They are often the protagonist or a major character that the
audience associates most strongly with. Sometimes they
are the person around which the story is told. As well as
their ‘hero’ status they may also take on the role of victim or
The antagonist , they are a contrast to the hero and
usually opposes them. Typically they are morally bad,
highlighting the goodness of the hero and may seek to
prevent the hero from achieving their goal
The princess is often a ‘reward’ for the hero or may be wooed
by the false hero. They may be seen very little in the story
perhaps only appearing at the end or could be an integral
character who accompanies the hero on their mission where
he may win her heart by the actions he shows throughout. The
princess may also be the object which is deliberately sought
after by the hero perhaps finding where the villain has taken
The princess’s father is a key figure for the hero to persuade,
as the father is almost always protective of his daughter. He
may be the one to dispatch the hero on his mission to save
the princess. The father may also be in competition in some
way with the hero for the princess’ affections and a triangle
may form. On the other hand, he may be villainous and lock
his daughter away; who the hero is trying to rescue her from.
Appears to act heroically and may even be initially mistaken
for the real hero. The character may at first appear good but
really is evil, they will try to steal the hero’s thunder, grab all
the credit and may even try to win over the princess.
The helper supports the hero on their quest, they may be
present throughout the story or appear at critical
moments to provide support
The donor is a person who gives the hero an object that
helps them either by empowering them or is important for
completing their quest. This role can be combined with
that of a helper
The dispatcher is the character who send the hero on their
mission. Sometimes the dispatcher may be the princess;
father who gives the hero a set of quests to be completed
before he gains the hand of the princess.
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