Definition In literature, readers encounter many of the same basic character types. Stories and situations are apt to be repeated. These predictable and universally understood patterns are called archetypes.
The Innocent “Free To Be You and Me” The Innocent wants to be happy Fears punishment Optimistic (positive outlook) Often naïve, romantic, and a dreamer
The Orphan “All men and women are created equal” Wants to belong to the group Fears being left out or being different Typically a “good ole boy” type or the “girl next door”
The Hero “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” Want to prove worth through courageous acts Fear being called “chicken” Often a winner or a team player
The Caregiver “Love your neighbor as yourself” Want to protect others Often exploited because of their selflessness and generosity Often a parent, grandparent, or other guardian
The Explorer “Don’t fence me in” Want to learn about themselves through exploring their world Fear being trapped and fear commitment Often aimless wanderers and sometimes misfits
The Rebel “Rules were made to be broken” Fear being powerless and ineffectual Often “cross over to the dark side” Often are motivated by revenge
The Lover “You’re the only one for me” They want to be loved and to belong They fear being alone, unwanted, unloved, being a wallflower
The Creator “If you can dream it, you can be it” Fear being mediocre Known for creativity and imagination Often inventors, musicians, writers or dreamers
The Jester “YOLO” Want to live in the moment and have a good time Fear being bored or being boring to others Also can be seen as practical jokers, comedians and tricksters
The Sage “The truth will set you free” Want to find and show others the truth through wisdom Fear being “duped” or mislead Researchers, planners, scholars, thoughtful people
The Magician “I can make things happen” Want to make dreams come true Fear negative consequences Often charismatic leaders
The Ruler “Power isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” Fear chaos and being overthrown Want control and prosperity Often royalty (kings and queens, princes, princesses), leaders, bosses, administrators
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