MBTI Type: ISTP
Gabriel prefers to make rational, detached decisions over emotional ones—even though he knows the werewolf is Anna’s brother, he still sets out to kill him, because “he’s not your brother anymore… he’s a monster.” He’s seen enough of life to know that you kill things and ask questions later, when the creature is aiming for your jugular—whether or not they are related to you. But he also makes a different kind of rational judgment, in his decision to keep the Creature alive and use him as bait to trap Dracula and his brides. He arranges for a fake-out, plants ammunition in the coach he crashes over the cliff, and manages to kill one of the Brides, while protecting the Creature from harm. He prefers to approach situations through a method of unraveling motives, intentions, and rational tactics; he doesn’t just take it for granted that Dracula has a werewolf cure, but wonders why and for what purpose he intends to use that cure (for self-protection). He admits that not knowing is sometimes better than negative knowledge, and has an overall gruff, annoyed attitude toward the fact that his reputation is that of a “murderer.” The Church uses him as their foremost assassin because he’s nimble, fearless in any environment, opportunistic, and able to react quickly; he notices small details about the world around him (such as the fountain and the holy water) and uses them to his advantage. His throwing stars never miss their mark, no trap intimidates him, and his intuition is so good, he almost instantly forms correct intuitive leaps (he guesses Dracula’s motives, that the map leads to Dracula’s castle, that Anna’s brother is a werewolf before he sees proof, that the Monster is good and should live, and that he will need Gabriel). The others rely on him to reach logical/intuitive predictions, because he trusts his ‘gut.’ His inferior Fe shows up under stress, as he becomes more aggressive and emotional toward the full moon as the curse activates. Van Helsing also doesn’t like people to widely hate and fear him, and feels resentful that the Church has put him in that positon.
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Van Helsing prefers to use his head in a bad situation—he asks endless questions about how things work, what the motivations behind them are, and what the consequences will be; he foresees if they let Dracula’s children live, they will quickly wipe out the local population through their insatiable need to feed. He thinks about every situation as a potential trap, and is uncomfortable with everyone thinking he is a murderer. He hauls Carl along on his adventure to Transylvania, for support and his intellectual prowess. But he also works alone a lot of the time, prefers to remain detached from situations and not get emotionally involved, and has a sense of ‘not belonging’ because he doesn’t remember anything about his ancient past.