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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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A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. They are intelligent, cunning, and dangerous (Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs).

Southern Belle

A young woman that often represents the American Old South’s upper class daughter or young and pretty woman (Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind).


The Spock is an archetype that focuses on logic, rules, and reason while fighting for the greater good.

Straight Man

Exists alongside a funny character. Their serious and no-nonsense attitude makes his partner look all the more crazy and funny (Abbott from Abbott and Costello movies)


A character that is noted for his or her ability to tell tales, or those that choose to do so, even to the dismay of the other characters (Wally from Crocodile Dundee).


A hero with special powers that vows to protect the world around them (Marvel Cinematic Universe characters).

Super Soldier

A soldier who operates beyond human limits or abilities  (Luc Deveraux/GR44 from Universal Soldier).


Antithesis of the Superhero.


A joyful, noisy, and boastful renaissance era swordsman or pirate (Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean).


A girl usually interested in sports, activities, and displaying attributes that often fall under the umbrella of boys and men in society (Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird).

Tortured Artist

They often display constant torment due to frustrations with art and society.

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