This week I learned a new writing term. "Contagonist." I found the cool little video below, but still wasn't quite convinced, so I had to look it up for myself. Sure enough, a contagonist (which by the way my spell check doesn't recognize) is an actual archetypal (which by the way my spell check DOES recognize) character type. They are not the enemy of the protagonist, yet they continually oppose their goals. They often hinder the protagonist, or possibly tempt them to take a different path. And good timing for me to learn this new word, since I definitely used both an antagonist and a contagonist in my new book Chivalrous.
Every day as a writer is an adventure, and I'm still learning and growing.