Hi everyone, In dystopians or any other story that involves an ominous authority structure, there's typically one or a couple of characters that personify the bureaucrat side. Think characters like Effie Trinket from Hunger Games, or O'Brien from 1984. When these types of characters are female, they typically fall into a couple of tropes that I see across multiple stories. One "type" is the overly businesslike, gray-suit-wearing, cool and prim and proper type of person with a very flat or robotic or stiffly academic manner. Another common type is the Effie Trinket or Dolores Umbridge type -- someone who is excessively 'sweet' on the outside and outrageously frilly and pompous. The men equivalents tend to be even drabber and colder, with the Agent Smith type coming to mind right away. What are some fresh ways that you've seen "representative of dystopian government/agency" characters portrayed? I'm interested in seeing how people have been able to subvert the stereotypes or re-vamp the archetype entirely. In my story, one of them has an edgier and fiercer style and personality, and has a lot of snark and wit to go along with her dishing out the agenda. She's got the personality of Ramsay Bolton Lite -- she's power-driven and sadistic and genuinely gets a huge kick out of what she does. Her male counterpart is a really beefy, Hulk-like kind of guy who would have gone into professional wrestling or something if it existed in my story's world, but as it is, he's stuck serving as part of the propaganda police and getting his ego boost that way instead. (I'm not saying that professional wrestling is egotistical, of course. But that's what it would be for him.) What about you - for those writing stories with these types of characters, how do you make them stand out from the overdone cookie cutter profiles, and give them some fun quirks and deeper layers?