Introduction• The thriller genre holds many different character types, as there are various sub genres within it. There are the crime thrillers such as ‘the godfather’ which hold typical gangster characters– long jackets, blower hats, and smoking cigars to give them a sense of power. There is also the action thrillers such as ‘James Bond’ which embrace the stereotypical dominant male characters – physically trained, charming, and always with a pretty girl. However the particular sub genre we wish to explore is the psychological thriller. This is because we believe our short film will embody many of the characteristics involved in its stereotype. The film ‘fight club’ is of this genre, and therefore embraces the character stereotypes of – a disturbed and mentally unstable main character, wearing suits with a serious manner, and the journey to find the truth for the main character.
Crime Thriller CharactersThe hard man gangster boss (as shown on theright). This character is stereotypically an elder,who has gained power all his life, until the pointwere most people owe him a favour, or are tooafraid to reject him. He controls a vast number ofcriminals, who are called upon to help him with ajob. This character never gets his hands dirtydirectly, so he reduces his chances of taking thefall. The males of his family work for him, and arereally the only trusted members of any operation.He is usually very protective of any women in hisfamily, however will not flinch to torture or killsomeone elses wife or children. He stereotypicallywould wear a powerful dark suit and tie, blackleather shoes, smoke cigars, and sit behind a largedesk while anyone who entered stood.
The main gangsters working for theboss (as shown on the right). Thesecharacters are deemed verydisposable by the main boss. Theyare the characters who get theirhands dirty, and are likely to takethe fall if something goes wrong.They are usually depicted as machofools, as they seem to believe theyhave a lot more power then they do– which is normally their downfall.They would stereotypically weardark suits, long jackets, and bowlerhats. There manner of speaking isusually very inferior to the style ofthe main gangster boss.
The right hand man (as shownon the right). This character canbe the number two of the maingangster boss, or to thegangsters who do the jobs.Usually the aspiring familymember looking to take theplace of power – so animitation of their father.However, the right hand man ofthe gangsters can be a verynaïve character who hasbought into their charade offalse power. Usually wearingthe clothing of the person heaspires to be.
Action Thriller CharactersThe hero (as shown on the right). Even thoughthe hero of action thriller genres is attemptingto become a much more complex character, thefundamental still remain the same. For example,the hero usually has some sort of mission givento him. He is a muscular and charming characterwho can pull off a tux. He always in some for hasa love interest which either spans over the filmseries or just the film. His love interest in thefilm usually forces his to make some sort ofchoice between saving her with little time tocomplete the mission, or complete the missionbut risk losing her. The hero doesn’t really havestereotypical clothing as he seems to adapt tothe location or situation he finds himself in.However this character at some point in the filmappears in a tuxedo or suit where he charms hislove interest.
The advisor or mentor to the hero (as shown below). Thisperson is stereotypically a very clever and morally righteousperson who advises the hero against certain situations, or helpsin the process of the mission. It usually is evident that thischaracter does not obtain the physical prowess to undergo thetrails of the hero. This character doesn’t normally getemotionally involved with the missions, and can thereforeadvise the hero from moral ground.
The beautiful woman (as shown on theright). This character is extremelyattractive. Often continental to add anextra stroke of mystery into their life.Their character draws in the charms ofthe hero, and become romanticallylinked with them for the film. In somecases the ‘beautiful woman’ is acharacter who exploits her own beautyagainst the hero as a trick. However inmost cases this character is more of aone-dimensional object for audienceappraisal. She often wears a red dressof desire, or a green dress of envy.These dresses are worn with thecompliment of striking red lipstick toheighten her sex appeal, and make hercharacter more obvious in objection.
The Villain (as shown below). This character is in binaryopposition to the hero. Their goal is destruction and power incomparison to moral justice. They are often very uniquecharacters who prize themselves on being different toeverybody else. In this way they may dress or style themselvesin a less than ordinary fashion. The downfall of the villaincharacter is that in the end the hero will always overcome themno matter how hard the challenges they put forth are. They aregenerally greedy and unemotional characters who seem to havefollowers who care.
Psychological ThrillerCharactersThe mentally disturbed main character (as shown below). He is aman with many flaws which he and the audience do not fullyunderstand. He spends the duration of the film searching forsomething or even himself. Usually wears quite normal clothing,but with the hint of a carless attitude for his appearance. Thismay be reflected through his unshaven facial hair, messy headhair, and general manner towards other people.
The penny-dropper/ man with powerof knowledge (as shown on theright). He is the man who reveals thesecrets of the plot. Sometimes thepenny-dropper can be portrayed as avillain, however sometimes theyseem to be the genius bearer of theresolution. They do not particularlyhave and sort of stereotypicalclothing, as they can come in manydifferent forms. The penny-dropperis normally the person who hasreacted and adapted to a situation tofind themselves at a point of clarity.In many ways the penny-dropper is atension tool on the film, as they havepieces of information the audiencedo not.
The helper (as shown on the right).They are the characters who stick bythe mentally unstable character asthey look for the answers to theplot. Having put up with much abusefrom the main character, they cansometimes have ulterior motives.This means that in many respectsthe audience and the main charactershouldn’t really trust this charactereven if they are showing a positiveexterior. The helper themselves areeither in very average attire, orpresented with their own sense ofinsanity.