I get a LOT of searches on this blog for the MBTI type of various fictional characters. This tumblr is where I store all that information. Browsing the archives or by personality type will probably locate the character you’re searching for. I also take requests, but I have a pretty big backlog at this point so if I’m not familiar with the character, it will take awhile to fill the request.
Learning to Accurately Type Characters
Here’s my method and suggestions for learning how to type fictional characters.
Forget everything you’ve learned about MBTI.
If you’re typing yourself or fictional characters by the four letters, you may be wildly inaccurate. I’ve been there, done that, and it’s not fun — but what is fun is when you figure out a character’s type and are completely on target. The only way to do that is by cognitive functions.
What are cognitive functions?
They influence how you respond and are your basic internal makeup. They are the reasons WHY you do WHAT you do. You have two dominant functions that influence your behavior, and two lesser functions that also play a role, although your fourth function is your weakest and often only turns up under extreme stress or anxiety.
The eight functions are these (I’m using the term “Internal” and “External,” even though other people use “Introverted” and “Extroverted,” because the latter can be confused with Introversion and Extroversion in general, and people can get hung up by saying “I’m not an Extrovert, how can I have Extrovert-Anything?”).
Eight Cognitive Functions: (shortened significantly to their dominant traits)
External Sensing: living in the moment, being totally aware of your environment
Internal Sensing: nostalgic, often compares the present to the past, traditional
External Intuition: knows things intuitively without evidence, has big ideas
Internal Intuition: can predict all possible outcomes to a situation, a visionary
External Thinking: by the book, organization for efficiency, systematic
Internal Thinking: analyzing everything, wants to know how things work
External Feeling: adapts to the emotions of others, takes care of them
Internal Feeling: strong personal emotions, independent of others
Everyone uses four of these functions in daily life (either Si or Se, Ni/Ne, Ti/Te, Fi/Fe). The order of these functions determines your personality type.
Lets use Harry Potter and Ron Weasley as an example. Both of them use Se — they live in the moment, don’t really think about the consequences of their actions, and get bored when nothing exciting is going on. They both use Fi — have very strong personal emotions that have no connection to other people’s emotions (Harry can remain impartial when Hermione and Ron are fighting, but will side with Ron if he shares his particular feeling, as Ron will do with Harry).
Since these are their most-used functions, both of them are SF types. However, Harry uses Ni — he figures stuff out that Ron can’t, like that Draco is a Death Eater. Harry uses a fair amount of Ni, which means looking at things and building up conclusions that are usually right (Draco was a Death Eater!).
Ron doesn’t use Ni, at all. He can’t understand Harry whenever Harry’s Ni kicks in. So that means Ni is Ron’s weakest function. His cognitive functions are Se-Fi-Te-Ni — he’s an ESFP.
Harry’s use of Ni as a third function makes him Fi-Se-Ni-Te — Harry is an ISFP.
How to type using cognitive functions:
Remember, a character can’t be both Se and Ne. Cognitive functions reverse from the function in front of them — someone who leads with Fi will have either Ne or Se as their next function; likewise, if you lead with Se, your next function will either be Ti or Fi. The 1st function will have its opposite function as its weakest function — so if a character leads with Se, Ni will be weakest, and the Fi/Te will be close together.
Decide if the character is Sensing or Intuiting, and which one they are within that type (Ne or Ni? Se or Si?).
Decide if the character uses Thinking or Feeling more (do they react with emotion or logic?) and which version they are within that type (Fi or Fe? Te or Ti?).
Look at the inferior functions. Whichever one they use the least is the fourth function (the trait you see almost NOTHING in them as a character — in Ron’s case, Ni). That dictates your order.
Here’s how the functions stack:
ENTP – Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
INTP – Ti-Ne-Si-Fe
ENTJ – Te-Ni-Se-Fi
INTJ – Ni-Te-Fi-Se
ENFJ – Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
INFJ – Ni-Fe-Ti-Se
ENFP – Ne-Fi-Te-Si
INFP – Fi-Ne-Si-Te
ESTJ – Te-Si-Ne-Fi
ISTJ – Si-Te-Fi-Ne
ESTP – Se-Ti-Fe-Ni
ISTP – Ti-Se-Ni-Fe
ESFJ – Fe-Si-Ne-Ti
ISFJ – Si-Fe-Ti-Ne
ESFP – Se-Fi-Te-Ni
ISFP – Fi-Se-Ni-Te
I know it can be overwhelming, but once you figure it out, it’s a lot of fun!