MC-- Main Characters. The main heroes of the novel. The action evolves around them.
PC-- Primary Characters. They play a central role in the story.
SC-- Secondary Characters. Characters that are necessary to make the story believable, but not always necessary to the action. They play a supporting role.
BG-- Bad Guy, villain. The character that pauses obstacles to the MC.
LI – Love Interest. The person the MC loves.
AM-- Alpha Male: Macho. Brash. Male character depicted as muscular and handsome.
BM-- Beta Male: Sensitive, caring male character.
GM-- Gamma Male: A sensitive caring male character who can kick ass.
OOC-- Out Of Character: One of the characters acts or talks in a way that does suit him or her at some point of the story. It is a personality development flaw.
OC-- Original Character: A character that is different from what is expected. Non-cliché.
Self-aware character-- a character who can communicate with the writer or is conscious he is being written.
Protagonist-- the hero. The main character.
Arch-Nemesis-- the enemy. The force or the character who is always fighting/ opposing the MC.
Antagonist-- the enemy. A person or force fighting the MC. The Villain.
Character Arc-- How the character changes throughout the novel. The character can only grow from imperfections and flaws.
Characterization-- the personality of the character: Details that make the characters believable. It is a description of what makes him or her different and unique. It includes the character’s manners, culture, goals, prejudices, preconceptions, flaws, dreams, desires, inheritance.
Round character-- A complex character. A character shown in many different views. A 3D character.
Dynamic character-- changeable. Events change this character. He grows as the story goes.
Static character-- an unchanged character. He stays the same no matter what happens in the story.
Flat character-- one trait. The character needs more personality, more originality.
Foil-- contrasting character. It is the character who is the opposite of another character, usually the main character. He is there to highlight the hero’s qualities.
Confidant-- the friend. The character who is there to gather the main character’s thoughts and deep feelings.
Antihero-- opposite of hero. The main character has the opposite attributes of a hero. He is cowardly, antisocial, without honor or despicable.
Stereotype-- cliché. The hero is more a type than a person. One trait of his personality is exaggerated.
Stock character-- traditional. Literary archetype. Stereotyped character. Examples: the Damsel in distress or the geek.
Character-driven stories. Stories that portray characters as more important than ideas or ideals. The story is about people, how they interact and their psychology. The main problem in the story is caused by people, not by external events.
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Personality Types of Fictional Characters