8 Common Character Roles!

8 Common
Character roles
 Character
roles describe what FUNCTION
each character has in a story
 Characters in stories fill certain “jobs” that
are critical to the story’s plot, theme, and
moral lesson
 Some character roles overlap meaning
one character can have more than one
role in the story.
 Responsible
for handling the main conflict
in the story.
 This character is the one MOST in need of
change, emotionally
 Primarily is a “good guy”
Protagonist Examples
 Primarily
a ‘bad guy’
 Character that opposes the protagonist
on all counts (emotionally and physically)
 Antagonist can also be a group of
people, or a non-human force of some
Antagonist Examples
 The
protagonist’s conscience
 This character usually embodies (carries)
the thematic message.
 Voices or represents the lesson that the
protagonist must learn in order to change
and achieve his/her goals
 Mentors aren’t perfect, can still be flawed
MENTOR examples
 Like
the antagonist, the tempter tries to
stand in the way of the protagonist
achieving their goals
 Tempter might try to manipulate or
convince protagonist to join the “dark
 In the end, the tempter can change his
mind and realize the value of the “good
Tempter Examples
 The
protagonist’s unconditionally loving
 May get frustrated with the protagonist,
but will always stand by them
 Usually embodies the thematic message
of the story without even realising it
 (The mentor can EXPLAIN the theme,
while the sidekick just does it without even
thinking about it)
SIDEkick Examples
 The
lone objector to the theme/plot/plan
 Does not believe in the theme OR in the
importance of the protagonist reaching
his goal
 May like the protagonist and want them
to succeed, but they are too skeptical to
be loyal or help make this happen
 Can have a change of heart by end of
Skeptic Examples
 Acts
according to their gut, lets emotions
fuel their decisions
 Impulsive and reactive
 Might run into trouble by acting on
impulses before thinking/planning them
 Acts with their heart, not their head
Emotional Examples
 The
rational thinker; plans things out
 Shoots for logical solutions and gives
reasonable suggestions/answers
 Serves as a “voice of reason” or a
cautionary voice when someone is about
to act impulsively
Logical Examples

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