My question is about "Gone with the Wind," and is actually more about cinema than literature (I haven't read the book), but I think it might also be pertinent here.
How would you call Rhett Butler's character archetype in "Gone with the Wind"? I don't mean so much his alpha-male, bad-boy or a self-made-man aspect, but him as a character who can successfully operate on both sides of the political divide without caring much for neither. He isn't a go-between, and the "crafty self-made-man" does not really capture his free movement between the two sides, his transcendent or dialectical position. Is there a term for a character archetype like him?
"The player" would work, but I find it somewhat lacking as it subordinates his position to the divide rather than suggesting how he transcends it. He is no Harlequin. Trickster is a bit too generic