Top 10 Awesome Animated Anti-Heroes

Their morals are questionable, but that doesn’t stop them from being awesome! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Animated Anti-Heroes! For this list, we’ll be looking at animated characters that sit in a morally grey area compared to the regular heroes and villains of their series. We’re limiting our choices to western animation only, so no anime to be found here as we’ve already got a list for that!
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Their morals are questionable, but that doesn’t stop them from being awesome! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Animated Anti-Heroes!

For this list, we’ll be looking at animated characters that sit in a morally grey area compared to the regular heroes and villains of their series. We’re limiting our choices to western animation only, so no anime to be found here as we’ve already got a list for that!

#10: Damian Wayne
“Son of Batman” (2014)

Like father, like son… or maybe not quite. Many have taken up the mantle of the Boy Wonder, and it’s fair to say that each has acted as a son to Bruce Wayne. Well, this one actually is. Damian comes from quite the parentage: his mother’s own father is the world’s greatest criminal, and his father is – of course – the world’s greatest detective. This incarnation of Robin was born to be a living weapon, and he certainly lives up to his heritage. Although he originally has no qualms with killing, spending time with his Dark Knight Dad brings about an internal conflict for Damian, and he must consider which path he should choose.

#9: Axe Cop
“Axe Cop” (2013-15)

He’s a cop who wields an axe. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Based on the wonderfully surreal ideas of a five-year-old boy, the narrative of this show follows the titular Axe Cop and his team of companions, including Flute Cop and Sockarang, as they battle such threats as dinosaurs, space zombies, and the infamous Hell Chicken. You might be wondering how this pinnacle of righteousness could possibly be considered an anti-hero. Well, there was that time he went to prison and chopped off the heads of the other inmates. He’s also quite the lady’s man it seems… to the displeasure of his wonderful wife, Abraham Lincoln. So, while he is a police officer, he’s got his downsides, that’s for sure.

#8: Stan Pines
“Gravity Falls” (2012-16)

We’ve all got family members who’ve turned a little sour with age, but chances are none of them is quite like Mabel and Dipper’s Grunkle Stan – he’s sour, cheap and has an interdimensional portal in his basement. He spends the majority of his life as a con man selling poorly made products. It’s not until his great-nephew and great-niece get involved in his life – and discover his dirty secret – that we start to see the regretful man inside. Yeah, he’s a cranky old bastard, but you still love him for it!

#7: Dr. Thaddeus ‘Rusty’ Venture
“The Venture Bros.” (2003-)

He’s a scientist with such an amazing intellect that it could shake the very foundations of the modern world… if he bothered to apply himself. With a tendency to wallow in his own self-pity since he’s been dwarfed in life by his genius father, Rusty Venture is definitely not the happiest of doctors, and his exhaustive awareness of all things supervillain makes it almost seem like he’s playing the part of one. Even with such a self-absorbed personality, he’s shown to care deeply for his sons, no matter how crazy their lives get. Since said craziness means they an archenemy and his oddly deep-voiced girlfriend constantly gunning for them, we have to give the man props!

#6: Zuko
“Avatar: The Last Airbender” (2005-08)

Now this is how you do a character arc! Starting off as nothing more than a banished prince seeking to reclaim his honor, Zuko hunted the Avatar all over the world and caused the hero heaps of trouble. However, his perception slowly began to change as he saw how poisonous his homeland and pride really were. Oh sure, he may’ve betrayed both the good guys and the bad guys on multiple occasions, but what started off as a wounded child filled with rage eventually became a champion for the downtrodden. By the end of the series, we are hailing to the king – uh, we mean Fire Lord!

#5: Bender Bending Rodríguez
“Futurama” (1999-2013)

We all know that deep down Bender truly values the friendships he’s built with Fry and the rest of the Planet Express Crew. But that still doesn’t stop him from being a rude, violent, alcoholic and self-centered robot that once traded his own son for an undead army when no one was paying him enough attention. And if you don’t agree with his actions, you can just bite his “shiny metal ass,” as Bender so eloquently puts it. Again, deep down we all know that Bender Rodriguez is a great guy, and that’s why he’s an anti-hero and not a straight-up villain. Oh, unless you take his last beer. Then you’re going down hard.

#4: Shrek
“Shrek” franchise (2001-)

You all know the classic tale: Charming hero saves the damsel in distress and slays the monster so everyone can live happily ever after. Well, say hello to the ogre who turned the fairytales on their head. While originally content with spending his days swimming in mud and scaring the hell out of villagers, Shrek is forced into the role of hero when the charming prince, who is something of a jerk, enlists him for a doomed adventure to retrieve his bride-to-be. In the end, Shrek falls in love with the damsel, who is by no means in distress, and together they teach everyone that it’s important not to judge a book by its cover – or in this case, not to judge an ogre by what’s on the outside.

#3: Sterling Archer
“Archer” (2009-)

Remember how James Bond could be a bit of an ass? Well imagine that ramped up to eleven and you might be able to come close to how much of an ego this American secret agent has. His day-to-day needs pretty much extend to booze, babes, and bullets – sometimes all at once. While he can be the king of all jerks at times, he still takes his world-saving job very seriously. Besides, ever since he became a father, he’s shown that he’s capable of loyalty and love; not to mention he will beat the crap out of anyone who threatens his family.

#2: Wreck-It Ralph
“Wreck-It Ralph” (2012)

Just because he’s a villain doesn’t mean he’s all bad, right? As the antagonist of his respective video game, Ralph is loathed by the rest of the characters – despite the fact that he’s an okay guy. In a desperate bid to earn everyone’s favor, he leaves his post and embarks on an epic adventure across the gaming multiverse in order to win the one thing that will earn him their respect: a medal. Along the way, Ralph learns that while some may be born a villain, the choice to become a better person is always in the hands of the individual. Even if all those hands are good for is wrecking stuff.

Before we reveal our number one pick here are a few honorable mentions.
- Lapis Lazuli
“Steven Universe” (2013-)
- Dinobot
“Beast Wars: Transformers” (1996-99)
- Megamind
“Megamind” (2010)

#1: Rick Sanchez
“Rick and Morty” (2013-)

The brief glimpses where we get to see this genius scientist expressing concern for other life forms – alien or human – as well as compassion for his own grandson, are something to treasure, because the rest of the time you could happily label Rick as a sociopath. Admittedly selfish in his mad scientific pursuits, he’s not above using Morty in any way possible to ensure his experiments are a success. Also, should you ever somehow end up betraying or insulting this alcoholic pessimist; we suggest you run, because he has quite the impressive body count under his belt, as well.
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