I watched the Creed and Rocky films and I was wondering what kind of hero archetype (classic, anti, byronic) Rocky Balboa fits into.

I'm guessing it's probably classic/traditional hero since he has courage and strength. He's not an anti-hero or a Byronic hero, but there are a few moments where he shows that. So which hero archetype does Rocky fit?

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    Clearly he's an underdog.
    – Paulie_D
    Apr 24, 2021 at 19:25
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    Underdog being said, character complexity can not be described by a single archetypal word. Apr 25, 2021 at 23:17

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I'd classify Balboa as an "Everyman Hero". He doesn't really possess any great abilities, he's not even really that great of a fighter, but what he does possess is something he said to his son in the Balboa movie; the drive to keep getting up and keep moving forward when every enemy was beating him down.

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