A little deviation from my usual political and societal topics. Since I make heroes of my own, I've had my own musings about the topic. Here's my own hero archetypes based on the hero's place in the story and origins.
1. The Outsider/Newcomer - A new guy from out of town that no one knows, may know or not know what's happening, and plunges into the conflict (my favorite type). Westerns often had this type of cowboy hero. Same with the A-Team.
2. Familiar Face - Already known to enemies or many other characters in the story, though is already a hero from the start, even in the history or flashbacks.
3. Made by the Enemy - Was given powers by the villain, although they escaped and remained good. Good example is Kamen Rider.
4. Rebel Returnee - Was once part of the enemy forces, but defected. Not necessarily the same as Made by the Enemy. Can be one who wants to redeem himself.
5. Champion - Hero chosen by destiny, given a magic sword or powers by a benefactor. Could have been preordained.
6. Secret hero - Part of the locality or town, but upon getting powers or items, decided to take upon a hero persona with a secret identity to perform their heroic acts. Typical of superheroes like Spider Man and Batman.
1. Accidental - Got their powers or items by accident. Like Spider Man.
2. Self-made - They made their own powers, like Iron Man (Again, my favorite type).
3. Inborn - They were powered from birth, like Superman.
4. Bestowed - Like the Champion above, there were assigned to be the heroes by others. Like He-Man.
I also have another opinion: the nicest heroes for me deviate from the Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell. They offer something different.
I just need to work on explaining this, but later on.