Best Love Stories by Type: ISTJ
Character: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)
Ah, the classic ISTJ romantic conflict. Duty vs. love. The past vs. the present. The fun-da-mental things apply as time goes by. For those who’ve been unfortunate enough to have never seen this film, here’s the lowdown: Rick and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) fall in love in Paris in 1940, but everything changes when the Nazis attack. Ilsa dumps Rick with no explanation, breaking his heart and rendering him the broken, bitter, cynical man we first meet in Casablanca, Morocco, running Rick’s Cafe Americain. Then she walks back into his life with her husband, freedom fighter Victor Lazlo, and wouldn’t you know it, Rick just happens to have the tickets to get them out of Casablanca to safety in America. Not going to give away the ending here, but it’s considered one of the best in movie history for a good reason. (tears)
Sense and Sensibility (1811)
Characters: Elinor and Colonel Brandon
Jane Austen was nice enough to gift us with two ISTJs falling in love in the same book (and two more in other books, Emma and Mansfield Park). Elinor the sensible sister falls for pre-engaged Edward Ferrars; Colonel Brandon the duty-bound, tragedy-ridden older man falls for Elinor’s more romantic sister Marianne, and both end up getting the girl/boy in the end through their commitment to duty, honor and undying devotion. While they start the story as the tepid, cautious and sensible ones, both open up as the story goes on.
Phantom of the Opera
Character: Raoul de Chagny
Yes, everyone remembers the Phantom’s INTJ devotion, but Phantom is two love stories - one is a tragedy, the other ends happily. Raoul is the childhood friend who comes to save our heroine from herself, and who’s love ballad to her, “All I Ask of You’ from the stage show is memorable enough that I put it as the Musical love song for ISTJ. De Chagny gives us the noble, knight-in-shining-armour side of the ISTJ, as he’s willing to sacrifice anything and everything to save Christine - even if he’s a bit skeptical about this crazy Phantom story.
Character: Shrek himself
One of our favorite modern movie romances is Shrek and Fiona. Shrek is more of the irascible, bitter, burned by the world kind of ISTJ, who’s used to being considered weird and gross and suddenly finds there’s someone else like him out there. Mostly the first two films are the best in terms of the romance, the first being the bizarro courtship between the supposed monster and the princess, and the second being the marriage experience where the proof of devotion comes in the form of action and sacrifice.
One can’t help but cry a bit at Steven Universe’s ultimate tragic love story: That of Pearl and Rose Quartz. While there may be hope for Pearl in the future, her undying devotion to Rose ended with Rose choosing someone else and passing away. Pearl is very much the ‘stuck in the past’ kind of ISTJ, endlessly reminiscing on her lost Lenore and unable to really move on. We’ve been handed three terrific ISTJ love songs here in one go - adding to the list “It’s Over, isn’t it?”
Character: Severus Snape
The other 15 on the way!