MBTI Type: ISTP
Wade is a detached analytical thinker who has a great interest in how people work and a presumption about their moral hypocrisies, built on his observation of others over time – his inner system of logic tells him that true nobility and godliness do not exist, so confronted with Dan, he is first skeptical, then amused, then intrigued, and finally “won over” to his cause because of the force of his convictions. He spends a great deal of his time speculating and thinking, pointing out the shortfalls in other people and their rationalizations (remarking that one man complained about his thievery but not all the people he has killed; that another has used ‘protecting’ settlers as an excuse to gun down innocent Apache women and children). He has established a set of ‘rules’ for his gang, which includes checking presumed-dead Pinkertons, and when one man fails to do so and endangers them, Wade kills him to set an example. He uses Fe mostly to probe people and attempt to persuade them into releasing him, to charm a barmaid into sleeping with him, and to intimidate others, but shows no great capacity for emotional understanding. Like a lot of low Fe’s, however, other people can ‘rub off’ on him – influencing his decision at the end to help Dan accomplish his mission so that his son has someone to look up to and admire and will find him heroic. He also has generalized moral thinking that abhors violence against innocent people; because he sees Dan as innocent, he does not want him killed. He leaves him and his son alive despite being witnesses to the stagecoach robbery, and feels disgust at the thought of Byron’s crimes against innocent children. He is a smooth operator and an opportunist, who confronts problems both immediately and can hold back and size up a situation before he acts. Wade steals and leaves horses by the side of the road for their owner, takes a risk in appearing in town despite knowing they are looking for him (and stays to sleep with and draw a barmaid), slips a fork into his sleeve at the dinner table, and uses it later to kill a man. He tosses another man off a cliff, steals his gun, and holds up the others. Wade notices they are being watched by ruthless Apaches long before the others do, and takes direct action to kill them and save himself. He is often physically brutal and confident with his hands, but also has a deep introspective and contemplative side. Wade has an almost uncanny ability to know how to get under other people’s skins; he tests and pushes their buttons to figure out their pressure points. He ponders and talks about the nuances of morality and scriptural thinking, the nature of good and evil, and often uses metaphorical language. Often when he has nothing else to do, Wade contemplates life.
Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so
Wade sees vulnerability and weakness as something to deny in himself and push away; he responds to any attempt by Dan’s son to insist that he has some good in him by denying it and saying he’s “rotten as hell,” because he has to be to “run my gang.” He winds up killing Charlie both out of a rage in him shooting Dan (an innocent man, which breaks his code) and because Charlie disobeyed him and did not stop firing when he told him to. Wade has an aggressive, no-nonsense approach and instantly takes control in situations; he is not easily provoked, but waits for his chance to strike. No one can intimidate or scare him. His 9 wing is contemplative, calm, and detached, even in intense situations. He can be charming and even likable, but always “dangerous.”