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.A protagonist (from the Greek πρωταγωνιστής protagonistes, "one who plays the first part, chief actor"[1]) is the main character (the central or primary personal figure) of a literary, theatrical, cinematic, video game, or musical narrative, around whom the events of the narrative's plot revolve and with whom the audience is intended to share the most empathy.^ Present your protagonist as the primary actor in the plot, not as the object of the action.
  • Author! Author! » Purging protagonist passivity 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A protagonist is the main character of the movie.
  • What is a "protagonist"? Film Reviewing Terms Explained (Money & Careers: Film Critic) 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.videojug.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Deuteragonist In Greek drama, the character second in importance to the main character, or protagonist.

.In the theatre of Ancient Greece, three actors played all of the main dramatic roles in a tragedy; the leading role was played by the protagonist, while the other roles were played by deuteragonist and the tritagonist.^ Prologos In the drama of ancient Greece, a prologue that begins the play with dialogue indicating the focus or theme of the play.

^ Boots worn by actors in ancient Greece to increase their height and, thus, visibility to theater audiences.

^ Chalmys In the drama of ancient Greece, sleeveless outer garment, or cloak, worn by some actors.

.The terms protagonist, main character and hero are variously defined and, depending on the source, may denote different concepts.^ A protagonist is the main character of the movie.
  • What is a "protagonist"? Film Reviewing Terms Explained (Money & Careers: Film Critic) 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.videojug.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A protagonist is the main character of your movie.
  • What is a "protagonist"? Film Reviewing Terms Explained (Money & Careers: Film Critic) 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.videojug.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ TAG-eh- nist ) A protagonist is considered to be the main character or lead figure in a novel, play, story, or poem.
  • Glossary of Literary Terms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.uncp.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In fiction, the story of the protagonist may be told from the perspective of a different character (who may also, but not necessarily, be the narrator).^ Narrator One who tells a story.

^ Protagonist: the character in the story who is answering the question posed by premise.
  • What is a protagonist? 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: General]

^ You can have a scene with multiple protagonists because each player has a different perspective of the scene; a different 'story' is told in each.
  • What is a protagonist? 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: General]

.An example would be a narrator who relates the fate of several protagonists, perhaps as prominent figures recalled in a biographical perspective.^ Examples of archetypical Eve figures include the housewife who goads her husband to steal from his employer and the prostitute who tempts a married man to have illicit sex.

^ An example of a character who sees reality through his mind's eye is Joseph K., the protagonist of Franz Kafka's novel The Trial .

^ William Gibson On Being A Hippy If you could meet any literatary figure, who would you choose?

.Often, the protagonist in a narrative is also the same person as the focal character, though the two terms are distinct.^ Many narratives appear in the first person (the narrator speaks as "I" and the narrator is a character in the story who may or may not influence events within it).
  • Literary Terms and Definitions P 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC web.cn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Surprisingly often, the protagonist doesn’t even need to ask a question to elicit the revelations of tremendous secrets from minor-but-essential characters.
  • Author! Author! » Protagonist likability 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Author! Author! » Purging protagonist passivity 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Personally, I find the silent protagonist theme overplayed in RPGs now to where having one makes the character feel generic and bland in a way.
  • The Silent Protagonist - IGN Boards 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC boards.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Excitement and intrigue alone is what the audience feels toward a focal character, while a sense of empathy about his/her objectives and emotions is what the audience feels toward the protagonist.^ No, I’m talking about where characters suddenly start talking about their background information, for no apparent reason other than that the plot or character development requires that the audience learn about the past.
  • Author! Author! » Protagonist likability 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Think about it for a moment: how affectionate are any of them likely to feel toward a story that doesn’t give her a solid sense of what the story is about by the end of page 1?
  • Author! Author! » Protagonist likability 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Author! Author! » Purging protagonist passivity 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Personally, I find the silent protagonist theme overplayed in RPGs now to where having one makes the character feel generic and bland in a way.
  • The Silent Protagonist - IGN Boards 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC boards.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

He/she is often referred to as the "good guy." .However, it is entirely possible for a story's protagonist to clearly be the villain of the piece, as is evident with characters like Vic Mackey (from The Shield) and Tony Soprano (The Sopranos).^ However, in stories like "Dr.
  • Archives - Dramatica.Com 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.dramatica.com [Source type: Original source]

^ TAG-eh- nist ) A protagonist is considered to be the main character or lead figure in a novel, play, story, or poem.
  • Glossary of Literary Terms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.uncp.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Live Action TV Generally in stories in which a character is sent to a horrible alternate universe, they can be presumed to be the protagonist of that story.
  • Decoy Protagonist - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.The principal opponent of the protagonist is a character known as the antagonist, who represents or creates obstacles that the protagonist(s) must overcome.^ In this story, the Obstacle Character is not the antagonist either.
  • Archives - Dramatica.Com 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.dramatica.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Antagonist Character in a story or poem who opposes the main character (protagonist).

^ Melkor, who would later be known as Morgoth is the one that's really driving the Plot around in The Silmarillion , ultimately becoming it's main character along with Sauron.
  • Villain Protagonist - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.As with protagonists, there may be more than one antagonist in a story.^ Corralaries: -There can only be one protagonist per story.
  • What is a protagonist? 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: General]

^ The antagonists are, in their own minds, the protagonist of their own stories.
  • Protagonist | PoeWar 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.poewar.com [Source type: General]

^ A character may have more than one goal.
  • Wakakirri National Story Festival 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.wakakirri.com [Source type: General]

.Also the antagonist can sometimes actually be the hero, such as The Shield's Internal Affairs officers, and FBI agents and police officers from The Sopranos.^ Sometimes " Anti Hero " is used to mean this, but a distinction can be drawn between a Darker And Edgier good guy and an actual bad guy who just happens to be the protagonist.
  • Villain Protagonist - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Sometimes overlaps with a type of Anti Villain , such as Affably Evil , Noble Demon , or Well Intentioned Extremist ; but an Anti Villain can be an antagonist, and a Villain Protagonist can be bad to the bone.
  • Villain Protagonist - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Frank Abagnale Jr., the protagonist of Catch Me If You Can , is a master counterfeiter, and his antagonist is the FBI agent trying to, well, Catch Him if He Can .
  • Villain Protagonist - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.Sometimes, a work will offer a particular character as the protagonist, only to dispose of that character unexpectedly, as a dramatic device.^ In fact, the antagonist could be a character of virtue in a literary work where the protagonist represents evil.
  • Glossary of Literary Terms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.uncp.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ TAG-uh- nist ): a character in a story or poem who deceives, frustrates, or works again the main character, or protagonist , in some way.
  • Glossary of Literary Terms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.uncp.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A "party" might have only 1 protagonist and a bunch of sidekicks and tag-alongs or each character might be a distinct protagonist with their own agenda.
  • What is a protagonist? 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: General]

.Such a character is called a false protagonist.^ Now, if you have more than one such character in what purports to be a single story, how to determine whether it's several stories in one package or a single story with multiple protagonists?
  • What is a protagonist? 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: General]

^ Pay particular attention to scenes where the protagonist is telling another character what just happened; such dialogue is notoriously redundant.
  • Author! Author! » Protagonist likability 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When protagonist-level decisions and actions occur for Character A such that the circumstances and conflict for Character B are changed, thus prompting similarly protagonist-level decisions and actions, then we have a single story with multiple protagonists.
  • What is a protagonist? 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: General]

Marion in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) is a famous example.
.When the work contains subplots, these may have different protagonists from the main plot.^ Interestingly, prior entries have had his more conventional protagonist, Drizzt, commenting on this, noting that while Entreti may have had his reasons for becoming an assassin, these challenges were hardly insurmountable.
  • Villain Protagonist - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Here's my thought on what's come up so far: your "illuminated point" - that two protagonists may have two different stories - is a HUGE qualifier.
  • What is a protagonist? 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: General]

^ Plot continuity This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims.

.In some novels, the protagonists may be impossible to identify, because multiple plots in the novel do not permit clear identification of one as the main plot, such as in Alexander Solzhenitsyn's The First Circle, depicting a variety of characters imprisoned and living in a gulag camp, or in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, depicting 15 major characters involved in or affected by a war.^ Protagonist (Modern Sense) Main character of a novel, play, or film.

^ Question one: Main Character Resolve .
  • Archives - Dramatica.Com 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.dramatica.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One more open question, to get at some of the underlying philosophical issues: is it possible for a real person in the real world to be a protagonist?
  • not functionally equivalent to handling a protagonist 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: Original source]

.In psychodrama, the "protagonist" is the person (group member, patient or client) who decides to enact some significant aspect of his life, experiences or relationships on stage with the help of the psychodrama director and other group members, taking supplementary roles as auxiliary egos.^ In some literature today it may be difficult to decide who is playing the role of the protagonist.
  • Glossary of Literary Terms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.uncp.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He had troubles with the leaders of the church who did not understand fully enough and quickly enough the significance of the Gentiles who came into the fullness of the Holy Spirit and therefore into the life of the church.
  • GordonMoyes.com » Discovering Paul – Chapter 6: Paul the Protagonist 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gordonmoyes.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The aspect of personality that pulled Paul over his natural objections to witnessing to other people and facing opponents was his spirit as a protagonist.
  • GordonMoyes.com » Discovering Paul – Chapter 6: Paul the Protagonist 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gordonmoyes.com [Source type: Original source]

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German

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /pʀotagoˈnɪst/

Noun

Protagonist m. (genitive Protagonisten, plural Protagonisten)
  1. protagonist (main character in a literary work or drama)

Synonyms

  • Hauptperson
  • Hauptfigur

Gaming

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

.From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!^ It can still be cast like in other games, but more importantly it can also be used to augment your stats.
  • Destructoid - The Silent Protagonist's Community Blog 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

^ You begin the first game controlling him as a silent protagonist, only to discover in the second game you were more or less the villain, though, in his (your?
  • Decoy Protagonist - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ I suggest that you ask your God to help and guide you with this because the more you meditate the easier it will become.
  • The Final Qigong Demonstration of John Chang 17 September 2009 19:31 UTC www.martialdevelopment.com [Source type: Original source]

Protagonist
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Game Series Phantom Dust
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Alias: See list of names
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He doesn't need to speak

This is the main character for Phantom Dust. Since being on the surface for so long he has forgotten his own name. .He is refered to as the protagonist outside of the game but once you begin the game you must pick a name for him.^ Not once, because they let you name him.
  • Destructoid - The Silent Protagonist's Community Blog 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

^ And so to make him worth anything, you have to senselessly grind him a bit longer than the other characters you'll pick up along the way.
  • Destructoid - The Silent Protagonist's Community Blog 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

^ Once you bring him toward you, press X(2), Y, Away, Y. This should pop up your opponent in the air again.
  • Mortal Kombat: Deception Cheats, Codes, Cheat Codes for Xbox (XB) 17 September 2009 19:31 UTC www.cheatcc.com [Source type: General]

With a building rivalry between the Protagonist and Edgar he scours the Surface looking for answers. .With his fast learned profencinecy to use the Dust the Protagonist has the ability to soon find the answers to all the questions he has.^ Mirai Nikki is interesting as the true protagonist is reasonably moral (though not truly heroic, least not yet), but all of his allies seem to have rather questionable morals.
  • Villain Protagonist - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ But you haven’t answered the rest of my question: how can I make my protagonist likable if she’s embroiled in a conflict from page 1?
  • Author! Author! » Protagonist likability 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Author! Author! » Purging protagonist passivity 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "Supporting characters may highlight what the Protagonist is doing (either to support or undermine), but they are not in the process of answering the question themselves."
  • What is a protagonist? 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: General]

.The Protagonist never speaks the entire game.^ Because you can name the character, but everyone speaks, you never get to hear his name mentioned in the entire game.
  • The Silent Protagonist - IGN Boards 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC boards.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Paul Jackson , who seems like he's going to be a second protagonist for the entire game until he's killed by a nuke going off .
  • Decoy Protagonist - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

He only gasps or yells to show emotion. .Aside from using skills to solve problems he is void of emotions.^ Plot is the problem solving methods the Story Mind uses.
  • Archives - Dramatica.Com 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.dramatica.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Skilled poets use hyperbole to describe intense emotions and mental states.
  • Glossary of Literary Terms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.uncp.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.
Jumps in multiplayer games.
^ I learned how they copiously murdered various online multiplayer games because the newest multiplayer game gave new hoops for players to jump through.
  • Destructoid - The Silent Protagonist's Community Blog 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

.Also, the protagonist's "kick" type skills have a much wider hitbox then any other charecter.^ Best, Ron *  I also distinguished it from villains who are much like protagonists, in terms of fitness-potential efforts, but who harm or exploit others in doing so.
  • What is a protagonist? 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.indie-rpgs.com [Source type: General]

List of names to choose (in order) and their meaning/symbolism

.Alpha - Where all things begin, also means the unknown
Ice - Taken from the capsule that Edgar and the Protagonist were frozen in
Age - Symbolizes the flow of time
Key - Refers to the key of humanity
Gin - A drink favored by the officers that located Edgar and the Protagonist, it is also the Japanese word for silver
Glen - Another one of their favorite bevereges
Cruz - From ancient times when saviors were named from the items around them
Io - Name of a wanderer from ancient mythology
Air - Energy that keeps everything on Earth alive
Duke - Refers to someone of high status
Beard - Something men that are very masculine have
Silver - The color of the Protagonists hair
Green - The color of the Protagonists clothing
Nanashi - Name given since you can't pick one.
^ All language is symbolizing one thing or another.
  • Glossary of Literary Terms 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.uncp.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If not this book, by all means, pick another.
  • Author! Author! » Protagonist likability 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A shame, really — but let me turn the question around to you: given the choice, would you rather read a page of dialogue that showed a protagonist SAYING one polite thing after another?
  • Author! Author! » Protagonist likability 2 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.annemini.com [Source type: Original source]

Means "Without name"

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Simple English

A protagonist is a main character of a story. It can be used for any kind of story: in literature or movie. The protagonist is also called the main character or the hero of the story.

Protagonists are usually moral, helping other characters to change their badness to become good again, or killing the bad characters.

The protagonist's name can sometimes be in the title of the fiction he or she is in, for example:


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