MBTI Type: ISTJ
Stannis believes the world works in a certain manner as proven through history, and he has no choice but to live according to these practices: he holds a castle because his brother tells him to, then relinquishes it without a fight to Renly when the king gives it away (believing the king is the ultimate authority, demanding obedience). After Robert dies, knowing his children are incestuous “bastards,” Stannis intends to claim his “rightful place” on the Iron Throne as the eldest living Baratheon brother – even if he does not want the job. He is the eldest. He must do his duty, his task, along with other “duties” that “give [me] no pleasure.” Stannis’ belief that he can claim the throne is somewhat out of touch with reality and rooted in ancient beliefs (sons inherit, or uncles inherit, that is the way of the world). He is a patient man, enduring a year-long siege without complaint but also tends to place faith in things that have proven themselves before – his increasing trust in Melisandre as she leads him through small victories eventually leads him to destruction. He is the undisputed “battle commander,” known for war tactics. Stannis’ calculated assault on King’s Landing would have succeeded without the last minute arrival of the Tyrells and the Lannister armies. He negotiates on purely logical terms, often refusing to relinquish his rights. Once committing to a task, he is unafraid to sacrifice lives in pursuit of attaining his goal (he reasons that thousands will die taking King’s Landing but chooses to attack anyway – and persists in the assault after his sea army is wiped out). He insists on naming things as they are (the queens’ children are bastards). He sneers at emotional decisions, reminding others that Ned Stark’s “honor” killed him. He offers to reward Jon Snow with lands and titles for his support in the north, knowing he cannot fight without Stark support. Stannis also realizes the way to win the throne is to protect it from the White Walkers. He does not invent new methods; he uses existing systems and tactics to achieve measurable success… and he hates bad grammar. Though Stannis occasionally shows fondness for Davos, or at least respect, his emotions are buried deep. He tends to measure things in terms of “duty” rather than emotional ties; he goes to the ends of the earth to save his daughter’s life and slow her disease, because she is “his only living heir.” But his values do not prevent her eventual sacrifice. He has no hesitation in punishing the guilty, in imprisoning Davos for treason, or ignoring his wife, because he has no affection for her. Others find him “cold”; he doesn’t care what they think. Though Stannis is not afraid to change tactics to achieve his goal (he tries several different ways to win the throne), he has little faith in “hunches,” or “prophecies,” and does not fully believe Melisandre until she shows him a vision in the flames. He is rigid and unyielding and lacks a sense of humor, but is able at times to see the broader perspective (if he does not prevent the northern problems, there will be no kingdom for him to rule later).
Enneagram: 1w9 sp/so
Stannis believes in ruling according to the rules of the realm, and in being precise and exacting. He is stiff and cold, uncompromising, but not unfair; often hard on himself, restricting his natural needs and instincts, leading him to severe sexual repression and a distance from his emotions. His focus on right and wrong, the proper way to do things, and the lawful throne makes him a cold and distant man. As a self-preservation subtype, he is harsh with himself and others, deeply regretful of the things he must do to become king (having doubts about the shadow creatures), and rigid in sticking to his moral beliefs. His 9 wing makes him calm and not want to engage in unnecessary conflict or disagreement, but also further distances himself from his deeper emotions. He can become needy and feel a sense of abandonment and isolation under severe stress (slipping into unhealthy 4 attitudes).