Categories of Heroes

A cool table taken from an old anthropology article titled “The Sports Hero: an Endangered Species” by Garry Smith. I think it has a lot of relevance toward improvising character work. A shorthand list like Johnstone’s ‘Fast Food Stanislavski’. These are a great primer for the types of heroes that one can be or portray.

Category Theme

  • Strong Man
  • The Brain
  • The Smart Operator
  • The Great Lover
Getting what you want, beating everyone, being a champ
Splendid Performers

  • Showmen
  • Heroes of Play
  • Playboy
Shining before an audience, making a hit
Heroes of Social Acceptability

  • The Pin-up
  • The Charmer
  • The Good Fellow
  • Conforming Heroes
Being liked, attractive, good or otherwise personally acceptable to groups and epitomizing the pleasures of belonging
Independent Spirits

  • Bohemian
  • Jester
  • Angry Commentator
Standing alone, making one’s way by oneself.
Group Servants

  • Defenders
  • Martyrs
  • Benefactors
Helping people, cooperation, self-sacrifice, group service and solidarity

5 comments on “Categories of Heroes

  1. […] Recently, I did a pro-bono workshop for the local Comedysportz cast focused on discovering what kind of hero people are and having them more fully engage in an active exploration of what that could mean for their lives. I based it on an anthropology article that I had blogged about before. […]

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