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First Draft: Take Stock In These 99 Stock Characters You Can Write Into Your Screenplay

First Draft: Take Stock In These 99 Stock Characters You Can Write Into Your Screenplay

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Good King

He is honorable, virtuous, wise, and understanding. He cares about his subjects no matter how seemingly unimportant they are and puts their well-being above his own (King Arthur)

Grande Dame

A very flamboyant woman, often used as a stereotype for an elderly high society socialite (Martha from Arthur).

Grotesque

An often tragic character that induces both fear and pity because their deformities overshadow a perfectly normal and likable personality (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Harlequin

A clown or professional fool.

Herald

This character sets the Hero/Protagonist on the path of adventure (Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars).

Hero

The character that faces the most direct danger and conflict as a basis for the central aspect of the story.

Hotshot

This character is often skilled, but reckless, known for taking risks (Maverick from Top Gun).

Hunter of Monsters

A character whose sole mission is to eliminate whatever monster(s) in question (Quinn from Jaws).

Ingenue

A young woman who is endearingly innocent and wholesome.

Imposter/Pretender

They are intelligent and take advantage of situations and characters.

Jester

They are always lighthearted and joking but always pure of heart and truly caring for others (Will Ferrell in Elf).

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