Paid Request: Hidalgo: Sheikh Riyadh [ESFJ 3w2]

Function Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Sheikh Riyadh’s relations accuse him of allowing his emotions to guide him, and his enemies use this against him by kidnapping his daughter and demanding his finest racehorse, the pride of his bloodline, unless he wants her head delivered in a bag. Riyadh has been permissive toward her desire to pursue “masculine” interests, but forbids her to do them in public. He is concerned with is reputation and standing, and in being traditional in his values. Because his culture allows for no mercy, he does not want to show any to those who betray his trust, steal from him, or whom he believes has ‘violated’ his daughter – he is willing to lash her a dozen times for going into a man’s tent, because his culture expects it from him. But he is also warm, generous, good-natured, and pleasant to be around. He shows genuine warmth toward Frank when they part, including shaking his hand in farewell (he initially refuses, since it’s beneath him to touch an infidel). Riyadh is highly traditional and obsessed with his horses and their pedigrees. He values the secrets of his forefathers and treasures the book they have passed down, which contains all they have learned about horses, because he knows they have proven their worth across the centuries. The longer something has been established and thought of as good, the more faith Riyadh has in it (Si). He also has a whimsical lower Ne which delights in dreaming about the wild west, in asking questions about Wild Bill Hitchcock, etc. He admits that his intuition is not good; that he cannot ‘see the future… or I would have bet on the Mustang!’ He has a good sense of humor, when his family honor is not involved. Riyadh never questions his own motivations, which means he has certain contradictions within his beliefs that his daughter points out to him (he should not say one thing, and do another).

Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp

Riyadh is concerned about appearances; he initially contacts Frank, because he’s upset that Frank has claimed that Hidalgo is the fastest horse in the world. He takes issue with this, because he considers his own horse to have the honor of that distinction – so he asks Frank to come compete in a race against his bloodline, in the full belief that doing so will prove him right, and Frank wrong. Riyadh allows his daughter to do certain things, up to a point, that aren’t normal for his culture, but he doesn’t want her to be seen doing any of them. He is charming, likable, and good-natured, but also cares so much about what others think, he is willing to hurt people sometimes to maintain his family’s reputation. As the story unfolds, his 2 wing comes into play in how generously he treats Frank, once he and Hidalgo have rescued his daughter. He accepts that he has lost and they won with grace, and invites them to stay in his home as long as they wish. He also has been permissive toward his daughter, allowing her to do the things her brothers would have done in her place.

Paid Request: Hidalgo: Jazira [ISTP 6w7]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Jazira doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but proves practical when she does show up; she helps out Frank with Hidalgo. Since she can’t ride the race, she prepares him for what he will encounter by providing him with supplies and advice, even though he’s racing against her father’s horse (and her favorite mount, the one she wishes she was riding). She tells him to see the locust as a gift, not a pestilence (which allows him to think of them as food), and gives him butter to mix with the water, to provide both him and Hidalgo nourishing fat along the way. Though she abides by the laws of her people for the most part (being quiet, playing her role, keeping her face covered), she also rebels and questions her father’s decisions (she thinks him a hypocrite, for pretending to care so much about tradition, but allowing her the freedom to ride astride and do many other boyish things). She wishes she could run in the race, and tries to convince him to change his mind, as well as not marry her off to the man running against his horse. She also thinks the American Indians are like her people, those without a permanent homes who wander from one place to the next. She wishes they could break away from tradition so that she could be her own person, but also abides within the standards of her culture. She thinks fast on her feet and moves against her uncle, who has kidnapped her; she risks her life to go back for her father’s breeding book, so that he will get away with nothing. Jazira wants to be part of something, to be seen for who she is, to be able to be free to be true to herself, but knows that isn’t possible, so she puts it aside (low Fe, being accommodating and fitting into the environment).

Enneagram: 6w7 so/sp

Jazira both moves toward other people, and appears to root for the underdog; when others scorn Frank and Hidalgo, she starts to root for them, seeing them as courageous and spirited. She goes out of her way to help them win, also for her own benefit (if they win, and her fiancé loses, her father won’t marry her off to him). She cares about their welfare and wants to see them survive. Jazira can be both rebellious and confrontational, reacting against her father and the other men in the family (sometimes putting herself at risk in the process), and going along with their plans for her life, since she knows there’s nothing she can do. She is loyal to her father, and to his bloodline of horses, even if she doesn’t agree with all of his decisions. But a large part of her also craves adventure and freedom from all limitations; she doesn’t want to get stuck being married to a man with four other wives, because that will prevent her from doing what she loves most—riding horses.

Paid Request: Hidalgo: Lady Anne Davenport [ESTJ 3w4]

Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Lady Anne is a motivated and ambitious woman who is determined to gain the breeding rights she covets, so she enters her mare in a race to prove her superior bloodline to convince the sheikh to allow her to use his stallion as a stud. She knows that Frank and Hidalgo winning would ruin her chances, so she hires men to waylay them and ensure they do not finish the race; when that fails, she tries her own tactics (attempting to seduce him and offering to pay him off). She rationally points out that his horse is not used to these conditions and is beginning to tire, and asks him whether he is willing to ‘kill’ Hidalgo just to finish the race. She assumes money can solve all her problems, but also has armed guards who intervene to protect Frank and Hidalgo on board ship. She is curious about him. Lady Anne is extremely knowledgeable about horses, having spent all her time among them, learning everything she can about them. She has only one interest – breeding, and talks about it almost constantly. She knows everything there is to know about the bloodlines, and has deep respect for the proven ones (relying on what has been ‘good’ for hundreds of years); because of this, she doesn’t see Hidalgo as worthwhile, sine he’s a Mustang – some little “Spanish cross-breed” (but she still knows the history of his kind). She shows little intuition, other than that she dismisses them at first, then changes her mind and sees them as a threat once they manage the first hundred miles without incident. And her morals are askew, since she cares more about pursuing her own interests than showing compassion to Frank and Hidalgo (though, she did try to pay them off first).

Enneagram: 3w4 sp/sx

Lady Anne cares about establishing a reputation around her horses, and ‘climbing the social ladder’ in terms of horse breeding. She is goal-oriented, highly motivated, and unscrupulous in how she gets what she wants. She ignores her feelings and other people’s problems in the process (when the camp is attacked, she takes her mare into her tent and remarks about ‘these people and their endless rivalries’ – inferring that their infighting is none of her business or concern). She won’t let anyone get in her way, but also figures out how to politely get things from them, warn them off, plant doubts in their head, and offer to buy them off. She is surprised when Frank turns down her offer of pleasure in her bed, because she knows she’s quite a catch (never mind that she is also married). Her 4 wing is somewhat elitist; she looks down on the Mustangs because they are ‘common little horses’ rather than the gorgeous Arabians she so admires, which come from a thousand year bloodline. She wants into that inner circle, at all costs. She is a bit of a snob.

Paid Request: Outlaw King: Robert Bruce [ISTJ 1w2]

Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Robert is a sensible man who abides by the governing rules of the king, in order to keep his family safe, but who sometimes trusts them too much—he assumes that his enemy will abide by “the rules of war,” and it’s only after his army has been ambushed in the middle of the night (he assumed they would abide by their agreement to one-on-one combat the next morning), and his brother hang, drawn, and quartered for protecting him and giving shelter to his wife and daughter, that decides to abandon the “rules of honor” and engage in guerilla warfare –by harassing and taking one castle at a time, burning their way through Scotland and destroying the strongholds so their enemies cannot use them. Once he grows “tired of hiding,” he says they are going to bait the king and force him to deal with them, then he lays out a strategic advantage using Scottish terrain to unhorse their enemies—leading them to the slaughter of the English soldiers and forcing their surrender. He likes to get people to go along with him, but also refuses to force them to change their mind; instead, he calls upon their Scottish heritage and right of birth, asking them to defend their nation from the English who want to tax and abuse them. But he’s also smart enough to kill anyone who would betray him (he invites one lord to meet inside a church, then when he hears the man intends to rat him out to the king, kills him, though he feels bad about doing it “on sacred ground”). His clever battle tactics give them the upper edge, and his strong morals (he refuses to slaughter the prince, even after he has captured and defeated him) help him respect other’s opinions (they need not join him, but don’t work against him). Robert has poor Ne, though. He makes a foolish mistake in assuming he could send his wife and daughter to his family and not have them all get slaughtered—he hoped that the prince would be honorable, and that no one would find them there, and was wrong. They are also betrayed several times, losing men in the process, because he fails to take into account potential outcomes and guard against them.

Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp

Robert has every right to the throne, but it’s only after witnessing an injustice and the anger of the Scottish people for the dismemberment of Wallace that he chooses to embrace the crown and mobilize them against a king he sees as a tyrant. He tries to do things appropriately, and be considerate of others – such as not consummating his marriage until his wife is ready to lie with him (she initiates it) and being respectful of her boundaries. He feels great guilt for killing someone in a church, but then puts that aside to do what must be done, to protect more people. He wants to do right by his Scottish lords and their families, and has a generous and forgiving nature toward the prince, even though he knows the prince tortured and killed his brother. He is also somewhat emotional, and easily swept up by the people around him – he assumes he must take action for their benefit, he tries to persuade people to join his cause rather than demands they step aside, and won’t conscript anyone into his army, so much as invites them to come alongside him.

Paid Request: Outlaw King: Elizabeth Burgh [ISFP 9w8]

Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Fe

Elizabeth is very straightforward about what she thinks, even when it’s not what others expect from her; when Robert asks her if she’s having a good time, she earnestly replies that she is ‘trying to’ (it’s not great). When she sees a soldier manhandling someone, she immediately asserts herself and uses her family name to order him to desist. She also tells Robert that she has decided to go along with whatever he chooses, in terms of becoming king or not; that she will make up her mind, set her course, and stay on it. She refuses to budge from it, even when Prince Edward demands she renounce her marriage. In tears, she finds it difficult to imagine such a thing, because she has fallen in love with Robert, and doing this is betraying him—so she refuses to do it, and accepts her punishment. She tells the prince that compassion is “not weakness,” but strength. Elizabeth acts on her feelings, like sharing her first kiss with Robert, but then has a firm boundary (it will go no further than this). She does not sleep with him until she feels ready and loves him, and even then does not talk about her tender feelings at all (she needn’t; it’s obvious through her actions). She tends to react instantly to things, in the moment. She enjoys traveling with his army, quickly befriends his daughter, comforts her, and seems to take pleasure in small things (such as eating an apple alone seated on a stairwell in their castle). Elizabeth also does not think much past the moment, or about the long-term potential consequences of her decisions; she intends to follow one path forward, and see it through to its end. But when she refuses to sign the annulment, she doesn’t think about anything other than her own feelings (not that it might hurt her family, for example) and those of her husband. Elizabeth also is rational enough to interpret accurately that the prince being so desperate to ‘save her life’ means that Robert hasn’t been captured yet, so there’s a chance they won’t find him and he might succeed—this makes her laugh and refuse to sign it. She is driven by her sense of right and wrong more than by her sense of logic, but is confrontational when necessary and purposeful in her actions.

Enneagram: 9w8 so/sx

Elizabeth is a blend of passivity and assertiveness; she doesn’t know anything about her future husband, but agrees to marry him, and then allows him to make most of the major decisions in their life together, including ones that could get her killed (or captured, or raped). She says she is fine with whatever he wants to do. But she will also rush into action to protect innocent people, and assert her feelings and thoughts, regardless of the situation. She sets firm boundaries; after their wedding night, in which he does not touch her, she knows it’s okay to keep him at a distance, so she gives him no sexual encouragement until she feels it is the right moment. She isn’t afraid of the prince that much, even though she’s seen him gut a man, and laughs in his face when he wants her to sign away her marriage and renounce her status as the Queen of Scotland. I went with so/sx, because she seems to devalue her own survival (sp-blind) in favor of merging and going along with Robert’s decisions.

Paid Request: Outlaw King: King Edward I [ISTP 8w9]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

King Edward does not have much screen time, but is an obvious thinking-dominant with inferior feeling given his rough treatment of his son, the peasants, and the traitor who he has torn apart and the body parts nailed up in towns all across Scotland. Though ISTP and ENTJ are both possible, I ultimately decided on ISTP for one particular reason; he often berates and belittle his son and heir in public, because it stems out of how he sees and feels about him (even on his deathbed), without fully considering the consequences of making his heir look weak in the eyes of the court (low Ni combined with inferior Fe). An ENTJ would be more aware of the long-term need to cultivate his son and form him in a particular direction, rather than simply tearing him apart in front of others. Even in his final minutes, Edward says that he never particularly saw his son as being a good king – an open invitation, in an ETJ’s eyes, for someone to take the throne from him, because it betrays weakness and a lack of faith. He handles people roughly but with an eye on maintaining the throne, turning them into loyal subjects (through force if necessary), and is willing to grant mercy to those who surrender to him (allowing Robert to keep his land; he admires that “you had the courage to come and face me, and the wisdom to obey me”). Edward is a physical man, often out in the field of battle, and at ease in various different environments; he can shift his attention quickly from one thing to another, from accepting the swords of surrendering Scottish lords, to bombarding a castle (“now go get their surrender”), and then setting off on a new conquest. He is also physically aggressive, such as when he sends his son off to battle by slapping him hard across the face with a glove, and instructing him that “this is the last blow that will go unanswered.” The prince also says his father used to beat him mercilessly, to try and turn him into a man. On his deathbed, Edward expresses his final wishes (which are subsequently ignored by his son, who hates him). He has a massive problem with inferior Fe, being generally unaware of other people’s feelings, disinterested in tenderness, and humiliating his son in public on numerous occasions. Even on his deathbed, he doesn’t impart any hopes for his son’s future, merely complains that he had much left to do and laments that such a weak son will take his place. Yet, the prince sees his father as ‘weak’ because he has “mercy” for his enemies; a truth of King Edward, who allowed Robert Bruce and many others keep their land, titles, and estates if they swore fealty to him.

Enneagram: 8w9 sp/sx

The introduction to the film says that they entrusted Edward to give the throne to the rightful heir, but that he “took it by force instead,” giving us a clear picture of him immediately as a ruthless man, aware of power and how to use it. He brutally forced Scotland into submission, stripped many of its larger households of their power, and then gave it to others who were “wise enough” to submit to his authority. He powers through anyone who stands in his way, and finds his son “weak” because he lives a life of excessive indulgence and the pursuit of “pleasure.” He used to beat the boy in an attempt to make a man out of him, and berates him numerous times for being weak. He is somewhat withdrawn, droll, and often angry, but chooses to act rather than wait for life to unfold (after learning about the rebellion, he says he hates the f*cking Scots, and calls for his army).

Paid Request: Edward, Prince of Wales [ESFP 7w8]

Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Edward is an aggressive, hedonistic man who gets into trouble with his father in the first scene for challenging one of his childhood friends, Robert Bruce, to a sword fight outside his father’s tent, rather than attending to the business at hand (of stripping local lords of their titles, or allowing them to keep them, depending on their family name and treasonous behaviors). His father believes him weak, because all he does is pursue a life of pleasure and show a lack of wisdom and rational thinking. It’s true that whenever Edward attempts to please him, he overdoes it with aggression, abandoning diplomacy and using brutality instead. This results in the Scots turning against him. For example, he takes Robert Bruce’s wife and daughter into custody, but then kills Robert’s brother in a cruel fashion (hanging him and gutting him) right in front of them, because he won’t betray his brother – without finding out if he was telling the truth or not. He simply executes him on the spot. Though much of his motivation is to earn approval from his father, and his constant berating and cruelties cut deep, Edward reacts assertively by pointing out the ways they are not alike; he thinks his father is too merciful to his enemies and traitors, and so “I am the stronger of us,” and sets out to prove it. He blames others for his own problems at times; instead of accepting his culpability in angering Robert enough to use underhanded tactics against them (because of his brother’s murder), Edward blames one of his captains for not capturing him. He is also capable of making emotional decisions, and drawing moral lines; he doesn’t touch Elizabeth or allow any of his men to hurt her or Robert’s innocent child. He has the little girl sent away to a nunnery and asks Elizabeth to annul her marriage; when she does not, he has her put in a cage and hung off the castle wall as punishment, but later offers her in a prisoner exchange to Robert after the war. He shows no long term thinking, and no respect for his father’s final wishes (for his bones to be boiled and carried into battle with them; he has him buried where he fell).

Enneagram: 7w8 sp/so

Edward wants to be free of his father’s influence and have fun, not attend to the boring and serious tedium of being a king. He would rather eat, laugh, and joke with his friends than strip them of their swords, but his father’s constant disapproval makes him lean hard into his 8 wing in an attempt to prove himself stronger than those who have come before him. He ruthlessly deals with his enemies and allows them to take on underhanded tactics in chasing after Bruce (ignoring the rules of combat, making prisoners of their women and children, etc). But he falters on the battlefield, when it becomes clear that he is alone and surrounded by his enemies; he begs for his life, cries, and vomits out of sheer fear, making such a pathetic, fearful display that Robert allows him to escape unharmed rather than killing him on the spot.

Paid Request: Song of the Sea: Ben [ISFP 6w7]

Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Ben is somewhat self-absorbed and only concerned with his feelings in the early portion of the story, seeing his sister as a pest who steals the beautiful shell his mother gave her. He is so vexed with her, and caught up in his own feelings, that he pushes her into her own birthday cake, ruining Granny’s photo and resulting in him being sent to his room, then tells her a scary story just to upset her (and feels bad about it when she gets scared, and reassures her it’s just a story, not real… but that doesn’t help). Ben angrily blames her misadventures for getting sent to Dublin to live with their grandmother, whose house he hates, so he decides to run away back home to find their dog—and drags his sister along when she refuses to let him go alone. Once he discovers she is a seilkie from the sea, he then sets out to protect her, find her seal coat, and help her free the fairies from being turned to stone, since only her song can restore the balance. His feelings toward her begin to change, as he matures into a more thoughtful, compassionate boy—carrying her through thorny branches and through rainstorms, even jumping into the water in an attempt to save her and recover her coat, though the sea terrifies him. He adapts quickly to his environment, whether that is to get news from a faerie king or to outrun an old witch. He notices all the jars full of emotions and memories in her attic, and convinces Saoirse to blow the shell, breaking them all free and restoring the witch’s feelings to her. Ben is also an artist who likes to illustrate his mother’s stories. He is quite industrious and purposeful when he puts his mind to it, coming up with a map home, asking for directions, taking a bus and paying for their tickets, and seeing to it his sister gets home. He can be blunt at times and even cruel, telling his sister to get lost, and saying if their father turned to stone in his grief, “nobody would love you.”

Enneagram: 6w7

Ben has a lot of fears tied to his own survival, but he is also loyal to his family when it counts. He’s scared of the sea, so much so that he won’t go into it at first to bring back his sister, who has wandered off looking for seals. He must work up the courage to dive in after her, when she vanishes into a pool within a cave, and again when he dives into the sea to swim down and find her coat to deliver it back to her. He wants her to be safe, and doesn’t want to lose her, asking their mother in tears to let her stay and admitting to himself that he loves Saoirse—quite a different reaction from his initial feelings toward her. Though cautious and deliberate, Ben does tend to go off on a whim—he sets out for home with only a map and sheer determination to get there, he embraces adventure when he must, and eventually conquers his fears by thinking positively and taking a leap of faith.

Paid Request: Song of the Sea: Saoirse [INFP 9w1]

Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te

Saoirse makes decisions independent about how others feel about them. Even though her brother is often annoyed by her presence, because she loves him, she hangs out with him. She feels drawn to the shell in his room and continues to borrow it without his permission (“stealing it” according to him). She pursues the little lights that blowing it brings to her, without thinking how her father might react to wake up and find her gone, wanders into the sea despite her brother’s objections, and generally follows her own instincts. She feels drawn to things that will reveal her true form, such as the shell, the lights, her selkie coat, the seals in the ocean, and the sea itself. She continues to move toward those things even when others attempt to stop her. Saoirse knows somehow that blowing the shell will make the owls go away. Saoirse also gives the food she doesn’t want to the dog, rather than make any pretense of eating it. She feels quite nostalgic about the mother she never knew, and asks her brother to read the old familiar stories to her. Saoirse also doesn’t want to leave her brother and father at the end for the unknown, a life in the sea with her mother, because she’s attached to them. As a mute, she cannot speak but once shows her displeasure with her brother by kicking him in the shins!

Enneagram: 9w1 so/sx

Saoirse is both able to block out other people, and in tune with their displeasure toward her – she becomes quite upset and offers to give back the shell when her brother becomes angry about it. She feels upset when he pushes her away and tells her to get lost, but then is quickly happy again as she walks into the tide. She is easily distracted, easily pleased, and easily allured by beautiful things that speak to her soul; she is part of nature and it is part of her. Saoirse tries hard to do the right thing and help out the faeries, her song restoring herself and her music bringing the faeries back to life from stone—even though it costs her all her effort and makes her faint.

Paid Request: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Shang-Chi [ISFP 9w1]

Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Shang-Chi has a strong moral compass and a desire to protect his family; when he finds out his sister is in danger, he drops everything to rush home to China and warn her that they will be coming for her emerald pendant, the same as happened to him. He can’t stand by and allow his father to massacre an entire village when the truth becomes known to him of his intentions, so he defies him and rushes there to warn and protect them. He doesn’t tell much about his former life, or even his real name, to Katy until they are in China and it becomes necessary to reveal the truth about his past to her. Shang-Chi is also opportunistic and lives in the moment. Others accuse him and Katy both of never growing up, because they are still “playing” and being irresponsible as adults; both of them work jobs that are going nowhere, and stay out late at clubs, singing karaoke and partying, rather than getting any sleep (despite knowing they have to go to work early the next morning). Shang-Chi is a very physical man, observant and good in a fight; he uses his environment and reacts quickly to keep himself safe. He takes over a bus out of control and drives it, then calculates how best to bring it to a stop and guides Katy through the process, while having a fight in the back end of it. When they get trapped in a building under attack, he throws a chair out a window and helps her to safety by scaling a scaffold, unconcerned with the drop. He makes for a formidable fighter. He doesn’t show much Ni, other than his singular desire to stop his father from decimating the village; and he knows that his father is wrong, and his mother is dead, not trapped behind some mysterious gate. He can be quite blunt at times, strongly stating that his mother is dead, that she would hate what her husband is trying to do, and even that she would refuse to be with him, if she knew about this. He flies into direct action and doesn’t question things so much as to want to make sure they don’t go wrong. He also never reached out to communicate with his sister in the many years of their separation.

Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp

Shang-Chi tends to become invested in whatever others around him are invested in, whether that includes joy-riding a car all over town with Katy and then being “irresponsible” and hitting up a local club, or needing to protect his mother’s village from his father’s wrath and vengeance (and from the creatures let out of the hidden door). He is mild-mannered, easygoing, and doesn’t take things personally, gently correcting people like Katy’s grandma (“we’re just friends,” he says when she asks when they’re going to get married). He has been slow to develop any kind of a life for himself – years after he’s moved to America, he’s still just parking cars and he seems to have no real ambitions beyond that. His strong 1 wing gives him a sense of wanting to do what is right, and the will to stand up to his father – he tells him multiple times he is wrong and criticizes his behaviors as evil, even going so far as to say his mother would disapprove of these actions (“what makes you think she’d want to be with you, after this?”).

Paid Request: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Xu Xialing [ESTJ 8w9]

Function Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Xialing has never been one to sit back and let life happen to her; when her father would not let her train with the men, she observed them and then taught herself how to fight “better” than anyone else. She took those skills into the real world, where she set up an empire based around high-profile underground fights, which she streams on the dark web—and she rakes in piles of cash in the meantime. She at first wanted to shut down the Ten Rings, but then seized control the terrorist organization and wants to continue her father’s operations—but in her own way. She is straightforward and businesslike, but also has a strong attachment to her father, to her mother, to her mother’s past, and her own childhood experiences. She waited around for six years for her dad to keep his promise to her and come back, and says it took that long for her to decide she was on her own and had to do things herself. Since then, she has cut all ties with both him and her brother—and yet rather than walk away, she gets sucked into taking care of her brother, and trying to save her mother’s people from extinction, after assessing her father’s delusional desire to release their mother from her “prison” as insanity. Even though she went her own way and established her own “empire,” it strongly echoes what she learned in her childhood—and then she gives it up to take on “the family business.” Her main changes include wanting to make it more of a feminist organization, by introducing and training female warriors, something that precluded her from being one of them. In this way, she’s both traditional and non-traditional, falling into the life she wanted as a child, but being open to changing things and taking it in a new direction. She doesn’t show much intuition, but she’s good in a fight. Xialing is also more sensitive about her feelings than she lets on; she cares deeply about her brother and carries the wounds of her family’s abandonment. She has the moral fortitude not to want innocent people to die, but also puts herself first in her personal life – when the building comes under attack, she gets herself out, without a thought for her brother or his friend (at first—she does rescue them from the prison caves).

Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so

Xialing has become hardened through her father’s and brother’s abandonment, and admits that she decided if they weren’t going to look after her, she would teach herself to do everything better than anyone else – and build her own empire, if no one was going to let her inherit one. She asks her brother if he has gone soft when he refuses to kill anyone in a fight, and pulls no punches (literally) when defeating him in the arena. She has also built up an empire around illegal cage fights in the underground, not really caring if they are against the law or that people are getting hurt. But neither can she stand by and let innocents get slaughtered, so she teams up with her brother to stop their father (and winds up taking over his empire, rather than dissolving it—a league of covert assassins). She has an almost supernatural sense of calm detachment, and has numbed herself to many of her childhood memories and emotions, although she always comes through for her brother and his friends in the end (she saves Katy’s life, seeing that she cannot protect herself).

Paid Request: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Katy Chen [ESTP 7w8]

Function Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni

Katy has been squandering most of her life just living in the moment; she has no interest in pursuing a steady career or advancement, unlike what her mother and grandmother want for her; instead, she likes to borrow hot-rods from her job parking them and go for high-speed joyrides – knowing full well if she crashes the car, she’ll be in serious trouble. But she doesn’t crash cars, her reflexes are just that good. She takes over and drives a bus successfully through town after people attack her best friend on it, eventually getting it to stop with the help of a truck driver (whom she gives a thumbs up, and says “we make a good team”). Katy finds out, to her surprise, that she is a natural archer when she continues to hit bull’s eyes each time she fires an arrow, giving her the confidence to rush into battle and help them defeat a great evil. She takes advantage of the moment when she enters a fight club to place a bet (against her best friend; no loyalty there), and rakes in the cash without apologizing for it (instead, she says of course she didn’t bet against him). It was an advantage, she sized him up, saw him lacking, and sees no problem getting some money off him. She rationalizes away her decisions, many of which are amoral (“borrowing” cars at work being a serious breach of trust as an employee). She also is funny, charming, assumes she can talk her way out of anything, expresses her feelings instantly and points out how stupid it was for Shaun to change his name to… well, Shaun. That’s like being in witness protection, and changing your name from Mikael to Michael, she says. She feels some sense of obligation to help people she’s never known, and often vents her feelings the moment things happen (ranting about her mom accusing her of being immature). Katy has no real purpose for her life and no interest in developing any long term goals, until she sees what she can do, learns to take herself more seriously, and then decides to use her newfound skills to carve out a niche for herself.

Enneagram: 7w8 so/sp

“I just love how you guys know exactly what you wanna do, and you spend your whole life getting really good at it. I wish I was more like that. It’s like every time I get moderately good at something, I just quit and start something new. But I just know my own limits, and I’m not gonna waste my time chasing something that will ultimately be a disappointment for me. That’s not me.” That pretty much sums up her personality. Katy has no interest in doing something for the long haul or that involves hard work; she dabbles in it, gets bored, and moves onto something else. She is all about having fun, which includes being irresponsible (joy riding, borrowing cars that could get her fired if her boss found out about it, spending all night singing in clubs, and partying, even when she has to be at work early the next morning). She has a hilarious sense of humor, but doesn’t see the point in being an “adult.” Though she will complain if others accuse her of a prolonged adolescence because she is stuck in a job going nowhere fast, and has no real ambitions beyond it. She is mouthy, opinionated, and combative under pressure, even though she has a few fears (like heights).  

Paid Request: Chang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Xu Wenwu [ESTJ 8w9]

Function Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Wendwu rose to power after discovering a set of mythical rings, and promptly formed an army known as the Ten Rings. As a warlord, he conquered many kingdoms over centuries, using his immortality to amass great power and wealth for himself. Rather than appeal to his children to help him rescue their mother from behind a mythical gate, he decides to test them by sending his warriors after them – he tells his son that “I knew they could not kill you, even if they tried.” He says he has “allowed” them to go their own way for ten years, but now it’s time for them to come home, fall in line, and do what he tells them to do. He intends to open a gate and be reunited with his wife, who he believes has been speaking to him from beyond it, and if the village does not allow this, he will kill them all. When his children object, he has them imprisoned in his dungeons. Throughout, his motivations are those of family, of tradition, and of personal beliefs. He says names have power, they connect you to your ancestors; he wants his family to be whole again, and for his children to carry on his legacy. Wendwu gave up his warlord days and his rings of power to settle down and raise a family, and now that occupies much of his thoughts. He somewhat irrationally believes that if he brings back his wife, then his children will return to him and they can all be happy once more. He has studied as much as he can about his wife, her past, and her village, to understand more about it, and now wants to move forward decisively with his plan. Naively, he believes in something that is impossible—his wife is dead, not calling to him from the great beyond. He doesn’t question where the voice is coming from or think that it could be anyone else, he trusts what it knows of him and his desires and chases a dream until it becomes a nightmare. Wenwu is somewhat selfish in that his desires only include what he wants for himself and his family; he won’t listen to anyone else’s please to spare the village, nor did he have any compassion for the thousands of people he has had killed over the centuries. But he also loves his son so much, he sacrifices himself to ensure he survives. Love for his wife drives him to do many things, include giving up his former lifestyle as a ruthless warlord.

Enneagram: 8w9 sp/sx

Wenwu strikes fear into other people’s hearts. Katy says he terrifies her, just by being in the room – and fear caused his children to abandon him, after attempting to please him. He is so callous that he trains his own son to be an assassin and sends him to kill someone as a mere teenager (Katy points out how screwed up that is). He spent many years amassing power for its own sake, always needing to conquer yet another world and bring it into submission, without interest in whether his actions were right or wrong. He isn’t afraid to deal harshly even with his own kids (throwing them into prison for arguing with him). Once he met his wife, the future mother of his children, he merged into wanting to become what she wished of him, so he gave all of that up. He lost himself inside her and has never recovered from it, chasing after a dream in an attempt to restore her to life and make himself whole again, and willfully naïve in his belief that it will make everything right with his children.

Paid Request: The Suicide Squad: Rick Flag [ISTJ 1w2]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Rick brings in a lot of experience from the military in dealing with his assigned ‘suicide squad’ – at first, he hates all of them for being sociopathic criminals (“scumbags” in his mind), but the more time he spends with Harley in particular, the more he comes to see the merits in them being reckless, opportunistic, and good in a fight. He finds it frustrating when they don’t listen to him and break formation, or go into battle without being given an exact order, because he tends to toe the line with his boss and obey her—up until a moral line is crossed, and then he refuses to go along with it (he won’t cover up the American involvement in the torture of innocent men, women, and children, causing him to get into a fight to the death with Peacemaker). He has a patriotic viewpoint and likes to ingratiate himself with the locals, in an attempt to work with them toward a goal. (If they help each other, she can avenge her murdered family and he can complete his mission.) Rick wants to get in and out with a minimum of fuss, but also at times lets his emotions to get in the way of his logical judgments. It would be more reasonable to leave Harley behind, yet he has them all go on a rescue mission for her because he’s falling in love with her. Though sent in the first film to rid June of the demonic entity possessing her, Rick fell in love with her (a violation of his orders). He also became friendly with those in his squad and went out of his way to reward them for good behavior (allowing Deadshot to have a longer unsupervised visit with his daughter). His scruples won’t allow him to participate in any action he sees as immoral. Rick doesn’t question things at all, and tends to believe what his superior officers tell him, but is also capable of completely changing the purpose of his mission and its intent, veering off his end goal to find a girl he cares about, and instead of wanting to protect and destroy the information he found, caring about making it public, because…

Enneagram: 1w2 so/sx

… it’s the right thing to do. Rick hates most of the people he has to work with on a daily basis because they are all “scumbags” in his mind – criminals from all kinds of different classes, who have no ethics and no concern for the common good he so esteems. It’s only after they prove themselves not without conscience that he starts to care about them. He refuses to do anything he deems immoral, including take part in a cover-up of the sins of the government he holds so dear. He can’t remain silent about the horribly unethical experiments performed by the US government and their allies on prisoners and bystanders. He also thinks a great deal with his heart and his emotions rather than his head – falling in love with women he shouldn’t, allowing them to influence his decisions, and being unable to separate his personal feelings from their fates. He cares about loving and being loved, and subconsciously pursues this when around women.

Paid Request: The Suicide Squad: Christopher Smith / Peacemaker [ESTJ 1w9]

Function Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Peacemaker is a straightforward communicator, who makes an awful lot of assumptions based on what he knows, and of his own personal experience – like assuming Cleo is going to be lazy because she’s a millennial (that’s why she’s sleeping in her cell), or asking Polka-Dot man if he’s called that because his power is to throw polka-dots at people (actually… it’s true, which Peacemaker immediately figures out when the man doesn’t answer him). He has a theme of ‘liberty’ ongoing and argues fiercely in favor of it, driven when he questions Bloodsport’s leadership skills (with the assumption that his own are superior – along with his superior assassination techniques, and his contempt for a man who accepts money to kill people). He mows through people, showing off his techniques and skill, without remorse or thinking about whether they should die. One of his favorite tricks is bullets rigged to explode, showing his perverse sense of humor. He often says off the wall things, using disturbing metaphors about body parts and linking it to liberty, questioning whether the mission has to do with butt-holes, etc. He also has poor inferior Fi, in the sense that he becomes morally outraged at the idea of killing people for money, but has decided to kill them for peace himself. Since he has no real conscience, he has no problem killing others on his squad to ‘protect the mission’ and do what he has been told by his superior officer.

Enneagram: 1w9 so/sx

A deeply misguided sociopath, Peacemaker devoted his life to being a “pacifist diplomat” who grew so committed to peace, he decided to enforce it by killing all those who stand in its way. He feels self-righteous about this decision, because it’s less base than killing people for money (he dislikes Bloodsport because of this, and the two men engage in a skills-related pissing contest to prove each other superior). He is confident, even cocky, and self-assured, making immediate decisions and choosing to enforce peace through violence. In a misguided way, he thinks he’s doing the “right thing,” even if that involves a massive cover-up and killing the people he has grown closer to over the last few days. He over-emphases his 9 wing, which also numbs him to anything he dislikes or finds unpleasant; he reframes it into a positive self-image, to embolden his ego.