Character Archetypes: The Shapeshifter

It’s Craig’s turn on Story Empire today, and he’s continuing his excellent series of posts on character archetypes. Today, he’s featuring the Shapeshifter archetype, and I can pretty much guarantee it isn’t what you might be thinking. Check it out, and then pass it along so other writers can also learn yet another way to create interesting characters, and why we should all consider this one. Thanks, and thanks to Craig for a super post! 🙂

Story Empire

Hi gang, Craig with you today. This is post number six in the character archetypes series. In the Hero’s Journey, there are some common characters that are likely to show up in all stories. This doesn’t mean each archetype shows up in every story, and aside from the hero, the rest are kind of optional. Almost every story will have an assortment of them.

This series is to introduce you to them. Once you’re aware of them, you can decide if they can benefit the story you’re writing.

Today we have one of the more creative archetypes, and one that’s fun to play around with, The Shapeshifter.

This character is not what he/she seems, either to the other characters, or, in many cases, the reader. They differ from The Trickster in that tricksters are up front and honest about who they are. Shapeshifters, not so much.

This is the femme…

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