An example of a deuteragonist is a superhero's leading lady.
Origin of deuteragonistClassical Greek deuteragōnistēs: see deutero- and amp; agonize and amp; -ist
Origin of deuteragonistGreek deuteragōnistēs, an actor of second-class parts : deuteros, second; see deu-1 in Indo-European roots + agōnistēs, actor; see protagonist.
- A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
Much less commonly used in everyday speech than protagonist – while protagonist is a common term, deuteragonist is technical.
Ancient Greek δευτεραγωνιστής (deuteragonistes, literally “second actor”), originally in Greek drama, from ἀγωνιστής (agōnistēs, “a combatant, pleader, actor”).
Surface analysis deuter- + agonist (“combatant, participant”).