Character Archetypes: The Shadow

There are so many examples of this character archetype. It makes for a great discussion. Head over to Story Empire to read this fascinating post by C. S. Boyack. Here’s some of my examples: Gollum and Frodo (the former on his own too), Two-face, Joker and Batman, Spiderman and Anti-Venom just to name a few. I’ve got a main character who struggles with this at some level.

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They say all good things must come to an end, and here we are at #8 of the Character Archetypes. This series is (was, small tear here) a breakdown of the main Character Archetypes of basic story structure.

Our character today is a fun one, but I find them difficult to write. He’s known as The Shadow. (Dun, dun, DUNNNN!)

This is almost always your antagonist, but there’s a lot more that goes into him than simply making him thwart the hero at every turn. He’s called the shadow for a reason. He is a reflection of the weaknesses and darker parts of the hero himself. This makes the mission of your hero much more difficult.

One of the things to consider when crafting this character is that with a few different turns along the way, your hero could become the shadow himself. It’s likely that your hero might have…

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