Idea Factory : Basic Character Archetypes and Theory

Archetype Theory :

This is the theory that characters are based on Archetypes , this was popularized by the Russian Writer Valadimir Propp who broke apart Fairy tale folklore story structures .

This was separated into Functions ( Functions are the basic story structure that normally takes place after the initial event )  and Characters.

Characters :

  • The Villain
  • The Hero
  • The Helper
  • The Dispatcher
  • The Princess or prize ( This is normally accompanied by her father )
  • The False Hero
  • The Donor

These were the character Archetypes he sorted out of the over 100 stories he analysed,


Notes to expand upon later :

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers’s_Journey:_Mythic_Structure_for_Writers



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