Character Archetypes

Writers tend to create characters that adhere to universal patterns of human behavior, making them recognizable and empathetic to viewers. Tune in to find out more about why certain character archetypes show up again and again onscreen.
How The Last Jedi Defies Expectations About Male Heroes
By Pop Culture Detective
1938: The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Lovable Rogue that Changed Cinema
By One Hundred Years of Cinema
What Kind Of Hero Is Batman? (Part I)
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What Kind Of Hero Is Batman? (Part II)
By Just Write
Collateral: Taming the Bull of Masculinity
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Halloween Tropes Explained: Final Girl & Death by Sex
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The Archetype of the Warrior – How Films Help Empower Us All
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The Coens & The Common Man
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The Lover Within | How Moonlight Relates to ALL Men
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Why Superman Is Hard To Write For - Video Essay
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Yojimbo - Renegade Cut
By Renegade Cut
Strong Female Characters
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Aquaman: The Reluctant Ruler (Spoiler-free)
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The Terminator: A Story Built on Archetype
By Storytellers
Bringing Back What's Stolen: The Avenging Feminine
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Bringing Back What's Stolen: Innocence
By Innuendo Studios
WHIPLASH - Perfecting Story Structure
By CinemaWizardBoy
Archetypes & Stereotypes - The Breakfast Club | Renegade Cut
By Renegade Cut
Avenger's Endgame: How to do a Save the World Story
By Hello Future Me
Beauty and the Beast: How to Sort Yourself Out
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Beware of the Witch
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Bojack Horseman - Princess Carolyn, Working Woman
By The Take
Born Sexy Yesterday
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Bridesmaids: Why Helen Has No Friends
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Bringing Back What's Stolen: Masculinity
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Bringing Back What's Stolen: Motherhood
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Captain Jack Sparrow: King Without Responsibility
By Storytellers
Character Archetypes Ep. 1: How to Write a Dynamic Leader
By StudioBinder
Character Archetypes in Movies Ep2: How to Write a Supporting Friend [Character Development]
By StudioBinder
Explaining the Complex: The Importance of the Every-Man | Video Essay
By HoustonProductions1
Exploring Wolverine - Tragic Beast
By Sage's Rain
Gunther: The Cautionary Tale of Friends
By The Take by ScreenPrism
How UNCUT GEMS Creates A Perfect Protagonist - Video Essay
By iamthatroby
Logan Has A Lot In Common With Westerns
By Shane Bertram
Mean Girls - Gretchen and the Follower Mentality
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Mean Girls - Janis and the Unpopular Mean Girl
By The Take
Noah Baumbach's Thematic Divorce
By Taylor J. Williams
On Writing: Mentor Characters [ Iroh l Obi-Wan l Cersei l Lupin ]
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On Writing: the chosen one [ Avatar l Supernatural l Harry Potter l The Hunger Games ]
By Hello Future Me
PINOCCHIO | The Darkest Disney Film
By MUST SEE FILMS
Riverdale’s Betty and the Death of the Nice Girl
By The Take
Riverdale's Veronica and the Spoiled Rich Girl
By The Take
Screenwriting 101: The Structure of Act 2 Part 1 | Screenwriter Marilyn Horowitz
By H8URS
The Age of the TV Antihero 2.0
By The Take
The Archetypes of Manhood — A Practical Overview to Better Understand Manhood
By Gary Nuila
The Bad Boy Trope, Explained
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The Bad Mom Trope, Explained
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The Beautiful Tragedy of Iroh - Avatar: The Last Airbender
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The Best Friend Trope, Explained
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The Child Prodigy Trope, Explained
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The "Crazy" Woman Trope, Explained
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The Femme Fatale Trope, Explained
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The Four Major Character Types in Film (Unbelievable!)
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The Fundamental Difference Between Stories And Reality
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The Girl Next Door Trope, Explained
By The Take
The Ladies' Man Trope, Explained
By The Take
The Little Mermaid and a History of Mermaids
By The Take by ScreenPrism
The Manic Pixie Dream Girl Trope, Explained
By The Take
The Mean Girl Trope, Explained
By The Take
The Nice Guy Trope, Explained
By The Take
The Purpose of Dark Stories
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The Smart Girl Trope, Explained
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The Strong Black Woman Trope, Explained
By The Take
The Weird Girl Trope, Explained
By The Take
The Woman-Child Trope, Explained
By The Take
The Worst Character on 'The Office'
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Venturing into Sacred Space | Archetype of the Magician
By Like Stories of Old
What Makes a Great King? Exploring the Archetype of the King in Movies and Television
By Like Stories of Old