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.