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

the geek embassy

Regina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.

To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.

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