Can there only be two types of characters in stories? I’ve read many articles about types of stories, claiming that there are a limited number of stories in existence. I don’t believe it. Not for a second. There are as many stories as there are human beings — and humanity is changing all the time. You can’t say someone crossing a street while talking into their cell phone is the same kind of person as someone scrawling figures on a cave wall. Their stories just can’t be completely similar as to call them one, though maybe some elements are the same.
But can there only be two types of characters? While I’m not a fan of formulas for fiction, the redoubtable Jane Friedman has written an article making a brilliant case for the idea that there are only TWO TYPES OF CHARACTER in fiction. Read her essay and think about it. The abnormal person and the normal person. Their stories would definitely be very different.