Screenwriting Glossary of Terms


Refers to ‘typical’ characters in a story or in life. There are eight primary models, but in film we usually categorize our characters from among 12 archetypes: Sage, Innocent, Explorer, Ruler, Creator, Caregiver, Magician, Hero, Outlaw, Lover, Jester, and Everyman. Note: These may have different names. For example, the Sage is often called the Mentor. But each is essentially the same character and serves the same purpose. A rose by any other name…

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