This was actually the original understanding of the term, a character who is a protagonist but lacks the qualities of the hero a. A Type I may transform into a full hero over the course of the story if theymanage to overcome their inner demons, discover their courage, find their reason to fight, etc. Whether or not this happens is heavily dependent on the story's placement if it's cyncial or idealistic; a Type I Antihero in an even slightly idealistic story is all but guaranteed to find true heroism by the end, whereas a Type I in a more cynical setting is much less likely.

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