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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

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