Ancient archetype. The Tester appears in many stories though rarely as a major figure, because he usually has the function of providing the hero with one of the first tests or obstacles on the story journey. As such, the Tester is not truly antagonistic, though he may have been sent by that force. He is likely to appear after the hero is commited to the story journey, and probably before the pivotal midpoint. Famous Testers: Any of the twelve Heracles had to deal with. See Archetypes.

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