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The 10 Greatest Anti-Heroes: #3 Dexter Morgan

March 18, 2010  |  10:16am
The 10 Greatest Anti-Heroes: #3 Dexter Morgan

TV Show: Dexter
Actor: Michael C. Hall

Sometimes, an anti-hero’s most obvious flaw is an abrasive personality. But Dexter Morgan couldn’t be sweeter to his wife, kids and co-workers; the Miami Police blood spatter expert just has a nasty habit of serial-killing. His code of only taking the lives of fellow murderers might appeal to our most primal sense of justice, but making the world a safer place is just a by-product; he kills because he likes it. It’s his slow march towards something that looks like redemption instead that has kept us rapt through four seasons. Dexter is broken, and thankfully, the show never pretends that he’s the hero. Every time we get lulled into pulling for the killer, we catch a glimpse of the darkness in our own hearts. We see that every nice guy has a dark side, and that even serial killers aren’t devoid of humanity.

Dexter Morgan Quotes:

“The only real question I have is why in a building full of cops, all supposedly with a keen insight to the human soul, is Doakes the only one who gets the creeps from me.”

“I don’t blame my foster parents for that. Harry and Doris Morgan did a wonderful job raising me. But, they’re both dead now. I didn’t kill them. Honest.”

“There’s something strange and disarming about looking at a homicide scene in the daylight of Miami. It makes the most grotesque killings look staged, like you’re in a new and daring section of Disney World: Dahmerland!”

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