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tragic hero

a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat:
Oedipus, the classic tragic hero. Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for tragic hero

a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy's 21st Century Lexicon
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