Madmartigan (Willow)

Though called “turgid” by Roger Ebert, Ron Howard’s swashbuckling homage is having a nostalgic resurgence. Image courtesy MGM.

Madmartigan from Willow had a selfish and negative outlook on life. He was a disgraced knight and had a vice for beautiful women. But by the end of the film, he was a full-fledged hero that saved the savior of the kingdom, as well as his new friend Willow.

Near-Hero anti-heroes give audiences the satisfaction of seeing a full awakening as they become heroes before our eyes. They make that full transition from negative to positive and learn the error of their ways.

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