Tony Montana (Scarface)

Tony Montana: hated by some, loved by others, hate/loved by many. Image courtesy Universal Pictures.

Tony Montana is an extreme anti-hero that balances on the line between anti-hero and villain. Beyond the love for his sister and mother, he has no moral and ethical perspective—even within the context of his criminal world. He does what he wants, when he wants. He’s a drug addict. He’s paranoid. He doesn’t trust anyone. And he thinks that money and power should give him the respect he thinks he deserves.

Sociopathic anti-heroes draw us in by our curiosity. They allow the writer to make no apologies because no justification is needed or granted for a sociopath in their world. Sure, we sometimes catch ourselves living vicariously through sociopathic anti-heroes when we watch criminals successfully live the good life after robbing banks or profiting from the underbelly of the country.

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