antagonist vs protagonist

antagonist protagonist


  • 1) The main character or force opposing the protagonist in a literary work or drama.
  • 2) An opponent or enemy.
  • 3) biochemistry A chemical that binds to a receptor but does not produce a physiological response, blocking the action of agonist chemicals.
  • 4) One who antagonizes or stirs.
  • 5) One who opposes and contends against another; an adversary.
  • 6) The principal character in opposition to the protagonist or hero of a narrative or drama.
  • 7) Physiology A muscle that counteracts the action of another muscle, the agonist.
  • 8) A drug or chemical substance that interferes with the physiological action of another, especially by combining with and blocking its nerve receptor.
  • 9) (Med.) A medicine which opposes the action of another medicine or of a poison when absorbed into the blood or tissues.
  • 10) One who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; an opponent.
  • 11) (Anat.) A muscle which acts in opposition to another.
  • 12) a muscle that relaxes while another contracts
  • 13) a drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug
  • 14) One who contends with another in combat or in argument; an opponent; a competitor; an adversary.
  • 15) In anatomy, a muscle which acts in opposition to another: as, a flexor, which bends a part, is the antagonist of an extensor, which extends it.
  • 16) Antagonistic; opposing; counteracting.
  • 17) Counteracting; opposing; combating: as, antagonist forces; an antagonist muscle.


  • 1) An advocate or champion of a cause or course of action.
  • 2) A leading person in a contest; a principal performer.
  • 3) The main character in a any story, such as a literary work or drama.
  • 4) A leading or principal figure.
  • 5) The leader of a cause; a champion.
  • 6) The main character in a drama or other literary work.
  • 7) In ancient Greek drama, the first actor to engage in dialogue with the chorus, in later dramas playing the main character and some minor characters as well.
  • 8) Usage Problem A proponent; an advocate.
  • 9) One who takes the leading part in a drama; hence, one who takes lead in some great scene, enterprise, conflict, or the like.
  • 10) the principal character in a work of fiction
  • 11) In the Gr. drama, the leading character or actor in a play; hence, in general, any leading character.


  • 1) This was what Gaskill liked best about his job, the game of wits culminating in ultimate triumph over his antagonist.
  • 2) About halfway through (when the main antagonist is killed) every single page was a stop-or-keep-going decision.
  • 3) But their main antagonist is the house they are building.
  • 4) Is it ever okay for the narrator to behave this way – where the antagonist is the protagonist?
  • 5) But a novel has more depth and dimension when the antagonist is also seen as human by the reader.
  • 6) But now your antagonist is a feeble girl, who has been unfortunate from her very birth; to destroy her would be an act of baseness to which you never yet descended.
  • 7) A good antagonist is exactly that, an equal opponent for the hero in strength, cleverness, and characterization.
  • 8) The major antagonist is Octavius Caesar, one of Antony's fellow triumvirs and the future first emperor of Rome.
  • 9) Driving the plot is the story line of the main antagonist, "Big" Jim Rennie.
  • 10) ‘Most of these countries, of course, are traditional adversaries or antagonists.’
  • 11) ‘It also means that copyright gives no one the exclusive right to tell stories about archaeologists in search of artifacts hidden in snake-infested caves while simultaneously confronting dangerous human antagonists.’
  • 12) ‘They wander off on their own, they blow up a poacher's shack for no apparent reason, and they attempt to confront their wily antagonists head on.’
  • 13) ‘But, as fate would have it, Darcy was called home early, and the two old antagonists once more confronted each other.’
  • 14) ‘After breaking through my emotional blocks, I was ready to confront the antagonists in my life who contributed to my problem.’
  • 15) ‘When he'd regained equilibrium, he whirled around to confront his antagonist.’
  • 16) ‘So the long and twisting battle begins, with numerous front-lawn confrontations between the two antagonists.’
  • 17) ‘In addition, Taoists sometimes saw in Buddhism an antagonist and competitor rather than a colleague.’
  • 18) ‘Protagonists generally have needs, desires, goals, aversions and fears, and their efforts to achieve their goals are generally complicated or thwarted by an antagonist, who may be hostile to the protagonist.’
  • 19) ‘It's hard to have a really menacing antagonist when the antagonist isn't ever really sure what it is he's trying to accomplish.’
  • 20) ‘It is critical that even as we unveil the motivation of opponents and antagonists, we are careful not to inadvertently help them in their effort to disrupt our work.’
  • 21) ‘The stakes of nuclear war engage not just the survival of the antagonists, but the fate of mankind.’
  • 22) ‘Where established governments proscribe popular vengeance in favor of legal prosecution, these revolutions liberated armed antagonists from judicial constraints.’
  • 23) ‘Strikingly, however, mainstream political antagonists, and even some radical dissenters, embraced clashing versions of the egalitarian tradition.’
  • 24) ‘As ultimate commander of the military, he must now move decisively and evenhandedly to disarm the antagonists.’
  • 25) ‘I don't know what I expected to hear or learn but I know what I did not expect was that it be turned into a party political broadcast on behalf of the main antagonists in the upcoming general election.’
  • 26) ‘About 4 000 French and 1 200 West African peacekeepers are patrolling the no man's land between the antagonists.’
  • 27) ‘Thus, when the culture wars began in the late 1960s, the antagonists of a traditional curriculum were pushing against an open door.’
  • 28) ‘And more significantly, political and technical help has to be given in abundance for peaceful negotiations with the antagonists.’
  • 29) ‘Meanwhile, their antagonists, soldiers, are ordinary people on ordinary pay, fighting - a thing that isn't attractive or tidy.’
  • 30) ‘Progress has been made in the development of new anti-emetic drugs, particularly the serotonin antagonists which are potent inhibitors of chemotherapy-induced vomiting.’
  • 31) ‘It is also an effective antagonist or inhibitor of cortisol, a stress hormone that maintains the integrity of the circulatory system.’
  • 32) ‘The use of selective serotonin antagonists for early-onset alcohol dependence also has been investigated, with positive results.’
  • 33) ‘Leukotriene inhibitors and leukotriene-receptor antagonists are effective in the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as asthma.’
  • 34) ‘The serotonin antagonists are effective and have few side effects.’
  • 35) ‘The anterior tibialis muscle was chosen because of its function as an antagonist to the peroneal muscles.’
  • 36) ‘This can be studied by transposing the innervation of a muscle to its antagonist, or by transposing one of its tendons to the opposite side of a joint, such that the mechanical action of the muscle is reversed.’
  • 37) ‘Moving through a complete range of motion will strengthen the agonist and stretch the antagonist muscle.’
  • 38) ‘Optimal functioning of the stabilizing muscles depends not only on the force production of these muscles in relation to synergists, antagonists, and prime movers of a joint, but also on the correct timing of muscle activation.’
  • 39) ‘The group moving the body part is called the agonist with the opposing group called the antagonist.’


  • 1) William returned, whistling in the manner of a newly prosperous protagonist in an Ealing comedy.
  • 2) She had the reputation of a red-ragging leftist, the protagonist of everything that was anathema to the old school.
  • 3) These so-called detective stories, on the other hand, pretend to exhibit the strictly intellectual qualities of the protagonist.
  • 4) The main protagonist is female, often develops complex relationships with the women she meets on her journey, and romance is mostly left in the background, at least in the first couple books.
  • 5) Quinn, the main protagonist, is a middle-aged government official sent north to audit a remote area of land earmarked for a large and prestigious development.
  • 6) Characterization, or rather the main protagonist, is without a doubt the biggest strength of the novel, before all other aspects - such as style, elements of "hard science", plotting or the lackluster worldbuilding.
  • 7) Comic book publishers are comfortable working with that demographic and it makes sense for an office comedy where the main protagonist is a guy aged 24.
  • 8) The main protagonist is Takeshi Kovacs, an ex-Envoy who was trained to survive being digitally transmitted across to space to inhabit new bodies and fight for the United Nations.
  • 9) Not that I'd really want to learn our main protagonist is a werewolf moonlighting as a member of the local police force on my own, but telling me immediately after you state the story's title just ruins any pinch of surprise their might be.
  • 10) I'm really just using these as nominal labels for degrees of saturation or non-saturation with alethic quirks -- "mythic" for the point where the protagonist is themselves arcane/exotic/chimeric, "non-mythic" for the zones where the quirks are dissipated to the point of being subliminal or absent.
  • 11) In the first line the protagonist is asking the watch not to keep time.
  • 12) ‘The protagonist of Conrad's novel undergoes a drastic change in response to his environment, common only to that specific time period.’
  • 13) ‘The protagonist of Hemingway's novel, Jake Barnes, is impotent.’
  • 14) ‘She also wrote several novels with mixed-race protagonists.’
  • 15) ‘One imagines that the earth-bound protagonists of later novels would simply not care enough to make the intergalactic journey.’
  • 16) ‘The socializing of men, undertaken by females, is central to her novels, but her protagonists frequently refuse the task.’
  • 17) ‘In this sense, any reader could be Orpheus, as indeed could any of the novel's protagonists.’
  • 18) ‘In nearly every one of your novels, the protagonist is either unable to have a child or loses one.’
  • 19) ‘For most of literary history, young male protagonists are characterized as orphans.’
  • 20) ‘This is your second novel to feature a male protagonist.’
  • 21) ‘The vast majority of female protagonists are unmarried women at peak reproductive age.’
  • 22) ‘Her novels introduce strong female protagonists, usually African American, and characters of many colors.’
  • 23) ‘The shattering and reclaiming of memory proceeds in similar ways for most of the central protagonists of the novel.’
  • 24) ‘Both books' protagonists become epic heroes in part because their technical mastery allows them to manipulate mass consumer networks.’
  • 25) ‘The film's protagonist, George, considers his life a failure.’
  • 26) ‘As the two central protagonists evolve, the supporting cast comes into its own.’
  • 27) ‘Many sitcoms die because they feature protagonists whom the audience cannot relate to.’
  • 28) ‘Note that in this case, both gift-giving scenes portray the protagonists in symmetrical, equivalent poses.’
  • 29) ‘The inspector is not always right, and is often as exasperated and confused as any noir protagonist.’
  • 30) ‘Which would be the book's protagonist, Priscilla or Arthur?’
  • 31) ‘He had played the protagonist, Ahab, in the 1956 film version.’
  • 32) ‘He is doing a feature film on speech codes and political correctness on campus, with interviews directly from the protagonists in the various situations he investigated.’
  • 33) ‘His approach is not to hero-worship the main protagonists, but to show the struggle of human beings in a historical context.’
  • 34) ‘It opened dramatically, with a huge sheet of dark polythene reshaping itself from sea, to chiefs, to land and then figures of the Treaty protagonists.’
  • 35) ‘As an expert in the Soviet Union, he was much in demand and he was generous with his knowledge and insights, both of which had been honed by long hours of study into primary documents and discussion with the main protagonists.’
  • 36) ‘Such is his dedication to the job that he actually went along to both cup semi-finals to bone himself up on the main protagonists.’
  • 37) ‘While the Korean summit made headlines, probably as important is a new triangular rapprochement fast taking place among the three main protagonists of Northeast Asia.’
  • 38) ‘The chief objective in recording such details is to map the main protagonists in news reporting in an area and to begin to reveal some of the mechanics involved in the production of information for public consumption.’
  • 39) ‘For each of the above points and many others I haven't mentioned that the positions held by the main protagonists of this war, up until recently, was to the contrary.’
  • 40) ‘This weekend the UN General Assembly begins another session with many of the main protagonists taking part and in the week ahead the holy fast of Ramadan will begin.’
  • 41) ‘An important part of the fantasy is that I am up there, ringside, with the opportunity to interview the main protagonists immediately before and after the fight.’
  • 42) ‘It was relentlessly pro-royal with all critical faculties repressed, despite the rather chequered history of the two main protagonists.’
  • 43) ‘All three of the main protagonists appear to be in something akin to top form and all were making confident noises after almost error-free rounds yesterday.’
  • 44) ‘As far as this particular scenario is concerned, ethics may as well be a county in the south of England, so amorally do the main protagonists appear to have behaved.’
  • 45) ‘The pressure of the Premiership survival fight took its toll on two of the main protagonists in a hot-tempered first half at Goodison Park.’
  • 46) ‘It's the day after the failed wedding, and the two main protagonists are dealing with things in rather contrasting ways.’
  • 47) ‘However sources close to the five main protagonists have all confirmed their involvement.’
  • 48) ‘It was also unclear what type of relationship existed between the main protagonists in the rebellion.’
  • 49) ‘He claims that political reconciliation is at hand if only the main protagonists would arrive at some common interpretation of the document to which they signed up.’
  • 50) ‘Aside from the main protagonists, how many voters have a clear idea of how ‘Corngate’ occurred and what it meant?’
  • 51) ‘The film keeps cutting back from the snow to the real-life protagonists as they relive their experience.’
  • 52) ‘It was a quite important issue, and I thank Mr Peck, because he came up with the idea of bringing the protagonists and the antagonists into a debate situation to really get to the nitty-gritty of it.’
  • 53) ‘The leading protagonists on each side traded barbs as they discussed changes that would open the door to challenging evolution.’
  • 54) ‘How might we compare the protagonists in the current debate about marriage with those in the earlier one?’
  • 55) ‘The protagonists in the GM crop debate tend to overlook either good or bad aspects of GM crops in agriculture.’
  • 56) ‘As to the main debate, both protagonists have avoided the real issue of the control of the criminal behaviour known as benefit fraud.’

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