Episode 217 Classic Character Archetypes: The Everyman

Part 2 in The Character Archetypes series

Today's Topic The Everyman, a literary archetype for creating your characters

Back to the study of archetypes that can be stored in your storytelling and worldbuilding toolbox. The Everyman character is unique in the fact that this pattern is not meant to be exceptional. Listen to Michael and I as we talk the everyman character archetype and how you can use it in your fiction.

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Podcast Show Flow

  • What are character archetypes
  • What is the Everyman
    • Nothing special about the character
      • Place the audience in the narrative
    • Does not gain what is needed to solve the problems
    • An empty character that the audience can fill in the voids
      • Hopes and dreams
    • Variations of Archetype
      • As the Protagonist
        • Are caught up in the narrative of the story. Maybe force through the narrative think of Tyler Durden at least during the day
        • Many protagonists in war dramas
      • As a support character
        • The other half of the Savant character… elementary
        • The average joe in an ensemble
      • Fun flavors
        • Having a really bad story
        • Totally average
        • Just normal

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The Worldbuilding Task for the Day

Create an everyman character

The Real-world Task for the Day

Look through your character, share examples of everyman in the Facebook group

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