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    A stock character is a dramatic or literary character representing a type in a conventional manner and recurring in many works. The following list labels some of these archetypes and stereotypes, providing distinctive examples.

    (type any one of them you like)


    Absent-minded professor An absent-minded scientific genius[2] Professor Calculus, Professor Keenbean, Emmett Brown, Professor Branestawm
    Angry Black Woman
    An assertive, opinionated, loud, and "sassy" black woman (typically African-American) with a sharp tongue, often depicted as nagging and emasculating a male character[3] Sapphire in Amos 'n' Andy,[4] Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty,[5] Aunt Esther in Sanford and Son

    Antihero A protagonist lacking conventional heroic qualities, such as morality, courage, or idealism[6] Huckleberry Finn,[7] Han Solo,[8] Snake Plissken

    Author surrogate A character sharing the traits of its author or creator[9] Jon Arbuckle, Ralphie Parker
    Bad boy A roguish macho Charlie Harper, Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause
    Battle-axe An old, domineering, brash and brazen woman Agnes Skinner, Thelma Harper
    Black knight An evil fighter antagonist Darth Vader, Mordred
    Boy next door An average and nice guy John Truett in Meet Me in St Louis, George Gibbs in Our Town
    Bug-eyed monster A staple evil alien[2] Formics
    Cat lady An old woman overly concerned with her cats Arabella Figg,[10] Crazy Cat Lady
    Contender A competitive underdog Rocky Balboa, Terry Malloy
    Criminal Often a thief. Has a strange gait, slouched posture and devious facial expression. Usually wears black and white stripes. Flynn Rider
    Crone A malicious old woman, often occult or witch-like Baba Yaga, Wicked Witch of the West
    Damsel in distress A noble Lady in need of rescue, traditionally from dragons Princess Peach, Princess Buttercup, Andromeda, Princess Zelda
    Dandy A young man more interested in fashion and leisure than business and politics. prominent in Victorian writings. Lord Byron, Dorian Gray
    Dark Lady A dark, malicious or doomed woman Lady Macbeth, Miss Trunchbull, Annie Wilkes
    Dark Lord An evil, very powerful, often godlike or near-immortal sorcerer Crimson King, Ganondorf, Morgoth, Sauron, Voldemort, White Witch
    Elderly martial arts master A wise, powerful man teaching his powerful craft to a young student, often needs to be avenged Keisuke Miyagi, Pai Cheng-Tien in Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, Pai Mei
    Everyman An ordinary individual C.C. Baxter in The Apartment, Everyman
    Fall guy A scapegoat Alex Parrish (season 1), Wilmer Cook
    Farmer's daughter A desirable and naive young woman, also described as being an "open-air type" and "public-spirited"[11][12] Crushinator
    Femme fatale A beautiful but mischievous and traitorous woman Ruth Wonderly, Poison Ivy, Salome
    Final girl A "last girl standing" in a horror film Laurie Strode, Sally Hardesty, Lila Crane
    Gentleman thief A sophisticated and well-mannered thief Arsène Lupin, A. J. Raffles, Simon Templar
    Girl next door An average girl with a wholesome conduct Winnie Cooper, Betty Cooper
    Grande dame French for "great lady"; a flamboyant woman, prone to extravagant and eccentric fashion; usually a stereotype of an elderly high society socialite[13][14][15][16] Constance in Gosford Park, Princess Dragomiroff in Murder on the Orient Express; Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest

    Hag A wizened old woman, often a malicious witch Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Baba Yaga
    Harlequin A clown or professional fool Till Eulenspiegel
    Hooker with a heart of gold A prostitute with heart and intrinsic morality Nancy in Oliver Twist, Fantine, Inara Serra
    Hopeless Romantic A loving, passionate character that often finds love at first sight, is obsessive over a romantic partner, usually views life differently, very optimistic
    Ted Mosby, Tenth Doctor

    Hotshot A reckless character known for taking risks Martin Riggs, Pete Mitchell in Top Gun
    Idiot savant A person with extraordinary but narrow intelligence and some form of social or developmental disability Shaun Murphy in The Good Doctor, Raymond "Rain Man" Babbitt
    Ingenue A young woman who is endearingly innocent and wholesome Ophelia, Cosette, Snow White
    Jock (athlete) A male athlete who is often muscular, but not very smart Luke Ward, Tom Buchanan
    Knight-errant A noble Knight on a Quest Galahad, Sir Gawain, Percival
    Little Green Men Little humanoid extraterrestrials with green skin and antennae on their heads;[17] known familiarly in science fiction fandom as LGM The Great Gazoo; Martians in Martians, Go Home
    Loathly lady A woman who appears to be hideous, often cursed The Wife of Bath's Tale
    Lovers Main characters who deeply and truly fall romantically in love, despite the blocking effect of other characters; often moonstruck, star-crossed lovers that are strongly fraternizing with the enemy Romeo & Juliet; Tony and Maria in West Side Story
    Mad scientist An insane or highly eccentric scientist, often villainous or amoral[2][18] Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Henry Jekyll, Dr. Moreau, Rotwang, Davros, Dr. Hugo Strange, Baxter Stockman
    Magical Negro A black man with special insight or mystical powers coming to the aid of the white protagonist Bagger Vance, John Coffey in Green Mile, Dick Hallorann in The Shining, Uncle Remus in Song of the South
    Mammy archetype A rotund, homely, and matronly black woman Aunt Jemima, Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Aunt Chloe in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Louise in Forrest Gump, Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird, Mammy Two Shoes in the Tom and Jerry series
    Manic Pixie Dream Girl Usually static characters who have eccentric personality quirks and are unabashedly girlish Sam in Garden State, Summer in 500 Days of Summer
    Mary Sue An idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character, often considered a stand-in for the author Wesley Crusher, Bella Swan
    Miles Gloriosus A boastful soldier (originally from the comic theatre of ancient Rome) Falstaff, Baron Munchausen, Volstagg, Captain Phoebus
    Mother's boy A man who is excessively attached to his mother Private Frank Pike, Howard Wolowitz in The Big Bang Theory, Eddie Kaspbrak in Stephen King's It, John Candy in Only the Lonely, Norman Bates in Psycho, Buster Bluth in Arrested Development (TV series)
    Nerd A socially-impaired, obsessive, or overly-intellectual person, often interested in doing well in school (academically and in terms of behavior) Martin Prince, Steve Urkel, Sheldon Cooper
    Nice guy A male character of wholesome morals, agreeable personality and usually modest means who may struggle with finding females willing to date him Jon Arbuckle, John McTavish, Marty Piletti
    Noble savage An idealized indigene or otherwise wild outsider with noble characteristics Chingachgook, Hawkeye, Tarzan, Winnetou
    Outlaw A romanticized, often charismatic or social bandit Robin Hood, Han Solo, Billy the Kid, Man with No Name
    Pantomime dame A pantomime portrayal of female characters by male actors in drag Widow Twankey, Mary Sunshine
    Petrushka A Russian kind of jester
    Pierrot French pantomime
    Princesse lointaine A romantic love interest and beloved sweetheart and girlfriend for a Knight-errant Dulcinea
    Redshirt An expendable character who dies soon after being introduced; this refers to characters from the original Star Trek television series, often from the security or engineering departments of the starship, who wore the red variation of the Starfleet uniform and whose purpose in the narrative was to serve as cannon fodder Star Trek
    Rightful king A usurped, just ruler whose return or triumph restores peace Aragorn, Aslan, King Arthur, Richard the Lionheart (in the Robin Hood mythos), Pastoria
    Senex iratus A father figure and comic archetype who belongs to the alazon or impostor group in theater, manifesting himself through his rages and threats, his obsessions and his gullibility Pantalone in Commedia dell'arte; Frank Costanza in Seinfeld
    Shrew A woman given to violent, scolding, particularly nagging treatment Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Lois in Malcolm in the Middle
    Sinnekins Pairs of devilish characters who exert their perfidious influence on the main character Flotsam and Jetsam, Hotep and Huy in The Prince of Egypt
    Soubrette A character who is vain, girlish, mischievous, lighthearted, coquettish, and gossipy Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro
    Southern belle A young woman of the American Old South's upper class Elsie Stoneman, Scarlett O'Hara, Blanche Dubois, Blanche Maxwell in Mandingo, Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly in Django Unchained, Mistress Epps in 12 Years a Slave
    Space Nazis Nazi-like antagonists in science fiction works Patterns of Force, Iron Sky, Galactic Empire (Star Wars)
    Spear carrier A minor character who appears in several scenes, but mostly in the background Momo in Avatar: The Last Airbender
    Straight man A sidekick to a funny person who makes his partner look all the more ridiculous by being completely serious. Kermit the Frog, Jim Halpert, Oliver Hardy, Bud Abbott
    Superhero An unrealistically powerful hero dedicated to protecting the public[2] Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Avengers, X-Men
    Supersoldier A soldier who operates beyond human limits or abilities Captain America, Soldier, Master Chief in Halo
    Supervillain Antithesis to the Superhero Lex Luthor, The Joker, Dr. Doom
    Swashbuckler A joyful, noisy, and boastful Renaissance era swordsman or pirate Peter Blood, Zorro, Dread Pirate Roberts, Captain Jack Sparrow
    Tomboy A girl with boyish and/or manly behavior Arya Stark, Jo March, George Kirrin, Merida
    Tortured artist A character who is in constant torment due to frustrations with art and other people Brian Topp, Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life
    Town drunk A male in a small town who is drunk more often than sober Barney Gumble, Otis Campbell, Uncle Billy
    Tragic hero A hero with a major flaw that leads to his or her eventual death and downfall Sigurd, Boromir, Orpheus, Anakin Skywalker, Jay Gatsby, Charles Foster Kane, George Amberson Minafer
    Tragic mulatto A mulatto who is sad or suicidal because he or she fails to fit in with white or black people Judy Kovacs in the episode Are You Now or Have You Ever Been in the television series Angel, Eliza, Cassy, and Emmeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Peola Johnson in Imitation of Life (1934 film)
    Übermensch[2] A (often only seemingly) perfect human being, especially the DC Comics character Superman Superman, Captain America
    Vice An allegorical evil part in medieval morality plays
    Village idiot A person known locally for ignorance or stupidity; this character often turns out to be very brave and good, and sometimes, underestimated (see Wise fool) Neville Longbottom, Patrick Star
    Villain[2] An evil character in a story Snidely Whiplash, Fu Manchu, The Master, Lord Voldemort, Palpatine, Professor Moriarty, Count Dracula
    Whisky priest A priest or ordained minister who shows clear signs of moral weakness, while at the same time teaching a higher standard Father Callahan, Elmer Gantry, Samuel Parris, Harry Powell
    White hunter White big-game hunters in Africa Allan Quatermain, Kraven the Hunter
    Wise fool A fool with an attribute of wisdomShakespearean fool, such as in King Lear, Stańczyk
    Wise old man An elderly character who provides wisdom to the protagonist Obi-Wan Kenobi, Albus Dumbledore, Yoda, Gandalf, Keisuke Miyagi
    Yokel An unsophisticated country personRose Nylund, Cletus Spuckler, Eb Dawson in Green Acres, Goober Pyle, Ezekiel in Total Drama
    YouxiaA Chinese type of the Knight-errant



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