Probably all wrong but then you can say so


Protagonists are failures

They never achieve their stated dreams or goals. There is always something, more important to them, which holds them back. You could think of it as the difference between what they want - or say they want - and what is actually important to them.

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This is a list of archetypes that I identified after watching too many sitcoms (especially US ones), over the years. It isn't a definitive list, the definitions are self-invented, arbitrary and generalised and the examples below may not be an precise match for a given archetype. In practice any self-centred character (or any character) in a sitcom may display aspects of one or more of these archetypes. Also it is always best to write real, true-to-life characters and not two-dimensional archetypes or stereotypes.



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