MBTI Type: ESFP
Erik likes to do things himself; he confidently walks into a museum, attracts the attention of the guards and the expert on the relics in the room, then has his men swarm in and kill them all, in his quest to reclaim the iron ore ‘stolen’ from his nation. He admits to the others that he has spent his entire life in military operations, destabilizing entire countries by taking out their resources, but his main motivation has been revenge for his father’s execution. Erik challenges T’Challa in open combat and brutally defeats him, breaking his body, his will, and then throwing him off a cliff. He also wants to change the world, but in the most violent way possible—an irrational scheme to spread around their weapons to the marginalized and oppressed people of the world (whom he identifies with, due to his own traumatic childhood, his deep feelings of resentment about slavery, and the color of their skin), so they can ‘rise up and slaughter their oppressors and their children… and make us the most powerful nation on earth.’ He has no ability to sense the logistical impossibilities of this, no plan in place for what to do after it happens, and no interest in what could transpire as a result. Erik spends much of the film looping mercilessly in to Te, and ignoring his feelings other than his resentment, anger, and sense of indignation that others do not consider the torment, suffering, and needs of people who ‘look like me/us’ all over the world. He has spent years training in the military and killing people, to prepare him to kill his cousin. When the man he wants to kill tries to use his girlfriend as a shield, Erik shoots her in the face, then tracks him down and shoots him, delivers his body to the border, and demands to see the king. He asks his coconspirator why he didn’t just shoot someone ‘right here,’ rather than ‘over there’ (why give him false hope?). He is neither reasonable in his assessment of others, nor tries to unite them; instead, his tactic is to hand them weapons and have them kill their enemies. He ruthlessly climbs to power through brutal tactics, and wastes no time taunting his enemies, or attempting to appeal to their emotions or bond with them. He chooses his death because “it is better to be dead than enslaved” (imprisoned). Everything he does works toward a singular vision of arming the world to rise up against its oppressors (and become the oppressors) but he has no specifics beyond global armament.
Enneagram: 8w9 so/sx
Erik has disconnected himself from his heart, and adopted a self-perception of being a ‘rescuer of the oppressed,’ but he does it all through force, domination, and violence. He ignores sentiment and sensitivity in favor of ruthlessly eradicating his rivals and anyone who stands in his path; he treats others as indispensible in pursuit of his goals and doesn’t mind killing a woman who just hours before was in his arms, kissing him. He has become so rigid in his views, that you are either with him or against him; he gives fuel to his rage by believing that everyone should have the right to slaughter their ‘oppressors,’ without thinking about the innocent people who might be killed in the process (are their children to blame for their sins?). He demands that they destroy the purple hearts, so no one else can gain additional powers and strength who might defeat him; Everett says he learned techniques in the military about destabilizing nations by attacking their resources and generating chaos, so they would collapse. He remains unemotional, unaffected, and uninterested in anything outside his main purpose. He refuses to let anyone save his life at the end, because it would make him ‘beholden’ to his murderer; he would rather die than admit he was wrong about T’Challa or any of his decisions.