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Protagonists, antagonists or supporting characters ?

In a story, there is a princess protected and guarded by knights.  One day, an evil villain invaded the land and captured the princess.  The knights were not powerful enough to stop him.  Then comes along a hero that vows to rescue the princess and rid the land of evil.  

The hero obviously would be the protagonist.

The villain would be the antagonist.  

But what about the knights and the princess? Since they are not the main focus, would they be considered auxiliary or supporting characters?  The knights sole duty is to protect the princess and the princess rules the kingdom.  Are they simply supporting characters to the protagonist?

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The only reason to identify the lead characters, the featured roles, the subsidiaries, the walk-ons and the extras is for the end credits (where the extras won't appear unless they helped with the funding) and the pay cheques.

    Since you're writing a book, not producing a film, they should all be *people*

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  • Marli
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They would support either the protagonist or the antagonist in some way or they would witness events or get in the way of the main characters. For instance, the knight's squire would arm him and clean the armor. While doing his job or eating in the servants' hall, the squire might eavesdrop on conversations of other servants, bribe them, recruit them to the knight's cause, pass the information on to the knight, advise the knight and fight beside him. He is a significant secondary character. The pot scrubber in the kitchen who is also his spy does not have as significant a part, but he is also a secondary character.

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  • 2 months ago

    Protagonist means a leading character. Antagonist means an opponent. The words are not opposites. Your chief enemy would be the protagonist of your antagonists.

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