ByFour Corners Studios, writer at

In Kingsman: Secret Service, we meet Eggsy, a boy whose father died at a young age and whose mother has slipped into a low point in her life, looking much rougher than we had seen her at the beginning of the film. We know that Eggsy's father was a secret agent, a Kingsman, and that he couldn't have any of his exploits be known. Therefore, his death would have had no extraordinary explanation. A super spy, Harry, comes along and, after some scenes in which he kicks the ever-loving shit out of some thugs, recruits Eggsy and explains that he knew Eggsy's father.

In the original Star Wars (think 1970s), we meet Luke Skywalker, a humble rancher who lives with his aunt and uncle. We know vaguely that something happened to Luke's family to put him in this situation. Luke is an outcast, like Eggsy in Kingsman, and goes off to meet a former warrior, Ben Kenobi. Old Ben tells Luke that he knew his father and that they belonged to the same organization, the Jedi Order. However, something bad had happened that killed most of the Jedi and forced the remaining ones into hiding.

When Eggsy and Luke begin their training, they find that they have innate abilities that allow them to excel at becoming skilled warriors. Both of their fathers had been one of the best at their respective organizations, and this carries over to the two soon-to-be badasses. Upon abrupt completion of the training, with neither one fully becoming Kingsman or Jedi, the bad guys of the respective films appear and trap Eggsy's and Luke's mentors: Harry and Old Ben. Both seem to accept their fates moments before their death, Ben more than Harry, however.

You will be missed. R.I.P.
You will be missed. R.I.P.

With the mission unfinished and their mentors dead, Eggsy and Luke know that they must wrap up their training and pursue their new adversaries, alone now. They have only what their mentors had taught them in their short amounts of time together.

Both stories (and many, many others) are part of a type of narrative called The Hero's Journey. These types of stories follow a familiar, similar pattern, some more strictly than others. Twelve stages are identified in the typical Hero's Journey.

The first stage is the introduction of the ordinary world. We get to see Eggsy's and Luke's before they meet their mentors. Both appear to be living mundane, plain existences. Next, the second stage is the call to adventure. Eggsy and Luke discover a different world beyond their own. They are gripped by it and start to determine their path.

The third stage is the refusal of the call. This is generally brief, as was Luke's. Eggsy did not turn away from the adventure as much as his predecessor, however. The fourth is the meeting of the mentor, however this is out of order for our stories, as both heroes met their mentors much earlier in their respective films. At the end of the first act of the typical Hero's Journey, the protagonist decides to leave their old life for their new one, as our heroes did. This is always, and is in our chosen films, for the greater good.

Next, the hero is tested, villains arise, and the hero makes his plans for attack. Upon completion of saving the world, (or galaxies) he finds his reward (both princesses in each film. However, each hero deals with his princess differently. Eggsy dealt with his princess in the butt), and travels back home.

The hero is then free to return to... ranching and being poor, seeing as no one can ever know what they do. Wow, that's depressing.

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