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Career Ideas For The Wise Old Character Stereotype In Stories

For some reason, every hero and heroine in a story has a Obi Wan Kenobi figure to guide them, and this character is usually older and wiser, although there are instances when unnaturally smart children are also used as guides (they are not portrayed as wise however, they are usually simply intelligent). But a guide cannot appear out of nowhere, and they require a back story and career to fit in with the story. Here are some suggestions of careers that the wise old bird stereotype can engage in, in your story:

The Ultimate Guide – A Teacher
As the first authorial figure we meet in a learning environment, the figure of a teacher is embedded in our subconscious as the ultimate guide. Teachers exist to teach and give advice, whether solicited or not. Therefore they make the perfect career for someone who is supposed to be a mentor for your hero or heroine, check this medical centre in Melbourne CBD. It would look even better if you have already introduced the teacher in minor capacity and is now trotting him or her out again in a bigger role, especially if the timing makes sense. There is an air of infinite wisdom about teacher-figures that bode well for any hero or heroine in a story.

A Healer of Some Sort
Depending on the setting of your story, your ‘healer’ can be a medical practitioner like a surgeon, a natural healer using herbs and potions, or a faith healer who has the magical ability to do so, click here for travel vaccinations.

The interesting factor here is that as a society, we tend to put our faith and our lives in the hands of healers, no matter how young they are, therefore a medical practitioner in any capacity will be an excellent choice for the hero and heroine to follow. Again, the character will have more weight if they are older and more experienced, but there is nothing like accidental guidance or advice from a younger character to get the plot moving forward so you have a choice.

A Pillar of the Community
Not every mentor stereotype is a healer or a teacher. Some of them are simply average people who mind their own business but are respected in their community for various reasons. It can be an authority figure like a law enforcement official, a mayor or a nobleman or woman; it can be an elderly member of an advisory council; or it can be a wealthy person who by virtue of his or her determination and perseverance, managed to well for themselves. Whatever gives the weight of authority to their voices and opinions will be a good choice for the hero/heroine character as well.

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