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The Protagonist is an Omnipresent Trope that is present in almost every story, and therefore has spawned lots of Sub Tropes.

The "protagonist" is the central character of a story, the one whose viewpoint is used to tell the story. In most stories, there is only one of these, with similar characters called "Deuteragonist", "Tritagonist" or just "ensemble cast". There is no morality inherent to any of these terms.

Sometimes, for these tropes, due to the Omnipresence of one of the SubTropes, Hero Protagonist, "Hero" is often conflated with "Protagonist", when the two terms actually refer to different concepts. Specifically, "protagonist" refers to the role a character plays in the narrative, whereas a "hero" is a character archetype that can show up in any role in the narrative. See The Hero for more on that. That said, even on this site, the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably in trope names.

See Antagonist Tropes for tropes about its opposite number.