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25th Nov '16 11:15:30 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has Edgar Figaro, why does he never change? Because he already has his act together by the time we first meet him.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has Edgar Figaro, why whose contribution to the story is notable, but doesn't include much in the way of a personal arc. Why does he never change? Because he already has his act together by the time we first meet him.
8th Nov '16 3:37:18 AM troper101
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* Applejack from WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic has been said to be this, as her character's main motivation and goals have already been fulfilled and maintained ''(working at Sweet Apple Acres)''. So far, her personal story arcs in all seasons thus far tend to revolve around one of two things: her family and her stubbornness. Some fans have joked that she is the best ''background character'' that the show has.

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* Applejack from WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic has been said to be this, as her character's main motivation and goals have already been fulfilled and maintained ''(working (working at Sweet Apple Acres)''.Acres). So far, her personal story arcs in all seasons thus far tend to revolve around one of two things: her family and her stubbornness. Some fans have joked that she is the best ''background character'' that the show has.
28th Oct '16 2:55:27 AM PenguinPete
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* ''Film/Scarface1983'': Tony Montana starts off as a Cuban immigrant washing dishes at a greasy spoon cafe. He climbs all the way to being a crime lord kingpin and his eventual downfall, all the while being no more happy or fulfilled than when he was a street hustler.

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* ''Film/Scarface1983'': Tony Montana starts off as a Cuban immigrant washing dishes at a greasy spoon cafe. He climbs all the way to being a crime lord kingpin and his eventual downfall, kingpin, all the while being no more happy or fulfilled than when he was a street hustler.
28th Oct '16 2:52:59 AM PenguinPete
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* ''Film/Scarface'': Tony Montana starts off as a Cuban immigrant washing dishes at a greasy spoon cafe. He climbs all the way to being a crime lord kingpin and his eventual downfall, all the while being no more happy or fulfilled than when he was a street hustler.

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* ''Film/Scarface'': ''Film/Scarface1983'': Tony Montana starts off as a Cuban immigrant washing dishes at a greasy spoon cafe. He climbs all the way to being a crime lord kingpin and his eventual downfall, all the while being no more happy or fulfilled than when he was a street hustler.
28th Oct '16 2:51:53 AM PenguinPete
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* ''Film/Scarface'': Tony Montana starts off as a Cuban immigrant washing dishes at a greasy spoon cafe. He climbs all the way to being a crime lord kingpin and his eventual downfall, all the while being no more happy or fulfilled than when he was a street hustler.
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'': The Dude doesn't change much in his world, and isn't in the least bit changed by it either. Yea, verily, "the Dude abides."
22nd Oct '16 5:51:30 AM ANTMuddle
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Change isn't always a [[TropesAreTools good thing]], nor necessary. Likewise some characters, be they [[RoundCharacter Round]] or [[FlatCharacter Flat]], will end a story with much the same personality and traits they began with. These Static Characters can go entire seasons or books without changing or experiencing the CharacterDevelopment that a more DynamicCharacter does. If they ever learn [[AnAesop a lesson]] that might make them change noticeably, they will [[AesopAmnesia immediately forget all about it by the next episode]].

This is NOT necessarily a [[TropesAreTools bad thing]], as some characters don't ''need'' CharacterDevelopment. A {{Badass}} does not have to [[BadassDecay decay into]] TheWoobie to stay an interesting character—while some consumers may embrace the evolution, others will cry out, "WeWantOurJerkBack!" Such characters are useful in secondary roles, serving as yardsticks against which your central (and Dynamic) character's growth can be contrasted. If you want your StaticCharacter ''in'' the central role, just enforce it internally, using a PygmalionSnapback or a painful collision with StatusQuoIsGod. Some comedies built around characters whose personalities are set in stone and will not change, whatever happens. For that matter, every {{tragedy}} is built around characters whose personalities are set in stone and [[FatalFlaw will not change, whatever happens]].

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Change isn't always a [[TropesAreTools good thing]], nor necessary. Likewise some characters, be they [[RoundCharacter Round]] {{round|Character}} or [[FlatCharacter Flat]], {{flat|Character}}, will end a story with much the same personality and traits they began with. These Static Characters can go entire seasons or books without changing or experiencing the CharacterDevelopment that a more DynamicCharacter does. If they ever learn [[AnAesop a lesson]] that might make them change noticeably, they will [[AesopAmnesia immediately forget all about it by the next episode]].

episode]]. Learned nothing and forgotten nothing, if you will.

This is NOT necessarily a [[TropesAreTools bad thing]], as some characters don't ''need'' CharacterDevelopment. A {{Badass}} does not have to [[BadassDecay decay into]] TheWoobie to stay an interesting character—while character —- while some consumers may embrace the evolution, others will cry out, "WeWantOurJerkBack!" Such characters are useful in secondary roles, serving as yardsticks against which your central (and Dynamic) character's growth can be contrasted.a {{foil}}. If you want your StaticCharacter ''in'' the central role, just enforce it internally, using a PygmalionSnapback or a painful collision with StatusQuoIsGod. Some comedies are built around characters whose personalities are set in stone and will not change, whatever happens. For that matter, every {{tragedy}} is built around characters whose personalities are set in stone and [[FatalFlaw will not change, whatever happens]].
6th Oct '16 8:02:14 AM erforce
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* An interesting variation with ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' ' [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Erik]]. He does get somewhat better over the course of the story, but whether it's [[FountainOfYouth spontaneous deaging]] or a the dreaded RuleSixtyThree (his roommate's [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]]) he's still a [[MurderIsTheBestSolution murderous]] [[AxCrazy psycho]] [[note]] '''Jareth''': "[[LampshadeHanging Oh, come on! The irony!]] Our [[InspectorJavert fine, upstanding officer of law and order]] was a [[FormerTeenRebel little punk with a bad attitude and a worse haircut]]; brave, unflappable (former) Commodore Norrington, bane of the [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Caribbean Pirates]] and the undead was a little crybaby -- er, sorry, Jamie -- and Eric, Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera was . . . [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-32-Shorter-79582043 shorter]]." [[/note]]. Though Kid!Erik strangling Jareth ''is'' [[RuleOfFunny pretty funny]] . . .

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* An interesting variation with ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' ' [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Erik]]. He does get somewhat better over the course of the story, but whether it's [[FountainOfYouth spontaneous deaging]] or a the dreaded RuleSixtyThree (his roommate's [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]]) he's still a [[MurderIsTheBestSolution murderous]] [[AxCrazy psycho]] [[note]] '''Jareth''': "[[LampshadeHanging Oh, come on! The irony!]] Our [[InspectorJavert fine, upstanding officer of law and order]] was a [[FormerTeenRebel little punk with a bad attitude and a worse haircut]]; brave, unflappable (former) Commodore Norrington, bane of the [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Caribbean Pirates]] and the undead was a little crybaby -- er, sorry, Jamie -- and Eric, Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera was . . . [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-32-Shorter-79582043 shorter]]." [[/note]]. Though Kid!Erik strangling Jareth ''is'' [[RuleOfFunny pretty funny]] . . .
29th Sep '16 9:23:09 PM CJCroen1393
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* Alice from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' mainly just wanders aimlessly through Wonderland and reacts to things that happen along the way. Given the fact that Wonderland is a place where weird and impossible things happen, this makes sense, and she could be seen as an AudienceSurrogate due to this.
21st Sep '16 9:42:36 PM CountDorku
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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' is great at BlackComedy, but there's only a fairly limited CharacterDevelopment budget and none of it was spent on any of the major characters. Most of them [[{{Flanderization}} go from "moderately [negative trait]" to "severely [negative trait]"]] and then stay that way for hundreds of strips. Black Mage is particularly notable, since a) his Teflon-coated soul is a net producer of [[IgnoredEpiphany ignored epiphanies]], and b) after a certain point he actually starts planning ways to actively avoid any chances of redemption that present themselves.
27th Aug '16 10:52:00 AM siberia82
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* Averting this with Wolverine was one of the criticisms of ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' ("[[http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=1616 Although it can take credit for clearing up some of the mysteries surround the title character's identity, those revelations serve to make Wolverine less compelling]]").

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* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'':
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** Although Dr. Hank [=McCoy=] is ostensibly one of the main characters of the the First Class trilogy, his personality and outlook don't change all that much over a time span of 21 years.
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