What are they?
A basic character model is a familiar type of character that appears in numerous stories.
Not all characters fit into a basic character model.
Russian scholar Vladimir Propp devised an outline of common basic characters.
|Hero||The main protagonist. This is the person who is sent on the quest or must fulfil the tasks.|
|False Hero||A character who is stealing the protagonist’s prize. The protagonist must remove this person in order claim rightful credit.|
|Villain||An evil character who the protagonist must fight or overcome.|
|Dispatcher||The character who needs the hero to undergo their quest or mission.|
|Helper||An assistant or magical presence who helps the protagonist in their mission.|
|Donor||A character who gives the protagonist something they need, from materials to training or knowledge, in order to fulfill their quest.|
|The Prize||A character, usually a romantic interest, that the protagonist hopes to gain through completing their tasks.|