He is Victor Frankenstein. He is Henry Jekyll. He is Edward Mobius.
The Scientist is usually male, though the Scientist can be female.
In the Scientist's own eyes, his work is always for the Greater Good. He believes himself selfless. He is arrogant, though he clothes himself in modesty.
He secretly relishes the fame his success will bring him. He honestly believes he is in fact The Hero. Yet he loudly proclaims his own humbleness.
The Scientist is not crazy or power hungry. His Quest is not for domination. His Quest is not for power or riches. He is not a Mad Scientist, nor is he an Evil Genius.
The Scientist is not good; the scientist is not evil. The Scientist is focused on achieving his goal and success and nothing else.
Obstacles to his goal will be swept aside by his brilliance. Side-effects are unlikely or impossible.
The Scientist never achieves his goal. The Scientist always succumbs to his Great Mistake.
In the instant of his Great Mistake, the Scientist realizes nobody should pry so deeply into the Great Mysteries.
Though the Scientist is not evil, his Great Mistake creates Evil.
The Scientist is all the reasons we should remain ignorant for Our Own Good.
The Scientist is always ultimately destroyed by his Great Mistake.
He finds atonement only through self-sacrifice, helping The Hero stop the Mistake.
The Scientist is functionally celibate; he is not a family man, even when he has a family.
The Scientist is often the father of the Hero's One True Love.
The Scientist does not worship God. God is either superstition, or the Ultimate Mystery; in neither case does God deserve the Scientist's worship.
At the instant of his Great Mistake, the Scientist realizes God has always been there and that the Great Mistake is attempting to usurp God.
This post has been contributed by Arturo Magidin. Arturo is a mathematician living in Louisiana. If there were such an archetype, he would be The Reader.