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Characters in fiction

anti-hero

noun

a main character in a story who does not have the qualities that a hero usually has, such as being morally good

baddy

noun

someone in a film or book who does unkind or illegal things

bad guy

noun

someone who does cruel or illegal things, especially in a book or film

character

noun

a person in a book, play, film etc

dramatis personae

noun

all the characters in a play

eponymous

adjective

the eponymous character in a story has the same name as the title of the story

hero

noun

the main male character of a book, film, or play, who usually has good qualities. The main female character is called the heroine.

heroine

noun

the main female character of a book, film, or play, or a good female character. The main male character is called the hero

ingénue

noun

a young woman who does not have much experience of the world, especially in a film or play

narrator

noun

someone who tells the story in a novel or film

personage

noun

someone in a book, play, or film, or in history

protagonist

noun

the main character in a play, film, book, or story

swashbuckling

adjective

used about a character in a story, film etc who has a lot of fights and exciting experiences

sympathetic

adjective

a sympathetic character in a film, book etc is easy to like

two-dimensional

adjective

a two-dimensional character in a book, play, or film lacks the complicated personality of a real person

unconvincing

adjective

an unconvincing character, story, or performance is difficult to believe or enjoy, because it does not seem real or likely

villain

noun

the main bad character in a story, play, film etc. The main good character is the hero or heroine

swashbuckler

noun

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