Every time I go to create my mix of characters for a show, I find myself ending up pretty much copying the archetypes of characters from other shows. Yes, they all are unique, and not technically the same, but the dynamic is. For example, I'm starting to write an absurd comedy, similar to something like Community. I made these characters up. One narcissistic, sarcastic "only sane" guy, a young wacky dumb/nerdy guy that always gets into new shenanigans every week, a bitchy tough girl similar to the "only sane" guy, whose his love interest, a senile/grumpy/creepy old man, and a submissive female that's friends with the bitchy tough girl. I think up all their names, their backstories, even their plots and subplots. But then I just created Community minus Shirley. I'm really struggling writing a good main group of characters that mesh well comedically that aren't just derivatives of Community or IASIP. Or am I just overthinking this? Does it even matter? While the genre is the same, and even the archetypes might be similar, the dialogue is unique, the premises are, the character arcs are. Am I worried about nothing?