The Master List of Fictional Characters

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently shared some common (and less common) types of short stories. Like you, I was surprised there were so many. How about a list of characters regularly found in fiction? Surely the list would be relatively short, right?

Well… no. Ken Miyamoto shared no less than 99 archetypes and stock characters found in movies – and fiction writing. Here they are, in alphabetical order.

Fictional hero | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Archetypes and Stock Characters

Absent-Minded Professor — An absent-minded scientific genius (Doc Brown from Back to the Future)

All Loving Hero — A character that loves everyone and will suffer for the sins of their loved ones.

Anti-Hero — A hero that is driven by the pursuit of power, sex, money, control, or particular vices, and because of this, they are often selfish, anti-social, power-hungry, and materialistic. But they sometimes showcase some heart in the end (Max from The Road Warrior)

Anthropomorphic Personification —…

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4 thoughts on “The Master List of Fictional Characters

  1. I really enjoyed this list and found it pretty comprehensive. I could think of a few more to add but that is simply because I edited magazines filled with short stories and have read so many over the years, lol as well as some that are outright weird. One I have always remembered from “Blindsight” by Peter Watts. is the “gang of eight” eight different uploaded personalities sharing the same brain when they talk you do not know which personality is talking…very confusing but everything about that novel was.

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