Thursday, October 6, 2016
5 Types of Characters in Every Story.
Stories come in all different combinations.
Some are centered around comedy, others have more of a dark plot, and then some have a little bit of both; like Merlin, or The West Wing.
But even though there's a vast difference between some stories, you'll find that most of them have at least one big similarity: the characters.
Now, I don't mean to say that all characters are the same in every story. No- what I mean is that there are similar roles that are played by characters in most stories.
So, without further adieu, I bring you 5 types of characters in every story.
#1: The Chosen One.
Imagine the most loyal, selfless, strong willed character you can think of, and multiply it...... BY 6!!!!!!! Does this character sound familiar? Good, then you're thinking of the same character type that I am: The Chosen one. Often times these characters are portrayed in our minds as the perfect flawless hero that you would find in a fairytale or a cheesy old Disney movie. Well, let me say now that these characters are not perfect. I mean, can you really imagine Percy Jackson running into battle, slaying the villain, and saving the world while not doing anything stupid? Yeah, I didn't think so. But I, for one, like it when they have flaws. It makes them seem much more human, and easier to relate to. I actually want to puke whenever I read about a perfect character. Which is probably why I wasn't crazy over Peeta.
Sorry guys, this was the best fan art I could find.
#2: The Comic Relief Duo.
These are the characters that keep the story light hearted. Their pranks, rude puns, and overall mischievousness is what stops everyone from turning into a clone of Nico Di'angelo. These characters are especially important in dark stories, like The Maze Runner, or The Hunger Games.
#3: The Loyal Sidekick.
These characters are often the favorites of fangirls. This particular character type is the equivalent of a puppy dog. They're loyal individuals who will never leave their friends' side, and will always be with them 'till the end of the line. I mean sure, they have a tendency to get jealous or feel left out, but that's just natural. Hmmm.... let's see, who should I use as an example? How about Much from BBC's Robin Hood. Much is the one who does all of the jobs that no one else wants to. Like staying behind to guard the camp while the rest of the gang go to rob a castle. Or staying behind to tend to the wounded. I mean sure- it's boring work, but someone has to do it. Did he complain? Sometimes, but the fact of the matter is he was always whenever they needed him.
Yep, always doing the dirty work
#4: The Mentor.
These characters tend to nurture others in a tough love type of way, but you can still see that they care. Often times they start out really grumpy, but then they soften up as the series progresses. Personally, I love it when they do this- as long as they let it progress slowly rather than have it happen in the last 20 pages. Take Haymitch, for instance. Haymitch is gruff, and has been
scarred for life because of what he went through in the games. But as the story progresses, you can see that he cares a lot for Katniss, and not just because it's his job to- but because he sees himself in her. Haymitch is an example of a mentor character done right.
#5 The Sassy Heroine.
If you want a character whose hobby is disobeying orders, then this is the Droid you're looking for. Usually they tend to be all tough when it's needed, but they also know how to be really nice, and compassionate as well (unless that character
is Hope Pym. Then they're just plain mean). Take Annabeth Chase, for instance. I don't know how Rick Riordan did it, but he somehow managed to make Annabeth extremely fierce, while still making her one of the nicest people in the series. That is an example of an amazing character. If you can mix two unlikely character traits together, and somehow make them work, then you, my friend, are
So yeah, that's all I've got. Please comment and tell me what you liked/didn't like about this post. I would love any feedback you guys might have.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to playing Murder City Mayhem. After all; those baby Seals aren't going to kill themselves.