Protagonist vs. Antagonist

Anchor Charts

Protagonist vs. AntagonistAnchor Chart

Begin by teaching students the definitions of protagonist and antagonist.

Protagonist - the main character in a novel, play, movie, etc. who is an important person who is involved in a competition, conflict, or cause

Antagonist - a person who opposes another person - a character who works against the hero of a story

After teaching the definitions, students will understand the anchor chart. Notice that the characters are made up of the letters that spell protagonist and antagonist. They are dueling each other with swords that are made up of the letters in the word conflict.

This visual will help students remember the definitions of the words.

I like to teach protagonist with comic book and movie characters that are strong enemies. This really helps students understand the concepts before moving on to characters in a novel. 

Students will really enjoy a quick brainstorming activity where they list heroes and villians.  



Here is a list to get you started: 

 DC Comics 

  • Batman and Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler

  • Superman and Lex Luther

  • Wonderwoman and Giganta, Gundra the Valkyrie, Maxwell Lord

  • Aquaman and Black Manta, Ocean Master, Siren

  • Green Lantern and Krona, Black Hand, Parallax


 Marvel Comics 

  • Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus

  • X-Men and Magneto, Apocalypse, Sentinels

  • Avengers and Thanos

  • Hulk and Maestro, Leader, Abomination

  • Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom, Mole Man, Puppet Master



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