Stock Character Clichés
THE ALL-EMBRACING, ALL-INCLUSIVE, FUNKTASTIC COMPENDIUM OF STUPENDOUS STOCK CHARACTERS AND SUPERFLUOUS STEREOTYPES
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(c) Guy Hoyle, 2006

Similar to "That Last #@!% Cliche" table from the Risus Companion (p. 7), the cliches on this table can, with some adjustments, be used for virtually any genre and any campaign. When you're having trouble thinking up useful cliches for your character, take a look at this list!

Credit must be given to the Stock Characters article at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock_character) and the TV Tropes website (http://tvtropes.org), from which most of these cliches were drawn.

Absent-Minded Professor
Action Girl 
Adventurer Archaeologist 
Almost Dead Guy 
Amateur Sleuth 
Amoral Scientist
Angst-Ridden Youth
AntiHero 
Arch Nemesis 
Avenger
Axe-Wielding Lunatic 
Bad Boss 
Bad Fiancé
Bad Guy Trapped Into Working For The Good Guys
Badass with a Long Coat 
Baldrick 
Battle Butler 
Benevolent Boss 
Beta Baddie 
Big Bad Guy
Big Boss
Bitter Rivals
Bitter War Veteran
Black Cloak 
Black Moustache Villain
Born Loser
Fall Guy
Bouncer 
Bounty Hunter 
Bridezilla 
Broken Hero 
Brought-Back-To-Life villain
Bumbling Dad 
Bungling Inventor 
California Girl
Canon Immigrant 
Caped Crusader 
Casanova 
Chosen One
Cinderella
Pretty Ugly Girl 
City Mouse 
Classy Cat Burglar
Cloudcuckoolander 
Clumsy Hero
Colonel Makepeace 
Comedic Hero 
Comic Relief
Competent Man
Con Man 
Control Freak 
Cop On The Edge
Corrupt Corporate Executive 
Corrupt Hick 
Country Mouse 
Cousin Oliver 
Cowboy Cop 
Crazy General
Damsel in Distress
Dark Lord
Dead Star Walking 
Defective Detective 
Designated Antagonist 
Designated Hero 
Devil In Plain Sight 
Dirty Old Man 
Dogged Nice Guy 
Doomed Appointment 
Doppelganger 
Double Agent 
Dr Jerk 
Dragon 
Drill Sergeant Nasty 
Drop In Character 
Dumb Blonde or Bimbo
Dysfunctional Nuclear Family
Eccentric Millionaire 
Enfante Terrible
English Butler
Erudite Stoner 
Evil Albino
Evil Chancellor 
Evil Clown
Evil Counterpart 
Evil Genius
Evil Matriarch 
Evil Minions 
Evil Overlord 
Evil Twin 
Extraordinarily Empowered Girl 
Fake Boss 
False Hero
Favorite Son
Femme Fatale
Flunky
Stooge
Toadie
Fool 
Fop
Foreign Exchange Student
Gang Members
General Ripper 
Genie In A Bottle 
Genius Bruiser
Gentle Giant 
Gentleman Thief
Giant Monster
Girl Posse 
Girl Threesome
Greek Chorus 
Haunted Hero
Henchman
Herald 
Heroic Scientist
High School Rejects 
Hippie Chick
Granola Girl 
Honest Thief
Hooker With A Heart Of Gold
Horny Scientist 
Hot Librarian 
Hot Scientist 
Hot Teacher
Ill-Fated Lovers
Impeded Messenger 
Implacable Man 
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain 
Ingénue
Inspector Javert
Inspirationally Disadvantaged 
Intellectual Animal 
Invisible Guardian Angel
Jerk With A Heart Of Gold 
Jock
Joe Schmoe
Jokester
Knight In Shining Armor 
Knight Templar 
Large Ham 
Leisure Suit Larry 
Local Hero
Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places 
Loony Fan 
Loser Guy 
Lovable Rogue
Lovable Traitor 
Mad Scientist
Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter 
Master Of Disguise 
Master Thespian
Master Villain
Mission Control 
Monster Clown 
Monstrous Adolescent
Mooks 
Mouthy Kid 
Mr Exposition 
Mr Fixit 
Mysterious Informant 
Naive Newcomer 
Nature Hero 
Nerd
Nerd Girl 
Nietzsche Wannabe 
No Respect Guy 
Noble Demon 
Noble Savage 
Non Human Sidekick 
Nosy Neighbor 
Number Two 
Nurse
Nurse With Good Intentions 
Oddball
Old Flame 
Old Friend 
One Winged Angel 
Opposing Sports Team 
Outlaw
Parker Lewis Ferris Bueller 
Part-time Hero 
Physical God 
Pied Piper
Playful Hacker 
Plucky Comic Relief 
Plucky Girl 
Pointy Haired Boss 
Pompous Idiot
Popular Girl
Pretty Woman 
Prodigy
Proud Warrior Race Guy 
Psycho For Hire 
Punch Clock Villain 
Quirky Miniboss Squad 
Racist White Guy
Raised By Wolves 
Rake
Cad
Reclusive Genius
Red Scare 
Redshirt
Reluctant Guardian Angel
Reluctant Hero
Reluctant Villain
Repentant Traitor
Atoner 
Repulsive Womanizer 
Reverse Mole 
Rich Bitch 
Right Wing Militia Fanatic

Rival Turned Evil 
Robot Buddy 
Rogues Gallery 
Rookie
Sadist
Sassy Secretary 
Scary Dogmatic Aliens 
Scary Minority Suspect 
School Bully
Sealed Evil In A Can 
Serial Killer 
Shape Shifter 
Shapeshifter 
Sidekick
Sin Of The Father 
Snoop
Spear Carrier 
Spirit Advisor 
Stalker With A Crush 
Stupid Boss 
Super Grape 
Super Soldier
Sycophant
Technical Pacifist 
Techno Wizard 
Teen Genius 
Temporary Love Interest 
The Ace
The Baroness 
The Brigadier 
The Commander
The Contender
The Coroner 
The Cracker 
The Ditz 
The Dungeon Master 
The Enemy Within 
The Government 
The Hunter 
The Igor 
The Illegal 
The Intern 
The Judge 
The Kimberly 
The Lab Rat 
The Legions Of Hell 
The Libby 
The Mad Hatter 
The Major (or Jolly War Veteran)
The Mark 
The McGuyver
The Minnesota Fats 
The Mole 
The Napoleon 
The Obi Wan 
The Patsy 
The Professor 
The Profiler 
The Punishment 
The Radar 
The Renfield 
The Skeptic 
The Spock 
The True Believer
The Unseen Character
The Urkel
The Vamp 
The Vicar
The Virus 
The Watcher 
Tin Man 
Token Minority 
Tomboy
Too Dumb To Live 
Tough Guy
Town Drunk
Tragic Hero 
Tragic Villain
Trickster
Trickster Mentor 
Troubled But Cute 
Twins
Tyranical Boss
Tyrannical Father
Vigilante
Villainous Crossdresser 
Wacky Guy
Wacky neighbor
Waif Prophet
Warning
Warrior Poet 
Well Intentioned Extremist 
Western Terrorists 
Whiz Kid
Wicked Step-Mor
Wicked Witch
Evil Wizard
Womanizer
Worthy Opponent 
Wunderkind
Enfant Terrible
Yellow Peril 
Yuppie Couple
Zen Survivor
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