Evan Rosenfield wrote:

Isn't an evil hero impossible?

Evil heroes, while less usual than non-evil ones, are not impossible.

Two examples:

Richard III (1996) or any other version, has held popular imagination since
the late 1500's because the audience finds a guilty pleasure in the
treachery of Richard III.

The Talented mr. Ripley (1999) has much the same appeal. Tom Ripley, as
intended by Patricia Highsmith, his creator, is an almost noble esthete
whose life-style is supported by fraud, treachery, and murder, all of which
are disregarded by the audience.

Peter Latham

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