If you are a movie buff, you have, no doubt, noticed that there are characters that easily fit into a stereotypical category. We have flawless heroes, people losing the sight of their humanity, anti-heroes and many others that we enjoy watching on the big screen. If you’ve ever tried to classify these archetypes, know that there is no need – we have already done it for you.
This character is created to be, above all else, relatable. In the world of monsters, super-powered beings, drama, and/or drug cartels (take your pick) this character is an everyday person trying to make heads-or-tails of the situation. This character values others and wants to be able to connect with them. They are driven by hope and love. They try to find the best in people and we know that, when push comes to shove, they will do the right thing.
Usually portrayed as an inventor or a scientist, the Creator is intellectually above others near him, though they have trouble expressing themselves or sensing the mood. They are motivated by their ideas and have the need to create something new and revolutionary, though they will sometimes stray from ethics to do so. They are often egotistical, but are willing to sacrifice themselves for their goal.
The Hero will fight the monster and/or fulfill the prophecy. They will challenge the gods and save the world. Neo from Matrix, Thor from Marvel, and Xena, Warrior Princess are just some of the examples of the character who seeks to destroy the dark forces. The only downside of the Hero is the fact that they have to prove themselves constantly and are always on the lookout for a new challenge.
Think Yoda or Mr. Miyagi. This is the character that has a lot of experience and helps the main character. They often have a parent/child relationship with the Hero. While wisdom is their forte, their prevailing weakness is their inability to act, due to a physical defect or being overly cautious. The Hero’s drive and skills flourish under the guidance of the Mentor.
This is the character that often has no idea what is going on around them. They are naïve and see the best in people. They will often through key parts of the story through pure luck. Forrest Gump is the perfect example of the Innocent. Their ultimate goal is to be happy.
There are plenty more of character archetypes, but we have chosen these five as the most prevalent in movies and stories. It is no secret that we have focused on the positive characters here since the villains deserve a piece of their own and are truly an extensive subject to study upon.