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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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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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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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"Flat" characters are often stereotyped, cookie cutter characters that do everything that is expected of them. You want characters with contradictions, or at least with a ability to a surprise people. A "dumb blonde" is a stereotype. A ditsy cheerleader is someone who makes most readers put the book down. A good looking blonde who has no interest in guys, ...


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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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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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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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This may not be quite what you're looking for but there is a Marvel comic book story similar to this. In the comic, Spider-man and Storm meet Rogue, the girl who steals people's abilities by touching them. At first, Rogue is scared of her powers, but she then steals Storm's powers and becomes extremely power-hungry and destructive, before finally realizing ...



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