Saturday, 6 July 2013

Classic Fantasy Archetypes Hidden in Children’s Television

In the 80’s TSR made a valiant effort to draw kids into the world of role-playing through children's television.


I was a product of that effort, and enjoyed many glorious years of dungeon-bashing. But kids these days are a hard sell. They are hooked on soulless computer games and impersonal fantasy gaming consoles that are a mere shadow of the glory of table-top gaming.

So it is that in the modern day a new initiative has been implemented – to subtly write D&D character archetypes into mainstream children’s entertainment with the aims of subliminally drawing viewers back to the traditional fantasy tropes.

Here are a few that you may not have noticed.