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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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Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Characters that have eccentric personality quirks, are very girlish, and usually dreamingly cute and attractive (Sam from Garden State).


He or she cares for others deeply and they always seek to do the right thing, no matter what the situation.

Mentally or Socially Disabled

Dependent and sometimes draining on others around them at times. More preferred contemporary variations are those that have a heart and contribute to the story in a positive way (Raymond from Rain Man).


The mentor is the adviser, the expert, and is usually intelligent and wise in whatever field of expertise or philosophy that they are known for. They care for the hero and want to be in the hero’s life, which usually starts with conflict at first


They are either half human or not human at all and usually provoke fear and panic.

Mother Figure

The mother figure is always the source of nurturing and comfort, offering guidance while also sometimes coming off as over-controlling and worrisome, but always acts from the heart (Mrs. Gump from Forrest Gump).

Mother’s Boy

A man who is excessively attached to his mother. This is played for all types of emotions and genres, including comedy, drama (Forrest Gump), and tragedy (Norman from Psycho).


They usually exist to hate the hero, for any number of reasons. The nemesis or challenger is often similar to the hero in many ways and thus is always trying to overshadow due to jealousy or outright hate (Loki from Thor).


Usually a socially-impaired, obsessive, or overly-intellectual person. They often have a good heart and always mean well (Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory).

Noble Savage

A wild outsider with noble characteristics that has little to no experience with society’s ways (Tarzan)


They often witness all that goes on, but remain quiet and calm throughout. They are usually philosophical and every time they speak or act, it’s important (Rafiki from The Lion King).

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