Archetypes: Creator

If it can be imagined, it can be created.

This is the motto of the Creator, the Jungian archetype driven by the need to see dream become reality, while providing structure to the world. They are the great architects: the artists, the scientists, the gods and goddesses. Their mind is always questioning, tinkering, and entertaining new theorems. Ingenuity is their hallmark.

As I have mentioned in prior posts of this series, this collection of posts deals with the archetypes first put forth by psychiatrist Carl Jung, and the use of these archetypes in fiction. Every post deals with the motivations, character profiles, and Shadows (or negatives) of each archetype. This week continues the group known as the Soul types, which are defined by goals related to personal development, or agendas that serve to improve their spiritual, mental, or physical standing with the world. The Creator, driven by a need for progress, is today’s selection.



 The Creator

Also known as the artist, innovator, inventor, architect, musician, artist, and dreamer, the Creator is solely focused on examining the boundaries or our reality and perception. As a character, they often take the position of the well-meaning scientist, or savant artist.

The Creator carries an inexhaustible imagination, often excelling at their chosen vocation. When presenting as a mortal character in a reality-based world, he is often portrayed as a man ahead of his time. There are often better examples of this archetype in the real world (Galileo, Einstein, Mozart, Steve Jobs) than in fiction!

Mediocrity is the Creator’s worst fear. Whether this result comes from concept or execution doesn’t matter. The creator wishes to be an authentic voice in a world of white noise. They gain rivals easily, answering those challenges with innovation in their work, and their personal outlook.

The Creator, however, has no shortage of a Shadow. Often given to starting multiple projects but finishing none, or abandoning morality for the sake of their craft, they can be taxing on other people for their insensitivity. Because of their genius, the Creator often tends to play god, allowing the end to justify the means, and deciding what is best for the masses without consulting outside opinion. Many a tormented villain began life as the over-eager, excitable, and impulsive Creator.


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27 thoughts on “Archetypes: Creator

    1. Have you seen the recent YouTube videos of Adult Wednesday Addams? They’re quite charming, in that Addams Family way. 🙂


  1. It wasn’t hard for me to spot my primary desirable character trait (a search for authentic voice). As for the shadow, that business of starting multiple projects is familiar, even if it takes place only in my head.

    I need to watch “Back to the Future” again. That was such fun.

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    1. Yes, I should go back and watch a lot of these movies again. But as I was writing this one, I definitely had a sense of “Yeah… this sounds too familiar for comfort!” 😉

      Interestingly, and this didn’t make it into the blog post, but you reminded me, another aspect of the shadow is that the Creator can use his ingenuity as a distraction from self-reflection. I found that a really fascinating element. For example, the genius using his quest for time travel to avoid recognizing grief.


  2. These archetype posts are really neat, Alex. I’m more familiar with the Myers Briggs Personality Types than Jung’s examples (I learned about the former and not the latter in college), but I can see little bits of crossover. It makes me wonder which Jung archetypes the characters for my own WIP would fall under. Do you know of any websites or online tests that go into more detail?

    On a separate note: I LOVED Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Home Alone when I was a kid! *lol*

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    1. Myers Briggs was based on Jung, so it’s not surprising you’re more familiar with that (it’s also more scientifically sound, haha.) is useful if you want to take a test, but don’t bother with the newsletter. 😛 I may try to make up a worksheet for “divining” which slot a character fits in when I finish the series…. only four more to go! Some sort of flow chart, maybe. 🙂

      Note: Me too! Now I kinda want to watch Honey again. 😀

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  3. Ooh, thanks to Twitter (Sarah Z) for my finding this. Yours is an excellent shorthand go to about the archetypes. Thanks for putting this out there and all the work you did to compile it. Going to get to the other ones.

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  4. I think, in terms of character, the creator is my favourite to work with. I love the eccentricity, the way they shape and influence a story. It’s a great deal of fun. You chose some excellent examples. I really enjoyed your breakdown of this archetype. Thanks 😀

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    1. Thanks so much, Melissa! (BTW, love your new avatar!)

      Creators are definitely fun to work with. They have a lot of personality that really can’t be contained. Makes it fun to write what’s going on in their heads.

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    1. Yeah, I kept wondering where all of my characters were (besides the Outlaw) and finally found them here. 😉 Hoping to see a couple more in the last four!

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    1. Yeah, it’s certainly the one I connected with. But then again, we are both creative types, so it’s not so hard to imagine!


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