Hero Archetype for Fiction writers
Hero archetype for fiction writing

The Hero is someone you can always count on. He or she will face obstacles and trials, but will always persevere for justice to prevail.

The Hero archetype wants to make a difference in the world, and that is most often the driving factor. There are a variety of ‘sub’ hero archetypes: the classic hero (Harry Potter), the everyday hero (Bilbo Baggins), the tragic hero (Maximus in Gladiator), the epic hero (Odysseus), the superhero (Black Panther), the anti-hero (the Joker).

Goal: To make a difference and/or overcome his/her circumstances
Guiding Traits: Strength (physical, emotional, mental), courage, persistence, resilience, a strong sense of right and wrong, the drive to achieve their goal, the inherent drive to protect
Guiding Motivation: to make sure truth prevails (right versus wrong)
Flaws: Idealism, tendency to be single-minded, potential to be arrogant or naive
Well-known Heroes:
Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit), Harry Potter, Moana, Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games), Maximus (Gladiator)


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