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Guardians | Artisans | Rationals | Idealists

Whatever one may say about the applicability of the Myers-Briggs indicator in Real Life, it is a valuable tool for stories (much like the Four-Temperament Ensemble and, similarly, Four-Philosophy Ensemble). Remember, since most of these characters are not canonically classified as one of these types, these are highly unofficial and subjective. These lists are really made of the best guesses of lots of fans.

Rationals trust reason implicitly. They rely on objective observations and factual analysis in any given situation. They seek a logical argument as a basis for action. As strategists, Rationals strive to gain as much information as possible, applying what they learn to develop long-term plans and the steps for achieving them. They are characterized by a tough-minded personal style, tending to pursue either power or understanding. They are often strong-willed, ambitious, intelligent, and self-determined. Subjective thoughts and emotion have no place in the decision-making process of a Rational. Driven to excel, they work hard to achieve their goals, and they do well where they can take control or work independently on a task.

Interests: Rationals are drawn to science and technology. They usually seek careers involving systems -- whether mechanical or electrical (as in engineering), organic (as in biology), social (as in psychology or sociology), or organizational (as in business or economics).

Orientation: Rationals are pragmatic about the world around them, having little use for social convention or sentiment except as a means to an end. They weigh logical outcomes before acting, looking for errors in reasoning -- in themselves and others. They regard time as the duration of events rather than as a continuum. They view place as the intersection of two crossing lines (as in Cartesian coordinates, for example).

Values: Rationals appear calm even in times of turmoil. They achieve this state through an intense concentration of effort rather than through cold-heartedness as it may seem. They trust reason and strive for achievement. They are knowledge-seekers who aspire to technical wizardry, and so are pleased when others defer to their expertise.

Social roles: In romantic relationships, Rationals each want a mindmate with whom they can discuss the topics that interest them, which are often abstract or theoretical, such as philosophy. As parents, they encourage their children to become self-reliant individuals capable of thinking for themselves. In their professional and social lives, Rationals are visionary leaders, developing and consolidating coherent long-term plans.

INTJ -- "The Mastermind"

Masterminds are better than any other type at brainstorming approaches to situations. Strong-willed and very self-assured, they make decisions quickly. But though they are decisive, they are flexible in their planning to accommodate changing situations. They tend to excel at judging the usefulness of ideas and will apply whatever seems most efficient to them in accomplishing their clearly envisioned goals. To Masterminds, what matters is getting it done -- but also learning the principles of how to get it done efficiently and well, that is, at a professional level of quality. However, they may not give much thought to the social cost of getting there, focusing so tightly on their own pursuits that they can ignore the points of view and wishes of others.

Comics

  • Bruce Wayne (Batman) from the Batman comics
  • Adrian Viedt (Ozymandias) from Watchmen

Film -- Animated

Film -- Live-Action

Literature

Live-Action TV

Western Animation

ENTJ -- "The Fieldmarshal"

Fieldmarshals have a knack for organizing large groups to perform complex tasks. Their talent for contingency-planning is a close second to their ability to coordinate, decide, and execute a strategy. Born engineers, they want to break an idea or concept into its most fundamental parts, subject those parts to intense scrutiny, and reassemble the idea before giving it their final approval. Their desire to ensure that an assessment is valid extends to their own work, and they will often seek the opinion of another trusted individual such as an Architect or an Inventor to refine their view of an issue, regardless of how sure they are.

Anime & Manga

Film -- Animated

Film -- Live-Action

Literature

Live-Action TV

  • David Palmer from 24
  • Amber Volakis ("Cutthroat Bitch") and Edward Vogler from House
  • Jerry Seinfeld from Seinfeld
  • Tony Stonem from Skins

Video Games

Western Animation

INTP -- "The Architect"

Architects are intensely curious and see the world as something to be understood. Their primary interest is to determine how things are structured, built or configured. Architects are designers of theoretical systems and new technologies. Rearranging the environment to fit their design is a distant goal of Architects. Their knack for logic can lead to Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, but also the opposite, as INTPs are best at describing complex ideas simply.

Anime & Manga

Comics

  • Peter Parker (Spider Man) from the Spider-Man comics and films.
  • Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen

Film -- Live-Action

Literature

Live-Action TV

Western Animation

ENTP -- "The Inventor"

Inventors can become highly skilled in functional engineering and invention. Of all the role variants, Inventors are the most resistant to doing things a certain way just because it was done that way in the past. Designing and improving mechanisms and products is their constant goal. Intensely curious, Inventors have an entrepreneurial character and are always looking for new projects to work on. They are very good at thinking outside the box, but (like ENFPs) are easily bored.

Anime & Manga

Comics

Film -- Live-Action

Literature

Live-Action TV

Mythology & Religion

Video Games

Western Animation

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