Now to see if it’s possible to subvert this archetype.
Perhaps the best known of all character archetypes is the hero. Most stories have a hero, after all, and even non-standard protagonists tend to be labeled by their relationship to the hero archetype: a tragic hero, for example, or an anti-hero. And one of the most common, most universal (at least according to Joseph Campbell) types of plot is the Hero’s Journey.
Common Aspects of the Hero Archetype:
- Forced to leave home
- Often an orphan, or discovers his/her family is not really his/her family
- Tend to be uniformly “good”
- Tend to see world as a division of good vs. evil
- Often “chosen” in some way to defeat some great evil (prophecy, royalty, etc.)
- Often has special powers in some form
- Usually driven out into the world by some traumatic event
Luke Skywalker is often considered a perfect example of the Hero Archetype. Orphan, raised by remote relatives, has special powers…
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