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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: ROM-COM ARCHETYPES

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In romantic comedies, the magic of archetypes lies in their ability to resonate with us on a deeply personal level. These archetypes are like old friends we meet time and time again on the silver screen, each encounter feeling both familiar and comforting. They tap into our own experiences, desires, and fears and create a sense of connection on screen.

We asked our TerraYou community veterans to share their favorite characters and corresponding archetypes via our Instagram account, and we invite you now to take a closer look at some cherished rom-com films and their loveable protagonists.

So, grab your popcorn and embark on a journey through the world of archetypes, where every twist and turn could even reveal something about you and which character you identify with most.

The classic archetypes that won our hearts

The Hero: Patrick Verona in "10 Things I Hate About You"

Let's start with a character who embodies loyalty, determination, and a thirst for adventure by picturing Patrick Verona from 10 Things I Hate About You. His pursuit of the fiercely independent Kat Stratford isn't just a romantic endeavor; it's a testament to his heroism.

The Explorer: Amy Adams in "Leap Year"

Next, is the curious and ever-seeking Explorer archetype. Take Amy Adams' character in Leap Year. Her global quest for self-discovery can mirror our own desires to embrace the unknown and live life to the fullest. Through her journey, we learn that true happiness isn't merely found in passport stamps, but in the thrill of exploration.

The Sage: Victor in "Miss Congeniality"

Although he may not be the central focus of this romantic comedy, pageant advisor, Victor Melling, stands out as the Sage archetype in Miss Congeniality. Victor plays an essential role in transforming Gracie Hart from a rough-around-the-edges FBI agent into a world-class beauty pageant contestant. Using his knowledge, he mentors Gracie — showcasing not only her strengths, but also his own Sage traits along the way.

The Rebel: Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde"

Elle Woods from Legally Blonde is a character who personifies a fearless spirit and a bubbly personality — the perfect example of the Rebel archetype. Her pursuit of a law degree at Harvard isn't about following her ex-boyfriend; it focuses on challenging stereotypes and proving everyone wrong. So, if you see a bit of Elle in yourself, maybe you're a Rebel too!

The Ruler: Joe Fox in "You've Got Mail"

Think about a character that mixes charm and business acumen with a side of playfulness. You might be imagining Joe Fox from You've Got Mail. His story isn't only about running a big bookstore chain; it's about navigating the tricky world of online romance while staying ahead in the business game. Joe's journey is a rom-com adventure, showing us that true leadership means being open to change and surprises.

The Innocent: Princess Mia in "The Princess Diaries"

Do you know someone who's a walking ray of sunshine, always seeing the world with fresh eyes and an unwavering belief in the goodness of people? Introducing the Innocent archetype: Princess Mia from The Princess Diaries. Mia begins her journey as an awkward teenager, blissfully unaware of her royal heritage. Her genuine kindness and hopeful outlook make her the perfect example of the Innocent archetype.

The Everyman: Tom Hansen in "500 Days of Summer"

Picture Tom Hansen from 500 Days of Summer, the ultimate guy-next-door in the rom-com universe. He's like that friend who's always down for spontaneous adventures and finds magic in the ordinary. Tom’s journey feels like an epic quest to find happiness in the everyday, reminding us that being an Everyman isn't about fitting a mold, but about savoring life's little joys and cherishing the people who make it all worthwhile.

The Lover: Bridget Jones in "Bridget Jones's Diary"

Bridget Jones from Bridget Jones's Diary embodies the Lover archetype to perfection. She treasures her relationships and knows the importance of making a good first impression. Bridget is that friend we all have who texts you about her latest dating disaster, which eventually turns into a hilarious rom-com. With her heart on her sleeve and a knack for finding humor in chaos, Bridget reminds us that life’s greatest joys come from the bonds we form.

The Jester: Robbie Hart in "The Wedding Singer"

Let's talk about someone who's the life of the rom-com party, dedicated to enjoying each moment as it comes with a playful spirit and a knack for making people laugh. Were you imagining Robbie Hart from The Wedding Singer? This rom-com character is known for his fun nature as the lead singer of a wedding band. However, we mustn’t forget that being a Jester isn't just about making jokes—it's about bringing joy to every situation while still respecting the feelings of others.

The Creator: George Wade in "Two Weeks Notice"

Driven by the desire to bring their imagination to life with charm and charisma, the Creator archetype is embodied by George Wade from Two Weeks Notice. This archetype isn’t about corporate takeovers and unexpected romance; they are known to embrace their creative spirit and to make their mark in the business world. George's journey is a rom-com whirlwind of ambition and love, reminding us that being a Creator goes beyond making deals — it's about infusing every moment with passion and vision, while finding love and connection in the most unexpected places.

The Magician: Andy Sachs in "The Devil Wears Prada"

In The Devil Wears Prada, Andy Sachs could be seen as the Magician archetype as she transitions from aspiring journalist to a key figure in the fashion industry. Initially catapulted into the role of Miranda Priestly's assistant, Andy faces daunting challenges that seem to conflict with her original career aspirations. However, she quickly adapts, utilizing her innate creativity and resourcefulness to not only survive, but to thrive in her new environment.

The Caregiver: Maria Portokalos in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

Someone who is driven by the need to care for and protect their loved ones with unwavering dedication and warmth is Maria Portokalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. As she focuses on planning her wedding, she embodies the spirit of caregiving and creates a sense of belonging for her family, even amidst the madness and humor of their everyday lives. Who wouldn't want someone as loving and nurturing as Maria in their life?

And that’s a wrap! What a fun collection of characters and their archetypes, each one contributed by our amazing community on Instagram.

Uncover Your Archetype

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