Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Todd is utterly consumed with his emotions and the rage he feels toward those who wronged him and led to his imprisonment and his wife’s death; he is so ruled by these feelings, he fails to notice or read the people around him who wish to manipulate him for their own advantage (Mrs. Lovett). His lack of a moral center beyond his own sharp judgments give him free license to murder people, because in his mind, none of them deserve the right to live. He expresses severe subjective judgments upon the city as he returns to it, and only spares those he either likes, or who appeal to his more merciful nature – or sometimes, such as in Mrs. Lovett’s case, who give him rational reasons to keep them around (she says they need the boy, someone to do the fetching and carrying). Once he lands his hands on his old razors, Todd wants to slice his enemy’s throat open… and practices on anyone who enters his shop. This brutal, barbaric, and bloody practice could be discovered at any moment if someone walked through the door at the wrong time – but Todd doesn’t worry about that, since he feels confident in dealing with things in the sensory world without much warning; when someone threatens to blackmail and expose him, he bashes his head in with a kettle, throws his body in a trunk, and decides to dump it into the meat grinder. Todd throws Mrs. Lovett into an open oven and lets her burn to death, when he realizes she lied to him. He is impatient and erratic. Mrs. Lovett has to convince him that “good things come to people who wait,” since he’s already angry about the judge not having come for his shave two days into the week. His vision of defeating his enemy blinds him to drawing intuitive conclusions; he never once suspects his wife survived, nor that Mrs. Lovett has misled him, nor that the old woman is his wife! He’s too fixated on killing his enemy … and almost destroys his own daughter in the process! His inferior Te shows in his brutal desire to ‘get his revenge done,’ without ever stopping to question anything around him. He also lets Mrs. Lovett do a lot of thinking for him (what to do with the bodies; why let good meat go to waste?).
Enneagram: 4w5 sx/sp
Todd is the embodiment of an unhealthy 4’s mentality that you never forget, forgive, or get over the things that traumatized you about the past. Even though he has sailed the world and seen its wonders, he could not enjoy any of them because he was wallowing in hatred, anger, and resentment toward the man who robbed him of his “naïve” existence within a happy little family. Rather than accept what happened to him and move on, Todd allows it to turn him toward bitterness and violence. Every waking moment, he thinks about the wrongs done to him and covets the desire to avenge them by killing the two men responsible for these crimes. He sings about his hatred for London as a cesspool “full of people who are full of shit,” and decides to kill as many of them as possible while he waits for his chance to get the judge. Even when Anthony falls in love with is daughter, and comes up with a scheme to free her from the judge’s clutches, Todd doesn’t see this as a chance at redemption – rather, he mourns the daughter he will never see and uses her to get to the judge. He has a deep, melancholy nature – eve in Mrs. Lovett’s fantasy about their future together, she paints him as moping in corners and looking downtrodden, rather than joyously participating in their lives together. Todd wavers between intense emotions and intense detachment. He cares nothing for the innocent men whose throats he cuts, and instead figures out how to help Mrs. Lovett make a profit off them. He wallows in his own pain, while ignoring everyone else’s. He also has some twisted ideas about life, manifested through his many songs which take a dark turn. Once he finds out Mrs. Lovett betrayed him, he turns on her, then cradles his dead wife in his arms and gives himself up to death.