(plural: ‘antagonists‘; the word opposite in meaning: ‘protagonist‘; pronunciation: the letter ‘g’ is said with a ‘g’ sound as in “gun”— for the right pronunciation of ‘antagonist’, please click here)
a person, group of people or organisation that is actively opposed to another person, group of people or organisation;
a person who talks about or behaves in a spiteful way to another person or group of people;
the main character in opposition to the hero, or the protagonist, in a story, play/drama, film; a villain,
In Superman comics and films, Superman is the protagonist and Lux Luther is the antagonist.
The Joker, The Riddler, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow are some of the antagonists in Batman stories, comics and films.