The Eight Hero Archetypes The Definition of Hero: From Shrek to Wolverine and everyone else in between
What is an archetype? The term archetype signifies ancient patterns of personality and relationships that appear across the worlds myths, legends, and folk tales. Archetypes and stereotypes are not the same thing. The term was first employed heavily by the psychologist Carl Jung.
The Chief A dynamic leader Has time for nothing but work Tough, decisive, goal- oriented Can be overbearing or inflexible
The Bad Boy Dangerous to know Walks on the wild side The rebel Bitter and volatile Charismatic Street smart
The Best Friend Sweet and safe Never lets anyone down Mr. Nice Guy Hell always be there
The Charmer Fun Irresistible Not too responsible or dependable
The Lost Soul A sensitive, understanding guy Secretive, brooding, and unforgiving Vulnerable Might be a wanderer or an outcast
The Professor Coolly analytical He knows every answer Logical, introverted, and inflexible Honest and faithful
The Swashbuckler Mr. Excitement Action, action, action Needs thrills to keep him happy
The Warrior A noble champion Acts with honor The knight in shining armor The protector Sticks up for the underdog
OK, Lets review! The Chief The Bad Boy The Best Friend The Charmer The Lost Soul The Professor The Swashbuckler The Warrior Can you give me an original example?
Tonights Homework Write one page about a book, movie, or television series that uses archetypes. Which characters could be considered heroes? With which heroic archetype(s) are they most closely aligned? Why? Support your statements with direct and particular evidence. Some suggestions: 24, Lost, The O.C., Lord of the Rings, X-Men, any of Shakespeares works.