Good Words: Protagonist and Antagonist


Good Words: Protagonist and Antagonist

Good Words Discusses Protagonists and Antagonists

As part of our first series on character, Evan and I discuss protagonists and antagonists in this week’s episode. I’m sure you’ve heard these words before; in fact, I am pretty sure I’ve used them on the show once or twice, or maybe even more. Here we discuss definitions and how these terms are used to define characters and to move along a story.


The main character of the story, often the hero, whose actions impact the plot and action in the story.


The character generally complicating the action or plot of the story. The antagonist often works against the protagonist, keeping him or her from success.

These, of course, are brief definitions that just scratch the surface of the discussion we have in this episode. We share lots of examples in writing and pop culture and I make a confession that had Evan grabbing at my geek card. Seriously.

To Discuss

What do you think is the most important characteristic for a protagonist to have? Have you ever gotten frustrated with an antagonist? Let us know in the comments.

See you next time with more Good Words!

Regina & Evan

Regina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s favorite thing to do when she’s not reading student papers, dancing an excessive amount of calories away, or chasing after her daughter. Inclined towards mobile and social gaming online, Regina also loves a good round of 7 Wonders, Qwirkle, Small World, or Lords of Waterdeep. Someday, she hopes to actually take part in a D&D campaign so she can officially “roll” a character and role play her as a devious, highly intelligent mischief maker, which would be nothing like she is in real life.

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