Archetypes are models for characters that describe the basic pattern of traits they have. This can be very useful, as you only need a small amount of description to evoke a full picture in the reader's mind.

However, be careful not to let your characters go from being patterned on archetypes to becoming flat, stereotyped characters. Real people and realistic characters may have all of the characteristics of an archetype, but they will also have characteristics that are not described at all within the archetype.

Vague prompt: In 500 words, depict a character archetype. Focus on creating a well-rounded character with unique characteristics, but stay true to the archetype.

Specific prompt: Rannar fits the archetype of the masculine, elite warrior. He also loves music. Write a scene that depicts both the archetypical characteristics of a warrior and the unique love of music.