Steampunk Archetypes

Today’s steampunk post is from here. Enjoy!

Today, I want to talk a little about Steampunk Archetypes.

Archetypes are stereotypes or epitomes of personalities, a generic or ideal personification if you will.  They often serve as a basis for characters.  Folklore has archetypes, art has archetypes, even Jung has archetypes.

Steampunk has archetypes as well.  One trick to using archetypes in our story without making them seem too stereotypical or stale is to turn archetypes on their ear or even combine them (though not all characters will be based on these archetypes, and that’s okay.  Original characters are just as fun).

Just a few archetypes sometimes found in Steampunk stories:

Air-Pirate – one of the quintessential Steampunk characters.  Airpirates are bad, bold, and armed to the teeth.

Adventurer/Explorer—their reason for being is to boldly go where no one has gone before and to experience new things and discover new places.

Aviator—whether roguish or military, whether they’re flying a bi-plane, a zeppelin, or a space ship, they they’re tough, brave, and a can even be a bit gallant, especially in contrast to Air-Pirates.

Dandy/Femme Fatale—they use their wiles and charms to get what they want, sometimes at the expense of others.

Mad Scientist/Inventor—another quintessential Steampunk character, they embody the steam in steampunk, discovering new things, solving problems, and occasionally blowing things up

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Add your own steampunk archetypes in the comments!

In other news, if you live in Melbourne, you’re in luck. Circus Oz has gone steampunk. Go here for info on a discount, or here for general Circus Oz stuff.

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