There’s been a buzz of discussion lately about overused character tropes in the fantasy genre—the orphan child fated to save the world; the lone wolf assassin; the hot-headed and reckless protagonist; elves who love trees and loathe dwarves.
It’s made for some incredibly insightful reading, allowing writers to see what readers are tiring of, potential pitfalls, and what areas of the genre could do with freshening up. I thought it’d be even more helpful to codify all of these opinions into a bit of easy-to-read research.
So what character tropes do you think are overused? I’ve kicked off the poll below with a few popular suggestions, but please share your own!
The poll will be open for a week or so and then I’ll set about compiling it all and analysing it.
Thanks for getting involved!