That Lola is probably the most important main character and protagonist in Run Lola Run is already made clear by the title of the film. But other characters with their personalities, emotions, actions and developments also play an important role in this film.
When looking at the ensemble of characters in a film, one can first distinguish between main and secondary characters.
Key concepts: Main and secondary characters
Main characters are the most important protagonists in the film and demand a high degree of attention from the audience. Within this
group, the protagonist is the key figure and the focus of the whole film. The protagonist of a story does not
necessarily have to be a single person. Couples or constellations of three also frequently appear.
Of course, the main character(s) also need an interesting opponent who tries to prevent them reaching their goals by all
means possible and against whom they can measure themselves. How exciting or interesting a film is can often be judged
by how interesting these antagonists are.
While the Protagonist must be a character, an antagonistic force can also express itself in the impersonal forces of nature.
Secondary characters complement the meaning of the main characters and their actions. They characterise the theme and environment more closely and breathe life into the plot.
According to the importance of their role, a distinction can be made between episodic and auxiliary figures, figurants and extras. Episodic figures only appear in individual scenes and auxiliary figures take on a supporting function in relation to the main character. Figurants are figures who speak little or not at all (e.g. domestic staff). Extras fill the background and do not intervene directly in the plot.