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Character Archetypes: The Hero

Last year I had a lot of fun making my series An Introduction to. . . teaching you all about different kinds of genres and how they're written. This year I'm starting a new series, this time talking about all the types of characters that inhabit works of fiction. From heroes to villains and everything in between.

Today we're starting with the hero, the biggest part of any novel. In this series we'll take a look at what each type of character is, the role they have in the story, and common traits that they share. I'll also include examples to help you understand what I'm talking about (especially when it comes to lesser known character types). Let's take a look at the most important part of any story- the hero.

A note on the term hero: Hero can often refer to a specific type of main character who is brave, courageous, and generally fighting for a cause. In this post, I'll be using it as a broader term meaning the main protagonist of a novel or movie.

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