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Copy of Types of Characters

Definitions of protagonist, antagonist, round and flat characters.
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Courtney Mignault

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Types of Characters

Protagonist vs. Antagonist
Flat vs. Round
Static vs. Dynamic Types of Characters in Fiction Also thought of as the good guy. The protagonist is the main character of the story. Also thought of as the bad guy or
the enemy. The antagonist is the character or group of characters in direct opposition to the protagonist. Ex. Voldemort Flat vs. Round Characters There is no complexity to the character's personality. The are minor characters in the plot who do not change through the plot.
They sometimes have stereotyped traits. Flat characters have only 1 or 2 qualities that define them. Example:
Victoria from "Twilight"
They are very human-like because they face conflict.
They are not easily defined because we know many things about them. Round characters are complex, multi-faceted characters that possess both good and bad traits. Example:
Bella from "Twilight" Why is Indiana Jones considered a round character? Ex. Harry Potter Which of the characters in this video are flat? They can be flat and static (dad from "Matilda")
Flat and dynamic (Snape from "Harry Potter")
Round and dynamic (Percy from "The Lightning Thief"
Round and static (Alice from "Twilight") All characters are either
Flat or Round
Static or Dynamic Protagonist vs. Antagonist Dynamic Vs. Stock Characters Dynamic characters are generally major characters in a story. Characters struggle to resolve their issues and create relationships with others in the story. Dynamic characters go through a change over time as a result of resolving a central conflict or facing a crisis. Example:
Darth Vader from "Star Wars" Who are some other dynamic characters that you can think of? Static characters do not change throughout the plot and are two-dimensional.

These characters do not waiver in their beliefs and ideals. They are a rock. There is no evolution from the actions of the story but provide substance to the plot. Example:
Homer J. Simpson from "The Simpsons"
Are there other static characters from "The Simpsons"? What is a stock character? A stock character is someone who is instantly recognizable. This type of character is more commonly known as a stereotype or conventional character.
Stock characters are generally very minor characters in the plot of a story and will only be referred to one or two times. Example:
The Gang from "Scooby Doo" Let's label the stereotype! What is a symbolic character? This is a character that represents a major idea or theme of the plot. A symbolic character could be a major or minor character in a story. The symbol may be specific to the "world of the story" or generalized. Example:
Neo from "The Matrix" Can you identify what Neo represents?
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