Foil

Definition:
A foil is another character in a story who contrasts with the main character, usually to highlight one of their attributes.

Example:
In the popular book series, Harry Potter, the character of Hogwarts principal Albus Dumbledore, who portrays ‘good’, is constantly shown to believe in the power of true love (of all forms and types) and is portrayed as a strong, benevolent and positive character while the antagonist Lord Voldemort, who depicts the evil and ‘bad’ in the series is constantly shown to mock and disbelieve the sentiment of love and think of it as a foolish indulgence, a trait that is finally his undoing.

3 thoughts on “Foil”

  1. The Great Gatsby?
    At first I thought that Gatsby is Tom’s foil, but now I’m thinking something like Nick’s foil is everyone because most of the characters are terrible people. I’m probably overthinking this but if someone could clarify that would be extremely helpful.

  2. Anakin “Darth Vader” Skywalker’s son Luke is a foil of him and visa versa. Also a Foil may be an antithesis character, a supporting character or an intimate counterpart.

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