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Surviving Summer

Surviving Summer is an Australian teen drama television series that premiered on June 3, 2022, on Netflix. The first season consists of 10 episodes.

Expelled from school and exiled to Australia, a rebel New York teen makes waves among a young surfer's inner circle - and leaves a mess in her wake.

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12 Character Archetypes

An archetype is defined as “a very typical example of a certain person or thing” or “a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology.”

Renowned psychologist, Carl Jung used the concept of archetype in his theory on the human psyche. He believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over. Archetypes represent fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolved; consequentially, they evoke deep emotions. ‚Äč


In storytelling as well as branding, character archetypes are used to create and emotional connection between the audience and the subject. Larger-than-life characters like Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones, and Spider-Man all invoke powerful character archetypes that humanizes them in structured memorable ways.  

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Archetypes Overview

The Innocent

"Free to be you and me" is the innocent's motto. They are the young, free, and virgin. They desire nothing but bliss and paradise and are often ignorant to the darker side of life. 

The Explorer

This character archetype inspires travel in us all. They despise boundaries and can't be fenced in. They desire the freedom to discover themselves by traveling the world.

The Mentor

Also known as the mentor, sages are luminary characters meaning they often bring truth and light to situations. They seek the truth and nothing but, making them great judges and guides.

The Artist

Artists, musicians, writers, builders, and craftsmen are all fine examples the creator archetype. They value their imagination and seek to build lasting value. If they could imagine it, they could build it. Creator brands include Legos, Adobe, Apple, and Crayola.

The Caregiver

Mother Teresa, The Red Cross, and Mary Poppins exemplify the caregiver whose motto is the Golden Rule; Love your neighbors as yourself. They're selfless and desire to help and protect the weak and needy.

The Ruler

It's not hard to identify a ruler archetype. They care about one thing and one thing only; Power. Whether they weld that power with kindness and compassion or with an iron fist is up totally up to them. 

The Joker

The jester is undoubtedly the most fun and easy going of all archetype. If they can't enjoy the moment with full enjoyment, they want nothing to do with it. Famous jesters identities include Tigger from Winnie The Pooh, Skittles, M&M's and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

The Orphan

This archetype isn't particularly grand or spectacular but they're relatable. They desire growth and connection and believe all that men and women were create equal. They may seem humble and lack confidence but this archetype is persistent and unwavering.

The Lover

The lover archetype exists in us all. They desire worldly pleasures and intimate experiences. The lovers motto it "I only have eyes for you." But beware, with every character there is a shadow. The seductress uses temptations  and allure to create control.

The Hero

The warrior is often admired for their heroism and willingness to overcome adversity. They desire to prove one's worth by their courageous and difficult actions. Warrior brands include Nike, Under Armor, and The Marines. 

The Rebel

Rules are meant to be broken. This is the motto of the outlaw and rebel. They seek revenge and revolution and are often the catalyst for change. Famous outlaws and rebels include Steve Jobs, Robin Hood, Howard Stern, and Harley Davidson.

The Magician

The magicians are the most wonderful character archetypes of them all. Knowledge of the universe's wonders are their core desires. "It can happen" and "order out of chaos" are their mottos. They are the masters of the universe. Think, Disney, Sherlock Holmes, and Marvel.