Surrounded by light, Osiris walks [progress] across the earth carrying transformation and wisdom wherever he goes. He illuminates all he comes into contact with.  He is the divine child and the divine consort.  Killed by his own brother, he relied on his sister Isis to resurrect him.  He loves humans so much that he sacrifices himself every year, giving the earth his body in winter and being reborn again in spring.  He is life and death.


The Messiah is the archetype of androgyny*. Both the male and female version of this archetype are identical except for the fact that the male preaches and shows the way to love and enlightenment while the female is the way to love and enlightenment.

The Male Messiah archetype can also contain any of the other archetypes, which will help him to achieve his goals in this lifetime. For example, William Wallace (Mel Gibson) in Braveheart is a savior of his people who embodies the Ares/Protector archetype to go to war and achieve his goal of freedom.

Also, the Male Messiah may not know of his connection to the Divine, but he may just be driven to accomplish something important. In this respect he isn’t working on a spiritual goal.  It seems his whole life is for one purpose and that purpose affects the lives of thousands of people.  Think of Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) in The Insider, who gives up his wife, his children and his career to fight the big tobacco companies.  He may have been reluctant at first, but soon he realizes this is the reason he was born.  He stands up, changes lives and finds his life purpose.

The Male messiah has the ability to see the whole picture when it comes to problems. He never jumps to conclusions or gets involved in the gossip or drama of everyday life.

He respects all religions and belief systems. He gives freely of himself because he knows what he puts out comes back to him threefold.

The Male Messiah is more accepted by the masses as a spiritual authority figure because of his gender. He has the opportunity and ability to speak out and be active about his views.  But as a male he may be looked down upon if his message is about the feminine trait of love and compassion.

What Does the Male Messiah Care About?

  • Being born male, the Male Messiah doesn’t have firsthand knowledge about the inequalities that exist in the world, but if he is of a minority race he’ll learn this lesson quickly and be concerned with creating harmony among all people – think of Malcom X.
  • He cares about himself as well as others. Every living thing is a manifestation of the Divine to him.
  • He cares about others recognizing their own divine nature, and he wants to teach others how to become like him.
  • He reveres healing the soul above healing the body. He can’t take away the pain of another who needs to learn from his experience even though he may be a gifted healer.
  • He may not realize his Divine connections but be born with a strong pull toward a goal and a willingness to sacrifice himself for it.

What Does the Male Messiah Fear?

  • The Male Messiah fears people will be led astray by those on the wrong path, or by their own desire to please the senses or dull the senses with mind-numbing activities.
  • He fears he won’t be taken seriously and his message will be devalued.
  • He fears he’ll run out of time to fulfill his mission or that he’ll have to watch others suffer.

What Motivates the Male Messiah?

  • The aesthetic need to be connected to something greater than himself motivates him as well as his pursuit to give and receive unconditional love.
  • He must battle his demons to maintain his connection to the Divine. He must face temptation and hold fast to his beliefs.
  • His sense of purpose is so strong he can do nothing else but reach his goal.

How Do Others See the Male Messiah?

  • Others see him as either good or bad; there is no in-between. he may be accused of starting a cult.,
  • Many view him as either idealistic, crazy and on a power trip, or as divine, wise and giving.
  • Many are jealous of his connection with the Divine, especially clergy who feel entitled to such a thing. Think of Jesus and his connection to God, which led him to be crucified by his own people.

Developing the Character Arc

The Male Messiah doesn’t necessarily change in his character arc but instead grows stronger through his fears.

Look at your character’s main goal in the story and then at the fears you’ve selected to use against him. What does he need to learn to help him overcome his fear?  Does he need to learn to be centered in a crowd of angry people?  Does he need to face ridicule?  Does he need to sacrifice his sense of self to find God?

Very often the Male Messiah needs to learn to let go of the outcome of events and trust the spirit who guides him. He needs to stick to his conventions and fully believe in himself no matter the outcome.

He needs to face his accusers and his own doubts. He needs to stand tall in the face of adversity and attack.  He must strongly believe in himself to survive in the long run.

When did his goals and views become strong in his life and why? Were his parents spiritual people?  Was he actively involved in religion as a child?  Did he speak out for the injustices other kids at school suffered?

Most likely this archetype will help other characters to grow instead of growing himself.

  • He may find companionship with the Mystic.
  • And laughter with the Fool.
  • The Businessman can be a great challenge for him.
  • The Warlock can be a great adversary.

The Villainous Side of the Male Messiah: The Punisher

The Male Messiah isn’t really a villain in the sense of being out for his own gain and desires. He’s a villain in the sense of protecting the highest good for all.  As the Punisher he’ll curse the man who has “fallen” to teach him a lesson.  He wants to break the man’s ego.  He’ll kill the man’s spirit to transform him into his image.

He may try to justify himself to others but they’ll never fully understand his power or the burden he carries. They view his reprimands as harsh and uncaring.  Many will leave his side, unable to follow his rules and treatment.  Meditating six hours a day seems harsh and silly to most; to the Punisher it’s a necessary step to advance.  He feels his word is law.


  • Gives harsh criticism to his followers.
  • Will curse a man to teach him a lesson.
  • Wants to break others’ egos and spirits.
  • Feels his word is law.
  • Won’t try to reassure others or play favorites.
  • Feels the pain of transformation is necessary.
  • Pushes people beyond their limits.



  • Questions authority.
  • Is disciplined.
  • Has a healthy sense of who he is.
  • Stands up for his belief system to pull him through tough times.
  • Is willing to sacrifice himself for the good of all.
  • Renounces material possessions.
  • Has an inner strength that never dies.


  • Needs to learn about the inequalities in the world.
  • Is strong willed.
  • Tells people the truth even if it’s harsh.
  • Pushes people beyond their limits to help them grow.



Messiah/Punisher TV Heroes

Jonathan Smith (Michael Landon) in Highway to Heaven

Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) in 7th Heaven


Messiah/Punisher Film Heroes

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamil) in Star Wars

Jefffrey Wigand (Russell Crow) in The Insider

David Dunn (Bruce Willis) in Unbreakable

Neo (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix

Francesco (Michey Rourke) in Francesco

Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) in Citizen Kane


Messiah/Punisher Literary and Historical Heroes



Robin Hood


William Wallace

Malcom X

Martin Luther King


Jesus in Paradise Lost by Milton

Paul Atreides in Dune by Frank Herbert


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