Hero Villain Heroine Journey archetypes

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The Boss

A real go-getter, she climbs the ladder of success. This is a "take charge" female, who accepts nothing but respect. reaching her goal post is the most important thing in life to her.

The seductress

an enchantress, she gets her way. She sizes up everyone in a room, is mysterious and manipulative, guiding every action with cynicism and with a tough sense of survival does anything to come out ahead

The Spunky kid

gusty and true, she is loyal to the end. You can't help but to root for her, she's the team player and always ready to lend a hand

The free spirit

Eternal optimist, she dances to unheard tunes. Playful and fun-loving, she travels through life with a hop, skip and jump. Acts on a whim and follows her heart, not her head

The Waif

A damsel in distress, but has tremendous strength of will, she won't fight back but she'll endure

The Librarian

Controlled and clever, she holds back. Prim and proper, but passionate. The know it all or the shy mouse hiding in the library

The crusader

A dedicated fighter, she meets her commitments. Not a damsel in distress, she is on a mission and will march over anyone in her way. Tenacious and headstrong

The nurturer

Serene and capable and optimistic, she nourishes the spirit. Takes care of everyone, is a wonderful listener, and a joy to have around.

The Tyrant

The bullying despot, he wants power at any price. He ruthlessly conqures all he surveys, crushing his enemies beneath his feet. People are but pawns to him, and he holds all the power pieces, he will crush you if you hesitate

The Bastard

The dispossessed son, he burns with resentment. He can't have what he wants, so he lashes out to hurt those around him. His deeds are often for effect, he wants to provoke action in others. He proudly announces his rebellious dealings

The Devil

The charming fiend, he gives people what he thinks they deserve. Charisma allows him to lure his victims to their own destruction, he discovers moral weaknesses in others.

The traitor

The double agent, he betrays those who trust him most. No one suspects the evil in his heart.

The outcast

the lonely outsider, he wants desperately to belong. Tortured and unforgiving, he has been set off from others and usually for good cause, he craves redemption and will achieve it by sacrificing others.

The evil genius

the malevolent mastermind, he loves to show off his superior intelligence, elaborate puzzles and experiments are his trademark

The Sadist

The savage predator, he enjoys cruelty for its own sake, violence and psychological brutality are games to him

The terrorist

the dark knight, he serves a warped code of honor. He believes in his own virtue, and judges all around him by a strict set of laws, the end will always justify his nefarious means.

The Bitch

The abusive autocrat, she lies, cheats and steals her way to the top.

The black widow

Beguiling siren, she lures victims into her web, she goes after anyone who has something she wants, and does her best to make the victim want to be deceived, an expert in seduction

The backstabber

the two-faced friend, she delights in duping the unsuspecting, her seemingly helpful advice is just the thing to hinder

The lunatic

the unbalanced madwoman, she draws others into her crazy environment, to her the rest of the world is out of step

The parasite

the poisonous vine, she collaborates for her own comfort. She goes along with any atrocity so long as her own security is assured. She sees herself as a victim who had no choice, and blames others for her crimes.

The schemer

The lethal plotter, she devises the ruin of others. Like a cat with a mouse, she plays with lives. Nothing pleases her more than to trap the unwary

The fanatic

The uncompromising extremist, she does wrong in the name of good. She justifies her action by her intent, and merely shrugs her shoulders at collateral damage. Anyone not an ally is an enemy, so fair game

The matriarch

The motherly oppressor, she smothers her loved ones. She knows whats best and will do all in her power to control the lives of those who surround her, all for their own good. A classic enabler, she sees no fault with her darlings unless they don't follow her

Departure

Stage 1. The hero is called to adventure, although he is reluctant to accept.

Initiation

Stage 2. The hero crosses a threshold into a new, more dangerous world, gaining a more mature perspective.

The Road of Trials

Stage 3. The hero is given supernatural aid, endures tests of strength, resourcefulness, and endurance.

The Innermost Cave

Stage 4. The hero descends into the innermost cave, an underworld, or some other place of great trial. Sometimes this place can be within the hero's own mind. Because of this trial, the hero is reborn in some way - physically,emotionally, or spiritually. Through this experience, the hero changes internally.

Return and Reintegration into Society

Stage 5. The hero uses his new wisdom to restore fertility and order to the land.

Hero as Warrior

A near god-like hero faces physical challenges and external enemies

Hero as Lover

A pure love motivate hero to complete his quest

Hero as scapegoat

Hero suffers for the sake of others

Transcendent Hero

The hero of tragedy whose fatal flaw brings about his downfall, but not without achieving some kind of transforming realization or wisdom

Romantic/Gothic Hero

Hero/lover with a decidedly dark side

Proto-feminist Hero

Female heroes

Apocalyptic hero

Hero who faces the possible destruction of society

Anti-Hero

A non-hero, given the vocation of failure, frequently humorous

Defiant Anti-Hero

Opposer of society's definition of heroism/goodness

Unbalanced Hero

The protagonist who has (or must pretend to have) mental or emotional deficiencies

The other/denied hero

The protagonist whose status or essential otherness makes heroism possible

The Superheroic

Exaggerates the normal proportions of humanity; frequently has divine or supernatural origins. In some sense, the super is one apart, someone who does not quite belong, but who is nonetheless needed by society

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