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Penny Dreadful MBTI

Sir Malcolm Murray
ESTJ [The Supervisor]

ESTJs see reality as a kind of puzzle whose pieces must fit together logically if they are to understand the whole picture. They have an incisive understanding of organization and complexity. ESTJs reason conceptually, one step at a time. The problems that absorb them are too complicated to be solved by common sense or intuition. They require negotiation of structural relationships by way of logic. ESTJs observe facts, draw tentative conclusions, predict what will happen next, then check their predictions against real-life consequences. Anything that can’t be proved by hard evidence is ruled out. ESTJs generally want their abilities to be useful to others. ESTJs see themselves more as advocates–people whose position and knowledge permit them to represent a system and to negotiate its structure for others. 

When ESTJs use Introverted Sensation only to support Extraverted Thinking assumptions, they’re inclined to mistake being impersonal and logical for being objective and realistic. As a result, they lose sight of the variables that don’t make rational sense to them. ESTJs who are flooded with the personal and subjective motivations of inferior Feeling usually respond by increasing their efforts to stay impersonal, logical, and in control. They stick firmly to what they know hot to do. They don’t realize how emotionally invested they are in the specifics of this knowledge. [Thomson]

Vanessa Ives
INFJ [The Protector]

Because INFJs use Extraverted Feeling to relate to the outer world, they may seem more outgoing than they really are. Their personal approach and ability to find common ground with others combines with their Intuitive need for innovation and alternative views, and they frequently find themselves in the position of authority. INFJs are more like INTJs than they initially appear. Their primary relationship is to their inner world, and they are receptive to others only up to a point. Indeed, these types often find that their sympathy and perceptive listening have been mistaken for an overture of friendship, which they didn’t intend. The truth is that Introverted Intuition inclines them to keep a part of themselves in reserve–to locate their true identity outside the expectations of others. Because they don’t usually know right away the import of what they’re Intuiting, they may “go along” with a questionable situation until they can get hold of how they actually feel about it. 

INFJs are genuine romantics. They can’t help but Intuit the individual emotions and visions that lie outside the standard canons of generalized knowledge. INFJs are exquisitely sensitive to nuance and suggestion–all the ways we unwittingly express how we feel, who we are, what we believe about ourselves and others. INFJs frequently express themselves indirectly, depending on unstated implication to carry their meaning, and they can be put off by too direct a reference to something of great value to them. INFJs have a tendency to use their secondary function for protection–for example, to distance themselves from a relationship that demands too much of them emotionally. If their inner life is not balanced with reality, they may feel so different from others that they become self-conscious and defensive. They may be drawn to dysfunctional people, romanticizing their ability to see something in them that others cannot see. [Thomson]
In-Depth Profile

Ethan Chandler
ISFP [The Artist]

Oriented by Introverted Feeling and Extraverted Sensation, these types are very much in the here and now. Naturally spontaneous, they live as though each experience were newly discovered and their primary purpose were to be in harmony with it. Such types understand outward reality by way of sensory skills so finely tuned that they’re likely to have a strong identification with nature. ISFPs learn by experience, and they need hands-on contact in order to know something well. They don’t require perceptual novelty to stay interested in something. When their Judgment is engaged, ISFPs are focused, contained, and nearly inexhaustible. Their engagement has nothing in common with the goal-oriented Judgment of ESJs. ISFPs don’t think in terms of objective limits and requirements. 

They think in terms of values–what’s right in the situation at hand. They lose sight of themselves as objects, rushing in where angels fear to tread. ISFPs are most likely to feel bogged down by possessions and material constraint when they’re too dependent on their dominant function. Their inferior function, Extraverted Thinking, is too far away from their conscious aims and goals. ISFPs don’t recognize their Thinking impulses as part of themselves. They simply feel that they’re losing contact with their deepest self, and the only way they know how to solve the problem is to reject claims of anything that doesn’t support that contact. They are pushed to use their secondary function defensively to assert their existential freedom. [Thomson]

Dorian Gray
ESFP [The Performer]

ESFPs best illustrate Jung’s description of the Sensation type as a lover–a “lover of tangible reality.” Such types have a good eye for detail and are aware of and interested in anything that appeals to the senses: food, clothing, style, art, music, amusement, sports, and so forth. They generally enjoy “going with the flow” and will take pleasure in whatever is happening until it no longer seems enjoyable. ESFPs tend to be generous sorts, and they may seem vulnerable, even naive, because they’re inclined to surrender themselves to the moment without restraint. Whatever they’re in, they’re in wholeheartedly, and if they’re not interested, they’re likely to escape or create a humorous diversion. Thus, ESFPs may strike people as not taking life seriously enough, not caring enough about the consequences of their actions. In truth, these types are usually ambitious and want to be admired and respected, bu they don’t make plans the way judging types do. They think perceptually, alert to the opportunities life offers them. 

Introverted Feeling encourages ESFPs to be interested in people. They notice the way people say things, how they look when they say them, the intonation of their voices, the language of their bodies. ESFPS are bona fide Percievers. Connections with people are important to them only while they are happening; their attention easily diverted by something else. Unhealthy ESFPs may attempt to start over again, trying to find a new lease on life. This often happens in conjunction with their tertiary function, Extraverted Thinking, which prompts them to find an external explanation for their lack of satisfaction. ESFPs are particularly susceptible to popular religious, political, or psychological theories that make sense of life and involve them with others who are having the same experience. Without some internal code of honor, these types tend to be social chameleons. [Thomson]

Dr. Victor Frankenstein
INTP [The Thinker]

INTPs depend on Introverted Thinking, a form of reasoning that operates on the basis of immediate perceptual information. They are able to grasp, all at once, the structural logic of a system or process. INTPs relate to the outer world with Extraverted Intuition, so their need for direct experience is not clear. INTPs are interested in logical possibilities of structure: the way form and context interact with and exert change on each other. They’re more at home with theoretical reasoning, however, they do require visual and tactile contact with a system in order to reason properly. INTPs are likely to be more interested in the idea that animates a system and its impact on reality than they are with the system’s objective utility. Galvanized by Intuition, INTPs will strive for theoretical systems that include all possible variables, but such theories can fall short of application in the real world. Accordingly, these types can be frustrated by the need to defend their ideas in terms of Extraverted logic.

INTPs who get stuck in their dominant function, and their least-conscious function, Extraverted Feeling, gets too far away from their will and aims. Such types are gradually flooded with unconscious desires for others’ approval and appreciation, which undermine their impersonal approach to life. The more emotionally unavailable these types become, the more they experience themselves as emotionally vulnerable, constantly open to heartache and rejection. They begin to isolate themselves from others, persuading themselves that most people are too pedestrian to grasp what they can see. [Thomson]

Lily (Brona Croft)
ENTP [The Visionary]

ENTPs are agressive, expansive, and opportunistic in the best sense of the word. They have no doubt about the importance of what they’re doing, and they’re at their best when they feel challenged and have to improvise. They want to be inspired, are rarely content with things as they are. ENTPs are so alert to systematic logic that they often see relationships among elements that no one has ever considered before. Once engaged, ENTPs are completely invested in their work–eating, sleeping, and dreaming their particular vision. Others can experience the ENTP as alternately seductive, impatient, and indifferent, and such types are not above intimidating people with the mercurial nature of their mind. 

Extraverted Intuitives foreshadow a new way of looking at things–a paradigm that reveals unsuspected connections and permits us to see the world differently. Like all intuitives, they can be playful, but their sense of play is generally confrontational, and they may have a tendency to “test” people with a barrage of puns and bantering remarks. The thrill of being tested beyond their own resources is so pleasurable to ENTPs that they may take unnecessary chances simply for the opportunity to improvise and beat the odds. Sometimes this involves physical risk, particularly if the enterprise also invoices the promise of discovery. Extreme types can seem downright hypomanic–unable to to contain their own energy, intolerant, impulsive, full of passionate conviction, certain that ordinary rules don’t apply to their own behaviors. [Thomson]

John Clare
INFP [The Dreamer]

Although Feeling always determines a form of idealism, the values determined by Introverted Feeling are different from the Extraverted sort. Extraverted Feeling presides over social values–current ideas about how relationships in the community are best conducted. Introverted Feeling determines subjective values–convictions about how life is best lived. Such values are trained by direct experience of good and bad behaviors, and they claim us from within. INFPs yearn to experience oneness with their circumstances, but Intuition prevents them from satisfying this longing as ISFPs do, by losing themselves in a physical activity. Intuition doesn’t push INFPs to act. It pushes them to interpret: to see the potential of their thoughts and behaviors in terms of their ideals. 

Because their ideals are wholisitc, INFPs feel responsible not only for their actions but for their desire to take action, and they have a nearly karmic idea of balance. If they betray their ideals in either deed or feeling, they try to make restitution. When good things happen, they may worry about paying a price. Introverted Feeling prompts them to hold unconditional human values, and they use Intuition to figure out what that means in terms of their existential context. When they stop using Intuition to defend themselves, their first instinct is to assert the importance of their Feeling goals. They challenge people, question the aspects of the situation that strike them as problematic. This “feels” like Extraverted behavior, but it isn’t. Extraversion moves us to take the objective world for granted. It’s Introversion that strives to adapt the objective situation to itself. [Thomson]

ISFJ [The Defender]

ISFJs are most comfortable with facts and information about concrete reality. ISFJs relate to the outer world in a decidedly personal way, with Extraverted Feeling. ISFJs are hihgly alert to behaviors and gestures that suggest another’s emotional attitude, needs, or expectations, and they generally acquire knowledge that allows them to be of service–preferably to one person at a time. ISFJs are so focused on others’ goals and expectations that they can seem literally selfless, without a full personality of their own. ISFJs need to feel needed. ISFJs are more subjective in their motivations. Their behavior is dictated no by their social role, but by their self-experience as a helper, rescuer, or nurturer. Most ISFJs find that they are drawn to and attract individuals who need them wherever they go. Moreover, the response of an ISFJ to another’s need is immediate, dictated entirely bu the others’ situation. 

They rarely consider the amount of time and effort their involvement will require–or even the potential consequences of their actions. They may find it difficult to justify, or even verbalize, their fundamental motives, but they are quite certain they are doing the right thing and will not be swayed fro their perceived task. [Thomson]

Evelyn Poole
ENTJ [The Commander]

Like ESTJs, ENTJs reason conceptually, with deductive and inductive logic. But these types are not content to negotiate structural relationships within a system. ENTJs want to be in charge of a system, to improve it, to realize its functional potential. Such types are not advocates and administrators so much as natural leaders–decisive, charismatic, impelled by the courage of conviction, and able to manage power with confidence and determination. Their energy and ambition in the service of an idea can put on in mind of ENTPs. But ENTJs don’t share the Perceiver’s holographic visionary perspective. Like all types who use Extraverted Thinking, ENTJs need factual and material predictability for their skills to operate well.

ENTJs have an abiding sense of their own authority, and they often find themselves in a position to lead. They don’t push for direct control. They assume it, and people respond accordingly. Their strength, their strategic ability, and their pragmatic approach to rules and policy (if it works, use it; if it doesn’t, change it) motivates others to follow them–to earn their respect. However, ENTJs don’t pay attention to the effect they have on others in the emotional realm. [Thomson]

Ferdinand Lyle
ESFJ [The Supporter]

ESFJs know who they are, quite literally, by way of their relationships, and they thrive on their multiple roles and responsibilities. They’re not necessarily “joiners.” These types have a natural sense of community, and it informs everything they do. They’re quick to assume the responsibilities that marks them as supportive and contributing members. ESFJs reason personally, in terms of their relationships, so their identity derives from the roles they play in people’s lives. ESFJs are concerned with social time and space, their questions centering around common values and connection in the community. They live by the values of the roles they’ve taken on. They want their behaviors to stand as evidence of right relationships to others.

These values are also the ESFJ’s primary criterion for appraisingIS others’ behaviors. Such types may, for this reason, have a strong sense of how things “ought” to be. Conversely, the absence of behaviors they associate with a particular role or social occasion can hurt or offend them. The ESFJ’s values are not a matter of individual preference. These types won’t act on their subjective observations and reactions until they’ve measured them against the prevailing social current. Feeling types use logic to assess their options, but they solve a problem by seeking consensus. [Thomson]

Hecate Poole
ISTP [The Virtuoso]

ISTPs have to be active in order to use Introverted Thinking. They need hands-on involvement so they can feel a situation’s impact and gauge the effects of their behaviors on it. Unless they experience this kind of contact, they’re likely to be bored and restless. They can’t get enough perceptual feedback to sustain their attention. For this reason, ISTPs can be misunderstood as impulsive or hyperactive. They don’t reason conceptually, like Extraverted Thinkers. They reason with their bodies as a situation is happening. For J types, who see the world in terms of general rules and predictable structural relationships, ISTPs appear to be out of control, unable to delay gratification, insistent on doing whatever they want.

But Thinking is always discriminating and logical, whether it’s Extraverted or Introverted. Extraverted Thinking is objective. It operates by way of signs that represent what is generally true about experience. Introverted Thinking is subjective. It operates by way of participation and a grasp of what’s structurally possible in an immediate situation. Their skill is to find a reasoned balance between structure and freedom. They prefer to remain independent. [Thomson]

Bartholomew Rusk
ISTJ [The Inspector]

ISTJs are so task-oriented, and so conscientious in their handling of details and standards procedures, that they are often stereotyped as “establishment” types, weighed down by the gravity of institutional priorities. Although ISTJs are indeed careful, and concerned to preserve what has been proved to be worthwhile, these characteristics are only a part of the type’s approach to the world–the part that most people see. ISTJs are fundamentally Introverted Sensates, with a highly subjective, original turn of mind. As Introverted Sensates, ISTJs are unparalleled realists. However, they don’t concern themselves with external reality as such. They relate to facts about  external reality, and largely by way of mental constructs determined by Extraverted Thinking: words, numbers, schemes, diagrams, hierarchies, methods, and codes of conduct.

Outward predictability is important to them only insofar as events and experiences involve their primary interests and emotional investments. The very selectivity of the type’s sensations gives ISTJs an extraordinary capacity for detail in the areas that strike them as important. Where data and figures are concerned, ISTJs are painstakingly thorough. Such types make persistent, informed, tough-minded people. Their powers of concentration are unequaled–and nothing escapes their attention. [Thomson]

Dr. Henry Jekyll
INTJ [The Scientist]

Because INTJs rely on Extraverted Thinking for their dealings with their outer world, they often have a scientific, somewhat skeptical approach to reality. They want to know how things work and what they’re likely to do under varying circumstances. Impatient with wasted motion, words, and emotion, their outward demeanor may be difficult to read. Although they superficially resemble Extraverted Thinkers, INTJs are always guided by their intuition. They are rarely committed to general assumptions about rules, laws, and hierarchy. INTJs will use what works in the service of their ideas; and they will quickly discard or change what doesn’t. Because their inner process is tied to their sense of self, INTJs can take a long time to figure out “who they really are.” Such types can develop the destructive habit of formulating their identity in terms of their ability to see a situation’s limits, needing to find the flaws that will allow them to become spectators rather than performers.

They will not entertain another’s judgment of their worth unless they believe the person intellectual qualified to make the assessment. INTJs can also be lonely behind the reserve, not knowing how to fit in even when they want to be included. As opposed to their usual view of reality as arbitrary, they begin to experience the influence of primitive Extraverted Sensation and feel an anxious dense of material possession. They feel impulsive, out of control, and unable to take anything for granted. They worry that their intellectual life will never get back on track until the relationship becomes more ordinary and settled. Ultimately, they attempt to regain control–by pressing declarations and permanency, even if their own intentions aren’t clear to them yet, or by using their critical judgment to distance themselves from their emotions. [Thomson]

Dr. Alexander Sweet
ENFP [The Inspirer]

ENFPs are the most optimistic of the types–not because they’re determined to see the positive, but because they focus on hopeful possibilities. They grasp patterns very quickly, but their interest in them is decidedly personal. They see people’s potential for loving, for learning, for making a difference, and they look for ways to nurture and encourage it. ENFPs are so alert to circumstantial potential that they can adapt themselves to almost any job that interests them. They’re inclusivists of the first order, deeply concerned by standards or institutions that categorize people or limit their natural potential. ENFPs are often eloquent in their arguments for social institutions that recognize the dignity of all people. 

When unhealthy, Extraverted Thinking is egocentric. It convinces ENFPs that others should respect their priorities. From an Extraverted Intuitive standpoint, of course, a priority is whatever the ENFP is responding to right now. The defensive utility of this strategy is clear. It allows ENFPs to maintain their immediate approach to life, but it also gives them the idea that people who want something different from them are being unreasonable and depriving them of respect. The important thing is to do what’s right for themselves. Ultimately, ENFPs need more than freedom and opportunity. They long for intimacy, relationships they can count on, people who will stand by them no matter what the circumstances. [Thomson]

Catriona Hartdegan
ESTP [The Adventurer]

ESTPs are realists of the first order. Like all Sensates, they are geared by their senses and enjoy action and stimulation. But unlike the ESFP, who is drawn by Introverted Feeling to an interest in people, the ESTP is galvanized by Introverted Thinking toward situations involving risk, strategy, and serious competition. Whether male or female, these types are the quintessential adventurers. They like the thrill of the game. Introverted Thinking gives ESTPs a talent for evaluating the variables in a crisis situation, and they invariably respond with action. They take in so much information at a glance that they may seem to have a sixth sense. They know far more than they’re able to express about what’s likely to happen and what they can do to prevent or support it. 

ESTPs are usually charismatic, often charming. ESTPs are alert to other’s reactions that they can use this skill to advantage, negotiating ends favorable to their own interests. An ESTP may be ruthlessly pragmatic in this respect, fully capable of depersonalizing  a situation, seeing others as players in a game that inevitably results in winners and losers. [Thomson]

The thing I really, truly like about what Penny Dreadful did with Lily: for a season and a half now, Caliban/John Clare has been running around saying he was OWED a woman, that he was owed a PRETTY woman to his liking, that Lily BELONGED to him, etc.  And he was willing to kill people over it.  (RIP Van Helsing)

And look, I think we all knew that house of cards was going to come crashing down, but it seemed like we were setting up for Lily to reject him solely for Victor and Caliban to wind up with the blind girl he works with, which would have tied things up in a tidy little bow even though the implications (particularly with Lily/Victor) would have been…troublesome.


His comeuppance isn’t that he doesn’t get what he demanded, his comeuppance is that gets exactly what he asked for. Lily wants him.  Lily wants to be his.  Lily is willing to be the creature that walks in the shadows with him.

Lara Croft is this generation's John Rambo
By Chris Plante

I love this article by Chris Plante on the realization that Lara Croft is basically Rambo.

​Lara winces at Ana’s words — as if Lara somehow doesn’t have the chutzpah in her to pull the trigger. I snort, because if there’s one thing Lara Croft is better at than Ana’s men, it’s killing. In the first seven hours of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara shoots, burns, stabs, and drowns men from Syria to Siberia, scavenging their bodies for resources before leaving the pillaged detritus to rot in the sun. The self-professed archaeologist shows roughly the same level of respect to ancient tombs, which she raids not for monetary gain or historical artifacts, but for weaponry and ancient, lost knowledge of combat that makes her a more efficient killer. As an archaeologist, Lara Croft’s not simply bad, she’s a threat to the entire craft. She’s a bull on an international tour of china shops.

I played nearly 20 hours of Tomb Raider this weekend, spending a lot of time on side quests and gathering XP. I played the moment they are talking about in the above excerpt just yesterday. And while I also find some of the story beats out of sync with the game play (like… just pull the trigger, srsly) Chris put it words to paper far better than I could have. 

Lara Croft is top notch at practically all things, from skinning bears to uncovering lavish, riches-strewn tombs lost for centuries in the Russian wilderness, mere yards from Soviet mining sites. But like Bo Jackson’s time in the NFL, her archaeologist career is supplemental.

I mean that’s fire.