Every role playing genre has a set of character archetypes to help players come up with characters. In fantasy role playing games most players look towards JRR Tolkien's LoTR character archetypes. In Superhero role playing games players use Marvel and DC comic book characters as character archetypes. Science Fiction also has character archetypes.
- Engineer/Fixer/Gadgeteer - There are many examples of this archetype in Science Fiction, Mr. Scott from Star Trek, Kaywinnet Lee "Kaylee" Frye from Firefly, Barnard "Barry" Collier from the Mission Impossible TV show, and MacGyver. These kinds of characters are absolutely necessary in a Science Fiction campaign because everyone is very dependent on technology to survive.
- Healer - There are many examples of healers and doctors in the science fiction, for example the doctors in Star Trek, Simon Tam from Firefly, Dr. Stephen Franklin from Babylon 5, and even mystic healers.
- Mystics - In the Dawn of the Third Age Of Man, there are three types of mystics. Those who are Telepaths, Technomages, or Rangers.
- Examples of Telepaths include Alfred Bester, Byron Gordon, and Lyta Alexander who are very powerful telepaths. Lyta Alexander was genetically modified by the Vorlon. A PsiCorp commercial used to recruit young telepaths. What most telepaths do for a living - help with commercial negotiations.
- Examples of Technomages include Galen, Isabelle, and Burrell. Here are some videos that show how technomages operate First encounter with Technomage with members of the B5 crew. Lando Mollari's encounter with a Technomage. Galen talking to a 'dead' technomage. Galen using Dream Speak with Sheridan.
- An examples of a Ranger is Marcus Cole. A few scenes with him in action. Beginning of an honorable fight between a Minbari Warrior and Marcus. Marcus in a bar room brawl.
- Spy/Rogue/"Face Person" - There are many examples of this archetypes in Science Fiction. Han Solo and Jango Fett from Star Wars; James Bolivar diGriz from Stainless Steel Rat book series; Rollin Hand from Mission Impossible TV series; and Number 6 from the Prisoner TV series.
- Transport Specialist - Having someone who can get into virtually any machine and be able to drive or fly it is going to be important. Hot shot pilot/driver is going to be a useful skill to have. Although it is unlikely the team will have their own space craft they may need to fly spacecrafts and other vehicles as part of their missions. Lt. Sulu and Tom Paris from Star Trek; Han Solo from Star Wars; Starbuck and Apollo from the Battlestar Galactica (from either TV series); and even Howling Mad Murdock from the A-Team.