Character (arts)

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A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).wikipedia
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Play (theatre)

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A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).
A play is a form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue and singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.

Actor

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From this, the sense of "a part played by an actor" developed.
An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance (also actress; see below).

Narrative

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A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).
Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre.

Stock character

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Types include both stock characters and those that are more fully individualised.
A stock character is a stereotypical fictional character in a work of art such as a novel, play, film, or a movie whom audiences recognize from frequent recurrences in a particular literary tradition.

Television show

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A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).
When a person or company decides to create a new series, they develop the show's elements, consisting of the concept, the characters, the crew, and cast.

Characterization

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Since the 19th century, the art of creating characters, as practiced by actors or writers, has been called characterisation.
Such a personage is called a character.

Mary Sue

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Mary Sues are characters mainly appearing in fan fiction.
A Mary Sue is an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character.

Recurring character

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

Fiction writing

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In fiction writing, authors create dynamic characters by many methods.
A character is a participant in the story, and is usually a person, but may be any persona, identity, or entity whose existence originates from a fictional work or performance.

Mimesis

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The relation between characters and the action of the story shifts historically, often miming shifts in society and its ideas about human individuality, self-determination, and the social order. In the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory, Poetics (c. 335 BCE), the Classical Greek philosopher Aristotle deduces that character (ethos) is one of six qualitative parts of Athenian tragedy and one of the three objects that it represents (1450a12).
He posited the characters in tragedy as being better than the average human being, and those of comedy as being worse.

Tragedy

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In the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory, Poetics (c. 335 BCE), the Classical Greek philosopher Aristotle deduces that character (ethos) is one of six qualitative parts of Athenian tragedy and one of the three objects that it represents (1450a12).
Historians do not know who wrote the only extant example of the fabula praetexta (tragedies based on Roman subjects), Octavia, but in former times it was mistakenly attributed to Seneca due to his appearance as a character in the tragedy.

Poetics (Aristotle)

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In the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory, Poetics (c. 335 BCE), the Classical Greek philosopher Aristotle deduces that character (ethos) is one of six qualitative parts of Athenian tragedy and one of the three objects that it represents (1450a12).
Also "agents" in some translations. Aristotle differentiates between tragedy and comedy throughout the work by distinguishing between the nature of the human characters that populate either form. Aristotle finds that tragedy treats of serious, important, and virtuous people. Comedy, on the other hand, treats of less virtuous people and focuses on human "weaknesses and foibles". Aristotle introduces here the influential tripartite division of characters in superior to the audience, inferior, or at the same level .

Person

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A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).

Novel

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A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).

Film

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A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game). Character, particularly when enacted by an actor in the theatre or cinema, involves "the illusion of being a human person".

Video game

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A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).

Ancient Greek

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Derived from the ancient Greek word χαρακτήρ, the English word dates from the Restoration, although it became widely used after its appearance in Tom Jones in 1749.

Restoration (England)

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Derived from the ancient Greek word χαρακτήρ, the English word dates from the Restoration, although it became widely used after its appearance in Tom Jones in 1749.

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

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Derived from the ancient Greek word χαρακτήρ, the English word dates from the Restoration, although it became widely used after its appearance in Tom Jones in 1749.

Theatre

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Character, particularly when enacted by an actor in the theatre or cinema, involves "the illusion of being a human person".

Impersonator

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Since the end of the 18th century, the phrase "in character" has been used to describe an effective impersonation by an actor.

Social class

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A character who stands as a representative of a particular class or group of people is known as a type.

Individual

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Types include both stock characters and those that are more fully individualised. The relation between characters and the action of the story shifts historically, often miming shifts in society and its ideas about human individuality, self-determination, and the social order.

Henrik Ibsen

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The characters in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (1891) and August Strindberg's Miss Julie (1888), for example, are representative of specific positions in the social relations of class and gender, such that the conflicts between the characters reveal ideological conflicts.

Hedda Gabler

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The characters in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (1891) and August Strindberg's Miss Julie (1888), for example, are representative of specific positions in the social relations of class and gender, such that the conflicts between the characters reveal ideological conflicts.