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Post Reply Does the main character HAVE to be the same character as the protagonist?
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severticas wrote:

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the main characters can be aliens invading earth and the protagonist umm...some dude that makes it his business


Okay then.


T_T i don't usually follow definitions to a t but give me the definition of a protagonist and i'll make sense of this.



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Nope and I think Akame ga Kill is a good example, there is an obvious main character, but everyone else can be seen as protagonists.


Interesting. I'd never thought of Akame ga Kill that way.
Posted 5/9/15

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DanteVSTheWorld wrote:

Nope and I think Akame ga Kill is a good example, there is an obvious main character, but everyone else can be seen as protagonists.


Interesting. I'd never thought of Akame ga Kill that way.


It doesn't answer your question...
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severticas wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


DanteVSTheWorld wrote:

Nope and I think Akame ga Kill is a good example, there is an obvious main character, but everyone else can be seen as protagonists.


Interesting. I'd never thought of Akame ga Kill that way.


It doesn't answer your question...



True.
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- Protagonist
- http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protagonist

The protagonist (from Ancient Greek πρωταγωνιστής (protagonistes), meaning "player of the first part, chief actor") or main character is a narrative's central or primary personal figure, who comes into conflict with an opposing major character or force (called the antagonist). The audience is intended to mostly identify with the protagonist. In the theatre of Ancient Greece, three actors played every main dramatic role in a tragedy; the protagonist played the leading role while the other roles were played by the deuteragonist and the tritagonist.

The terms protagonist and main character are variously explained and depending on the source, may denote different concepts. In fiction, the story of the protagonist can be told from the perspective of a different character (who may also but not necessarily, be the narrator). An example would be a narrator who relates the fate of several protagonists - perhaps as prominent figures recalled in a biographical perspective.

Sometimes, antagonists and protagonists may overlap, depending on what their ultimate objectives are considered to be...
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So another character can tell the protagonist's story?
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When I think of a protagonist, I think of the good guy who is facing with the bad guy. So with limited awful definition of what a protagonist is, I don't think the main character always has to be the protagonist of the story. The MC can be a narrator or someone with little to no power that is still crucial in the plot, why another character exists who actually does the fighting and faces the bad guy.

That's how i think of it.
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A-Eky wrote:

When I think of a protagonist, I think of the good guy who is facing with the bad guy. So with limited awful definition of what a protagonist is, I don't think the main character always has to be the protagonist of the story. The MC can be a narrator or someone with little to no power that is still crucial in the plot, why another character exists who actually does the fighting and faces the bad guy.

That's how i think of it.


Your definition is fine.
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So another character can tell the protagonist's story?


Why not? it's done all the time "call me Ishmael"

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I never heard of 'Call me, Ishmael'!
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"Main Character" and "Protagonists" are exactly the same thing.

There is no story where the main character and protagonists are different. For if you ask: "Who's the main character?" You would reply the same for either question.

Protagonist = Main character.

Do not separate the two, there is nothing dividing them.
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"Main Character" and "Protagonists" are exactly the same thing.

There is no story where the main character and protagonists are different. For if you ask: "Who's the main character?" You would reply the same for either question.

Protagonist = Main character.

Do not separate the two, there is nothing dividing them.


Really now? Not one has more influence on the story than the other.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


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"Main Character" and "Protagonists" are exactly the same thing.

There is no story where the main character and protagonists are different. For if you ask: "Who's the main character?" You would reply the same for either question.

Protagonist = Main character.

Do not separate the two, there is nothing dividing them.


Really now? Not one has more influence on the story than the other.


Absolutely none.

If you search "main character" or "protagonist" both will say they're also the other.

There can also be two protagonists or two main characters, even if one is more important than the other.

A good example of two protagonist/main characters is Tom and Jerry. Neither Tom or Jerry is necessarily more important than the other, and they're both the catalysts for everything. But Tom would probably be the more important of the two.

Most stories are told from Tom's perspective, even if Jerry is sometimes the "hero".
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I never heard of 'Call me, Ishmael'!


It's what the narrator of Moby Dick says. He is important as the story teller but the vital characters are Captain Ahab and the White Whale. however: "I alone escaped to tell thee"


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No. While the protagonist is a character that compulse actions to the settings the main character can just stand and witness what the protagonist do and only do that, but that not the usual case, recent literary work tend to mix both into one for easy comprsion, in Anime industry a case that do not do this is Baccano! Or Durarara! 1 (Not that much since the guy is main and protagonist too). Can someone tell me who is the main character of Baccano! ?
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