I Love It When An Archetype Comes Together #2


In the previous episode, I claimed that there were deep parallels between the A-Team, The Three Musketeers, and Monkey.

I had suspected this for some time. But it clicked with me after reading a book called King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. In it, the authors examine “the four mature archtypes: the King (energy of creative ordering), the Warrior (energy of non-violent aggressive action), the Magician (energy of initiation and transformation) and the Lover (energy to connect men to others and the world).”

Think of an archetype as an ideal model that is hardwired into the human brain. They find expression in art and literature, or now, perhaps most noticably, in films. For instance, is that ‘wise mentor‘ figure Obi-Wan to Luke, Dumbledore to Harry, or Morpheus to Neo, or Mr Miyagi to the Karate Kid?

So, taking the four basic archetypes offer by Moore and Gillette, let’s see what we can do.

  • King – Hannibal, Athos, Tripitaka (Arthur, Aragorn)
  • Warrior – BA, D’Artagnan, Monkey (Galahad, Boromir)
  • Magician – Murdock, Aramis, Sandy (Merlin, Gandalf)
  • Lover – Face, Porthos, Pigsy (Lancelot, Sam)

Some of these might seem a little arbitrary, I know. But I can justify each classification to my own satisfaction. How? All you have to do is ask.

(To be continued…)