The Royals – Kings, Queens, Princesses, Monarchs etc, are often also the Rulers of our fictional worlds. But both archetypes also come in good or bad forms.
The Questioner is a generic title for several different character archetypes who take on the mantle of questioning – either as an investigation or to provide a moral reminder to other characters.
The Prophet as character archetype has a substantial history as one of our expected religious or mythological personas, but also has close associations with our more modern archetypes of the visionary or catalyst (detailed in the C entry for this series).
The Ordinary or Everyman (person) sometimes called the Orphan is one of Jung’s 12 basic archetypes, and although sounds, well, ordinary, the archetype holds many useful connotations and universal stories which appeal to many readers.
The Nerd as modern archetype, is one often confused with Geeks, Dorks and many others. So, I’ll deal with all of these.
We can use character archetypes as a go-to tool to populate our stories with all the secondary and tertiary characters necessary for a world.
When the lover is mentioned the archetype normally conjures up an image of a love interest within the romance genre. But the lover archetype is more than a romantic archetype, it’s about life.
The Kuudere, Tsundere, Dandere and Yandere are archetypes from Japanese anime. They are relevant to female young characters as love interests in particular, but Western fiction also has many archetypes which are comparable.
The original post, published on 6th May for the Judge archetype went missing. I have no record of it, so this post simply summarises what I believe I may have written in the original. Published 30th May, I will backdate this back to the 6th to help searchers.
Appearing quite simple, the Judge archetype has quite a bit of power behind it, and can play character roles in your story which can be extremely positive, extremely negative, or extremely conflictive.
Here’s a modern name for an archetype which comes originally from mythic stories. The Initiate can be an individual, or a group archetype, and is often linked with an archetypal plot point, that of “The Initiation.”