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Copy of Copy of Stock Characters and Caricature

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Maryanne Mott

on 25 September 2012

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of Stock Characters and Caricature

Stock Characters What are Stock Characters? What do all of these characters have in common? A stock character is a character quickly recognized and accepted by the reader, needing no character development In other words, a character in fiction who is based off of a literary or social stereotype that does not need any development to understand their qualities Who is the stock character in each of the following examples? Can you list what qualities/ stereotype are they building off of? There are several different types of stock characters: Mad Scientist: An insane or eccentric scientist
Ex: Dr. Frankenstein Monster: A generic, wild, and sometimes harmful antagonist
Ex: Frankenstein's monster The Trickster: often supernatural or mysterious. No visible objectives or motivation but provides impetus to the plot and acts as a catalyst for events. May later become a clear cut good guy or villain. Plays tricks and spreads chaos, disorganizing society and creating something new. Represents both the Jungian Shadow and the basic fear and joyous love of chaos. Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Slade from Teen Titans and Xellos from Slayers are modern examples of this character type. For example, remember the details attributed to the characters in the Canterbury tales by Chaucer The author places emphasis on some of the characters physical traits. These are the traits the writer wants to stand out and to help identify the characters demeanor and personality. How would you describe this character? What about this one? Descibe the stock character in this video. GAME! There is a catch..... Push all of the desks and your possessions to the center of the room, it is about to get intense.
Around the room are examples of caricature and stock characters. Each side of the room will have different color post -it notes. Yes you are going head to head with the opposite side of the room.
Under each example, you will state if the example is caricature or stock character on your color post-it note. If it is a caricature, name one feature that is being over exaggerated. If it is a stock character, name a stereotype the character is building off of. Then put the post it note under the example.
Which ever side of the room has the most CORRECT! answers at the end gets a special surprise!
Everyone starts in the center, touching a desk until we say go! The Heroic Coward: People who want to be heroic but are usually too cowardly to do so, they nevertheless manage to pull themselves together in situations that truly matter, or they do heroic deeds out of fear of something even worse if they don't. Can also be a Comic Relief character and overlap with the Joker. Examples include Usopp from One Piece, Chuckie Finster from Rugrats, The Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz, Piglet from Winnie the Pooh, Norville "Shaggy" Rogers and Scooby-Doo of Scooby-Doo, and Doyle from Angel. Sidekick: Assistant to the hero. Sometimes acting like a comic relief but can be surprisingly brave and resourceful.
Examples are Robin on Batman, Festus Haggen (played by Ken Curtis) on Gunsmoke, Chitlit the messenger pigeon of Khan Kluay, Streaky on Krypto the Superdog and Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings. Sometimes, the hero has a number of sidekicks, as with the Scoobie Gang on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Wacky neighbor: lives close to the main character and has eccentric qualities which often serve as a convenient plot device. Examples: Cosmo Kramer of Seinfeld, Ned Flanders of The Simpsons, Wilson of Home Improvement, the Dinkleburgs from The Fairly OddParents, Mr. and Mrs. Ochmonick of ALF, the O'doyles of Click, Gladys Kravitz of Bewitched and Squidward Tentacles from Spongebob Squarepants . Nerd or geek is usually identified by their abnoxious dress or manner.
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