Frye's "Masterplot" and the "Theory of Modes"

Romance (Summer) Tragedy (Autumn) Comedy (Spring) Irony/Satire (Winter)
Conflict Catastrophe Triumph Disorder and Confusion


Protagonist's Power Mode Character Type
Superior in kind to humans and nature Myth Gods
Superior in degree to humans and nature Romance Heroes
Superior in degree to humans but not to nature Epic or tragedy Leaders
Equal to humans and of ordinary nature Comedy and realism Ordinary people
Inferior to humans and of inferior nature Irony Antiheroes