The Archetype

Film Contributors 21 November 2013

1. The Psycopath
Marina Anastasi

Psychopath
noun,
1. A person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behaviour.

Dreamy, right?
In theory, this leaves little to be desired. Yet, for me, there is nothing more thrilling than watching film’s finest psychopaths at work. This must explain why I’ve watched American Psycho almost religiously, as Patrick Bateman; the poster boy psychopath is perfect in all ways but his insatiable bloodlust. Norman Bates shy, boyish charms override his homicidal tendencies, and I’d want nothing more than to share some nice Chianti with my friend Hannibal. Fatal attractions…so wrong its right.

2. The Accidentally in Love-r
Osaseri Guobadia

My favourite version has to be He’s Just Not That Into You’s Alex, a slight variation on She’s All That’s Zach Siler, older but very little the wiser. He does learn to recognise love for what it is (with a little help). But he always thinks he likes a certain type of girl, and turns out, every time, to be wrong. Just as wrong, in fact, as Two Weeks Notice’s George. As a result, he really doesn’t know what to do when he realises he’s stumbled into loving the girl he was teaching not to stumble into love.
 

3. The Sensei
Franciska Fabriczki

Every epic story needs a sage old master; someone who represents knowledge and stability in the hero’s shifting world. They often manifest as Merlin-types, such as Dumbledore or Gandalf, or alternatively as martial arts masters like Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid. Either way, they’re one of the most compelling character types. Their background is ambiguous, however, their morals are not. Often meeting with resistance from young padawans, they’re enviably calm in the face of arrogance. Not only are they wise and patient, but also surprisingly powerful. Just check out some of Yoda’s fight scenes, if you’re unconvinced.