Where do we get the idea that protagonist ought to equal hero?Protagonist technically means "first sufferer" or in other words: the character whose perspective you most closely follow as they encounter conflict. Wilkinson also asks a series of other questions
are there uncomplicated, unironic heroes on TV today? And were there ever really in the past? And do we want uncomplicated heroes? Could they be dangerous in any ways? How much of this is distinctly American? Are there ways that heroism outweighs the danger of presenting unmitigatedly good guys (other than Christ himself)?I encourage you to read the whole article here.
She also references a couple other pieces.
This one which spurred her own thoughts.
And these two which she offers for reference.
You can read my response below: