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Nanowrimo is around the corner and people have started thinking about summaries, outlines, character sketches. I thought this tidbit about hero archetypes by Tami Cowden will be nice to mention.

Which one of these types tend to be your hero? [ In your writing or in real life 😉 ]

The CHIEF: a dynamic leader, he has time for nothing but work. He might have been born to lead, or perhaps he conquered his way to the top, but either way, he’s tough, decisive, goal-oriented.  That means he is also a bit overbearing and inflexible.  Think William Shatner in Star Trek;  Harrison Ford in  Sabrina, or Marlon Brando in The Godfather.

 The BAD BOY: dangerous to know, he walks on the wild side. This is the rebel, or the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s bitter and volatile, a crushed idealist, but he’s also charismatic and street smart.   Think James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause,  Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing

 The BEST FRIEND: sweet and safe, he never lets anyone down. He’s kind, responsible, decent, a regular Mr. Nice Guy.  This man doesn’t enjoy confrontation and can sometimes be unassertive because he doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But he’ll always be there. Think Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life, Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer, Hugh Grant in  Four Weddings & a Funeral, Kevin Spacey in American Beauty

 The CHARMER: more than a gigolo, he creates fantasies. He’s fun, irresistible, a smooth operator, yet not too responsible or  dependable. He might be a playboy or a rogue, but he’s doesn’t commit to a woman easily.  Think Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic, James Garner/Mel Gibson in Maverick, Don Johnson in Nash Bridges, Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy

 The LOST SOUL: a sensitive being, he understands. Tortured, secretive, brooding, and unforgiving.   That’s this man.  But he’s also vulnerable. He might be a wanderer or an outcast. In work he’s creative, but probably also a loner.  Think Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon, David Duchovny in  The X-Files,  Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Shrek

 The PROFESSOR: coolly analytical, he knows every answer. He’s logical, introverted, and inflexible, but genuine about his feelings. At work,  he likes cold, hard facts, thank you very much, but he’s also honest and faithful, and won’t let you down.   Think Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek, Robin Williams in Flubber, Kelsey Gramner in Frasier, Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind

 The SWASHBUCKLER: Mr. Excitement, he’s an adventure. This guy is action, action, and more action. He’s physical and daring. Fearless, he’s a daredevil, or an explorer. He needs thrills and chills to keep him happy.   Think Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro, Michael Douglas in Romancing the Stone, Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

 The WARRIOR: a noble champion, he acts with honor. This man is the reluctant rescuer or the knight in shining armor. He’s noble, tenacious, relentless, and he always sticks up for the underdog. If  you need a protector, he’s your guy.  He doesn’t buckle under to rules, or and he doesn’t go along just to get along.  Think Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry, Russell Crowe in Gladiator, Mel Gibson in Braveheart

In my writing, I tend to lean towards the best friend and the lost soul.

In life, I can think of one person in each of the eight categories but the  top two will be
The charmer because no one does escapism better and is the ultimate weakness for someone who’s life tends to revolve around work
The professor because I’m the analytical type so common interests I guess or maybe because I’m surrounded by lots of future professors/doctorate holders in “cold, hard facts” fields

What about you?



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