Do you know what the beauty of this scene at the beginning of The Muppet Movie is? It’s that Kermit has just been approached for the first time by a Hollywood talent agent who tells him he’d be a shoe-in, and that he could be rich and famous. Kermit actually couldn’t care less about that, and he’s pretty happy right where he is. But then the agent tells Kermit he could make millions of people happy. That’s when Kermit first feels something stirring inside him. Kermit is the least egotistical character I’ve ever seen try to pursue fame and entertainment. He also shows that he’s scared to leave where he’s comfortable, as many very normal people are. Why leave a place that you’ve known your whole life for the chance at something that seems so far fetched that it can’t ever be real? And yet, despite that, he feels called to do something bigger. He hints at it only a minute or two before that in the opening song Rainbow Connection, saying he hears some voice calling to him that he can’t ignore, and that there’s something he’s supposed to be. Kermit is the ultimate embodiment of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and giving something a chance against all odds, and not even for himself, but because he thinks it would bring happiness to the whole world.
We should all strive to be like the Kermit portrayed in The Muppet Movie.
The Muppet Movie (1979) The Great Muppet Caper (1981) The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Muppets From Space (1999) The Muppets (2011) Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
INFP, the Healer, the Dreamer, the Harmonzier-Clarifier
So Kermit is my hero.
I realized early on in my MBTI-nerdom that we shared the same personality type, and all the strengths and weaknesses that go with it. By then, I’d already started collecting Kermit stuff. It began with a PEZ dispenser and now occupies a shelf in my living room. I appreciate Kermit’s willingness to be himself, to encourage the best in others, to roll with life’s chaos and keep moving, and his ability to come out of a self-critical tailspin and find his dreams again.
Dominant Function: Introverted Feeling (Fi), “Evaluate the Experience”
At his best, Kermit the Frog presents as chill, calm, polite, and even gallantly gracious. He has a high standard of professionalism and always says nice things about his guests. He has a strong desire to make the world a better place by making people happy through singing, dancing, and telling jokes.
He appreciates his own uniqueness and specialness, or “Bein’ Green,” a lesson he has to remind himself of from time to time. He also appreciates others’ individuality and quirks, which makes The Muppet Show a haven for the weirdos that work there. He has a strong inner sense of right and wrong, too, and can’t be convinced for anything to work for Doc Hopper’s frog leg restaurants—in fact, he denounces the commercials as the most horrible, despicable thing he’s ever seen. Kermit often finds himself standing up for the group against ruthless villains who would destroy their misfit, makeshift family group.