He is Arthur. He is Luke Skywalker. He is Harry Potter.
The Special Boy is always a boy. There are no Special Girls. The nearest female Archetype is the Secret Princess.
The Special Boy does not know he is a Special Boy.
The Special Boy is probably an orphan. It’s a safe bet that his parents were killed, perhaps right in front of him.
The Special Boy has a birthright. He is Special from the moment he is conceived. He is better than everyone around him.
The Special Boy is raised in Lowly Circumstances. He is usually at the bottom of the social order and is even looked down upon by those who share his social status.
No one who doesn’t know he is Special thinks that there’s anything special about him. Most people think that he’s stupid and weak.
More often than not, he’s picked on and bullied.
The Special Boy only learns that he is Special when he has an Encounter with Destiny.
The Special Boy does not try to find his Destiny. His Destiny finds him.
He is virtuous. He exhibits his virtues even before his Destiny is revealed.
Before the story is over, the Special Boy will be acknowledged and acclaimed. Those who mistreated him will feel bad about it. If they apologize, he will forgive them.
The Special Boy is defined by his Destiny. Often his Destiny will take the form of a Cryptic Prophecy.
Once he has had his Encounter with Destiny, the Special Boy will find a Mentor. His Mentor will serve as his surrogate Father. Unlike the real Father, the Mentor will never be distant or overly stern.
The Special Boy will grow up to be a Hero. Most of the heroic archetypes are open to him. The Special Boy will never grow up to be a Villain or an Everyman, although he may have Lapses.
Sooner or later, the Special Boy will experience a Rite of Passage. The Encounter with Destiny may be the Rite, or the Rite might be delayed (possibly taking the form of Defeating the Villain).
Until the Special Boy has had his Rite of Passage, he will be subject to doubts and may even Question his Faith. Once the Rite has happened, this is no longer a risk.
If the Villain killed the Special Boy’s parents, he will need to avenge their deaths, even if he never knew them.
The Special Boy can have a One True Love but he may not consummate that love until he Becomes a Man. Any displays of affection must be basically chaste.
The Special Boy believes in God.
Sunday, August 05, 2007