Everyone thinks the protagonist is what makes a story great. We disagree! If it wasn't for the Antagonist, there wouldn't be a protagonist, plot, hero's journey or book for that matter. Think about it...does the protagonist role out of bed and say, "Wow, I think I want to go on this life threatening adventure today?"
If it wasn't for us, life would be boring. We might not be your favorite characters in the book you're currently reading, but we are the reason you are reading it.
This is who we are...like it or not!
The Definition of Antagonize
antagonize, antagonise [ænˈtægəˌnaɪz]vb (tr)
1. to make hostile; annoy or irritate
2. to act in opposition to or counteract
What is an Antagonist?An antagonist is a character, group of characters, or an outside source (institution) that represents the opposition against which the protagonist (hero) must contend. In other words, an antagonist is a person or a group of people who oppose the main character(s).
The antagonist may also represent a major threat or obstacle to the main character(s) by their very existence, without necessarily deliberately targeting him or her. Examples in both film and theatre include Sauron, the main antagonist in The Lord of the Rings, who constantly battles the series' protagonists, and Tybalt, an antagonist in Romeo and Juliet, who slays Mercutio and whose later death results in the exiling of the play's protagonist, Romeo.
A convention of the antagonist in a story is that their moral choices are less savoury than those of the protagonist. This is often used by an author to create conflict within this story. However, this is merely a convention and the reversal of this can be seen in the character Macduff from Macbeth, who is arguably morally correct in his desire to fight the tyrant Macbeth.