Main Character Syndrome


What does Main Character Syndrome mean?

Main character syndrome, otherwise known as protagonist syndrome is the psychological condition, defined by feelings of being the hero of a story; the center of the world.

While the condition is present in every human being to some degree, it may manifest in a variety of manners, such as narcissistic behavior, persecution complex as well as a healthy dose of confidence.


What's the origin of Main Character Syndrome?

The origin of the phrase is unknown, although it was already identified by psychology in the 19th century.

Spread & Usage

How did Main Character Syndrome spread?

“Main character syndrome” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2009.

Starting in May, 2020, a TikTok trend was started by two users.

On May 11th, @lexapro_lesbian uploaded a video of herself, dancing in the street, while singing a song about herself being the main character of the neighborhood.

Not long after, @ashlaward uploaded a video on TikTok, talking about how more people should view themselves as protagonist in their lives.

Her message got through, as “main character syndrome” became a popular trope on TikTok since then, as a lot of users upload videos, putting themselves in the position of the protagonist.

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