I frequently have found that characters in many fiction pieces that have character traits that the author portrayed in an extreme manner. A character can't just be whiney he needs to be SUPER whiney. They aren't evil, they are the most evil creature ever to exist. Mr. angry doesn't only get upset over normal things he needs to freak out over the slightest thing that doesn't go his way and then stomp around the room kicking puppies. It makes me wonder if the author is doing this sort of thing because anything less won't attract the readers attention to the character defect the author desires to be seen. Should my greedy characters be SUPER greedy? Does my ethical character need to be Asian and spout off words like "I would never want to dishonor my family name!" Are these things really needed or are we underestimating the readers ability to understand more subtle traits?