"The antagonist is like a badly cut key - it can fit into the lock but cannot open it, and when in the lock the bad key prevents a good key from opening the lock."
"An antagonist is like a key that fits in a lock but does not open it and prevents another key from being inserted to open the lock."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.