Taken: Bryan Mills [ESTJ]

Function Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

– Bryan Mills

Bryan’s wife calls him the “rules man,” because he is forever setting up rules as a rate of exchange in negotiating with his daughter; if she wants to go on a trip to Paris, she can do so under his conditions (she calls when she gets there, she calls every night, and if she leaves the apartment and moves somewhere else, she updates him on where to find her and how to reach her). Bryan spent fifteen years working as a ‘preventer’ for the government, stopping bad things from happening, and neglected his wife and child in the process. This led to a divorce, but he has strived to maintain and repair the relationship, by showing up in his daughter’s life and attempting to reconnect with her based on what he knows of the past. Once she’s “taken,” Bryan methodically and carefully sorts through all information he has on who took her, narrows down and discovers suspects, and systematically kills or tortures them for information, until he finds and frees her. He asks his daughter to remain calm and focused when she’s taken, and scream out anything she sees about her attackers to the phone, so he can use it to track them. When his daughter fails her driving test, he comes up with a schedule and driving lessons to help her. He can make an emotional miscalculation, such as when he asks the singer he is guarding for ‘tips’ for his daughter to become a singer, too—later, after Bryan has saved her life, he gets his answer and a contact for his daughter in the music industry. His friends jokingly refer to him as “Mr. Details,” because he has not only a penchant for collecting information, but has ‘built up’ an extensive assortment of ‘useful skills’ from being a secret operative for so many years. He notices everything and uses it to draw larger conclusions about what is happening, even suspecting and turning on his previous Parisian contacts when he finds them involved in human trafficking. Bryan feels some remorse at the senseless deaths of other girls, but primarily is focused on saving his daughter, and manages to remain calm and rational while he does it, even in extreme situations.

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Bryan’s initial argument against his daughter going to Paris involves the fact that it is “too dangerous” for a seventeen year old to be running around in a foreign city. He has qualms about this, and initially refuses to give his permission, but then caves in due to the pressure of his daughter’s disappointment and his fear of losing the connection to her he has worked so hard to build over the last couple of years. Even so, he insists on driving her to the airport so he can lecture her about safety. When he learns she has lied to him about the details of her trip, Bryan becomes angry—and then fearful when abductors break into the apartment. Though fearful for her safety, he instantly shifts into logical detachment, and tells her to shout out what she can about her kidnappers while they are dragging her away. He calmly and rationally handles intense situations, shooting his way through a room full of criminals, pulling a gun on a man and demanding he ‘buy’ his daughter, and even threatening his oldest friend’s wife to get him to input a pass-code into a computer (“please apologize to your wife for me,” he says on his way out the door).