1. Ferris Bueller: A teen charmer who told us that “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Known for using his widespread popularity for sympathy, and using his friends to get what he wants, Ferris Bueller is the perfect teenage anti-hero who made it seem socially acceptable to ditch school. Despite lying to his parents about being sick, convincing his best friend to steal his dad’s Ferrari, impersonating a customer for a dining reservation, Bueller’s manipulation was used for one good thing, Carpe Diem.
2. Beatrix Kiddo: Known as the “Bride” in Quentin Tarantino’s gruesome Kung-Fu films, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Beatrix Kiddo is a trained assassin and member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. After she survives an attempt on her life on her wedding day, Kiddo trains with the legendary Pai Mei who teaches her to master the fine skill of the sword and five-point palm. Firm to track down her persecutors for revenge, one by one, and “Kill, Bill,” Kiddo’s anti-heroic actions are valid since she was persecuted first.
3. Patrick Bateman: A successful stockbroker on Wall Street makes millions by day and commits murders at night. American Psycho is a story of a man named Patrick Bateman who is driven by greed and finds pure joy in killing that is displayed in a rather comical way. As an audience, we wonder is Bateman a delusional psychopath unaware of the crime he’s committing? Or is he really committing murder in a pleasurable way? Either way, this character makes us as an audience determine if we see him as an anti-hero or a gruesome criminal.
4. Jack Sparrow: Yo ho, yo ho a pirates life for me. A pirate by the proper name of Captain Jack Sparrow is a greedy gold-toothed dishonest pirate, who lives by an immoral code. Helping out only when it’s convenient for him, or when he needs help out of a pickle, his irrational actions make him a Disney anti-hero who progressively gets better through the Pirate series. Not quite as bad as Captain Barbosa or Davy Jones, Jack somehow always manages to do the right thing in the end no matter how selfish his original actions were.
5. Hannibal Lecter: Let’s just say, you wouldn’t want to be in the same room alone with this man. Though this anti-hero takes pleasure in cannibalism, his refined personality and imprisoned character captured our attention. His undeniable brilliance and intriguing mind made audiences overlook the fact that he has more than an appetite for life, or in his case, people. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs is a monster, but one that is chillingly rooted for to help Clarice Starling catch her criminal. In what still remains one of the most chilling horror films today, this anti-hero still remains rather infamous.