• The person second in importance to the protagonist in a drama.

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Example Sentences

“I tried out for the role of the deuteragonist because I thought she had a more interesting personality.” 

“While not the main character, the deuteragonist is often a driving force in the plot.” 

“My favorite characters are often deuteragonists, such as Samwise Gamgee and Ron Weasley.”

Word Origin

Greek, mid-19th century

Why this word?

Playing second fiddle to the protagonist in a drama, the deuteragonist often provides needed emotional support, exposition for the plot, or sometimes comic relief. Notable deuteragonists and their protagonists include Dr. Watson to Sherlock Holmes, Hermione Granger to Harry Potter, and Samwise Gamgee to Frodo Baggins.