Would the character of Tony Soprano be considered an antihero? Would the character of Tony Soprano be considered an antihero?

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The role of a hero in a typical story is to present a character that the audience looks up to, who displays the ideal traits that all society universally looks to as admirable and worthy of emulation. Whether the audience can relate to the hero in their personal life is largely irrelevant to the characters role as a hero in the story.

An anti-hero therefore displays traits that the audience looks at (or should look at) as despicable, and worthy of rejection as a role model. What distinguishes the anti-hero from a plain villan is the audience's ability to relate to the character in some way...

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Tony is a a very anti-social character, there is no doubt. His crimes are extensive and terrible. But we like him. He IS a nice guy on some levels. If you remember the first episode, it starts with him feeding the wild ducklings in his swimming pool, and when they grow up and fly away, he collapses with a major panic attack and siezure. Why?

This is where we meet Tony. Having a major mid-life crisis; vulnerable, tired, lost.

As the show continued perhaps they ran out of top quality ideas and broadened the brushstrokes and the characterisation was not so detailed. But the first couple of series where he battled with his glamourous shrink (and his own demons) are fabulous and we see a very human side to Don Soprano. I think he is tragic in some ways. His crimes are no more terrible than Macbeth's afterall.

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