[n] the principal character in a work of fiction
[n] a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
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\Pro*tag"o*nist\, n. [Gr. ?; prw^tos first + ? an actor, combatant, fr. ? a contest.] One who takes the leading part in a drama; hence, one who takes lead in some great scene, enterprise, conflict, or the like. Shakespeare, the protagonist on the great of modern poetry. --De Quincey.