I read a clever little dicussion on another site about anti-hero characters that are branded as murderers while more popular ones - that have killed plenty and still do - get away with it and even become popular team members in the Avengers etc. Just a few observations about some Marvel Universe characters in particular:
Wolverine - has stabbed and sliced thousands of people to death, not always necessarily. Let off because he likes children and he's fought some of Marvel's biggest villains for decades... would you want that kinda guy lookin' after your kids? (Jokes lol no but seriously, killing changes people) And he's one of the most popular team members of all time on the Avengers and X-Men to name the most obvious.
Deadpool - still a merc, still insane, still allowed guns and swords. Personally I still love this guy, but nobody seems to pay a blind bit of notice to the happy little genocides he's been causing for the last few years? Pleading insanity would not keep him out of the chair. Moral of this story; kill people humorously and try to be friends with everyone and they'll look the other way.
Nick Fury - in the real world, this guy is like the equivalent of every crooked president since Lindon B. Johnson in the body of James Bond... a rogue government agent hell bent on genocidal conformism. Loved him in Punisher MAX though. For mostly the same reasons *chuckles*
Daredevil - has murdered a few people and blamed it n brainwashing and demonic posession etc. Yeah whatever, stop preaching non lethal justice to people already, you're lucky you're a lawyer. Seriously, he's like Dexter with a worse case of self-righteousness sometimes!
Thor - well it's not his fault if you can't handle being hit by a god hammer and electrocuted until you resemble a human KFC Megabucket
Hulk - can't quit the rage, waaayyyyy destructive. Been a few innocent casualties and especially when he gets angry for no bloody reason. Made a great Avenger though... oh I know it was a long time ago but... nevermind!
Captain America - says it's not alright to kill. Case in point, he stopped carrying a gun a long time ago even though he doesn't whinge at Nick Fury, Black Widow or Winter Soldier about it. No, it's wrong and evil to kill. Even evil people shouldn't be killed. They should keep living until they threaten the end of the world and then I'll just get other people like Thor to kill all of them for me.... MURICAH!!! That's like using drone strikes to bomb Pakistan. Just no personal responsibility whatsoever. But then when evil murderous villains - that murder American people on their home soil - get killed in retaliation or vengeance, and it wasn't to save the world as a whole (but to make sure that the murdering bastard murdered no more innocents because comic book law isn't very good at keeping villains locked up), he gets all uppity about it like, 'killing is baaad... hmmm'kaaayyy?!' Redundant!
Then we have the prime example of a murdering bastard:
The Punisher - antihero that kills murderers and people that destroy the lives of innocents and children. Has killed a lot of murderers. Has rescued and avenged a lot of innocents and heroes in his time. God knows the lives he has saved in the world by purging the world of warmongers, drug cartels and mafia goons, but I'm guessing he's saved more people than Chuck Norris by now.
Doesn't even kill villains with disciplined mutant rage, god hammers, pointy claws, swords or flashy death rays... which is unacceptable of course. Even as a fan myself, though, I know the reason why a lot of people don't like him and why he isnt a team player... he's so grumpy with his "Frank Castle is dead, Punisher doesn't need happiness" attitude. IOW writers are just not trying. He could have been Hulk's BFFL all these years in that respect. But no he just gets, 'you're a murdering bastard,' wherever he goes... PROBABLY WHY HE'S SO GRUMPY!!! and therefore why it's okay to hate him along with Captain America and Spider-Man and Daredevil etc.
Any other popular hypocrites I missed out? Sorry I wrote an essay by the way. If it seems like a rant, it's because I haven't drank coffee in almost half an hour :p