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Character Archetypes in Literature and Film

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Travis Farnham

on 12 September 2014

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Character Archetypes in Literature and Film
Hero
This character is the protagonist of the story. Heroes are born leaders whether they choose to be or not and attract followers along their journey.
Mentor
This character helps the hero to prepare for the challenges ahead. Mentor gives the hero some valuable information or tool that the hero must use to overcome the major conflict/crisis.
Loyal Retainers
These characters are sidekicks to the Hero. Their goal is to protect the hero at all costs and offer assistance whenever they are called upon or needed.
Villain
Helping Creatures
These creatures come to the aid of the hero in times of need. These animals show that nature is on the side of the hero.
Earth Mother
This female character is symbolic of all things natural and motherly. She is a protector, and a symbol of fertility. She is usually middle-aged or older.
Temptress
A real beauty, this female character always gets her man. Her stunning beauty and ability to manipulate men can cause heroes to fall into her trap. Sometimes this character is evil, but most of the time this woman has to use this technique to survive or to get ahead.
Damsel In Distress
This character is vulnerable and must be saved by the hero. Damsels are often used by villains to trap heroes or distract them from their quests.
The Devil Figure
This character represents evil incarnate. He or she may offer worldly goods, fame, or
knowledge to the protagonist in exchange for possession of the soul or integrity.
The Trickster
The Monster
An often nightmarish creature that impedes the hero's progress or plagues societies. Often, it is used as a weapon by the villain.
the cracken
This character breaks the rules of nature and acts in a devious, shifty way. He usually has a greater motive in mind. He can be good or bad.
This character is the antagonist of the story. Villains try to stop heroes from achieving their goals by getting in their way and often trying to kill them in the process.
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