fictional intj

The MBTI types as people in fiction

ESTJ: basically Dolores Umbridge
ISTJ: average dad
ESTP: fuckboy (very hot)
ISTP: fearless girl with stereotypical boy traits
ESFJ: mother of the hero
ISFJ: innocent cute girl (falls in love with ENTP)
ESFP: funny guy
ISFP: Harry Potter (probably innocent person until destiny tells him/her she’s the hero of the story)
ENTJ: evil mastermind who wants to rule the world
INTJ: narcisst, probably also the bad guy
ENTP: psychopath
INTP: Sherlock
ENFJ: flawless hero
INFJ: Jesus
ENFP: the hippie friend with good advice
INFP: misunderstood girl in her own dreamworld

Gregory House MD

SUGGESTED BY: ANNONYMOUS

MBTI TYPE: INTJ

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 He likes to be unconventional and he is quite withdrawn from the world.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.

HOGWARTS HOUSE: RAVENCLAW

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)

Characters I associate with the types
  • <p> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>ESFP:</b> Korra<p/><b>ISFP:</b> Newt Scamander (Magical Creatures And Where To Find Them)<p/><b>ENFP:</b> Rapunzel<p/><b>INFP:</b> Zuko (ATLA) <p/><b>ESTP:</b> Jack Harkness (Doctor Who)<p/><b>ISTP:</b> Sherlock Holmes<p/><b>ESTJ:</b> Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)<p/><b>ISTJ:</b> Eddard Stark (Game of Thrones)<p/><b>ESFJ:</b> Foggy Nelson (Daredevil)<p/><b>ISFJ:</b> Molly Hooper (Sherlock)<p/><b>ENTP:</b> Tony Stark<p/><b>INTP:</b> L (Death Note)<p/><b>ENTJ:</b> Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder)<p/><b>INTJ:</b> Dr. House<p/><b>ENFJ:</b> Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)<p/><b>INFJ:</b> Will Graham (Hannibal)<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>

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.

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)

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>

you know what’s interesting? looking at what fictional characters have had their mbti types debated between the same types that you’ve debated for yourself. don’t know if you’re an INTJ or an INFJ? you’re in the same boat as Gandalf

so, on that note, an incomplete list of controversial typings I’ve seen around the internet:

INTJ vs ISTJ: Elsa, Katniss, Batman, Snape

INTJ vs INFJ: Gandalf, Saruman, Jean Valjean, Aaron Burr from Hamilton

INTJ vs ISTP vs ESTP: BBC Sherlock

INTJ vs ISFP vs ESFP: Jyn Erso

INTJ vs INTP: 12th Doctor, Smaug

ISTJ vs ESTJ: Hermione

ENFP vs ESFP: Ron Weasley

ISFP vs INFP: Luke Skywalker, Newt Scamander

ENFP vs ENTP vs ENTJ: Hamilton from the musical

ISFJ vs INFP: Eliza from Hamilton

ISFJ vs ESFJ: Bilbo Baggins, Kowalski from Fantastic Beasts

ENTP vs ESTP: Jack Sparrow

ENTP vs ESFP: Tony Stark

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this is obviously very focused on my own type so

please add on to this

and also tag yourself with your favorite fictional controversy buddies

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.

Top 10 INTJ Representations

10. Severus Snape (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

Originally posted by secondhorcrux

Severus is the perfect example of the self obsessed unhealthy INTJ. As a child he had potential to be one of the greatest wizards, to create new spells and new theory. But his tertiary Fi took over his Te strengths and never found his place in society. He was too obsessed with Lily and the loss of her. 

His dysfunctionality is what cause him to be misunderstood by all but Dumbledore (INFJ), an MBTI kindred spirit. Even among readers he is often mistyped as ISTJ and INFP because of his chronic Ni-Fi loop. He feels he is better than all of those around him and doesn’t even feel the need to share his superior intellect, ideas, etc. with others. He isolates others in this way. This classic INTJ dysfunctionality is what puts him at number 10.

9. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden)

Originally posted by issmonthme

Sasuke is such a great INTJ example in fiction. He is determined and let’s his Ni guide him in everything he does. But his Ni leads him to be so focused on his own vision and leaves him detached from those around him, distant from those he cares about. His Te makes him come off even colder and more distant. His inferior Se is what makes him so annoyed with Naruto, yet appreciative of him in the long run.

But it is Sasuke’s tertiary Fi that puts him on the list. His Ni-Fi feeds into his need for self discovery and this finding of himself is what leads Sasuke down his dangerous path AND what makes him far more emotional than he likes to let people know. His fall from his home and into darkness is him slowly breaking down as a consequence of the actions of those before him. His dominant Ni leads him to question everything he knows and try to find the truth of who he is and how he got to be where he finds himself. His Fi is in such a struggle to trying to deal with who he is within his Ni observations and questions that it is the epitome of his character journey in the series.When people say a character can’t be an INTJ cause they are unemotional point to Sasuke. Becuase the “unemotional” part for INTJs comes from their inability to with emotions the ways others expect them to, not that they are robots without their own feelings and without caring.

8. Plankton (Spongebob Squarepants)

Originally posted by sweatypantaloons

This might seem like a random pick for the list and may leave some made about the lack of complexity, but in fact, Plankton is complex and there is a solid reason he has made the Top 10 list for INTJ representations. Many stereotype INTJs as long term planners, whose plans always work because they thought of every possibility. Plankton as a villain is perhaps a far more accurate INTJ representation than these other stereotypes would want you to believe. Plankton has that NI vision for the future that starts with taking down the Krusty Krab and ends in world dominant ion. But he is so fixated on his own vision and doesn’t use his Te that much. He doesn’t in his logical and rational judgments without considering the feelings or thoughts of others, but he doesn’t really let the world know his ideas or plans in the external world.

He recedes into his Fi instead of his Te often. Isolating himself from the world, not sharing his brilliance with others in any real way. His Ni-Fi obsessiveness leads to his self destructive behavior of arrogance and never actually achieving any of his visions. A villain is typically an unhealthy version of their type, hence their ability to kill and be destructive, their unhappiness in general. Many villains are mistyped because their unhealthy function behavior manifests itself in looking like an INTJ, but these are a misuse of functions and not accurate INTJ representations. An actual INTJ villain, stereotypical villain, is Plankton. Forever stuck in the idea that he is a mastermind, with the ability to be one, but so arrogant and stuck in Ni-FI that none of his plans will ever actually work, because he is so far removed from reality. This is what puts him at number 8.

7. Thomas Shelby (Peaky Blinders)

Originally posted by astudyinconsultants

Thomas Shelby is a quintessential INTJ. Everything is going on in his Ni mind and his Te doesn’t lend him to be very emotive in the presentation of his ideas or revealing of his inner world of emotions and thoughts. He sees beyond what the rest of his family and the competition he has sees. This is what makes his rise to power effective, as he is such a behind the scenes worker with Ni determination. He hurts the feelings of those he cares about because of his Te rationality. He is going to do what works, not what others want or feel they should do. We get to see his Fi in his romance with an ISFP, Grace. We see the emotion and inner world of Thomas in his relationship with her. 

Everything Thomas does, he does for his whole family. Despite his INTJ nature to keep others out of the plans, etc. He isn’t coming from a selfish place. He is trying to help create a legacy for his family and make sure they are taken care of. There are a lot of anti-hero stories of INTJs, but this one combines the mastermind and the heart of an INTJ in a very well done way. Putting him at number 7.

6. Ragnar Lothbrok (Vikings)

Originally posted by historyvikings

Ragnar is a great leader of his people because of his INTJ personality, but also loses his people because of this very strength. Ragnar sees beyond what the rest of his people see because of his Ni. He envisions a world for the Vikings far greater than their small minded looting of other lands. He sees a world he can offer them, get for them. Because he is such a visionary he accidentally becomes King. He sacrifices everything for this Ni vision he has, for his people. His Te makes his judgments cold in the eyes of those close to him. Hence his advice to his son that happiness is not part of having power. He does, like Thomas Shelby, what will work. Not what will make him personally happy or what others will approve of. He does what will work for his kingdom.

This way of doing things costs him a lot in his own personal happiness. His vision being all consuming. The only other person who understood him and his Ni was his INFJ friend, Athelstan. It is rare we see a protagonist leader as an INTJ, especially one as a King. Ragnar brings depth to what it means to be an INTJ and gives the INTJ a hero-esque quality rather than the anti-hero type that INTJs seem to lack in fiction. Putting him at number 6.

5. Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit)

Originally posted by tlotrgifs

Gandalf is often mistyped as an INFJ because he fits the quirky sage archetype. But when broken down he is clearly INTJ and not INFJ. (Check out his profile here.) He does not have that secondary Fe, because his focus is not on people, but systems. He does not care for the approval of others and in fact, scoffs at it. He does what will work and what must be done. It is his Fi that attaches him to the world of those below him (as he is basically an archangel in this universe). It is the individuals like Bilbo and Frodo that move him and motivate him. He knows he can only do so much and move the players to a point. But it is the hobbits, with their little deeds that move him and have him believe in what is right and good.

He may have that INTJ superiority complex and arrogance, but he has that tertiary Fi that grounds him instead of isolating him. He is a rather healthy INTJ who moves behind the scenes shaping all of Middle-Earth. For the very fact that he is not an INFJ, but INTJ sage character he is at number 5.

4. Thomas Cromwell (Wolf Hall)

Originally posted by mametupa

A key point to INTJs that have continually pointed out on this post is that INTJs, unlike ENTJs, are behind the scenes workers. They are the unexpected winners, the unexpected who rise to power without you knowing what has happened before it is too late. That is exactly what this lawyer, Thomas Cromwell, does. His Ni makes him see things others don’t, his Te helps him get things done no matter the cost, his Fi motivates him that what he is doing is right, and his Se grounds him so his Ni doesn’t take him too far away from reality. Making the son of a Smith rise to one of the most powerful positions in England at the King’s side. 

The way this character so utterly embodies an INTJ behaviorally is what puts him at number 4 on this list. He is hard to read, listens before acting, questions everything he thinks he knows, doesn’t care what others think of him, etc. You see his Fi come out in spurts in his need to lash out at people like Thomas More. His Ni is what leads him to question the Church and see the hypocrisies surrounding him. He doesn’t act immediately when others hurt him, he has patience. He is willing to wait for the right moment to strike back. Classic INTJ. (Also seen in Ragnar).

3. Varys (Game of Thrones)

Originally posted by tyrionsthrone

Am I going to talk about a behind the scene worker again? Am I talking about an INTJ? Yes and Yes. So many Game of Thrones characters are mistyped as INTj because the show is very INTJ oriented in its design, but the one actual INTJ character in the show is often mistyped, surprisingly as INTP. Which just makes no sense once we actually look at Varys. He has a grand Ni vision for the future of the kingdom and is willing to put all the pieces he can together. He doesn’t want power for himself, but wants to put all the chess pieces in place that work best for his vision of the best kingdom he can create. 

He is creating a kingdom that works best for the system itself, his Te. He is a long range visionary who is guided by his Fi sense of right, but will crush those who are in his way with his Te. He sees so many fighting for the iron throne to be children having tantrums while he is actually trying to be a grown up and get things done. His INTJ nature makes him the one character in the show people should look out for, but no one seems to because he doesn’t emotionally lash out or seek power or satisfaction right away like so many of the characters on Game of Thrones. This puts him exactly where he wants to be, unseen. This puts him at number 3.

2. Elliot Alderson (Mr. Robot)

Originally posted by seriestvquotes

There is a reason I used Elliot Alderson as an example of dominant Ni when explaining how Ni actually manifests itself in my Introverted Intuition piece. Mr. Robot demonstrates how Ni works within the mind. How is questions everything, how is distances the user from humanity and reality, and how big its scope is. He is another INTJ mistyped as INTP for some awful reason. His is a visionary who questions every part of society, who is able to know what he thinks and what should happen without having to actually experience it. That is Ni, while INTPs are very experientially based.

Elliot shows the pessimism in the INTJ. How failed they see society and how disconnected from society the INTJ can feel. There is a deep caring there that may be deeper than what other types have, and that idealism that caring is so strong it leads to detachment. Elliot wants to be in the moment and experience things like others so much. But his Ni is too strong and his Se too inferior that he can’t quite manage to ever just live. He is constantly living at a distance from the moment, analyzing everything, never being able to really engage other people or reality in the way that those around him seem to so easily be able to do. This perfect example of an INTJ puts him at number 2.

1. Bruce Wayne ‘Batman” (Gotham/DC Universe)

Originally posted by pushnpull

There was a reason people got mad at me for originally typing Batman as an ISTJ. Because he is the number one representation of an INTJ I have seen in fiction so far. This isn’t just Bruce Wayne from Gotham, but Batman in general. He is an INTJ archetype. He takes in information and sifts/filters it with Ni. He thinks with rational external principles, that he uses when convenient–secondary Te. He is led by his Fi to do what he thinks is right, but also succumbs to selfishness, arrogance, and isolation because of the Ni-FI loops he often finds himself in. His inferior Se is what makes him so rigid and never wants to just be and let go. He is an INTJ hero. Whether Batman is a good hero is irrelevant. His is THE INTJ superhero. 

He always considers every option and prepares for it. His Ni-Fi leads to a huge amount of paranoia and distrust of others. His NI dominance has him keep knowledge and information from even those he is closest to. He is so in his own world that him having an actual normal relationship with anyone isn’t really possible. He is so fixated on his Ni vision that no one else can come close to the importance of it. His Ni leads him in wierd directions that an ISTJ just wouldn’t go in. His tertiary Fi is what has him have all the Robins he does (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Timothy Drake, and Damien Wayne). He sees not only a part of himself, but the individual, the heart of what he is about in all of these Robins. They help ground him in reality and get him outside of his own head. They all stop him in their own ways from going over board. 

For being a superhero INTJ archetype, Batman gets to be number 1. I use the image of Bruce from Gotham because it shows an INTJ as a child, which we rarely ever see in fiction. He is reserved, thoughtful, and clearly different from others his age. He isn’t just some kid who feels out of place with his peers like most, but an actual INTJ whose functions set him apart from others.


Other Top 10s: ISTP | ENTP | ISFJ

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!

antaresiceslayer  asked:

Hello, I would like to ask you for an advice. I'm writing a story and the main character is INTJ female and I want to write a rival for her, but I'm not sure about her type. ISTJ and INTP came to my mind but I'm not sure. Or is there any other type that would fit better ? Also, their conflict wouldn't be open. I'd be the cold stares, silently trying to surpass each other, but somewhere deep inside respecting each other

Well, in any conflict I can assure that the INTJ will be the one trying silently to surpass the other (but don’t forget about sarcastic comments), but I wouldn’t be as sure for the character the INTJ’s having conflict with. It’s the INTJ’s usual modus operandi to ignore the other’s nonsense and carry on with their plan, but not everyone’s.

I like the types you’ve chosen as “possible rivals”. I’ll go through with them and add two of my own:

  • ISTJ: It makes sense. Although one of my best friends is ISTJ, I see where they could clash. Have you ever watched the musical “Les Miserables”? Jean Valjean, the protagonist, is INTJ and his arch-enemy, Javert, ISTJ. The main issue between the two is that Javert was never able to let go, to forgive Valjean, and stop being obsessed by him. Javert is attached to the past (Si), he had a plan (Te) he believed to be morally right (Fi) and was determined to succeed in it or succumb. Valjean on the other hand had an objective too (Ni) - make his life worthy (Fi) - but was more flexible in making it real (Se) and always came up with clever plans to get rid of Javert once again (Te). Now, I don’t know if you’ve watched the movie or this all it’s just confusing, but the point is that ISTJs are very much obsessed with tradition and tend to link tradition with their sense of morality too, which goes against the INTJ’s principles of “natural progression” and “subjective values”.
  • INTP: OH YES. Me and my math teacher (INTP) always argue, and when we don’t we bitterly look at each other. The problems between us may be summed up as follows: INTJs value efficiency, INTPs waste a lot of energy on non necessarily useful things; INTPs are very precise and detail-oriented and expect the same of others, INTJs are vague and concept-oriented, and therefore appear as “smart but not very knowledgable” to the eye of an INTP. Nice dynamics between the two (if they accept each other’s characteristics I think they would make very good friends actually), and mutual respect (they’re both smart and deep down they admire the other). The only difference from what you said you’d like to have, is that if INTPs think you’re doing something wrong, they won’t let you get away with it. So no “silently surpassing the other”, more like a lot of sarcastic comments and attacks to the other’s mental abilities and general behavior. 
  • ENTP: Similar to INTP (ENTPs tend to get even more carried away from the main topic then INTPs, if possible), but with funnier possible situations in my opinion. ENTPs are like burning fires in human form externally, and internally logical and calm people. INTJs are exactly the opposite: aloof from the outside and unbelievably passionate inside. They balance each other well, both positively and negatively. Imagine Tony Stark disagreeing with (BBC) Sherlock. 
  • ESTP: I’m not sure they could be good rivals, but it’s true they have opposite values from INTJs. They are people person (good at leading the masses and make friends), living in the moment, fun searching people… So something good may come out of a conflict between them and an INTJ. 

Let me know if it makes sense to you too. Good luck with your project and keep me updated, I look forward to have a look at it! And let me know if you need anything else ^^