Quotes / Flat Character

Fiction

There are five children in this book:
AUGUSTUS GLOOP, a greedy boy;
VERUCA SALT, a girl who is spoiled by her parents;
VIOLET BEAUREGARDE, a girl who chews gum all day long;
MIKE TEAVEE, a boy who does nothing but watch television;
CHARLIE BUCKET The Hero

I don't have a personality matrix so much as a personality vector.

You have me all wrong. I'm more than just the same joke over and over again—you're thinking of Toot.

As for you...oh, you're easy. You're an egotistical jerk with daddy issues, a simple puzzle I solved on day one.
Marshal Pentecost, Pacific Rim

(begin recording)
Jack: Hey Wilhelm, wanna come to the moon and hunt a Vault for me?
Wilhelm: No.
Jack: Come on, I'll pay you a couple million dollars.
Wilhelm: Okay.
(end recording)

Real Life

I don't mind hidden depths but I insist that there be a surface.
James Nicoll

"Claire gets Barry's daughter Moira, whose main character trait is that she hates Barry for no adequately explored reason. In fact, let's not mince words, it's her only character trait, but she makes the most of it, always taking the time to remind us that she hates her dad, even while halfway past a demon's tonsils."

"Sure, I make fun of Dennis the Menace, particularly when it comes to Dennisís lack of menacing, but if thereís one thing I really respect about it, itís that Mr. Wilson has never stopped being angry, has never softened into a likable character. His trademark single bead of anger-sweat is here, but his hands are also clenching into fists ó not because he plans to hit anybody, because Mr. Wilson is not at heart a violent man, but because his whole body is just clenching up involuntarily at the thought of so many naps ruined. So is he going to die of a massive coronary event, and soon? Yes, probably! But he will have never compromised his truest self."

Panty: SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX
Stocking: SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS SWEETS
Garterbelt: GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST GAY PRIEST

"In just a handful of scenes, we've established the full set of character archetypes to see us through until the series goes off air. Zack's a huckster, Slater a jock, Jessie an uptight brain, Kelly a cheerful object of desire, and Screech an intolerable bundle of silly faces. When Lisa appears on crutches, having kicked a television in rage when her favourite nail polish was discontinued, her core personality — likes clothes; doesn't fancy Screech — is also laid out."
Stuart Millard, So Excited, So Scared: The Saved by the Bell Retrospective

"He says, 'Bring in that floating fat man, the Baron.' I highly suspect that was an ad-lib after José Ferrer forgot his line."
The Agony Booth on Dune (1985)

Seems silly to spend $200 million on a movie and not have interesting characters.

...Oh.

Danny Glover is: BLACK PRESIDENT. George Segal is: OLD DAD. Oliver Platt is: ASSHOLE BUREAUCRAT. Beatrice Rosen is: HOT WHORE.
Cracked on 2012

Mr. Comeuppance returns to the bridge. Connie asks her if he managed to find Rennie. A relatively straightforward and pertinent question; let's see if he can respond like a complete asshat! 'She's locked safely in her room, no thanks to either of you!' He's still got it!

So Hunky Protagonist is trying to be the ace of the squadron, but Grizzled Vet with a Heart of Gold keeps ragging on him. So Hunky becomes close friends with his fellow squad mates Burn Out, Dead Meat, Religious Stereotype, Sir Not Appearing in this Film, and Has no Dialog but is a Really Close Friend...Honest.
Miles Antwiler on Flyboys (2006)

I do have an issue here that Lucas and Echo seem to be placed as the emotional core of the narrative, but the game seems to have forgotten to characterize either of them. Lucas is the protagonist of a first-person militaristic shooter so of course he's just a big blank slab of roast pork in chunky boots, and I only know Echo's name was Echo because a mission objective told me; she just shows up like a little snipey Tinker Bell now and again to jumpstart the plot whenever it stalls. Sometimes they take it in turns to point out things for the other one to shoot, and that's about all the chemistry they ever get. "Rawr, your guys are bad!" "Rawr, your guys are bad!" "We have a lot in common." "Yes." "Give us a snog." "No."

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