Heroine Archetype - The Free Spirit

Author: Anastasia V. Pergakis // Category:

Ahh the Free Spirit. The carefree girl that rides on the wind!

Here is a reminder of what I said in the first post when the ladies stripped.

The Free Spirit
This woman dances to the beat of her own drum. She is very playful and fun loving. She stops to smell the flowers whenver she caan and admires the colors of the world. Ruled by pure emotion, she follows her heart rather than her head.

Now, let's really get to know the Free Spirit!

The Good Side

>Full of charm
>Extremely helpful to others
>Full of seemingly endless energy
>She has great instincts, her gut leads her right
>Sees everything and everyone just as they are

The Bad Side

>Very often late for things
>Whimsical, head in the clouds
>Doesn't make good or solid decisions
>Can hurt those that love her as she lives moment to moment without thinking first
>Doesn't conform without a fight (a loud one)

Remember, some of the good traits can be bad ones and vise versa depending on how you want to use them. Take them to extremes and see what happens!


> Cher Horowitz in Clueless (played by Alicia Silverstone)
> Dharma Finkelstein Montgomery in Dharma & Greg (played by Jenna Elfman)
> Lucielle Ball in I Love Lucy

What other examples of a Free Spirit can you think of? Do you have a Free Spirit in one of your stories?

Remember that these archetypes are simply the basic materials to help you mold your characters. Many characters fall under more than one archetype. Think about some of the great combinations you can create for your characters as these posts continue.

Coming Next: Heroine Archetype - The Nurturer

5 Responses to "Heroine Archetype - The Free Spirit"

Dawn Embers Says :
December 9, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Interesting. While I don't have many heroine characters in general, I do think that the dwarf in my epic fantasy could fit under this archetype. She's a bit of a free spirit to say the least.

Alex J. Cavanaugh Says :
December 9, 2010 at 9:00 AM

My current female lead is free-spirited but very driven and an achiever. How would you classify her?

Loralie Hall Says :
December 9, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I have a character like this, except she's also a meglomaniac. She's a bit of a contradiction.

And thank you for posting all of these. Even though I don't always comment, I read each and eveyr archtype you post and love the thought you've put into them.

Renae Says :
December 9, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Love the character description. These post are great. I need a more whimsical character in my new ms.

Anastasia V. Pergakis Says :
December 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Dawn: I would love to read that story for sure!

Alex: Hrmm, I would say a mix of maybe the Free Spirit and the Boss perhaps? Which is a very great combination for sure! The dreamer with the drive to get it done too!? Awesome.

Loralie: Contradiction are great in characters, especially with you add more tension/conflict with the hero's archtypes too. I'm glad you are enjoying the posts - I'll have a lot more coming too with the hero's and villains!

Renae: Thanks for commenting! I'm glad you're liking these posts and helped to inspire something for you! Like I said, I have more coming! Just trying to space them out so you guys don't get information overload!

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