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”
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
ESTJ – the Director, the Achiever, the Optimizer
Brunt is so oily and sly—and sometimes pathetic—that it was easy to miss his type as one that I usually think of as commanding. His Ferengi manner of enforcing the rules is more devious than other ESTJ villains, but the rules still govern his life. Kind of cool to note, though, that in a race once meant to be the new Big Bads, Brunt is the only Ferengi in this series who’s a straight-up villain.
(I would have included Brunt in DS9 Villains’ Week, but DS9 is so chock full of great villains that I had to cover him with the Ferengi to make room.)
Dominant Function: (Te) Extraverted Thinking, “The Workshop”
Brunt works as a Liquidator, basically the IRS agent from hell. He lives to enforce the rules of the Ferengi Commerce Authority, which means he’s constantly showing up on Quark’s doorstep—or in his closet—to force him into compliance. Whether he’s breaking up a union or halting a Ferengi female’s business activities, Brunt tolerates no deviation from the law.
Brunt will use the force of his position as well as the brute force of Nausicaan thugs to ensure the obedience of wayward Ferengi. He demands that Quark follow through on a contract to provide his desiccated remains, even after Quark learns he’s no longer going to die. When Quark decides not to kill himself to fulfill the contract, Brunt happily revokes his business license. Continue reading
The Ferengi began as one of the great mis-fires of Star Trek history. They were intended to be the new big bad for The Next Generation, and ended up being a laughing stock. Along came DS9, and with it, a chance for rehabilitation.
I already mentioned how DS9 did for the Ferengi what TNG did for the Klingons, rounding out and deepening their culture. Even if we disagree with their fundamental values, we understand them, and see part of ourselves in them, which is a good exercise for empathy. Also, nearly all the Ferengi in this MBTI series are positive examples of Extraverted Judging types, which otherwise show up often as villains in sci-fi, and in Star Trek in particular.
As Quark so proudly pointed out, “We’re nothing like hew-mons. We’re better!”
The Ferengi Saga
“The Nagus” (season 1)
Our first introduction to Ferengi culture brings on the Grand Nagus, the pope/CEO of Ferenginar.
“Rules of Acquisition” (season 2)
A bit of a shaky episode, but it gives us our first rebellious Ferengi female, working against her culture’s misogyny to make a better life for herself. Also, it’s cool to note that the oft-mocked Ferengi are the first characters to make contact with DS9’s big bad, the Dominion. Continue reading