Developing your characters character, flat character, stock character, protagonist . . . the types of characters in fiction goes on and on. What do you need to know about each one as you study literature or learn to write it? Find out with the list below.

Ready to get started working on characterization, creating your own round characters? These questions can help.

Flat Characters

Flat characters are minor characters in a work of fiction who do not undergo substantial change or growth in the course of a story. Learn more about flat characters and how they differ from round characters.

Static Characters

When people say that a character is “static,” they’re referring to the fact that a character doesn’t change. (Sound familiar? There’s a good reason for that.)

Round Characters

As a writer, your focus will be on developing your round characters. For readers, these are the characters you’ll put the most effort into following and understanding.

Dynamic Characters

The opposite of static characters, dynamic characters will undergo some kind of change in the course of the story.

Stock Characters

Many people think the term “stock characters” is just another way to describe static characters, but not so. Find out why not.


What do protagonists have in common with round characters? And what makes the best protagonists in a work of literature? Know what to think about when you begin writing.


The antagonist is essential to many works of literature, but is it really just a matter of bad guy vs. good guy? These examples illustrate more complicated scenarios.

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