Top 10 Antiheroes

By August 13, 2012Top 10 Lists

1. Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976)

He is number 1 on Total Film’s Antihero list and Corey B called him “the epitome of an antihero” (Layman’s Film.) What makes Travis Bickle such a great antihero is that he is impossible to place. He is not a character that can simply be categorized, but then, surely that makes him all the more real? (SPOILER ALERT) When he goes on a bloody rampage at the film’s climax, is he acting heroically or is he a man whose increasingly-dark and cynical view of society has caused his mind to finally snap? When he goes to the public rally with a concealed weapon, does he really intend to assassinate Senator Palantine? When he shoots the robber in the convenience store, is this meant to be an act of heroism? Travis Bickle is good, bad, insane, heroic…as one character even calls him, “a walking contradiction.” He is Vietnam vet who has returned “caged, unadaptable” and an “outcast” and for that reason he is one of cinema’s “strangest, saddest” antiheroes (AMC Blog, Michael Rowin.)

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