Function Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
Ian Malcolm is one of the top scientists in the world, and immediately sees the big picture when he comes to Jurassic Park. He factors in not only the pleasures involved in the park, but the problems of their geno-sequencing activities, as he points out that they can’t stop Mother Nature from replicating herself and evolving to ensure the survival of the species. He critically and rather ruthlessly nitpicks and rips things apart as he asks tough questions of Hammond and his scientists, and points out the logical fallacies in a lot of what they say, including how this could go badly. Ian is fundamentally logical, even if he’s imaginative and sees the ridiculous pointlessness of their situation. One he leaves the Park, he advocates for its total destruction, because he argues they cannot contain it and that its infection could spread. In the second film, he is far more rational about the potential consequences of their actions than his girlfriend, partly based on his understanding of science and because he has personal experience with the dinosaurs on the island and knows how dangerous they can be. He uses what he knows to keep them safe, lure them back into the barge, and send them on their way, but not until after they have wreaked havoc in California. Ian uses his charm to appeal to Ellie, and makes Dr. Grant uncomfortable because he’s such a successful flirt, and doesn’t see dating as “married.” He keeps up a running commentary about whatever he’s thinking and feeling about their situation, at all times.
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Ian cracks a joke when he meets Ellie that he’s “always looking for the future ex-Mrs. Malcolm,” implying that he’s had a lot of marriages and hasn’t always been attentive to them; this pans out in the second film, where we find out he’s somewhat of an absentee dad, since he’s chasing his girlfriend all over the place. Ian is charming, highly extroverted, and ambitious, a top scientist who is always making jokes (much to Hammond’s annoyance) and trying to see the humor in most things… even using an enormous pile of dinosaur dung to make a joke (along with harassing Hammond over the speaker, to ask if there’s any actual dinosaur sightings as part of his park’s attractions). He has a strong 6 wing, however; he points out early in the trip the broad, sinister implications of messing with Mother Nature, and how it might have unforeseen consequences. Ian advocates for being safe rather than sorry, and becomes aggressive in trying to protect his loved ones in both films. He becomes over-cautious at times, but is also highly aware of the risks and willing to take them, if necessary. He doesn’t urge others to take unnecessary risk, and hates it “when I’m right,” because things always, always turn out badly. (Sure enough, the parent T-Rexes show up to lay claim to their child, and then shove them off a cliff in a trailer.)