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antihero

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈæn.tiˌhɪə.rəʊ/  us   /-t̬iˌhɪr.oʊ/ (plural antiheroes)
the central character in a play, book, or film who does not have traditionally heroic qualities, such as courage, and is admired instead for what society generally considers to be a weakness of their character: He plays the classic antihero who drops out of society.
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