MBTI Type: INTJ
Richelieu has a grand vision for France’s future, which includes it being a global power, on equal terms with Spain. Many of his decisions are motivated toward making that larger scheme come into focus, and he discards any ideas or ambitions that have nothing to do with it – for example, he considers becoming a Pope briefly but then throws that aside in favor of dominating the papal ambassador, claiming that was never his desire in the first place. Richelieu is good at foreseeing and taking care of the long-term consequences of others’ decisions, and thinking in futuristic terms, both within days and decades. He appreciates fine things and has a beautiful mistress – whom he kills without a second thought, on a whim, when he realizes she’s being unfaithful to him. Richelieu doesn’t like to act on impulse, and indeed, that’s when he makes his biggest blunders. His impulsive decision to off Queen Anne on the whim of the king threatens his power, places his deeds under suspicion, reveals his connection to Lady DeWinter, and almost gets him killed. In those moments, he thinks only of a singular goal (Ni), the potential for an alliance (Te) and acts in the moment (Se), without his usual months of careful planning, and it all falls apart. His reasoning is rational, his methods devoted to serving a specific purpose, from arranging hit men and kidnapping or killing potential heirs to the throne, to ensuring the king has whatever his heart desires. Richelieu can argue the king into sensible behavior through rational debate; he points out the obvious facts of a situation, sometimes in brutal terms (“the queen is barren!”) and is frank, effective at leadership, and comfortable making plans and executing them. He’s detached enough to find scapegoats without thought for their lives or feelings. His own feelings remain sheltered, but reveal that his greatest ambition is ultimate power. Under stress, he becomes more emotional than usual, blaming Lady DeWinter for her muck-ups and informing her that he’s not so loyal to her that he’ll take the fall with or for her; he’ll leave it all on her shoulders. Richelieu is grateful for the queen’s mercy, and prompted to show mercy of his own – but only when others convince him of the rationality of it, and show how he can benefit from it, on an individual and practical level.
Enneagram: 3w4 so/sp
Richelieu works hard to come across as competent, efficient and powerful, sneering at the lack of ambition in his fellow priests and choosing to keep ruling France from behind Louis rather than make a bid for the Pope’s seat. He focuses on getting things done, at whatever cost – as an unhealthy social 3, he does not mind sacrificing other people or cheating, deceiving, and seducing to get what he wants. He has an air of superiority and quiet to him, borne from his 4 wing’s desire for self-reliance and to focus on the task at hand, rather than wasting time mentoring others. He can go dead to his emotions under stress (moving to unhealthy 9).