Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Javert is a serious and practical man, who works his way up the ranks in the police force by being a solid, dependable individual upon whom his superiors can trust to be always there, getting the job done. But he tends to fixate obsessively on the “one prisoner” who got away – Valjean. He tracks him relentlessly over several decades, unable to move on. And Valjean’s behavior does not “track” with what he saw of him in prison, or what he knows of human nature depending on his years of service (that criminals are “bad”), causing him to have a serious self-crisis of faith that leads to his eventual suicide. He is a tough, no-nonsense man, used to getting things done and giving out orders, who is fully capable of going undercover in the Revolution (it isn’t his fault he’s caught), and has a black and white sense of moral justice and order. One of his last acts is to leave a long list of logical improvement suggestions for his superior officer, including how they might streamline the process of prisoner transport (the removal of their shoes causes them to get sick, and need expensive medical attention, etc). He can be somewhat callous and withdrawn at times, but also takes his duties very seriously, has a sense of moral anger toward misbehavior, and throws himself fully into his treasured position as a policeman (he came from “nothing”).
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Javert undoes himself through his inability to be more flexible. His strong sense of moral justice is so ruthless, he hunts Valjean down when he could let him escape. He comes across as rigid and unyielding. He can be terse with people and morally reproachful of their decisions, actions, and life choices. Even when his sympathy is aroused, and he decides to let Valjean go, Javert cannot live with his “one mistake” in an esteemed career and commits suicide, because the idea of letting a good criminal go is so against all of his personal high standards, beliefs, and moral opinions; it has made him “bad” and he cannot live with himself. He is such a high idealist (9 wing) that he can be out of touch with the world and the decisions people are forced to make in it.