I thought it was interesting to discuss heroes, antiheroes, and antivillains, that are mentally unstable.
All great protagonists have not only physical, but mental weaknesses and downfalls, just in the same way as many memorable antagonists have had moments not of pure evil but of a sliver of good.
Deadpool is the obvious choice to talk about. He’s crazy, funny, and generally well written, but I was wondering if anyone knew any other great heroes, possibly in indie books, which are mentally unhinged. It adds another meaning to the word “hero”.
This may sound like self promotion, but it’s not: in my old, now deleted, story Spies and Miracles, it had six main characters, the main of which was named Alex Steele. He was basically Captain America at the time. He was brave, courageous, and outright heroic.
In my first iteration of it’s comic adaptation, named MIST: VOLUME ONE, I decided to make him insanely more charismatic, funny, and sort of a comic relief.
But in my recently-started translation from the last iteration’s script to the final draft, I’ve decided to introduce Alex as an outright mad-hatter Rorschach-like anti-villain, who would eventually show his warmer and more heroic side to the rest of the protagonists as the story goes along. But the main change is the shift from perfectly heroic, to extremely charismatic, to a completely crazy person. There’s a scene where he sings a child’s song, but I write him wearing a hood all the time to imply the fact that he is retreated from society, apart from reality.
Is anyone else reading or writing a story with a psychologically unhinged protagonist? I would be interested to read it also.