, if he was good or bad. At the end I realized that, though he sided with Dumbledore, he still wasn't a good person. In fact, he was a despicable character who tormented kids and couldn't mature past his Hogwart's days. In my opinion, his love for Lily was his one redeeming factor. Yet, he was one of the bravest characters in the series. I love his complexity.

Number Three


Rorschach is the Watchmen vigilante that others label the sociopath. In his quest to stop crime, he goes to the extreme and employs questionable tactics, including murder and torture.

Number Two

Tyrion Lannister

Who doesn't love Tyrion? He's witty, intelligent, and a master manipulator. He uses what he has to survive in a world that looks down on him.

Number One

Roland Deschain

This gunslinger has a very special place in my heart. Stephen King's Dark Tower series is a masterpiece, and when I first read it as a teen, it blew me away.

Roland is the protagonist of the series, but he employs questionable means to achieve his end, and isn't always the most likable. Several times he does things that are just wrong, and the reader feels such hatred toward him. Yet, he is still the hero, and you have to root for him.

So those are my favorite anti-heroes. Who are yours? Link me in the comments below.
Happy reading!


  1. I love your list! I've got the first book in the Dark Tower series and I've been meaning to read it for ages, and this has definitely inspired me to pick it up soon!

    1. Dooooo it. I need to reread it, as well. It's been awhile.

  2. Is everyone doing Snape and Tyrion? Haha. I put them on my list as well. I also love The Phantom and Rorschach!

  3. I have never read The Dark Tower books. I love King's horror so would you recommend them?

    1. I would definitely recommend the Dark Tower series, but it's a lot different from his other books. His style is the same, but the story is a lot different. It's not as much of a horror series; it's more of a Western or science fantasy. If you like King, I would say to at least check it out, especially since King calls it the work of his life.

  4. The Phantom = <3
    also love Snape and I really need to read the Dark Tower series :)