The Archetypal Hero in Film
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Common traits that are common to most hero films.
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The Archetypal Hero in Film

A brief overview of what this project describes.

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The archetypal hero is one that is prevalent in recent and past films. The archetypal hero is an idea that originated by Joseph Campbell when he discussed common traits found in all heroes. Examples of these heroes in film are: Batman, Luke Skywalker, Frodo, and many more. These archetypes support the role of genre in society. Genres help us know what kind of product we will recieve for our money. For instance, when we pay to see a horror movie we know the general film we are about to see. So, if you enjoy one hero movie than the archetypal hero makes it very likely that you will like most hero movies and will continue to go pay money to see them.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1/5) Movie CLIP - Harry's Birthday (2001) HD

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Archetypal heroes often leave their homes to live somewhere else. In this clip, Hagrid comes to take Harry away to begin his journey of becoming a hero. Other examples of a hero venturing from home in film are Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and Tony Stark (Iron Man) being kidnapped in Iron Man. This process of leaving home allows the character to grow beyond what their current enviornment has permitted. Harry has been stifled his entire life under the Dursleys, totally unaware of his great potential or his past story. If he hadn't left his home for Hogwarts, that potential or history would never have been revealed and their would be no story.

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Mulan - i'll make a man out of you

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The hero often has a mentor to assist them in their training. Here Mulan is trained by Shang. Other examples of mentors are Fox in Wanted and Neytiri in Avatar. Another important element of this mentorship is the point when the student surpasses the master. At some point during the relationship, the hero will show greater skill than their teacher. Some examples of this are Batman defeating Ra's Al Ghul, his original teacher turned villain and Mulan saving her teacher, Shang, from Shan Yu.

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The Dark Knight Rises - Bruce Climbs Out Of The Pit 1080p HD

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The Hero must prove themself through some task. In this case, Bruce Wayne rises out of the pit in The Dark Knight Rises. Other examples of tasks completed by archetypal heroes in films are the destroying of the death star by Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter defeating the Basilisk. The accomplishment of the hero is very important because it signals a mile stone for the hero. They have grown into a better, stronger person than before. When Bruce Wayne entered the pit he was broken and defeated. Through his endurance and determination he rose from his defeat and became a stronger hero than he ever was before.

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The Karate Kid (6/8) The Crane Kick - (1984) HD

The Karate Kid Movie Clip click to subscribe http://j.mp/sNDUs5 Despite illegal moves from the Cobra Kai that bring him to the ground, Daniel (Ralph Macchio)...
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In hero movies, the hero must eventually overcome his/her villain. Often times this occurs through a final battle. In this clip, the hero Daniel overcomes his nemesis in the final fight of a Karate championship. Other examples of final fights is Aladdin against Jafar in Aladdin, and Simba against Scar in Lion King. This final triumph over the villain serves the purpose of having a happy ending that makes us feel good as we leave the theater, something that classical hollywood cinema strives to accomplish. Through watching this hero struggle, learn, and grow we become emotionally invested in them and feel the joy of their victory at the end, a feeling that will lead us back to the theater to achieve again and again. 

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The Rise of the American Anti-hero: The Character that Changed the Way We Watch Movies

The Rise of the American Anti-hero: The Character that Changed the Way We Watch Movies | The Archetypal Hero in Film | Scoop.it
This article takes an in-depth look at how American film was forever changed by the "anti-hero". Through close examination and research the article probes at the very meaning of cinematic heroes and their ever evolviong nature throughout the years.
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For every stereotype there is a counter. At this point through the method of genres, everyone is quite accustomed to the idea of a hero and the characterisitcs they possess. The hero story, as detailed in this project, is a very generic one that stays relatively the same throughout. So, to add some spice there are movies that are contain essentially character foils to heroes. They are main characters that we relate to, even though they aren't the stereotypical "good guy". An example of this character is Scarface. Scarface is a character that is essentially bad and yet we connect with them and want them to succeed much like we want heroes to succeed.

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Batman Begins Parents Death.

Death of Bruce's parents as seen in Batman Begins
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A common trait among many archetypal heroes is the death of their parents. Here is a clip from Batman Begins which depicts the death of Bruce Wayne's (Batman's) parents. Other common examples of orphaned heroes are: James Bond, Peter Parker (Spiderman), and Superman. This serves to isolate the hero and makes them self reliant. Bruce Wayne would have grown up just like any other pampered kid from a wealthy background if not for the tragedy of his childhood. 

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The Dark Knight - Joker Interrogation (Full HD - 1080p)

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Another common aspect of a hero movie is the presence of a villain. In this scene, Batman interrogates the villain of the movie, Joker. Other examples of villains in movies are: Darth Vader in Star Wars, Magneto in X-Men, and Voldermort in Harry Potter. The villain serves multiple purposes in these films. At a base level, they provide the conflict of the film; they are someone that must be defeated to restore order, but at the same time the villain helps to define the hero by their contrast. For instance, in this scene Joker discusses how Batman and himself are similar: they both where disguises, are lone wolves, and are viewed as outcasts by society. But by pointing out these similarities the movie shows that Batman is a far better person than the Joker, because despite these similarities Batman is good, while the Joker is evil. Consider it this way, a diamond looks much brighter next to a piece of coal than on its own.

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iron man mark 2 armor suit assembly scene

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The hero often posseses a weapon only they can harness. Here Tony Stark puts on his Iron Man suit, a weapon exclusive to him. Other examples include Harry Potter's wand and Luke Skywalker's lightsaber. This weapon serves a dual function. It gives the hero an advantage in his future battles and at the same time helps to define the hero, becoming a part of him. For example, without the suit, Tony Stark is just Tony Stark; it is through the weapon that he becomes the hero Iron Man. 

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The Dark Knight Rises - Batman VS Bane Full Fight

The Dark Knight Rises - Batman vs Bane fight scene. Bane breaks Batmans Back in this epic scene. The bat is broken... I don't own anything in this clip, only...
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The hero often suffers some kind of wound or harm from a conflict. Here Batman has his back broken by Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. This breaking down of the hero helps us to better relate with them and allows the hero to grow through their struggle. Other examples of heroes who are wounded is when Luke Skywalker loses his hand and when Eli gets shot in Book of Eli. This is important because it is very hard to relate with a hero that is so far above us. However, if we see Batman get injured we can relate to that because as humans we are susceptible to injury. This allows for greater empathy of the hero and a greater connection to the hero. This connection to the hero is also what tends to make hero sequels so popular and generates revenue: the goal of film industries.

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Hancock Trailer

New Will Smith Superhero movie coming out in July of 2008. Looks pretty damn funny! Check out http://www.hancocktrailer.com
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Here is an example of someone that seems like an exception to the archetypal rule, Hancock. He seems to be a heroic figure that does not follow the norm of heroes. He lacks a virtuous personality, and doesn't venture forth on any journey. This example is to show that there are instances where heroes may appear to break the rule of the archetype but in reality, the archetype is just harder to see. Hancock follows almost all of the archetypal traits. He overcomes a villain, suffers an injury, is seemingly an orphan, has a special weapon (his powers), and has the guidance of a mentor.

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All Time Domestic Box Office Results

All time domestic box office results.
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Now you may be wondering, why does the archetypal hero matter in modern film and film history? To answer that we must consider the number one motivation of film industries today and throughout history: making money. Archetypal hero films make a lot of money. When looking at the all time domestic box office, atleast 8 of the top 10 are archetypal hero movies. Film industries use the archetypal hero in films because those are the movies that tend to make alot of money, and that is why the archetypal hero is important to modern film and film history.

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