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->''"An idea has no worth at all without believable characters to implement it; a plot without characters is like a tennis court without players. WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck is to a ComicStrip/BuckRogers [[WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers story]] what John [=McEnroe=] was to tennis. Personality. That is the key, the drum, the fife. Forget the plot."''
-->--'''Creator/ChuckJones'''

People in [[TheVerse the world]] you are looking to for entertainment.

Basically one of the most [[SuperTrope super of tropes]] in all of fiction. Unless you're writing some sort of abstract poem, it's pretty much impossible to [[JustForFun/TheTropelessTale tell a story without characters]].

Compare {{Conflict}}, {{Plots}}, CharacterizationTropes, CharactersAndCasting, CharactersAsDevice.
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!!Tropes:
[[index]]
* ActionGenreHeroGuy
* [[AlienTropes Aliens]]
* AlwaysFemale
* AlwaysMale
* ActionDad
* ActionMom
* AmusingAlien
* ArchetypalCharacter
* {{Astrologer}}
* {{Badbutt}}
* BodyAndHost
* CaptiveAudience
* CartoonCharacters
* CharactersAndCasting
* CharactersAsDevice
* ChestOfMedals
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan
* ConMan
* CopsAndDetectives
* CrimeMagnet
* {{Criminals}}
* TheCynic
* TheDandy
* DeityOfHumanOrigin
* {{Dramatica}}
* DreamPeople
* DuoTropes
* {{Elders}}
* EnfantTerrible
* {{Ensembles}}
* {{Evil Roy}}
* TheExtremistWasRight
* {{Foil}}
* FountainOfExpies
* ForgotHeWasARobot
* FunPersonified
* HeavenSeeker
* HellSeeker
* {{Heroes}}
* HiredGuns
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* HopeBringer
* HouseFey
* TheIdealist
* IgnorantMinion
* AnIndexOfLadiesAndGentlemen
* IndexOfPupilsAndProteges
* IntrepidMerchant
* JennyEverywhere
* LongJohnShoutout
* LoserProtagonist
* LoveInterests
* MagicalMinorityPerson
* MainCharacters
* {{Mentors}}
* MerchantPrince
* NormalPeople
* OddballDoppelganger
* OthernessTropes
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
* PublicDomainCharacter
* RaceTropes
* RaisedByGrandparents
* ReallyWasBornYesterday
* RichKids
* RichPeople
* {{Seekers}}
* {{Seers}}
* SensorCharacter
* [[ServantTropes Servants]]
* SitcomCharacterArchetypes
* SolitaryTropes
* SouthernFriedGenius
* SoreLoser
* StarvingArtist
* StarvingStudent
* StupidScientist
* StockCharacters
* TheStoic
* TasteTheRainbow
* TeamKiller
* TooQuirkyToLose
* TheTrickster
* TropesAboutPerverts
* {{Villains}}
* TheWannabeIndex
* WesternCharacters
* YoungFutureFamousPeople
* {{Youngsters}}
[[/index]]
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