Stock character

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

Tricky slave

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The tricky slave is a stock character.

Atellan Farce

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Mimus calvus resembled Maccus, the buffoon from the Atellan Farce.

Alazon

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Miles Gloriosus (literally, "braggart-soldier", in Latin) is a stock character of a boastful soldier from the comic theatre of ancient Rome, and variations on this character have appeared in drama and fiction ever since.

Flattery

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An insincere flatterer is a stock character in many literary works.

Cliché

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As a result, they tend to be easy targets for parody and to be criticized as clichés.

Kyōgen

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Stock characters also feature heavily in the comic traditions of Kyōgen in Japan and Commedia dell'arte in Italy; in the latter they are known as tipi fissi (fixed [human] types).
Kyōgen is sometimes compared to the Italian comic form of commedia dell'arte, which developed around the same period (14th century) and likewise features stock characters.

Commedia dell'arte

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Stock characters also feature heavily in the comic traditions of Kyōgen in Japan and Commedia dell'arte in Italy; in the latter they are known as tipi fissi (fixed [human] types).
The characters of the commedia usually represent fixed social types and stock characters, such as foolish old men, devious servants, or military officers full of false bravado.

Dorsennus

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In addition to Maccus, Bucco, the glutton, Pappus, the naïve old man (the fool victim), and Dossennus, the cunning hunchback (the trickster).
Dossennus was also the name of a stock character of the Atellanae Fabulae, perhaps named after Fabius Dorsennus.

List of stock characters

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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.

Strong female character

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Strong female character is a term for a class of stock character.

Stereotype

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A stock character is a stereotypical fictional character in a work of art such as a novel, play or a film whom audiences recognize from frequent recurrences in a particular literary tradition.
Stereotypes are common in various cultural media, where they take the form of dramatic stock characters.

Role reversal

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Tradition

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

Parody

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As a result, they tend to be easy targets for parody and to be criticized as clichés.

Genre

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The presence of a particular array of stock characters is a key component of many genres.

Aristotle

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The study of the Character, as it is now known, was conceived by Aristotle's student Theophrastus.

Theophrastus

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The study of the Character, as it is now known, was conceived by Aristotle's student Theophrastus.

Menander

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Menander was said to be a student of Theophrastus, and has been remembered for his prototypical cooks, merchants, farmers and slave characters.

Mime artist

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Another early form that illustrates the beginnings of the Character is the mime.

Plautus

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