Colonel Mustard: Extraverted Thinking (Te)
Col. Mustard organizes everyone into search parties and tries to get control of a chaotic situation. He’s a military man who wants to do things by a strict, military standard, especially when everyone else is freaking out. He understands that if they split into pairs, one of them might be paired with the killer and thus get killed themselves, but it seems like a simple way to find out who the killer is. This is war, after all, and they have to win despite the risk of casualties. He directs the piling of the corpses on the sofas, pointing out the optimal way to get them to fit when the others struggle to position them properly. He demands straight answers from Wadsworth about who is in the house, and gets frustrated with the complicated replies.
Best Suggestion: ESTJ
Professor Plum: Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Professor Plum analyzes people for a living, and tends to reduce them to a series of logical principles. After Mrs. Peacock rambles on at dinner, he picks apart her behavior and diagnoses her with a form of insecurity. When the others are trying to figure out which of the weapons they were given was used to kill Mr. Boddy, Plum reasons that it might have been something else entirely—poison! In the “real” ending, Plum is the one who kills Mr. Boddy (who’s actually Mr. Boddy’s butler posing as Mr. Boddy; it’s complicated), but his plan is needlessly complex, first faking Boddy’s death and then sneaking back when no one is looking to kill him for real a second time.
Best Suggestion: INTP
How do you solve a mystery like the cognitive functions?
CLUE is packed with colorful characters, and while I don’t think proper typings are possible, they each make good stand-ins for the individual cognitive functions. So, rather than write full profiles for this series, I’ll cover the dominant function for each suspect in the house. Consider it a fun primer on the functions (and for more straight-forward, academic descriptions of the functions, click through the links below).
Granted, these are comically exaggerated examples, but think of it as holding your detective’s magnifying glass up to a specimen to get a good, close look. It’s as easy as 1 + 1 + 2 + 1…or 1 + 2 + 2 + 1…Never mind!
(With apologies to my IxxJ readers, I confess that I stretched a bit for the Ni and Si characters, but I hope it’s still informative and entertaining.)
Info on cognitive functions:
Understanding the 8 Cognitive Processes
MBTI Resources Index
MBTI-Notes: Overview of Cognitive Functions
The Inventor, The Trickster, The Debater
Doc Brown ENTP’ed harder than almost any fictional ENTP has ever ENTP’ed. With the hair of Albert Einstein and the enthusiasm of Doctor Frankenstein, he’s the poster boy of the movie mad scientist. Fortunately, this mad scientist also has a good heart, and good friends to keep him grounded.
And a catchphrase that hasn’t gone out of style for 30 years.
Dominant Function: (Ne) Extraverted Intuition, “Conceptualize From the Experience”
Doc’s brilliant and constantly chasing the next great idea. He considers himself a student of all the sciences. He’s whipped up many an invention over the years, but very few of them have actually worked in reality.
Doc gets a vision for time-travel one day (in an event that feels a little more Ni than Ne; but then, a blow to the head could certainly set the shadow functions in motion), but doesn’t know how to follow through with it at first. He keeps the dream alive for years, and pursues it to the boundaries of sanity. He wants to see the possibilities of humanity in the future, and explore all the different time periods he’s always loved.
The complexities of time-travel—all the paradoxes and alternate timelines and space-time disturbances—seem to come quite easily to Doc, and Marty usually has to slow him down to get him to explain the concepts in ways he can grasp. Despite the heaviness of every situation they get themselves into, Doc will always brainstorm a way out of it. He adapts to new realities quickly—the fast-moving future, an alternate timeline, the Old West, Marty reappearing seconds after he got rid of him—and makes use of what he has to pull off whatever complicated, hare-brained scheme he’s concocted.
I wasn’t going to do this, but as someone who grew up on Back To The Future, it simply felt wrong to let the famous date go by without marking the occasion. So after an evening-long marathon at the North Hollywood Cinemark theater, I convinced myself to go through with it. It’s the day after Back-to-the-Future Day, but what does time matter when you’re skipping around 30 years at a go?
Let’s get this blog up to 88.