The 10 Greatest Anti-Heroes: #7 Tyler Durden

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Movie: Fight Club
Actor: Brad Pitt

Tyler Durden is the badass that we all wish we could be, deep down. The badass who, when hit, mouths off so that he can be hit again. And again. The badass who simultaneously defies and creates rules while never, ever letting anyone walk all over him. He’s the kind of guy who can name something “Project Mayhem” and not get laughed at. Durden, in his own words, is “smart, capable and, most importantly…free, in all the ways you are not,” and yet, when he tells you that, it’s not insulting; you respect him for his honesty. Everything he says sounds like the most quotable thing you’ve ever heard. Perhaps most importantly, he doesn’t want to die without any scars. He’s an anti-hero who is so truly badass that he doesn’t—couldn’t—exist.

Tyler Durden Quotes:

“We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”

“In the world I see, you are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You’ll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life. You’ll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. And when you look down, you’ll see tiny figures pounding corn, laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighway.”

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