The 7 Seduction Archetypes



In his popular book The Art of Seduction Robert Greene claims that there a nine seducer types in the world, each with their own particular character trait that comes from deep within and creates a seductive pull.

Each one of us should ideally fit into at least one of these types if we want to be successful at attracting beautiful women. I remember when I first read the list of types. I was shocked at how perfectly all of my friends fit into one of the descriptions.

The purpose of knowing each type is to discover which type you recognize a part of in yourself. This is the key to developing your powers of attraction. Once you know what character you are you can build upon your strengths and take your natural qualities further. Once you have cultivated your dominant character trait, adding some art to what nature has given you, you can develop a second or third trait, adding depth and mystery to your persona.

The 7 Seductive Characters

The rake

The rake is a female fantasy figure. Most girls will never admit to being attracted to a rake… but when he turns his attention on them… few will decline his invitation. The rake is usually someone who indulges in all of life’s pleasures. Whether its booze, gambling, drugs, or promiscuity he is always indulging himself. His biggest addiction is women. He can’t control himself around them. He loves each and every one of them. He is a connoisseur of women.

A rake will act towards girls in a completely AFC manner. He will treat them like they are the most special girl in the entire world. He never hides his intention. And most girls already know his intention. They’ve heard the stories about his conquests. They probably know another girl he has screwed over… but each girl thinks that they will be the one to finally tame him.

But a rake can’t be tamed.

Modern examples: Jason Stackhouse , Tommy Lee, John Mayer

The Ideal Lover

Since they day a girl is born she begins to imagine her night in shining armor. But as a girl grows up, she begins to give up on the idea that this man exists.

The ideal lover plays the part of this man. He comes along and offers the disenfranchised woman romance, adventure, and spiritual communion. He reflects her fantasy.

He is a master at seducing a woman by appealing to her higher self. He has the ability to carefully reconstruct a woman to discover the exact role she longs for a man to play in her life.

Modern example: Jon Bon Jovi,

The Dandy

seductive-charactersThe dandy attracts a woman by being ambiguous. He doesn’t fit the stereotypically masculine ideal. He can’t be categorized. He clearly likes women, but gives off a homesexual vibe to most that encounter him. He even seems to indulge in that vibe.

The dandy fashions his image to be a bit mysterious by going above and beyond merely metrosexual. They are completely conscious of their image at all times, and even seem to be more interested in themselves then the women they are seducing. They don’t really seem to care so much about other people.

But the true key to the dandy is their ambiguity. They are both masculine and feminine, disinterested and charming, subtle and outrageous. The inability to categorizes them stirs a strong desire in women.

Modern examples:  David Bowie,

The Natural

The natural attracts women by transporting a woman to a more innocent time. A natural makes you feel at ease.

A natural has preserved his childish traits that most people lose in adulthood. They are not immature like a child, but instead share a child’s wide eyed spirit, their spontaneity, sincerity, and unpretentiousness. These are all refreshing characteristics in a world of people that become increasingly stuffier with age.

Modern examples: Owen Wilson

The Coquette

Don Draper knows, too

Don Draper knows, too

The coquette uses the power of push/pull, hot/cold, and cat on a string theory to the extreme. They have the ability to trap people emotionally by refusing to ever commit themselves fully.

Croquettes are essentially cold and distant creatures, with a sense of detachment at their inner core. They give you a little bit of attention and then swiftly take it away… making you continually crave more.

A croquette is fundamentally narcissistic. They are completely self contained and self involved, and have little need for other people. Which strangely makes people crave their attention.

Modern examples: Don Draper

The Charmer

Charmers are consummate manipulators, masking their cleverness by creating a mood of pleasure and comfort. Their method is simple: they deflect attention form themselves and focus it on their target. They understand their targets spirit, feel their pain, and adapt to their moods.

Once they draw their target in, they make them dependent on them. They do this by becoming a source of pleasure, bringing antagonism into harmony, promoting ease and comfort, showing calmness in the face of adversity, and by making himself useful.

Modern examples: Alfie,

The Charismatic

Charismatic people excite us all. Even as guys we can fall under the spell of charismatic man (not sexually of course)

Charismatic people have an inner quality of self confidence, sexual energy, sense of purpose, contentment-that most people lack and want. This quality radiates outward, permeating the gestures of Charismatics, making them seem extraordinary and superior.

Modern examples: Bill Clinton, JFK,

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  1. PeteTheFreshman

    November 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Interesting read… I’m going with The Natural for myself

  2. Bobby Rio

    November 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I fit into the Croquette mode…

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  3. Bendath

    November 19, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    hmm, can’t quite say i fit into just a single box, i fit into the natural, the charmer and last but not least the rake…I’m very playful with a childish charm, while i lure them in by charm, and when i got them interrested i go into Rake mode…

    Guess we’re all diffrent in that manner

  4. JakeTheRake

    April 11, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    I find it hard to get anywhere with chicks who are the Coquette type. Any suggestions?

    • Bobby Rio

      April 12, 2009 at 9:32 am


      Forget about Croquettes… i chased one for months. The only way to get them is to truly put them out of your mind.. they’ll come to you when you least expect it. But i still feel they are not worth the effort.

  5. D

    June 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Hey Bobby Rio, very interesting article. What if you were able to shift between all of these characters depending on the woman/situation. A great skill to have.

  6. shane

    July 31, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hey everyone….I have a question. Dont know if anyone knows how to answer this but here goes….I have been with the same woman for the last 10 years. We have had at least 5 break ups in the last 5 of these years. Everytime this happens it is because things get dull between us and another man comes into the picture with her….During this time, nothing I say or do makes any difference in getting her back….But each time this has happened, I finally gave up on her and began having relations with other women….And each time I have done this, she has actually come back for me and we got back together?

    Now I was wondering, does anyone feel that this woman fits into any of these catogories since she drives me crazy wanting her back each and everytime….and does any one think my strategy ( even though unintentional ) of getting her back with the use of other woman fits any particular catogory of seduction? If so – what type of seducer do you think I should try to study and master?

  7. Wild Ox

    August 12, 2014 at 9:59 am

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  8. emily

    October 11, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Can you a combination of a few of the archetypes? I’m reading the Art of Seduction and i am finding it hard to pick just 1 type of seducer i may be. I feel like, at the base, i am a Natural. I have always had this kind of character of that of a Natural. Though there are some characteristics from other archetypes that appeal to me like the Rake, Ideal, Dandy and even Siren .. . Sorry for my English

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