The Definition of the Hero: From Shrek to Wolverine and Everyone Else in Between. The Eight Hero Archetypes. What is an archetype?. The term “archetypes” signifies ancient patterns of personality and relationships that appear across the world’s myths, legends, and folk tales.
The term “archetypes” signifies ancient patterns of personality and relationships that appear across the world’s myths, legends, and folk tales.
Archetypes and stereotypes are not the same thing.
The term was first employed heavily by psychologist Carl Jung.
A dynamic leader
Has time for nothing but work
Tough, decisive, goal-oriented
Can be overbearing or inflexible
Dangerous to know
Walks on the wild side
Bitter and volatile
Sweet and safe
Never lets anyone down
Mr. Nice Guy
He’ll always be there
Not too responsible or dependable
A sensitive, understanding guy
Secretive, brooding and unforgiving
Might be a wanderer or an outcast
He knows every answer
Logical, introverted, and inflexible
Honest and faithful
Action, action, action
Needs thrills to keep him happy
A noble champion
Acts with honor
The knight in shining armor
Sticks up for the underdog
On a large piece of newsprint, list as many examples as you can of each heroic archetype.
Explain why you think each character would fall into that particular category.