Notes on the glossary: in addition to personality and behavioral descriptions, all characters are categorized by type, complexity and development, as explained below:


Type:

Main – (also called Major or central; the protagonist/the antagonist) these characters are crucial to the development and resolution of the conflict. The plot and resolution of conflict revolves around these characters.

Secondary Main – subordinate to the Main characters but nevertheless crucial to the development and resolution of the conflict. The plot and resolution of conflict does not revolve around these characters.

Supporting – (also called Minor) these characters complement the main and secondary main characters and help move the plot events forward. Will often prop, or “support” the main characters.

Extras – (also called Background) these characters are part of the setting. Unlikely to speak or even be named; most likely identified by their function in the scene or labeled (i.e., the waiter, old man with a cane).


Development:

Dynamic – A dynamic character changes over time; his or her personality will transform or evolve, usually as a result of resolving a central conflict or because of a major crisis.

Static – A static character does not change over time; his or her personality does not transform or evolve.


Complexity:

Round – A rounded character has a complex personality; he or she is often portrayed as a conflicted and/or contradictory person.

Flat – A flat character is the opposite of a round character. Usually portrayed with one kind of personality trait or characteristic.