Antiheroes are more empathetic & relatable than superheroes 🦸🏻♀️🦸🏿♂️🦸♂️. They’re morally-ambivalent & flawed, but not immoral.
Superheroes and antiheroes typically have the same end-goal – vanquishing the enemies of truth, justice ⚖️ & equality 🦹🏻♀️🦹 – but antiheroes have no qualms achieving it by any means necessary ⚔️. Superheroes, contrarily, are restricted by their respective strict moral codes 📖.
Tony Soprano, Walter White, Tyrion Lannister, et cetera, are captivating portrayals of the antihero. They’re self-empowered to engage in all forms of criminality including law-breaking, spying, stealing & murdering ☠️ in pursuit of the greater “good” – which is flexibly defined depending on their moods.
In real-life, we’re all flawed and morally-ambiguous like the antihero – that’s their appeal. Superheroes 🦸🏻♀️ made more sense in an age when governments & institutions 🏙 were respected and admired. We believed we could be perfect people. That’s not the world 🌎 we live in now. Trust in institutions, the media🎙, government, the justice system etc. are at all-time lows. We now know achieving “perfection” in our lives & careers is impossible.
Like the antihero, we’re all merely stumbling our way through life trying to do the best we can with good intentions.
Written By: Nate Cogburn (Champion of Empathetic Leadership, Innovation & High-Performing Teams / Former Sherlock Holmes) – As shown on his LinkedIn profile.