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Person who pursues independent thought or action, usually “outdoorsy”, or different
Neither all good nor all bad- animal or person who engages in trickery, violence or magic. Character often in Native American mythology. Sometimes has supernatural ability to change forms to suit his/her purpose. May be funny, mischievous, immortal, scandalous, or bizarre.
Naive, very trusting and optimistic. Will often try anything because he believes the world is good and everything will turn out okay. Person, especially a child, who is free of evil or sin. Simple, inexperienced, or unsophisticated person.
Never forsakes his mentor/hero no matter the task. He never questions the motives but simply follows his/her hero/heroine.
Sidekick- always there to help the hero.
One that has been excluded from a society or system, isolated or detached from the activities or concerns of his or her own community. Commits some type of deed that results in his/her ejection from the inner circle. He/she often becomes a homeless wanderer.
FORCED to separate himself/herself from society
Nemesis of the hero. He/she chooses to do wrong and is ruthless in the pursuit of evil. Wicked or evil person
Shows genuine concern for persons in need.
He/she believes everyone deserves a chance at a good life. One who looks after or takes charge of goods, property, or a person
The protector of life, environment, and family. She is all-powerful and in some Native American myths quite vengeful once angered. AKA Great Mother- loving/nurturing/caring
Character who is different from societal “norm” in appearance, beliefs, and/or standards.
One who is unable to adjust to one’s environment or circumstances or is considered to be disturbingly different from others. CHOOSES to separate himself/herself from society
Character compelled to take chances. He breaks from the traditional journey to follow adventure and/or danger. Often displays repressed rage against tradition. One who resists or defies authority or generally accepted convention/rule
Also referred to as the underdog.
Character who expects little but is often street smart and lucky. Often used to teach others how to understand and appreciate unexpected fortune
Woman with a violent, scolding, or nagging temperament
maternal or paternal character who takes care of others, Similar to the caretaker archetype, but can sometimes give “hard lessons” (be strict and harsh in order to teach a lesson)
Horrific or terrifying character that is often at odds with the protagonist. Often has immortal qualities and characteristics