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.
||Getting what you want, beating everyone, being a champ|
||Shining before an audience, making a hit|
|Heroes of Social Acceptability
||Being liked, attractive, good or otherwise personally acceptable to groups and epitomizing the pleasures of belonging|
||Standing alone, making one’s way by oneself.|
||Helping people, cooperation, self-sacrifice, group service and solidarity|