Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Top 29 Fictional Archetypes/Stock Characters

The wikipedia entry "List of Heroic Stock Characters" is a fun read, but on a more careful glance, you realize that it is gravely incomplete. Thank goodness that I compiled this list of fictional archetypes that it was missing!

29. The incredulous Asian

28. The cook who is also a spy

27. The gentle bum

26. The way-too-worried-about-the-Large-Hadron-Collider guy

25. The self-loathing acrobat

24. The reluctant weatherman

23. The nerdy jock

22. The jockish nerd

21. Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts

20. The seriously scary baby

19. The lover of bacon

18. The guitarist with charisma

17. The paraplegic aristocrat

16. The mother or father

15. The alcoholic child

14. The big tall building

13. The stripper with a past--a Civil War past!

12. The white man with a gun or knife

11. The sexy amputee

10. The collicky politician

9. The Finn

8. The black Finn

7. The battle-scarred claims adjuster

6. The anti-matter-hero

5. The chick who knows what's up

4. The dude who knows what's what

3. The novelty-shop proprietor (also known as "The curio merchant")

2. The man who is especially adept at killing flies

1. Martin Short

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