Legacy Character

Have you thought about Legacy characters.

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Every Friday I add a definition to another piece of soap opera jargon. See the “Soap Opera Jargon” page for more.

Legacy Character – Although this is an incredibly soft term and seems to be used different ways by different people, a true legacy character is one that actually was born on the show. Other people use it to describe a member of a core family or even someone who has merely been on the show a long time. These are considerable weakenings  of a term that is almost exclusive to soap operas. Only on a long running soap or possibly a science fiction franchise with multiple outlets do you have the possibility of literally knowing a character from cradle to grave in real time (with allowances made for SORAS-ing).

Guiding Light, with its nearly impossible to equal 72 years, has a long list of legacy characters that we…

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