Character Types: The Comic Relief

You know that side-kick character that’s supposed to be funny but really isn’t? Yeah, we know about that character too. And we dedicated a whole video to talk about how to do a comic relief character well without falling into that annoying stereotype.

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Previous Stereotypes:

The Mentor

The Damsel in Distress

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Josiah DeGraaf is a high school English teacher and literature nerd who fell in love with stories when he was young and hasn’t fallen out of love ever since.
He writes because he’s fascinated by human motivations. What causes otherwise-good people to make really terrible decisions in their lives? Why do some people have the strength to withstand temptation when others don’t? How do people respond to periods of intense suffering? What does it mean to be a hero?
These questions drive him as a reader, and they drive him as a writer as well as he takes normal people, puts them in crazy situations (did he mention he writes fantasy?), and then forces them to make difficult choices with their lives.
Someday, Josiah hopes to write fantasy novels with worlds as imaginative as Brandon Sanderson’s, characters as complex as Orson Scott Card’s, character arcs as dynamic as Jane Austen’s, themes as deep as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, and stories as entertaining as Wayne Thomas Batson’s. In the meantime, you can find him writing articles here or short stories at his website (link below) as he works toward achieving these goals.
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  1. Oh man… siblings are THE BEST. lol*
    And I agree with you Josiah. Comic relief just for comic relief backfires. In fact, anything just for anything’s sake never works how it’s supposed to. That could be the theme of your series, right there. 😉 Personally, I think comic relief works best when it springs naturally from the quirks and conflicts between the clashing personalities of your characters.

    *Fyi, this is THE FIRST TIME I have ever used one of these… things… these… acronyms??? These whatchamacallums. EVER.
    I hope you’re happy. 😀

    • Haha, that’s fantastic! I will take all the credit for tempting you to the dark side of texting acronyms. ^_^
      And yes, I definitely agree! That’s one of the reasons that the Avengers movies is so good at this, imo. The technique of forcing a bunch of really different characters to work together can create a lot of good humor!

  2. This is so FUNNY!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Daniel, seriously, this video series is teaching me a lot, but I already know how to complain…. 😉
    Olaf and Pascal…. 😮 What!!! I love those characters. I think I have written a comic relief character, but I’m not 100% sure.
    Siblings; they are the best.
    Awesome movie guys.
    P.S. What happened to #bringannaback??????

    • I may be more than a bit picky when it comes to Disney comic relief characters. ;P

      Haha, good question. Because I’m at college, I need to shoot many of these well in advance, so I didn’t have time to add any more of her to this video. I’ll be going back this weekend and going some stuff for the November video then, so we’ll see if we can get a bit more of her in that one. 😉

  3. Oh my goodness! Yes, yes, YES! Jar-Jar Binks is the most ANNOYING character ever! At first, he’s funny, and then…let’s just say by the end of the movie you want to murder him. 😛 Thanks for the great video and information!
    (And that rant at the end, Daniel…I was laughing SO hard!)

  4. Thanks for the awesome information, guys! (Still laughing, by the way. 🙂 )

  5. Well, actually, I do half watch these videos because of Daniel. Admission made.

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