Flat Character

[flat] [kar-ik-ter]


A stereotypical, stock, or cardboard character. Usually defined by a single quality without much individualizing detail. A flat character is usually one dimensional, static, and shallow not displaying change throughout the story.


The purpose of a flat character is to contrast the main or round characters. A flat character will show little to no change during a story. By demonstrating no change, it
helps to highlight the changes made by the main characters.