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''Tropes and trope categories about setting up, fleshing out, and tearing down characters''.

Compare {{Characters}} and CharactersAndCasting (how characters are affected by being played by actors).\\
Contrast CharactersAsDevice (roles that characters can be shoved into for plot reasons).

For lists of tropes as they apply to specific fictional characters, see CharacterSheets.
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* AbstractApotheosis: Character becomes an abstract concept, often done after their death.
* AdaptationalBadass: Character who was a wimp in the source material is made much more competent in an adaptation.
* AdaptationalDumbass: Characters who was of average intelligence at the very least in the source material is made much dumber in an adaptation.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Character who was evil or at least morally gray in the source material is made more heroic in an adaptation.
* AdaptationalIntelligence: Character who was previously not the brightest bulb in the source material is made much smarter in an adaptation.
* AdaptationalJerkass: Character who was nice becomes more of a jerk in an adaptation.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: Character who was a {{Jerkass}} becomes nicer in an adaptation.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Character who was heroic or at least morally gray in the source material is made more villainous in an adaptation.
* AdaptationalWimp: Character who was a competent fighter in the source material is made weaker in an adaptation.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Character has a different personality in an adaptation than they do in the source material.
* AddictionDisplacement: Character uses a safer addiction in place of a destructive one.
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Character is fascinated by [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] rather than scared by them.
* AMFMCharacterization: Character's personality is introduced through their taste in music.
* AntiNepotism: Characterizes the doer as an honest authority figure intent on avoiding the appearance of political corruption, while giving the recipient a reason to dislike the doer.
* BackportedDevelopment: Character has the development they gain over the course of the story in flashbacks.
* BeetleManiac: Character who has a fascination with bugs, mainly beetles.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: Character behaves unsocially while on the job.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Character wishes they lived in a different period.
* CallToAgriculture: A badass/heroic character retires as a farmer.
* CampfireCharacterExploration: Character are explored while talking around a campfire.
* ChallengeSeeker: Character constantly looking for new ways to hone their skills.
* CharacterCalculus: A TV Tropes-exclusive method for sorting characters.
* CharacterCheck: Character who has been hit with CharacterizationMarchesOn briefly lapses back into their original characterization.
* CharacterDepth: A measure of how "deep" a character is.
* CharacterDevelopment: Character grows as they progress through the story.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Character's personality is different in later episodes than they were in the beginning.
* CharacterRerailment: Character has their original characterization restored after having previously been derailed beyond recognition.
* ChestOfMedals: Character in the military whose uniform features an improbable number of medals.
* {{Chickification}}: A previously competent female character is made weaker either over time or in between adaptations.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Character who collects something strange, gross, or disturbing.
* ContractualGenreBlindness: A character who maintains their role because of their Genre Savviness.
* CreatureOfHabit: Character who likes routine.
* CrowdPleaser: Character motivated by praise and attention.
* CuddleBug: Character who enjoys giving hugs.
* CutenessProximity: Character turns into a bowl of mush at the sight of something cute.
* DaytimeDramaQueen: A {{Woobie}} character who watches soap operas.
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: A character who deconstructs the archetype they seem to embody.
* DependingOnTheWriter: The way a character behaves or is treated changes depending on who is writing at the moment.
* DescentIntoAddiction: A character's story arc evolves them becoming dependent on a substance.
* DiscoDan: A character holds into a fad that everyone else has abandoned.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: A character gets a different characterization in an adaptation.
* {{Dramatica}}: A theory of story forming.
* DynamicCharacter: A character who becomes more layered as the story progresses.
* EarthyBarefootCharacter: Character who is close to nature wears no shoes.
* ElectiveMute: A character who chooses not to speak.
* ElectiveUnintelligible: A character who chooses to be impossible to understand.
* ElementalRivalry: Characters with contrasting ElementalPowers oppose each other.
* EstablishingCharacterMusic: A character's personality is established through music.
* EverybodySmokes: More people are smokers then not.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Every character, regardless of moral alignment or clique, has at least some level of decency.
* ExperiencedProtagonist: The main character is already an expert when the story begins.
* FaceOfTheBand
* FlatCharacter: Character who has barely if any characterization.
* FleetingPassionateHobbies
* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: Character that's been hit by {{Flanderization}} shows signs of their previous characterization.
* FriendToBugs
* FunctionalAddict
* {{Gasshole}}: Character has a tendency to burp and/or fart a lot.
* GenreBlindness: Character doesn't seem to know how certain genres work.
* GenreRefugee
* GenreSavvy: Character is knowledgeable about how certain genres work.
* TheGimmick
* GrassIsGreener
* HeartTrauma
* HeavenSeeker
* HellSeeker
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat
* InformedWrongness: What this character did is supposed to be seen as wrong despite there being nothing to back it up.
* InHarmonyWithNature
* InsistsOnPaying
* InterpretativeCharacter
* InTheOriginalKlingon
* JackOfAllTrades
* JerkToNiceGuyPlot
* KitschCollection
* KnuckleCracking
* LikeADuckTakesToWater
* LiterallyPrizedPossession
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality
* LuxuriousLiquor
* TheMagazineRule
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Having a character go through absolute hell as a way to strengthen them.
* TheMovieBuff
* NatureLover
* NowLetMeCarryYou
* NumberOneDime
* OfficeGolf
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: If a character is behaving outside of their usual characterization, the situation must be serious.
* OralFixation
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Character does something outside of their usual characterization.
* OverAndUnderTheTop
* {{Pacifist}}
* PastimesProvePersonality
* PersonalArcade
* PersonalityPowers
* PosterGalleryBedroom
* PuttingOnMyThinkingCap
* TheQuarterback
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter
* ReplacementFlatCharacter: After a FlatCharacter becomes more fleshed out, another FlatCharacter fills in their previous role.
* RhymesOnADime
* RidiculouslySuccessfulFutureSelf
* RoundedCharacter
* RulesLawyer
* TheSilentBob
* SmokingIsCool
* SomethingAboutARose
* StaticCharacter
* StockYuck
* SurvivalMantra
* SweetTooth: Character who is shown to have a love of sweet foods.
* TemporarilyExaggeratedTrait: An individual character trait is highlighted for one episode.
* {{Thememobile}}
* TooMuchAlike
* TheTragicRose: Character who is a rose-themed [[TheWoobie Woobie]].
* TheUnwittingComedian
* VanityLicensePlate
* {{Wimpification}}: A previously competent male character is made more emotional and effeminate in a fanfic, often to play as "the bottom half" of a same-sex pairing.
* WorkHardPlayHard
* WriteWhoYouKnow
* WrongGenreSavvy: GenreSavvy character doesn't realize the story they're apart of isn't in the genre they thought it was.