Functional Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
Merlin has an effortless sense of logic that doesn’t allow for emotions to cloud his judgment – when they come upon a bunch of dead peasants dumped into a ravine and left, while Arthur wants to honor them with burial, Merlin states that if they linger to clean up the mess, whomever killed these people might discover and kill them, therefore they cannot stop. He advocates to keep moving – and insists they do. When a knight wants to abandon Arthur because of a betrayal, Merlin reminds him of his oath to serve Camelot, of his honor, and asks him to stay and defend the low country – and says he will deal with Arthur. He’s angry at Arthur not for his romantic affair, but because Arthur never told him about it, therefore allowing Merlin to make contingency plans to cover him. When Igraine says they ought to create a fuss and escape, that he should use his sorcery to free them from Morgan’s men, Merlin says no, that would just confirm him as a sorcerer in the eyes of the people and validate the fear and distrust Morgan has planted in them. Merlin does not allow himself feelings much, and doesn’t fully trust them. When a child dies whom he is fond of, he denies Igraine’s suggestion that “you cared for him deeply,” and turns it into a sworn oath that when he finds whomever did this, he will kill them. He is a long-term planner; he took Arthur away from his mother, sent him to live with peasants, and then came for him to thwart Morgan’s claim to the throne. He planted a sword in the stone either decades or centuries ago, and built a legend around it, so that when Arthur pulls it up and out, the people will accept his kingship without question. He has a lot of instinctual awareness about whom to trust or distrust; Arthur says he is always looking darkly upon people – well, Merlin has good instincts. He intuitively senses several of Morgan’s plans, but is not always adept at following her emotional dynamics (he knows she is working against Arthur and not to be trusted, that Arthur should not forgive her). When Morgan captures him, Merlin decides not to escape, because this will reveal, he hopes, her “true nature” to her brother. When Morgan attempts to frame an accidental murder as a pure accident and clear herself, Merlin intuitively knows something is amiss and that this was no accident. He will engage physically when necessary, but does not particularly like to, and spends a lot of time attempting to repress his sensual desires and instincts. But he can be impulsive, such as when he rides off to confront Morgan without a significant protective escort; when he helped King Uther disguise himself in order to sleep with Igraine, and when he also beds Igraine, without thinking about the potential consequences.
Enneagram: 1w9 sp/so
Merlin admits to Igraine that he is afraid of “losing control” over himself – that his actions will become reckless, violent, and even cruel. When he casts a spell to stop a girl fleeing across the lake from stealing Excaliber, and it causes her to drown because she cannot break through the ice, Merlin punishes himself terribly. He dwells on it. He focuses on what he did wrong. He lives seeped in guilt. He admits that he used to do magic, but that it got out of control and hurt people, so he stopped. He has strong, even harsh moral views at times, but also a great determination to alter England through Arthur, to build a new Camelot, to use someone else and his greater potential to create a better world. He’s an idealist who sees how to improve things, who trusts his gut instincts, and whose 9 wing avoids conflict whenever possible. He can be distant and cold, often refusing to give in to his own desires.