8 Archetypes For Heroes & Heroines (and their Villianous Counterparts)

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“We found this great resource for writers on tvtropes. If you’re looking for archetypes for male and female characters, have a look at this list. Follow the link at the end to read more, and to find a list of examples.

Archetypes for Heroes

  1. Apollo: The Businessman
  2. Ares: The Protector
  3. Hades: The Recluse
  4. Hermes: The Fool
  5. Dionysus: The Woman’s Man
  6. Osiris: The Male Messiah
  7. Poseidon: The Artist
  8. Zeus: The King

Their villainous versions are as follows:

  1. Apollo: The Traitor
  2. Ares: The Gladiator
  3. Hades: The Warlock
  4. Hermes: The Derelict
  5. Dionysus: The Seducer
  6. Osiris: The Punisher
  7. Poseidon: The Abuser
  8. Zeus: The Dictator

Archetypes for Heroines

  1. Aphrodite: The Seductive Muse
  2. Artemis: The Amazon
  3. Athena: The Father’s Daughter
  4. Demeter: The Nurturer
  5. Hera: The Matriarch
  6. Hestia: The Mystic
  7. Isis: The Female Messiah
  8. Persephone: The Maiden

Their villainous versions are as follows:

  1. Aphrodite: The Femme Fatale
  2. Artemis: The Gorgon
  3. Athena: The Backstabber
  4. Demeter: The Overcontrolling Mother
  5. Hera: The Scorned Woman
  6. Hestia: The Betrayer
  7. Isis: The Destroyer
  8. Persephone: The Troubled Teen”

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Archetypes

Archetypes

The word “archetype” was coined by Carl Jung, who theorized that humans have a collective unconscious, “deposits of the constantly repeated experiences of humanity…. a kind of readiness to reproduce over and over again the same or similar mythical ideas….” This shared memory of experiences has resulted in a resonance of the concepts of hero and heroine that transcends time, place and culture. Jung called these recurring personalities archetypes, from the Greek word archetypos, meaning “first of its kind.” – Tami Cowden

Tami Cowden discusses:

Archetypes
The Eight Hero Archetypes 

The Eight Heroine Archetypes
The Sixteen Villain Archetypes

5 Common Character Archetypes in Literature 

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“Introduction: What is a Character Archetype?You may have heard the word “archetype” tossed around before, but it’s very possible that you haven’t quite learned the meaning of this word yet. Simply put, an archetype is something that reoccurs in literature and in art. This something can be a symbol, a theme, a setting, or a character. This article focuses on character archetypes—that is, character types that pop up across all genres of literature, both classic and contemporary. Everyone is familiar with these guys, because everywhere we turn, there they are! Here’s a list of some of the most commonly found archetypes in literature.”

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