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a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like.
Contemporary Examples

So when he graduated from antihero to pop stalwart in the mid-aughts, the rap world largely lost interest.
‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ Review: Eminem’s a Great Rapper With Nothing to Say Rawiya Kameir November 4, 2013

I also want to say that there’s a degree to which we never really thought of this as an antihero show.
‘The Americans’ Showrunners Dissect the Secrets of Season 2 Andrew Romano February 26, 2014

noun (pl) -roes
a central character in a novel, play, etc, who lacks the traditional heroic virtues

also anti-hero; 1714, from anti- + hero.


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