The Musketeers: Louis XIII [ESFP 7w6]

Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Louis loves to live in the moment, pursuing new inventions and progress with enthusiasm, indulging himself in the finest music, clothes, and experiences life has to offer. Louis likes to play more than run his kingdom, so he permits his Lord Chancellor to handle daily problems and plan for the future. He’s a fun-loving, trusting man, who reads and responds to situations based on what he sees. Though Louis does think about and want a better future for France and his son, he finds it difficult to sense when others are misleading or manipulating him. He becomes dependent on the cardinal, trusting him to make his visions for France a reality (such as ridding them of the Court of Miracles) and then his replacement, for making futuristic plans, but under stress becomes pessimistic, certain of impending singular doom.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Louis has two sides to his personality – one is a deeply compassionate, sensitive soul, who cares very much about his wife and child, and the other is a self-absorbed king, who flaunts his mistress in his wife’s face, and isn’t afraid to pass judgment on others, or sign their execution papers. He’s emotional, but doesn’t tend to talk about his feelings much. He knows his authority as a monarch and isn’t afraid to use it, easily issuing orders and laying down the law. Louis tends to act on his feelings, and doesn’t backtrack on his orders. He cares about the financial bottom line, and the success of France; he participates in negotiating marital alliances, and sometimes can be distant and callous, such as when he wishes aloud Anne were dead, because of her barrenness, not realizing the cardinal will “make it happen.” Louis is terrified to run his own kingdom or trust his own abilities with logic – he’s driven to despair at the thought of losing the cardinal, whom he relies on to run the country.

Enneagram: 7w6 self-preservation

Louis entertains himself by keeping busy doing everything but ruling his kingdom, which he leaves in the Cardinal’s capable hands. He entertains, he hunts, he dines, he eats, he womanizes, he avoids talking about or thinking about anything unpleasant, and he doesn’t want to know the nefarious methods his cardinal uses to get him a new fleet of ships or another new pleasurable pursuit. His 6 wing has a codependent relationship with the Cardinal — he does not think he can rule by himself, so he over-relies on him to make all the major decisions, make things happen, and keep him safe. In so doing, Louis is never quite sure what decisions to make, when it comes to the serious ones, and will turn emotionally reactive — flouncing away, throwing tantrums, or crying. His fondness for his mother despite her treason allowed her to keep her head long enough to make a second attempt on his life. When the Cardinal’s treason is revealed, Queen Anne allows him to live because “my husband needs you.”

The Musketeers: Queen Anne [INFP 9w1]

Functional Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Anne endures her husband’s affairs with quiet dignity, confessing to her handmaiden only that she’s worried about her future, and grateful their son protects her position. Anne is sensitive and compassionate, but also acts on her emotions and feelings, without regard for others’ interpretations of them. She loves Aramis, so she conducts a secret affair with him, knowing it could lead to both their executions. It feels right, so she trusts it. Once in awhile, Anne puts her foot down and gives orders; she can be harsh in passing judgment, based on what she believes is right. She can back up her decisions with logic when it comes to state matters (I should negotiate on the king’s behalf with this woman for peace, since my husband is too busy and preoccupied with his mistress to do his duty to France).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

She’s a little too idealistic at times, since she believes the best in everyone; she permits the cardinal to live after his attempt to murder her on the king’s whim, trusting she can use him at some point in the future; she tries to reason with a prophetess who hates the Spanish, despite being one, assuming the woman is kind and good enough to want to avoid bloodshed; she ventures out into dangerous places, without much thought for her safety, or the real-world concerns of her surroundings, under the assumption it will work out just fine. Anne shows some futuristic thinking, when it comes to her son’s future. She takes some enjoyment in routine, and takes an annual sabbatical in the woods to refresh her spirit – it lasts long enough Aramis gets bored. Anne bases her view of others on her personal experiences with them. She accepts some of the traditional ways society works, including the king having mistresses, finding her own situation precarious until she has a son; but she also discards the idea of bloodlines, since she has no concern for the prince not carrying Louis’ blood.

Enneagram: 9w1 sexual

Anne is a model queen until her affair – modest, virtuous, and makes no trouble. She ignores her husband’s painful infidelities and is a gentle but firm influence for good at court. She’s the ultimate peacemaker. Anne wants to do no harm, but to contribute to society. She has great grace and composure, and rarely appears upset or concerned. She’s passively tolerant of her bad marriage. She often wants to do the right thing, to reach out to others, to be seen as a loving and generous queen; she is helpful to her husband in whatever way she can be, and doesn’t know how to ask to have her own needs fulfilled. When Aramis shows her affection, she tries to please him in return – and falls in love. Anne can be optimistic and naïve, in true 9-core fashion. She relies on others under stress to protect her, and to serve France – choosing to preserve the cardinal’s life despite his betrayal, for the greater security of her husband and the nation at large (moving to 6 trust/distrust of authority, and seeking external security).

The Musketeers: Cardinal Armand Richelieu [INTJ 3w4]

Functional Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

Richelieu has a grand vision for France’s future, which includes it being a global power, on equal terms with Spain. Many of his decisions are motivated toward making that larger scheme come into focus, and he discards any ideas or ambitions that have nothing to do with it – for example, he considers becoming a Pope briefly but then throws that aside in favor of dominating the papal ambassador, claiming that was never his desire in the first place. Richelieu is good at foreseeing and taking care of the long-term consequences of others’ decisions, and thinking in futuristic terms, both within days and decades. He appreciates fine things and has a beautiful mistress – whom he kills without a second thought, on a whim, when he realizes she’s being unfaithful to him. Richelieu doesn’t like to act on impulse, and indeed, that’s when he makes his biggest blunders. His impulsive decision to off Queen Anne on the whim of the king threatens his power, places his deeds under suspicion, reveals his connection to Lady DeWinter, and almost gets him killed. In those moments, he thinks only of a singular goal (Ni), the potential for an alliance (Te) and acts in the moment (Se), without his usual months of careful planning, and it all falls apart.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

His reasoning is rational, his methods devoted to serving a specific purpose, from arranging hit men and kidnapping or killing potential heirs to the throne, to ensuring the king has whatever his heart desires. Richelieu can argue the king into sensible behavior through rational debate; he points out the obvious facts of a situation, sometimes in brutal terms (“the queen is barren!”) and is frank, effective at leadership, and comfortable making plans and executing them. He’s detached enough to find scapegoats without thought for their lives or feelings. His own feelings remain sheltered, but reveal that his greatest ambition is ultimate power. Under stress, he becomes more emotional than usual, blaming Lady DeWinter for her muck-ups and informing her that he’s not so loyal to her that he’ll take the fall with or for her; he’ll leave it all on her shoulders. Richelieu is grateful for the queen’s mercy, and prompted to show mercy of his own – but only when others convince him of the rationality of it, and show how he can benefit from it, on an individual and practical level.

Enneagram: 3w4 social

Richelieu works hard to come across as competent, efficient and powerful, sneering at the lack of ambition in his fellow priests and choosing to keep ruling France from behind Louis rather than make a bid for the Pope’s seat. He focuses on getting things done, at whatever cost – as an unhealthy social 3, he does not mind sacrificing other people or cheating, deceiving, and seducing to get what he wants. He has an air of superiority and quiet to him, borne from his 4 wing’s desire for self-reliance and to focus on the task at hand, rather than wasting time mentoring others. He can go dead to his emotions under stress (moving to unhealthy 9).

The Musketeers: Milady DeWinter [ESTP cpw6w7]

Functional Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni

Milady is opportunistic and risk-taking, willing to knife someone and steal their dress, or cut their hand, the blade dipped in poison, with musketeers running around. The cardinal (and others) turn to her when they want something done. DeWinter uses her body, sex, and physical pleasures to get places in life… and because she enjoys it. She uses sex as a useful tool to seduce King Louis and make him her protector, so she can continue working behind the scenes against the musketeers. She’s sometimes too impulsive and risk taking, which places the cardinal under peril when one of her assassination schemes goes wrong. She’s an effective schemer on her own, with her own brand of logic and expectations about people. DeWinter is detached and even cold toward other people, heartlessly setting them up to take the blame for her crimes because it’s the logical thing to do. Her tendency to take situations at face value (Se) means she doesn’t analyze situations deeply enough, so the musketeers can convince her d’Artagnan turned against his friends in her favor. DeWinter is confident in any social situation that she can turn things to her advantage, using emotional appeals, seduction techniques, and her understanding of other people’s needs, wishes, and desires. She tries even to use these tactics with the cardinal, to no avail. She can usually get herself out of a bind by convincing a man she’s in love with him, and using him to act as her defender, when she’s hardly defenseless herself. She becomes whatever anyone else needs her to be, or she senses that they want, in order to achieve her objectives. “d’Artangan is the key,” she tells the cardinal, in destroying the musketeers, but she fails to read between the lines of what others say, and doesn’t always have a backup plan. She doesn’t share these ideas easily. DeWinter quickly lets go of the past and moves forward, telling her husband that there’s nothing between them anymore.

Enneagram: cp 6w7 sx/sp

Milady tries to act like an 8, but she is visibly afraid of the Cardinal’s rage and even hides from him – seeing him as her protector, her authority figure, but also her potential persecutor. She obeys him without question when given orders, and fears his chastisement whenever she makes a dangerous mistake. As a sexual 6, she relies on her charm, seductive talents, and beauty to win her friends, allies, and lovers, some of whom she convinces to help her whenever she falls into need (she seduces her own hangman and fakes her death), and others she uses to take the fall for her own crimes. But she is always looking for a connection, an alliance, a protector, somewhere to “belong.” Her 7 wing is outgoing, power-seeking, and advantageous; she has a fierce streak of escapism, running away from anything too difficult, too painful, and even setting fire to Athos’ home to destroy her own past.

The Musketeers: Treville [ISTJ 1w2]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Treville is an expert swordsman who can out-fight anyone in his regiment. Once he discovers the cardinal intends to cheat in the fight by employing a brutal mercenary outlaw as a member of his Red Guard, Treville realizes he cannot risk the life of any of his musketeers – and decides to fight himself, a dangerous, even reckless thing to do based in self-confidence that he can defeat his adversary and keep his men safe. He has contentedly led the same group of men, and governed by the rules of law, for many years, and is cautious when inviting a new man (D’Artangan) into their ranks — he wants the young man to prove himself first, through his steadfast actions. Treville has built up a resentment and distrust of the Cardinal, based on their extensive history with one another. He has little patience for baseless supposition without proof. Treville admits that once, he neglected to think about the consequences of his actions, which got 20 of his men killed.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Treville seeks to build a group of men above reproach, who can protect France and its king even under extreme situations, and refuses to allow his own emotions to cloud any of his decisions. He judges men based on their skill and how advantageous he thinks it would be to include them in the group, rather than out of sentiment — and in this way, can come across as hard to those who know him not. He finds D’Artangan’s decisions impulsive and emotionally-based, so he asks Athos (someone he trusts) to train him to suppress those instincts. Treville and Richalieu conspire together in one episode to protect the future of France, which shows an ability to put aside his personal hatred of the Cardinal for a greater cause. Treville, however, does not hold back his harsh view of the Cardinal’s amoral methods – he tells him to his face, “Your world of back alley stabbings and murder disgusts me!” Queen Anne chooses Treville to help them rule after the Cardinal’s’ death precisely because she knows he is incorruptible.

Enneagram: 1w2 social

Treville is moralistic, self-assured, and firm in his convictions. He detests immoral behavior, breaking the rules, and the Cardinal’s method of getting what he want — which involves murder, blackmail, and deceit. The two clash often over what is in the best interests of France. Though he hates being in charge after the Cardinal’s death, Treville serves out of a sense of higher moral duty and obligation to his country. He expects much from his men and for them not to humiliate their rank or misbehave. His 2 wing is eager to assist others, show them a better way to be, and a little proud in his accomplishments. He would rather risk his own life than that of his men.

The Musketeers: Rochefort [ISFP 2w3]

Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Rochefort’s motivations are all about… himself. His wants. His needs. His intentions. His love for Anne and his rage when he finds out she is neither aware of his feelings nor reciprocates them. He builds a fantasy around his idealized outcome (her being in love with and reliant on him) and sets out to make it happen, but is often distant, quiet, and sneaky about it, refusing to show his feelings easily but lashing out into violence and aggression through his inferior Te whenever thwarted. He has a black and white notion of if she cannot be with me, nobody should have her, that causes him to attempt to take her life when his plan fails. Rochefort is so caught up in his self-delusions, he cannot understand something as simple as love. He can be ruthless under pressure, using others mercilessly to get what he wants.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

He reacts to things in the moment, often needing little planning in order to improvise, noticing small details about others and their actions and using them to his advantage. Rochefort exercises his physical cravings by hiring prostitutes to engage in theatrical playacting, pretending to be the queen. He’s physically aggressive, often choosing to strangle people who displease him, or swordfight them himself. It takes a monumental joint effort from the Musketeers to kill him, because he never gives up. His internal vision of being with Anne, defeating all their enemies, controlling the king, and bringing down France drives him forward, sometimes to the exclusion of all common sense. Rochefort senses things about other people, truths they want to keep hidden, and exploits them where he can, but at the same time permits his delusions to prevent him from seeing the truth about himself and the queen. He says he learned patience in prison, but is often impulsive. Athos remarks that all of Rochefort’s ideas are so far advanced, they can’t keep up with them.

Enneagram: 2w3 social

Rochefort is a deeply unhealthy individual and hard to type due to him being a sociopath, but he seems driven by his emotions, he wants payback for his good deeds, and he’s obsessed with Queen Anne and earning her affection. He goes so far as to pay prostitutes to pretend to be her, and flatter and worship him. He is charming, manipulative, and an excellent actor, showing people whatever they want or need to see, in order to get what he wants – and under pressure, he flies into 8 disintegrative rages. He stops being charming and “kind,” and becomes controlling, abusive, and sexually aggressive toward the woman he wants to control. He even tries to leverage her adulterous secret against her, to his advantage. His 3 wing is adaptive, ruthless, and has delusions of grandeur. Rochefort can be detached from his own feelings, driven to impress others, and calculating in his intentions.

The Musketeers: Constance Bonacieux [ESFJ 2w1]

Functional Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Constance is forthcoming with her emotions and opinions, asserting how she feels about things right away (her attraction to d’Artangan, feeling bound to her husband, her concerns for the queen’s safety, her beliefs whenever she feels they’re falling into a trap, etc). For fear of social reproach, she dresses in black to mourn a man she doesn’t love, and refrains from being seen kissing d’Artangan in public, until the queen’s encouragement to live her feelings with more freedom encourages her to cast aside public opinion and act. She’s prone to self-analyzing her emotions and doing “the logical thing” when necessary, which brings her much unhappiness for awhile as she denies herself true love. Constance doesn’t always act in her own best interest, however; she takes chances, based on feelings, which almost get her killed, out of duty, devotion, or a desire to understand.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

She compares the past and present often, trusting her own experiences, insights, and beliefs to guide her forward, with some respect for the former institutions that govern society even when she doesn’t feel like adhering to them. Constance is less inclined to leap into the unknown than d’Artangan, quite content to live a comfortable life in the queen’s service. She does want to learn new things, however, including how to defend herself. She often knows something is going on, but doesn’t have a specific idea of what that might be; she picks up on the queen’s affair with one of the Musketeers, and has a general open-mindedness toward it. Constance often urges the others to be more careful, certain something more is going on than is obvious.
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Enneagram: 2w1 social

Almost as soon as d’Artangan comes into her life, Constance finds herself helping him… again and again and again. Allowing him to kiss her as cover (with an explanation), inviting him into her home and tending his needs, offering to assist the Musketeers in finding the man who murdered his father, by pretending to be a prostitute… acting as a fake “nursemaid” when they need her to, etc. She helps constantly, and not always sure of why she’s doing it, but also slams them all with a heavy dose of 1 opinions on their moral behaviors, chastising them for leaving d’Artangan to get arrested, telling them to stop fighting among themselves, etc. Her disintegration into 8 can be assertive and aggressive; she slaps people who offend her, she has no trouble standing up for herself, and she’s not afraid of authority.

The Musketeers: d’Artangan [ESFP 7w8]

Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

d’Artangan lives in this moment, for this moment; he’ll worry about the next one later. He leaps into action and onto opportunities without hesitation, which is useful in saving his friends but sometimes problematic when he acts without thinking of the consequences. His affair with Lady DeWinter causes later problems with Athos. He loves Constance, but when she refuses to go against social behaviors to be with him, he moves on to different love affairs. There’s only ever one way, in d’Artangan’s mind. He MUST be a musketeer. No second options. He has occasional flashes of insight into people’s motives, but prefers to engage with what he can see, feel, hear, and act upon (inferior Ni).

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

“These are your people, you should take care of them,” he tells Athos, when confronted with misery, poverty, and starvation on Athos’ abandoned lands. But d’Artangan also doesn’t morally lecture people; he lets them make their own decisions, whether or not he agrees with them. He tends to make emotional connections to others, on a deeper level than Aramis, and allows his heart to guide his decisions – if he believes in a cause strongly enough, nothing deters him from it. He’s willing to live with, and ignore, social disapproval for an adulterous affair. He can come up with and execute plans, and feels more confident in intense situations when he has an idea of where they’re going and how they’ll accomplish their goal. D’Artangan sets goals for himself, and doesn’t waver from them – he wants to become a musketeer, and pursues that with solitary ambition until the crown commissions him.

Enneagram: 7w8 social

d’Artangan is adventurous and risk-taking, pursuing new passions and interests to distract himself from settling down or committing too much to one thing; he’s drawn to the Musketeers because it promises a life of adventure and risk, excitement and kinship. He can be hard-nosed and judgmental under stress, wanting to punish others for their misdeeds and sins (moving to unhealthy 1), but also using 8 aggression to stand up for himself. He’s not afraid to express his emotions, and defends his honor and ego whenever others challenge it. He charges headfirst into most situations without thinking them through and isn’t afraid to take what he wants (his 8 wing). He spends a lot of time picking fights with the Musketeers, until he becomes one of them.

The Musketeers: Aramis [ESTP 7w8]

Functional Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Aramis best sums up his personality in the woods, when at first he’s entertained by the birds and scenery but after four days is going insane with boredom. He loves to be in the thick of action, and is often good at causing trouble, getting himself and his friends out of it, improvising using whatever he has on hand, and acting in the moment. Unfortunately, that often includes doing things because he feels like it that could get him killed or executed for high treason – such as sleeping with the queen on a whim. He has occasional poignant flashes of insight, where he “knows” who did something or for what reason, but these moments are few and far between, buried under his desire to act. Aramis gives no thought to the future consequences of his affair with Anne, what it means to the throne, what might happen to himself and his friends down the line, or what a bastard child from another bloodline might do to the monarchy, in terms of threatening France’s stability (inferior Ni).

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

He glances a situation over, reaches an inner conclusion about it, and then acts on what he feels is the most logical solution, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. He leaves the planning to his friends, preferring instead to improvise as he goes. Aramis is detached, with a good sense of comedic timing, sometimes framed of sarcasm. He doesn’t seem too bothered by death, or the things he’s forced to do as a musketeer. Yet, mass injustice bothers him. The plight of the people calls to him. He becomes easily engaged by women’s emotions and cares about them, offering them emotional support, encouragement, and flirting with them given half an opportunity. Aramis is generally well liked and tries to joke around to diffuse the tension; he’s a cheerful, extroverted musketeer, who occasionally thinks in terms of morals, but prefers to share his feelings instead.

Enneagram: 7w8 self-preservation

Aramis flits from one interesting new experience to another, continually seeking whatever catches his eye – from beautiful women to easy money. He doesn’t notice or mind the consequences, or the broken hearts left in his wake, because he’s already on to the next new thing. He can be aggressive and occasionally idealistic – a romantic at heart, who wants to believe the best of himself and others, but he does not soul-search. Rather, he uses charm to get ahead in life – appealing to powerful women to gain patrons, dressing well and priding himself on his appearance, and living on the wild side, never afraid to defend himself. Whenever he’s angry or upset, he can lecture others on their morals while being unaware of his own flaws (moving to unhealthy 1). His 8 is aggressive, hedonistic, and not-careful. His games with the Cardinal wind up hurting others.

The Musketeers: Athos [ISTJ 1w9]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

The past is never dead for Athos: it drives all his decisions, haunts his dreams, influences his perception of the world around him, and reinforces his beliefs. Athos finds it painful to go back to his lands and properties, and renounces his title in an attempt to divorce himself from happier times that ended on a sad note. He finds himself reliving those moments, when he returns – and whenever he sees his wife. Athos lives according to a traditional honor code, and in most instances, is willing to act the role of a musketeer and do “his duty.” Athos doesn’t show much interest in new possibilities, though he does abandon his old life completely to become a musketeer, renouncing all his traditional roles in the process. He’s a bit naive and trusting until his wife burns him.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

He’s a natural leader and planner, often the one others look to for guidance. His decisions have logic motivating them, he takes his responsibilities seriously, he warns d’Artangan to “separate from his emotions” because they compromise his fighting skills. Athos can be frank and assertive, sometimes even cold when he tells others that their problems aren’t his concern. He doesn’t spare feelings whenever he has something to say. He’s often so wrapped up in his own angst-ridden problems, he forgets to make sure others are all right – such as his intended sister in law, after she loses everything. Athos never talks about how he feels about his wife’s betrayal, deception, seduction of others, or survival as the king’s mistress. He confronts her about it, but it remains a private pain, driving most of his actions.

Enneagram: 1w9 self-preservation

Athos is the most rational and level-headed of his companions, the most likely to internalize things deeply and suppress all of his emotions until they burst into a torrent of feeling – such as when he sees his wife in the courtroom and denounces her as a liar and a manipulator. He beats himself up about putting her to death when he believes her dead, but did it out of duty, principle, and “right and wrong” – she murdered his brother, she broke the law, he could not make an exception even for the woman he loves. He does not engage in the antics of his companions and sometimes tells them off, both for the danger of their decisions but also the morals involved (his disgust when Aramis seduces the queen, warning him that it could get them all killed). His 9 wing makes him want to numb himself to the pain he feels, so he over-indulges in drinking and refuses to talk about his past.

The Musketeers: Porthos [ISTP 8w7]

Functional Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

Porthos approaches life with logical detachment, for the most part, always using a logical method of getting what he wants that may or may not be moral, strictly speaking (cheating at cards, playing a role that demoralizes his honor, temporarily, in order to set up a farce, seducing a woman to get funding for a musketeer fight, etc). He doesn’t take much personally, nor permit his feelings to get in the way of his job as a musketeer; he enjoys the life and sees the rationality of the other Musketeers’ choices even if he does not share their opinion. Porthos has a volatile inferior Fe — he reacts in anger by punching people, or venting (but rarely allows these feelings to cloud his judgment); he throws out funny quips referencing his emotional state from time to time (”I didn’t think of that, I’m upset now”) and on occasion, gives objective moral assessments – slavery is evil. He can be charming, but also most of the time does not think much about the feelings of those he is interacting with or how his actions might impact them. He flat out pretends to be mourning a widow’s husband, in order to extort a gift from her he can sell for cash. On occasion, he allows someone’s emotional state to impact his own (for a short time, he considers retirement from the Regiment, and a calmer life with a woman who has fallen in love with him).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

He is the ultimate opportunists — when he needs money to enter a contest, Porthos looks around him in church, sees a lot of lonely and bored women, and concludes therefore that any one of them might be persuaded to part with something expensive on his behalf. He is quick to punch people, throw dirt in their faces, and physically engage with them, and is relatively skilled at dodging bullets, thinking on his feet, and improvising using whatever he finds at hand (chairs, horses, furniture). Porthos throws himself off balconies and out of windows in pursuit of villains. He loves a soldier’s life because it allows him to go places, do things, see things, experience new situations, and react swiftly within them. Porthos is one of the best fighters in the musketeers, willing to take big risks for bigger payoffs. He likes the best… horses, women, wine. His Ni makes occasional appearances; once in awhile, Porthos states that others are untrustworthy or suspects they have hidden motives. He gives some thought to his own future and what he wants in life; he’s not easily swayed from this course, once he’s had enough time to formulate an idea. He really can’t visualize any life other than the one he has, in part because he loves it so much.

Enneagram: 8w7 self-preservation

Porthos is all about living life to the fullest. He’s not phased by anyone, he laughs when things get dangerous, and he tends to be aggressive, assertive, and combative. He’s surprised when Athos says they were not going to “kill” D’Artangan for attacking him (”Next time,” he growls, “tell me”), because he’s used to fighting to win and scrapping. He resists having others tell him what to do and tends to live life on the high side. Porthos makes a good soldier, because he’s not easily riled, but calmly and competently handles a crisis with natural authority and gruffness. The good side of his 8 comes out in his natural desire and need to protect those weaker than himself, while working to make them stronger. His 7 wing is driven toward enjoyment of life, hedonism, and avoiding thinking or talking about his flaws.