Antiheroes of Broadway: Should We Hate Them?

In this list, we look at some of the moral complexities that make up fascinating characters and the antiheroes of Broadway musicals, from Oliver Stone’s Jekyll and Hyde to Iscariot. These characters aren’t entirely villains, but they’re not real heroes and they’re not among our picks for the top antiheroes of Broadway.

Billy Flynn

When Roxie Har went on trial for murder, Flynn, who was so sought after for his impressive record, was her last hope. When he argued in court, he twisted the facts to suit his case, and when that didn’t work, he made completely false representations. The only thing that interested Flynn was fame and money, so much so that he pretended to care about them to defend them. Billy Flynn had a knack for dazzling jurors and the press.

The Phantom

A deformed outsider, the phantom inhabited the Paris Opera at the end of the 19th century and is still associated with us today as one of the most notorious anti-Semites in history.

He hid behind a mask and was afraid to show his face because he knew how disgusting it looked, but he loved Christine, one of the actresses at the Opera House. The Phantom even went so far as to threaten its owner to give Christine a starring role in his opera “The Phantom of New York.” Although he loves her, Phantom realizes that he must let her go so that she can be with Raoul, a man she truly loves.

Judas Iscariot

Judas was one of the apostles who betrayed Jesus, and he has since been engaged to one of the most despised figures in Christianity.

While Judas ultimately takes measures to repent, he is disillusioned with Jesus and feels the need to put things right, but this decision is accompanied by pain and conflict. Yet Jesus Christ Superstar offers a sympathetic image of the man, and the audience can see things from his perspective as he begins to question the character of a man he has followed for the last year of his life.

Sweeney Todd

While it is understandable why he is bitter, his resentment sends him on a destructive path. In revenge, Sweeney Todd wants to kill the judge who ripped his family apart and sent him to prison on trumped-up charges. When he comes out of prison, he sets up a business where he slits the throat of his customers and becomes an enemy of humanity who believes that everyone deserves to die.

Sweeney Todd is a perfect example of what a monster you could become if you were obsessed with revenge and violence. In Les Mis, Inspector Javert tries to track down Jean – Valjean, an ex-convict – who is in prison for stealing a loaf of bread and violating his probation. Javerted, a proponent of the rule, believes that only good people follow the law and only bad people break it. For Javerts, it is irrelevant that Jean Val jean broke the law just to feed his sister and son.


Although Javert is a cold-hearted character whose moral code leads him to commit terrible acts, he believes he is right. But when Jean Valjean shows him mercy, only after he begins to question his own moral concepts and laws, and when he learns of the murder of his brother-in-law, Javerted, his conscience rises.

The antiheroes of Broadway are not exactly villains. They have their agenda and are chasing their own goals, but they have a good reason to it.

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Author: todor