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The archetype for the characters that possess or have traits of the Occultist. Variation of The Magician and Scientist. Not to be confused with just Occultism.

Also Called

  • The Practitioner
  • The Supernatural Researcher


As an archetype, The Occultist is a powerful sorcerer or sorceress, witch, warlock and wizard, or even a normal human practitioner that has studied occultism; the study of the supernatural, the mystic arts, sorcery, alchemy, astrology, séances, folklore and mythology. These studies of occultism are considered taboo and can lead the archetype into the forbidden arts in various circles. Mostly these types of archetypes are always considered neutral, but on the darker side given the nature of their studies, however on occasions this is not always the case and they can become extremely corrupted by what they learn.

Associated Powers




  • Mortality
  • May be limited in knowledge.
  • Some known knowledge may be considered forbidden.
  • May accidentaly gain the attention of certain beings.
  • Ignorance may lead to disastrous consequences.
  • The Dark Arts may prove to be troublesome or tempting.
  • Mystic Human Physiology may be superior.
  • Takes study and time to be considered this archetype.

Example Characters

See Also: Occult Detective and Seeker


  • Aleister Crowley (A Certain Magical Index)
  • Zeref Dragneel (Fairy Tail)


  • Doctor Stephen Strange/Sorcerer Supreme (Marvel Comics)
  • Felix Faust (DC Comics)
  • Willoughby Kipling (DC Comics)
  • Zatanna Zatara (DC Comics)
  • John Constantine (DC/Vertigo Comics)


  • Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)

Live Television/Movies

  • John Constantine (Arrowverse)
  • Lionel Hawkins (Ash vs the Evil Dead)
  • Raymond Knowby (Ash vs the Evil Dead)
  • Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • John Constantine (Constantine Film)
  • Willoughby Kipling (Doom Patrol)
  • Ivo Shandor (Ghostbusters); mentioned only.
  • Bobby Singer (Supernatural)
  • Isla, the Occultist (The Conjuring 3; The Devil Made Me Do It)

Video Games

  • Ivo Shandor (Ghostbusters)