Size mattersThe charts I named above are built on universes that have a small-ish canon: there are only three Lord of the Rings books, six Star Wars movies, and seven Harry Potter books. I'm not trying to diminish any of these franchises, all of which I love. It's just that almost no single franchise, no matter how deep, has 16 major, well-rounded characters in them. That leaves some holes when trying to fill in the Myers-Briggs® types, which brings me to my second point.
Not all planners are evilIn fiction, evil characters tend to dominate the future minded dimensions, especially those that have TJ. This is primarily because in a classic good vs. evil story, good sits by passively and only acts when reacting to the long-term planning that evil has done. Saruman plotted his return for generations whilst the heroes sat around, as an example. Good reacts to evil, which means planning types, like INTJ, often get stuck with bad-guy characters in these MBTI® charts because there are no heroes that fit that description. Again, there's just not enough character variety in these universes to complete all the MBTI® types with major heroes. And the idea of variety leads me to my third point.
That is a lot of white dudesI'll say it again...I love Star Wars. I'm also an avid fan of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. But each of these franchises focus almost exclusively on caucasian men. That means hardly any woman or characters who aren't white are on these charts . That's not a knock on the chart makers...I can't think of any minorities in any of these franchises with the exception of Lando Calrissian. That means when you read through any of these charts, you generally only have a white guy to identify with, and maybe only an evil white guy at that.
Marvel Myers-BriggsUnlike these other franchises, the Marvel Universe has decades of stories, hundreds of characters, and countless stories that have shaped its many heroes. This resolves each of the three issues I listed above as well as a fourth: the MBTI® dichotomies are a continuum, not four binary options. An extremely extroverted person and a mildly extroverted person can behave quite differently. But both would get an E when taking the test. When you only list one character in each slot, that doesn't fully reflect the diversity of behavior present in each type. Because Marvel has so many characters, Elephant Robot and I included four characters for each MBTI® type to embody the range of personalities we thought each type represented.
So! With all that said, here are some disclosures and caveats:
- Neither of us has any professional MBTI® or psychology training.
- MBTI® very nicely asked that their copyright be reflected in this post. Seriously, they were so nice about it!
- While we are both life long Marvel fans, we don't expect everyone to agree with where we slotted each character.
- We did not solve each of the issues identified in this post but we certainly tried!
- We obviously own no copyrights to the characters or images in our chart. The chart reflects a commentary on characters that are part of the public consciousness.
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