antihero (sometimes spelled as anti-hero) or  antiheroine is a main character in a story who lacks conventional heroic qualities and attributes such as idealism, courage, and morality.     Although antiheroes may sometimes perform actions that are morally correct, it is not always for the right reasons, often acting primarily out of self-interest or in ways that defy conventional  ethical codes. 
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" created reflective, critical protagonists who influenced the antiheroes of many later works
An early antihero is
Homer's Thersites.  : The concept has also been identified in classical 197-198 Greek drama, Roman satire, and Renaissance literature   : such as 197-198 Don Quixote  and the  picaresque rogue. 
The term antihero was first used as early as 1714,
emerging in works such as  in the 18th century, Rameau's Nephew  : and is also used more broadly to cover 199-200 Byronic heroes as well, created by the English poet Lord Byron. 
Romanticism in the 19th century helped popularize new forms of the antihero,  such as the  Gothic double. The antihero eventually became an established form of social criticism, a phenomenon often associated with the unnamed protagonist in  Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground.  : The antihero emerged as a 201-207 foil to the traditional hero archetype, a process that Northrop Frye called the fictional "center of gravity". This movement indicated a literary change in heroic ethos from feudal aristocrat to urban democrat, as was the shift from epic to ironic narratives.   Huckleberry Finn (1884) has been called "the first antihero in the American nursery". Charlotte Mullen of  Somerville and Ross' (1894) has been described as an antiheroine. The Real Charlotte   
The antihero became prominent in early 20th century
existentialist works such as Franz Kafka's (1915), The Metamorphosis  Jean-Paul Sartre's (1938) ( La Nausée French for ' Nausea), and  Albert Camus' (1942) ( L'Étranger French for ' The Stranger). The protagonist in these works is an indecisive central character who drifts through his life and is marked by  ennui, angst, and alienation. 
The antihero entered American literature in the 1950s and up to the mid-1960s as an alienated figure, unable to communicate.
 : The American antihero of the 1950s and 1960s (as seen in the works of 294-295 Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, et al.) was typically more proactive than his French counterpart, with characters such as Kerouac's Dean Moriarty famously taking to the road to vanquish his ennui.  : The British version of the antihero emerged in the works of the " 18 angry young men" of the 1950s.  The collective protests of  Sixties counterculture saw the solitary antihero gradually eclipsed from fictional prominence,  : though not without subsequent revivals in literary and cinematic form. 1  : 295
The antihero also plays a prominent role in
films noir such as (1944) and Double Indemnity (1950), Night and the City in  gangster films such as (1972), The Godfather and in  Western films, especially the Revisionist Western and Spaghetti Western. Lead figures in these westerns are often morally ambiguous, such as the " Man with No Name", portrayed by Clint Eastwood in (1964), A Fistful of Dollars (1965) and For a Few Dollars More (1966). In the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly early 21st century Golden Age of Television, antiheroic or morally ambiguous protagonists are prominent in series such as (1999-2007), The Sopranos (2002-2008), The Shield (2006-2013), Dexter (2007-2015), Mad Men (2008-2013), Breaking Bad (2011-2019), and Game of Thrones (2013-2018). House of Cards
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