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the famous protagonist, Harry Potter
  the principal character in a work of fiction

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an important supporter of someone or something
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Strongly Associated with:   antagonism, antagonist
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  • the famous protagonist, Harry Potter
  • an unlikely and unlikable protagonist
  • Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
    Norman Mailer
  • And you look like a protagonist.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park

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  • "Check this out," he said, and showed her a sequence from an action movie where, instead of Bruce Willis, the protagonist now seemed to be Francis Garaventa.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She reads all the time—in the halls, in the cafeteria—mostly novels with angsty protagonists: The Virgin Suicides, Catcher in the Rye, The Bell jar.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Then I reasoned further that the rat could have just as easily been on my head—then a flashback to a scene from Orwell’s 1984, where there is a description of a starved rat chewing through the eyeball of the protagonist.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Thus in the end, upon analysis of these keys, it was not at all difficult to explain Walter Durrfeld’s role as protagonist in Sophie’s terrifying yet exquisite Liebestraum.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The protagonist was a Jew, and he was presented in a positive light.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Helen, once a peripheral figure in these discussions, became the epicenter, instigator, and protagonist.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water

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  • (Spoiler alert: The price of dawn is blood.) It wasn’t An Imperial Affliction, but the protagonist, Staff Sergeant Max Mayhem, was vaguely likable despite killing, by my count, no fewer than 118 individuals in 284 pages.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Pattyn, the protagonist in this book, comes to love rural Nevada, where the spirit of the Old West lives on in its people.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Shortly after Everett’s disappearance his father suggested that the boy had probably been inspired to call himself Nemo by Jules Verne’sTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, a book Everett read many times, in which the purehearted protagonist, Captain Nemo, flees civilization and severs his "every tie upon the earth."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Ironically, the greatest triumph for both, protagonists was the time they were forced to cooperate during the goblin insurgence.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Opening the novel with the suicidal leap of the insurance agent, ending it with the protagonist’s confrontational soar into danger, was meant to enclose the mystical but problematic one taken by the Solomon of the title.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • If I had used Terminator Two, where the protagonist is a gun, I wouldn’t have got those results.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • By establishing himself as the protagonist of his own story, he inspired me and countless other young people to see ourselves as capable of taking control of our own destinies, and to realize how each decision we make determines the course of our life stories.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • To avoid relying on my own perceptions, I interviewed most of the protagonists at great length and on multiple occasions.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • A number of’epics’, all more or less fragmentary, are known from the Old Babylonian and later periods, but the protagonists are usually gods and monsters.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Lockhart’s Life of Napoleon (cover wanting, marginal annotations, minimising victories, aggrandising defeats of the protagonist).
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She could have had no such experience at all, and there was neither reason for the scene nor any possible protagonist: he knew that she knew that.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • At first he could get nowhere, in rooms where the proprietress would enter during the best moments of love and make all sorts of comments about the intimate charms of the protagonists.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "I understand the protagonist is not doing very well," the professor said, grimly.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Here, the protagonist psychologically makes the deal but then looks at himself and at the true cost and recovers in time to reject the devil’s—Mr. Lindner’s—offer.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The three chief protagonists in the Washington drama of 1850 had been colleagues in Congress as far back as 1813.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Besides, I thought, male novelists write about female protagonists all the time, so I will write about men.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Some undefined sorrow was hidden in the hearts of the protagonists as they stood in silence beneath the leafless trees and when the moment of farewell had come the kiss, which had been withheld by one, was given by both.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • After Aisha introduced the protagonist, Safiya provided the setting and central conflict, and Nademah took it from there.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Downtrodden Americans gravitated strongly toward the Horatio Alger protagonist, the lowly bred Everyman who rises from anonymity and hopelessness.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • He was always one of the protagonists, but always, as in almost everything he did, a secret protagonist.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Their appearance confirmed the impression that the show had been staged regardless of expense, and emphasized its resemblance to one of those "costume-plays" in which the protagonists walk through the passions without displacing a drapery.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Jefferson, its protagonist, was the hero of the populace, but he was not of the populace himself, nor did he ever quite trust it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The grand finale will be a moment straight from the stage, some stunning dramatic conclusion when antagonist and protagonist meet face-to-face, settling their differences once and for all.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Turning his face at last into the face of the victim, for he had never seen him before now, he would tower up with the sudden height of a man no longer the tale teller but the speechless protagonist, silent at last, one degree nearer the hero.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Perhaps in every life there has to be, in addition to the other protagonists, a secret, unknown force, an almost symbolic figure who comes un-summoned to the rescue, and perhaps in mine Evgraf, my brother, plays the part of this hidden benefactor?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • My gold-draped protagonist was an indigenous suburban princess who drove a pink BMW, her rock-hard, surgically enhanced breasts jutting into the steering wheel, allowing her to drive hands-free, talking on her cell phone and teasing her frosted hair in the rearview mirror as she raced to the tanning salon.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • One of these—an entry about watching a dog being beaten by a gang of children, written at the age of twelve—later inspired the most famous scene in The Remedy, when the protagonist, Jacob, leaves the apartment of a woman to whom he has just made love for the first time, and, standing in the shadows of a street lamp in the freezing cold, watches a dog being brutally kicked to death by two men.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • He saw The impassioned, pigmy fist Clenched cloudward and defiant, The pride that would prevail, the doomed protagonist Grappling the ghostly giant Arthur said: "Are you rested now?
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It says Hiro Protagonist Last of the Freelance Hackers Greatest swordfighter in the world Stringer, Central Intelligence Corporation.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Hiro Protagonist and Vitaly Chernobyl, roommates, are chilling out in their home, a spacious 20-by30 in a U-Stor-It in Inglewood, California.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Items (b) and (c) should be considered together: someone tells our protagonist, our hero, who need not look very heroic, to go somewhere and do something.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • After Ceremony was published, some readers remarked on my male protagonist and many male characters, something of a novelty for female novelists in the English language.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • A black car, alive with nasty lights, whines past her the other way, closing in on the hapless Hiro Protagonist.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Sometimes the quest fails or is not taken up by the protagonist.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • People like Hiro Protagonist.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • And they’re all staring at Hiro Protagonist, who is just staring back at them.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Number One, the name and the photograph on the top of the list, belongs to Hiroalci Protagonist.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • She is thinking, oddly enough, about what it would be like to climb into the back of the car with Hiro Protagonist for a while.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He used to live in it, staying on the street or in various Snooze ’n’ Cruise franchises, until he met up with Hiro Protagonist.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • "Hiro Protagonist," the gargoyle says as Hiro finally tracks him down in the darkness beside a shanty.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
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