JoJo Rabbit: Elsa Korr [INTP 9w8]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Though offended at JoJo’s wildly inaccurate and prejudiced statements about the Jewish race, Elsa manages to turn the situation around on him and amuse herself by telling him more and more fantastical, sinister things about the Jews, in a subtle mockery of his ignorance. They sometimes sleep upside-down and hang from the ceiling like bats! They were born in the center of the earth! They do indeed have horns and a tail, but she doesn’t have horns yet, since you have to be twenty-one before they appear. She gives him enough information to flesh out a ridiculous perception of the Jews that is entirely erroneous, knowing full well he’s working on a “book about them.” Elsa manages to put aside her own feelings to talk to him in this manner, and even to start to like him, as she subtly shifts him in a different direction through the humanization of her experiences, and by informing him that he is not, in fact, a Nazi, however much he assumes himself to be one. She even forgives him at the end for crushing her hopes of freedom, when he lies to her about the Allied forces winning the war in order to keep her in the house. Elsa is not only full of zany, unbelievable falsehoods about her people, she also sees things in obscure terms—telling him that she is, in fact, a ghost when they first meet, and then referencing herself as a ghost to his mother (“Perhaps we’re all ghosts and don’t know it,” in reference to their potential impending deaths). To disguise her presence in the house and to protect him, she makes up a story about being his sister on the assumption no one will know she’s dead, just so JoJo doesn’t get into trouble for misplacing his knife. When she wants to make a point with JoJo, she manhandles and threatens him, citing her ancestral roots as the “Chosen People,” one of which “wrestled with an angel” in the Torah, and mocking his “superior strength” because she can defeat him. Her Fe is so-so, in that she becomes fonder of the boy the more time she spends with him, but also doesn’t know how to emotionally connect to him or comfort him. After he tries to stab her, she quietly sits beside him on the floor, and then talks about her own losses in life later, once he has cried and grieved. She at first enjoys mocking him for her own amusement and to make a fool out of him, as her way of coping with his overt bigotry. She even draws a satirical picture of his head to make a point. The one time she becomes emotional, when he reads her a “cruel letter” from her fiancé (whom she knows to be dead), she runs and hides from him… but then feels comforted when this disturbs him so much that he writes another letter to apologize for the first tone and reassure her none of it is true.

Enneagram: 9w8 sp/sx

Elsa shows off her 8 wing the first time we meet her, because she reacts instantly to the threat of discovery and uses intimidation to scare JoJo into thinking she is a ghost. She later uses it again, when she becomes angry with his ignorant hatred and condescending bigotry – she grabs hold of him, shoves him around, and taunts him to “escape her” if he’s such a big, strong, superior race. But most of the time, she’s polite, compassionate, and willing to put up with him, even though he says hateful and hurtful things. She continues to hang around with him, and even becomes friends with him, showing her tolerant and forgiving nature. Though angry at his deceit at the end of the film, she slaps him across the face for his lies but then smiles at him, and starts to “dance” with him in the street, implying that she has quickly brushed the incident under the rug and moved on.