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Hero Archetype. Joseph Campbell’s. The Ordinary World. The hero often begins life in the ordinary world. Generally, there is something unusual about his/her childhood. Heroes begin as ordinary people (no super powers . . . Etc). Examples Odysseus is the ruler of Ithaca.

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Hero archetype

Hero Archetype

Joseph Campbell’s


The ordinary world

The Ordinary World

  • The hero often begins life in the ordinary world.

  • Generally, there is something unusual about his/her childhood.

  • Heroes begin as ordinary people (no super powers . . . Etc).

  • Examples

    • Odysseus is the ruler of Ithaca.

    • Batman is an orphan.


The call to adventure

The Call to Adventure

  • The Hero is called to adventure, usually by a messenger or a traumatic event.

  • A lot of times, the hero does not want to leave in the beginning.

  • Examples:

    • Odysseus pretends to be crazy when the messenger comes to call him to the Trojan War.

    • Batman’s parents are murdered, which sends him on his adventure as Batman.


Supernatural aid

Supernatural Aid

  • The hero usually has an older, wiser guide to help him on his journey.

  • Example:

    • Odysseus is aided by the goddess Athena.

    • Batman is aided by his butler.


Crossing the threshold

Crossing the Threshold

  • The hero crosses into a new world, often called “The Belly of the Whale”.

  • This is where the hero experiences tests, challenges, and enemies.

    • Examples:

      • Odysseus faces Poseidon, Polyphemus (the Cyclops), and various other monsters.

      • Batman faces the Joker, the Riddler, and various other villains.


Crossing the threshold con

Crossing the Threshold (con.)

  • During this times, the hero will have helpers.

    • Examples:

      • Odysseus is helped by his men and various gods and goddess.

      • Batman has Robin and the Commissioner.


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Crossing the Threshold (con.)

  • After facing his ordeal, or ultimate challenge, the hero will receive his reward (ultimate boon) which he will use to restore or help the world when he returns.

  • The reward, or ultimate boon, can be external or internal (usually both).

  • Example:

    • Odysseus gains the knowledge that he can go home.

    • Batman gains the safety of his city.


The return

The Return

  • After facing his ordeal and receiving his reward the hero begins his journey home.

  • Although the hero has passed his ordeal, he still faces challenges as he returns to the “real” world.

  • Example:

    • After his return, Odysseus must still deal with Penelope’s suitors.

    • After making the city safer, Batman still has to deal with critics who say that he’s a vigilante, that he does more harm than good, or that he is too dangerous.


The return con

The Return (con.)

  • The hero experiences a resurrection and is transformed by his experiences and the knowledge that he gained on his journey.

  • He uses the reward, or ultimate boon, he received to restore the world.

  • Example:

    • Odysseus is able to restore peace to Ithaca.

    • Batman transforms into a hero or symbol of safety and bravery for Gotham.


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