Protagonist – which is your favourite?

We all have our favourite protagonist, these are a handful of mine.

Being a fan of noir, protagonist Philip Marlowe, the private detective created by Raymond Chandler, is high on my list. He is one of the most inspirational character I have ever read. He’s the epitome of heroism, toughness, and loneliness.

Another classic noir protagonist is Sam Spade, from Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade is able to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent by-stander or client.

Both of those protagonists were played by Humphrey Bogart in the subsequent films. A third Bogart role, and notable Protagonist, is his portrayal of Rick, in Casablanca.

Bogart in one of his many roles as the tough-guy protagonist


I love the complexity of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter. He has immaculate taste, is highly educated, surrounds himself with beauty, and yet he’s one of the scariest characters you’ll ever come across in a book or movie.

I must include Great ExpectationsMiss Havisham. Sitting for decade after decade in that fragmenting wedding dress, plotting her revenge, before vanishing into flames. A twisted and unforgettable character, and another Dickens masterpiece.

Toad of Toad Hall, the amusingly pretentious Toad, who acts as a mirror with his ego, laziness, and materialism.

protagonist toad

PK, from  Bryce Courtney’s The Power of One, for having a stout heart, and getting even with The Judge.

Moll Flanders For her zest, and the wit and courage with which she overcomes the hand life deals her, using fair means or foul – usually foul. It’s remarkable that Daniel Defoe’s heroine first made her appearance in 1722.

Bigwig from Richard Adams’ Watership Down, a rabbit who displays character and leadership such as we need in the world now.

And of course no list of protagonists would be complete without Ian Fleming’s immutable James Bond.


protagonist James Bond
Is Fleming’s 007 the ultimate protagonist?


Who are your favourite Protagonists? Leave a comment below …

Today’s music clip is a favourite of Micky DeWitt, the protagonist from Flank Street.


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Author: A.J.

I have written as far back as I can recall. Until 2011, that writing was just for me, or as rambling letters to friends and travelogues to the family. I never thought about why, or if others did similarly, and the thought of publishing never entered my head. Since I left England in 1979, I have been collecting experiences, people, and places. From the blood-soaked streets of Kampala, the polluted dust bowls of the Sahara, or the pristine ice floes of the Antarctic, I have gathered and filed them away. Some have recently squeezed through the bars of insecurity and are now at large in the pages of my first three novels. Others await their future fates.

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  1. M.R.R. says:

    In my case, it’s a long list. But a few I like are Batman, Chell from Portal, Captain America, Elsa from Frozen, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.


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