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stock character 

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

A *character of the same general type appearing in a number of different plays. The Italian *commedia dell'arte offered traditional general types—the young lovers, the comic servants, the foolish old men—but also more specific stock characters that were also endlessly repeated: the flamboyant but cowardly Spanish captain, the foolish pedant, the elderly lover of the young wife. The comic tradition has continued through the centuries to make much use of this device, but stock characters have also been important in serious drama, every historical period developing certain type characters that were often repeated, such as the dashing heroes of the Spanish ... ...

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