Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: St. Paul, MN
Has anyone tried putting together a list of fictional characters by their MBTI types?
I know it's dubious, but for whatever reason I kind of enjoy it. Some of the lists online are mind-numbingly terrible, and I've found that what's generated through discussions like this tend to be much more accurate.
Here's some of what I'd propose.
- Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes) -- definitely *not* INFP like you see some places. This kid is the living embodiment of Ne. Could be ENFP too, but some comics show a more utilitarian approach (esp. involving business schemes and whatnot), so I made him T.
- Gregory House (House, M.D.) -- Yes, I think he's Extraverted. Definitely *not* an NTJ in my opinion. Where's the Ni? Could also be INTP, and I could maybe believe ISTP, but it'd take some pretty strong evidence for S. Honestly, I'm about 50/50 on ENTP or INTP for him.
- Doc Emmett Brown (Back to the Future)
- Temperance Brennan (Bones) -- INTJ might also be reasonable, but I see a fantastic absence of Fe, which makes me think Ti dominant. Also she doesn't seem to really have control over her team, which I'd expect from an NTJ.
- Juno MacGruff (Juno) -- I think the NTP part is pretty aparent from her use of language, her ability to lightly cope in a difficult emotonal situation, and her utilitarianism. I made her INTP because I sense Ti dominance; I think an ENTP would be more excitable and imposing on their environment. She seemed somewhat of "soft" and sort of withdrew instead of facing some issues head on. Could be ENTP though.
- Eric Foreman (House, M.D.) -- has the Te penchant for established procedure and empirical evidence, which clashes with House's Ti-driven plans that end up subverting the evidence they've gathered through tests. Ni presents itself in his willingness to shift conceptual perspectives during some episodes, even if they're contradictory (a few good ones regarding religion especially).
- Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs) -- any debate here?
- Stewie Griffin (Family Guy) -- I'm not sure if he's INTJ or ENTJ. Any argument here would be dandy. (On a side note, Extraverted NTs are hard to spot because, well, all NT Rationals are going to seem a little aloof.)
- Eric Cartman (South Park) -- I hate to include characters like this that are blatantly shallow, but whatevs. The Te implimentation and Ni conceptual vision are apparent with Cartman.
- Perry Cox (Scrubs) -- some people think he's ENTP, but I think ENTJ because he's more overtly directive. Compare to, say, House, who controls his team mostly through mind games and manipulation -- that's a halmark of Keirsey's informative interaction style attempting to manage people.
- Molly Clock (Scrubs) -- Heather Graham's guest character. *Amazingly* good characature of an ENFP. I dated one so I should know, lol.
- John "J.D." Dorian (Scrubs) -- could maybe be ENFP, but people don't give Extraverts enough credit -- they can have rich fantasy lives, too. Still, I'm kinda 50/50 on ENFP or INFP.
- Brian (Family Guy) -- lots of people think he's INTP, but I'm not convinced he's a Ti dominant. INFP fits better overall, I think.
- Yoda (Star Wars) -- similar to Calvin, he's the living embodiment of Ni. Could be INTJ then, too, but I don't sense the NT utilitarianism with him. Hardcore Ni though, sheesh.
- Allison Cameron (House, M.D.) -- the morally vigilant counterpart to House. Definite ENF, but J or P could go either way: I tend to side with ENFJ because I don't sense Ne dominance with her, even though she has Fi coming out the ears. Still, the Fe/Ni combo can look a lot like the morally certain Fi.
- Michael Scott (The Office) -- definite Fe. I don't sense much Si because he's pretty willing to discregard the established protocol; attempts to be creative, fresh, and fun; and has weird Ni-like compulsions towards symbolism (e.g. the episode where they had the funeral for the bird). Lots of people seem to think he's an ESFP, but the motive behind his performing is almost always Fe-driven.
- Christopher Turk (Scrubs) -- could also be ESFP. Not sure.
- Nick Naylor (Thank You for Smoking) -- basically the archetypal ESTP Promoter.
- Robert Chase (House, M.D.) -- very, very utilitarian. Doesn't seem all that interested in theoretical discussion, but can keep up when need be.
- Stephen Hyde (That 70's Show) -- agree/disagree?
- Han Solo (Star Wars) -- maybe ESTP, but he seems less promoting and more individualistic, which is basically how Keirsey describes ESTP vs ISTP.
- Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop) -- SP impulsiveness with the fluid logic of Ti.
- Agent K (Men in Black) -- Tommy Lee Jones' character, if you don't remember. Lenore Thomson uses him as an example of a Ti dominant in her book, and he's a convincing one: disregard for protocol, fluid, in the moment and wholistic logic, sardonic wit, and even the symbology of losing one's identity by becoming an Agent is pretty typical of an inferior Fe.
- Michael Kelso (That 70's Show) -- the performer.
- Peter Griffin (Family Guy) -- same as above; kind of insensitive though, so maybe ESTP.
- Tim Taylor (Home Improvement) -- good example that not all SPs are good with their hands, lol. Has the in-the-moment performance aspect of ESP, but lacks the mechanical aptitude that typically comes with STP.
- Jim Halpert (The Office) -- I see people say ENTP for him sometimes, but I don't get it. I don't see NT for him at all, or T for that matter. But I'm willing to hear arguments.
- Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) -- I remain unconvinced he's an INFP, but I'd be willing to hear it out.
- Pam Beesly (The Office) -- the quiet, artistic secretary. I think she's a good example of ISFP.
- Bob Kelso (Scrubs) -- utilitarian to the point of being percieved as heartless. Unlike an ENTJ, doesn't ruthlessly stir the establishment, however.
- Hank Hill (King of the Hill) -- has the gentle yet stern and conventional ambience that seems to come with Si/Te.
- Carla Espinoza (Scrubs) -- Fe dominance all the way. Not an N, so I went with ESFJ.
- Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings) -- gentle, supportive -- the archetypal friend and companion. Sort of set in his ways, but he is what he is.
If you have any ideas yourself, please contribute. I'm probably wrong on a lot of those.
If there's enough discussion and ideas, I might end up making a master list if we come to any tentative conclusions. (I know, a long shot for a group of INTPs, haha).