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.

Reviews

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

The meat of the plot, such as it is, is that the football coach of Diversity University Ironton has dropped by to scout Westview's long-suffering coach and reformed high school bully, Bull Bushka.

Yes, [Tom] Batiuk named the bully 'Bull.' I know.
Chris Sims on Funky Winkerbean

And so we say goodbye to Mr X, one of the least satisfying characters this show has ever coughed up. All he has ever done is hang out in underground car parks and dish out information. Weíve never seen him at work, never become involved in his life, never been given a reason to care about him beyond the fact that he offers Mulder crumbs of information. Heís been appearing on the show for over two seasons now and we no next to nothing about him. So how is his death supposed to impact the audience in any way? Steven Williams is such a charismatic actor that at times he manages to rise above the barrenness of the character and provide memorable scenes but more often than not he dashes away before we get a chance to learn anything about him. Whatís worse is that thanks to Williamsí commitments elsewhere he barely appears in his exit storyline. Its not like heís even allowed to go out on a high. But then I guess thatís about right for a character so obscure that if he turned sideways he would vanish. Melodramatic to the last, X scrawls the name of Mulderís next contact in his own blood. Only in [Chris] Carterís mind would this be a natural dying act.
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "Herrenvolk"

Cut to some Spacing Guild members as they fill in the Emperor about whatís happening on Arrakis...He says, 'Bring in that floating fat man, the Baron.' I highly suspect that was an ad-lib after Josť Ferrer forgot his line.
The Agony Booth on Dune (1985)

Chris: Their plan is to make the Daily Planet into a sensationalist tabloid thatíll bring in the money by pushing the world closer to the brink of nuclear war. Iím not kidding: This is actually Warfieldís business model.
David: Iíd love to be at the story conference where they named him. ďWell, he sees, like, the world as a field for war, right? War... field...Ē

The mother's internal conflict over marrying off her daughter in exchange for her happiness could've made her a more interesting character. Same goes for [Hockley]. He could've easily been portrayed as a kind of sad, lonely rich guy. Maybe he spent his whole life acquiring his fortune and didn't have time for love. He could be awkward and kinda inconsiderate 'cause he doesn't know how to treat a woman. But at his core he didn't have to be evil ó and certainly not try to murder anyone... Seems silly to spend $200 million on a movie and not have interesting characters.

...Oh.

Everyone else in the movie can be summed up entirely by two-word descriptions. Danny Glover is: BLACK PRESIDENT. George Segal is: OLD DAD. Oliver Platt is: ASSHOLE BUREAUCRAT. Beatrice Rosen is: HOT WHORE. One of Cusack's kids still wets herself at age seven, an endearing character quirk until we realize that it's her defining characteristic. In fact, as the camera pulls back through the clouds to bring us the end credits, we get: 'No more pull-ups!' she proudly tells a smiling Cusack. I forgot this was a plot point until she capped off the survival of humanity by reminding us of mankind's real victory: bladder control.
Cracked on 2012

This is another movie where all the characters should be named after their stereotype. 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)