MBTI Type: ISTP
Lara falls on the “ISTPs are amazing” end of the spectrum, in that she is able to think and react fast on her feet. She figures out things as she goes, including the puzzle her father left for her, and then how to activate the time changer (“A world in a grain of sand”). This comes from her interactions between Ti, which is puzzling things out and figuring out how they work, and Ni, which is seeking the hidden meaning behind whatever she encounters. But her methods are usually direct—when Bryce takes apart the clock, meticulously keeping track of every screw so he can put it together again, she takes a hammer and smashes it, once she realizes she won’t want the outer casing anymore. She just needs the mechanism inside of it. Her Se is on full display in her fighting, escape, and improvisational skills. She improvises a dog-sled with her own feet and the strap after her sled is crushed in the arctic, she uses her bungee cords to beat up the guys who break into her home, she even sticks a screwdriver in a mechanic’s tool and uses it to shoot home invaders since she doesn’t have access to her weapons (plus activating all her cars and shining the headlights in their faces). She doesn’t shy away from immediate action in how she saves Alex’s life (first by leaping in after him and giving him air, then by reversing time and changing the blade so that it flies into Manwell instead, before she destroys it). Even though she’s angry about not bringing back her father, she agrees with his decision to protect humanity and not tinker with time and destroys the time field. Though she cares about her friends, she’s not particularly emotional with them—she wears a dress just once to please her butler, but keeps a cool head in every bad situation, and only reacts out of emotion when she learns about her father being killed. In the Cradle of Life, Lara shows more of the same ISTP tendencies. She doesn’t allow her feelings to overcome her desire for action and impartiality, ever, including when she figures out that Terry has been manipulating the situation and betraying her. She refuses to listen to his attempts to charm her or believe his lies, but is suspicious of his motivations, figures out that he has nefarious intentions, and refuses to give him a weapon because he might use it against her. She tells him that she’s not leaving him handcuffed to a bed because she can’t kill him, but because she can do it. She winds up making the ultimate logical sacrifice by killing him, despite her feelings for him, because he intended to steal a box that would unleash a virus on humanity. She shows quick action throughout the film, from manipulating a satellite dish to send a message, to punching a shark in the nose and catching a ride to the surface after drawing him with blood, to putting a tracker on a crate strapped to a helicopter even though it meant risking her life. She loves to take risks and have fun, and winds up using her body to manipulate Terry so she can get his guard down. She shows flits of low Ni in that she accurately pegs Terry’s intentions and speculates about his motivations, she knows not to trust him, etc. She’s very unemotional and flat in her affect, showcasing her inferior Fe. Nor is she anything of a people person. She can be impatient and dismissive, telling her associates to get to work instead of chatting with them.
Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so
Lara is a super healthy example of an 8 in that she doesn’t really care what anyone else is doing, she just focuses on ensuring her life goes according to her own plans. She confidently and competently takes power and control in a situation to keep it out of the hands of “bad guys,” and handles all of her own problems through aggression—defending her home from invaders, ripping apart the robot her friend programmed to challenge her tomb raiding skills, and killing the man who murdered her father for intel. She rarely rises to the bait, but instead focuses on what matters to her—using her 9 wing to remain unaffected by insults, calm in high pressure situations, and unimpressed by threats. In the end, she risks her life to even the score with Manfred Powell after he admits to killing her father. In the Cradle of Life, Lara is the ultimate bad-ass in that she punches a shark in the nose after attracting it to her with blood in the water. She is not afraid of anyone or anything and defies and tells off bad guys without hesitation. She’s also able to compartmentalize her feelings and shoot a person she cares about in order to stop him from committing a serious humanitarian crime. She calmly goes about seeking dominance in situations and looking for ways to assert herself. Lara never loses her temper, but she doesn’t allow anyone to walk over her, betray her, or put her at risk—she does that for herself.
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