MBTI Type: ESTP

Thor has always been the footloose and fancy free son, prone to leaping into action, starting (and finishing) conflicts, adapting to his environment, taking on monsters, villains, and any challenge with total confidence that he can ‘handle it’; after losing his hammer, his ego takes a blow since he is no longer as ‘capable’ as he once was; it takes him significant time and a vision from his father to reassure him that the hammer was merely a symbol, a tool to use to channel his powers, not the primary source. Thor would rather tackle a problem directly, with confidence he can ‘make it work’ than discuss tactics or come up with foolproof plans; he clashes with Tony’s more hard-assed approach due to his easygoing tert-Fe, which finds enjoyment in bonding with people, in motivating and flattering them to greater acts of heroism, and in accepting whatever the planet says is ‘socially appropriate.’ Thor frequently tries to influence the emotional mood by telling jokes, but is awkward in expressing his own feelings; he can be ego-centric and annoyed when others don’t flatter or praise his strength. He lies to Bruce and the Hulk about which one he likes best, just to appeal to each of them individually and win them over to his flattering argument. Thor’s inferior Ni shows in his tendency to over-trust Loki and fall for his illusions (until he has been tricked more than once), his optimistic belief that it will all turn out fine / that they can defeat any adversary, and his inability to understand his own symbolic role in the universe so much as to take it for granted that he was born to be ‘a hero.’

Enneagram: 7w8 so/sx

Thor starts out as a self-indulgent prince, who just wants to have a good time, but he learns to develop more of a sense of personal responsibility by moving up his line to 1 (as he says in Ragnarok, people need his help and he’s going to do it). He retains his comedic personality, as he makes jokes out of everything and tries to keep the mood light, even when he’s tied up in the bowls of hell awaiting his torture and death. Thor doesn’t want to admit to any of his flaws or weaknesses, and even insists that he wasn’t dumped (he wants to assume he did the dumping). This is part of his tendency to reframe things in his favor and make himself look better. He is arrogant but good-natured, an eternal “kidder” (constantly baiting and teasing people to get a rise out of them). He doesn’t like to be seen as anything less than “the GOD of Thunder.” Not Lord. GOD. He will argue with the Hulk about which one of them is stronger, braver, and more intelligent, not wanting to give ground and admit that he has been out-punched (when Banner asks him which one of them won the fight, Thor boasts “I did. Of course.” LIES). He wants to embrace all life has to offer—it’s best expressed in the first movie where after drinking a pint of “ale,” he smashes the glass on the bar and shouts for another. He does everything with gusto, a solid sense of trust in his own ability to win at everything, and also struggles with “a great deal of rage.” He and Iron Man wind up in almost constant fights over Loki (among other things) because neither one of them will yield ground. In another film, he tells Hulk that both of them are “full of anger.” That he’s mad all of the time. It’s relatively easy for other characters (especially Doctor Strange) to get under his skin. But he channels that anger into direct action.