The Sidekick is a character who accompanies the hero or protagonist on their journey.
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.
Last month my family underwent a traumatic incident in real life which still sits with us to this day. For several weeks I found myself unable to lift a keyboard to continue on my writing tasks. In fact, I could barely operate at any kind of level. I was aware of this, annoyed by this, but also aware that trauma and grief on any level needs to be worked through and given time. Sometimes the world does have to stop.
Now that I’m back into a little writing, and have returned to work on characterisation efforts, I have some resources to share. Understanding a little applied psychology for any character development is always helpful, and thankfully we have some good resources out there.
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.