Dynamic Character Examples

A dynamic character is a character that shows a large degree of personal development through the course of the story.  Below you’ll find some examples of dynamic characters from famous movies and books.

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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