44 Facts About Anarky


Anarky is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

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Anarky is introduced as Lonnie Machin, a child prodigy with knowledge of radical philosophy and driven to overthrow governments to improve social conditions.

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The 1997 spin-off series, Anarky, was received with positive reviews and sales, and later declared by Grant to be among his "career highlights".

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In 2008, Anarky reappeared in an issue of Robin authored by Fabian Nicieza, with the intention of ending this period of obscurity.

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Anarky became a recurring character in issues of Red Robin, authored by Nicieza, until the series was cancelled in 2011 in the aftermath of The New 52.

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From 2013, Anarky began to be featured more heavily in media adaptations of DC Comics properties, across multiple platforms.

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Anarky made his live action debut in the Arrowverse television series Arrow in the fourth and fifth seasons, portrayed by Alexander Calvert, as a villain.

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Anarky is established as an uncommonly philosophical and intelligent 12-year-old.

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Lonnie Machin made his debut as "Anarky" by responding to complaints in the newspaper by attacking the offending sources, such as the owner of a factory whose byproduct waste is polluting local river water.

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Anarky retained interest among a cult fan base during this obscure period.

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Fabian Nicieza, author of the issue and storyline in which Anarky appeared, depicted the character as being held hostage by Armstrong, "paralyzed and catatonic", encased in an iron lung, and connected to computers through his brain.

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Jensen explained that Anarky "would have a very big hand" in the story, and further explained, "you can understand what he's doing even if you don't agree with what he's doing".

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Anarky is depicted as rallying a group of followers and evacuees to occupy a sports stadium, on the basis that the area the stadium was built upon was gentrified at the expense of the local community and should be returned to them.

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Anarky has undergone several shifts in his characterization over the course of the character's existence.

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Breyfogle's characterization of Anarky has shifted on occasion, with him at times referring to Anarky as a villain, and at other times as a hero.

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Grant implied Anarky was a lethal figure in "The Last Batman Story", part of Armageddon 2001 crossover event.

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The latter resists his help, on the basis that Anarky has killed others in the past, and the two never reconciled their differences.

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Anarky takes business elites hostage and places them on public trial, broadcast from a pirate television show.

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Norm Breyfogle was under the false impression that Anarky had killed for several years, having failed to realize the original script for Anarky's debut storyline had been rewritten.

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Anarky becomes a resistance leader, undermining the centers of Batman's power and ultimately overthrowing Bruce Wayne's tyranny.

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Literary cues illustrated into scenes were occasionally used whenever Anarky was a featured character in a comic.

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The response was that Anarky was neither right-wing, nor left-wing, and that he "transcends the political divide".

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Anarky's abilities were increased during the character's two eponymous series, being portrayed as having enormous talents in both engineering and computer technology, as well as prodigiously developing skills in martial arts.

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Anarky was described as having begun to train in martial arts, following the character's time in juvenile hall.

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Breyfogle wrote: "Anarky's singularity is due partly to his being, at his age, nearly as competent as Batman".

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Anarky's costume has undergone several phases in design, the first two of which were created by Norm Breyfogle, in accordance with Grant's suggestions.

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The golden mask was redesigned as a reflective, but flexible material that wrapped around Anarky's head, allowing for the display of facial movement and emotion.

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In particular, their time developing the Anarky series led to a working relationship centered on esoteric debate, discussion, and mutual respect.

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Over time, Anarky emerged as each man's favorite character, with Grant wishing he could emulate the character, and remarking that "Anarky in Gotham City" was the most personal story he had ever written, and the foremost among his three favorite stories he had ever written for the Batman mythos.

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Grant has stated that he attempted to distance himself from the direction of Anarky following his termination from DC Comics, and actively tried to avoid learning about the fate of Anarky and other characters he had come to care about.

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Anarky often found himself disappointed to see how some characters were used or, as he felt, were mismanaged.

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However, he had been tempted to author a story featuring Anarky, only reconsidering the idea on the basis that his disassociation from the character had left him unfamiliar with what had become of Anarky's canonical status at the time.

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Sense that Anarky is appreciated by certain fans is one shared by Alan Grant, who noted that the character's stories routinely generated more reader mail than any other he wrote.

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Anarky was placed at No 31 among the best villains, coming nearly 25 years after the character's own creation.

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The authors commented that Anarky "potentially redefines crime" and invites the reader to identify with a new political position in favor of the disenfranchised, which Batman "can not utterly condemn".

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Dialogue from Detective Comics is employed, in which Batman compares himself to Anarky and denies the latter legitimacy: "The fact is, no man can be allowed to set himself up as judge, jury and executioner".

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Anarky concluded by referring to the Anarky series as proof that "bad decisions are timeless".

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Between 1989 and 1996, Anarky was primarily written by Alan Grant in Batman-related comics, received a guest appearance in a single issue of Green Arrow by Kevin Dooley, and was given an entry in Who's Who in the DC Universe.

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Anarky made an appearance in a 2008 issue of Robin as part of an effort to return the character to regular publication, and became a recurring cast member in the Red Robin series in November 2010, until the series was cancelled in October 2011.

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Lesser known among the cast of characters in the DC universe, Anarky went unused for adaptations to other media platforms throughout much of the character's existence.

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Anarky debuted in the third episode, "Tests", and appeared in seven total episodes of the series before its cancellation.

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Later that year, Anarky was included in the Batman video game, Batman: Arkham Origins, voiced by Matthew Mercer, and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure.

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Speculation centered on the prospect of Anarky appearing in issue No 48 of the series, as the solicited cover illustration was released to the public several weeks before the issues' publication.

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Anarky is revealed by Drake to be Lonnie Machin by the end of the issue.

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