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The protagonist (from ancient Greek πρωταγωνιστής Protagonistes "main" or "First-doer" from πρῶτος Protos "the first" and ἄγω ago "I act, move, run") referred to in the Greek tragedy to cast the first roll (where appropriate, Deuteragonist and tritagonist , that is, second and third main role). The opponent of a protagonist is called the antagonist (Greek ἀνταγωνιστής antagonistés , literally “the counteracting”).

Today, the protagonist in literature and film is understood to mean the main character , the hero of a novel , a story or another literary or cinematic work or, more generally, the main role in a plot or series of stories .

In a figurative sense, the term “protagonist” stands for a pioneer, idea generator, leader or a particularly influential, significant and outstanding representative of a point of view, a guideline, a worldview or similar idealistic facts.

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