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Examples of Static VS Dynamic Characters

Dynamic Characters and Static Characters

If you want to become a writer of comics, it’s good to know the difference between dynamic characters and static characters.

Static characters generally don’t develop or change in personality as the story unfolds. If a story isn’t concerned with internal struggle or introspection, a main character can be a static character. On the other hand, if a character does change and grow as a person as the story progresses, he or she is a dynamic character. In this case secondary characters are often still static.

Dynamic characters aren’t necessarily better than static characters. Whether to use one or the other depends entirely on the point the author is trying to convey with the story as a whole.

Examples of Successful Static Characters

Examples of Successful Dynamic Characters

  • Rick Blaine – Casablanca – From cynical, war-neutral casino owner to passionate selfless freedom fighter.
  • Disney’s Aladdin – Aladdin – From thieving street rat to dishonest prince to honest hero.
  • Rorschach – Watchmen – From unstable but sane crime fighter to uncompromising sociopath.
  • Dr. Manhattan – Watchmen -From mortal average physicist to omniscient demigod.
  • Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit – From hobbit homebody to adventurous brave hero.
  • Harry Potter – Harry Potter Books – From skinny orphaned child to mature world-saving wizard adult.
  • Batman – Batman Begins – From orphaned billionaire to cowl donning merciless dark knight.
  • Jean Valjean – Les Miserables – From ex-convict outcast to saintly mayor to beloved father to revolutionary hero.
  • Edmund Dantes – The Count of Monte Cristo – From peasant ship captain to tormented prisoner to wealthy revenge-seeking count.
  • Buzz Lightyear – Toy Story – From delusional hero to flightless self-accepting action figure.
  • Michael Corleone – The Godfather – From optimistic war hero to ruthless mafia don.
  • Darth Vader – Star Wars Episode VI – From dark villain to redeemed father.
  • Maximus – Gladiator – From patriotic Roman general to Colosseum gladiator to savior of Rome.
  • The Joker – Batman: The Killing Joke – From downtrodden comedian to insane brutal murderous clown.
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6 responses to “Examples of Static VS Dynamic Characters”

  1. Gina Grandy says:

    Thank you for this! It was a great resource for my 10th grade American Literature class.

  2. Tom Forde says:

    Thanks, bro. Really helped me do my homework. Keep it hot!

  3. chris jefferson says:

    thanks bro helped me with litterary project:)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Han Solo wasn’t a static character, though– sure, he remained grumpy and sarcastic, but he went from being purely selfish and opportunistic to committing himself to a cause and developing loyalty to people. He changed at his core– that’s dynamic.

  5. Alice says:

    Thanks! It really helped with homework.

  6. Anonymous says:

    thx man this really helped me study for finals

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