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Tritagonist
The third most important character of a story.
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Back in the days of Ancient Greek Theatre. where there were only two actors. you can only do so much interesting Black and White conflict stories before it gets old.

This is where the Tritagonist comes in. Originally, this character is someone who played an adversarial role to the Protagonist. which allowed the Deuteragonist to play a supportive role to the hero.

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examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Zetsuen no Tempest has Fuwa Aika. the story was set in motion by Mahiro's desire to avenge her murder, they then discover that she was killed by a mage and that particular mage is not one of the (as of then) antagonists, The Kusaribe. One of the Defector from Decadence Kusaribe, Hakaze tried to find out what actually happened by traveling back in time, and she discovered that Aika is actually that particular mage, and with that, she decides to commit suicide to prevent a Time Paradox, which sets the plot in motion, and gives her big brother Mahiro a reason for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and her lover Yoshino a terrible bout of depression which only furthered his manipulative nature.

  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Seto Kaiba would be The Tritagonist to Yugi, who he wants to defeat in Duel Monsters to salvage his reputation from his past defeats, and prove he's the superior Duelist. His motives are portrayed as hateful and selfish, and he often opposes Yugi's destiny as The Chosen One, and disbelieves any of the supernatural stuff that Yugi attracts calling it "Hocus Pocus". The Deuteragonist would be Joey/Jounichi, who gets his own side stories/development separate from Yugi, and is primarilly Yugi's ally, but has to duel against Yugi occasionally to meet his own goals.

Western Animation
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Zuko would be the Tritagonist to Aang, because of his sympathetic motives. He at first opposes Aang because wants to capture and bring Aang to the fire lord to regain his honor, so he's no longer exiled from his home. Katara, and Toph would share the Deuteragonist role getting a lot of their own stories, and being important characters, but not outright support characters.
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