April Fool’s Day is the perfect occasion to meet some Tricksters. You know these characters.
Tricksters take the plot in unexpected directions, speak truth to power, puncture blowhards, and defuse tension. Tricksters can be friends or enemies, wise-but-foolish mentors, allies, sidekicks, or love interests.
And of course, tricksters don’t have to be human.
The Trickster is just one of several classic character archetypes that speak to the human experience—even when they’re not human. Understanding archetypes, and the hero’s journey they inhabit, can be a helpful way of understanding storytelling. Many writers discover that they’ve created archetypal characters without even knowing it.
Learn more about character archetypes and the hero’s journey here:
The Eight Character Archetypes of the Hero’s Journey on Mythcreants
Archetypal Character on the TV Tropes wiki
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler (a book well worth the investment)
HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY! And April Fool’s Day is an appropriate date for the launch of the trickster Pigeon’s newest book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath, available today (no fooling!). (Mo Willems doesn’t know me, but we share an agency. Hello, Mo!)
Tricksters LOVE arguments, so if you think some of the characters listed here aren’t true tricksters, say so in the comments! Or, name your own favorite trickster characters.