National Treasure: Benjamin Gates [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Benjamin is a first-rate puzzle-solver and cryptographer, who can logically deconstruct decades-old information and reconstruct it in new ways, as he fits things into his belief in a treasure that no one else has found. He often wings things, but also operates off logical principles, and leaps to assumptions that others find reasonable but would not have thought of themselves, based on his incredible wealth of knowledge of American history. “The debt that all men pay” is Death. He leaps to conclusions about each clue he stumbles across in both movies, leading them on an international treasure hunt in which he finds valuable information in the Resolute desks, figures out how to open puzzle boxes, breaks in and steals the Declaration of Independence so he can read the back, finds a pair of Benjamin Franklin spectacles, and much more. He is a walking encyclopedia for all kinds of information, ranging from Queen Victoria to who hung how many lanterns to warn of the British invasion. From the start, in childhood, he knew the stories about the treasure were true, even when his father ignored them as nonsense. He also figures out a key code to open a door by realizing it’s “Valley Forge” based on the woman involved and her love for history. Ben shows his inferior Fe in how quarrelsome he can be whenever anyone upsets him; he actually stops in the middle of a plan to infiltrate the White House to have an argument with a child about who assassinated Abraham Lincoln and to show up his “evidence” as false by discrediting the man who wrote the book the child is referring to.

Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp

Ben has spent his entire life gathering information at length and avoiding the real world, making him a genius but also someone who fails at his relationships (he admits that he knew it was over when Abigail started using “so” a lot – “so my opinion doesn’t matter to you…”). He is cautious but also arrogant, driven to do the right thing but not above breaking the rules; Ben insists that they steal the Declaration before someone else can, kidnaps the president to ask him questions about the Secret Book, and can be something of a know-it-all; Riley gloats at one point, because he knows something that Ben does not. Even so, he’s not motivated by any sense of pride, and willingly gives up the treasure to benefit the entire “world,” refusing to take more than 1% of the profits for himself. Though generally incautious, Ben also has a desire to be part of a group, looks after his family, and is somewhat distrustful in his attentiveness to potential dangers.