Function Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
Alexander is ruled by his emotions, his compassion for anyone and everyone he meets, and his need to become immortal through his deeds. After battle, he wanders through the tents of the fallen, comforting and consoling and easing the passing of his dying soldiers. He has an unorthodox method of conquering worlds—the minute he has done battle with them and defeated them, he frees all the slaves, and asks those enslaved if they wish to return home, including the male slave that becomes his lifelong lover and companion. Even as a young man, he has great compassion for people and looks in scorn upon his father for being an unapologetic rapist. When Alexander’s own wife holds a knife to his throat and threatens him, he surrenders to her, says that men will remember him for this folly, then convinces her to make love to him. He is appalled at his mother when he believes she has had a hand in his father’s murder, and greatly hurt whenever any of his friends or companions betrays him. Despite his mother pushing him to take violent, aggressive measures against those who threaten him, Alexander prefers compassion and diplomacy. When his men want to go home and complain about their injuries, Alexander reminds them that he has gone into battle with them, broken every bone in his body, and suffered the same losses and heartaches, yet stands before them, ready to conquer more worlds. He believes he can unite all the worlds he creates, educate their masses, and bring about a different world. Alexander often speaks in metaphors and thinks about his future; as a child, when learning history, he wonders aloud why his family does not yet rule these other worlds. Some of his metaphors – “I am the cracked mirror of her dreams. What destiny do I have?” “I have seen the future a thousand times on a thousand faces. It’s time for the world to change.” “I now strip away another illusion; I sense that death will the last.” “Self-control is a lover I have known too long.” Each world he enters, he frees the slaves, in the hopes of creating a world worthy of the Greek gods he so admires and emulates. He ignores his father telling him he cannot do all he has in his mind, that it is not possible to reach for the stars. Alexander is also deeply physical – fearless, he rides and tames a horse no one else can touch, by believing he can do it and doing it. He scorns others for their love of riches, and shames one of his men for growing soft “on plunder,” but also is highly sexually active with men and women, prone to getting drunk, and to other excesses. He is aggressive and sometimes reckless in battle, riding on the front lines, challenging foreign heads of state, at times brawling in his own court, and making a serious mistake when he pushes into India instead of returning to his homeland, in his desire to conquer ever-more worlds. He can’t understand why others don’t share his vision and grow tired of it, and want to return home when there is still more to see and experience, causing him to attempt to change their minds and then throwing a tantrum when they refuse to go along with him (he calls them swine and murderers for not obeying him).
Enneagram: 3w2 so/sx
Alexander is all about outdoing his father’s legacy, believing himself the son of Zeus, and establishing his own notoriety as a benevolent conqueror of worlds. He is highly charismatic, almost immediately liked by everyone who meets him, and obsessed with outdoing his father in every respect; he worries that his father has conquered so many worlds, there will be none left for him to defeat – and then he pushes his men farther across worlds, until he reaches his defeat in India – the only battle he ever lost. He is also highly emotional, making decisions from his heart and instincts rather than his head – and he goes out of his way to try and make people like him, including his soldiers by promising them honor and glory, vast riches, and the admiration of their family members and friends (only if they will tolerate his wanderlust a bit longer, however). Alexander can charm most people, but also wears his emotions openly when he is upset—he becomes angry when his men want to return home rather than press on into the unknown, calling them ungrateful and demanding to know if this how they repay him, after all he has “done” for them (he expects love, devotion, loyalty, and unquestioning obedience in exchange for his generosity).