[[quoteright:300:[[Creator/TomGauld http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/archetype_character_sheet_8325.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300: [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The gang's all here.]]]]

->''"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, and CharactersAsDevice.
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[[index]]
!!Categories:
+ AlwaysFemale
+ AlwaysMale
+ ArchetypalCharacter
+ CartoonCharacters
+ CharacterReactionIndex
+ CharactersAndCasting
+ CharactersAsDevice
+ ConMan
+ CopsAndDetectives
+ {{Criminals}}
+ DuoTropes
+ {{Elders}}
+ {{Ensembles}}
+ {{Foil}}
+ FountainOfExpies
+ {{Heroes}}
+ HiredGuns
+ HistoricalDomainCharacter
+ AnIndexOfLadiesAndGentlemen
+ IndexOfPupilsAndProteges
+ LoveInterests
+ MagicalMinorityPerson
+ MainCharacters
+ {{Mentors}}
+ NormalPeople
+ PublicDomainCharacter
+ RichKids
+ RichPeople
+ {{Seekers}}
+ {{Seers}}
+ SitcomCharacterArchetypes
+ StockCharacters
+ TheTrickster
+ {{Villains}}
+ TheWannabeIndex
+ WesternCharacters
+ {{Youngsters}}

[[/index]]
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