Can A Protagonist Be A Side Character

In many genres, we expect the story to be told from a specific Point of View, with a certain character role that is expected to be The Protagonist. Some writers like to mix it up by choosing someone that does not have the central role in the story and tell the story from their perspective. This is the Supporting Protagonist: someone who would normally be a secondary character by conventions of the genre but is actually the main character in the story. When done correctly, this provides a Point of View other than what's typical. When done wrong, it can easily lead to the character becoming The Load. In many cases, this means choosing someone other than The Hero to be the protagonist. For instance, the story follows the Big Good as they watch The Hero on their adventure. In this case they are also the Supporting Leader. In another case the story could follow the Sidekick as they support the hero.

The third case is Supporting Protagonist being The Hero, but not The Chosen One. It can also be that we follow this protagonist for much of the story, but the one who gets to resolve the in-story conflict is not him/her. In a mystery, it means choosing someone other than the detective. In a Romance Novel, it means choosing someone other than the lead character. In Historical Fiction, it means choosing someone other than the important historical figure. It's common in Japanese works with a supernatural touch (Light Novels, Fish out of Water scenarios, etc.) in order to have somebody to spout exposition to. In Real-Time Strategy games, this usually happens in conjunction with Non-Entity General. This trope is often a good way to deconstruct the conventions of a given genre or character archetype, such as a "normal" person reacting to the many bizarre things that RPG characters tend to do, or a level-headed secretary constantly trying to propose saner alternatives to the Insane Admiral's shenannigans. A sister trope to A Day in the Limelight, where just part of the story doesn't center around the expected protagonist, and First-Person Peripheral Narrator, in which the character is not the protagonist at all, but is the narrator of the story. Compare Deuteragonist and Hero of Another Story. Contrast with Hero Protagonist and Decoy Protagonist (the character who appears at first to be The Protagonist but is not). See Secondary Character Title, when the character the work is named after isn't the protagonist.

39;s love story with her senpai, Touko (and we do, to a degree).

Koyomi Araragi from Bakemonogatari is the main character and plays a key role in the arcs, but it's often the girls themselves who are the focus and have to solve the problems themselves in the end. Rock in Black Lagoon starts off as a First-Person Peripheral Narrator to the Lagoon company and Revy in particular, but as the story progresses he gets a considerable amount of Character Development while going from The Load to a Guile Hero. In Bloom Into You, we're initially led to believe that we'll be following Yuu's love story with her senpai, Touko (and we do, to a degree). However, the more we follow Yuu's story, the more it's made clear that it's Touko who fits the bill as a romance protagonist, given how she is actively pursuing Yuu and is often the one who reacts like a romance heroine whenever she's around her Love Interest. Eventually, when Touko's deep self-esteem issues are brought to light, Yuu is the one who takes action to help Touko. Bubblegum Crisis: While Priss is the face of the series, the narrative has more to do with her leader, Sylia Stingray, who serves as the Genom Corporation's chief opposition.

Though the series was cut short before it had the chance to delve into her past, and reveal that she may not be human. Code:Breaker: Sakurakouji Sakura is the viewpoint character of the series. Despite being quite important due to her status as a Rare-Kind, much of the manga focuses around Ogami. Doraemon: According to Fujiko F. Fujio in volume 0, Doraemon is the protagonist. In a 1989 interview note From the November 14, 1989 broadcast of the NHK program Okaasan no Benkyou-shitsu., the creator stated that Nobita is the secondary protagonist. Doraemon drives the plot, however, its ultimately about Nobita trying to improve his future with the help of Doraemon and his gadgets. Digimon Adventure 02: While Daisuke/Davis may be the one who saves the day with his partner at the end of the two halves of the season, the story focuses more on Ken Ichijouji, who is for the most part a focal point throughout all of it. Don't Meddle with My Daughter! While Athena is the main heroine of the series, the narrative has more to do with her daughter, Clara, since Athena has to protect her without being seen. This means subjecting herself to Deepthroat's sexual harassment to keep them from getting to Clara. Dragon Ball Z: - Yes, Goku is doubtful the main character, but there are times when Gohan is more the protagonist, especially considering the series focused a great deal on his character development.

Whenever Goku's written out in some way (recuperating, ill, dead, training, etc), chances are, Gohan takes over as the main character, particularly for the Namek saga (pre-Frieza fight), Garlic Jr. Cell Games (where he defeats the main villain), and was meant to take over as the lead for good in the Majin Buu saga (with the beginning of the arc told from his perspective). But Goku returned anyway. Gohan's importance wanes by the very end of the series, like everyone else in the franchise not named Goku (and sometimes Vegeta). 18 before Cell can absorb her but ends up falling for her instead. Also Trunks and Bardock are the leads of their respective TV specials, with Goku making little more than cameos in each. Also, Gohan once again takes over as main character in a couple of the films (with Trunks and Goten as major supporting characters). The final film focuses more on Trunks than anyone else, even with Goku back. Koichi in Part 4. Koichi gets more screentime in the story, almost as much as the main character Josuke. Bruno Buccellati in Part 5. He leads his own sub-gang and is the first to lend meaningful support to the protagonist, Giorno Giovanna.

39;t been able to help.

A lot of the story focuses around him rather than Giorno. Such as during the Venus arc, where she was abducted and held hostage. Takeru and his friends battled the Venus unit to try to save her. But in the end, Himegami freed herself and was the one to battle her captor's chief agent, Martha Minerva. Which left Takeru frustrated and ashamed that he hadn't been able to help. She also defeated Ouken Yamato, near the end of the Okino Island saga. Whereas Takeru had only been able to match Ouken, yet unable to finish him, despite his best efforts. While Luffy is the protagonist and his dreams are still the primary Myth Arc, the stories often focus on larger implications and conflicts such as the balance of the Great Powers. While Luffy always takes on the Big Bad, there are times when the main character arc is someone else(ie Trafalgar Law, King Riku, Kyros, and Rebecca in the Dressrosa arc all have much more direct axes to grind with Doflamingo than Luffy does, but all ultimately yield to him the duty of actually taking him out. Prior to this, most of the cast, especially Chris, usually played this to Sonic, who despite being the main hero, often got the least spotlight and development each episode. Yuta from GRIDMAN, being the one who merges with the titular character, is The Hero of his series, but the story is ultimately about Akane. Yomogi from DYNɅZENON controls Dyna Soldier, the core component of the titular mech, but Gauma is the one who serves as the main pilot when combined, and is the one driving the plot.

They also turn out to be Jedi Padawans during the events of the prequels.

However this might now be with the way the Season Two is a going a Averted trope. After the Workshop Battle Ficus and view point has almost completely shifted to Bam and Khun like back and Season One with the prime Myth arc of Season Two is currently finding the truth behind Bam's true power. Gallifrey: Narvin is unambiguously stated by the series' creator to be the protagonist, since everything that happens revolves around him, and he's the only character who cares more about the plot than about his own personal goals. However, his role to the story is a supporting one. In The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw Dunstan, our viewpoint character, is simply a young noble who follows around the legendary warrior out of a sense of admiration and duty. Star Wars: Tag & Bink follow the adventures of two bumbling rebels during the events of the Star Wars films. They also turn out to be Jedi Padawans during the events of the prequels. Jed from the Star Raiders graphic novel. He starts off as one of the three main characters, but halfway through the story he's sidelined into irrelevancy. Art Spiegelman (or at least his Author Avatar) in Maus as the story follows him and his attempt to record his father's experience throughout the Holocaust.

However, the story is clearly about his father Vladek and his Holocaust experience. By the end of the story, despite their name being in the title, it's pretty apparent that The Avengers in Avengers vs. X-Men are there to punch people and provide a "down in the trenches" viewpoint. The actual main characters are Cyclops, Scarlet Witch, and Hope Summers, with input from Emma Frost and, oddly enough, Iron Fist as well. A Certain Unknown Level 0: Kamijou Touma is the title viewpoint character of the story, but most of the time the story focuses more on the various supporting/minor characters. The Dragon Age: Inquisition AU story Beyond Heroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium gives this role to Varric. He's the point of view character whose thoughts and emotions are shown to the reader; however, the hero of the story is the Inquisitor, which in this case is Bethany Hawke. Sandy serves as one in The Bikini Bottom Horror since most of the comic is shown from her point of view. The story is about a Patrick clone called "The Tortured One", with Squidward as the main hero. The Brightburn fic A Monster's Nature basically does this for Caitlyn Connors; she's essentially the Lana Lang/Lois Lane to Brandon Breyer's Superman (making the necessary moral adjustments) and yet the story focuses on her perspective of events rather than Brandon's. Subverted in More Than Enemies. As we get to know Ríos intricate backstory linking her to more people than Danzo Shimura while she herself gets to be one of the most relevant players of the Konoha Crushs arc, it seems like this whole ordeal engulfs Sakuras struggles and developments.

Related posts