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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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"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".


I always thought that the main character was similar to the title character while protagonist is not.
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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Explain your opinion in great detail.

I can really use help on this with some advice from the follow writers and readers out there. The title speaks for itself.

Bonus Questions:

1) Would you rather read or write in first or third person?

2)How can you write first person and tell everyone's point of view?

Enjoy!!!


No, the protagonist can be ONE of the leading characters of the show.
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I'm not a pro author or writer, but in my opinion, after researching around the web, in most cases yes the main character is generally the same as the protagonist. But this is not a rule or law, it is just more simple and easier for you to make the story. Of course you the main character can be different than the protagonist but you will have to show the difference.

The definition for "main character" is pretty much self explanatory, the person who is mentioned the most or sometimes stated as the title of the book.

The "Protagonist" is a person who learns and grows as the story progress, so in the beginning the protagonist can be selfish but later on in the story he/she learns what it means to share.

1. I would rather read in the first person because simply most of the story I have read and watched are generally first person.

2. If you would like to write first person and have everyone's point of view, you can simply let the character express what they think, or write in the style of first person omniscient the definition is pretty much the narrator is in the story himself but knows the feelings and thoughts of the other character.

Well that is my 2 cents hope this helps


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No. I think shows that manage to have the main character and the lead character be different are often very good.
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Rusoku wrote:

I'm not a pro author or writer, but in my opinion, after researching around the web, in most cases yes the main character is generally the same as the protagonist. But this is not a rule or law, it is just more simple and easier for you to make the story. Of course you the main character can be different than the protagonist but you will have to show the difference.

The definition for "main character" is pretty much self explanatory, the person who is mentioned the most or sometimes stated as the title of the book.

The "Protagonist" is a person who learns and grows as the story progress, so in the beginning the protagonist can be selfish but later on in the story he/she learns what it means to share.

1. I would rather read in the first person because simply most of the story I have read and watched are generally first person.

2. If you would like to write first person and have everyone's point of view, you can simply let the character express what they think, or write in the style of first person omniscient the definition is pretty much the narrator is in the story himself but knows the feelings and thoughts of the other character.

Well that is my 2 cents hope this helps




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No. I've seen plenty of shows that isn't the protagonist but is also the main character.


Name an anime series.

Fairy Tail
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.

Explain your opinion in great detail.

I can really use help on this with some advice from the follow writers and readers out there. The title speaks for itself.

Bonus Questions:

1) Would you rather read or write in first or third person?

2)How can you write first person and tell everyone's point of view?

Enjoy!!!


No, the protagonist can be ONE of the leading characters of the show.



Like a lead character?
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No. I've seen plenty of shows that isn't the protagonist but is also the main character.


Name an anime series.

Fairy Tail


One Piece.
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Yup.
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I thought they meant the same.
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I thought they meant the same.


I thought they were different.
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Let's assume we are talking about a story with only one main character/protagonist.

In literary terms, both of those words mean the same thing. MC and protagonist are interchangeable. They do give a different sort of connotation, but their denotation is the same. Hero can also be used in exchange.

The MC does not always to be the good guy. You have tragic heroes, anti-heroes, villains, tragic villains, and so on. The MC can be any of the roles. An antagonist would simply be someone who comes into conflict with the MC. And yes, there can be multiple antagonists.

I prefer first-person since it reveals in-depth the thoughts of the MC. Ever read the Yahari LN series? 8man has a cynical take on the world that would be obvious in either first or third POV, but his thoughts, which would be limited in third-person, are shown more often through first-person.

If you write in first-person, however, you are often times only limited to what the MC knows. After all, in first-person, the MC is the narrator, and as a character is not omnipresent and is biased in thoughts, he can only provide insight on others through observation. In addition to that, often times the character has bias, creating an "unreliable narrator." A great example of that happening is "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe.

I have seen some ways to do so, however. "The Kane Chronicles" by Rick Riordan writes in first-person, but every few chapters has the narrator "switched" between its protagonist and deuteragonist. Therefore, by switching narrators, you could attempt to tell everyone's POV, but that'll be a mess to sort out.

In the end, the best way to tell the POV of everyone in first-person is through describing their actions. What do they say? Do? Look? You may not have thoughts, but people communicate by words and gestures, even if they don't mean to. Focus attention to that aspect.

Also, you can have a mind-reading character. That works too, I guess.

TLDR: They mean the same thing.
Posted 5/9/15
Nah son. Higurashi is an example of that, I won't say much but it's definitely worth a watch.
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