Over the last three weeks, I’ve been writing a series of posts about the sixteen hero and heroine archetypes described by Tami D. Cowden, Caro Lafever, and Sue Viders. This is the last post in the series, and it outlines the final four heroine types. All quotations are from The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes.
Edit: here are links to the three previous posts.
Pure, trusting, kind. Impressionable, passive, insecure. This character inspires others to want to save her, and is generally content to let herself be rescued.
Her delicate fragility makes her an easy target. she always seems to find herself between a rock and a hard place. She adapts to any situation she falls into without complaint.
This type of character works well as a waitress, actress, servant, file clerk, or assistant. You’re far less likely to see her in fiction of today than the other archetypes, but that does not mean she should be avoided.
There is something refreshing about a heroine who does not talk back or fight every battle, but rather, allows a man to be a man and believes that if left well enough alone, situations will resolve themselves.
This type of character likes to organize everything. She is efficient, serious, dependable, rigid, repressed, and a perfectionist.
She lives in her head. She tends to think that only she has the answers. More often than not, she is right, but she can be a bit stubborn about considering other opinions. … Her capacity for excitement may be untapped, but it is there, just waiting to be released.
Research scientist, accountant, school teacher, professor, chemist, supreme court justice, and other knowledge-based professions are good fits for this character.
This is a heroine in the truest sense — deeds of valor are right up her alley. … The world has veered off course, and she is just the one to set it straight again. … She has no faith in the intrinsic merit of human nature; no belief that all will end well if left alone.
This type of character is courageous, resolute, and persuasive. Her flaws include obstinacy, rashness, and being outspokenly opinionated. She could be a firefighter, missionary, warrior, activist, social worker, revolutionary, or medical specialist.
Characters of this type need to be needed. She is altruistic, optimistic, capable, idealistic, self-sacrificing, and willing to compromise so she won’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
She makes sure that all her loved ones are happy and content before taking a break or thinking of herslf. Common sense and a steady hand make her an ideal mother, companion or friend. Her serene, capable and patient manner invariably soothes troubled souls or hurting hearts.
This type of character is good at occupations that involve people. They can be cast as homemakers, pediatricians, social workers, nuns, special-ed teachers, or wives of important men.