The Aviator: Howard Hughes [ISTP 5w4]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Hughes is the ultimate innovator and creator, a man who cared more about innovation for its own sake (and the beauty of it), and on being a ‘visionary,’ than generating any profit; he spends millions acquiring projects, tinkering with them, test-flying his planes, and in investing in momentary purchases (such as an airline, which he is forced to sell when it becomes clear they can’t profit off it). His personal financier is always asking him to dial back his spending, but he feels compulsively driven to go after opportunities. This means he winds up sinking money (and losing it) in a Herculean plane built to fulfill needs in the war effort by fueling planes in midair and carrying tanks; by the time it’s built to his specifications, the war has ended. He dabbles in U-Boats and supply ships. He also spends years working on the same movie, trying to get it ‘exactly right,’ despite delays that cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars. He finds it more enjoyable to tinker with and experiment and test-fly his inventions, than to be concerned with their profitability. He likes to push the boundaries of censorship with his films, and then argue the censorship board into allowing his movies to pass with a low rating. Hughes is extremely picky about his aesthetics, his home environment, and his movies—he’s angry about the lack of clouds not giving depth perspective, so he wants to commit to reshoots with the ‘ideal conditions’ and demands to borrow every single camera of a specific kind to make it happen (he gets annoyed when he isn’t allowed to borrow them all, since his project seems more important than other studios shooting films at the same time). Hughes is eager to do things for himself; in his most famous crash, he test-flies a plane which crashes in a spectacular fashion, almost killing him in the process. He pursues beautiful women and sexual relationships constantly, but remains somewhat emotionally distant from them. He is hell-bent on making sure everything conforms exactly to his vision of it, right down to camera angles. He can be unrealistic in his expectations, and because he has unlimited money, he isn’t afraid to throw millions of dollars after his pet projects. But his inferior Fe is weak. Howard cares what people think about him, but doesn’t know how to connect to them. He can become impatient and angry under stressful situations and lash out at people. He marches up to people and demands things from them, rather than appealing to them. He also struggles to connect to others on an emotional level. Though he falls in love with Katherine Hepburn, he spends more time on his pursuits and passions than with her, causing her eventually to leave him, because she has fallen in love with someone else (and he hasn’t seemed to notice).

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Howard has some fantastically unrealistic ideas, but hangs his hat on all of them as being the answer to the world’s problems, and goes above and beyond what is rational in his pursuit of them. He is also anti-social, hates to have anyone get too close to him, neurotic about doing things his own way, doesn’t like to feel hemmed in, goes out of his way to avoid being dependent on anyone (or having them dependent on him), and hates crowds, loud noises, and being around people. He minimizes his interactions as much as possible, is extremely socially awkward and uncomfortable socializing with other people, doesn’t know what to do with his (or anyone else’s feelings) and becomes more and more eccentric at times passes. He withdraws so much from others, from public life, and gives into his anxiety disorder that he becomes a total recluse, living in complete isolation but still dreaming big.

Paid Request: Blade Runner 2049: Niander Wallace [INTJ 5w4]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Wallace spends most of his time in total isolation and in a slavish obedience to his ‘grand vision for humanity’; he took a dead idea, that of robots serving humanity that had been dismantled, and breathed new life into it by altering their programming to avoid giving them sentient decisions or allowing them to rebel, so that he could advance society through slavery. Much of what he says is convoluted, metaphorical, and hard for others to comprehend or understand; his motivations are unclear, in how he brings a newborn to life, only to kill her while talking about his inability to create life in the human way, through reproduction. But he is willing to sacrifice anyone and everyone to bring about this vision of how he wants things to be and fulfill his ultimate plans for humanity, enriching himself and expanding their human potential in the process. He is deeply unhealthy, in that he feels no compassion for anyone or anything, and can cut up one of his new robots, who clearly feels pain and terror, just to make a point. He rather callously wants to destroy anything in his path, regardless of whether it is human or not, and allows his cohort free rein to kill. He has a fierce desire to make things come about, but shows almost no physical initiative – other than cutting into a woman’s stomach. He stays at home all of the time, secluded in his surreal, quiet surroundings, and exerts almost no physical energy to do anything himself.

Enneagram: 5w4 so/sp

Wallace is a total isolationist, living in a crafted reality; though he has changed the world, he has no desire to go out and be a part of it, and lives vicariously through his robotics. He has put things into the world to serve everyone’s needs, but takes part in none of them himself. He has a grand, surrealistic vision for what he wants, which is not always practical, but has his total devotion. And he is so emotionally detached and impartial, he can hurt others without it bothering him. He sees himself as special, as someone important, as being different from those around him, and makes no efforts to communicate with them, get to know them, or discover what makes humans real, through their emotions.

Hogfather: Mr. Teatime [INTP 5w4]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

The assassin’s guild leader is shocked that he spends time pondering the questions of the universe (“Can Death die?”). Teatime is a philosopher and curious about how things work, and why; he questions people, he pushes their buttons, he decides if they are logical or not. He’s more interested in the logic and creativity behind something than the moral implications of it; everything is to be analyzed, taken apart, explored to the fullest. Teatime is… an unconventional assassin, to say the least; he spends his time not only thinking about how to off mythological beings, but to do so in a supremely creative and unusual way, that completely eradicates them from existence (taking control of teeth, in order to control the minds of children and make them collectively lose faith in supernatural beings); he’s not only thought about how to get rid of the Hogfather, but also the Soul Cake Duck and Death, too. Though he makes plans, he deviates from them in pursuit of exciting new possibilities (Susan and the sword, taking on Death, messing with the Tooth Fairy). The thought of destroying an entire deity doesn’t ruffle his feathers much; it’s too sentimental, and who cares about the details of the fabric of the universe or protecting tradition? Teatime does, however, muse a bit on his past, as well as compare the people he knows to other sensory elements in the environment (“You look like…”). He is detached from his own emotions, and strangely inquisitive about them (“I don’t have any friends… or any enemies”); but he’s also good at reading other people and knowing how to manipulate them, or appeal to their feelings. Teatime is curious about how others perceive him (he asks if nailing a dog to the ceiling was the wrong thing to do, when it seemed logical at the time) but not enough to change his behavior. He likes to push people’s buttons by insulting them.

Enneagram: 5w4 so/sx

Teatime has a lot of wild, unconventional ideas and doesn’t care who has no interest in them. He also display severe detachment issues, in how he ‘nailed a dog’ to the ceiling during his last stint as an assassin, something for which the Guild Leader chastises him. He approaches everything with an analytical, detached perspective, questioning it and being interested or amused by it, rather than genuinely emotionally investing in it. He is more interested to see what could happen as a result of his tinkering than of the consequences, and is delighted to use his peculiar talents to unravel the mysteries around the Hogfather. He is off-putting and something of a social reject, whose presence makes others deeply uncomfortable. He has no real interest in becoming involved with anyone, and is unbothered by his lack of friends, seeing himself as special, unique, and creative rather than envying what he does not possess.

Paid Request: Ratatouille: Anton Ego [ISTJ 5w4]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Ego is all about food; that’s the reason for his existence and his way of living, and he cares more about it than anything else. He has become an expert on food, a connoisseur, and someone who “doesn’t swallow” anything he does not like, therefore he is skinny. He complains that he grew bored with a particular restaurant, because it only ever served the same things over and over again, and that he wanted more variety – but he does not go looking for it himself, nor attempt to spice up his own life. His moment of transformation comes when Remy serves him ratatouille and immediately, Ego is sent back to his childhood, where his mother served him that same dish. It triggers a powerful memory for him of pleasure, safety, and happiness, that transforms his attitude and makes him warmer and more kind-hearted, honored to meet the talented rat who prepared his meal (even though it shocks him at first), and more open to new experiences (he tells them at the end to ‘surprise’ him with dessert). Ego is quite critical and cranky, often blunt in how he criticizes people through his columns and goes straight for the jugular; he has a rational reason for all of his statements, even the more cynical ones, and doesn’t see the point in pleasing anyone if it doesn’t agree with his personal feelings on the subject. But once he likes someone, he opens up to them and is not nearly so severe.

Enneagram: 5w4 sp/so

Ego has made his life into an obsession with one particular thing (food) and in self-denial, since he doesn’t over-indulge in anything – he won’t eat anything he doesn’t like, he rarely ventures out in public, but writes his columns tucked up in his loft, and he doesn’t really care what others think of him. Ego is a harsh but fair critic, objective and withdrawn. He has not made any friends, is not friendly to his waiter until the end, after he has changed, and keeps his life small. His 4 wing has an elitist streak; he thinks he is better than other people, with superior tastes, he looks down on them for being mundane and unable to impress him; he is rarely impressed by anything, and expects others to fail him.

Paid Request: Alexander: Olympus [INTJ 5w4]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Olympus is a visionary who believes her son will be her avenger, that her salvation will come from her womb, and that he will “conquer worlds.” Alexander says of his mother that all that he is, is merely a “cracked mirror of her dreams,” meaning she pushes him hard to fulfill his destiny. She is forever strategizing, thinking about how to protect both of them, and nudging him toward decisive actions that would secure his kingship. She orders him to execute the man who murdered his father and confiscate his lands so he might profit off it. She pushes him to marry a Macedonian and produce children and is frustrated when he does not listen to her advice, and continues to wander in the world without paying any attention to his homeland. She urges him repeatedly to return and strengthen his power (his “center”) in Greece, rather than chasing a dream that will lead him nowhere. She tells him not to confuse his feelings with his duties and turn his attention to his need for trusted allies. Olympus can be somewhat emotional at times; when Alexander accuses her of having a hand in murdering his father, she asks him what she has done that he would hate her so much; tells him that they share a soul and she has only him in her heart. She believes his father will replace him, and her, with a younger wife and new sons; where Alexander passively wants to stand aside and let it happen, she points out that in twenty years, when his father is dead, his new son will be the same age Alexander is now, and ready to rule – he should just take power now while he has support among their friends. She is more willing to deal ruthlessly with their enemies than he is. Olympus does not appear to do much; she makes occasional public appearances to watch gladiator games, but prefers to spend her time with her snakes.

Enneagram: 5w4 sp/sx

Olympus is very emotionally withdrawn and even callous, in how she is willing to kill her husband and his new wife and child to secure her son’s political future, even though she admits that she has “never stopped loving” her husband. She also has a lot of far-fetched ideas, born of her own preferred way of seeing reality; she believes Zeus fathered Alexander in the midst of a storm, because she has never been made love to that well before or since, and that he will go on to have a great destiny. Though ruthless and determined, Olympus also has an emotional side that kicks in whenever she feels misunderstood; she can become distraught and even melodramatic when attempting to keep her hold on the throne, maintain her son’s affections, etc. She will often escalate into moodiness and storm out of a Room. A great fear of loss drives her – she doesn’t want to lose her position or that of her son. She is also highly suspicious of everyone and somewhat paranoid; telling Alexander early on that people are like snakes; no matter how much you pet and feed them, some of them will turn on and strike you. She tells him to beware of men, for they cannot be trusted.

Nightbooks: Natacha [ISTJ 5w4]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Natacha starts out a lot of her sentences with “everybody knows…” followed by some factual correction mocking the absurdities of Alex’s creative stories. She points out things like ghosts not being able to touch people (they exist on a different plain) or the right herb to conceal an odor. She’s extremely literal and factual, but also a bit callous. When her story comes to light, we learn that she planned her own escape from the witch and when she succeeded, discovered her family had moved and gone on without her. Left with nowhere to go, and nothing to look forward to, she returned and… became the new witch by doing the exact same thing the other one did. Trapping children, using them, punishing them, “killing” them and keeping them in her cabinet, shrunk into wax figures. She knew nothing else, so she dug deeper into it rather than create a new, different life somewhere else. Even though she herself came up with the books that the children find and wrote her notes inside them, she appears to have forgotten all about them. She doesn’t assume the children have drugged her special spray, and she harvests it herself from the sleeping witch to give her magical abilities. Natacha shows very little compassion or sympathy for anyone other than herself. She just wants to survive.

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When Natacha failed to find a unicorn in the witch’s woods, she created one herself… a ghoulish thing that stalks the woods and terrifies the children half to death. When she couldn’t find her family or a new home, she returned to harvest essence from the witch to feed her own magical abilities. She’s extremely uncaring toward the children who stumble into her apartment, terrorizing them for her own amusement and out of boredom. She is callous and mean, but also focused mostly on ensuring her own survival. Natacha hordes the magic for herself and mistreats everyone, out of a fear that the witch will arise to punish her. She nitpicks and criticizes Alex’s stories, but her motivation is that unless the witch likes them, she might awaken and seek retaliation for Natacha stealing her life. She is somewhat melodramatic, over reactive, and temperamental, caught up in her own life, ideas, and various pains.

Paid Request: The Curse of Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein [INTJ 5w4]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Victor has his “life’s work,” in which he devotes every waking moment to the creation of “life.” He says all of his interests, once he knew a great deal about science, converged along a singular purpose, and he never deviates from that purpose, even when his experiment goes array. He intends to create an intellectual giant and instead comes up with a dull-headed monster – but even that doesn’t stop him from reanimating the Creature. Victor has had this vision in his head for so long, he can’t turn away from it, even at great personal risk to himself and the danger of the villagers. He has a vast intellect and an arrogant sense of his own prowess, insisting that his tutor “taught me everything he knew” in short order, and that set him upon “the work I had planned for myself.” Victor is highly immoral, but deliberate in all his actions. Once he knows he needs a vastly intellectual brain for his Creature, he invites a famous scientist to the house for dinner and then shoves him over the banister, arranging for his burial in the family crypt so he can operate on him to remove his brain. After he impregnates the maid, he tells her to name any man in the village as the father, and when that fails, he shuts her in with his Creature, knowing the Creature will kill her, thus sparing him from a public scandal and the horror of his bride. He pays for a pair of eyes, digs up graves and robs them for the parts he needs, and dismisses all of his friend Paul’s horrified allegations of the immoral evils of what he is doing. He confesses to a priest, hoping the man will take his side, but not realizing how callous it makes him sound (and truthfully, he can’t blame the Creature for the murders he committed). Victor is devoted to his work and cares deeply about it, but has no real regard for other people or their feelings. He lets the maid think he’s in love with her so she will make herself ‘available’ to him, without any intention of marrying her, and treats her coldly once she confesses her pregnancy. His inferior Se shows in how oblivious he is to the physical environment – he often forgets to eat, he doesn’t socialize, he won’t sleep when he’s working, he has no interest in high society or leaving his house except to obtain body parts. Under pressure, he becomes more reactive and impulsive, shooting his creature and causing him to fall into a vat of acid and perish – at which point he laments that his life’s work has been destroyed (he wanted to continue working on it).

Enneagram: 5w4 sp/sx

Victor is a reclusive genius scientist who spends all of his time working away on an eccentric project in his desire to create a living human being from body parts salvaged out of grave robbery and backstreet deals. He barely eats or sleeps, instead spending all of his time in his laboratory. He also suffers from an intense degree of emotional detachment and callousness, using his maid for sex and then having her killed by his Creature once she becomes pregnant and threatens to tell his future wife about it, shoving a man down the staircase to kill him and obtain his brain for his Creature, and shooting his own Creature in the head when he commits atrocities in the town. He is self-absorbed, withdrawn, and arrogant, seeing mere medical practices as inferior to his intellectual prowess. He has no interest in applying his method for “common” things like healing people, but instead intends to become famous (infamous?) as an inventor-scientist who dares to experiment where others do not, and who has no fear of recrimination.

This character was typed for a reader, per their paid request.

Interview with the Vampire: Armand [INTJ 5w4]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Within minutes of seeing Louis, Armand assesses his character accurately in perfect detail; he sees Louis’ intimate compassion for the woman on stage, senses his emotional state, and singles out his yearning for life to have meaning and figures out how to connect to him through it. Armand discerns their connection to Lestat without any background, assumes they murdered him, and confesses that he never liked Lestat and certainly doesn’t mourn his downfall. He is extremely bored in the same redundant lifestyle, with the same banal vampires, and though he doesn’t show it externally, carefully plans a situation in which Louis is rid of Claudia, and then gets rid of all Armand’s underground vampires, so he and Armand can have a new life (“You knew what I would do,” Louis accuses him). Though he doesn’t flout his influence over them openly, Armand has “control” of the Parisian vampires. It is under his orders that Claudia’s sentence is carried out. He enforces the vampire rules in Paris and abroad. Once he sees Louis, he starts scheming on how to obtain him and doesn’t really consider anyone else’s fate in the process. Armand is somewhat callous and hardened to the plight of others who don’t matter to him. The rules are that you do not harm your own kind, yet he doesn’t care that Louis did that to Lestat, and even welcomes the vampire’s death. It’s only when he sees executing Claudia as a means to his end (freeing Louis of her, so they can be together) that he enforces the law. To outsiders, he seems like a cold force, orchestrating things according to his ultimate design. His soul “cries out” to Louis’ and understands him; a bond that forms in silence and would have continued in silent bonding had he not chosen to intervene with Claudia. He is indifferent to the suffering of others, after centuries of deep emotional internalization. Armand is touched only by what lies within his realm of interest; he has no compassion for the sadistic vampires he has lorded over for centuries. Their death suits his purpose, so he orchestrates it. Once he sees what he wants, Armand goes after it through physical force. He shows a keen appreciation for the finer things in life, including good company. He risks much in the pursuit of Louis, in the hope for a richer, more colorful life.

Enneagram: 5w4 sx/so

Armand has divorced himself from his emotions to some extent, and remains untouched by the outside world, sequestered away in the Paris theater without much contact with humanity or those outside his influence. He no longer travels, until he finds Louis… then he wants to go around the world with him, having found an exciting partner in which to focus most of his devotion and fascination. Up until then, nothing held any interest for him, just a kind of withdrawn sense of apathy, boredom, and distance. He is callous to the extreme – he feeds off a screaming girl they dragged in off the street without remorse, then finds Louis strange for having so much “empathy for her plight. He allows his minions to execute Claudia for “killing Lestat,” but pretends he had nothing to do with it. He also sacrifices all of his own kind to Louis, by not warning them that he would seek revenge – the opera goes up in smoke, half the people he spent the last century with burning to death or sliced into pieces, but he doesn’t care. It doesn’t touch him. His 4 wing is moody, withdrawn, elitist, and unhappy in his current situation, searching for something that seems out of reach. He feels frustrated and angry that life holds no meaning, that there “is no God,” no miracles, and nothing to believe in except his own existence, as the oldest vampire alive.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes [ISTP 5w4]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Holmes is ruthlessly logical (whatever Watson may say about his emotions) and treats people like pieces in a puzzle, a component in a cog, something to be solved, without any regard for their feelings or sentimental attachments. He uses deductive reasoning to solve crimes, but mostly does so “for the fun of it” – the outcome matters less to him than the challenge of putting things together in a detached manner. He is witty and creative in his thinking, at one point convincing a woman who wants him to sire her child that he is actually “oriented in another direction” (gay) and she would have better luck elsewhere, and not being too offended that he is, in fact, her “last choice.” He spends his free time stinking up their room with eccentric habits that will teach him greater methods of deduction, such as identifying tobacco by the ash and keeping track of his files by the inches of dust that has accumulated on them. Holmes is quite busy and proactive when on a case, eager to leap into action, and meticulous about the kinds of details he picks up from the environment. Even when stuck behind a door, to conceal their presence from intruders, he notices the newspaper lining in the bird cage, which tells him to travel to Scotland in search of more information in the case of a missing man. Once there, he poses as a woman’s husband to throw off suspicion, and insists on bicycling to each castle around them to see what he can learn from the environment. Holmes uses this information to form intuitive deductions, such as when he sees four midgets at the cemetery and remembers the case he declined as boring early on the film (he erroneously dismissed it as a case of their wages being too low, so they found a better job in another circus), and reinterprets it as them now being involved in a greater mystery that together with canaries and dead men and the fact that a dead man’s ring has turned green (and the creature Watson saw in the lake) meaning there’s a scheme and/or a submarine being invented. Holmes is quite clever in piecing together things once he has seen them and in making small future predictions, but he can also be caught off guard, such as when he failed to realize the woman traveling with them was posing and had adopted someone else’s identity, to fool them all. (He does not clue her in on how long it took him to recognize this.) Holmes has very poor emotions. He has no interest in a woman’s grief, and tells her to stop sobbing, because she might blow their cover. He claims Watson is his sexual partner to squirm out of having to father a child, without thinking how it will make Watson feel, or that it might hurt his reputation. He remarks that when his fiancé died of influenza a few days before their wedding, he merely saw this as proof that women are unreliable and cannot be trusted. When he comes to care about someone, he’s incapable of talking about it, and merely tries to get her off the hook instead. After a personal loss, he cannot communicate his grief and retreats to be alone.

Enneagram: 5w4 sp/so

Holmes is detached almost to his own determent, unconcerned with anything emotional, and detached from everyone and everything around him. He’s curious about everything but wants to study and analyze it without becoming emotionally involved. He is not social, choosing to duck out of parties and refusing to attend operas or ballets because they are “tediously dull!” He doesn’t know how to handle his own emotions, much less anyone else’s, and his short story about the loss of his fiancé and how it has made him distrust women prove that he has withdrawn to protect himself from getting hurt – however, it happens to him a second time, after he develops unspoken feelings for someone else. Socially awkward and negative, he often has bad things to say about people, is skeptical of everything and everyone, assumes things will go wrong, and that you cannot trust women (cynicism). But his 4 wing is somewhat reclusive and arrogant, both pleased not to be of the common horde and aware that he is different from other people. In some painful ways, such as feeling mild embarrassment over the lack of women that could speak up for him in his life and ducking out of talking to Watson about it.

This character was typed for a reader, per their paid request.

Paid Request: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes: Mycroft Holmes [INTJ 5w4]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Mycroft  works for the British government, by heading up various programs for the war department. He’s working in an advisory capacity to creating innovations that would help the Brits win the wars he is sure are headed their way; he mentions to the queen that she should look to Germany, and that they need something to help them guard against the new dirigibles that Germany intends to use against them (she flatly denies this based on her family associations and insists he stop creating machines that can kill people). When she orders him to sink the submarine they have built, he has the grand idea to kill the German spies after it at the same time, by luring them into a trap and causing it to explode. Holmes says of him that his calculations are never wrong in their predictions, which means Watson’s pocket watch must be slow. Mycroft has a lot of scorn for his brother, because rather than a useful profession, he likes to play “games” and “solve mysteries.” He orders him to drop the case, and then rather meanly points out his inability to spot the obvious problem in his midst (someone working against him from within, and in fact, Holmes has been “helping the enemy!”). Mycroft likes to categorize things when working on them. He urges the queen to face the facts rather than rely on delusions or kindness, and is focused on efficiency. He delegates and has other people invent the machines he intends to use to win the war. Mycroft shows very little emotion and very little ambition in the sensory environment; he goes to Scotland to give the queen a tour of the submarine but rarely leaves his London club.

Enneagram: 5w4 sp/so

Mycroft doesn’t go out much, he prefers to stay cooped up in a pleasant place where no one talks to him, and give orders without budging out of his comfort zone. He has also taken pains to keep himself isolated, by having no family or anyone relying on him other than his work, which he can do from a distance and through correspondence. He remains detached in all his conversations with his brother, even cruel in his comments about Holmes’ mistakes and shortcomings. He believes in preparing for the worst and assumes he knows what is the best way to do that. His 4 wing is somewhat melodramatic and grandiose, but also a tad bit arrogant. He knows he’s smarter than his brother and rubs it in, that they are both different (but he is a bit superior, because he works for the British government, which is more preferable than being a mere private detective).

This character was typed for a reader, per their paid request.

Paid Request: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Lisbeth Salander [ISTP 5w4]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Lisbeth is a professional hacker who knows how to access any computer and spy on whatever its users are doing remotely, who easily cracks the encryption on Mikael’s personal files, and smirks at his moral outrage. She is able to shut off her emotions and do whatever she has to, to survive, including performing sexual favors to an abusive man who has control over her financial assets. When Mikael finds his pet mutilated and left on his front step, Lisbeth rushes to get a camera and record the evidence. She works as a skilled personal investigator, and focuses on finding information, but others see her as having an “abrasive” personality. When giving people reports on others, Lisbeth trims out information she considers to be irrelevant to the required data, excluding things about their personal life that she feels has no bearing on the case. She is blunt and factual, saying her caretaker does not have a daughter when the hospital asks her about it, instead, “I am his ward,” and asking to hear his medical information anyway. She leverages a blackmail scheme about her rapist and exploits him for her full inheritance and to keep him quiet. She is physically active and confident in handling herself, chasing a purse snatcher who stole her laptop and beating him up on the escalator, before she escapes with her stuff intact. She admits that she tried to burn her father to death and succeeded, getting 80% of him burned before the end. She objectively gathers information and processes it, using her photographic memory to retain details of the crimes without needing to check her notes, and is highly visual in how she gathers photos and documents to support her conclusions. Lisbeth evaluates things on a surface level, based on the moment—assuming because Harriet’s cousin didn’t call anyone to inform them of a death that Harriet must be dead after all, and that she and Mikael are in a relationship because they had sex several times. She throws him onto a bed, climbs on top of him, and tells him to shut up / stop talking so much, before she seduces him… after having only known him a few days. She picks up a girl in a bar and brings her home, Casual sex is her usual method of relationships. Lisbeth rescues Mikael from being killed by slamming his would-be murderer over the head, then chasing him until he wrecks on his motorcycle, and intending to explode his gas tank with her gun. She exacts very physical revenge on her rapist by electrocuting him, tying him to a bed, sodomizing him, and tattooing “I am a filthy rapist” on his chest, then threatens him with another tat if he attempts to remove it. She wanted him to suffer, and continue suffering, as he made her suffer (low Fe tactic). Lisbeth is out of touch with her own feelings and unsure of how to connect to other people; she is socially awkward, and rather than be emotionally vulnerable, throws her Christmas card away when she sees Mikael with his married girlfriend.  Though she cares deeply about her social worker, enough to tenderly care for him, she never talks about it.

Enneagram: 5w4 sp/sx

Lisbeth is a true loner who sees no reason to make anyone like her, who is intensely private about everything pertaining to her life, who lives alone and avoids forming relationships (she is open to casual sex but not sharing of herself), and who remains detached throughout her investigations, even as she handles detailed, hideous crime scene photos relating to ghastly rape-murder combinations (when the officer asks her if she’s eaten lately, she tells him she isn’t hungry and cannot gain weight due to a medical condition, rather than assuming he means seeing these photos might make her sick to her stomach). Others urge her be more likable and social, but she ignores their advice. Her 4 wing is withdrawn and introverted, causing her to have a sense of being forgotten, abused, and hated by society, and she harbors deep anger and an urge to “get even” and make bad people pay for their actions. She is more moody and affected by things than she cares to let on.

This character was typed for a reader, per their paid request.

Anna Karenina: Konstantin Levin [ISTP 5w4]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Levin throughout the story is grappling with his desire to make everything make rational sense and his inferior Fe awkwardness. His way of coming into a belief in God is through a roundabout method, as he thinks his way into belief rather than falling into it naturally. He is introspective and self-inspecting, struggling between his rational thinking and his desire to be spiritual and adopt an outward religion. He is strong-willed and independent-thinking, often dismissive of his own and other people’s emotional needs and out of his depth when forced to provide for his brother. He struggles between disbelief in others’ willingness to conform to what society expects of them and his own need to be true to what he thinks and feels. Levin loves doing the manual labor of farming, even though it’s not expected or required of a man of his position. He dislikes working at a desk, so he goes out into the fields, where he carouses and works alongside the surfs. He feels some scorn for his brother’s political and academic beliefs, preferring instead to work with his hands. Levin is happiest when allowed to be in the moment, but this has also led him into a life of unapologetic debauchery, for which he feels guilt later. He cannot be swayed from an opinion once he forms it, and he is prone to idealizing things and believing them the entire truth, whether that’s his faith or his unrealistic perception of Kitty as a saint rather than a human being. He’s prone to moody and depressive, introspective periods of self-loathing. He can be inappropriate and emotional, without knowing how to handle Kitty’s feelings. He thinks he is doing the right thing by unburdening himself of all his sins the night before their wedding, and is shocked when she accuses him of “soiling their marriage bed” with his filthy lifestyle. She would rather not have know about all his “whoring,” when he simply wanted, in an inferior Fe way, to “clear the air” and receive forgiveness.

Enneagram: 5w4 sx/sp

Levin is an extreme introvert who avoids society and is awkward whenever he finds himself in it. He has very few social skills, feels deeply hurt by rejection, is fearful in putting himself forward, and unable to form connections to other people, except to Kitty… whom he idealizes and romanticizes into an unrealistic set of expectations. He thinks of her as an ideal partner rather than a woman who can be hurt by his sinful confessions of debauched behavior. He thinks, and thinks, and thinks more, often choosing to believe his own conclusions over anyone else. He can be easily wounded and withdrawn when hurt, running away and hiding from Kitty after she has rejected his proposal, and fearing to open himself up to more pain. His 4 wing is often overwhelmed by pain and deeply emotional — when his brother falls ill, it’s Kitty who remains level-headed and sensible in caring for him, while Levil falls to pieces.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Peter Parker [ISTP 5w4]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

“Every day I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make.”

– Peter Parker

Peter figures out things as he goes, utilizing his incredible mathematical brain (he solves a difficult equation for another scientist, enabling him to find the correct formula to help mice re-grow their lost limbs) and his reflexes to test out his abilities as Spider-Man and develop his moves. Once he has realized what he can do, he promptly goes out to an abandoned warehouse and does more and more dangerous stunts, getting so immersed and preoccupied in what he is doing that he fails to remember to pick up his Aunt May at 9 o’clock like he promised his uncle. One way he tests his web casting is to leap off a twenty-story building and improvise on the way down. Peter spends a lot of time throughout the first film creating gadgets to help him with his secret identity, trying out different masks, figuring out how to utilize his spider-senses, and engaging directly with street thugs. Though no one will listen to him, Peter insists that a doctor at the local technology lab is the man behind the giant mutant lizard, he believes firmly that they are one and the same, and tries to convince Gwen’s father that he has a diabolical plan that could endanger people. He’s right, but no one listened to him. He spends a short amount of time at school becoming a bully with his newfound tactics, until it lands him in the principle’s office and earns him the disapproval of the man he most cares about. Peter’s sullen choice not to halt a mugging winds up killing a man he cares about, launching him into an emotional period in his life in which he seeks revenge. Though he frequently makes an ass out of himself in front of Gwen Stacy, Peter still manages to attract her as his girlfriend, and briefly tries to stay away from her per her father’s dying wishes (but at the end of the first film, he implies that promises are meant to be broken… and he doesn’t intend to keep this promise). Peter, however, feels wracked with guilt for not keeping his word, and this makes him yo-yo between seeing her and being absent in her life, until she breaks up with him. He is quite poor at handling her emotions, and oblivious to the inappropriate timing of venting his own, when he tracks her down ahead of her Oxford exam and spews his feelings all over her. He gets a kick out of mocking and taunting the intelligence level of the street thugs he harasses on a regular basis.

Enneagram: 5w4 sx/so

Peter starts out as a science geek without a social life, whom no one pays much attention to, but who will bravely take on a bully if he deems it necessary. He spends much of his time at home or working on his skateboarding skills, until he decides to undertake the cause of justice and deal with crime in his own city. He’s detached, logical, and socially awkward. Rather than explain to Gwen his reasons for staying away from her after her father’s funeral, he just avoids her—causing her to get upset at his abandonment at the hour she most needs him. His 4 wing can be wrathful, childish, and self-absorbed. He gets so caught up in his own “stuff” that he neglects his aunt and uncle’s welfare. He refuses to help people unless he’s in a good frame of mind to do so. He broods intensely after his uncle’s death and blames himself, causing him to pull away from everyone who cares about him. He feels different and alienated, but also smarter than everyone else.

From Hell: Frederick Abberline [INTJ 5w4]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

“They used to burn men like you, alive, Abberline.”

– Peter Godley

Abberline seems to ‘know things’ without knowing them, so his friend Peter Godley considers him to be a clairvoyant. He often has specific visions of crimes that soon come to pass, and when he visits the crime scenes, he will notice any deviations from his ‘seeing.’ He makes a lot of intuitive leaps about the facts of the situation he gathers, assuming the murderer is not a butcher or a veterinarian (others’ suggestions) but instead is a ‘well-educated man,’ and following his hunches to Scotland Yard and the ‘secret police’ performing a cover-up. He knows from grapes left under the bodies that the Ripper lured them with ‘food and drink’ before he killed them, and follows hunches and random clues to a secret order, thus exposing the murderer. Abberline is often defiant of authority and unafraid to challenge them, going so far as to accuse the police commissioner of corruption and threaten him with physical assault. Though he has fallen for Mary Kelly, he realizes he cannot ever see her again without endangering her life and exposing her survival, so he chooses to remain in London ‘where I can watch the people watching me.’ Where the rest of his companions gag and hurl at seeing dead bodies, Abberline simply gathers the clues. He also asks for a proper examination of the corpses by a medical doctor, rather than the local constable coroner, because he thinks the man is incompetent and has tainted the evidence. Abberline’s ‘relaxation’ through an opium addiction (a reckless over-use of his inferior Se) eventually leads to his overdose and death.

Enneagram: 5w4 sx/sp

Abberline is a loner who has very little respect for the establishment of which he is a part, and who trusts his own logic more than anyone else’s. He asks many questions without always being aware of the social implications or inappropriateness of them, but also demands justice on a satisfactory level, for the Ripper to pay for his crimes. He is cautious and skeptical, warns Mary against taking too many risks, and urges her to leave London as soon as she can, knowing she is in danger. But he also circumvents his position as a policeman by falling for her, kissing her in a public place, and then using his position to chase away the constable that scolded them for it. He both trusts and is somewhat skeptical of his own intuition – he says his friend calls them “my intuitions,” but he prefers visions – yet wants to prevent them from coming to pass. Rather than processing fully the death of his wife and unborn child in childbirth, Abberline withdraws from society and forms an opium addiction; he would rather ‘chase the dragon’ than connect to anyone else, until Mary comes along.

Once Upon a Time: Mr. Gold / Rumpelstiltskin [INTJ 5w4]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

“Love is free, but all magic comes with a price.”

Rumpelstiltskin

Rumple has an uncanny ability to look at people and sense their greater potential, and he always has a trick or twelve up his sleeve. He is forever guiding people toward the side of them that he sees, whether that is in his careful (but cruel) cultivation of Regina as he takes her from a path of innocence to evil, or in his release of magic into Storybrook. His instinctual insights into people are sometimes wrong, but he believes in them fully, and they are more often correct. Rumple will drive hard bargains to benefit no one but himself, refuse to take part in the community (and not see why this is detrimental to himself until no one will help him look for Belle), and keep things for a long time, in expectation of their future use. Snow does not understand why he wants a strand of her hair. Regina accuses him of knowing the truth of who they all are (he does) and having a diabolical scheme in the wings (he does). Rumple even brings back a wraith from the beyond to kill her in retaliation for her actions toward Belle. He prides himself on tricking and outsmarting people, thinking ahead of them, and often uses metaphorical language when speaking to them. Rumple will bargain and trade for things, and always knows what he wants—you get nothing for free in his world, and he intends to use everything he gets. He is shaping things to the vision he has of it in his head. His inability to understand or respond to anyone else on an emotional level means he almost loses the woman he loves, in pursuit of revenge and out of his own bitterness. Rumple will go back on his initial design, if he sees a profit in it, or some way to benefit himself. It’s not always personal, dearie.

Enneagram: 5w4 sp/sx

Fear transformed him into the Dark One, when he was too afraid to confront Hook about his wife or challenge him to a duel, and too afraid to fight in the war when ordered to by the kingdom. He’s afraid to live a life without magic, and thinks it’s the only way to protect himself. Rumple lives in dread that someone will get hold of his knife and use it to control him, so he creates an elaborate fake and deceives Belle with it. His logical detachment means he almost loses the woman he loves, because he cannot let go of his anxiety. In Storybrook, “Mr. Gold” lives as an eccentric antiques dealer who thinks about no one but himself, who can be ruthless, and who hordes his resources from other people. He is widely hated and feared because of his hard bargains and lack of empathy for other people. His 4 wing can also refuse to let go of past hurts. He nurses them for decades and seeks revenge even when it threatens his present happiness. He cannot seem to get past the loss of his son, or Hook’s actions toward him, and rather than finding happiness with Belle—a woman willing to forgive him endlessly and move on, Rumple dwells in the past and mourns what he has lost. Eventually, through Belle, he learns to move beyond his “Beastly” nature and find happiness, but he must be broken first and learn to want love more than he clings to his fear and resentment.