Specifically, I am trying to describe Agent Smith from the film The Matrix and his relationship to Neo. Agent Smith seems to be the anti-christ to the christ-like figure Neo. They are both very powerful; neither can entirely defeat the other. Their missions and beliefs are completely opposite. Neo cares for humanity; Smith hates it. Neo is selfless; Smith is completely selfish. etc..

I have some ideas: antithesis, the polar opposite, dark shadow..


I started composing an answer with several options, but stopped to grab a bite. When I came back, you have edited in some words I would have suggested to you. I was going to suggest antithesis, nemesis, and, to describe their characteristics and positions in the story, polar opposites.

Agent Smith is antithetical to the protagonist Neo.

Nemesis is a good word, and could be the one you are looking for. It refers to an archenemy or a rival in a long standing rivalry.

Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter's nemesis, dies at the end of the story.

Oh archenemy fits the context too.

Agent Smith is Neo's archenemy.

  • Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. Your similar conclusion makes me feel like I am on the right track. I've settled with "the antithesis"
    – Jake
    Dec 1 '19 at 1:43

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