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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.

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the definition of the hero from shrek to wolverine and everyone else in between
The Definition of the Hero:

From Shrek to Wolverine and Everyone Else in Between

The Eight Hero Archetypes

what is an archetype
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.

Archetypes and stereotypes are not the same thing.

The term was first employed heavily by psychologist Carl Jung.

the chief
The Chief

A dynamic leader

Has time for nothing but work

Tough, decisive, goal-oriented

Can be overbearing or inflexible

the bad boy
The Bad Boy

Dangerous to know

Walks on the wild side

The rebel

Bitter and volatile

Charismatic

Street Smart

the best friend
The Best Friend

Sweet and safe

Never lets anyone down

Mr. Nice Guy

He’ll always be there

the charmer
The Charmer

Fun

Irresistible

Not too responsible or dependable

the lost soul
The Lost Soul

A sensitive, understanding guy

Secretive, brooding and unforgiving

Vulnerable

Might be a wanderer or an outcast

the professor
The Professor

Coolly analytical

He knows every answer

Logical, introverted, and inflexible

Honest and faithful

the swashbuckler
The Swashbuckler

Mr. Excitement

Action, action, action

Needs thrills to keep him happy

the warrior
The Warrior

A noble champion

Acts with honor

The knight in shining armor

The protector

Sticks up for the underdog

can you provide an example of each
Can you provide an example of each?

Archetypes

Big Paper

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.

  • The Chief
  • The Bad Boy
  • The Best Friend
  • The Charmer
  • The Lost Soul
  • The Professor
  • The Swashbuckler
  • The Warrior
tonight s homework
Tonight’s Homework
  • Write one page about a book, movie, or television series that employs these heroic archetypes.
  • Identify the heroic characters in the program, define which archetype they represent, and use particular examples to explain why they fit into the category you chose for them.
  • Some suggestions: 24, X-Men, Lost, One Tree Hill, Lord of the Rings, House.