The Antagonist

The Antagonist

Author: Kathryn Reilly
This lesson introduces the antagonist in fiction writing.
See More
Try a College Course Free

Sophia’s self-paced online courses are a great way to save time and money as you earn credits eligible for transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.*

Begin Free Trial
No credit card required

28 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

253 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 22 of Sophia’s online courses. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.


The Antagonist: The Most Antagonizing of Characters

This slideshow introduces the antagonist, identifies key characteristics and provides notable literary examples.

Source: Kathryn Reilly

Famous Literary Antagonists

The websites below list famous literary antagonists:



This website provides a trivia game on famous literary antagonists.  How many will you know?



This article compiles and briefly discusses 50 notable literary villains.



In this article, Stephen King lists his top 10 literary villains (all save one are antagonists; one is a villain protagonist).

Source: See Above