Archetypes List

This selection of over 350 archetypes includes major archetypes (in bold font) and the sub-archetypes that are similar to them. If you have additional archetypes you’d like to be considered for this list please list them in the comments below. If you have questions about archetypes on the list or how they are categorized, also please post your questions below.

This archetypes list is a work in progress and there are no hard and fast rules here. The main point is to keep track of the different archetypes I come across and keep them in some semblance of order. This is meant to help spark your imagination and encourage healthy discussion about what the archetypes are and how to define them.

The major archetypes are based in part, but not solely, on Caroline Myss’s deck of cards titled “Archetypes”. To learn more about selecting your personal archetypes see about working with me as your Archetypal Consultant.

ADDICT

Shopaholic, Workaholic, Glutton

ADVOCATE

Activist, Defender, Environmentalist, Hacktivist, Lobbyist, Protestor

ALCHEMIST

Magician, Scientist, Witch, Wizard, Spell-caster

ALIEN

Black Sheep, Freak, Outcast, Outsider, Wierdo

ANGEL

Fairy Godmother

ARTIST

Actor, Chef, Craftsperson, Creative, Dancer, Designer, Dramatist, Entertainer, Gardener, Herbalist, Landscaper, Muse, Musician, Painter, Photographer, Potterer, Sculptor, Seamstress, Singer/Bard, Sketch Artist, Weaver, Woodworker, Writer

ATHLETE

Coach, Olympian, Dancer

AVENGER

Attorney, Crime Fighter, Whistle-blower

BEGGAR

Bum, Free Loader, Homeless Person, Holy Beggar, Mooch, Vagabond

BULLY

Tyrant

CHILD

Abandoned Child, Adult Child, Bratty Child, Divine Child, Eternal Child, Golden Child, Innocent Child, Invisible Child, Magical Child, Nature Child, Orphan Child, Spoiled Child, Step Child, Wild Child, Wounded Child

COMPANION

Friend, Playmate, Sidekick, Right Arm, Consort

DAMSEL

Princess

DESTROYER

Spoiler

DETECTIVE

Double Agent, Investigator, Spy, Voyeur, Narc, Sleuth, Snoop

DILETTANTE

Amateur, Jack of All Trades, Renaisance Man/Woman

DON JUAN

Cassanova, Gigolo, Seducer, Sex Addict

ENGINEER

Accountant, Analyst, Architect, Builder, Designer, Geek, Schemer, Strategist

EXORCIST

Shaman

FAIRY

Elf, Leprechaun, Sprite

FATHER

Chief, Patriarch, Progenitor

FEMME FATALE

Enchantress, Flirt, Mistress, Provocateur, Seductress, Siren, Black Widow, Cougar

FOOL

Clown, Jester, Joker

GAMBLER

Dare Devil

GOD

Master, Diety

GODDESS

Diva, Gaia … There are countless goddesses in every pantheon – Greek, Roman, Hindu, Norse, Germanic, Celtic, and so on.

GOSSIP

GUIDE

Crone, Evangelist, Guru, Preacher, Sage, Spiritual Master, Wise Woman/Man

HEALER

Therapist, Wounded Healer, Counselor, Caregiver, Nurse

HEDONIST

Glutton, Gourmet, Party Animal

HERMIT

Curmudgeon, Frump, Recluse

JUDGE

Arbitrator, Critic

KING

Chief, Dictator, Emperor, Leader, Ruler

KNIGHT

LIBERATOR

Revolutionary

LOVER

Romantic

MARTYR

Scapegoat

MEDIATOR

Ambassador, Counselor, Diplomat, Middle Man

MENTOR

Advisor, Counselor, Master, Tutor

MESSIAH

Redeemer, Savior

MIDAS/MISER

Entrepreneur, Money Bags, Penny Pincher, Philanthropist

MONK/NUN

Ascetic, Celibate, Puritan, Solitary

MOTHER

Homemaker, Matriarch, Working Mom, Mr. Mom, Virgin Mother, Birth Mom, Adopted Mom, Mother Figure, Mother Nature, Helicopter Mom, Free-range Mom, Soccer Mom, Tiger Mom, Devouring Mother

MYSTIC

Renunciate

NARCISSIST

NETWORKER

Communicator, Courier, Hipster, Messenger, Herald

OPPRESSOR

Puppeteer

PERFECTIONIST

PIONEER

Doomsday Prepper, Homesteader, Innovator, Pilgrim, Settler, Inventor

POET

POLITICIAN

Bureaucrat, Charlatan

PREDATOR

Mass Murderer, Serial Killer, Terrorist

PRIEST/PRIESTESS

Evangelist, Minister, Preacher, Rabbi

PRINCE

PROSTITUTE

Pimp, Tramp

QUEEN

Empress

REBEL

Anarchist, Bad Boy, Black Sheep, Cowboy, Gangster, Hippie, Maverick, Nonconformist, Outcast, Outsider, Punk, Wierdo

RESCUER

SABOTEUR

Strategist

SAMARITAN

SCRIBE

Accountant, Copyist, Historian, Journalist, Secretary

SEEKER

Drifter, Explorer, Free Spirit, Gypsy, Nomad, Scout, Vagabond, Wanderer

SERVANT

Caregiver, Indentured Servant, Nurse

SHAMAN

Animal Whisperer, Witch Doctor

SHAPE-SHIFTER

SLAVE

Puppet, Robot

STORYTELLER

Minstrel, Narrator

STUDENT

Apprentice, Devotee, Disciple, Scholar

TEACHER

Expert, Instructor, Professor

THIEF

Con Artist, Crook, Hacker, Kleptomaniac, Pickpocket, Pirate, Robin Hood, Swindler

TRICKSTER

Provocateur

TWIN

VAMPIRE

Stalker

VICTIM

Coward, Prey

VIRGIN

VISIONARY

Clairvoyant, Dreamer, Intuitive, Medium, Oracle, Prophet, Psychic, Seer

WARRIOR

Amazonian Woman, Barbarian, Commander, Crime Fighter, General, Guardian, Gunslinger, Mercenary, Samurai, Sell Sword (Soldier of Fortune), Soldier

WIDOW

ZOMBIE

 

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