Character (arts)

Four commedia dell'arte characters, whose costumes and demeanor indicate the stock character roles that they portray in this genre.
Literary scholar Patrick Grant matches characters from The Lord of the Rings with Jungian archetypes.

Person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, radio or television series, music, film, or video game).

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Stock character

Stock characters play an important role in fiction, including in fairy tales, which use stock characters such as the damsel in distress and Prince Charming (pictured is Sleeping Beauty).

A stock character is a stereotypical fictional person or type of person in a work of art such as a novel, play, or a film whom audiences recognize from frequent recurrences in a particular literary tradition.


An illustration from Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, depicting the fictional protagonist, Alice, playing a fantastical game of croquet.

Fiction is any creative work, chiefly any narrative work, portraying individuals, events, or places in ways that are imaginary or inconsistent with history, fact, or plausibility.


Representation of persons in narrative and dramatic works.

A page of a birth register for Jews from 1859

Such a personage is called a character.

Dramatis personae

Dramatis personae for Leo, the Royal Cadet

Dramatis personae (Latin: "persons of the drama") are the main characters in a dramatic work written in a list.


Any account of a series of related events or experiences, whether nonfictional or fictional (fairy tale, fable, legend, thriller, novel, etc.).

A page of a birth register for Jews from 1859

Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in the genre of noir fiction.

Play (theatre)

A performance of Macbeth (2018)
An actress performs a play in front of 2 statues from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Room 21, the British Museum, London
An actor and actress performing a play in front of the Nereid Monument, Room 17, the British Museum, London

A play is a work of drama, usually consisting mostly of dialogue between characters and intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.

Recurring character

Four commedia dell'arte characters, whose costumes and demeanor indicate the stock character roles that they portray in this genre.

A recurring character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who frequently appears from time to time during the series' run.

Television show

Any content produced for viewing on a television set which can be broadcast via over-the-air, satellite, or cable, excluding breaking news, advertisements, or trailers that are typically placed between shows.

A live television show set and cameras
Tamvisio's camera operators film a television program at Frenckell's studio on January 2, 1965, in Tampere, Finland.
Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

When a person or company decides to create a new content for television broadcast, they develop the show's elements, consisting of the concept, the characters, the crew, and cast.


Form of literature that uses aesthetic and often rhythmic qualities of language − such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre − to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, a prosaic ostensible meaning.

The Parnassus (1511) by Raphael: famous poets recite alongside the nine Muses atop Mount Parnassus.
John Keats
Archibald MacLeish
Robinson Jeffers
Marianne Moore
Attic red-figure kathalos painting of Sappho from c. 470 BCE
Homer: Roman bust, based on Greek original
Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1876) is mainly in anapestic tetrameter.
Alexander Pushkin
The Old English epic poem Beowulf is in alliterative verse.
Divine Comedy: Dante and Beatrice see God as a point of light.
Blok's Russian poem, "Noch, ulitsa, fonar, apteka" ("Night, street, lamp, drugstore"), on a wall in Leiden
Statue of runic singer Petri Shemeikka at Kolmikulmanpuisto Park in Sortavala, Karelia
William Shakespeare
Carol Ann Duffy
Du Fu, "On Visiting the Temple of Laozi"
W. H. Auden
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro
Christine de Pizan (left)
John Wilmot
Thomas Gray
Lewis Carroll
The oldest known love poem. Sumerian terracotta tablet #2461 from Nippur, Iraq. Ur III period, 2037–2029 BCE. Ancient Orient Museum, Istanbul
The philosopher Confucius was influential in the developed approach to poetry and ancient music theory.
An early Chinese poetics, the Kǒngzǐ Shīlùn (孔子詩論), discussing the Shijing (Classic of Poetry)

In many poems, the lyrics are spoken by a character, who is called the speaker.


Term used in literary criticism and philosophy that carries a wide range of meanings, including imitatio, imitation, nonsensuous similarity, receptivity, representation, mimicry, the act of expression, the act of resembling, and the presentation of the self.

Samuel Johnson, one of the most influential writers and critics of the 18th century. see: Samuel Johnson's literary criticism.

He posited the characters in tragedy as being better than the average human being, and those of comedy as being worse.