hero, heroine

hero or heroine

“The central character (masculine or feminine) in a work. The character who is the focus of interest” (Source: Harmon & Holman,  246).

A hero traditionally has positive qualities such as high ethical standards, commitment to duty, perseverance, and courage. An antihero possesses negative qualities such as cowardice and dishonesty. Protagonist is a neutral term denoting simply the main character of a work.

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