MBTI Type: ESFP
Tony lives very much in the moment and is always eager to take advantage of situations, which gets them into a lot of trouble—whether that involves trying to sneak a magic mirror across rooftops (and shattering it) or sticking his finger inside a fish to get the magic touch (so he can turn things to gold). He elatedly pitches this idea to Virginia, who snarls at him that if he turns the boat to gold, it would sink and they would all drown. He doesn’t think about the consequences of any of his wishes or see through Wolf selling him a bad deal – just accepts Wolf at face value that he wants to find Virginia to get back his “sweet doggie” and tells him where to find her grandmother (“she’s probably there…”). Prince picks up on the fact that Wolf has bad intentions toward Virginia before Tony does. He also risks everything, sure he can win at gambling, and almost loses it all, to his daughter’s distress. When granted his wishes, he uses most of them on frivolous things – cleaning up the apartment, making a slave of his boss, even wishing for spending money without wondering where any of this is coming from, showing his chronic tendency to ignore long-term thinking (inferior intuition). Tony is both very emotional and rather closed off in his feelings; he’s easily insulted and feels attacked by Virginia whenever she snaps at him, but also doesn’t know how to comfort her in her distress. He says he has looked after her the best he could, but when she bursts into tears, he doesn’t even hug her. He feels responsible for Prince and insists on dragging him all over the place, after he accidentally turns him into gold (he is also quick to use the wishing well to make things right and to push Virginia into “winning the mirror” in the Beautiful Shepherdess competition). Regarding his low Te, Tony is often a man who “states the obvious,” blurting out his thoughts whenever he has them (shrieking, “a tunnel!” in the prison). But he is also more rational and able to push aside his feelings than Virginia – he knows the road is going to slope down and take a gentle curve up the mountain, so he doesn’t want to take the harder, steeper route. He was a successful businessman until he “expanded too quickly” and lost his shirt.
Enneagram: 6w7 sp/so
Prince Wendall actually honors Tony at the end by saying he’s no longer a coward! It’s true that Tony bounces between incredible optimism (wanting to stick his finger in a fish so he can turn everything to gold that he touches) and extreme pessimism, but he lands on the latter more often. He scoffs at the idea of bad luck until it happens to him, then immediately blames everything that happens to him on his “bad luck.” He often cautions Virginia about stopping to help people, give things away, or trust Wolf, and yet is somewhat naïve about their traveling companion. He frets and assumes the worst is going to happen to them and there’s nothing he can do about it, and constantly complains about being responsible and yet never appreciated (he considers himself a nobody who “bends over and takes it” at his job). When things go his way, he becomes a lot more arrogant – wanting servants and to be obeyed and worshipped (until it starts becoming annoying), as he moves toward 3. His 7 wing is optimistic and playful, but also idealistic and at times foolish. He has total confidence he can beat everyone at cards, and refuses to listen when Virginia reminds him they lost all their money in Vegas and had to sell their car (he dismisses it and insists that was “the year prior”). He falls for a get-rich-quick-scheme when it’s presented in the form of a magic bean, then breaks the glass to get at the fish that can make your finger a gold-producing touch. Unlike Virginia, Tony ops to stay in the 9 Kingdoms in an esteemed position and take his chances at building Bouncing Castles and other attractions, because it holds so much more fascination for him than his lousy Central Park-adjacent apartment. He doesn’t like Virginia storming out on him and leaving him alone to fend for himself.