Literally the word means "first actor" (from the Greek protos and agonistes) and by extension may be applied to the person who most drives the action in any affair. The word is not the opposite of antagonist; it does not necessarily have anything to do with heroic or admirable behavior or bear any relationship to the Latin pro-, meaning for or on behalf of. A protagonist may champion a cause, and in practice often does, but that isn’t implicit in the word.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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