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7th Sep '17 10:17:02 AM SAMAS
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Static Characters are not to be confused with the Character ComicBook/{{Static}}.
3rd Jul '17 12:15:55 PM TristanJeremiah
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* Almost every episode after the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Stan act controlling or bigoted, ending with Stan learning his lesson, [[AesopAmnesia only to have him forget the next episode]]. The only [[AnAesop Aesop]] he never forgets is TheGayAesop. Aside from that, the only change he goes through is BadassDecay from the first season, where he was a macho Badass agent, only to later be depicted as just as out of shape.

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* Almost every episode after the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Stan act controlling or bigoted, ending with Stan learning his lesson, [[AesopAmnesia only to have him forget the next episode]]. The only [[AnAesop Aesop]] he never forgets is TheGayAesop.The GayAesop. Aside from that, the only change he goes through is BadassDecay from the first season, where he was a macho Badass agent, only to later be depicted as just as out of shape.
3rd Jul '17 12:14:18 PM TristanJeremiah
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* Almost every episode after the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Stan act controlling or bigoted, ending with Stan learning his lesson, [[AesopAmnesia only to have him forget the next episode]]. The only [[AnAesop Aesop]] he never forgets is TheGayAesop. Aside from that, the only change he goes through is BadassDecay from the first season, where he was a macho Badass agent, only to later be depicted as just as out of shape.
** Steve's personality is wildly inconsistent, with him sometimes being a pervert CasanovaWannabe, a CoolLoser, a whiny MamasBoy who [[WellDoneSonGuy actively seeks his parents approval]]. In some episodes, he takes Stan's word like gospel and acts much younger than he is, and in others he doesn't listen to his dad at all and is !such more assertive. Sometimes he switches personalities in the same episode, but there's one thing that never changes, he goes through very little CharacterDevelopment
14th May '17 12:19:26 PM Prinzenick
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* While WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat's personality is [[AdaptationPersonalityChange inconsistent throughout his various series]], one thing that does stay consistent is that Felix never undergoes character development in any of them.
29th Apr '17 2:09:26 PM BatmanKalEl
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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.

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* Applejack from WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''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.
24th Mar '17 4:58:26 PM immblueversion
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'''Lisa''': Big fish! Big fish!\\
'''Principal Skinner''': That's just sad.

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'''Lisa''': Big fish! Big fish!\\
'''Principal Skinner''': That's just sad.
fish!
26th Jan '17 6:34:48 PM TheBigBopper
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* Nagisa Hazuki in the first season of ''Anime/{{Free}}''...but in ''Eternal Summer'' it's averted. His optimism is broken when [[spoiler:faced with the threat of being forced to quit swimming due to his falling grades in school]].

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* Nagisa Hazuki in the first season of ''Anime/{{Free}}''...but in ''Eternal Summer'' it's averted.this changes. His optimism is broken when [[spoiler:faced with the threat of being forced to quit swimming due to his falling grades in school]].
23rd Jan '17 1:55:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''PrideAndPrejudice'':

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* SherlockHolmes is basically the same in ''every single book''.

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* SherlockHolmes Literature/SherlockHolmes is basically the same in ''every single book''.
15th Jan '17 2:38:19 PM DustSnitch
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* Shu from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is a rare example of a static protagonist. He faces torture, the deaths of several beloved characters at the hands of his friends, and somehow manages to [[TheFettered stick to his principles.]] That he managed to both survive and avoid compromising his core self shows just how BadAss he is. Oh, and surviving ''oodles'' of torture.

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* Shu from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is a rare example of a static protagonist. He faces torture, the deaths of several beloved characters at the hands of his friends, and somehow manages to [[TheFettered stick to his principles.]] That he managed to both survive and avoid compromising his core self shows just how BadAss badass he is. Oh, and surviving ''oodles'' of torture.
8th Jan '17 8:50:26 PM DapperDiamonds
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Change isn't always a [[TropesAreTools good thing]], nor necessary. Likewise some characters, be they {{round|Character}} or {{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]]. 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 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 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]].

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Change isn't always a [[TropesAreTools good thing]], nor necessary. Likewise some characters, be they {{round|Character}} or {{flat|Character}}, will end a story with pretty 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 always [[AesopAmnesia immediately forget all about it by the next 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 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 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 never 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]].



Having said that, Flat Characters who are also Static may get dull unless the author takes care to make them entertaining somehow, be they the ButtMonkey or perpetual FishOutOfWater.

Despite their unchanging nature, EarlyInstallmentWeirdness is still a distinct possibility; Static Characters are frequently the result of {{Flanderization}}.

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Having said that, Flat Characters who are also Static may begin to get dull unless the author takes care to make them entertaining somehow, be they the ButtMonkey or perpetual FishOutOfWater.

Despite their unchanging nature, EarlyInstallmentWeirdness is EarlyInstallmentWeirdness can still a distinct possibility; Static Characters are frequently the result of {{Flanderization}}.
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