Though superheroes spend day and day out fighting crimes and stopping bad guys, anti-heroes have a class of their own. Infamous and even adored by doing non-heroic antics for a heroic cause, take a look at the 15 best comic book anti-heroes of all time:
Originally introduced as a super villain, Floyd Lawton is an expert marksman who will dare to assassinate anyone as long as he is getting paid for the job. Often hailed as the world’s greatest assassin amongst all comic book heroes and villains, Deadshot has even given Batman tough time.
Knowing the dangers of the world he lives in, Deadshot always tries his very best when it comes to the protection of his ex-wife Susan Lawton and their daughter Zoe Lawton. From Secret Six to Suicide Squad, Deadshot slowly transitioned from a villain to anti-hero.
14. Judge Dredd
Appearing in British comic books published by Rebellion Developments, Joseph Dredd is a law enforcement officer and a nightmare for criminals. Living in a dystopian future city of Mega-City One located in North America, Dredd is a “street judge” but does not spare second thoughts if he has to engage in unarmed combat.
With the authority to convict, sentence, arrest and even execute criminals as he pleases, Judge Dredd takes great pleasure while doing his job which may seem more villainy than anti-heroic. Still, at the end of the day, his actions definitely raise questions but they get results.
Throughout her appearances, Catwoman has proved that she truly is one of the most mysterious and untrustworthy comic book characters of all time. If she is an adversary of Batman on one day, there is still a strong likelihood of being his threatening rival the very next day.
With her whip and seductive looks, Selina Kyle is as deadly as she is beautiful. Though she has embarked on several adventures with Batman to apprehend criminals, her intentions have always been doubtful as they allowed her to steal jewelry and other expensive items along the way much to the dismay of the the Dark Knight.
No matter how good you are at playing cards, do not cross paths with Remy LeBeau aka Gambit. The mutant has the ability to control, create and even manipulate pure kinetic energy the way he pleases and is one tough dude whether it comes to hand-to-hand combat or using his signature staff as a weapon.
Gambit’s history as criminal is not something the X-Men were too fond of as trust issues always became a major issue among the two parties. Though the mutant seeks redemption, the anti-hero image has become a permanent part of his persona.
11. The Mask
As one of the most prominent characters of Dark Horse comics, the life of Stanley Ipkiss changed forever when he found the mysterious wooden mask that grants the wearer miraculous and cartoon-like superpowers at the cost of sanity and control.
With the powers to do anything and being nearly unstoppable, The Mask has created enough troubles that can put professional criminals to shame. Admitted that he interrupts unlawful activities numerous times, The Mask does more harm than good and would even kill or destroy if it means cracking a joke.
Born James Howlett and better known as Wolverine, the mutant has countless fans and serves as one of the greatest X-Men members of all time. Possessing animalistic senses coupled with long adamantium claws, Wolverine does not hesitate to mercilessly kill someone when it comes to crime fighting.
However, unlike the rest of the anti-heroes in the list, Wolverine has a conscience as his morality often intervenes in his battles. Still, the X-Men member is one mean anti-hero as he perfectly states,
“I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice”.
9. Red Hood
The identity of Red Hood was a mystery until the character unmasked to reveal himself as none other than Jason Todd. Thought to be mercilessly killed by the Joker, the former Robin was resurrected and aimed to minimize crime by controlling it instead of completely eradicating it.
Going against everything Batman taught him, Todd would do anything to make his presence known in the criminal underworld of Gotham whether it is killing someone, committing a crime or even going face-to-face with his own mentor.
8. Ghost Rider
Desperate to save his adoptive father from cancer, Johnny Blaze sold his soul to the devilish Mephisto. Endowed with incredible powers which can manipulate hell fire, the motorcyclist took on the alias of Ghost Rider to raise hell on earth. At least for the criminals.
Bent on those who kill the innocents and commit crimes, Ghost Rider aims to create heaven even if he has to create hell as a prerequisite option. With his ability to internally burn his victims by the horrific penance stare, Ghost Rider is a perfect anti-hero.