But as long as she continues to put out and make me empanadas, I'm not going to worry about that possibility. Taken from the original Star Trek series where characters with red shirts were often those expendable characters going out on missions with the main characters. Specifically, an archetype is a group of cards that respect the following rules. Throw in a twinkie-loving sidekick, and it's the perfect rogue cop archetype. Use this list either as a tool to develop the inhabitants of the worlds you create or use them as red flags to seek out any cliches that you may have written and overlooked. So take my advice, and don't let the laundry eels find a home in your hamper. Fall Guy — The scapegoat that the powerful or empowered use, Father Figure — The man who showcases authority, yet has a pure heart and will do all he can to protect those he loves and watches over, either physically or emotionally (Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird), Femme Fatale — A beautiful but mischievous and traitorous woman (Catherine Trammel in Basic Instinct), Ferryman — A character that acts as a guide or aid, allowing characters to travel over near impossible obstacles to reach specific destinations (Heimdall from Thor), Final girl — The “last girl standing” in a horror movie (Laurie from Halloween), Gentle Giant — Big, strong, and intimidating, but they’ve got a heart of gold. That's why we love the loose cannon, also known as “cop-on-the-edge.” It doesn't matter how much property damage they cause, they're always ready to battle German terrorists with a witty quip and a grenade launcher. But if they ever gave me a badge, you can be damn sure I would find at least one occasion to rip if off my shirt and hurl it at my captain's feet, firmly indicating that I would not be playing by his rules anymore. You can pick just about any Bond girl, but I would suggest the Femme Fatale is better exemplified by Dr. Elsa Schneider from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. They are often a member of a species that traditionally does nasty things to people, but that is not in their own personal nature (Frankenstein), Rightful King —  A lost or forgotten just ruler whose return or triumph restores peace (Aragon from The Lord of the Rings), Seeker —They are always on a quest for the truth, uncovering mysteries, lies, and deception despite all dangers both big and small that they face on a personal and professional level (Erin Brockovich), Shrew — A bad-tempered or aggressively assertive woman, Side Kick — The friends and helpers of the main hero. That's how I met my seventh grade science teacher. Certain kinds of characters, or archetypes, are used over and over, and I often wonder where they come from. Long before Batman thought to dress an underage boy in panties to fight crime, I'm pretty sure Robin was hired by Bruce Wayne to help Alfred with the laundry. Dude, among the Brotherhood it was always known you were the witty sidekick. Archetype –a recurrent image, symbol, character or even situation that is an instinctual expression of man’s nature and experiences that are universal in nature. Together we battle the twin evils of boredom and responsible drinking! But twice a month (or whatever the hell your schedule is, if you even have one) ain't enough funny from you. But it's all in a day's work. Like Bigfoot, unicorns, and public lice, nobody is quite sure where laundry eels come from because they're elusive and migratory. Also, the twelve types are divided into three sets of four, namely Ego, Soul and Self. Each type has its own set of values, meanings and personality traits. Reset. So we can see how this contains a number of Plutonian themes. But there are certain character archetypes on which nearly every character is based. Their serious and no-nonsense attitude makes his partner look all the more crazy and funny (Abbott from Abbott and Costello movies), Storyteller — A character that is noted for his or her ability to tell tales, or those that choose to do so, even to the dismay of the other characters (Wally from “Crocodile” Dundee), Superhero —A hero with special powers that vows to protect the world around them (Marvel Cinematic Universe characters), Super Soldier — A soldier who operates beyond human limits or abilities  (Luc Deveraux/GR44 from Universal Soldier), Supervillain — Antithesis to the Superhero, Swashbuckler — A joyful, noisy, and boastful renaissance era swordsman or pirate (Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean), Tomboy — A girl usually interested in sports, activities, and displaying attributes that often fall under the umbrella of boys and men in society (Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird), Tortured Artist —They often display constant torment due to frustrations with art and society, Town Drunk — Usually a male in a small town who is known to be drunk in public fashion, Tragic Hero — A hero with a major flaw that leads to his or her eventual death and downfall (Anakin Skywalker from the Star Wars prequels), Trickster — They are often the trouble makers, liars, and the self-absorbed. What are the types of characters screenwriters can use to mold within their own cinematic stories? All of which together is not a great combination. Obviously, your appearance is everything, and your only salvation, apart from clinical bulimia, is making fun of those less attractive than you. Lots of bachelors do laundry as infrequently as possible. It was good exercise and let's face it: when you're punching kids half your size who are too polite to foreigners to punch back, it's easy to feel macho. He may not be a cop, but he knows how to ignore office protocol like the president's kidnapped daughter depends on it. Of the 12 examples per archetype, four each were drawn from music, art, and film. So, maybe archetypes populate our films because of the subconscious mind, or maybe scriptwriters are just lazy bastards. Character Class: Sorcerer. But they are less susceptible to falling under the cliché or trope umbrella because they are usually used as a beginning mold for a character, as the writer adds more depth by giving them flaws and conflicts to overcome. That's OK. Our conversations are probably helping some alien race of observers follow the plot. Reluctant Monster — The Reluctant Monster usually has no idea that they’re a monster at all. Accordingly, she inspires equal parts lust and suspicion, or what I like to call “lustspicion.” So, movie heroes, beware these evil temptresses with their raven tresses, icy stares, and umlaut-ridden names! Stupid wagers. Please read through the entire list, looking at all theMORE » Hollywood likes to glamorize Stoners by making them the center of movies about carefree times and weird adventures. Good work. Usually victims of social challenges (Clay and Hannah from 13 Reasons Why), Bad Boy — A macho loner that doesn’t care that he’s bad. Remember, we had Swampass (tm) and Yama chan (Bren) as the muscle, Mike as the keeper of the deadly boredom power and the iron liver, and me as the resident weapon wielding psycho. I was actually rooting for Gozer the Gozerian, and I still wanted to see Peck's head clamped in a vice. I realize it's a cliché, but those assholes could at least try not to enjoy tormenting you during the 3 hours you'll spend there. They are both orphans, and unexpected heroes who must face great evil to save the universe, etc etc. He almost single-handedly put an end to ghostbusting as we know it. Of course, the only way I can do this is to mentally catalogue everyone I know, but that's probably going to be easy. It is described as a kind of innate unspecific knowledge, derived from the sum total of human history, which prefigures and directs conscious behavior. That said, my notes had too many hummus stains to read, so I'm just choosing Aldys Martin from Never Been Kissed. The Outcast 3. Forget about Gandalf or Yoda. Every single person at the DMV. From Cheech and Chong to Harold and Kuma,r the formula of two stoners trying to get somewhere is time-tested box office hit, but Stoner’s beware: Life isn’t the movies. Jung identified four major archetypes but also believed that there was no limit to the number … He has had a previous development deal with Lionsgate, as well as multiple writing assignments, including the produced miniseries Blackout, starring Anne Heche, Sean Patrick Flanery, Billy Zane, James Brolin, Haylie Duff, Brian Bloom, Eric La Salle, and Bruce Boxleitner. All Loving Hero — A character that loves everyone and will suffer for the sins of their loved ones. Then again, I'm sure each of them thinks of me as their sidekick. Ken Miyamoto has worked in the film industry for nearly two decades, most notably as a studio liaison for Sony Studios and then as a script reader and story analyst for Sony Pictures. Tragedy 7. A term used to describe universal symbols that evoke deep and sometimes unconscious responses in a reader. Mother Figure — The mother figure is always the source of nurturing and comfort, offering guidance while also sometimes coming off as over-controlling and worrisome, but always acts from the heart (Mrs. Baker from Boyz n the Hood and Mrs. Gump from Forrest Gump), Mother’s Boy — A man who is excessively attached to his mother. © 2021 ScreenCraft. Common literary archetypes … Ten (10) perfection (also stemming from ten fingers … Classical archetypes in cinema: Gladiator and the Hero’s Journey. Here are three definitions of terms that all writers need to know when developing characters, whether they are main, supporting, or minor. I realize there are differences, but I don't really want to get into a whole nerd argument about who had access to a lightsaber, or who was more flamboyantly homosexual. McClane has an estranged ex-wife, an alcohol dependency, and an affinity for ventilation shafts. I've kind of been on an unofficial sabbatical from PIC while I got my living situation.real job in order, but this article marks my return. I spoke at the Republican National Convention for Trump! Enabling or disabling the use of archetypes. Also: those cool metal balls on a stick that make your hair stand up if you volunteer to be part of the live show at the science museum. From Wikipedia’s The List of Stock Characters, The Big Bold List of 52 Character Archetypes, to TV Tropes’s Archetypal Characters and well beyond, here are 99 of our favorite tropes, archetypes, and stock characters that screenwriters can use to mold their cast of characters into something a bit more than what we’ve seen before. But I guess the closest thing to a loose cannon I know personally is one of my coworkers. Archetypes in Movies 3. Jungian archetypes are defined as universal, archaic symbols and images that derive from the collective unconscious, as proposed by Carl Jung.