alexei alexandrovich


ROYAL GODPARENTS + Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia

The baby wept loudly, as might any ordinary baby, when old Father Yanishev dipped him in the font. His four small sisters, in short Court dresses, gazed open-eyed at the ceremony, Olga Nikolaevna, then nine years old, being in the important position of one of the godmothers.– Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden

  • Her Imperial Majesty The Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia
  • His Majesty King Christian IX of Denmark
  • Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
  • His Imperial Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, King of Prussia
  • His Imperial Majesty King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Emperor of India
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom
  • His Royal Highness Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and by the Rhine
  • Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Russia
  • His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia
  • His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia
  • + because Russia was at war with Japan in 1904, all the soldiers and officers were named honorary godfathers of the Tsarevich.
ISTJ Fictional Tropes

Like anything in fiction there are always tropes. This include characters based on their MBTI. Now not all characters that are ISTJ fit into these exact tropes and many fit into multiple as you will note in the examples. The following are major tropes these ISTJ characters have a pattern of falling into and I think they help define their type as a whole in the big picture. Hopefully, this can be almost a quick cheat sheet at times when typing characters. 

Traditional Leader

These characters are what we think of as your typical leader. They are the ones you trust because they stick to their center, what they feel is right. They’re usually fiercely loyal. These leaders are service oriented. They don’t see themselves as in control, but as serving a role, one that would exist without them. One they choose out of some sense of responsibility or duty to uphold. 

Examples: Commander Lexa (The 100), Captain Ray Holt (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Queen Elizabeth II (The Crown), Lord Eddard Stark (Game of Thrones), Stannis Baratheon (Game of Thrones), George Washington (Hamilton: An American Musical), Thorin (The Hobbit), Fergus (Pixar’s Brave), Theodon (The Lord of the Rings), Powhatan (Disney’s Pocahontas), Queen Catherine of Aragon (The Tudors), Kercheck (Disney’s Tarzan), King George (Once Upon a Time), Elsa (Disney’s Frozen and Once Upon a Time), and Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead).


Most of these character actually are cops, detectives, inspectors, but that is not exactly what this means. This trope for the ISTJ involves them being excited by their inferior Ne. They love to solve things methodically with Si-Te, but get excited by solving puzzles and investigating using their Ne. These types are interested in the truth and their duty to reveal the truth. They will often be willing to break the law/rules in order to uncover the truth. Their loyalty is to what their role upholds, not to people please. The ISTJ is self sacrificing and is okay being painted negatively if the result leads to the truth and justice. 

Examples: Quentin Lance (Arrow), Mako (Avatar: Legend of Korra), Captain Ray Hold (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle (DC Comics), Joe Swanson (Family Guy), Tina Goldstein (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them), Chloe Decker (Lucifer), Inspector Chester Campbell (Peaky Blinders), James Gordon (Gotham and DC Comics), Bonnie Winterbottom (How To Get Away With Murder), Sara Lance (Arrow and Legend of Tomorrow), Javert (Les Miserables), Shikamaru Naru (Naruto Shippuden), Bartholomew Rusk (Penny Dreadful), Anderson (BBC’s Sherlock), Jim Hopper (Stranger Things), Sam Winchester (Supernatural), Sheriff Stalinski (Teen Wolf), Nobuchika Ginoza (Psycho-Pass), and Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead).

Dutiful Soldier

ISTJ characters that fit this trope are often soldiers, however, it isn’t a requirement to be part of this trope. These ISTJs are dedicated to a cause and remain personally connected and loyal to it. They are highly dependable in performing their duty, whatever that role may be. Their tertiary Fi, often influences them morally to be connected to a cause. They work hard and always follow through on a task. This isn’t about following rules created by a system blindly. These character follow a code and if that means breaking the rules to uphold a personal code, they will do it. 

Examples: Allison Argent (Teen Wolf), Takashi Morinozuka (Ouran High School Host Club), Mulan (Once Upon a Time), Norrington (Pirates of the Caribbean), Fujitora (One Piece), Bartholomew Rusk (Penny Dreadful), Yamato (Naruto Shippuden), Mako Mori (Pacific Rim), Athos (BBC’s The Musketeers), Ardeth Bay (The Mummy Film Series), Li Shang (Disney’s Mulan), Mike Wazowski (Monsters, Inc.), Mameha (Memoirs of a Geisha), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Claire Temple (Netflix’s The Defenders Universe), Sebastian (Disney’s The Little Mermaid), Zazu (Disney’s The Lion King), Cogsworth (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Harry/Galahad (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Astrid (How To Train Your Dragon), Dr. Eric Foreman (House, MD), Legolas (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), Maximus (Gladiator), Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones), Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Zoe Washburne (Firefly), Danny Pink (Doctor Who), Katana/Tatsu Toro (DC Comics), Starfire (DC Comics), Melinda May (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jack Thompson (Agent Carter), Indra (The 100), Maggie Greene (The Walking Dead), and Alex Danvers (Supergirl).

The Specialist

This ISTJ is a master of something. They are so focused and will know every fact about their specialization. Whatever they love is part of their identity, it is what defines them and the use of concrete sensing facts is what helps them relate to their interest. When an ISTJ character is dedicated to a passion, no one knows as much as they do about it. 

Examples: Hope Van Dyne (Ant-Man), Gray Fullbuster (Fairytail), Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory), Dr. Caitlin Snow (The Flash), Bob Belcher (Bob’s Burgers), Ross Gellar (Friends), Tatsu Toro/Katana (DC Comics), Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), The Swede (Hell on Wheels), Bill Weasley (Harry Potter Series), Doug Guggenheim (House of Lies), Hailey (Mozart in the Jungle), Ben Wyatt (Parks & Recreation), Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica), Uhura (Star Trek Film Series), Lt. Commander Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Edward Cullen (Twilight Saga), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), and Unalaq (Avatar: Legend of Korra).

Family-Oriented Center

These characters deeply care for their family (not necessarily genetic) and are often found as the grounding center. They may not seem caring like their ISFJ counterparts, but these ISTJ characters are harsh defenders of their families and are often the character others rely on as a steady constant in their lives. When this steady constant falls, many times the family does as well. They are the foundation of their family unit.

Examples: Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin (Anna Karenina), Quentin Lance (Arrow), Ross Geller (Friends), Bob Belcher (Bob’s Burgers), Ned Stark (Game of Thrones), Fergus (Pixar’s Brave), Dean Forester (Gilmore Girls), Mallory Hanson (Grace and Frankie), Maximus (Gladiator), Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle), Bagheera (Disney’s The Jungle Book), Theodon (The Lord of the Rings), Chloe Decker (Lucifer), Powhatan (Disney’s Pocahontas), Sun Bak (Sense8), Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility), Fiona Gallagher (Shameless), Red Forman (The ‘70s Show), Edward Cullen (Twilight Saga), Elena Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries), and Maggie Greene (The Walking Dead).


The Zealot ISTJ character is often being unwillingly controlled by their inferior Ne. They find the outer world with it’s constant change in meaning separate from their own deep, personal inner meaning is in conflict. They fear change and try to fight it with everything they have. If they admit that the world has this changing meaning outside of themselves they feel everything they believe in is threatened and are unable to cope with such conflict. They refer to their tertiary Fi for comfort and try to morally back their subjective perspective up with subjective judgement. Thereby fueling their own opinion and clinging to their personal identity, unchanging. Many ISTJ villains fall into this trope, but not all are villains. That is important to keep in mind.

Examples: Grinch (Ron Howard’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas), Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin (Anna Karenina), Claude Frollo (Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory), Javert (Les Miserables), Ross Geller (Friends), Sam Healy (Orange is the New Black), Angela Martin (The Office), Elsa (Disney’s Frozen), P.L. Travers (Saving Mr. Banks), Dean Forester (Gilmore Girls), Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle (Harry Potter Series), The Swede (Hell on Wheels), Nessarose (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Novel), Theo Galavan (Gotham), and Unalaq (Avatar: Legend of Korra).

The Cynic

The ISTJ cynics are often mistyped because they don’t really believe in anything. They are often misread as ISTP to be honest. But the Cynic ISTJ is indeed, very ISTJ. They are some of the most ultimate realists, not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. They usually have life experiences of pain that has formed their perception of reality. Their dominant Si seeing the facts, not fanciful ideals. Their tertiary Fi not seeing or growing up with that feeling that they or anyone else is a special snowflake. They often are lost, without a cause, not trusting those with big ideals. They see things as they are and nothing more. They are the bluntest ISTJ filled with some of the most ironic humor. They are usually disappointed with their lot in life.

Examples: John Murphy (The 100), Mai (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Chas Chandler (Constantine), Helga Katrina Sinclair (Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire), Phantom Stranger (DC Comics), Gwynne (Galavant), Mad-Eye Moody (Harry Potter Series), Suzana Ayuwaza (Maid-Sama), Shikamaru Naru (Naruto Shippuden), Dinesh (Silicon Valley), and Princess Kwenthrith (Vikings).


After spending Christmas in Buffalo, New York, Tsar Alexander II’s fourth son Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia started heading out to the American Old West. After stopping at several American cities, Alexei finally arrived in Omaha, Nebraska on 12 January 1872. Preparations for the hunt were extensive and had been carried out under the command of General Joel Palmer. The Grand Duke arrived at Fort McPherson the next day, by a special train provided by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. They were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd, headed by William Frederick Cody (known as Buffalo Bill). After speeches, the Duke’s party set out for the hunting grounds.

Cody had discussed the hunt with Spotted Tail, chief of the Brulé Lakota, who had agreed to meet the “great chief from across the water who was coming there to visit him.” About 600 warriors of different Sioux tribes, led by Spotted Tail, War Bonnet, Black Hat, Red Leaf, Whistler and Pawnee Killer, assembled to greet the grand duke at the hunting camp. They had been provided with ten thousand rations of flour, sugar, coffee, and 1,000 pounds of tobacco for their trouble - twenty-five wagon loads in all. At the start of the party, Spotted Tail, dressed in a suit, which didn’t fit him, with an army belt upside down and an extremely awkward look was introduced to the Grand Duke. Then the Indian chief extended his hand, and greeted the Grand Duke with the customary “How.

The big hunt took place on the Grand Duke’s 22nd birthday, 14 January 1872. For the hunt the Duke wore a jacket and trousers of heavy gray cloth, trimmed with green, the buttons bearing the Imperial Russian coat-of-arms. He wore his boots outside his trousers in the European way, which was unusual for his American hosts. Alexei carried a Russian hunting knife, and an American revolver, bearing the coats-of-arms of the United States and Russia on the handle, which he had recently received as a present.

The Grand Duke rode William Cody’s celebrated buffalo horse “Buckskin Joe”, which had been trained to ride at full gallop with a target so that the best shot could be made. Within a hundred yards of the fleeing buffalo, the Grand Duke, not accustomed to shooting from a running horse, fired, but missed. But when Alexei tried again, he brought down his game. The hide of the dead buffalo was carefully removed and dressed; the Grand Duke took it home as a souvenir of his hunt on the western plains. Twenty to thirty animals were killed on the first day of the hunt. The party returned early to camp, where there was a liberal supply of champagne and other beverages provided, and the evening was spent in frontier style.

General Custer became one of the Duke’s best friends. He accompanied the Duke and his entourage through Kansas, to St. Louis, New Orleans, and finally to Florida. They continued to correspond with one another up until Custer’s death. In the United States, the hunt is remembered as “The Great Royal Buffalo Hunt”. Starting from the year 2000, Hayes Center, Nebraska organizes each year the “Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous” featuring a reenactment of the buffalo hunt.

Grand Duke Alexei received as a gift from chief Spotted Tail an Indian wigwam and a bow and arrows. The Grand Duke took them back to St. Petersburg. At present they are kept at the museum in Tver. In memory of his adventures in the America, the Grand Duke organized every year a special entertainment. The performance was supposed to give the attendance an image of the American Old West.

Grand Duke Alexei received as a gift from chief Spotted Tail an Indian wigwam and a bow and arrows. The Grand Duke took them back to St. Petersburg. At present they are kept at the museum in Tver. In memory of his adventures in the America, the Grand Duke organized every year a special entertainment. The actors arrived to a village of tents in old carriages drawn by heavy horses. On the palaces lake there were “Indian” pirogues. Men with swords and tomahawks danced with women dressed in long old skirts. The performance was supposed to give the attendance an image of the American Old West.
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Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich poses for a photograph during his visit to the United States, 1871.


Wonderful headers for some of the chapters of “Romanov Autumn” by Charlotte Zeepvat. The chapters featured in this post:

  • A Place of Peace and Beauty
  • Fast Women and Slow Ships (Grand Prince Alexei Alexandrovich)
  • Autumn in the South
  • A House Divided
  • The Harsh Light of Day (Grand Prince Dmitri Pavlovich)
  • Surviving (Princess Catherine Yourievsky)
  • The Beloved Grand Prince (Grand Prince Pavel Alexandrovich)
  • To Belong to the Family (The Konstantinovichi)
  • Escape from Ekaterinburg
  • The Lost Tsar

Click HERE for previous chapters.

Sorting ISTJ Characters

I have gotten a lot of questions about house sorting personality types. But it doesn’t work like that. To demonstrate this I will go through each type and sort as many characters as I can into hogwart houses. As you will see, a type doesn’t determine what house you are in.

1. John Clare from Penny Dreadful – Ravenclaw!
2. Takashi “Mori” Morinozuka from Ouran High School Host Club – Gryffindor!
3. Theoden from The Lord of the Rings – Gryffindor!
4. Elrond from The Lord of the Rings – Ravenclaw!
5. Elsa from Disney’s Frozen – Hufflepuff!
6. John Murphy from The 100 – Slytherin!
7. Jemma Simmons from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Gryffindor!
8. Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation – Ravenclaw!
9. Unalaq from Avatar: Legend of Korra – Slytherin!
10. Boa from One Piece – Slytherin!
11. Danny Pink from Doctor Who – Hufflepuff!
12. Shikamaru from Naruto and Naruto Shippuden – Slytherin!
13. Tenzin from Avatar: The Legend of Korra – Ravenclaw!
14. Ross Geller from Friends – Slytherin!
15. Siggy Haraldson from Vikings – Slytherin!
16. Nobuchika Ginoza from Psycho-Pass – Gryffindor!
17. Dean Forester from Gilmore Girls – Hufflepuff!
18. Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead – Hufflepuff!
19. Allison Argent from Teen Wolf – Slytherin!
20. Thorin from The Hobbit – Slytherin!
21. Alphonso ‘Mack’ Mackenzie from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Ravenclaw!
22. Natasha Romanoff [Black Widow] from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe – Slytherin!
23. Morgause from The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – Slytherin!
24. Sam Winchester from Supernatural – Ravenclaw!
25. Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – Hufflepuff!
26. Red Forman from That ‘70s Show – Gryffindor!
27. Inspector Chester Campbell from Peaky Blinders – Gryffindor!
28. P.L. Travers from Saving Mr. Banks – Slytherin!
29. Laurie Bream from Silicon Valley – Slytherin!
30. Gavin Belson from Silicon Valley – Gryffindor!
31. Li Shang from Disney’s Mulan – Gryffindor!
32. Mike Wazowski from Pixar’s Monsters Inc. – Hufflepuff!
33. Mai from Avatar: The Last Airbender – Slytherin!
34. The Swede from Hell on WheelsSlytherin!
35. Joe Swanson from Family Guy Hufflepuff!
36. Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next GenerationGryffindor!
37. Bruce Wayne from Gotham Slytherin!
38. Bonnie Winterbottom from How To Get Away With MurderSlytherin!
39. Nessarose from Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire – Slytherin!
40. Quentin Lance from Arrow – Gryffindor!
41. Dr. Caitlin Snow from The Flash Ravenclaw!
42. Homura Akemi from Puella Magi - Madoka MagicaHufflepuff!
43. Claude Frollo from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre DameRavenclaw!
44. Theo Galavan from Gotham – Slytherin!
45. Batman from DC: The New 52Slytherin!
46. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang TheorySlytherin!

Out of 46 ISTJ Characters : Slytherin - 20 | Ravenclaw - 8 | Gryfindor - 10 | Hufflepuff - 8

Conclusion: ISTJ characters are statistically more likely to be in Slytherin.