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flat character

an easily recognized character type in fiction who may not be fully delineated but is useful in carrying out some narrative purpose of the author. Unabridged
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  • Far and wide it meets the vision, and is the more conspicuous from the flat character of its surroundings and the very open coast.

    In the Border Country

    W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
  • By its flat character, greater size, and multiple points of suppuration.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Contemporary definitions for flat character

a literary character whose personality can be defined by one or two traits and does not change in the course of the story's 21st Century Lexicon
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