Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe
Kolchak leaps to logical assumptions without proof more than anyone else in the journalistic department, much less the police force – and the thing is, he’s always right, too, no matter how outlandish his claims. Kolchak gets accused of ignoring facts that don’t fit his over-reaching theory, but tracks down information and compiles it, records details in his story, and asks hard-hitting questions. The questions he asks are all rational; how would a 70 year old man be able to outrun your young and healthy deputies? What’s he doing with the blood? He relies on autopsies and eyewitness reports, as well as stages traps for the creatures he hunts, convincing people to go along with them but also being somewhat abrasive (if you don’t stop looking behind you and act natural, he’ll know it’s a trap!). He has a habit of focusing on what appear to be unrealistic perpetrators and scenarios, which others scoff at, but in every instance it turns out correct. At first, he thinks the Night Stalker is a man who “pretends to be a vampire,” then thinks he is a vampire, and finally, is a vampire. Despite everyone scoffing at this, he remains firmly convinced of it, laying out the crimes and adding up the evidence to prove it, then going after the vampire himself with stakes and crosses. In the second film, he realizes a pattern in the peculiar murders he’s been investigating—they happen once every 21 years, in much the same way, always by someone who appears to be more corpse than man. Kolchak leaps to the conclusion that it must be an alchemist, who has discovered an elixir of life and is using it to keep himself young. Sure enough, he goes poking around and discovers that’s exactly the case. He is somewhat clumsy in action, a poor street fighter, and tends to take dangerous risks without being fully aware of his own ineptitude in the sensory environment – sneaking into villains’ lairs alone and assuming he won’t get caught, then being unable to get away from them fast enough to avoid potential physical harm. Kolchak finds out what the reliable methods for dealing with monsters are and uses them – stakes and crosses for Vampires, etc. He somewhat naively expects the paper to run his story as-is, and that it will make him famous, only to be thwarted several times. He doesn’t keep a job well and has been fired about six times for insubordination, yelling at people, and abrasive behavior. He believes in telling the public the truth and refuses to be silent when he believes not doing so is putting them in danger. Though curious about the alchemist, when he realizes this killing spree is going to keep happening forever, Kolchak destroys his elixir, condemning him to “death.”
Enneagram: 5w6 sx/sp
Kolchak has some pretty strange ideas and runs with them, under the assumption that “I am right!” He trusts his own logic over anyone else’s, but is also cautious, suspicious, and distrustful of criminals. He thinks the police are downplaying the crimes, refusing to face the truth, and that he should expose the truth to the public, so they can protect themselves better. It’s a vampire, he insists… it’s an evil alchemist… this man is centuries old! Whenever he gets angry and asserts himself, he tends to alienate people by moving up his stress line to 8, and becoming belligerent, slamming doors, and even throwing things through windows. But he can be amenable at other times. His 6 wing does trust the police up to a point – he takes all the information he has to them, in an effort to strengthen them to adequately take care of this situation, and only leaps into action when they scoff at him and refuse to go along with his schemes.