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It is possible, as the other answerers have given examples. However, it requires more care. If you are exploring a balance between two character traits, the method the character uses to about their journey becomes more important than the journey itself. If your character goes from one extreme archetype to another, the story is a clearcut one of "this ...


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it is an interesting question, but I can't imagine it being one that has an actual answer. It is claimed that there are Seven Basic Plots (That number does change depending on who is talking about it) So there are a finite number of plots to tell, there are also a finite number of personality types to fit into those plots. I can't think how you could get ...


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What you seem to need are Stock Characters. A nice list from "Absent-minded professor" to "Zombie" can be found here. It has a nice reference list as well. Some more background, including the categories you reject is here


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Almost all literary tropes have made it to tv/film except for the small number that don't work visually. On top of that the main characteristic of the english language is theft of which Japanese influence is only the latest (although to be fair a dominant influence for anime/manga and other post ww2 japanese culture is american popular culture). If we also ...


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I assume you don't mean the character returns to their original timidity, rather to an "older and wiser" state. As such the structure seems something like a Hegelian dialectic (thesis/antithesis/synthesis or abstract/negative/concrete) played out by a single character. I haven't read Chuck Palahniuk's novel, but the film Fight Club runs along these general ...


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The classic Flowers For Algernon - amazon link by Daniel Keyes is a great example of this type of thing. The main character is mentally challenged, becomes extremely smart and then reverts to his old self again. Along the way there is a lot of learning. In that book the transformation of the character draws a lot of questions out about how other people are ...


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Basically, an idea can't be copyrighted, only the expression of an idea. There are several "knockoffs" of the game Monopoly. The basic idea is the same, except that they have different street names, rental amounts, color codes, and "rulebooks." So you can have characters that are "similar" to others; just don't describe them in the same way as other ...



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