Maccus and Bucco were stock characters in the Atellan farce.
The stock characters are the prince, the princess, and the clown.
He is, in short, as has been often said, our Rousseau; his characters were not stock characters.
From the Alexandrians come many of the stock themes of Roman Satire, many of its stock characters, much of its moral sentiment.
The "lean and slippered pantaloon" was originally one of the stock characters of the old Italian comedy.
The dupe and the villain are stock characters that never change, and the incidents are precisely alike in every case.