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Rebels, Rulers, and Magicians, Oh My! A Guide to Character Archetypes

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Although we may not realize it, all of us are intimately familiar with the characters below. Character archetypes are found in every storytelling culture on Earth. Carl Jung defined archetypes as ancient images and traits unconsciously shared by all humanity, commonly found in myths, stories and dreams.

The 12 primary archetypes identified by Jung represent universal human motivations. Considered first-generation foundational elements, these archetypes informed many later works, including those of Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey.

Because they are universal and timeless, character archetypes hold tremendous appeal for both dramatic writers and their audiences. Modern-day storytellers often combine their traits, more accurately reflecting the complexities of real human beings.

Link to published post: http://online.pointpark.edu/screenwriting/character-archetypes/
Designed by Krista Walker; Written by Rebecca Bernstein

Although we may not realize it, all of us are intimately familiar with the characters below. Character archetypes are found in every storytelling culture on Earth. Carl Jung defined archetypes as ancient images and traits unconsciously shared by all humanity, commonly found in myths, stories and dreams. The 12 primary archetypes identified by Jung represent universal human motivations. Considered first-generation foundational elements, these archetypes informed many later works, including those of Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey. Because they are universal and timeless, character archetypes hold tremendous appeal for both dramatic writers and their audiences. Modern-day storytellers often combine their traits, more accurately reflecting the complexities of real human beings. Link to published post: http://online.pointpark.edu/screenwriting/character-archetypes/ Designed by Krista Walker; Written by Rebecca Bernstein

Score from the experts at Killer Infographics

Visual Communication - 75%
Design - 85%
Content/Script - 85%
Usability - 85%

83%

Final Grade

This infographic explores typical character types in books, shows, movies, plays, etc. Each category has a familiar example to help viewers understand the tendencies. Since each archetype section looks like a movie poster and creative use of imagery, fonts, and colors speaks to each individual archetype, the visual theme is established quite well. This does mean that a lot of the details aren't described visually (the superlatives, mottos, goals, etc.) but in the context of the overall imagery it's successful in communicating main points, so long as the viewer is familiar with each of the example characters. In all we'd give this a B.

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