MBTI Type: ISTP
John is detached and analytical; when a fellow officer is kidnapped and tortured where he and others can hear him, John tells the others to detach and do their job – he has faith his partner will find his way out of the situation (and he’s right). Much of his internalized thinking happens so quickly, and so effortlessly, that he has to fill in others as to how he reached the conclusions he does. He has such little respect for “outside systems” (such as the police force itself, and its rules) that he frequently does the rational thing, potentially at the cost of his job, by “inventing” new ways to accomplish tasks (even if it means hanging a villain off the side of a building). Arguably, his fascination with Alice Morgan reveals his desire to “understand” a psychopath; he keeps her around, to analyze her, long after she has proven lethal. He’s physical and present, often impulsive, and sometimes too eager to leap on an opportunity to make something happen. He confronts an armed suspect, takes a beating, and is nearly killed in the process. He douses himself with gasoline, and tricks a murderer into playing a dice game with him – the biggest risk includes handing the murderer a working lighter. John often scares suspects by being “present” and “larger than life.” He also scares his ex-wife, by beating doors and furniture to a pulp whenever he’s furious – breaking windows in the process. Sometimes, his superficial reading of a situation, or his instinctive response, is short-sighted, leaving the door open to later horrific events. His instincts are so solid, his boss goes out on a limb to keep him on the force, because she has such faith in his problem-solving abilities and intuitive leaps. John can sometimes simply put things together no one else sees – he comes up with the idea seemingly out of midair (“He was rolling dice! It’s all a game!”) and runs with it, with total conviction, and without room for improvisation. His extraordinary futuristic thinking comes in handy when reading suspects (“She did it. She’s a narcissistic sociopath…”) or getting himself out of a fix…and yet, it’s so sporadic, that he fails to see the long-term consequences of such things as using brutal tactics on the force, trusting a psychopath with information, or realizing that his bad temper opens him up to being framed for murder.There are two sides to John’s emotions – there’s the warm, considerate, objectively emotional man, who lets a child molester and murderer fall three stories into a coma because he’s a “bad guy,” and who takes in an underage prostitute to keep her safe; and the violent, angry, temperamental tantrum-thrower, whose behavior can be so childish, even inside a professional setting, that he winds up the lead suspect in a murder investigation, because everyone has seen his violent outbursts. He’s exceptional at putting suspects at ease, but failed in his marriage because he wasn’t emotionally “present.”
Enneagram: 8w9 so/sp
Luther focuses on power dynamics and on leveraging situations to his full advantage; he often directly confronts people rather than beats around the bush, insinuating that he knows what is going on in their head or behind their motivations and challenging them to respond to him. He bluntly remarks that it was callous of Alice to shoot her own poor dog in the face and aggressively pursues criminals, sometimes getting into trouble with the disciplinary force as a result (he allows a murderer to fall rather than save his life, after using the situation to demand a confession out of him and tell him where his latest victim has been hidden, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks about that). Luther sees a version of himself in Alice, and keeps going back to her in a perverse fascination with how her mind works, oblivious to the danger in the process but always attempting to keep the upper hand. He has an explosive temper and smashes a door to pieces when his wife tells him she has moved on to another man; he punches a suspect in the face to get a blood sample off him; he threatens Alice and directly confronts her to see what she will do when he makes off with her dog’s ashes. But he often becomes remorseful after his outbursts and calms down, begging people to listen to him and give him another chance, in his desire to understand what drives them and what went wrong in their relationship. Luther goes from hot into cool and controlled very quickly, as his 9 wing decreases his anger and wants others to approve of him and not be angry at his flash of temper.