Character Archetypes A. Thomas 1st Block 1/15/14 Hero/Heroine The protagonist/main character who goes on some type of journey that reveals a lesson learned or shows the story’s message. Shrek is the main character who goes on a journey to save his swamp, but ultimately falls in love and helps convey the message of inner/outward beauty; being yourself and true love. Villian The main antagonist who opposes the hero. The goal of the villain is to defeat the antagonist. Farquaad is the prince who wants to marry Fiona, and therefore is against Shrek. He also kicks all fairy tale characters out of the kingdom and bans them to the swamp, Shrek’s home. The Wise Mentor This person is wise and guides the hero. They may not have a big role, but they are used to give sound advice to the hero on his/her journey. In Cinderella, the fairy godmother is Cinderella’s wise leader. She helps Cinderella complete her journey to the ball. The Jester/Fool This character is used to bring comedy and humor to serious situations. They are often not serious, but rather whimsical. However, sometimes the honesty and humor used by the jester/fool is true and good advice to the hero. The donkey is often by Shrek’s side to make jokes and keep serious situations funny. Rogue A person who breaks the law, for their own personal profit, but is nice enough and charming enough to allow the audience to root for them, especially if they don't kill or otherwise seriously harm anyone. The Gingerbread Man may not break the law for personal profit, but definitely does things on his own. He may get a little scary, but he never truly hurts anyone. My Character Connection Write a paragraph that explains which archetype best describes you. Use examples from research and your life to explain.