Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Louis is highly empathetic and emotional and easily repulsed by the thought of harming or killing anyone, particularly if they are innocent. He feels “great compassion” for a woman being preyed upon by vampires in the vampire theater, and Armand says of him that he “feels too much.” Louis feels upset whenever Lestat tortures anyone, and begs him to end their suffering immediately, but cannot do so himself, even when it is prolonged, finally forcing Lestat to kill the prostitute who is suffering. When he realizes he can survive on the blood of animals rather than humans, he tries to do so, but his own bloodlust and hunger drives him to bite a child mourning the loss of her mother from the plague. Believing he has killed her, he flees into the darkness, devastated and full of self-hatred… only to return and find that Louis has turned her and given him someone “to love.” Louis is highly principled, insisting to Claudia that he won’t abandon her, no matter how drawn he feels to Armand, because they are “bonded by love.” He only turns her a new companion under duress, because Claudia tearfully insisted he owed her that much – and then he says the last shred of his humanity has died with his dreadful action. He hates being a vampire, and hates that he has now forced that curse upon another mortal. Louis is somewhat reactive and impulsive, getting caught up in whatever moment he is in – Lestat first finds him drowning his sorrows over his dead wife in drinking, gambling, and whoring. When he first feeds in high society, Louis snatches up a pair of poodles and drains them, never thinking what he intends to do with their screaming owner. He attacks a journalist to scare him. He wanders throughout the streets at night, impulsively draining Claudia once he gives into his violent impulse. After he kills his house slave, Louis shows her body to the teeming mob outside his door and then sets the entire house on fire, not thinking about where he might need to sleep during the daylight hours. His initial transformation into a vampire delights him, because of all the heightened awareness it gives him about reality – things normal humans cannot see or sense, and he mourns the loss of “colors” the most, once he’s forced into a world of darkness. The Mediterranean is no longer that beautiful deep blue that he took for granted in his youth. When Lestat finds them after Claudia has tried to kill him, Louis snatches her up and runs out of the house, but not before setting Lestat and the entire French Quarter on fire. Louis delights in Paris and all the experiences it grants him. It surprises him that Armand wants him, according to Claudia, and he denies any connection between them. He later sets the Paris vampires on fire as punishment for her execution – dumping wine all over the place to speed up the flames, throwing a torch into the crypt, and waiting to pick them off one by one with a scythe. Louis slices many of them in half and leaves the rest to burn up, his form of brutal justice for what they’ve done to the child he loves. He shows flashes of tert Ni, identifying that Armand feels “dead, and you want me to awaken you once again.” He knows Armand burned Claudia “to a cinder” in order to be with him, despite Armand insisting he knew not of it, and says “I am at odds with everything. I always have been.” His inferior Te shows in his lack of rationality at times – he gets consumed by rage and his emotions and doesn’t think about his own survival or plan for it. He also callously cuts down the entire Parisian vampire coven for their crimes, because he loathes what they have done to Claudia.
Enneagram: 9w8 sx/so
Louis is incredibly passive and forgiving. He has a tendency to make bad things go away by doing nothing about them, or giving in to them. Even though he despises the idea of killing people and drinking their blood, he mostly succumbs to it thanks to the company he keeps – Lestat and Claudia both have stronger, more dominant personalities, and he goes along with them, admitting that he gives into all Claudia’s demands and over-indulges her. He feels incredible disgust and sadness at Lestat’s cruelties toward the humans, yet makes no attempt to get away from him and yields to his temptation of creating Claudia. When she tries to murder Lestat, Louis is horrified – but stays with her and takes care of her. He neglects his own life, and is willing to put aside his craving for Armand to stay with her out of a sense of duty. The story at first finds him completely apathetic about death and with no desire to live, and he spends much of the film in a “whiny” (according to Lestat) and melancholy state of mind. But Lestat chose him because he also has an occasionally ferocious temper. Lestat finds his rage entertaining, and insists “it’s why I chose you” as a companion. Louis shows this fierceness on numerous occasions, from scaring the journalist half to death as a threat, to going on a murderous rampage among other vampires when he believes they have done something unforgivable, to his instant protective reaction toward Claudia, when he tries to burn his master to death for threatening her life.