Character Types

Dynamic, Static, Flat and Round Characters

Dynamic Character

Definition:

A dynamic character is a literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude.


Examples:

Harry Potter – Harry Potter Books – From skinny orphaned child to mature world-saving wizard adult.


Disney’s Aladdin – Aladdin – From thieving street rat to dishonest prince to honest hero.


Static Character

Definition:

A static character is a character who does not change much; a character who does not grow or develop.


Examples:

Tarzan – Tarzan Books – Vine-swinging, fast-learning, athletic ape-man. (Tarzan actually has 24 books)


Kermit the Frog – The Muppets – Green, pig-loving, humble amphibian.

Round character

Definition: Round characters have more than one dimension. They are complex, like real people.


Examples:

Marlin — Finding Nemo — We understand the reasons behind his attitudes. We know his past, his tragedies, and his feelings.


Katniss Everdeen - The Hunger Games - Katniss is a round character because we know pretty much everything about her. She is pretty much the main character of the story.


Flat Character

Definition: A flat character has only one or two personality traits. They are one dimensional, like a piece of paper. They can be summed up in one phrase.


Examples:

Bruce the shark - Finding Nemo - he is not around very long, and we don't really understand why he does what he does. His motivations are very simple - when he gets hungry, he tries to eat.


Mr. Filch - Harry Potter- with his only undying obsession being finding students breaking school rules.