The Creator Archetype
"If it can be imagined, it can be created"
These characters have artistic vision and focus on creativity and the imagination. They seek to innovate and craft something new. Their ultimate aim is perfection. They are actors, life givers artists.
If their dark side emerges they become the embodiment of an overly dramatic, soap opera in which they star. When they go too far a minor incident can become an emergency and a compliment can be taken as a serious insult. They may become completely self-obsessed, completely obsessed with their creation or obsessed with a rival who is more successful than they are.
Mozart in the film Amadeus is a creator who risks slipping to the dark side while his chief adversary, Antonio Salieri, is the obsessive shadow to the great composer. In myths we find Shen-nung (Chinese mythology), Ptah (Egyptian god) and Galatea (Greek myth). Daedalus, the mythical architect, sculpture and inventor, built the tortuous labyrinth. Then he constructed wings to fly to safety when he was imprisoned in his own creation. Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) in The Bridge on the River Kwai is a creator driven to obsession by his creation, who slips to his dark side and eventually destroys his own creation.
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