MBTI Type: ENFP
Arthur is something of an odd duck at the North Pole, because he is full of wild enthusiasm, good cheer, and excitement for the holidays, but doesn’t know what to do with himself, and neither does anyone else. He is such an idealist, he fails to consider the actual circumstances around him, namely that Santa is not the glorified figure he imagined, but has lost some of the Christmas cheer and no longer cares that much if one child doesn’t get their gift. Arthur sees the bigger picture, in that this lost gift is going to change the mindset of the child who doesn’t receive it, not only making them disappointed but also causing them to lose their faith in Santa and assume that no one cares about them. He often wildly over-estimates what they are capable of doing, such as insisting he is going to deliver it to her himself, even though he has only 38 minutes before sunrise. Arthur is highly emotional, and he continues to worry and fret about this girl not receiving her gift, even when others tell him to stop thinking about it. It distresses him so much that she would feel unloved, he sets out to do right by her, inspiring others to join him in his cause along the way. Arthur also has trouble when he gets disillusioned in not shutting other people out; he stomps off, insisting he’s done at one point. Arthur takes special care with each letter he answers to make it special and cater it to the child, imbibing with the hope he finds most important. He is good at organizing others and himself to reach short-term goals, and often shouts out obvious facts under stress (that the reindeer isn’t real, that they are in Canada, that they mistook the address). Arthur is poor with details, which gets him into trouble both on their journey and at the North Pole – he accidentally burned down an elf house, he picks the wrong destination on the sleigh because he rushed and didn’t double check the address, etc. He’s sentimental about Christmas and needing it to be a certain way.
Enneagram: 6w7 so/sp
Arthur claims at one point that they have to let him worry, since that’s the “only thing I’m good at!” He is full of self-doubt, never assuming he can do things on his own and just following his grandfather around, until he finally gets angry enough to undertake delivering the bike himself. He frets about whether they are being safe, whether they can get there on time, and never tries to put himself forward for promotions at work. He assumes his brother is going to be Santa, not that he could do it, or has the heart for it. He hates any kind of conflict, and tries to be supportive of whomever happens to be running the sleigh. But he also has a crazy, optimistic, and good-natured side. Arthur wants Christmas to be special, magical, and important to every child. He thinks it’s terrible that one child wouldn’t receive a gift, because he can’t imagine devastating anyone like that – they need to be happy! He just wants to spread joy and happiness to them! He also opens himself up to going on adventures, taking risks, and becomes more self-confident as the story goes along.