The 7 Plot Archetypes

plot archetypes

plot archetypes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 7 plot archetypes are:
  1. Overcoming the Monster
  2. Rags to Riches
  3. The Quest
  4. Voyage and Return
  5. Comedy
  6. Tragedy
  7. Rebirth
Overcoming the Monster 

The hero must destroy the monster to restore balance to the world. In the real world this could be overcoming an addiction, fighting off a perv, debt, beating an illness or any thing else that requires something to be defeated for the hero to win.

Rags to Riches

This is where a modest and moral but downtrodden character achieves a happy ending when their natural talents are displayed to the world. In the real world this could be anyone with an undeniably talent who wants to break through and be successful. This could apply to photographers, musicians, artists, and so on.

The Quest

The hero, often accompanied by sidekicks, travels in search of a priceless treasure and must defeat evil and overcome powerful odds, and ends when he gets both the treasure and the girl. Often “Quest” stories make our hero(s) encounter a variety of challenges that are all seemingly unrelated. If your hero is on “The Quest” you’re in it for the long haul and has to withstand the test of time.

Voyage and Return

Stories of normal protagonists who are suddenly thrust into strange and alien worlds and must make their way back to normal life once more. In the real world, you can take this a couple of ways. If your hero travels a lot, products or services can assist them on the travels.

Comedy

The plot of a comedy involves some kind of confusion that must be resolved before the hero and heroine can be united in love. The hero can’t seem to get out of his own way. He is constantly finding himself in one misadventure after another and could use a little assistance to be lead on the right path. It’s frustrating for the character, but when you take a step back and listen to everything he has gone through, it really can be funny.

Tragedy 

As a rule, this is the consequence of human overreaching and egotism. Because this is so self evident, it’s not difficult to identify when your character is going through a tragedy. 

Rebirth

This story archetype almost always has a threatening shadow that seems nearly victorious until a sequence of fortuitous (or even miraculous) events lead to redemption and rebirth, and the restoration of a happier world.

“Something has to change, there is a better way” Ultimately once the “Rebirth” story has been initiated, everything else becomes that much easier, because they’re more open to long lasting change.