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->''It may seem redundant at first as strictly speaking an archetype is simply an example of something, in short every trope is a story archetype. However here we are using the term in reference to a concept in [[CarlJung Jungian]] Psychology of the same name.''

An ArchetypalCharacter is a character who appears over and over in legends far and wide, even in cultures that have shut themselves off from the world. The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent blood drinking risen dead]] are an {{Archetype}} as almost every culture has come up with their own legends independent of each other. ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is an archetype: the tragic hero trying to overcome the evils of their past. [[TheTrickster Coyote]] is an archetype. Xena is an archetype. Any of these may be disguised as a SpaceAlien.

Some lit-theories classify archetypes by the role/purpose the character inhabits for the story. These classes are: ''[[TheProtagonist Protagonist]]'', ''[[TheAntagonist Antagonist]]'', ''[[TheSpock Reason]]'', ''[[TheMcCoy Emotion]]'', ''{{Sidekick}}'', ''[[CommanderContrarian Skeptic]]'', ''[[MentorArchetype Guardian]]'', and ''[[AChatWithSatan Contagonist]]''.

A related concept is the 'ectype', a distorted or flawed version of the archetype. For example, Batman is archetypical. He's a rich man who dedicates himself to anonymously fighting crime (protecting society) with a variety of gadgets. Many of the characters in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' are ectypes based on this archetype.

* AnthropomorphicPersonification
* AntiHero
* [[TheArchmage Archmage]]
* BigFun
* BlindSeer
* BlueCollarWarlock
* BruiserWithASoftCenter
* TheChampion
* TheChosenOne
* TheChooserOfTheOne
* ClassicVillain
* TheCynic
* TheDragonslayer
* TheDrunkenSailor
* DumbMuscle
* EccentricMentor
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity
* EvilOverlord
* TheFairFolk
* FatherNeptune
* [[TheFerryMan Ferryman]]
* TheFool
* FoolForLove
* GentleGiant
* TheGoodKing
* GrannyClassic
* TheGrotesque
* {{Herald}}
* HeroicArchetype
* HeroicWannabe
* TheHighQueen
* HigherSelf
* HolyChild
* TheHunter
* IdealHero
* TheIdealist
* IneffectualLoner
* TheKlutz
* KnightInShiningArmor
* LadyAndKnight
* LoserArchetype
* LoveableRogue
* MentorArchetype
* MessianicArchetype
* MixedArchetypes
* MockMillionaire
* ModernMajorGeneral
* MyGirlBackHome
* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* OedipusComplex
* OldSoldier
* ThePaladin
* ThePatriarch
* PersonOfMassDestruction
* PowersThatBe
* PrinceCharming
* PrincessClassic
* AProtagonistShallLeadThem (a.k.a LeaderArchetype)
* RebelLeader
* RebelliousSpirit
* ReluctantMonster
* SatanicArchetype
* SeekerArchetype
* ShadowArchetype
* {{Shapeshift|ing}}er
* StarCrossedLovers
* TheStoryteller
* ThresholdGuardians
* TheTower
* TurnCoat
* TheTrickster
* WickedStepmother
* WickedWitch
* WizardClassic
* WolfMan
* WorldsBestWarrior
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman
* WorldsStrongestMan