In Antigone, Creon is the tragic hero. The reason I think so is obvious if you look at the type of person he was and the way he died. Throughout the story Creon displays the four tragic hero characteristics. He displayed high character traits, a vital hero trait. Creon had what I would call a god complex of some sort. He was the King of Thebes and he saw himself as being the most powerful person. To make a long story short, he thought he was unbeatable. As with many god complexity people, pride was his downfall. His pride often lead to the people he cared for the most. In the end, Creon came to terms with his mistakes and tries to fix them but fails.
Creon had much power throughout the land. It’s conceivable to see how this was his downfall because he didn’t listen to those around him. Creon thought he was above everyone. Creon immediately made the decision that Polyneices would not be buried even though he was family. He was a traitor and because of this he was to be treated as just that rather than be given a proper funeral. Anyone who did bury him would be killed. Creon shows he doesn't care about anyone when he finds out Antigone buried Polyneices. He tells Antigone, "And yet you dared defy the law"(I. 285). Creon doesn't even care if it is his own relative that bertays him. That person will have to pay for their action of going against the law that he provided.
Creon believed nothing or no one could stand in his path. He thought he was above the gods. He didn't want to believe in Teiresiasis or anything that came out of his mouth. Creon continues to think he is above the gods. To him, nothing can change his will. Not even Teiresiasis, the blind prophet who sees the future, can change his mind. "Whatever you say, you will not change my mind"(V. 299). In this example, Creon is being stubborn. Teiresiasis tells Creon that what he is doing is wrong and the gods will get him back. Creon doesn't believe this and thinks he is just a liar.