Archetypes

Troy Briscoe, Nathan Gantchev, Maggie Huang

The manipulator: Mr. Krabs from spongebob squarepants

The manipulator archetype personifies a person who manipulates people (hence the name manipulator). Manipulators play with situations and deceive people in order to get what they want or desire. These archetypes don't really have a defined morale (they can either be bad or good).

One example of a manipulator is Mr. Krabs from the nickelodeon hit series Spongebob Squarepants. In the show Spongebob Squarepants, Mr. Krabs manipulates many characters (Spongebob) to do work for him for free or very cheap labor.

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The Masquerader: Shawn Spencer from psych

The masquerader archetype exemplifies the personality of someone who pretends to be something that they are not. Similar to Manipulators, masqueraders do not have a set morale. Some are "good" others are "bad".

In the television series Psych, Shawn Spencer plays the role of psychic investigator. He claims that he has psychic powers that help him solve crimes, when in reality he just has a photographic memory, excellent observation skills, and extraordinary deduction skills which all combine to give him his "psychic" powers.

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The Benefactor: Alby from the movie maze runner

Someone who helps others and shares their riches, and doesn't expect anything in return is a benefactor.

In the movie Maze Runner, one boy was put into a maze every month. Alby was the first person to be sent to the maze. Therefore he gained the most knowledge and experience in order to survive in the maze, and he took up the role as the leader. He greeted every new person, and he shared his knowledge and experience (riches) with every boy that got sent. He also sacrificed himself in order to save others. An example of that would be when he tried to save Chuck when one of the Grievers, a machine creature that tries to kill them, was about to kill Chuck (this scene from the movie is shown below). He does all of these things for the good of the group, and he expects nothing in return for his actions. Therefore, Alby fits the archetype of the benefactor.

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Alby greets and shares knowledge with Thomas
Alby sacrifices himself to save Chuck

The Suitor: Freddie Benson from ICarly

A character that always tries to woo or date a girl, and often fails, is a suitor.

ICarly is a television show where three friends, Carly, Sam, and Freddie, created a weekly comedic web-show. Freddie is the technical producer for the web-show iCarly. He is friends with, and lives next door to the main character, Carly. For years Freddie strived for Carly's affection. However, he continuously failed. Therefore, Freddy from the television show ICarly is a suitor.

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The mistreated/ misunderstood villain:

Everybody always misunderstands this character, but sometimes, this person really does his or her best to be good and decent, and yet everybody always expects this guy to be the worst.

Harry Potter is known to be told from the protagonist point of view, Harry, who is quite ignorant to a lot of the things around him. When Snape is introduced, he is portrayed as an angry teacher who does not like his students, specifically Harry. Just like the archetype, the viewers don't view Snape as good until the very last moment. Throughout the story, Snape does many things to make Harry's life more difficult, but if you think about it, all of the things Snape has done has saved Harry. He is always misunderstood until the flashback scenes happen and we see that he was bullied by Harry's dad. All in all, he is the prime example of the misunderstood archetype.

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