From Wikipedia: "An archetype is an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated; a symbol universally recognized by all. In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior." Do you find archetypes unintentionally surfacing in your characters? For example, the wise old mentor, the innocent orphan, the brooding antihero, etc. Do you like to use archetypes as a starting point for character characters, or do you like to play with them? Do you find your own archetypes in your characters? I.e., for some weird reason, almost every set of characters I have has a strong, stoic female warrior and an intelligent, manipulative, morally gray male sorcerer/trickster, who almost always have a conflicted romantic relationship. Is there a difference between archetypes and stereotypes or stock characters or can these words be used interchangeably?