ENFJ: Dukat, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”

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ENFJ – the Giver, the Mentor, the Believer

I’ve no idea if it says anything about the franchise that the biggest nemeses in two different Star Treks are ENFJs. Even TNG had Lore, the ENFJ cult leader. Seems like Star Trek may have a running theme about the dangers of following crazed, charismatic leaders with big but empty promises.

(P.S. I feel really gross using my cheesy terms like “Believer” and “The Garden Fountain” for someone like Dukat, but that’s the format.)

Dominant Function: (Fe) Extraverted Feeling, “The Garden Fountain”

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Gul Dukat needs to be loved. We all do, of course. Dukat, however, lives and breathes off the adoration, honor, praise, and hero-worship of others—which he never gets.

Back when he was made Prefect of Bajor during the Occupation, Dukat believed a gentler approach was needed. He enacted policies to ease the burden on labor camp workers, but strangely, the Bajorans failed to show appreciation for his compassion. They seemed to dislike being occupied by an invading force no matter how nice he was about it. They continued to resist him, and Dukat felt compelled to strike back and punish their ingratitude.

This cycle describes much of Dukat’s life and career. He wants to lead, but when his subjects or fellow leaders don’t like him, he struggles. He either overcompensates and looks desperate, or lashes out and becomes the angry tyrant he claims not to be. Continue reading

ESFJ: Winn Adami, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”

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ESFJ – the Provider, the Facilitator, the Caretaker

A smiling, self-righteous old lady enters the place our family of misfit characters calls home and immediately sets everyone on edge with her overbearing rules and conspiratorial grabs for power.

Nope, we’re not profiling Dolores Umbridge today. It’s Star Trek’s own Space Pope, the chillingly wicked Kai Winn. DS9 has some truly lovely Fe-doms on board, but Winn brings the Mean Girl-ness to a religious level.

Dominant Function: (Fe) Extraverted Feeling, “The Garden Fountain”

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When Winn Adami first saw the wormhole—or the Gates of the Celestial Temple, as her people believe them to be—she felt nothing. All her fellow Bajorans around her, however, reacted in awe, and Winn felt she had to display the proper response. She never has a personal experience with the Prophets her entire life, but rather loops through her Fe-Ne, playing along with the Bajoran faith to pretend that she believes what everyone else believes.

Her rise to power is driven by her need to be seen as more righteous than others despite her insecurities. She finds it deeply distasteful that the Prophets chose an outsider like Sisko as their Emissary. She can’t even get out of his shadow after she ascends to Bajor’s highest religious position. Winn speaks sweetly even to her enemies—perhaps more so—and passive-aggressively insults those she dislikes, always acting shocked when someone (usually Kira) calls out her true motives. Continue reading

ESFJ: Leeta, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”

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ESFJ – the Provider, the Facilitator, the Caretaker

Like Kira, Leeta’s a young Bajoran woman who survived the Occupation. While one of them picked up a gun, the other picked up some Dabo skills. Kira’s Fi-dom makes her edgy and angry, while Leeta moves through the world with an Fe-dom’s openness and generosity, making her living as the life of the party in the hub of DS9’s communal bazaar.

They both fall for some pretty weird Introverted dudes, though.

Dominant Function: (Fe) Extraverted Feeling, “The Garden Fountain”

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Like her ESFJ boss, Leeta’s gift is hospitality. She entertains guests every day at Quark’s Bar, coaxing their energy up to keep the room lively. Her job is to make sure everyone is happy, enthusiastic, and spending money. She’s something of an amateur sociologist, which comes in handy considering all the diverse people she meets in her line of work.

Leeta’s a very skilled people-person, and quick to make friends. She’s barely known Jadzia for more than a few weeks (like, one episode) before Dax invites her to participate in the very intimate ceremony of sharing a consciousness with one of her past hosts. She coyly flirts with Julian, feigning illness to get his attention; and when it’s time to break up, she finds an amicable way to do it that ensures no hard feelings. Continue reading

ESFJ: Joseph Sisko, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”

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ESFJ – the Provider, the Facilitator, the Caretaker

Ben Sisko’s two biggest nemeses are Fe-doms (more on that during DS9 Villains Week), so it only seems balanced that one of his strongest guardians is an Fe-dom as well. Brock Peters had already appeared in the Star Trek universe during the original cast years as Admiral Cartwright, so I like to think that the Siskos are his descendants. Cartwright didn’t turn out so good, so he’s lucky he has men like Joseph down the line to make sure Earth is still a happy—and delicious—place to live.

Dominant Function: (Fe) Extraverted Feeling, “The Garden Fountain”

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Joseph makes an outgoing host at his restaurant, cooking up a storm for his guests, welcoming them in and checking up on them as they eat. He recommends desserts and won’t let them say no. He even intends on serving the Starfleet officers patrolling the streets, despite the fact that he disagrees with their reasons for being there—they’re going to need a meal at some point, after all.

As much as Joseph fusses over his family and guests, he hates being fussed over in return. He denies to his son Ben that he feels ill at all, and doesn’t want to slow down or leave the restaurant in the hands of anyone else. He’s eager for his son and grandson to join him when they return to Earth, and doesn’t quite understand that Ben’s visit is for work, not pleasure. He acts a little dramatically hurt when they don’t stick around long enough for his liking. Continue reading

ENFJ: Julian Bashir, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”

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ENFJ – the Giver, the Mentor, the Believer

It’s encouraging finally to see an Fe-dom character in Star Trek who’s a good guy. As a nerdy sci-fi show, I think Trek prefers Thinkers over Feelers, and most of our heroic Fe-users have also been Introverts (McCoy, Worf, Troi). Till now, all we had in the Extravert category were Janice Rand and Edith Keeler, and they weren’t around long; and Quark’s kind of an anti-hero. We have two ENFJ Trek villains, with more to come on DS9. Bashir himself started out extremely unlikeable, a brash, arrogant Extraverted Feeler on a crew run by moody Fi-users. Some fans never got over that. Some, like O’Brien, found a lot to love and respect about our young doctor.

(Some of us just thought he was cute, but that’s beside the point.)

Dominant Function: (Fe) Extraverted Feeling, “The Garden Fountain”

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Doctor Julian Bashir wants to save the world. Or, worlds. He wants to help every sick or injured person he meets, whether they want his help or not.

Charismatic and charming in ways that infuriate his crewmates when he first arrives on DS9, Bashir eagerly talks up his own intelligence and accomplishments as if waiting for applause. He lets the unimpressed Kira know what a sacrifice he made by taking this assignment “in the wilderness.” He often mentions the one question he got wrong on his final medical exam, which made him second in his class instead of first—it’s later revealed that he missed the question out of fear of appearing too perfect, and to hide his genetically engineered nature.

Even after all his embarrassing behavior in the first episode, Bashir shows he’s ready for the job by jumping in to treat the injured during an attack, and commanding Odo’s assistance.

After that, even as he’s growing out of his youthful arrogance, Bashir continues to throw himself at situations where a gallant healer is needed.

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ESFJ: Quark, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”

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ESFJ – the Provider, the Facilitator, the Caretaker

DS9 enjoyed making its characters outcasts from their home cultures. As the self-professed keeper of Ferengi tradition, Quark has the farthest to fall when he loses everything and becomes a failure in his people’s eyes. It’s then that he discovers that he’s made friends among the misfits on the station—the hew-mons and other non-Ferengi he’s disdained, but still served as their faithful bartender.

Dominant Function: (Fe) Extraverted Feeling, “The Garden Fountain”

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Quark could also be called, “the Host, the Negotiator, the Party-Planner.” His bar is the hub of DS9’s civilian population, arguably as important as Ops itself. When Sisko convinces/blackmails him to stay and keep the place open after the Occupation, the community on the station comes back to life.

Despite their ongoing combative relationship, Quark feels actual affection for Odo, and always tries to goad the constable into admitting the same. He likes messing with Odo’s composure using Fe in the same way Odo likes to frustrate his life using Te. They have it out one day while stranded on a mountain together, and Quark assures Odo he meant every hateful word—and the feeling is mutual.

Quark’s materialism isn’t driven just by personal desire, but by the need to be seen as a successful Ferengi. His culture says that acquiring profit by any means necessary is the goal of life, and Quark aspires to this standard. When he fails, he’s embarrassed. When his family fails him, or bucks the values they were raised with, Quark tries to shame and bully them back into line.

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ENFJ: Lore, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

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ENFJ – the Giver, the Mentor, the Believer

Lore only shows up three times through the whole series, and yet he seems like he’s always around. That’s partly because he’s played by Brent Spiner, who also plays his twin brother Data, but it’s also because his existence mirrors Data’s. Whenever Data struggles with his feelings, his ethics, or his desire to be human, the spectre of Lore, the too-human robot, lurks in his shadow.

Dominant Function: (Fe) Extraverted Feeling, “The Garden Fountain”

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Lore’s dominant and inferior functions are flipped from his twin brother—he’s a Feeler first, and a Thinker last. He can both interact with Humans and act like a Human successfully, but a lot of it is still an exaggeration of the way emotions work. On a similar but smaller scale, Data’s inferior Fe tries to imitate Human behavior and comes out weird. Lore’s dominant Fe cranks that process up to overdrive.

When they first meet, Lore makes a show of wanting to do anything necessary to please Humans, an objective which Data questions. Of course, Lore’s manipulating the situation the whole time, but he’s still a naturally-gifted people-pleaser. In fact, he overdoes it a little when praising Wesley’s work on the bridge, almost tipping his hand as to his ulterior motives. He exploits the crew’s trust when he pretends to be Data and gets them to do whatever he needs. Continue reading