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

download“8 Archetypes For Heroes & Heroines” | 2nd August 2013 | Writers Write.

“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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5 Tips for Creating Believable Villains

weapon-1239262_640“5 Tips for Creating Believable Villains” by Georgina Roy | 20th June, 2016 | e-Books India.

“A villain is the wicked, bad guy and can appear in any story, regardless of genre. Often, a villain can wear the face of the antagonist in the story – and in the best stories, the villain and the antagonist have been melded together to create an antagonist that is difficult to defeat. However, while the villain is always an antagonist, an antagonist is someone who opposes the protagonist, and they don’t have to necessarily be against each other. The antagonist can oppose the protagonist, and still help them to achieve the goal, defeat the enemy and win. On the other hand, a villain is evil, wicked, a character the readers love to hate. In order to inspire such an emotion in your readers, you will need to create a villain that is believable. An evil villain who is evil just for the sake of being evil is the opposite of believable, and a character like that is only a caricature without substance. Below, you will find several tips that will help you add credibility to your villains, which will help you create stories rich with conflict and suspense.

  1. Give the villain a face
  2. A solid backstory
  3. Make them human
  4. Create motivation
  5. Give the villain an agenda.”

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