In War of Nytefall, I had to change mental gears because the Dawn Fangs aren’t exactly heroes. They could be considered that by their own species, but they’re still fairly monstrous in that they kill and destroy a lot. I considered them to be antiheroes because of their violence, but there were moments where I wondered if that was still the case. I remember reading stories with heroes like Punisher and Venom, but they had limits to what they would do. Clyde and the Dawn Fangs don’t always have those in regards to mortals. So, I’ve been thinking a lot about antiheroes and the fine line between them an villains.
Reading up on the character type, I can see how Clyde fits in since he isn’t your typical hero. When compared to Luke Callindor, he’s fairly monstrous and selfish and gives in to violence very easily. Yet, he does care about his gang, so he isn’t all bad. I tried hard to make him somewhat human without removing the predator and monster sides of his persona. It’s really the massacres that he unleashes that has me wondering about how far he’s gone. The other Dawn Fangs are slightly better even though they all seem to have a very cavalier attitude towards death. Simply put, they have very little problem unleashing such a thing.
Entirely possible that I’m overthinking this too. The basic definition of antihero is one who doesn’t fit into the standard categories. Once you go beyond that, it becomes fairly subjective. Some people will consider cursing a big sign of antiheroes while others wait until the character amasses a high body count. I have a rather high tolerance for what a hero will do, which might be why I have Clyde meet those top levels. Yet, I consider that readers might expect more heroics than I do. On the other hand, these are vampires, so you can only expect so much. Here we find that my mind keeps going in circles and this post is probably not going to create a conclusion.
So, how far do you think antiheroes can go before they cross a line into non-heroes or villains?