The difference between a hero and a villain is a hero is willing to sacrifice himself while a villain is willing to sacrifice others. Things get blurry when you enter politics, philosophy, and ideology into the equation. A person may passionately be willing to give of himself and desire no one suffer for his actions but still pursue a path others diametrically oppose.
Lonnie Machin is a character who troubles many liberal superheroes because he challenges a lot of their preconceptions and pushes boundaries as to what a superhero should do. More conservative ones believe him to be a misguided kid or a well-meaning but decidedly dangerous criminal.
The self-styled Anarky is a child prodigy enamoured with the titular philosophy, still developing his own interpretations of it. Originally, just an ordinary (albeit highly intelligent) eleven-year-old, a school pen-pal program with the nation of Latveria exposed him to the horrible injustices of modern civilization.
Eventually, Lonnie Machin's pen pal's entire family was executed and the letters were taken over by a Doombot designed to replicate her. Appalled by this, Lonnie Machi vowed to do something about society. Training himself in a personally created regime based on the writings of Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Hank Pym, Judomaster, Mister E, and other figures--he was uniquely talented in a variety of disciplines in short order.
Batman wasn't sure how to react when he discovered a fourteen-year-old kid protecting the city's homeless, harrassing the city's rich, destroying arms shipment, and destroying the financial records of banks. The fact he'd managed to reverse-engineer a number of supervillain weapons with catalog equipment from Kord Industries convinced Batman there was something special about the boy.Mister E, notably, ascribed to the same sort of Objectivist superheroism ideals that Steve Dikto did.
Before he got into magic.
Unfortunately, Bruce Wayne is probably the worst person on Earth to try to relate to a class-conscious anti-establishment figure. It didn't help that Tim Drake and Lonnie Machin got along like the child of a wealthy adventurer who'd been exposed to massive criminal cruelty versus a self-made idealogue who blamed society for Gotham City's problems. Ultimately, Batman attempted to curtail Lonnie's activities but refused to turn him in less he spend decades in prison.Anarky's equipment includes a Goblin glider, a wand capable of replicating the powers of the Melter, harmless versions of pumpkin bombs, and a half-dozen other Spiderman villain devices. All stuff he was able to get the information on from the internet.
It also, sadly, attracted the attention of Norman Osbourne (see below).
The Gotham City Earthquake changed everything for Anarky, not the least because he was separated from his parents for months and they assumed him to be dead. Anarky served as the Bowery District's protector and developed a cult following, the young boy successfully concealing his true age from the citizens under his protection.
By the time Gotham City was no longer a No Man's Land, Lonnie was witness to Lex Luthor becoming President of the United States and the draconian policies of H.A.M.M.E.R. His attempts to fight in New York's Superhero Civil War failed miserably due to Captain America trying to get him to go back home but he received a good deal of advice from Spiderman. While he didn't care for Spiderman's political apathy, Spiderman shared a quote that would help Lonnie shape his ideals from that point on.This action exposed Anarky to a level of fame which has backfired. Due to the general low level of education amongst Gotham City criminals and the lack of good code-names, many have taken to stealing Lonnie Machin's identity.
These include teen genius supervillain, the General, and about a dozen Joker wannabes whose understanding of the philosophy begins and ends at "bomb throwing madman."
Lonnie is most distressed at this.
"Don't be a ****."
Anarky is now wandering around the United States, attempting to fight tyranny and oppression. He is pro-mutant, pro-class warfare, pro-resistance, and pro-many other things. Unfortunately, his biggest issue with being an unregistered hero is that almost no one really considers him worth listening too. Heroes who find out his true age attempt to either retire him or put him in one of the many programs he considers to be brainwashing camps.Okay, it was "with great power comes great responsibility" but it's what Spiderman was thinking.
About the only superheroes he maintains regular contact with now are Robin III (who is a belligerent best friend now), Spoiler (who he secretly crushes on while trying to tell himself he needs to think of the Revolution first), and Quentin Quire who he met through Facebook. At age seventeen, he's on the cusp of being treated as an adult but still hasn't gotten the level of respect he needs to change the world. It doesn't help he's tried to lecture archvillains who could swat him like a bug (and only survived doing one to Darkseid because it was a robot).
Anarky has recently acquired the attention of Norman Osbourne, who noticed the equipment similarity to many of his early inventions. This has put Anarky in the sights of dangerous individuals well above his ability to fight. Still, Norman represents everything Anarky hates in society and is ready to take the fight to him.