Character Archetypes

Storytelling

Six Character Archetypes for Love Interests

Korra and Asami kissing.

When designing a romance, the first choice you’ll need to make is who the love interest is. That choice will heavily influence what makes the romance appealing, the type of chemistry between the love interest and protagonist, and what obstacles the romance might have to … read more »

Podcast

254 – Why the Puppeteer Archetype Is Terrible

The Mythcreant Podcast

Behold, you thought the story was about this character, but actually it was the cutesy animal companion pulling strings from behind the scenes. Aren’t you in awe of this clever twist? If you’ve ever beheld something like that, you’ve seen a puppeteer in the wild, … read more »

Q&A

Do Character Flaws Need to Be Overcome?

questions and answer talk bubbles

I am a (shamelessly) devoted reader of Mythcreants, so first I want to thank you guys for the always wonderful advice! Now, to the meat of the sandwich: I keep wondering this, but do ALL character flaws need to be overcome? In my book, the … read more »

Storytelling

Five Underused Character Archetypes

Storytellers love character archetypes. They feel ancient and symbolic, and they’re just fun to play with. A while back, we mentioned archetypes we think stories are better without. To banish the rain on our archetype parade, here’s five we want to see more often. Read more »

Podcast

169 – Character Competence

The Mythcreant Podcast

We talk a lot about character competence, and one of our listeners had to remind us that we’d never really explained what that means. So this week, we explain ourselves. We talk about what competence means, why it’s important, and how competent various characters should … read more »

Podcast

111 – From the Real World to Fantasy

The Mythcreant Podcast

What’s this? We’ve fallen through a portal into some kind of strange podcast universe. Oh well, might as well talk about stories where a character is transported from the real world into a fantasy setting. This podcast is Wes’ first time as an official co-host, … read more »

Storytelling

Six More Character Archetypes to Ditch

Bad characters abound in our media, threatening to overwhelm our bastions of good storytelling. Or at least that’s how it can seem when you turn on the TV or flip through a random book. Many of these characters come from flawed archetypes that writers use … read more »

Storytelling

Ditch These Five Character Archetypes

Archetypes tell us what role a character plays in a story. Many of these roles are critical for storytelling, but some are just the opposite. Troublesome roles allow storytellers to cut corners, reducing the overall quality of the tale. Take these five archetypes: Read more »

Follow Us

Facebooktwitterpinterestrsstumblr

Get Our Email Newsletter

We'll send our best work every month.