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15 Cards in this Set

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Protagonist of the story. Life can be clearly divided into a series of well marked adventures which strongly suggest it ritualistic patter. Some characteristics of a hero might be : Mother is a virgin,Conception are unusual and, at birth some attempt is made to kill him. Foster parents. After a victory, hero is made king and marries the princess. Usually suffers a mysterious death. Can be marked as the character that changes in the face of conflict, and we are able to see maturity.
The Hero.
The hero is spirited away as a young man and raised by strangers. He later returns to his home where he is a stranger who can see new problems and new solutions.
The Young Man from the Provinces
A young hero or heroine, who, prior to to his/her quest, must endure some training and ceremony. This person is usually innocent and often wears white.
The Initiate
The individual serves as a teacher or counselor for the initiate.Sometimes he serves as a role model or as mother or father figure. The mentor teachesby ex.
Loyal companion willing to face any number of perils in order to be together
Hunting Group of Companions
An animal who befriends the hero and nerves him/her loyally. The purpose of the friendly beast is to show that nature is on the side of the hero.
Friendly Beast
Evil incarnate, this character offers worldly goods, fame, or knowledge in the protagonist in the exchange for possession of his soul.
Devil Figure
A redeemable devil figure saved by the nobility or love of the hero.
Evil Figure with the Ultimately Good Heart.
A character used to carry the blame of the sins of society. Usually seen as weak until his death. He usually becomes a powerful force.
The Scapegoat
The fertility symbol in most stories. Symbolic of fruition and abundance. This character traditionally offers spiritual and emotional nourishment to those with whom she comes in contact.
The Earth Mother
This woman is a source of inspiration and spiritual ideal. The protagonist or author has a intellectual rather than physical attraction to this character.
The Platonic Ideal
A female character who displays a fearless sense of honor Usually handles weapons well and is knowledgeable in areas of defense. Many times wrongly preceived as hating men.
Amazon Warrior
The vulnerable woman who must be rescued by the hero. Is often used as a trap to ensnare the unsuspecting hero.
Damsel In Distress
These two characters are engaged in a love affair that is fated to end tragically for one or both due to disapproval of society, friends, or family. Some tragic situation.
The Star- Crossed Lovers
A monster usually summoned from the deepest, darkest, part of the human psyche to threaten the lives of the hero/heroine. Often is a perversion of the human body.Ex: Werewolves, Vampires, Dragons, Huge snakes.
Creature of nightmare