2) His [mortal] father is a king, and
3) Often a near relative of his mother, but
4) The circumstances of his conception are unusual, and
5) He is also reputed to be the son of a god
6) At birth an attempt is made, usually by his father or his maternal grandfather, to kill him, but
7) He is spirited away, and
8) Reared by foster parents in a far country
9) We are told nothing of his childhood, but
10) On reaching manhood he returns or goes to his future kingdom
11) After victory over the king and/or a giant, dragon or wild beast
12) he marries a princess, often the daughter of his predecessor, and
13) becomes king.
14) For a while he reigns uneventfully, and
15) Prescribes laws, but
16) Later he loses favor with his subjects and/or the gods, and
17) Is driven from the throne and city, after which
18) He meets with a mysterious death
19) Often at the top of a hill
20) His children, if any, do not succeed him
21) His body is not buried, but, nevertheless
22) He has one or more holy sepulchres.
*according to Lord Raglan, The Hero (New York, 1954) 174-175.