6 Archetype Pairings that occur more frequently than others
Damsel in Distress + Charmer
The hero puts his charm to good use, consoling and winning over his rescued damsel. Even though the hero isn’t as much of an “alpha”, nor is he a brooder or a bad boy, he still fights to protect the heroine.
Damsel in Distress + Ruler
This pairing has been around since the origins of fairy tales. The heroine discovers that her dashing rescuer is a ruler, who sweeps her away to be his queen.
Female Warrior + Beast
The fierce heroine, who’s a better fighter than most men she knows, meets her match in a hero who’s more dangerous than she is. When she fights the relationship, he’s frustrated at first, physically overpowers her, but eventually admires her strength and ferocity.
Female Warrior + Ruler
The most feminist-bent pairing of the bunch. Oftentimes the rulers come from a species/society in which the men rule or are at least physically superior to their female counterparts. When the ruler falls for a woman who contests his notions of what females can and cannot do, there’s significant head-butting in the relationship. The fighting female isn’t what the ruler had imagined in a mate. Making her his queen causes some political or social upset.
Translator + Neanderthal
The articulate or socially adept woman is matched to the male who communicates through grunts and sex. This pairing offers tons of relationship tension and character development.
Translator + Ruler
The female archetype of the translator is almost the ideal archetype for the ruler. If she can interpret or better understand his culture/society, she’s a better candidate as his co-ruler.