Tag: character types

What makes a good anti-hero?

What makes a good anti-hero?

‘antihero noun A protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities.’ Merriam-Webster Dictionary A while ago I wrote a post about the rise of the anti-hero, and about how morally grey characters are becoming more and more prevalent in modern media. But what exactly makes a good anti-hero? Because let’s face it: getting anti-heroes right is hard. By nature, they’re supposed to be deeply flawed individuals who often do pretty messed up things, so what exactly makes an anti-hero a type of hero, rather than a straight-up villain? And what makes us root for them, and even… Read more »

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What makes a good sidekick character?

What makes a good sidekick character?

In many ways sidekick characters are every bit as important to a story as the hero… I mean, can you imagine Harry without Ron and Hermione? Frodo without Sam? Sherlock without Watson? And how boring would ‘Doctor Who’ be if it was just him flying around in the TARDIS on his own? Sidekicks have so many vital functions, but are also often the beating heart of a story. But what makes a good sidekick character? Here’s a few of my ideas: Makes the hero more complete (and likeable). One of the things that makes a good hero (as if I… Read more »

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What makes a good villain?

What makes a good villain?

As surprising as it might seem, villains have just as big a role in a story as the hero. Yes, we may spend much more time with the hero, but essentially there is no story without the villain there to oppose the hero’s every move. But what makes a good villain? What is it that enthrals us so much, and makes us love to hate them? And what makes them fall flat and not seem like much of a threat? Well here are a few of my ideas about what makes a good villain! Essentials: Good villains have clear motives… Read more »

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What makes a ‘strong’ female character?

What makes a ‘strong’ female character?

Thanks to the rise of feminism, representations of women in fiction have never been as varied and empowering as they are today. Gone are the days of two-dimensional, doll-like heroines, whose only purpose was to be coveted, fought over, or rescued by the male characters – today’s heroines are complex, nuanced and have agency. However, there’s a term that’s commonly bandied about in regards to some of our modern-day heroines that I feel is often misused or misinterpreted, and that’s the idea of the ‘strong female character’. For one thing, it does slightly irk me that we still have to define… Read more »

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Why do we love anti-heroes?

Why do we love anti-heroes?

These days we love anti-heroes in all of their shades-of-grey glory, with everything from books, to tv shows and even movies showing a tendency towards darker and more dubious heroes and heroines. Anti-heroes may have been around for a long time – you only have to look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the Byronic heroes of the Brontë sisters to see their early incarnations – but it’s only been recently that their popularity has began to eclipse that of the classic, squeaky-clean hero. But why is that? What exactly is it that we love so much about anti-heroes? Why are we… Read more »

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