Heros Journey Archetypes & Tragic Heroes Vocabulary.

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Mentor Noun This archetype is a source of wisdom, gift giver, and conscience to the hero. Sometimes the mentor has magic.

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Heros Journey Archetypes & Tragic Heroes Vocabulary Herald Noun An archetype that invites the character to answer the call to adventure. Heralds can be people, objects, or acts of nature. They may be positive, neutral or negative, but are found at the start of the story. Mentor Noun This archetype is a source of wisdom, gift giver, and conscience to the hero. Sometimes the mentor has magic. Threshold Guardians Plural Noun These archetypes ensure the protagonist is worthy of passing the threshold and are one of the heros tests. They can be people, inanimate objects, animals, or a force of nature. Trickster Noun This archetype can be a clownish sidekick or a hidden troublemaker. They can provide comedy, cause change, create mischief, or cut down peoples egos. Shapeshifter Noun This archetype brings uncertainty and tension into a story, by changing his/her appearance, mood, or behavior. This character may dazzle, confuse, lie to, occasionally help and delay a protagonist. Shadow Noun The archetype can be the villain OR the dark side of the hero, the unexpressed, hidden or suppressed side of their nature. This character should be a worthy opponent who brings out the best in the hero. Tragic Hero Noun A person of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. This person is fated by the gods or by some supernatural force to doom and destruction or at least to great suffering. Catastrophe Noun An event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster. The resolution of a tragic story. Tragic Flaw Noun It is also called Hamartia. A defect or a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine. This can sometimes be an error of judgment. Hubris Noun Foolish and/or excessive pride or self-confidence. In Greek tragedy, this can also be defiance of or rudeness towards the gods.