Discworld: Death [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Death is curious about everything. He never accepts anything at face value, but instead questions it in order to derive the meaning. He is quite logical but in an entirely subjective way, which means that he views the world and the areas of life and death respectively, through an interesting bias that sees the complexities of words. Death often reaches profound conclusions because of this, about humans, about rituals, about decisions, and the meaning of life, because he thinks as much about the word or ritual’s meaning as he does the result. He is ambiguous in his meaning much of the time. He is interested in a wide variety of things, and his knowledge base keeps expanding. Death has an unusual perspective that gives him the ability to see a large picture, but also make unusual connections between its parts. He astonishes Susan with his comparison between blood and tradition, as well as the suppositions he makes about people needing things to believe in. He can be quite innocent and even childlike at times, in his fascination with concepts, symbolism, and greater meaning, but also quite profound. It is a humdrum task, reaping the Dead, but Death does it. He fits neatly into a routine and does what is “expected of him” (except when he gets bored or frustrated, and goes off on a holiday). His interest in things invites him to ask many questions about them, to gather information on which to base his theories and suppositions. He has some appreciation for the traditions and ways of old, as well as a vast expanse of knowledge relating to ancient magic and suchlike. Often, Death is disappointed in the unfairness of life. He doesn’t think it right that some should have much and others should have so little; he tends to moralize a bit in lecturing Albert on how he disagrees with “the rules” because they are not humane enough. Though being comforting does not come naturally to him, Death tries to offer words of reassurance where he can and is polite in informing people of their death. And… he likes cats. Cats are nice.

Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp

Death most desires to ‘understand’ things… but always, stands on the outside looking in. He wants very much to be a part of things, but does not know how, and so Susan remarks in the book that all of his attempts to be more human just come out peculiar, since he’s not able to comprehend what something like ‘design’ is like (in his world, there is black, and middle-black, and gray-black, but no true color). He tries to process things through his head rather than his emotions (though, that does not extend to his compassion for humans and cats), and does not become insulted easily. His 6 wing wants to be part of humanity, to find and maintain a connection to the earthly plain, and to serve where he can. He tries hard to change himself, to seem more like the Hogfather, while retaining some of his peculiar ideas about people needing to believe in some lies, to accept others as the truth.

Angel: Wesley Windham-Price [ISTJ 5w6]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Like Giles, Wesley places a great deal of emphasis on book learning; he approaches his work with confidence in his extensive knowledge of various creatures, monsters, and adversaries, but only learns to protect himself with practical first-hand experience in the field. Wesley does things “by the book,” and is attentive to social hierarchy, the details of their work, and the more pressing practical concerns in their environment. He lives primarily in the moment, but also nurses past hurts and experiences longer than he lets on. He has an incredible ability to remember details over long periods of time and also trusts established processes (the spells, information, and solutions provided in the books and/or through the Council). Wesley is ambitious and hard-working, and when he first arrived on the scene, had a controlling attitude toward the Slayer and her friends. On occasion, he has betrayed them to his own advantage in his quest for power. His organizational skills, his tendency to do things “by the book,” and his desire to succeed made him “Head Boy” in his academy days, and a natural leader later on. Wesley is known for his tough-love approach, in his ability to put aside his feelings and make difficult decisions. He often takes action to protect the others, without their consent; he doesn’t allow his personal feelings to interfere with what must be done. On occasion, Wesley lets his personal feelings get the better of him, causing him to act out in anger against the people he resents, or even betray them for his own benefit. He has a compassionate side that surfaces on occasion, but finds it difficult to articulate his feelings. Wesley devotes his entire life to the things he cares about most, and finds it frustrating when others do not take his job as seriously as he does. He is open-minded enough to see potential in various situations, and to consider the endless positive and negative possibilities attached to many of his decisions. Wesley calculates the odds and then chooses to act to head off what he thinks will be disastrous situations. He notices connections between other people, particularly the sparks between Gunn and Fred. He is open to learning new things that relate to his job.

Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp

Wesley is all about acquiring knowledge. When he’s first on Buffy, he is extremely by the book and attentive to doing things a certain way, but has no practical experience from the field. In Angel, he gains that real-life experience necessary to make his purely theoretical knowledge more useful in the real world. Wesley sometimes makes hard, even callous decisions that horrify the others, such as when he brings up a woman’s father, believing she has been sexually abused, to test his theory that her emotional trauma results from the abuse. His ability to do this alienates him from Angel later on, when he makes hard decisions involving Angel’s son Connor. He also has an active 6 wing in that he wants very much to be included, involved with Angel, and is interested in helping people. He feels offended when he’s accused of being “paranoid,” and immediately asks Angel if he sees Wesley that way (implying it’s true).

Justice League: Victor Stone / Cyborg [ISTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Victor was a top student and athlete before his accident, and afterward, he can hack into any computer system, figure out how it works, and make it do whatever he wants it to. He shows this process, and his compassion toward a woman and her children who are almost out of money, when he hacks into her ATM and rewards her with a huge cash bonus, making her the winner in the bank’s sweepstakes. He is methodical in how he studies things and careful in how he takes them apart, but also gifted with mechanical objects. Victor was a talented football player, and despite his loner status as he mourns being a cyborg, still wanders the streets at night, physically puts himself into harms’ way to save people (breaking into a lab to save his dad, fighting off adversaries, and using the environment to adapt), and makes momentary decisions based on what he sees that can do good (such as helping the woman and her kids). He just “knows” when things will work and when they won’t, and also shows a lot of inferior Fe. He is deeply resentful about becoming a robot and ashamed to show himself, angry at his father but also willing to do anything to save him. He feels most at home when he’s able to integrate into the League, and feel like he is doing something important to save the planet, but initially he refuses to join them, since he sees no point in being involved with them. He will go along with things because the others are for them (like resurrecting Superman, despite him having “leveled the city” the last time he got mad). At times, he loses control over his emotions.

Enneagram: 5w6 sp/sx

Victor spends a lot of his time alone and doesn’t bother to engage with the real world until he figures out how he can serve it best through using his hacking skills to benefit others. He withdraws from humanity out of a sense of alienation and being different, but has no doubts about his own decisions and stands by them, even when others do not want to go along with him or agree with him. He thinks they can take it or leave it. But he also is loyal to his father, even though he’s angry at him for “saving” him and turning him into a robot, enough to want to save his life and make every attempt to undo any of the bad he feels he has done in the process. Victor initially wants nothing to do with the League, but only comes into it when he decides it’s the right thing to, and then finds a sense of security in working with others (even if he doesn’t need them).

Paid Request: The Night Stalker / Strangler: Carl Kolchak [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Kolchak leaps to logical assumptions without proof more than anyone else in the journalistic department, much less the police force – and the thing is, he’s always right, too, no matter how outlandish his claims. Kolchak gets accused of ignoring facts that don’t fit his over-reaching theory, but tracks down information and compiles it, records details in his story, and asks hard-hitting questions. The questions he asks are all rational; how would a 70 year old man be able to outrun your young and healthy deputies? What’s he doing with the blood? He relies on autopsies and eyewitness reports, as well as stages traps for the creatures he hunts, convincing people to go along with them but also being somewhat abrasive (if you don’t stop looking behind you and act natural, he’ll know it’s a trap!). He has a habit of focusing on what appear to be unrealistic perpetrators and scenarios, which others scoff at, but in every instance it turns out correct. At first, he thinks the Night Stalker is a man who “pretends to be a vampire,” then thinks he is a vampire, and finally, is a vampire. Despite everyone scoffing at this, he remains firmly convinced of it, laying out the crimes and adding up the evidence to prove it, then going after the vampire himself with stakes and crosses. In the second film, he realizes a pattern in the peculiar murders he’s been investigating—they happen once every 21 years, in much the same way, always by someone who appears to be more corpse than man. Kolchak leaps to the conclusion that it must be an alchemist, who has discovered an elixir of life and is using it to keep himself young. Sure enough, he goes poking around and discovers that’s exactly the case. He is somewhat clumsy in action, a poor street fighter, and tends to take dangerous risks without being fully aware of his own ineptitude in the sensory environment – sneaking into villains’ lairs alone and assuming he won’t get caught, then being unable to get away from them fast enough to avoid potential physical harm. Kolchak finds out what the reliable methods for dealing with monsters are and uses them – stakes and crosses for Vampires, etc. He somewhat naively expects the paper to run his story as-is, and that it will make him famous, only to be thwarted several times. He doesn’t keep a job well and has been fired about six times for insubordination, yelling at people, and abrasive behavior. He believes in telling the public the truth and refuses to be silent when he believes not doing so is putting them in danger. Though curious about the alchemist, when he realizes this killing spree is going to keep happening forever, Kolchak destroys his elixir, condemning him to “death.”

Enneagram: 5w6 sx/sp

Kolchak has some pretty strange ideas and runs with them, under the assumption that “I am right!” He trusts his own logic over anyone else’s, but is also cautious, suspicious, and distrustful of criminals. He thinks the police are downplaying the crimes, refusing to face the truth, and that he should expose the truth to the public, so they can protect themselves better. It’s a vampire, he insists… it’s an evil alchemist… this man is centuries old! Whenever he gets angry and asserts himself, he tends to alienate people by moving up his stress line to 8, and becoming belligerent, slamming doors, and even throwing things through windows. But he can be amenable at other times. His 6 wing does trust the police up to a point – he takes all the information he has to them, in an effort to strengthen them to adequately take care of this situation, and only leaps into action when they scoff at him and refuse to go along with his schemes.

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

Paid Request: Batman Returns: Bruce Wayne [INTJ 5w6]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Truth be told, this Batman doesn’t have much screen time, or much personality – but his primary addition to the film relies on his ability to read between the lines, even if he’s not right all the time. When Penguin presents himself to the public for rehabilitation, and pretends to have a change of heart and want to gain acceptance, Bruce doesn’t believe it. Against Alfred’s wishes, he insists on ‘seeing the bad’ in Penguin and sets out to prove it, by doing research on him in an attempt to figure out what he’s actually up to; he doesn’t accept the surface value of his actions and good deeds, and instead digs into them. He says “I think he knows who his parents are—there’s something else behind it.” He wants to find out what his angle is. He also believes Penguin is a crime boss, “I just can’t prove it.” Cleverly, while he fights Penguin in bodily combat (not always well), Bruce also hacks into his video feed, shuts off his audio at a massive speech, and plays back recordings of threats he made against the public, sneering at how easily led and influenced they are, and including threats of violence. He speaks to Catwoman in symbolic terms, telling her they are the same person “split down the middle.” He sees potential in her where others might not, how she could be a good kitty, and offers her that chance at redemption by inviting her to come live with him in the mansion. Bruce uses all kinds of gadgets to help him fight crime, including his Batmobile. He doesn’t go out of his way to taunt his enemies, so much as stop their nefarious schemes. He’s extremely private and rarely shows his emotions, although he does form an intense attachment to Catwoman, and also have sympathy for her true self, Selena Kyle. He’s not afraid to stand up to Max Shreck or accuse him of underhanded dealings, and takes a moral stance on his bad behaviors. Bruce shows low Se under stress—throwing himself into action, but not always coming out on top, almost getting killed by Catwoman due to her tricks, and also almost falling into bed with her through an intense make-out session in the mansion with Selena. He impulsively asks Catwoman to give up her life of crime and move in with him.

Enneagram: 5w6 sp/sx

Bruce is an intensely private man who tells no one anything about his true thoughts. He keeps to himself, is rarely seen in public, and only adopted the persona of Batman to do what he believes is right, and fight crime for the innocent citizens of Gotham. He’s suspicious of other people’s motives and doesn’t trust them to have good intentions, so he keeps them at an arm’s length. But he also has a warmer side. Bruce is easily able to make people like him through humor and off the cuff remarks. He wants to see the best in Selena/Catwoman, even if she gives him reason to believe otherwise. He’s cautious not to put himself at too much risk, even though he’s also determined to prevent Penguin from harming innocent men, women, and children.

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

Black Widow: Melina [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Melina has spent years doing testing on hogs in order to develop a mind-control serum that she hasn’t realized has been used by her boss to control his Black Widows; it forces them to be obedient and follow orders, while still allowing them to have an inner sense of themselves and unable to stop themselves from doing things. She’s quite proud to show off this to her daughters, not realizing that her research has made their lives miserable, and somewhat callously, in Nat’s mind, shows them how it works – she can just tell a hog to stop breathing and he will. She goes on explaining it, while the hog starts suffocating to death, and then when Nat demands she stop torturing it, she says he would have lived another 5 seconds anyway and gives him his air back. She’s been heavily involved in developmental research, without really thinking about its broader implications in her fascination with it. Alexei calls her the “strategist” part of their team, and it’s true, she’s good at coming up with contingencies at the last minute, such as when she and her daughter pretend to be each other. She also gives Nat all the information she needs to know, to break their boss, get him to reveal the data they need, and then destroy him, because she’s been made to understand the humanitarian implications of his actions (low Fe). She pretends not to be sentimental, and insists Nat as a child leave behind a photo album, but then grabbed it herself and has kept it. She asks her daughters’ forgiveness for some of her actions, saying that being raised inside an institution, she never “knew anything else” existed. Melina is completely oblivious to how her talking about their life in suburbia is hurtful to Yelena until she has an outburst related to it; it just never occurred to her that these impersonal statistics could be painful to anyone, since it’s just data. Information. Something to work with.

Enneagram: 5w6 sp/so

Melina is a research and academic, who enjoys spending decades of her life squirreled away in the deep countryside with nobody to talk to except her pigs. She reacts with fear when they first arrive, and then gradually welcomes them and puts away her guns. She enjoys telling them about her research, and doesn’t mind making impersonal decisions. It was just a job to her, she thinks, taking care of the girls; it wasn’t her fault they were taken away and put into training, that’s what happens! She even turned them in, although she immediately changes her mind having heard their story and tries to protect them. Her 6 wing kicks in and makes her defensive of them, and willing to at last turn against the organization that had her loyalty, until she found out how truly awful it is.

Signs: Morgan Hess [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Morgan is the first person among the family to start suspecting something strange is happening with the family dog, and then the wider community in general. He speculates about the crop circles, he speculates about the dog’s behavior (and remains somewhat detached, even though he’s upset, when he has to kill the dog to save his sister from an attack). He theorizes correctly it could be aliens, and goes to get a book from the local store all about them, assuming it will educate him and protect him from what’s about to happen, by arming him with knowledge. He absorbs all of this information and takes it seriously, even when his sensor father and uncle scoff at it. He instantly realizes he could use Bo’s baby monitors as a walkie talkie, and instead of assuming what he’s hearing over them is just noise, he uses it as proof that there’s more than on alien, and they are communicating with each other. He knows they’re talking in code and talking to each other. Unlike his father, he looks for patterns and believes in them, many of them proving to be later true. He remains convinced of what seems rational to him (aliens) and spreads information to his family members by exposing them to his ideas – which include reading his book, and wearing tinfoil hats. Morgan doesn’t want to leave their home, even though it might be expedient to go to the lake, because “this is where we lived with mom.” He wants to feel her close to them, if they’re all going to die. Though not one for much conversation, this analytical and quiet boy does confess how he feels under moments of stress, such as when he gets upset at his father for upsetting his family members, and tells him “I hate you.” He also tells Merrill that he wishes Merrill was his father instead of Graham, because he would “keep us all safe.”

Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp

Morgan has a fantastical explanation; he doesn’t care that his conclusion about aliens before anyone else is even considering it is whacky or imaginative, he takes it seriously and operates off that assumption and the rest of the world follows along behind him. He is fearful, apprehensive about the unknown and scared that his father won’t be able to protect them, but feels more confident arming himself with a good book about aliens, since it makes him feel like he can be competent enough to tackle whatever is coming their way. His first idea is to hunker down, make the house safe, and wear tin foil hats to protect them from mind control. His 6 wing is warm to his sister, cautious, and curious, allowing him to connect to the rest of his family, but also be scared out of his mind about the unknown. He clings to them for support in a hard time, and even forgives his father a few seconds after saying he hates him, because he feels bad about it.

Chernobyl: Valery Legasov [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

“What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we’ll mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that when we hear enough lies, we no longer recognize the truth at all.”

Valery is a highly theoretical person who interprets everything through a lens of logic and interconnecting ideas. When he is first brought in as an expert consultant on the horrific nuclear power plant accident, he deduces from hurriedly reading a report that the situation is actually a lot worse than the government is willing to admit; he intuits this conclusion from noting that “a smooth black mineral” has been purportedly found at the accident site, and that this has to be graphite – a mineral only found in the core of a nuclear reactor, so it means the core has exploded and bits of it are strewn everywhere! He also does not believe that the radiation is “only” 3.6 roentgen as the report says, because the industrial dosimeters used at the power plant are designed to only go up to 3.6 roentgen. Valery is confident in his conclusions and trusting of his own intellect, and due to his heavy reliance on introverted thinking and deductive logic, he is more suited for the role of a detective (“how did this happen and how can we prevent it from happening again?”) than an executive tasked with practical management of the problem at the site of the accident. Valery devalues his sensory function to the point that he tends to gloss over details and does not remain attentive to his surroundings. When pressed for an immediate solution to contain the damage (“dump sand and boron on the fire”) he does not take into account the structural build of the reactor room or the eventual build-up of steam, and because of the oversight, he almost makes a decision that could inadvertently worsen the already dire situation – a problem that is brought to his attention by his Te-using assistant. Valery is socially awkward and is thus often “out of sync” with others both mentally and physically. He is visibly bothered when expected to partake in chit-chat, and his use of Fe is limited to an occasional flare-up of temper and attempts to shock others into action by being needlessly graphic and gruesome about the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body. He does not hesitate to repeatedly state that the highest value of all is and should always be the truth itself, regardless of the political or social consequences. He is in equal parts frustrated and puzzled when those around him do not share this value. When faced with the decision to choose between his integrity as a scientist or his life, Valery proves that he cannot forsake the former and subsequently commits suicide.

Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp

Being an intensely contemplative man, Legasov leads a simple but lonely life before and after the Chernobyl disaster. He has denounced all forms of material luxuries to the point of asceticism and prefers to focus all his energy toward his work as a nuclear physicist and has largely withdrawn from all other aspects of life. He has no real understanding of statecraft, politics or diplomacy, or how important it is to “butter the egos” of the career party men. His 5-core makes him confident and self-contained in his thinking but also rather naïve about the way things work in the corrupt and heavily censored USSR. Unlike the 5w4 who is predisposed to intellectual elitism and sees others as “lesser than”, Legasov is willing to hear everyone out and does not look down on those with lesser cerebral capabilities. His 6 wing provides him with occasional flare-ups of self-doubt and paranoia, and in situations of extreme stress he may become suspicious of those around him. While very much a humanitarian (so/sp), he prefers to help from afar and wrestle numbers in his lab rather than complex practical logistics out in the world. He is fond of “humanity” as a concept, but struggles to connect meaningfully with individual people (sx blind), preferring animal companions in his personal life. 

Guest typed by Henrika.

National Treasure: Benjamin Gates [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Benjamin is a first-rate puzzle-solver and cryptographer, who can logically deconstruct decades-old information and reconstruct it in new ways, as he fits things into his belief in a treasure that no one else has found. He often wings things, but also operates off logical principles, and leaps to assumptions that others find reasonable but would not have thought of themselves, based on his incredible wealth of knowledge of American history. “The debt that all men pay” is Death. He leaps to conclusions about each clue he stumbles across in both movies, leading them on an international treasure hunt in which he finds valuable information in the Resolute desks, figures out how to open puzzle boxes, breaks in and steals the Declaration of Independence so he can read the back, finds a pair of Benjamin Franklin spectacles, and much more. He is a walking encyclopedia for all kinds of information, ranging from Queen Victoria to who hung how many lanterns to warn of the British invasion. From the start, in childhood, he knew the stories about the treasure were true, even when his father ignored them as nonsense. He also figures out a key code to open a door by realizing it’s “Valley Forge” based on the woman involved and her love for history. Ben shows his inferior Fe in how quarrelsome he can be whenever anyone upsets him; he actually stops in the middle of a plan to infiltrate the White House to have an argument with a child about who assassinated Abraham Lincoln and to show up his “evidence” as false by discrediting the man who wrote the book the child is referring to.

Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp

Ben has spent his entire life gathering information at length and avoiding the real world, making him a genius but also someone who fails at his relationships (he admits that he knew it was over when Abigail started using “so” a lot – “so my opinion doesn’t matter to you…”). He is cautious but also arrogant, driven to do the right thing but not above breaking the rules; Ben insists that they steal the Declaration before someone else can, kidnaps the president to ask him questions about the Secret Book, and can be something of a know-it-all; Riley gloats at one point, because he knows something that Ben does not. Even so, he’s not motivated by any sense of pride, and willingly gives up the treasure to benefit the entire “world,” refusing to take more than 1% of the profits for himself. Though generally incautious, Ben also has a desire to be part of a group, looks after his family, and is somewhat distrustful in his attentiveness to potential dangers.

Paid Request: The Half of It: Ellie Chu [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Ellie is forever trying to analytically make sense of everything (she says she can’t use emojis when she texts, because “I don’t know what they even mean!”) rather than just feeling it. She also has no problem writing essays for her classmates for $20 a pop, since it keeps her in money and helps them earn a passing grade for class; her teacher is culpable in this, and fine with it. Ellie sees another business opportunity when Paul wants her to write a letter for him to the girl he likes; at first, Ellie says no, letters need to be authentic and from the heart… but when she finds out the power is going off unless she pays up, she charges him $50 and… from then on, gets in too deep. You see, she also likes the girl Paul likes, and this is her chance to interact with her, have deep philosophical questions, and… well, lie to her, at length. Ellie has all kinds of interesting thoughts to share, and metaphors as she tries to train Paul up to being a better conversationalist; she philosophizes that life is irrational and meaningless, and people spend too much of their time looking for their other half. She says people don’t see what they’re looking for, the obvious unseen. She likens conversation to ping pong, and is good at adapting when Paul makes a total hash of things on his date (she starts texting the girl at the table with him, and makes her think he’s doing it). When Aster asks her why she stays up so late every night, Ellie confesses that the world is asleep, which gives her more room for thoughts. She also says “gravity is matter’s response to loneliness,” and realizes it was her thought, nobody else’s. Ellie is hard-working, detailed at school (even if she wrote 6 different takes on the same material, per paid requests), has no problem with a schedule, and is somewhat inert. She assumes her life won’t ever change and has no major ambitions once she finishes school. She ties a lot of what she talks about to her own previous experiences, though she’s reluctant to talk about them. Her inferior Fe leaks out as she shows concern for other people, tries to reassure Paul that he’s not a total loser, and sometimes spews her feelings under stress. She draws attention to herself at church, when she has to share her feelings and expose herself to Aster, without really thinking about how Aster might feel about it. She’s good at consoling Paul when he screws things up, and saying flattering things to people, but somewhat devalues her own feelings and won’t stand up for herself much (Paul has to chase after a car that’s harassing her and throw rocks at it, because she just ignores them making racist remarks).

Enneagram: 5w6 sp/sx

Ellie has no friends and sees no reason to get any; she’s an isolationist at school, who doesn’t associate with people much other than to charge her classmates money to write their papers for them. She doesn’t like the idea of standing up in front of others in a talent show and performing “all alone” on stage, because she prefers to be hidden most of the time. She doesn’t go out of her way to connect to people and is reluctant to talk about her personal life, until Paul convinces her that she needs to “carry your half of the conversation” (she says she doesn’t need educated on talking to people). Ellie’s 6 wing is all about being responsible, taking care of her dad, being loyal, and hard-working; she’s something of a homebody, but also has a good sense of humor and the ability to connect easily to Aster when they’re around each other, even if she’s super withdrawn and uncomfortable with intimacy.

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

Paid Request: Dune: Paul Atreides [INFJ 5w6]

Function Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

Paul has an inner monologue of almost constant metaphors, suspicions, and thoughts about the future and what he intends to do next. “Try looking in that place where you dare not look. Yu will find me staring back at you.” “I will bend like a reed in the wind.” “My name is a killing word.” “We will be at the center of the universe.” “Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death.” He’s already planning out a strategy before he even becomes a “special person” among the race of desert-dwellers, and he knows how to wear the desert suit without being told, which surprises those around him. He is forever thinking about the unseen figures in the shadows, the people he believes are behind the movements others take for granted; without any evidence, he believes the emperor is pushing their enemies to attack them. He dreams of the future and it comes true, and is obsessed with spice, saying that it is transforming him from within and giving him powers, and wondering if they could use it in other ways. Paul is often contemplative, but also thinks in terms of what “we” (the people he chooses for himself) can accomplish. He becomes their god, their deity, their honored leader, their protector. He defeats the worm, bends it to his will, and forms a cult around himself. He motivates them with talk of how they will be at the center of the universe. Given his way, he would pointlessly philosophize and ruminate, figuring out things as he goes, and sometimes improvising but always with a plan. He is a fairly good fighter, though he’s trained for many years, and a risk-taker, who isn’t always aware of his own safety.

Enneagram: 5w6 so/sx

Paul is motivated by fear, although he continually denies it and pushes it away from himself, reminding himself not to be crippled by it, calling it the little death, and insisting upon being a leader in his own right, rather than relying on other people to solve his problems for him. He’s withdrawn, private, and disinterested in talking much about anything, but also makes rational decisions and aims for being exact in his decisions. He’s also somewhat fantastical in his thinking, focusing on dreams and their interpretations, trusting in his hunches and insights, and yet being distrustful of others. Suspecting they are up to something, or withholding information from him. He draws allies around him, cultivating them as his followers, and leaning on them for support, while also seeing himself as above them and able to teach them things.

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

Entrapment: Mac [INTJ 5w6]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Mac has been a world-class thief for a long time, and how he does it is to plan it out, paying attention to every possible variation and outcome and to account for it, before he ever even starts his work. He has an instinct about Gin that leads him to expose her true identity, and “rob the ground floor” (stealing the painting she just stole), long before she ever tells him the truth, and then wonders if she is playing both sides. When she tries to interest him in a second job, Mac says he needs weeks to prepare for it—not two days! But since it’s now or never, he impulsively agrees to help her and comes up with plans and contingency plans overnight. He wants to rehearse one job with her, expecting her to learn where the lasers are, and is baffled and pleased when she manages to learn off the schematic and then do it blindfolded (after days of getting it wrong based on his directions alone). Mac is very much a planner rather than an improviser criticizes her frequently for her mistakes, for forgetting portions of the plan, and for not following his instructions exactly. He also feels no need to boast about his exploits to win her approval, lays down ground rules (she sleeps in her own room, not in his, and she will not try to seduce him), and admits that he steals art only for the purpose of admiring it himself. In a pinch, he can improvise, but usually has thought about it beforehand. He’s willing to risk arrest and possibly throw away his liberty just to make sure she escapes at the train station unscathed.

Enneagram: 5w6 sp/so

Mac has always worked alone and been alone, preferring it to having a partner, and lived a quiet live deep in the Scottish countryside where no one can bother him, and where he enjoys his quiet life surrounded by the art he has collected (stolen) over the years. He does nothing impulsively, but instead has thought about it, planned for it, and takes pains not to get caught or jeopardize himself, even when he challenges Gin about having betrayed him, and being a double agent. He has trust issues with her and can be inconsistent—reliable and self-confident, but also doubtful of her intentions. Mac tests her to see how reliable she is and whether he wants to risk his liberty for her, but then becomes loyal to her, even when it would be more advantageous for him to walk away and leave her holding the bag.

Paid Request: Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Milo J. Thatch [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Milo is a linguistics expert who can easily understand ancient languages, having studied other related languages—he grasps “how they work” from the inside out, and that allows him to translate a dead language—Atlantian, and speak it reasonably well. He works in a museum taking care of the boiler, and also fixes a machine while on their quest using the same technique, and relates back to his previous experiences when asked how he managed to make it work. Milo is a self-proclaimed expert in “gibberish,” who is attempting to figure out what the journal means and theorizing about the empty page and what it contains. He tells a story about his childhood and delight in finding an arrowhead, but realizing as an adult that it was simply a stone washed into a triangular shape by time (he uses far more technical jargon). He spends his free time deconstructing Latin, babbling about his love of languages, and striving to make sense of the world. Milo believes Atlantis exists despite having no proof; he also thinks they have advanced tech and if he could just find the journal, it would all make sense and prove his grandfather was no fool. He is a dreamer and an idealist whom others accuse of spending too much time studying “legends and folklore,” but he earnestly stands behind all of his intuitive assumptions, convinced that “this time,” he is right about the journal’s location. He says he would know if the journal were a fake, and quickly once he reads the ancient runes poses the theory that Kida’s glowing necklace is one shard of a much larger crystal, a power source that keeps Atlantis alive. Though caught off guard by his companions’ betrayal, he instantly realizes they have come to steal the crystal, knows that touching Kida is a bad idea once she has merged into it, and suspects the king is “hiding something” from them. Milo is sentimental about his grandfather, their time together, and is following up on his work, building on his foundations. He is also poor with the sensory world, constantly making mistakes, crashing into things, directing people in the wrong direction, cannot drive (though he assumes it isn’t hard, and fails to know what a proper pitched tent is supposed to look like. He’s a total klutz most of the time, who is quite free and open with his limited emotions. Milo wants to socialize, and tells others it’s an honor to spend time with them and be included (he isn’t used to it). He tells stories about his grandpa and is interested in hearing where other people are from, so he can better understand them. He is sympathetic and has reasonable people skills, and easily shares his family history to get others to open up. He often states his feelings (“I wish grandpa was here to see this!”), and becomes affronted by the others’ amoral behaviors. He accuses them of profiting at the cost of “an entire civilization,” and says he hopes they are “proud of themselves.” His shaming of them on moral terms, and insistence of doing “the right thing” gets most of them to side with him in rescuing Kida and saving Atlantis.

Enneagram: 5w6 so/sx

Milo is imaginative and often unrealistic about his future and his prospects, full of peculiar ideas, and something of a loner, although he is delighted to share his extensive knowledge with the others once they ask him about it (and sometimes, when they don’t). He is awkward socially but also able to get Kida to like him, despite his nerd status and bookish nature. He’s excited to solve puzzles for their own sake, and more interested in understanding things than using them, somewhat hesitant to ask people for favors, and persistent in appealing to the museum’s board to let him pursue his interests and mount an expedition to find Atlantis. His 6 wing is warm, personable, and likable, with a focus on teamwork and a strong loyalty to his grandfather’s memory and wishes.

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Inception: Ariadne [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Ariadne very quickly figures out how to mentally shift and rebuild dream reality once Cobb introduces her to the concept; she starts changing the environment around them and building it while she is still learning about it, showing her natural tendency to analyze, deconstruct, and reconstruct information, branching out into variations of how things could be. She also instantly starts piecing together the truth about Cobb—what he is hiding in the sublevels of his conscious mind, his reasons for keeping those things secret from his companions; “if you know the maze,” she reasons, “then [your wife] knows it,” and will come after them. She has to learn to slow her reconstructions down and plant only what is useful in the dream world to them. He trusts her to build sub-levels. When it seems like they are lost, it’s Ariadne who suggests that they could wake themselves up in every level of the dream at once through the sensation of falling, thus jolting them back into the real world all at the same time. She warns him that it’s dangerous not to tell his friends about his malevolent projection of his wife, who could cause them trouble, because she sees the big picture. She draws heavily at first on things she knows, and is surprised when Cobb tells her not to recreate things from her own life experiences, because it can cause the subconscious mind to sense that this is not real and turn against you. Ariadne is pleasant on an emotional level, and wants to do what is best for Cobb; she doesn’t intend to leave him behind, but is also willing to keep his secrets for him, once she has analyzed him and made deliberate choices in his dream state to find out what they are. She doesn’t want to leave him behind in limbo.

Enneagram: 5w6 sp/so

Ariadne is investigative and self-trusting, confident that she can create whatever they want her to create, and so curious about the dream world that even though it is a dangerous thing to do, she returns to it because she sees it as an exciting new challenge, a way to remain “separate” from the world but accomplish something real in it (planting an idea in someone’s head). She asks a lot of questions and proposes a lot of creative, whacky solutions to their problems, but also has a sense of group-focus and is cautious about Cobb. She doesn’t fully trust him, she worries about the danger his manifestations pose to the group and their mission, but is loyal enough as his new friend not to tell the others the truth even when it would serve them well.

Paid Request: Annihilation: Lena [INTJ 5w6]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Lena processes new information slowly, but also trusts her instincts; when her husband returns after being missing in action for over a year, she is overjoyed to be with him, but notices things “wrong” with him, and starts to ask him questions about where he was, what he was doing, what he last remembers, etc., to get a better sense of what’s wrong with him. When she winds up in a locked-down facility, without anyone telling her that her husband was sent into the Shimmer, she theorizes that “but something came out” (meaning her husband). Once in the Shimmer, where other team mates say they shouldn’t leap to conclusions, she answers, “maybe we should,” but doesn’t share her thoughts. At the end, where others assume the creature that tried to hurt her was malicious, she says she thought it wasn’t, and maybe wasn’t even aware of her presence, but that it was “trying to create new things” inside the Shimmer. Being in the Shimmer and encountering new “life” fascinates her, and she tries to figure out what is causing it and what is happening, in an endless quest to understand. Lena at the end recognizes that her husband is not her husband at all, but an alien, but still embraces him, knowing that she too is not “fully human” anymore. She is a successful biologist, who was in the marines before then; Lena deals with things competently and rationally. When her teammates want to go back instead of forward, she points out that it’s farther to go back than it is to the shore (it’s six days back the way they came, and two days to the shore), so it only makes sense to keep pushing forward, toward the source of the anomaly. Though disturbed by what she finds, Lena is also able to remain level-headed and sensible, and deal with things practically. She focuses on gathering objective data and categorizing it, hoping it may one day be useful. Most of all, she is deeply private in her emotions and never loses her cool in public. After losing a teammate to a vicious bear, Lena goes out into the woods to cry in private. She doesn’t open up about her husband or share much about how she feels about anything, remaining aloof and composed. Her inferior Se comes out a lot in the Shimmer, where it forces her to be adaptive but also reckless. Lena rushes into standing water to save Josie from an unknown threat, without a thought for her personal safety. When that same crocodile chases them up the bank, she kneels and shoots it until she kills it, even though she almost dies in the process (it gets within a hare’s tooth of her). She has casual sex in her husband’s absence, and then admits later that “this was a mistake” because she realizes she didn’t enjoy it and feels guilt about cheating on both her husband, and the man’s wife (Fi).

Enneagram: 5w6 sp/so

Lena is extremely reclusive and introverted—when a friend invites her to a party, she says she is going to be busy painting her bedroom instead. She specializes in a particular field of knowledge and has made that her identity, so that she doesn’t have to open up about anything else to make friends. Others approach her first and draw her into the group; she does not initiate or go to them. She isn’t forthcoming with any of her thoughts, feelings, or assumptions, and keeps the truth of her husband from the rest of the team (something Dr. Ventress at first thinks is a mistake, but then comes to see as “wise”). Both because it is private and because they might distrust her because of it. She will listen more often to others talk about their lives than talk about her own. Her 6 wing is suspicious, investigative, and curious, oriented toward staying with the group once she joins it and accepting of authority.

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