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stock character

noun
1.
a character in literature, theater, or film of a type quickly recognized and accepted by the reader or viewer and requiring no development by the writer.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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Examples from the web for stock character
  • The brilliant outsider has become almost a stock character.
  • From the outset, the cowboy was a stock character of the motion picture industry.

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