Traditional ArchetypesIn modern times, researchers have been able to collect and compare the myths, legends, and religions of cultures from around the world. They have been fascinated to discover that for centuries, people who had no contact with each other at all had passed down stories whose characters and events were strikingly similar. Many great thinkers have tried to explain this phenomenon. Noted psychoanalyst Carl Jung introduced a theory that humans have a collective unconscious, which means that there is a store of information that we, as humans, somehow hold. This collection of information includes archetypes, or symbolic figures. Archetypes influence the way we think and behave, as people follow the same patterns throughout time and around the world.Archetypal CharacterDescriptionExamplesThe HeroA larger-than-life character that often goes on some kind of journey or quest. In the course ofhis journey, the hero demonstrates the qualities and abilities valued by his culture.