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Rounded Character

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Margo: Who are we now, El? We used to be glamorous, amazing mega-bitches. And now?
Eliot: We have depth. And... character.
Margo: [looks horrified]
The Magicians (2016), "Do You Like Teeth?"

One of the basic traits of a character is their depth, or how complex they are. Some characters are two-dimensional Flat Characters, with one or a few defining traits that completely define who they are. Rounded Characters go beyond being a stock character with some Backstory and Hidden Depths. They generally have a complex motivation driving them, and may act counter to what their 'type' would suggest. These are the kind of character that have to struggle with choice.

A Flat Character may evolve into a three-dimensional character if they are dynamic, and change according to what they experience. On the other hand, sometimes they don't need to change and remain Static Characters.

Not to be mistaken for actually rounded characters.

Alternative Title(s): Round Character


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