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->'''Principal Skinner''': If this episode has taught us anything, it's that nothing works better than the status quo. Bart, you're promoted back to the fourth grade.\\
'''Bart''': Yeah!\\
'''Principal Skinner:''' And Lisa, you have a choice. You may continue to be challenged in third grade, or return to second grade and be merely a big fish in a little pond.\\
'''Lisa''': Big fish! Big fish!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E3BartVsLisaVsTheThirdGrade Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade]]"

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 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]].

Also note that a StaticCharacter is not by definition boring. Obviously, it helps if you've got a RoundCharacter, as exploring all their pre-existing facets can entertain without requiring character evolution. Furthermore, the introduction of HiddenDepths or an exploration of a DarkAndTroubledPast accomplishes similar things; while the character is [[ExactWords technically not evolving]], the audience's ''perception'' of the character very much does. And these characters are ripe for internal conflict, since we already know a fair bit about them. Interest can also be wrung out of exploring how and why the character stays so constant in the face of the dramatic events of the plot -- this can in itself be evidence of unusual [[TautologicalTemplar self-assurance]], [[{{Determinator}} determination]] or [[TheStoic unflappability]].

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 can still a distinct possibility; Static Characters are frequently the result of {{Flanderization}}.

Static Characters are not to be confused with the Character ComicBook/{{Static}}.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Lina Inverse from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is actually a good example of how a StaticCharacter can still be quite unique. She changes in subtle ways, going from an AntiHero to more a conventional hero, from loner into someone with a team, but in terms of her actual behavior, she can pretty much be expected to do certain things, such as put restaurants out of business with her appetite, and blowing up cities with her magical powers.
* Ogami Itto from ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub''.
* Homura Mitokado and Koharu Utatane from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' do not change a bit in the series. While nearly every major character in Konohagakure has the Will of Fire, the two are more militant and only concern themselves with protecting the actual village itself, and often lean in favor of Danzo's view points. Their static status is possibly due to their little interaction with other characters (aside from Hiruzen, Danzo, Tsunade, Shizune, and Itachi) and the fact that Naruto has yet to influence them like everyone else he has come in contact yet.
** Jiraiya is accused of being this [[spoiler: posthumously]] by Orochimaru, who claims he [[spoiler: died]] without changing anything about himself.
* 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.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is adamant about not giving any of its characters any CharacterDevelopment whatsoever beyond their one "unique" trait.
** Sort of. Nozomu underwent a sort of reverse {{Flanderization}} as he tries to commit suicide less as time went by and has his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] emphasized more. In contrast, Chiri retained her OCD, but had it dialed past eleven and straight into AxCrazy levels.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' has Ed and Ein, contrasting the more dynamic main trio. Jet is also arguably rather static as he goes through several instances of cleaning up his own past without it affecting his current outlook and lifestyle.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has a tendency to do this to anyone who isn't important, making them into this, [[FlatCharacter Flat Characters]], or monsters. However, it's subverted with some of the Arrancar [[spoiler: except the fact that they never get to do ''[[HeelFaceDoorSlam anything]]'' with their character development.]]
* Suzy Mizuno from ''Manga/ZatchBell'' is a prime example, seeing as how she remains a [[CloudCuckoolander ditz]] throughout the whole series, while receiving no character development or any involvement in the Mamodo battles.
* Elmer C. Albatross of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is a case that's both {{lampshaded}} and [[spoiler:[[InvokedTrope deliberately maintained]]]] - Over the 300 or so years that they've known him, all of the surviving Advena Avis [[{{Immortality}} immortals]] have noticed that Elmer hasn't changed in character ''at all'', and this is one of the many reasons he unsettles most of them. [[spoiler:It turns out he's doing it at Huey's request, though it wasn't actually very difficult for him.]]
* Erika Kurumi/Cure Marine from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' is the only member of her team to not undergo significant CharacterDevelopment. As explained [[http://precure.livejournal.com/2472836.html here]], she has no problem accepting herself, and her character arc revolves her struggle with having others accept her.
* In ''Manga/KotouraSan'', Yoshihisa Manabe is this in contrast to everyone else, notably [[DynamicCharacter Haruka]]. He's okay with [[ChivalrousPervert who he is]] and [[IdiotHero how people see him]], [[HilarityEnsues especially from]] [[{{Telepathy}} Haruka]]'s [[DirtyMindReading point of view]].
* Nagisa Hazuki in the first season of ''Anime/{{Free}}''...but in ''Eternal Summer'' 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]].
* Outside of deciding to officially join the TSAB (which she was probably already considering), Nanoha from ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' doesn't change in the slightest over the course of [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]. She went through all her CharacterDevelopment fairly early on in the first series, and even then it amounted to deciding to gather the Jewel Seeds because she wanted to the right thing, rather than because she was helping Yuuno. This actually makes a lot of sense, since she doesn't have any emotional baggage or a DarkAndTroubledPast that would require her to change ([[DysfunctionJunction unlike everyone else]]). She's more about helping others go through their character arc's rather than going through one of her own.

* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. We ''do'' see him change into what he is at the time of the story via FlashBack but within the main plot itself he's probably the only character that doesn't change in some way. [[spoiler: He's definitely a tragic example of this trope. He's totally unable to give in or alter his moral code based on the situation which leads to his unavoidable death.]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} usually suffers from little CharacterDevelopment except in some AlternativeContinuity stories like ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.
* Most comic book villains, at least after their tragic backstories. And that's part of what makes them villains; they don't change. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker will always be a psychotic murdering clown, and he shouldn't be anything else. Any changes that ''do'' occur are due to AlternativeCharacterInterpretation DependingOnTheWriter as opposed to character development ''per se''.
* {{Wolverine}} from the ''ComicBook/XMen'' is a great character when he has little character development.
* The cast of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' haven't changed much throughout their extremely long run. Frankly, it would be fairly disturbing if they did.
* Many other daily cartoons behave this way.
* This is the trope driving Dream from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' to [[spoiler:his choice to commit suicide]]
** Kind of. He did change a bit. That was the whole point of the conversation with Destruction. He only didn't change according to himself, but others (especially those who haven't seen him in a long time, like Destruction) are probably better judges in that regard.
* In ComicBook/AllFallDown, we have [[spoiler:Paradigm]]. Of everyone who's suffered a loss, he is essentially the same person afterwards as before.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''. Then again, part of his appeal is the fact that he very rarely gets into any dark and edgy personality traits. While he's oft-derided as a "boy scout", the fact that he still holds a moral code stronger than almost anyone else after all the crap he and the entire DCU have gone through, including [[DeathIsCheap dying and coming back to life in various ways]], keeps him as ''the'' shining beacon for Metropolis and in fact most of the world. Attempts to alter him (besides [[GodzillaThreshold serious threats]] that let him [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech let his full strength out]] once in a while) are usually downcried far more strongly than any complaints about his "old fashioned" truth, justice and the American way outlook.
* [[ComicBook/TheAdventuresOfTintin Tintin]] has always been the same character in all of his adventures. He has no backstory, no family, not even a last name. He is intentionally designed to be as bland and generic of a character as possible.
* Throughout the entirety of ComicBook/JudgeDredd's career, his sole defining character trait has been JUSTICE.
* According to Garth Ennis, Wee Hughie from ''Comicbook/TheBoys'' ultimately won because he refused to let all of the crap the series put him through change him. At the end of the series Hughie's more or less the same person he was at the very beginning.
* This was {{enforced|Trope}} towards the end of the original run of ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars''. Post-''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the characters were not allowed to move forward, as Creator/GeorgeLucas had no idea on where to take the franchise at the time. This resulted in [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2015/12/29/i-love-ya-but-youre-strange-boba-fetts-sad-day-out-of-the-sarlacc-pit/ this odd story]] where EnsembleDarkhorse Boba Fett was discovered to be spat out of the Sarlacc, only to ultimately end up back in it.
* Galvatron in [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise John Barber's Transformers run]]. A major theme of the comic is people growing and changing into something better over time; Optimus becomes more pragmatic, Soundwave and Arcee more empathetic, Cosmos finds friends, etc.. Galvatron's the exception; from debut to exit he's a sociopathic asshole who cares only for himself and is stuck in outdated ways of thinking. Deconstructed, as it leads not only to him losing all his allies but also to [[spoiler: Optimus realizing that Galvatron will ''never'' change and thus executing him for his crimes on the spot.]]

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has [[ThePrankster Socr]][[CloudCuckoolander ates]]. This is especially notable, as he's the only main character to not undergo ''any'' changes during the series' run.

* A [[DoubleSubversion subversion of a subversion]] is played beautifully by Michelle Pfeiffer in ''Film/{{Stardust}}''. By the end, when the heroes have killed her two sisters, she breaks down and laments that the only people in the world who she loved are dead, and immortality without them (by stealing Yvaine's heart) would be intolerable, and so she says she'll let the heroes go. Then she telekinetically locks the doors, cackles, and starts exploding glass all around the heroes, ''thanking them'' for killing her sisters so that she doesn't have to ''share'' immortality. Of course, given that all her sisters did throughout the film was nag her and act like {{Jerkass}}es, one can see why she wouldn't be inclined to mourn them.
* Film/JamesBond. Although 007 is portrayed differently by each actor (Connery and Brosnan are more suave, Lazenby is subdued, Moore is comical, Dalton and Craig are brutish), its always essentially the same guy, and these minor changes in personality are rarely portrayed as being the result of CharacterDevelopment.
** Somewhat averted by the Craig films which provide a bit of the back story to how Bond became 007.
* [[Film/DollarsTrilogy The Man with No Name]] is quite possibly the ''ultimate'' static character, in that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin he doesn't even have a name]]. We are told nothing about his backstory (save for a little snippet in ''A Fistful of Dollars'' when he reunites a husband and wife), and the only change he ever goes through in his films is the size of his wallet.
** Tuco Ramirez, the central character of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', doesn't change either. We simply learn more about him and why he became the way he was.
* Franchise/IndianaJones, to a certain extent. In terms of character arcs, he only goes through extremely minor changes in personality. Sure, he may go from non-believer to believer in each of his adventures, but it doesn't really cause him to do things any differently. The most jarring example is how he gains a respect for the power of the Shankara Stones in ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom The Temple of Doom]]'' but denies the existence of God in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (possibly because of what he saw in India). ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]'' and ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]'' can be considered exceptions.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'': Averting this with Wolverine was one of its major criticisms.
--->[[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.]]
** Although Dr. Hank [=McCoy=] is ostensibly one of the main characters of the trilogy started by ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', his personality and outlook don't change all that much over a time span of 21 years.
* ''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, 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."
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' and its sequel, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', revolve around this trope. The last words said to Cap by his mentor are "No matter what happens, stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man." Steve fulfills this request, remaining roughly the same good-natured, if brash, person he always was (with maybe a little more savvy and seasoning as time goes on). In the second film, this becomes a ''MAJOR'' plot point, as [[BadPresent the world around him has changed in a darker direction]], which he doesn't accept and slowly forces others to wake up and realize as well.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The titular character of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' went through almost the entire show without much of a change, despite a dizzying array of both traumatic and hopeful events. It was only at the end that he overcame many of his difficulties.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': From his first episode to his last, Major Frank Burns was a whiny, self-absorbed, power-mongering hypocrite who could barely perform surgery.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Ensign Harry Kim starts off as [[EnsignNewbie an ensign]] and '''seven years''' later is still the same rookie doing the same things, apparently because Rick Berman believes that every iteration of Trek needs a [[TheWEsley Wesley]] -- which is actually a disservice to Wesley, who formed relationships, found new interests (abandoning his science studies to train as a pilot, and later becoming a sympathizer to the Maquis rebellion), and was unrecognizable seven years later. Despite being one of the main characters and thus subject to all the traumatic events that befall a Franchise/StarTrek character (in fact, he died enough times to become a [[{{Narm}} fan joke]]) Harry ended his series as the exact same, thinly-sketched person from the pilot. The most notable thing to happen to him was a "promotion" to -- the night shift, with [[LimitedAdvancementOpportunities no advancement in rank or any other commendations.]] Hence why "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E6Timeless Timeless]]", the BadFuture episode featuring a bitter, cynical Harry suffering from post-traumatic stress is widely considered the only time Harry came close to an intriguing character.
-->'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.com/2012/03/voyager-seasn-two.html Joe Ford]]''': A fascinating peek into the life of Harry Kim on Earth is ruined by the fact that it is Harry Kim that we are examining. He’s so completely bland that rather than greet his girlfriend with a kiss and a smile he becomes stiffer than ever and starts treating her like an alien abductor! [[DumbassHasAPoint I realise she is an alien abductor]] but that’s not the point…you would think he would at least show some gratitude to be home considering he is the one who yearns for it the most. Imagine how interesting this episode could have been if it had been the same premise but focused on Janeway and Mark instead. You just knew Harry would have model spaceships and all the certificates of his achievements in his house, didn’t you?
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', Ensign Travis Mayweather was mixture of this and a FlatCharacter. Despite being [[SpacePeople born in deep space]] and having more field experience than even the ''Captain'', he was nonetheless relegated to being a low-ranking Ensign to fill the Wesley void. He had very few plotlines (that didn't involve being injured, killed, or otherwise incapicitated), let alone a mandatory line in most episodes. He was there, consuming oxygen, but got about as much development as the chair he was sitting on. According to rumor Brannon Braga was solely tempted to kill him off, but was hamstrung by syndication concerns.
* Sam from ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' started off as a mean, bullying jerk, and ended the show as a mean, bullying jerk. There was no development, no self-awareness, and only the out of universe realisation from the writers that she was going into a SpinOff and couldn't be the lead and behave like she did meant there was even a little toning down towards the end of the show.
* Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is a prime example of this. When he was one out of six characters in an ensemble, and had little (to no) development, he was great. And when he received a SpinOff, ''Series/{{Joey}}'', it didn't work at all.
* All the main (and most of the supporting) characters from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', being the SadistShow that it is. While the status quo does change, it mostly has to do with how much the characters could get away with rather than any actual CharacterDevelopment. Kramer, being TheFool, usually manages to [[KarmaHoudini avoid the consequences of his actions]] and, therefore, develop the least.
* Pretty much all the members of ''Series/TheATeam'' are fairly rounded, but they never really develop, except for Face, possibly, who starts out as a fairly generic ConMan and ends up a HandsomeLech who is in touch with his [[HiddenDepths inner math/finance geek]] (and revels in that).
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Aisha Campbell is this during her stint in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. She is also considered the least-developed Ranger in the entire franchise!
** Furio from ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' is just a standard [[TheDragon Dragon]] to the BigBad Scorpius. Especially compared to his replacements, Treacheron and Villamax, who are both {{NobleDemon}}s. And Deviot, who is a DragonWithAnAgenda.
** One of the biggest criticisims towards Troy from ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' is that he's this. Not helping is that due to ''Megaforce'' adapting two [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger separate]] [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Sentai]][[note]]his two sentai counterparts are [[{{Foil}} complete opposites]]; Alata/Gosei Red is a rather timid and sensitive; Captain Marvelous/Gokai Red, on the other hand, is an AntiHero who's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold[[/note]], Troy's character doesn't change when he's unmorphed[[note]]barring an inexplicable [[TookALevelInJerkass stint of jerkassery]] in one episode[[/note]], his body language while morphed is vastly different in the second season when compared to the first.
* Sheldon Cooper in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. He suffers from some episodic out of character behavior, but he always reverts to his "normal" self.
** Well, it is worth noting that he did somewhat evolve over time. From being a very stiff [[TheSpock spock]] with NoSenseOfHumor, to being slightly more prone to joking (even though he still fails at the sarcasm department sometimes). By season 5 he's even [[spoiler:upgraded his SheIsNotMyGirlfriend status with Amy!]]
* Many of the mains on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' remained unchanged from beginning to end; Starbuck, for instance, [[CharacterDevelopment gets new traits]] but doesn't really overcome her original flaws. (This ''was'' a show that lived on the gloomy end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism.)
* Creator/TomBaker often says in interviews that the Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is "not an acting role" as the Doctor's character never changes that much - "he'll never turn towards evil, he'll never become interested in romance[[note]]Tom was speaking in the 1970s about this and time would go on to prove him wrong about it.[[/note]]...". Of course, this isn't quite true - the Doctor certainly changes a lot over time, [[TheNthDoctor in as literal a manner as possible]] - but within those incarnations, some Doctors develop, some remain relatively static, some remain static for as long as possible before [[MoralEventHorizon slowly developing into someone contemptible just in time for a regeneration]], and some [[DependingOnTheWriter change inorganically between several mostly-static archetypes as soon as a new producer is brought in]]. Tom Baker's Doctor was something of the last one.

* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'':
** Lydia is, from beginning to end, a spoiled brat who cares for nothing except flirting and officers. Interestingly, her mother, Mrs. Bennet, is also a Static Character. While she does change opinion rapidly about a suitor based on how likely they are to want to marry one of her daughters, this never varies through the whole novel.
** Mr. Collins is a static character too. Frankly, he wouldn't be nearly as entertaining if he wasn't.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes is basically the same in ''every single book''.
** He does get some minor developments, though not enough to move him out of this territory. In A Study In Scarlet, he doesn't know that the earth revolves around the sun, deeming it unimportant to detective work, but later his knowledge of things unrelated to detective work is seen to increase substantially. [[Series/{{Sherlock}} The most recent TV adaptation]], being a bit of a CompressedAdaptation, is an aversion only because Sherlock's relatively modest CharacterDevelopment took place over a matter of months rather than a couple of decades.
* Creator/JRRTolkien [[WordOfGod claimed]] that in heroic sagas like those of the Vikings or the Ancient Greeks, characters do not develop; instead, different aspects of their fixed, essential nature are revealed by new circumstances.
** He put this theory into practice in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': the modern, [[ClassicalAntihero anti-heroic]] characters (the hobbits) are [[DynamicCharacter dynamic]] and get CharacterDevelopment, while the archaic, heroic characters like Thorin and Aragorn are static.
** For example, at the end of ''The Lord of the Rings'' we know a lot more about Aragorn (and he knows more about himself) than when we met him in Bree, but who he is hasn't changed. Ditto for Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf. Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin, on the other hand, have changed a lot. Note that Creator/PeterJackson changed this in [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings his films]], making Aragorn a dynamic character, and even Legolas and Gimli have a few shades of further development now.
*** Gandalf is actually a mixed case. He did undergo development of a sort, one that Merry and Pippin observed, but that change came with his death and rebirth, so it may have been development reached on his own, or development from an outside force.
*** It also isn't clear if he really changed at all, or just became/revealed [[HiddenDepths more who]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent and what he is.]]
* The vampires of ''{{Twilight}}''. WordOfGod is that a vampire is forever frozen at the level of emotional maturity they had when they died: hence how Edward can be an EmoTeen at over a hundred years old.
** A similar setup exists in Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's Literature/LittleVampire series, where one of the characters was unfortunate enough to become a vampire while in the middle of puberty.
** On a different level, the only real difference in Bella Swan's character from the beginning of ''Twilight'' to the end is the fact that at the end, she has everything she's ever wanted. Her character and personality are never particularly changed.
* Albus Dumbledore is an example of the static-character-as-yardstick device. He is a CoolOldGuy and former trope namer for the EccentricMentor, but his role in the story is to foster Literature/HarryPotter's character development, not have his own. (Because, as we find out belatedly, he's [[DarkAndTroubledPast already had a ton]].)
* The Main Character Palinor in ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'' is a Static Character, though this may be excused by the book being something of an AuthorTract, with Palinor being the AuthorAvatar.
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'' by Trufflehunter the badger. According to him, all of [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'s Talking Beasts have this as their [[PlanetOfHats Hat]].
-->'''Trufflehunter''': I'm a beast, I am, and a Badger what's more. We don't change. We hold on.
* 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.

[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has many due to its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, but Onua and Pohatu stand out in particular, as they're the two main characters who've been around for the line's entirety yet still haven't changed much. Onua's the wise and solemn but incredibly badass kind of guy, and Pohatu's a perpetually optimistic friend-to-everyone, so their only roles are complementing their other four teammates and soothing the tension between them if need be, with Onua at times doing tasks that the others can't bring themselves to do.

* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has Edgar Figaro, 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.
* Asch in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. This is in sharp contrast to Luke (significant because [[spoiler:Luke is a clone of Asch]]), who goes through many stages of CharacterDevelopment.
* Keyblade Master Aqua of ''KingdomHearts'' fame. She stays the same kind, strong-willed, badass invidual that made her presence known in the very beginning and doesn't change, whereas her two male friends Terra and Ven end up different (and much less happy) people.
* [[KnightInSourArmor Jacob]] [[OnlySaneMan Taylor]] fits this in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. [[DysfunctionJunction Unlike his teammates]], Jacob doesn't carry any emotional baggage, so most of his dialog tends to be focused on the present mission. It's even lampshaded in his Shadow Broker file, which notes that he was put on Shepard's team as much for the stabilising elements of his personality as his combat skills. However, since he rarely has anything interesting to say and almost never interacts with other characters he instead comes closer to TheGenericGuy than anything else.
** [[AssInAmbassador Ambassador]] Udina. His character changes very little throughout the series, except for being a massive {{Jerkass}} to Shepard in all three games, even if [[UngratefulBastard you nominated him]] as Councillor instead of [[BigGood Anderson]]. His only real plotline comes in the third game, [[spoiler: where he [[TheQuisling sells out]] the Council to Cerberus]], but even then, it's [[TheUnreveal left ambiguous]] whether [[spoiler: he was Indoctrinated, desperate, or just plain greedy]].
* [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Iori Yagami.]] Not only he actually was one of the many characters to keep the same outfit till XII came out, but his vendetta with Kyo became a literal ''running line'' for the entire series.
** Members of Ikari and Art of Fighting teams are '''also''' these, except you couldn't expect Robert and Leona changing outfits all of a sudden.
* Franziska Von Karma from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'' is pretty much the same through the series as of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', the most development she gets are the revelations of some HiddenDepths regarding her rivalry with Edgeworth.
* Although Mao of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' goes through several character revelations, by the following scene he returns to acting to his old stuck-up friendship-hating violent ill-tempered rude demon self.
* While most character in ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' end up developing their characters in one way or another, [[PantheraAwesome Eugene Gallardo]] remains the sensible TeamDad and CoolOldGuy. This is even lampshaded in a skit.
* An odd case in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', in the 2nd game Ezio goes through a character arc from naive young man, to badass assassin. Then by the time the next game roles around, we're still playing as the badass, tough as nails Ezio and there isn't much more development to even do.
* The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series features quite a bit of CharacterDevelopment, especially in the [[UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast Dreamcast]] [[UsefulNotes/TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames era]], but the title character himself isn't the subject of any of it. This is because the development of other characters usually plays off of him, such as Tails learning to be less dependent on Sonic, or Blaze learning about friendship from him.
* In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'', Auron is the only guardian who does not undergo significant CharacterDevelopment. He already went through it long before the game started. His story is already over.

* The cast of ''Webcomic/{{Sheldon}}'' is fairly static. As one webcomic critic pointed out, this is [[TropesAreNotBad not a bad thing]], as they're [[RoundCharacter well-rounded]], interesting, and funny, which is pretty much all a simple gag-a-day strip of this sort needs.
* Portrayed on [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18741_the-evolution-fictional-characters-by-medium-5Bcomic5D.html the second example of this comic strip]].
* 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 [[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]] . . .
* Bun-bun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' hasn't changed over the run of the comic. Lampshaded by the Ocean's Unmoving [[spoiler: plotline, in which the reader can't tell the present character from the one from before the strip started.]] That wouldn't work with any other major character in the strip.
* {{Justified|Trope}} with Caliborn in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': because of how [[BizarreAlienBiology his species works]], the act of [[spoiler:taking a shortcut to predominating over his sister by murdering her dreamself]] freezes his mentality. He is literally incapable of developing new personality traits or ditching old ones, and he will [[PsychopathicManchild never mentally mature to adulthood.]]
** Also how death is punished. While dead characters continue to exist in the dream bubbles as ghosts, they cannot go through any CharacterDevelopment or change, or if they do, it becomes their whole character.
* ''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.
* A recurring theme of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is that certain beings end up becoming this, particularly [[OurLichesAreDifferent undead]] or [[WhoWantsToLiveForever beings with unnaturally extended lives.]] Their inability to age or reconsider their lives lead to them becoming unable to grow as people, leading to many [[IgnoredEpiphany moments of them refusing to see why they need to change]]. If anything, they end up backsliding. Xykon lived a full life as a human and seemed to have chilled out long enough to devise a personal philosophy by his twilight years, but when he became a lich, he lost that and his sole motivation became [[ForTheEvulz to murder people for fun]], and stayed that way for the following decades.

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* Webcomic/TheNostalgiaChick argues that [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Ariel]] of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is this trope, which is why the movie fails as a ComingOfAgeStory. She actually prefers to think of [[OverprotectiveDad Triton]] as the protagonist, since he has to change over the course of the movie.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''
** "Now With a Sound Effect" lampshades this. After talking at some length about her shyness, Fluttershy declares "I hope all my episodes revolve around me being shy!" This is immediately followed by an image of Fluttershy shrugging, over the caption "Character development?"
** It happens again in "So Random!"
-->'''Twilight:''' Well, have you tried having some character development?\\
'''Pinkie:''' Well, I ''was'' going to, but apparently only Rarity's allowed to do that.\\
'''Twilight:''' Hey! I had character development!\\
'''Pinkie:''' Bro, that was like, one time at the start of the very first season. You haven't changed since then at all.
* [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Mr. Plinkett]] argues in his review of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' that Indy works best as one of these, as he's meant to be [[EscapistCharacter someone the audience can project themselves onto]], and the movie made a mistake in trying to force too much character development on him.

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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 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.
** 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
* 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.
* The overwhelming majority of over-the-top comedic characters, from WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, to [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Yakko/Wakko/Dot]] to WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo to WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents. Most likely, because of the RuleOfFunny. [[note]]With some, the only variations you'll find are DependingOnTheWriter; Bugs Bunny, for instance, could be an impish pixie as he was in Creator/BobMcKimson's cartoons; a manic trickster, as he was in Creator/TexAvery and Creator/BobClampett's; or a sly, cunning sophisticate like we see in Chuck Jones' latter works. It all depends.[[/note]]
* Many of the secondary characters from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' — Suki, Ty Lee and Iroh in particular — precisely ''because'' they're secondary characters. However, Toph doesn't particularly evolve either, able to get through the entire series on her existing personality except for becoming a bit softer and more willing to work with others (of course, she never got to go on a life-changing field trip with Zuko like the other three did).
** Iroh is justified as he had already gone through a life-changing experience before the series started. His job was to help others, primarily his nephew Zuko, develop.
* Skeletor, from pretty much any incarnation of ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' and related series. Despite his undeniable iconic status, he's one of the most one-dimensional characters in the entire franchise. Why is he evil? Because he wants to conquer Eternia. [[GenericDoomsdayVillain Why does he want to conquer Eternia? Because he's ''evil'']]. And not one of the fascinating kinds of evil. (According to Creator/PaulDini, writers on the {{Creator/Filmation}} series were actually told by Mattel to ''not'' do anything interesting with Skeletor. He was to be the boss of the bad guys. Period.)
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is a show that thrives on the [[ResetButton status quo, with all sorts of drastic changes and events occurring and eventually reverting to normal]], so most characters fall under this. However, there are a few exceptions, such as Phineas going through a bit of CharacterizationMarchesOn from his first appearance, and Vanessa, who becomes less cynical and more caring about her dad.
* Gizmo from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He didn't really get any CharacterDevelopment. He just stayed Gizmo.
* Soundwave of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fame, especially in the show ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', where his status as TheVoiceless (not to mention TheFaceless) and well nigh [[TheStoic emotionless]] listener adds a lot to his creepy factor. He's broken his vow of silence for a single sentence only to gloat, but that's the deepest his character has gone.
* There is very little character development in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' to begin with aside from Aelita, Jeremy and (surprisingly) Sissi, but Odd is a particularly {{egregious}} example. He [[BigEater eats a lot]], he dates a lot, and he [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny makes bad jokes]]. And that never changes.
* [[TheStoic Sergeant Cosgrove]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' is mostly this, until you realize that he is the sole character in the series capable of calming down the [[CloudCuckoolander manic superhero]].
* 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.
* Lynn Loud from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is considered the least developed of the Loud sister. Whereas the other Loud sisters have became more rounded as the series progressed, Lynn has always been a JerkJock from the very first episode and has never shown any interests outside of being a Tomboyish sports fan.