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Character (arts)

Index Character (arts)

A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game). [1]

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An actor (often actress for women; see terminology) is a person who portrays a character in a performance.

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Alazṓn (ἀλαζών) is one of three stock characters in comedy of the theatre of ancient Greece.

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Amphitryon (Plautus play)

Amphitryon or Amphitruo is a Latin play for the early Roman theatre by playwright Titus Maccius Plautus.

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Ancient Greek

The Ancient Greek language includes the forms of Greek used in ancient Greece and the ancient world from around the 9th century BC to the 6th century AD.

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Ancient Greek comedy

Ancient Greek comedy was one of the final three principal dramatic forms in the theatre of classical Greece (the others being tragedy and the satyr play).

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Ancient Greek philosophy

Ancient Greek philosophy arose in the 6th century BC and continued throughout the Hellenistic period and the period in which Ancient Greece was part of the Roman Empire.

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An antagonist is a character, group of characters, institution or concept that stands in or represents opposition against which the protagonist(s) must contend.

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Aristophanes (Ἀριστοφάνης,; c. 446 – c. 386 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Kydathenaion (Cydathenaeum), was a comic playwright of ancient Athens.

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Aristotle (Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs,; 384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidiki, in the north of Classical Greece.

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August Strindberg

Johan August Strindberg (22 January 184914 May 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury Publishing plc (formerly M.B.N.1 Limited and Bloomsbury Publishing Company Limited) is a British independent, worldwide publishing house of fiction and non-fiction.

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In the theatre of ancient Greece, the bômolochus (βωμολόχος) was one of three stock characters in comedy, corresponding to the English buffoon.

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Breaking character

In theatre (especially in the illusionistic Western tradition), breaking character occurs when an actor ceases to maintain the illusion that they are identical with the character they are portraying.

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Character actor

A character actor or character actress is a supporting actor who plays unusual, interesting, or eccentric characters.

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Character animation

Character animation is a specialized area of the animation process, which involves bringing animated s to life.

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Character arc

A character arc is the transformation or inner journey of a character over the course of a story.

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Character blogging

Character blogs are a type of blog written as though a fictional character, rather than an actual person, is making the blog post.

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Character comedy

Character comedy is a method or genre in which a comedian performs as though he or she were a character created by himself or herself.

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Character dance

Character dance is a specific subdivision of classical dance.

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Character flaw

In the creation and criticism of fictional works, a character flaw is a limitation, imperfection, problem, phobia, or deficiency present in a character who may be otherwise very functional.

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Character piece

Character piece is a calque of the German Charakterstück, a term, not very precisely defined, used for a broad range of 19th-century piano music based on a single idea or program.

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Character sketch

The word character sketch means a rough-and-ready rendering or thumbnail portrayal of an individual, capturing, in brief, that person's physical characteristics, psychological attributes, and the like.

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Characterization or characterisation is the representation of persons (or other beings or creatures) in narrative and dramatic works of art.

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Classical Athens

The city of Athens (Ἀθῆναι, Athênai a.tʰɛ̂ː.nai̯; Modern Greek: Ἀθῆναι, Athínai) during the classical period of Ancient Greece (508–322 BC) was the major urban center of the notable polis (city-state) of the same name, located in Attica, Greece, leading the Delian League in the Peloponnesian War against Sparta and the Peloponnesian League.

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Comedy (drama)

A comedy is entertainment consisting of jokes intended to make an audience laugh.

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Composite character

In a work of media adapted from a real or fictional narrative, a composite character is a character based on more than one individual from the preceding story.

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Conflict (narrative)

In works of narrative, conflict is the challenge main characters need to solve to achieve their goals.

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Costumed character

A costumed character wears a costume that usually (but not always) covers the performer's face.

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In psychology, decision-making (also spelled decision making and decisionmaking) is regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several alternative possibilities.

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Declamation or declamatio (Latin for "declaration") was a genre of ancient rhetoric and a mainstay of the Roman higher education system.

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Dianoia (Greek: διάνοια, ratio in Latin) is a term used by Plato for a type of thinking, specifically about mathematical and technical subjects.

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Dramatic theory

Dramatic theory is a term used for works that attempt to form theories about theatre and drama.

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E. M. Forster

Edward Morgan Forster (1 January 18797 June 1970) was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist.

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In the theatre of ancient Greece, the eirôn (εἴρων) was one of three stock characters in comedy.

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Epic poetry

An epic poem, epic, epos, or epopee is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily involving a time beyond living memory in which occurred the extraordinary doings of the extraordinary men and women who, in dealings with the gods or other superhuman forces, gave shape to the moral universe that their descendants, the poet and his audience, must understand to understand themselves as a people or nation.

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Ethics or moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.

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Ethos is a Greek word meaning "character" that is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation, or ideology.

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Fan fiction

Fan fiction or fanfiction (also abbreviated to fan fic, fanfic, fic or ff) is fiction about characters or settings from an original work of fiction, created by fans of that work rather than by its creator.

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Fiction writing

Fiction writing is the composition of non-factual prose texts.

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A film, also called a movie, motion picture, moving pícture, theatrical film, or photoplay, is a series of still images that, when shown on a screen, create the illusion of moving images.

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Focal character

In any narrative, the focal character is the character on whom the audience is meant to place the majority of their interest and attention.

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Gag character

. A gag character is usually a character that is rarely used, and shows no personality except for the joke in comic strips and TV shows.

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Gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity.

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Generic character (fiction)

Generic characters are interchangeable characters, appearing mostly in animated shows or comic strips.

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Genre is any form or type of communication in any mode (written, spoken, digital, artistic, etc.) with socially-agreed upon conventions developed over time.

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Ghost character

A ghost character, in the bibliographic or scholarly study of texts of dramatic literature, is a term for an inadvertent error committed by the playwright in the act of writing.

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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler is a play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.

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Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Johan Ibsen (20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet.

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An Ideology is a collection of normative beliefs and values that an individual or group holds for other than purely epistemic reasons.

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An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behaviour or actions of another.

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An individual is that which exists as a distinct entity.

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Irony, in its broadest sense, is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or event in which what appears, on the surface, to be the case, differs radically from what is actually the case.

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A jester, court jester, or fool, was historically an entertainer during the medieval and Renaissance eras who was a member of the household of a nobleman or a monarch employed to entertain him and his guests.

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John Dryden

John Dryden (–) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made England's first Poet Laureate in 1668.

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John Wiley & Sons

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., also referred to as Wiley, is a global publishing company that specializes in academic publishing.

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Linguistics is the scientific study of language, and involves an analysis of language form, language meaning, and language in context.

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List of breakout characters

A breakout character is a character in serial fiction, usually stories involving an ensemble cast, who becomes a more prominent, popular, discussed, and/or imitated individual, than was originally intended or expected.

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List of impostors

An impostor (also spelled imposter) is a person who pretends to be somebody else, often through means of disguise.

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Macmillan Publishers

Macmillan Publishers Ltd (occasionally known as the Macmillan Group) is an international publishing company owned by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

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Mary Sue

A Mary Sue is an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character.

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A mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, or anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name.

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Mercury (mythology)

Mercury (Latin: Mercurius) is a major god in Roman religion and mythology, being one of the Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon.

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Mimesis (μίμησις (mīmēsis), from μιμεῖσθαι (mīmeisthai), "to imitate", from μῖμος (mimos), "imitator, actor") is a critical and philosophical term that carries a wide range of meanings, which include imitation, representation, mimicry, imitatio, receptivity, nonsensuous similarity, the act of resembling, the act of expression, and the presentation of the self.

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Miss Julie

Miss Julie (Fröken Julie) is a naturalistic play written in 1888 by August Strindberg.

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Mythos (Aristotle)

Mythos is the term used by Aristotle in his Poetics (c. 335 BCE) for the plot of an Athenian tragedy.

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A narrative or story is a report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, or still or moving images, or both.

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Non-player character

A non-player character (NPC) in a game is any character that is not controlled by a player.

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A novel is a relatively long work of narrative fiction, normally in prose, which is typically published as a book.

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Old Comedy

Old Comedy (archaia) is the first period of the ancient Greek comedy, according to the canonical division by the Alexandrian grammarians.

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Out of character

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A person is a being that has certain capacities or attributes such as reason, morality, consciousness or self-consciousness, and being a part of a culturally established form of social relations such as kinship, ownership of property, or legal responsibility.

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A persona (plural personae or personas), in the word's everyday usage, is a social role or a character played by an actor.

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Titus Maccius Plautus (c. 254 – 184 BC), commonly known as Plautus, was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period.

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Play (theatre)

A play is a form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.

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Player character

A player character (also known as PC and playable character) is a fictional character in a role-playing game or video game whose actions are directly controlled by a player of the game rather than the rules of the game.

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Plot (narrative)

Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of cause and effect.

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Poetics (Aristotle)

Aristotle's Poetics (Περὶ ποιητικῆς; De Poetica; c. 335 BCDukore (1974, 31).) is the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory and first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory in the West.

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Pragmatism is a philosophical tradition that began in the United States around 1870.

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A prologue or prolog (from Greek πρόλογος prologos, from πρό pro, "before" and λόγος logos, "word") is an opening to a story that establishes the context and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information.

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A protagonist In modern usage, a protagonist is the main character of any story (in any medium, including prose, poetry, film, opera and so on).

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Proxemics is the study of human use of space and the effects that population density has on behaviour, communication, and social interaction.

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Recurring character

A recurring character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who often and frequently appears from time to time during the series' run.

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Restoration (England)

The Restoration of the English monarchy took place in the Stuart period.

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Roman Empire

The Roman Empire (Imperium Rōmānum,; Koine and Medieval Greek: Βασιλεία τῶν Ῥωμαίων, tr.) was the post-Roman Republic period of the ancient Roman civilization, characterized by government headed by emperors and large territorial holdings around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Routledge is a British multinational publisher.

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The right of people to self-determination is a cardinal principle in modern international law (commonly regarded as a jus cogens rule), binding, as such, on the United Nations as authoritative interpretation of the Charter's norms.

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Sign Systems Studies

Sign Systems Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal on semiotics edited at the Department of Semiotics of the University of Tartu and published by the University of Tartu Press.

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Social class

A social class is a set of subjectively defined concepts in the social sciences and political theory centered on models of social stratification in which people are grouped into a set of hierarchical social categories, the most common being the upper, middle and lower classes.

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Social order

The term social order can be used in two senses.

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Social relation

In social science, a social relation or social interaction is any relationship between two or more individuals.

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Stock character

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

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Supporting character

A supporting character is a character in a narrative that is not focused on by the primary storyline, but appears or is mentioned in the story enough to be more than just a minor character or a cameo appearance.

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Sympathetic character

A sympathetic character is a fictional character in a story whom the writer expects the reader to identify with and care about, if not necessarily admire.

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Television show

A television show (often simply TV show) is any content produced for broadcast via over-the-air, satellite, cable, or internet and typically viewed on a television set, excluding breaking news, advertisements, or trailers that are typically placed between shows.

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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, often known simply as Tom Jones, is a comic novel by English playwright and novelist Henry Fielding.

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Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage.

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Tractatus coislinianus

Tractatus coislinianus is an ancient Greek manuscript outlining a theory of comedy in the tradition of Aristotle's Poetics.

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Tragedy (from the τραγῳδία, tragōidia) is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in audiences.

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Tragicomedy is a literary genre that blends aspects of both tragic and comic forms.

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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1602.

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Unseen character

An unseen character or (in radio) silent character is a fictional character referred to but not directly observed by the audience, but who advances the action of the plot in a significant way, and whose absence enhances their effect on the plot.

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Video game

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor.

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