Character Archetypes: The Shadow

Start the week off right with a stop by Story Empire to check out Craig Boyack’s last post in his fabulous Character Archetype series. Today, he talks about the Shadow, and it’s well worth the visit to learn more about this intriguing character. Hope you’ll enjoy the post as much as I did, and will consider passing it along far and wide, so others can find out more, too. Thanks, and thanks to Craig for this excellent post in a truly interesting series! 🙂

Story Empire

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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