Function Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
The Baroness is an effective businesswoman who has built up a fashion empire and has hundreds of employees who do the work of designing so that she can choose the best pieces to represent her brand. She effortlessly delegates to them and has them turn in their designs and make mockups, which she then improves with her natural flair for drama and fashion. Though her designs were cutting edge a decade ago, she has somewhat lost her touch and become over-reliant on other people providing fodder for her to choose from, so she sees Cruella as a threat to her plan to stay on top with her fashion house. She also sees potential where it exists, and hires Estella on the spot having seen what she did with the window display (even while drunk) – “That is the best window display I’ve seen in this place in ten years. Give her my card.” She can be rather callous toward her insubordinates, even at one point using Estella’s cut hand (which she sliced open) to show people – “this is the red that I want, find it.” As a psychopath, she doesn’t care about anyone except herself, and even wanted her own child killed because she had no interest in being a mother or in raising it. She thinks Estella is Cruella without much proof, something her servants think is odd of her, and insists they arrest her the minute she arrives. She says she “always trusts” her instincts and they have never lead her wrong. The Baroness prides herself on throwing extravagant parties and hosting elaborate events, but is always somewhat undone by her rival’s flamboyant, extroverted opportunism. She isn’t always quick enough to react to bring things around to her side, but she also can be impulsive—thinking she can throw Estella off a cliff just as she did a former servant who displeased her many years ago. The Baroness has very little in the way of sympathy, compassion, or concern for anyone except herself; she can be emotional on her own behalf, but is not touched by anyone else’s struggles or pain, though she does try and get Estella to trust her by feigning a sense of shared camaraderie that is ultimately self-serving (how could you not be mine, you’re a genius – like me!).
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The Baroness reacts from her instincts and her gut; she knows to hire Estella the minute she sees her, based off her creative design in the window (even drunk, she has done a better window display than she has seen in the department store in years), and then shamelessly uses her designs to get further in life. She dismisses people when they fail to meet her standards, and hates to be vulnerable; rather than keep her child, she ordered it “gotten rid of,” then erased the evidence of its survival by ordering her dogs to kill the woman who tried to blackmail her into helping them out financially. She is not well liked and is also feared, but does not mind, because she enjoys having power over other people. The Baroness fires people for failing her, blames them for being “in her way” if she accidentally hurts them, and frames Cruella’s two friends for her “murder,” ordering her tied up and her house set on fire. She is bold, flamboyant, confident, and self-assured, and does not like to think ill of herself. She will rationalize away her decisions rather than face up to them.