An antagonist is the character or thing that is against the protagonist in a text. The antagonist is often thought of as the "bad guy," but that may not be the case. The protagonist could be the bad person, and the antagonist is the person or thing that opposes him.
An antagonist does not have to be another person. In many stories, the protagonist has an inner conflict-he fights with himself and has to sort out his own feelings. In addition, an antagonist does not have to be a character at all. It can be a thing. For example, the protagonist may fight against nature-he might have to overcome the elements.
1. Darth Vadar is the main antagonist of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
2. Mr. Darcy is the main antagonist of Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice.
3. The wolf is the antagonist in "The Three Little Pigs."
4. MacDuff is an antagonist of Macbeth in Macbeth.
5. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll has a conflict within himself-he is his own antagonist.
6. In the movie Aladdin, Jafar is the antagonist.
7. In The Hunger Games, the capital is Katniss' antagonist-and those who control the elements that make up the game.
8. In 101 Dalmatians, Cruella Deville is the antagonist.
9. On Looney Toons, the roadrunner's antagonist is Wiley Coyote.
10. In the Harry Potter series, Voldemort is the main antagonist.