Now that I've completed seven screenplays, as I look back, I realize that at least 3 of my screenplays have an Anti - hero. I recently read (sorry can't remember the source) an article that said, that the purpose of a tragic hero is to evolve sad emotions such as pity and fear, which makes the audience to experience catharsis and relieve them of their pent up emotions. Also, that the tragic flaw of the hero leads to his demise or downfall - that in turn brings tragic end and this gives wisdom to the audience to avoid such things in their everyday lives. My intentions in creating my tragic heroes were never consciously to emote some of the emotions I cited above, they now make me think, even though I don't believe that is a writers place nor an actor to judge it's characters. What is your take on the function of the Anti - Hero, Tragic Hero? Are this characters more popular now, than in past years? One last point: I create Anti Heroes, because they, to me, are the most complicated and wounded heroes, who like Hamlet, shredded by internal conflicts. April Content Challenge Day 14.