Stories & Characters

Holiday Characters - The TROJAN

The Godsend . The Performer . The Joker . The Martyr . The Sherpa . The Ligger . The Trojan . The Shirker . What's your type?

To help you form the perfect party and get a balance of personalities, we've drawn up a list of holiday archetypes. We've defined people by what they do or don't do. You may cringe at one or two and say hey, that's me. But secretly, we'd all like to know who and what we are. Don't worry, we're not about to subject you to Jungian psychoanalysis. For one, we're not qualified, and two, it's a bit deep for holidays. So, we promise to keep it light and have some fun. And if we strike a nerve, let's hope it's the funny bone.


The Trojan

Illustration by Paul Davis
If there's stuff to be done, The Trojan is there, uncomplaining, unrelenting. They have insane stamina and are usually the last one to bed, having polished off the bottle of wine (or malt whiskey if they're pedigree Trojan). They're also up early to do the washing up and get the coffee on. They have the strength of an ox, the patience of a tortoise and the heart of the lion. They can't sit still which may prove irritating if you're trying to unwind. They differ from The Martyr in that they do the work that needs to be done. He or she is a busy bee, an eager beaver, a workhorse and they're likened to animals incessantly. Career-wise, The Trojan can be a CEO before they're 30 or equally be an activist deep into their 70s. Given the right cause, they can alter the course of history.

Let's face it, you're The Shirker>

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