16 Fictional Characters and Their Personality Types
Back in college I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, which is a personality quiz based on Carl Jung’s typological theories. Basically, it divides people into 16 types based on the following variables:
- Introvert (I) versus Extravert (E) Are you invigorated by office gossip or do you hide out in the nap room?
- Intuitive (N) versus Sensing (S) If someone asks you what time it is, are you likely to say “3ish” or “3:04”? In other words, are you a big picture thinker or detail-oriented?
- Thinking (T) versus Feeling (F) Are you a people person or a “How It’s Made” person?
- Judging (J) versus Perceiving (P) Is your desk covered it receipts, Starbucks cups, silly putty (?), and half-finished knitting projects, or a simple to-do list with every item checked off?
After taking the test (you can do so here), you may find out that you’re an ENTP or ENFP personality type. For these people, words, ideas and possibilities spew effortlessly from them. Words are their best friends. Hey that sounds like me! Or maybe you find out that you’re a INFP or ISFP personality type. These folks are usually gentle and kind, they are intense and passionate about their values and deeply held beliefs, which they share with trusted friends. (See here for more deets on all personality types.)
Since this test became popular, authors have used the Myers-Briggs indicator to build out personality types for their characters. But what about fictional characters who were developed before this test even existed? Here’s a slideshow from the Huffington Post that looks at 16 fictional characters and assigns them a Myers-Briggs type. Mr. D’arcy from Pride and Prejudice is an INTJ, for example. And Dr. Watson from Sherlock Holmes is an ISFJ. Mustapha Mond, the Resident World Controller for Western Europe in a Brave New World is an ENTJ. Willy Wonka is an ENTP.
I’m not sure how the editors at the Huff Post got Mr. D’arcy to take a Myers Briggs test, but it’s certainly interesting to think about developing characters using a personality quiz. Have you tried this and if so, how did it work out?