fictional intj

Gregory House MD



Dominant function: Introverted intuition, Ni

House’s dominant function is introverted, meaning he takes a lot of time perceiving in his own ways and coming to his own conclusions. He is the doctor who doesn’t follow the rules of book, preferring to work in a very distinctive way. He likes to be unconventional and he is quite withdrawn from the world. House has very keen perceptions about how the world works, making a lot of broad and insightful comments on the world, that go beyond medicine, like, for example, ‘’Everybody lies’’ or ‘’It’s never lupus’’ or ‘’The first diagnose is always wrong’’. On the other hand, Doctor House has huge success in his diagnoses because he can put together contradictory and disperse evidence, forming an insight that is correct.

Auxiliary function: Extroverted thinking, Te

House has a tendency to use people around him as guiders to his own logic, making him using extroverted thinking. He craves for arguments between the people around him, which helps him think in his own way. He likes to have people who contradict him, in order to come to his correct diagnosis. He is an analyzer and makes his decisions based on logic and concrete facts, making him competency-driven. He also makes detailed plans and he quick witted.

Tertiary function: Introverted feeling, Fi

This function has a little influence on House. It’s clear that House has a strong code of personal values, like his decision of never meeting his patients, preferring to work isolated, etc. He tends to put his feelings aside to make the job done. He doesn’t extrovert his feeling function, meaning: he doesn’t care for social niceties and for being pleasant to others, usually saying what goes to his mind, which usually makes him troubles.

Inferior function: Extroverted sensing, Se

House lives in the present moment. He isn’t particularly nostalgic; neither has he used his experience in order to make his leaps in his thinking process. He focuses on data on the present moment, pulling out contradictory evidence in order to come to his own truth. House, on the other hand, has a tendency to indulge in his pleasures and sensing side, abusing of alcohol, drugs (to cope with the physical pain he is stuck in) and sensual pleasure.


House Works so he can join the pieces of the puzzle. He isn’t worried about fame or prestige, or even power. He likes to be in his mind, analyzing and dissecting information via intuition and he also isn’t very caring in his nature.

MBTI + quotes from fictional characters with their same type

Inspired by this. If the OP has some problems with this post, I’ll delete it.

ISFJ: “I’m really tired of everyone treating me like I’m made out of glass.” (Emily Fields, Pretty Little Liars)

ESFJ: “I was trying to fix something that I had no business trying to fix. It’s like textbook definition of a control freak from hell.” (Caroline Forbes, The Vampire Diaries)

ISTJ: “I do care, Clarke. But I made this choice with my head and not my heart.” (Commander Lexa, The 100)

ESTJ: “Okay, but for the record, if you’re wrong and I get killed, I’m going to be *very* pissed off!” (Cabe Gallo, Scorpion)

ISTP: “It’s not rocket science.” [”It is rocket science, actually”] (Raven Reyes, The 100)

ESTP: “Touch me again and I’ll end you… in a non-criminal way.” (John Murphy, The 100)

ISFP: “Hanna, friends don’t let friends sneak into insane asylums alone.” (Aria Montgomery, Pretty Little Liars)

ESFP: “I need to have fun. I need to just do something crazy, just because I can. And no one, including you, is gonna stop me.” (Octavia Blake, The 100)

INFP: “ There’s no such thing as moving on, it’s a lie.” (Elena Gilbert, The Vampire Diaries)

ENFP: “Is there a problem?” [”No, I’m just having a hard time understanding something”] “You’ve come to Dr. Linus for advice. Well, I’m flattered.” (Linus Ahluwalia, Stitchers)

INFJ: “I bear it, so they don’t have to.” (Clarke Griffin, The 100)

ENFJ: “ You’re not taking a million-to-one shot with my friend’s life! You understand that? If you come near him with that ferret, I’m going to cram that furry little dude up into a place it can never run away from! You understand?” (Toby Curtis, Scorpion)

INTJ:  “How do I do this? Say I’m sorry [extends hand] we shake hands?” [”[laughing] Oh! You really don’t know how to apologize, do you?”]  “No. It’s really not one of my skills.” (Kirsten Clark, Stitchers)

ENTJ: “ Do you honestly believe that I don`t have a plan B? And if that fails a plan C and a plan D. You know how the alphabet works don`t you.” (Katherine Pierce, The Vampire Diaries)

INTP: “I gave the bartender my number in Roman Numerals. If she figures it out, she’s worth a shot.” (Spencer Reid, Criminal Minds)

ENTP: “Fear’s only a problem if you let it stop you, right?” (Jasper Jordan, The 100)

These are the 2016 winners! These are the favorites for each type (that I have typed) as voted by you. Their profiles are linked below, so please enjoy those or simply read them before guffawing at the characters’ types and expressing outrage without knowing the reasoning behind the typings of each of these character.

It should be noted that now that these characters have won in 2016 they cannot win in 2017. There will be no repeats. It should be fun as I have retyped certain characters and I try to keep typing new ones. Enjoy the 2016 winners and I look forward to the next vote for 2017!

Profile Links

ISTJ Winner: Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation)

ISFJ Winner: Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings)

INFJ Winner: Tadashi Hamada (Big Hero 6)

INTJ Winner: Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit)

ISTP Winner: Toph Beifong (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

ISFP Winner: Steve Rogers ‘Captain America’ (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

INFP Winner: Castiel (Supernatural)

INTP Winner: Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

ESTP Winner: Han Solo (Star Wars)

ESFP Winner: Ginerva Weasley (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

ENFP Winner: Ronald Weasley (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

ENTP Winner: Mulan (Disney’s Mulan)

ESTJ Winner: Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

ESFJ Winner: Dean Winchester (Supernatural)

ENFJ Winner: Remus Lupin (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

ENTJ Winner: Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Illustration note: For the Harry Potter characters I used fan art illustrations as these typings are from the books and not the films. Many have the illustrator’s signature still on them but they are hard to make out. Please note that these are not MY illustrations and to find who did them a simple google search is all it takes.

The Behaviors of a Real INTJ

Given the sheer amount of mistypes online there are for INTJs – real, fictional, celebrity, or otherwise (I’m frankly tired of every Tom, Dick, and Harriet being classified as an INTJ, especially if there’s an ounce of “villain” in them) – I’m going to talk about, and give you examples of, an actual INTJ villain for contrast purposes. Remove the “evil” actions and his thinking process remains Ni/Te/Fi/Se, which is what makes him an INTJ. If another character/individual doesn’t approach life with a similar cognitive process he/she isn’t an INTJ.

The character is Cardinal Richelieu from the BBC’s The Musketeers. (Yes, again. I spoke of him several days ago, but more evidence came to mind since then.) He does many things, many underhanded, even evil things, but it’s all in the “greater service of France” – a higher concept, in which he sees himself as a “servant” to the nation with a higher calling; everything else is sacrificed to this vision he has for France, as a global power, forever focused on generating desired positive futuristic outcomes (Ni).

Everything he does, every decision he makes, is calculated – and above all, LOGICALLY EFFICIENT. It’s Te. Real Te. Not the fake Te that a lot of so-called INTJ villains are accused of having, actual Te-motivations.

Let me give you a single example (though he approaches the entire season’s run of episodes with this kind of reasoning, every single time).

In one episode, a forward-thinking female courtier is making waves at court for her radical thinking – she wants women educated. She thinks marriage is rubbish. She sees what she wants and takes it.

The cardinal sees no real problem with this, though he makes some snide remarks along the way, because what does he care about her opinions or how her morals differ from his (tert-Fi)? Oh, no, what he sees is a vast amount of money he cannot get his hands on, which would build King Louis the fleet he’s always whining that he doesn’t have – a financial incentive to attack this woman, with tangible, real-world applicable results that get them somewhere. Take her down, get his hands on her money, use it to build ships to defend France and keep the short-sighted, spoiled king thinking he’s the greatest thing on earth, so he can continue running France in the future.

So he looks around for a logical method to achieve this. Knowing the superstitions of the time, he uses heresy to do it – she’s controversial; she has women in and out of her rooms often – why, what if she’s molesting the poor things, and there’s witchcraft involved? Burn her – burn her, and she forfeits that gigantic estate and all that lovely money, which he could put to better use, to France.

That’s Te logic. Observable facts that generate practical, useful resources.

After a near-death experience forces him to confront his mortality, and because Richelieu’s getting what he wanted anyway – Athos convinces him to let her live (”I’m not a cruel man – what do you propose?” – ie, give me a logical reason to spare her life!). Athos proposes something he’s amenable to – she can go off, and live on a small pension somewhere and teach, so long as she doesn’t tell anyone what he did, in getting all that lovely money away from her. She tattles, she dies. Fine, both parties can work with that.

That’s proper Te villain logic. It’s not evil for the sake of being evil, it’s not to generate chaos for its own sake (like an EXTP villain might), it’s not to create emotional angst in someone else (bad Fe), nor motivated solely by some vision without any practical logic or application behind it – it’s to accomplish something (Te) in the service of a higher vision (Ni).

The cardinal believes, genuinely believes, and in some cases is correct, that no one – NO ONE – can run France more efficiently than he can, so he SHOULD be the one in charge. Many of his justifications include “serving France,” “serving the interests of France,” France’s future as a major European power, France’s inevitable destiny, France’s impending conflicts with Spain, looking to the future, finding a singular vision, and carrying it out – Ni; accompanied by Te motives: money, power, getting things done, financial benefits, running the government, making wise political and business moves. He even admits that he has no interest in becoming Pope, despite its immense power, influence, and wealth, so he could care less that he’s just lost that possibility – he has a cause (France) already that he cares about (Fi) more!

Naturally, not every INTJ – villain, hero, or otherwise – is going to be this terrific in the case of bold, observable cognition, but to be classified AS an INTJ, you need some of that – some of those motives, some of that confidence in running things, some of that detached, working Te on display servicing a greater vision.

Inferior Se kicks in with the cardinal never doing his own dirty work – he doesn’t like to put himself at physical risk, any situation where he must improvise in his environment leaves him at a loss, and his stupidest moment involves trying to assassinate the queen on the king’s whim (shaky opportunistic and short-sighted inferior Se), which opens him up to discovery and puts him in full-on panic mode as he foresees his situation crumbling. HOWEVER… I should also mention that this decision isn’t without Te-reasoning either; the queen is barren, so she’s worthless in terms of protecting France’s future with multiple heirs. Why shouldn’t he replace her with someone who can have children, since France’s royal family needs them to stabilize the throne?

Another wonderful example of an INTJ whose thought process is much like this for comparisons (one who isn’t a villain, technically) is Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall. Many of the same traits manifest throughout the miniseries – someone asks him a loaded question, Cromwell replies with the detached financial / political facts of the situation, in a calm manner; he is a laid back but amazingly efficient man in office, who finds it semi-easy to run the government in a way that continually keeps the future in mind and England’s better interests at the forefront, and shows easy futuristic planning (his ideas about Mary, his incredibly insightful perceptions into Katharine of Aragon before Henry VIII sees her as a threat, warning his son not to look at superficial motives but instead focus on what is “really going on,” etc) in addition to Te skills (financial benefits, weighing the profit margins of war with France, making ideas into a reality through hard work, diligence, and focus, giving factual answers when asked for an opinion, and finding ways to increase the king’s coffers).

He is, once again, like Richelieu, due to his foresight and naturally efficient Te the “best man for the job.”

THAT is an INTJ.

- ENFP Mod

Ratatouille MBTI

Remy – ISFP

“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.”

Remy follows his heart.  Though he loves his family and tries his best to oblige them, his clear omnipresent desire to explore what he really loves shows his strong Introverted Feeling.  He is fairly outgoing in some ways, but he seems most himself and happiest when he can go off on his own and satisfy his personal interests, showing detailed thoughts on the nuances of good foods in his highly imaginative mind.  Remy is also quite naturally able to tune into his physical environment, which is especially apparent with his talents around food and the physical senses.  Introverted Intuition is also used, which can be seen through his ceaselessly pursuing his dream in whatever we he can, as well as his desire to learn more deeply about his one main love–cooking.  He is always eager to look deeper, to sense and discover more in food.  Extraverted Thinking seems to be fairly well developed also–Remy can take command of his situations when he needs to.

Alfredo Linguini – ISFP

“Don’t look at me like that! You aren’t the only one who’s trapped, they expect me to cook it again! I mean, I’m not ambitious, I wasn’t trying to cook, I was just trying to stay out of trouble! You’re the one who was gettin’ fancy with the spices!”

Linguini may not have as strong a passion through most of the movie as does his little rat friend, but their personalities are not all that dissimilar.  Linguini is more on the reserved side.  He is kind hearted and perceptive, and a bit more open to a bit of a wild idea than many others might be.  Before he is going to throw Remy into the water, Linguini is moved by the rat’s pleading eyes and proceeds to project his own internal state on the animal, which indicates his Introverted Feeling.  He can get a bit caught up in his own world and sometimes has trouble controlling the outer world, but he finds a passion in the end and along with this, more strength in personality.

Collette Tatou – ISTJ

“Food doesn’t go, orders pile up, disaster! I’ll make this easier to remember: keep your station clear, or I WILL KILL YOU!”

Introverted Feeling is also a function of Collette’s.  Like Remy, her passion is cooking, and she works tirelessly to make her dreams in that world come true.  Collette is good at sticking to a plan and getting things done very well, down to the last important detail, and she doesn’t appreciate her hard work and great skill being interfered with.  Collette came to her cooking position by following the system, diligently and rigorously, and she strictly follows Gusteau’s original recipe’s–all indicators of strong Introverted Sensing.  As an introvert and a thinker, especially a Te user, she is good at presenting an organized and commanding exterior, but she is happiest when she can follow her true passions as well.

Anton Ego – INTJ

“We [critics] thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.”

Things had better go Anton Ego’s way–his word is powerful and can determine the future of any great restaurant.  Ego has the commanding presence of Te, and the classic deep concern for quality that comes with an Ni and Se combination (especially prominent in INxJ types).  He enjoys thoughtful reflections on the subjects of his critiques, and he thinks deeply to find the truth.  Through his honest and thorough thought into the matter, he comes to break not difficultly but drastically from tradition, praising the artistry of a rat and even becoming a most frequent diner.  

Skinner – ESTJ

“You are COOKING? How DARE you cook in MY kitchen! Where do you get the gall to even attempt something so monumentally idiotic?”

Nothing is more infuriating and bewildering to skinner than things getting out of his control–especially if he suspects someone is playing games.  This chef is an ESTJ of a particularly unforgiving and controlling sort, one could almost say an exaggerated caricature of dominant Te (not to mention the other functions in his stacking).    

Django – ISTJ

“Food is fuel. You get picky about what you put in the tank, your engine is gonna die. Now shut up and eat your garbage.”

Django has been through a lot and feels great responsibility for his large rat family.  He’s learned from experience and lives accordingly to how the world has shown itself to be.  It is this and his caring nature towards his loved ones that has him holding his son from following what understandably seem like dangerous and unrealistic dreams.

Emile – ISTP

“I don’t like secrets. All this cooking and-and reading and TV-watching, while we…read, and…cook. It’s like you’re involving me in crime, and I let you. Why do I let you?”

Emile likes his food too, but unlike his brother, he’s not terribly picky.  Emile is happy to go along with things how they are, and he’s hesitant to do anything that might put him in unnecessary danger or upset his father, also skeptical of Remy’s unusual habits and interests.  

Auguste Gusteau – ENFJ

“If you focus on what you left behind you will never see what lies ahead!”

Though for most of the movie Gusteau is only a figment of Remy’s imagination, we still can see his personality enough for a rough typing.  The chef is jovial and extraverted, and he is a great encourager of others, as a living man as well as for Remy, helping others follow their dreams.  The Ni/Se combination is also quite plausible in this case, considering Gusteau’s excellent taste and naturally strong appreciation for the finer things.

MBTI types + fictional characters funny quotes
  • <p> <b>ISFJ:</b> "What do you like to do for fun on weekends? Break old ladies' hip?" (Caleb Rivers, PLL)<p/><b>ISFP:</b> "How come he always gets the hug? I'm standing right next to him." (Toby Curtis, Scorpion)<p/><b>ISTP:</b> "I need a pressure regulator." ["What for?"] "...Regulating pressure." (Raven Reyes, The 100)<p/><b>ISTJ:</b> "No blood (donation), no cookie. I didn't make the rules." (Spencer Hastings, PLL)<p/><b>INTJ:</b> "I don't have any feelings and even I am uncomfortable watching this!" (Walter O'Brien, Scorpion)<p/><b>INTP:</b> "So she lived somewhere two months and didn't make any friends? I thought that only happened to me." (Spencer Reid, Criminal Minds)<p/><b>INFP:</b> "Can I please have a little emotional escapism while we trace his phone?" (Toby Curtis, Scorpion)<p/><b>INFJ:</b> "Yelling doesn't help. I don't even have a digital foot in the door." (Sylvester Dodd, Scorpion)<p/><b>ENFJ:</b> "You're like the queen of not helping." (Spencer Hastings, PLL)<p/><b>ENFP:</b> "Do you think this means we're all going to grow two heads?" (Finn Collins, The 100)<p/><b>ENTP:</b> "I can't change the tide if the moon won't cooperate." (Monty Green, The 100)<p/><b>ENTJ:</b> "Meatloaf is about to get your trophy." (Asher Millstone, How To Get Away With Murder)<p/><b>ESFJ:</b> "Stop acting like kids, I'll stop acting like your dad." (Cabe Gallo, Scorpion)<p/><b>ESTP:</b> "Seriously, just because my facial hair isn't exactly as luscious as yours, doesn't mean I can't still kick your ass." (Asher Millstone, How To Get Away With Murder)<p/><b>ESFP:</b> "You look like a strung-out Powerpuff Girl" (Hanna Marin, PLL)<p/><b>ESTJ:</b> "Let's put Max on the stand and have him cry like a little baby." (Asher Millstone, How To Get Away With Murder)<p/></p>
INFP romance

A list of INFP romances in fiction with the sixteen types

INFP/ISTJ: Bella Swann and Edward Cullen (Twilight)

INFP/ISFJ: Stan Marsh and Wendy Testaburger (South Park), Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot (Corpse Bride), Marla Singer and the Narrator (Fight Club), Ashley Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton (Gone with the Wind)

INFP/INFJ: Marius Pontmercy and Eponine Thenardier (Les MIserables), Victor Van Dort and Emily (Corpse Bride), Belle and Rumpelstiltsken (Once Upon a Time)

INFP/INTJ: Sarah and Jareth (Labyrinth), Beast Boy and Raven (Teen Titans)

INFP/ISTP: Kat Stratford and Patrick Verona (10 Things I Hate About You), Bella and Jacob (Twilight), Drusilla and Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

INFP/ISFP: Faramir and Eowyn (Lord of the Rings), Lori and Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead), Peter and Mary Jane (Spider-Man movies)

INFP/INFP: Marius and Cosette (Les Miserables), Romeo and Juliet

INFP/INTP: Katrina Von Trapp and Ichabod Crane (Sleepy Hollow)

INFP/ESTP: Eric Forman and Donna (That 70s Show), Ashley Wilkes and S carlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind), Fanny Price and Henry Crawford (Mansfield Park), Lori and Shane (The Walking Dead)

INFP/ESFP: Zuko and Mai (Avatar the Last Airbender), Angela and Broadway (Gargoyles), Britanny and Santana (Glee), Christian and Satine (Moulin Rouge), Rose deWitt and Jack Dawson (Titanic), Jasper Hale and Alice Cullen (Twilight)

INFP/ENFP: Carl and Ellie (Up), Drew and Claire (Elizabethtown), Veronica and JD Heathers), Bhaer and Jo (Little Women), Davy Jones and Calypso (Pirates of the Caribbean), Viola and William Shakespeare (Shakespeare in Love), Harry Osborn and Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man comics)

INFP/ENTP: Pam and Jim (The Office), Sybil Crawley and Tom Branson (Downton Abbey), Marla Singer and Tyler Durden (Fight club)

INFP/ESTJ: Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd)

INFP/ESFJ: Bill and Fleur (Harry Potter), Marshall and Lily (How I met Your Mother), Jane and Bingley (Pride and Prejudice), Rogue and Bobby (X-men), Opal and Bolin (Legend of Korra), Harry Osborn and Liz Allen (Spider-Man comics)

INFP/ENFJ: Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram (Mansfield Park

INFP/ENTJ: Matthew and Mary Crawley (Downton Abbey), Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester (Jane Eyre), Harry Burns and Sally Albright (When Harry Met Sall), Kermit and Miss PIggy (The Muppets)

Fictional INTJ we wish were Real
  • Cassius – The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
  • Dexter - Dexter’s Lab
  • Gandalf - Lord of the Rings
  • Marsellus Wallace - Pulp Fiction
  • Mr. Darcy - Pride and Prejudice
  • Phileas Fogg - Around the World in 80 Days
  • Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Holmes
  • Victor von Frankenstein - Frankenstein
  • Willy Wonka - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • V - V for Vendetta
  • Reed Richards - The Fantastic Four

Same as the other post, if you find that your favorite fictional INTJ are missing, please add them in!

Writing the INTJ

MBTI is a great resource for writers looking to give each of their characters distinct and realistic personalities, but stereotypes and tropes have long haunted INTJ characters in fiction. Criminal masterminds such as Walter White and Hannibal Lector are thrilling, complex characters, but there’s more to INTJs than murderous ambition and succulent dishes. Here’s what the traits of “The Mastermind” actually mean.

Introverted iNtuition: We use our intuition in such a way that we make decisions based on what future we want for ourselves. This does not mean we’re psychic, but we’ll definitely choose the most efficient way to reach our goals.  

Perceptive: A quick way to tell the difference between a sensor and an intuitive: The sensor asks what is happening, while the intuitive asks why. We’re big picture thinkers, and don’t let little details pull our attention from what really matters. This doesn’t mean we overlook facts and minor details, but it does mean that we believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We see ideas in relation to a bigger theme, naturally linking together facts, events, and ideas that others may overlook while bogged down with too many details.

Confident: Because of the time we take to think through opinions and ideas before taking stances, as well as our amazing self-awareness, we typically come across as confident. But, as a personality type, we are not inherently cocky. We’re radically open-minded, always willing to hear a new or different point of view. We may disagree with your position, but anything and everything is up for analysis and debate. You may even find us playing Devil’s advocate to keep our minds sharp and critical.

Ambitious: We’ll stop at nothing to get what we want. This does not mean we’ll cook up our suffocating teacher or boss’s liver with fava beans and chinanti. Challenges fuel us, and we’ll only gain more determination and resilience from coming up with efficient and creative ways to reach our goals.

Long-Term Thinkers: So we probably have a ten-year plan, but it isn’t world domination. Usually. INTJs are known for pursuing a single goal, and many of our decisions will revolve around this goal, but this doesn’t mean that we won’t go to your party because in 6 years, 20 days, and 8 hours we’re going to march on the Motherland. I mean, we still won’t go to your party, but that’s because we’re hiding a body. Totally reasonable.  

Rational: We tend to make decisions based on reason rather than emotion, but National Geographic has documented evidence of a wild INTJ shedding a tear at a Sarah McLachlan SPCA commercial. We do get feels. We just don’t usually let you see them, for a plethora of reasons, such as our being wired to view emotions as obstacles and our independent nature. We prefer to deal with emotional things alone. While we’d like to believe we’re chill, however, INTJs have been known to rage like no other. Do not cross us.

I hope this helps all you writers out there considering a mastermind for a complex hero, or a bloodthirsty villain. INTJs, feel free to add on!

Fictional characters

INTJ : You’re just like [insert character]
INTP : Why?
INTJ : You both have a resting bitch face but inside you’re actually happy
INTP : I’m happy?
INTJ : Okay, maybe happy is the wrong word
INTJ : More like, easily excitable dork/nerd

Having INTJ friends

INTJ: I can’t really read what other people read.
INTP: What do you mean?
INTJ: You know… fiction.
INTP: Why… Well, I guess your imagination doesn’t fit others’ but…
INTJ: I like reading non-fiction, which sounds so unreal as if it’s fiction, get me?
INTP: Well, when you look at it that way…

Shikamaru Nara (INTJ)- Detailed Profile

Dominant- Introverted Intuition (Ni)

This can be seen when Shikamaru goes to fight Hidan. He researches his opponent to have the upper hand. He is the one who is consulted when it comes to planning strategies. He is known for having an exceptional IQ and enjoys strategy games such as shogi. He can overcome challenges which require exceptional abilities which he does not have many of simply by being a creative tactician. This helps him to be a genius planner and team leader from a young age.

Auxiliary- Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Like most INTJs, Shikamaru has a vision which he wishes to achieve. Although many people see him as lazy and therefore mistype him as INTP since INTPs stereotypically are known as the lazy genius, Shikamaru is not an INTP. (not all INTPs are lazy for that matter)  He might be lazy but he is alert when it comes to his duty to his nation and decides to help Naruto become Hokage. His main goal is to pass on the Will of Fire and make Konoha a safer place for the generations to come. 

Tertiary- Introverted Feeling  (Fi)

Shikamaru like most INTJs rarely expresses his emotions as openly as the other characters of the series for example Naruto or Chouji, his teammate. This makes him appear impersonal but it also adds to advantage as a genius planner as he is able to use to his mind clearly while planning unlike someone like Naruto who often makes impulsive decisions because of his emotions.

Shikamaru cares for his friends but unlike the rest of the Konoha 9, he does not care for Sasuke because he cannot empathize with him and initially believes that he should be treated like a criminal. He is able to form connections with Chouji, Naruto and for that matter Asuma because on some level he is able to empathize with them. 

The Fi grants him the ability to dedicate himself to the Will of Fire since he is able to put his duty to his village above his own life. Shikamaru unlike many fictional INTJs has a fully developed and healthy Fi.

Inferior- Extroverted Sensing (Se)

A portion of Shikamaru’s skill in strategy comes from his ability to scan a situation and gather everything he needs from the present situation. He uses the trees to his advantage with fighting Tayuya, and uses something even as simple as a wall to overcome his opponent in the Chunin Exams. Shikamaru, in his leisure time, enjoys kicking back and watching the clouds. It’s one of the few things that genuinely soothes him in a sensory manner.