Apocalypse Now: Captain Ben Willard [ISTP]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

“When I was here, I wanted to be there. When I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle.”

Ben Willard

Captain Willard is a sought-after assassin for the CIA because he can always be counted on to pursue the most logical solution to a problem without letting his ego or his feelings to get in the way (dominant Ti). When his superiors send him on a top secret mission to terminate Colonel Kurtz “with extreme prejudice”, Willard is expected to execute his order quietly – and disappear without receiving any credit or attention for his efforts. Willard has an apathetic disposition and struggles to find motivation or purpose in anything he does that does not involve work,  which makes him  an excellent assassin – but a poor civilian and husband. “I hardly said a word to my wife until I said yes to a divorce.” When not on a mission, Willard spends most of his time drunk or high, getting into fights and breaking his own possessions. A loner by nature, Willard prefers to work alone and cannot understand his own or other people’s emotions well enough to successfully blend in, which is why he typically shies away from socialization or group activities, preferring instead to quietly observe and chronicle his findings in his personal journal. Willard’s judgments are logically sound but frequently cutting and caustic, betraying his deep misanthropy and resentment of mankind as a concept. He is fascinated by Kurtz and reluctantly begins to admire the Colonel the more he learns about him, finding his singular but unusual conclusions (Ni), strategically competent decisions (Te) and strong personal values (Fi) intriguing and even appealing. He is typically non-confrontational and soft-spoken, but he sometimes demonstrates petty, childish behavior (inferior Fe) such as stealing Colonel Kilgore’s surf board for no other purpose except to piss him off. Willard is not a natural leader and eschews responsibility for others whenever he can. It is unclear whether he rejects Kurtz’ philosophy and consequently the opportunity to assert himself as the new king because of a deeply held personal belief that it is the wrong path to take, or because he wants to avoid thinking about the consequences if it were true (the US military being corrupt beyond repair and needing to be purged). Apart from loyalty to his employer, Willard has no firm morals or codes of conduct and doesn’t hesitate to engage in a game of chess with Kurtz where “pawns” – ergo his team mates – are sacrificed for the main objective.

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