Playing With / Supporting Protagonist

Basic Trope: The main character who is not the main focus of the story.
  • Straight: Alice is The Hero, but the story is told from Bob's POV.
  • Exaggerated: The POV jumps to a different character every chapter; Bob, Charlie, Diane, Edwin...
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob share the POV between them but Alice is still The Hero and Bob is still her Sidekick.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has a hero complex and thinks he's The Hero but the story makes it clear that Alice is. However, Bob is still important to the story, so he's not a Decoy Protagonist.
    • Bob is Alice's Sidekick.
    • Bob sees himself as a Ridiculously Average Guy; that is, someone with no remarkable qualities to speak of that would make him worthy of deserving The Hero status.
  • Inverted: Bob is not the real protagonist, but Alice is.
  • Subverted: Alice is a Decoy Protagonist. After the second chapter, Bob takes over as The Protagonist and The Hero.
  • Double Subverted: In the third chapter, Alice is back and roles are restored.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: The roles of protagonist and hero are swapped between Alice and Bob.
  • Averted: The view point character and the main character are the same character.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "I'm not the hero of this story but it is still my story."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice is writing the story of her adventures as they happen. She chooses to act like The Hero so she'll have something worth writing down.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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