There are many types of main characters across all types of media. As humans, we love to connect and empathize with our main characters so they need to be as deep and complex as we are. But when you look at all characters more generally I believe you can break them down into five different classes based on how they act consistently through the whole story. I call these
The Five Types of Badass
These hold true for any type of media from video games to TV, from anime to film. But if you come up with anyone who doesn’t fit the mold please let me know in the comments section below! I’d also love to hear about characters from other cultures around the world.
These are the most common ones in American media. In most Hollywood movies, shounen anime, and almost all video games, the main character is a boss, a badass who can take on just about anything. He rarely fails and is looked up to and admired by the other characters in the film. They strive to win, not just play the game.
Jason Bourne, 007, Saitama (one punch man), Goku and many others fall into this category.
For those who motivation comes from wanting to help others and whose first thought is of what others will think, the try-hard friend is the right fit. These people want to be loved more than anything and get their strength by protecting others. When not in danger, they only want to be hanging out with the people who make them happy. Either introverts or extroverts, they are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet. And they are totally badass! They are and an absolute angel to everyone who knows them and saves other constantly even just emotionally.
Harry Potter, Forrest Gump, Sheriff Woody (toy story), and other sweethearts make up this section.
He walks into a room and all eyes on him. He can make anyone fall in love with him. With a simple confidence about him and a lot of charm, the suave romantic is always adored. Woman too can be the romantic type and fit into this category, but if they are a hopeless romantic or embarrassed by love they are bumped into the try-hard character category. The thing that makes them so badass is all of their charisma points that the use to take over the world.
Tamaki (Ouran high school host club), Jack Dawson (Titanic) Romeo, and you could probably even put Snape on this list in some twisted way.
Fun Loving Adventurer
The point of life is to have fun! Those people who want to go on an adventure for the sake of going on an adventure are the main part of this group. They are the type of person to go with the flow. With luck on their side, they often have a very positive outlook on life and everything just seems to work out for them.
Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist) Captin Jack Sparrow, Ace Ventura, Moana
They can solve anything, make anything, do anything with enough thought. These characters can outsmart anyone and most machines. Some of these people are tech nerds, some are social manipulators, all of them are confident in their abilities and ready to play the game. They are often natural leaders and others look to them for advice.
Batman, Lelouch Vi Britannia (Code Geass), L (death note) Iron Man, and Indiana Jones, Shawn Spencer (psych) are some of the geniuses who fit best.
You are full of hidden potential. Secret weapons know a lot, they can do a lot of different things but don’t let on to others that they are so capable. They pretend to be a side character but are actually essential to the plot. They might not know their own strength but are very capable. If you don’t know what your talents are or are very split about who you think you are then this is the section for you. Living your life on slow and enjoying the times is fine but every once in a while you have to show your true colors.
Yuri (Yuri on Ice), Marty Mcfly (back to the future), Jake Sully (Avatar), Charlie Bucket (willy wonka) and many others fit here perfectly.
You might not fit into just one category! But when you’re just starting to change your life, I find it helps to pick just one to start with and then add on the others later. Take this quiz to see which one I sort you into and tell me if you think I’m right!
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