I see I didn't notice the Sandbox.Archer Archetype
that was already up.
I'll be blunt and say that you are trying to construct a trope here that doesn't exist. Looking at the criteria named in the first paragraph:
will typically refrain from the use of heavy armor
strategies that involve around keeping the enemy away from them
archer. So it's just "character with bow and arrow as Weapon of Choice
" again. Then:
[dependence on] skill (...) they are good at what they do and they know it
therefore they are
independent and often suspicious of authority.
Well it certainly sounds plausible that a character that is exceptionally skilled and capable is not very good at subordination. But is that true only for archers? Not at all. So if
there's a trope here at all, then it's not an "Archer Archetype", but something along the lines of Archery Is Rocket Science
or Archery Is Superior
, i.e. only exceptionally
skilled people can be archers and that skilled archers are somehow superior to skilled melee fighters, and so can afford to be arrogant and obstreperous. Next:
stealth, trickery and tactics
This again are characteristics that are shared by many character types, not just archers. If "stealth, trickery and tactics" is only a way of saying "fights from a distance, avoids close combat", then we are again in "archers are ranged fighters with a bow" territory. Finally:
fit but not burly (...) a dependence on both grace and skill
There might be actually a trope, but it's not "Archer Archetype
". It's "Graceful Archer
", a trope stemming from the false notion that bows are "elegant" weapons that require above-average "skill", but not strength.
The second paragraph says, in a nutshell: "On one extreme, such characters are brash and hotheaded. On the other extreme, they will be cool and analytical." Well, duh! That describes all humanity. Also means that it's completely irrelevant
whether the character is brash or calm, hotheaded or analytical.
Bottom line: I can't see any trope that deserves such a grandiose name as Archer Archetype
. The only tendencies in the portrayal of archers that might be tropable material are, as above mentioned, "Archers are Superior" and "Archers are Graceful", and these are not inherently related. Everything else melts away if you look at it.
edited 17th Jan '13 1:44:52 PM by LordGro
It's perfectly possible to admire building a cannon to destroy the moon, whilst lamenting the act of destruction.