Beck went beyond demonizing Soros; he cast him as the protagonist in an updated Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
On Bates Motel, Vera Farmiga masterfully transforms a would-be harridan into a new kind of protagonist: the sensual hysteric.
We seem to have gotten over the Judd Apatow moment, as it were, when, as Obst points out, women “lost their protagonist role.”
1670s, "principal character in a story, drama, etc.," from Greek protagonistes "actor who plays the chief or first part," from protos "first" (see proto-) + agonistes "actor, competitor," from agon "contest" (see act (n.)). Meaning "leading person in any cause or contest" is from 1889. Mistaken sense of "advocate, supporter" (1935) is from misreading of Greek protos as Latin pro- "for."