ANTIHERO, (alternatively stylized as ANTiHERO), is a song by emo-pop artist AViVA that was released as a single on January 29th, 2021.
ON January 19th, 2021, AViVA announced ANTIHERO and its cover art along with the release of its first teaser. Four days later, The second teaser premiered, on January 23nd. On January 27th, AViVA revealed ANTIHERO's merch bundle on her shop. ANTIHERO premiered and released on January 29th, 2021.
A few months later, on April 25th, AViVA released ANTiHERO (THE LYRICS) to YouTube, where she explained the meaning behind the song.
"ANTIHERO is about shaking off the shackles of guilt. The burden of doing what's expected, or not doing what's expected. Sometimes people think that you're gonna be the hero. You're gonna go in and save the day, in whatever capacity that is to you. And, often, you don't feel like enough. You don't feel good enough. And you feel the pressure of other people's expectations. And, ANTIHERO is about that feeling of, 'Yeah, why do I have to be the person to do this? Why am I the chosen person to do this thing?'
That's why, to me, my favorite lyric is, 'Your prison's not my home,' because that's so applicable in different situations. Whether it's something good that someone expects you to do, and you don't feel good enough, you don't feel like the savior in that situation, or whether it's something is really incongruent with your essence, with your being, and you just can't do that honestly with yourself. Sometimes it can feel like other people's expectations are a prison, and that's what ANTIHERO is about to me."
-AViVA via ANTiHERO (THE LYRICS) on YouTube
- The official video's animation was made by Lewis Griffin. He has also made other animations for AViVA.
- The cover art was made by Max Prentis.
- AViVA revealed that her favorite lyric from ANTIHERO is, "Your prison's not my home."