One of my most favorite fictional element is the Trickster. I like the trickster characters because well they are fun , entertaining , and mysterious characters. The trickster character is a global character figure throughout fiction. So who is the trickster in fiction?
Let’s go and explore a bit.
There are many architypes that writers use when we write our fiction. From Heroes, heroines, the sage magician , to the villain monster but we also use the trickster .
The trickster is exactly what is named for. A person who plays tricks or pranks on other people. Because of course we need a light entertainment comic in our very heavy , deep , emotional fictional stories.
The trickster even though they bring comic relief sometimes to the writers story are used sometimes as a hindrance to the main heroes of the story making their journey’s difficult but in the end they have helped the hero tremendously.
They are usually seen as the very smart and intelligently clever ones in the story that have a in my retrospect a sort ‘god complex’ but not in that way but in a ‘they know all secrets’ kind of way. That’s just my opinion though. I say this because tricksters in fiction defy all the rules that are supposed to be set up. They question everything. They just do whatever the hell they want. And most importantly they disrupt the hell out of the main characters and turn their already upside down world even more turbulent.
In many cultures they are the Gods of mischief left untouched by the cataclysms that happen in the stories.
Examples of famous tricksters in fiction from around the world
- The Cheshire Cat
In my work in progress novel During the Blue Hour, I use the raven as the trickster . The Raven is commonly known as the trickster in Native American culture and mythology.
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