Dramatica Definition: Protagonist

Protagonist • [Archetype] • An Archetypal Character who represents the qualities of Pursuit and Consider • An Objective Character charged with the responsibility of pursuing a solution to the story’s objective problem. An objective problem does not mean it can’t be personal. Rather, it means that all of the dramatically functioning characters in the story are concerned about the outcome. The true Archetypal Protagonist pursues the solution against the Antagonist. In other stories a close cousin of the Protagonist shares all the same elements except he tries to avoid the Antagonist’s plan. For the Pursuing Protagonist the goal is to cause something. For the Avoiding “Protagonist” the goal is to prevent something.

From the Dramatica Dictionary