JoJo Rabbit: Johannes “Jojo” Betzler [ENFP 6w5]

Function Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si

JoJo is a wildly imaginative boy who has created his own version of Hitler to interact with in his imagination and given him an entire personality (as a zany ENFP). “As Hitler,” he comes up with crazy scenarios and connections, such as when “Hitler” decides to cover up a mistake, JoJo should “burn down the house and blame Winston Churchill,” and then associates something with Jack the Ripper. When JoJo loses his knife, Hitler deadpans, “How will you chop up stuff?” He has created a fantastical and “fun” version of Hitler to interact with, to sustain his fantasies about being introduced to him and becoming “his best friend.” Moreover, he looks for opportunities to do things on an intellectual level, such as hearing an adult say he wished there was an extensive book on Jews and deciding to write and illustrate one himself. He willingly believes all the lunatic ideas Elsa tells him about her race, because it all ties into the propaganda he has been taught. Jews “hypnotize” people into doing things for them, and have actual horns! JoJo waffles between his idealism and zeal for an abstract cause and finds it hard to do those things in real life, such as when he cannot stand to wring a bunny’s neck and tries to set it free. He makes up for his lack of “courage” by grabbing a grenade and having it go off right in front of him after an epic fail (he throws it, it bounces off a tree, and lands at his feet). When he first writes a mean letter to Elise just to be cruel and reads it to her, only to have her become emotional and retreat into her cupboard, he immediately feels bad about it and writes her another to take it all back and reassure her that she is still wanted. JoJo finds it easier to write out his feelings than to talk about them, and acts out his reactions. He tries to tie his mother’s shoe when he finds her dead, to express his love… and later, does the same for Elise. He scoffs at the idea of love, arguing that there are lots of things “stronger” than it (such as grenades) until he experiences it. It takes him bonding with an actual Jewish girl for him to forsake his indoctrination by the Hitler Youth. He, rather selfishly, does not want to lose Elise and be alone, so he temporarily lies to her about the Germans having “won the war.” While emotional about his mom, he tries to stab Elise and then bursts into tears, but finds it hard to talk about what happened. He shows Te in how he gathers and sorts information, and makes decisive decisions, weighing the cost of being loyal to his Cause. (He does not want his mother to die if he turns in Elise, so here are the conditions of her living in the house.) He also tells his imaginary version of Hitler to f-off and kicks him out a window. His inferior Si clings to notions about the “master race,” and their ideals, while being unrealistic about all of them (they don’t work in “the real world,” and people don’t have horns). He notices enough about his environment to find Elise, but is quite poor at being adaptive when out in the real world, and winds up running and hiding rather than doing anything in the heat of battle.

Enneagram: 6w5 so/sp

JoJo has latched onto an external system that makes him feel safe, makes all of his decisions for him (until he meets Elise), teaches him how to think, and gives him a sense of self-worth to replace his insecurities about himself. At one point, humorously, Hitler tells him “Don’t let your German brain be bossed around!” when in reality, JoJo has surrendered all of his autonomy to the Hitler Youth. His mother worries about him, that he is “so far gone” he will never come out of it, but JoJo starts to question his own beliefs, rearrange them, and think about them, which leads to an eventual rejection of them as he loses his trust in them. He is fearful and insecure, but covers up these things with false arrogance and bravado; he thinks if he just does all that Hitler says, he will be safe. Though afraid of losing Elsa, JoJo concludes ultimately that he will “be okay” on his own, that he can take care of himself (his 5 wing as it matures).