INFJ: Weyoun, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”

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INFJ – the Counselor, the Seer, the Defender

Wait, haven’t we seen this guy before? No, it’s not because Weyoun is a clone, it’s because Jeffrey Combs played another DS9 villain, Brunt. They even appeared in the same episode once, though sadly, not in the same scene.

Two Weyouns once appeared in the same episode, too, because the character we know as Weyoun is actually a series of clones (Weyouns 4-8 during the run of DS9, to be specific). However, because he’s genetically engineered to do his job perfectly, he always has the same personality, even when he turns out “defective.” In MBTI, your type is generally a function of nature rather than nurture—you are wired the way you’re wired no matter what, though personal experience will influence how your functions manifest. In Weyoun’s case, his “nature” is embedded in his DNA by those who “nurture” him, the Founders he reveres as gods.

Dominant Function: (Ni) Introverted Intuition, “The Labyrinth”

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Weyoun believes in the mythos of the Dominion—that the Founders are gods who bring order to the galaxy. He believes that the Dominion will endure for thousands of years after the Federation is gone, and works to advance their holdings and influence with every move he makes. He believes that his goals are divinely inspired by the Founders, perfect and not to be questioned.

Even the defective Weyoun 6 still holds the Founders in awe and reverence, even though he awakens from the cloning process with the inexplicable idea that the Dominion’s war efforts are wrong. Continue reading

ISFJ: Guinan, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

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ISFJ – the Protector, the Cultivator, the Steward

Hold on to your fancy, saucer-shaped hats, ladies and gentlemen. I know Guinan is typically held up as the archetypal wise old INFJ, but I believe the evidence shows otherwise. The Enterprise’s unofficial second counselor draws not on psychic-like insight, but on centuries of wisdom to guide her troubled patrons, along with the galaxy’s most open listening ear.

Dominant Function: (Si) Introverted Sensing, “The Study”

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The one reference in dialogue that we have to Guinan’s intuition is in “Yesterday’s Enterprise”—and that’s by an alternate Picard in a divergent timeline. Guinan senses that something is wrong, and Picard is inclined to believe her based on nothing more than her word. It’s supposedly her Intuition that knows without being able to explain it that this timeline isn’t right.

But what she’s sensing is that this isn’t the Enterprise it’s supposed to be. The lighting is too dark, the uniforms too fascist, the corridors too crowded—there’s an officer who doesn’t belong here. This is all based on her previous experience with the proper timeline. She knows that the militaristic Enterprise isn’t right not because of an intuition that leads her to a psychic-like conclusion, but because her experiences in the environment are all wrong.

(Why she’s the only person who notices the time-shift is another problem. Non-canon fiction suggests that her time in the Nexus gave her insight into other timelines and realities. However, as I’ve said before, superpowers don’t count as cognitive functions.) Continue reading

INFJ: Deanna Troi, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

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INFJ – the Counselor, the Seer, the Defender

Hey, look! Troi’s a Counselor, but she’s also a Counselor. That works out nicely.

The two biggest challenges in typing Troi are these—1) She’s the most neglected crew member in terms of character development, and 2) Superpowers don’t count as cognitive functions. Troi being able to psychically read people doesn’t automatically mean she’s using Ni or Fe—it’s how she chooses to use her abilities based on her functional preferences that makes her an INFJ. We meet plenty of other telepaths and Betazoids on the show, and they all have their own personality types, particularly Troi’s mother, who’s an example of how different one person can be from their own family members.

Dominant Function: (Ni) Introverted Intuition, “The Labyrinth”

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Troi’s empathic abilities read what’s going on emotionally beneath the surface of everyone she talks to. That’s not Ni itself, although it’s close to being a nice metaphor. When Troi temporarily loses her powers in “The Loss” (an episode I’ll be referencing a lot for this profile), she tells Riker that everyone seems colorless and hollow. Everyone is just a flat surface that she can’t understand.

So Troi’s Ni takes her empathic perception and creates an interpretive impression of another person. Without that impression, people have no depth to her. They don’t even seem real.

When Troi does use her powers, they don’t necessarily give her exact information. She’s infamous for giving vague advice about feeling that someone can’t be trusted, or that they’re hiding something, insights that barely require an empath to discern. Compare this to her Se-dom mother Lwaxana, who aside from being a full telepath, is direct and blunt about stating exactly what she hears other people thinking. Continue reading

ISFJ: Worf, “Star Trek: The Next Generation/DS9”

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ISFJ – the Protector, the Cultivator, the Steward

Worf seems so sturdy and reliable standing up there behind the horseshoe on the bridge, it’s tempting to think there’s not much going on with him. He’s a Klingon, he fights, he likes honor. Oh yeah, and he’s a man torn between two cultures, the first of his people to join Starfleet, a survivor of multiple losses and tragedies—and the only character to be a regular on two Star Trek series.

For this profile, I’ll cover material from both series that Worf was on—TNG and DS9, which is eleven years’ worth of Worf, plus movies. *cracks knuckles, starts typing*

Dominant Function: (Si) Introverted Sensing, “The Study”

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Worf is a great example of how Si-dom can be idealistic. He’s more Klingon than any Klingon, devoted to the traditions of his people despite being raised by Humans. His Sensing function doesn’t so much hold a concrete definition of the way things are, as it does an internal structure that tells Worf the way things should be. He loves the old tales and yearns to live life according to their example, despite what every warrior around him is doing to actively damage and dishonor the Klingon way.

He’s extremely sensitive when other Klingons try to suggest he’s not a real Klingon, and will start a fight with anyone who wants a demonstration. Although…he likes prune juice. Chilled. So, go figure.

Worf spends a lot of time practicing his skills, mastering the movements that he’ll need later in battle. His quarters are decorated with Klingon artifacts and artwork, reminding him of his people’s culture and traditions. He listens to just a ton of Klingon opera in his down time. He leads Mok’bara classes for the crew, a Klingon martial art that looks like tai chi, requiring careful physical focus and mental concentration—very much a kind of meditation that also includes physical exercise. Continue reading

INFJ: R’as al Ghul, “Batman: The Animated Series”

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INFJ – the Counselor, the Seer, the Defender

(pronounced RAYSH in the Animated Series, RAHZ in the Nolan movies)

Batman’s most powerful enemy doesn’t need a cute nickname like those ordinary lunatics (although his name does mean “Demon’s Head” in Arabic). He’s an international criminal mastermind who’s been at this for centuries before Bruce Wayne ever asked his parents to take him to the movies.

Dominant Function: (Ni) Introverted Intuition, “The Labyrinth”

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R’as has been playing the long game for about six hundred years. He founded the Society of Shadows, used the Lazarus Pits to keep himself alive and healthy, and grew independently wealthy in order to achieve his goal of healing the planet from humanity’s corruption. Strangely, though Ni is usually associated with forward-thinking, R’as vision of a pristine green earth means that he distrusts technology and its influence—even as he uses it to execute his plans.

As he transports Batman to his rainforest hideaway, R’as explains how the forests benefit all mankind, but the rich find value only in its destruction. He’s profoundly disappointed with the thoughtless way humankind has used the earth without considering the consequences. His own vision for the earth has grand and far-reaching consequences, namely wiping out a huge swath of the human population. Though the immediate results are horrifying, he believes that in the end he will create a healthier planet.

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ISFJ: Talia al Ghul, “Batman: The Animated Series”

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ISFJ – the Protector, the Cultivator, the Steward

This could be a long shot. Talia’s vital to the Batman mythos, but her appearances in B:TAS leave us with a lot of mystery about who she is and what’s driving her. In one episode, she’s working under false pretenses the whole time, and in the next, she’s apparently fallen instantly in love with Batman.

I broke my “original TV episodes only” rule in gathering material, and re-watched the movie Son of Batman for a little more help, so let’s crack this case open and see what there is to learn about the enigmatic and evocative Talia al Ghul.

Dominant Function: (Si) Introverted Sensing, “The Study”

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Talia’s physically adept and stealthy, with years of training in the Society of Shadow’s ninja skills. This is purely my own interpretation of course, but I feel like her battle prowess isn’t an instinctual thing like it is for Catwoman or Harley. She’s just as bad-ass, but more deliberate, delivering a series of confident moves honed over years of practice; and she isn’t always as quick to adapt to a changing situation.

Talia’s also resolved to help her father follow through on his plans for world-cleansing, until she has her perspective shaken up by her encounters with Batman. She was raised in the Society, and seems eager to return to it, even after she’s been on the outs for a while after helping Batman stop one of their plans. She always goes back to her father, standing by his side no matter what and bringing him back to his senses whenever he loses it after a dunk in the Lazarus Pits. Continue reading

ISFJ: Alfred Pennyworth, “Batman: The Animated Series”

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ISFJ – the Protector, the Steward, the Cultivator

A common joke among fans is that Alfred is Batman’s “batman,” the term meaning a personal assistant to an officer of the British military. He’s a classic part of the Batman mythos, and the Bat-family couldn’t function without him (much like the ISxJ butler of another gothic-style family I’ve profiled).

He only ever got one episode that focused on his own adventures—and then he spends most of it tied up to a chair (“The Lion and the Unicorn”)—but he’s such a well-established character that I think we’re okay extrapolating what we know of him in general to fill out his profile. After all, what would a Batman series be without Alfred?

Dominant Function: (Si) Introverted Sensing, “The Study”

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Alfred is a man with a long history. He served Thomas and Martha Wayne for many years, and saw no reason to leave once they were gone. He raised Bruce and continues to care for him into adulthood—with the help of fellow family friend, secret-keeper, and Si-dom Dr. Leslie Thompkins (an ISTJ)—out of respect for his parents’ memory.

Alfred keeps Wayne Manor in tip-top shape seemingly all by himself—the dusting alone you have to figure takes all week just to get to every room. He tends tirelessly to Bruce’s every need, whether it’s dinnertime or crime-fighting time. Bruce depends on his reliability and constancy for just about everything, and Alfred always comes through.

Alfred carries on the tradition, both of old-fashioned British domestic service, and of working for the Wayne Family, even though he doesn’t have to. It seems to suit his tastes and his skills, and despite his apparently daunting responsibilities, he seems to be able to conduct his own business as he sees fit. He remarks to an old friend that he’s become accustomed to his style of living, so life in Wayne Manor seems to be comfortable for him—slightly psychotic boss aside. Continue reading