Hero vs. Protagonist vs. Main Character
by Adam Huddleston
I was listening to a podcast recently where the moderators were discussing the difference between the hero, protagonist, and main character in a story. To be honest, I had never really considered it and simply assumed that they were one and the same. The moderators explained the difference thusly:
Hero: the character in a story that you want to see succeed.
Protagonist: the character in a story that drives the events of the story forward and often changes during it
Main Character: the character the story focuses on, usually told through their point of view
Hopefully these definitions will help you in your writing!