Learn all about the champion archetype, including definition, characteristics, examples and how it relates to the Hero archetype.
What is the Champion Archetype?
The archetypal Champion is a peaceful warrior who is imbued with the strength, power and skill needed to lead others.
They can empower other people to act for themselves, protect them from danger and act as an example for them by their feats of strength and endurance.
Contrary to some other archetypes, they lead and help others not through a desire for their own aggrandisement or for power, but because doing so is their passion and motivation in life.
They find fulfilment in life through a sense of duty to the greater good of society and their ability to empower others rather than in raising themselves up over others.
Champion Archetype Characteristics & Traits
- The archetypal Champion is an idealist.
- They are compelled by their idealism to be champions for the causes they believe in, with the exuberance and commitment proving to be inspiring to others around them.
- Others recognise the authenticity in their commitment to the things they do and causes they champion and are encouraged to act in a similar way as a result.
- Champions are emotionally expressive and become overtly passionate about the things that motivate them.
- They look for original experiences and the opportunity to experience new things in life, often setting out on new journeys in order achieve fulfilment.
- If they feel that their life is becoming boring or stale, without a new challenge for them to work towards, then they can become depressed as a result.
- Champions are excellent communicators and enjoy the company of other people.
- They can make excellent use of their interpersonal skills to inspire others, maintaining wide personal networks of family and friends as well as professional contacts.
- They are able to foster inclusive, collaborative relationships, allowing others to have a voice and expressive themselves in a constructive manner for the benefit of the greater good.
- They enjoy exploring the world in a collaborative and interconnected manner, able to see the potential opportunities which this approach holds.
Champion Archetype Examples
An example of the archetypal champion includes the lead singer of U2, Bono. Whilst Bono has achieved immense personal success with his band he has made genuine attempts over the years to turn this personal wealth and appeal to use for greater good.
He has extensive efforts in fundraising and campaigning for causes such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, civil rights, Fair Trade, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and the peace process in Northern Ireland.
He has been widely praised for his efforts, including being given an honourary Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II and being made a Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour of France, as well as inspiring thousands of U2 fans around the world to take up the same causes.
Further reading on the champion archetype includes:
- The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive – by James A. Afremow (Author), Jim Craig (Foreword)
- How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life – by Dr. Bob Rotella and Bob Cullen
- Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters – by Andrew Bernstein