I like typing fictional characters because they offer good examples for how the different types can show up in “real life.” This project, though, is mostly for fun. I’ve written posts typing Disney princesses and heroines, and I also have a two part post on this blog typing Disney villains. Seemed like it’s about time for the Disney princes and heroes to get their own posts as well.
There are so many Disney princes and heroes who could go on this list that I had to make some tough choices about who to include. The characters I picked: appear in an animated Disney film, they’re human, they’re fairly popular/well-known, and I’ve seen the movie they’re in. I’ve put half in this post and half in Part One (click here to read that).
I don’t like using stereotypes as a basis for typing characters, but I’m afraid that’s what I’ve done in some of these descriptions. When the characters development doesn’t go really deep (some of these princes don’t even have names!), we just have a few key characteristics to base our typing on and you have to try and match them with defining traits of a personality type. Unfortunately, sometimes that means relying on an overly simplistic view of each type. Just wanted to make that disclaimer before we dive into talking about Milo, Prince Naveen, Rodger Radcliff, Prince Philip, Peter Pan, Prince Charming, Snow White’s Prince, Quasimodo, and Tarzan.
Milo — INTP
Milo from Atlantis: The Lost Empire is one example of what wonderful (and likable) characters INTPs can be. Like so many other INTPs in fiction, Milo is an academic. He thrives in situations that require detailed research, innovative fact-analysis, and analytical observation. Those skills are associated with his strongest function — Introverted Thinking. Nicknamed “Accuracy” by Personality Hacker, this mental process excels at making sense of facts in a very personal way.
Though he has a keen interest in facts and logic, Milo doesn’t just stick with researching things that everyone agrees are real and verifiable. Instead, he turns his keen mind to exploring possibilities that other people scoff at. His co-pilot Extroverted Intuition loves putting patterns together and seeking out new and exciting information. And even though this makes many others see him as a crack-pot he’s actually right — Atlantis does exist and he knows how to get there.
His tertiary Introverted Sensing plays a key role in his personality type as well. This function is great at using past experiences and verifiable facts/records to learn new information. Milo’s memories of his grandfather are an important part of what drives his current interest in exploring the past (Intuitives usually focus on the future). He has strong connection to history and knows how to sort-through long-preserved information to guide his present work.
Naveen — ESFP
The first thing many people notice about ESFP types (especially the fictional portrayals of them) is that they’re fun-loving people who live for the moment. Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog is no exception. From the moment he arrives in New Orleans, Naveen throws himself into the music and culture of this city and drinks up all the experiences (and female attention) it has to offer. At the beginning of the film, he’s every stereotype of the irresponsible, playboy ESFP and he loves it.
When I’m myself again, I want just the life I had
A great big party every night, that doesn’t sound too bad
A redhead on my left arm, a brunette on my right
A blonde or two to hold the candles, now that seems just about right …
Life is short, when you’re done, you’re done
We’re on this earth to have some fun
And that’s the way things are.
ESFPs are more than this, though, and so is Naveen. Like other SPs, his Extroverted Sensing side loves to live in the moment and experience physical reality as much as possible. This gives him the ability to adapt quickly to new experiences, which is one strength of his personality. His co-pilot Introverted Feeling also gives him a strong urge to do what he believes is right, and by the end of the film he’s reevaluated what that means and has found a sense of responsibility and nobility that’s authentic to him.
Roger Radcliff — ISFP
ISFPs are stereotyped as “artists,” and Roger Radcliffe of 101 Dalmatians fits this version of the type profile perfectly. He’s the distracted artist absorbed in his own head. His dog Pongo describes Roger’s life as “downright dull,” but it’s evident that things are far from dull inside Roger’s mind. In fact, he’s intelligent, creative, and productive enough to actually support himself (and eventually a wife and their pets) solely through songwriting.
It’s fun to watch his creative process writing the “Cruella DeVille” song. ISFPs have Extroverted Sensing as their co-pilot function and Introverted Intuition as their tertiary, and he’s using both in this scene. Responding quickly to real-world inspiration, putting music patterns together in his head — it’s so cool to watch. His Extroverted Sensing isn’t strongly visible in other scenes (he’s very much an introverted character), but he doesn’t spend all his time in his head. When he does engage with the outer world it’s to connect with his wife, Anita and to walk in the park with Pongo — both outer-world, sensory activities.
We get to see his strong Introverted Feeling side as Roger stands up for what he believes is right, even confronting Cruella though it’s clearly an unusual thing for him to be so forceful. FP types are usually much more gentle than this, and his default mode is to be a kind, caring person. But like other FP types, he will stand up for his strong held and highly individual values. He also gets a chance to use his tertiary Introverted Intuition quite a bit in this film as part of his creative process and in putting together the clues to quickly identify Cruella as the number one suspect in the puppies’ disappearance. We even get to see a glimpse of the logical, responsible side of his personality (one of the positive traits of inferior Extroverted Thinking) in his commitment not to stop working before 5:00 each evening.
Philip — ENFP
Philip is an Intuitive type who looks to the future and wishes his father would catch up with living in the 14th century. He’s also a character who thrives on outer-world experiences and would far rather spend his time tearing around the countryside exploring and falling in love than in doing the more castle-based duties that belong to a prince.
Unlike FJ types, ENFP Philip is quick to cast aside the social conventions of his arranged marriage, defy his father, and declare that the girl he just met (a peasant girl of all things) will be his bride. It doesn’t bother him at all to declare that traditions are outdated, society is wrong, and that he knows better than his father (all things that have the potential to generate conflict, and would give an FJ type serious pause).
NF types can be master manipulators. The combination of Intuitive pattern recognition and Feeling insight into how people’s minds works makes it easy for them convince people of just about anything. Philip uses this power in relatively benign ways, convincing Aurora it’s okay for them to spend time together because they’re not strangers after meeting “once upon a dream.” He also uses it on his father, manipulating their conversation about marriage to trick the King into agreeing that Philip should marry the girl he loves.
One nickname of the ENFP types is “the champion,” and Philip fills this ENFP role splendidly as a knight in shining armor. Just look how many evil minions it takes to tie him up during the cottage ambush! Plus he slays a dragon, which is always impressive even if the fairies were helping.
Peter Pan — ENTP
Peter basically lives in his Extroverted Intuition (which is ENTPs and ENFPs strongest function). Long-term planing, along with the idea of growing up and being responsible (things that would come naturally to an SJ type) are a blind spot for Peter with Introverted Sensing as his inferior function. He finds it nearly impossible to “stop pretending and be practical” and easily looses touch with the real world. Case in point: Hook nearly kills him at Skull Rock because Peter lost track of what’s actually happening. Wendy even needs to remind him to save Tigerlily because he’d nearly forgot the entire reason they were there.
Peter is living a life of endless possibility and play. And much of it is a performance. For example, at Skull Rock he keeps checking in on Wendy to make sure she’s watching him. He uses different voices to fool Hook and Smee and is always showing off. Many people assume this makes him an ENFP type, but I’m not so sure.
Peter seems detached from his own emotions, which is definitely not a trait of FP types. He has a strong logical streak, which lets him continue outwitting Hook with relative ease. It’s an intensely personal kind of logic, though, and not like the tertiary Extroverted Thinking that ENFP types display. Instead, Peter uses Introverted Thinking to plan his attacks and stay true to his own internal logic. He’s using tertiary Extroverted Feeling to charm the mermaids, Wendy, and Tiger Lily. It requires a life-or-death situation before he gets serious about his true feelings and confesses Tink means “more to me than anything in the whole world.”
The Prince Charmings – ESFJ
The Prince from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Prince Charming from Cinderella don’t have much personality, at least in the animated versions of their films. They also come from the earliest Disney princess films, and I suppose at this stage they were more focused on telling a fairy tale story than on developing unique characters.
Both these princes are defined by being sweet, charming, and loyal (at least so far as we get to see). Once they’ve attached themselves to a woman, both search for her until they find her again and then promptly marry her. Neither seems to care about the fact that this girl was a peasant, which would only bother an ESFJ if that was seen as socially unacceptable. But the only pressure from family or society that we see is to get married — doesn’t much matter who to — and the Prince Charmings make sure that happens before the end of their films.
This personality type seems like a strange choice, especially for the ’30s and ’50s, since ESFJ traits tend to line up with stereotypical descriptions of the “ideal woman” much more than the “idea man” (in traditional ideas of gender). My guess is this happened because they weren’t trying to write a male character that other men would identify with so much as a man who little girls would see as sweet, caring, and swoon-worthy.
Quasimodo – ISFJ
I think I’ve mentioned before that with introverted characters, it’s often easier to identify the extroverted side of their personality first. Introverts lead with an introverted mental process, but the most visible aspect of their personality is typically their extroverted co-pilot. For Quasimodo, it seems to me that this is Extroverted Feeling.
Quasimodo creates his concept of self and the world based on what the person closest to him tells him — “I am deformed … I am ugly … I am a monster … I am grateful.” His favorite pastime is to imagine what it would be like to be “part of them” — to join in society. His biggest longing is to be with other people, which is something FJ types desperately need. More evidence for him using Extroverted Feeling is that he needs to talk through his decisions with someone before knowing what he wants (i.e. extrovert his feelings), which is one reason he talks to the gargoyles.
People often assume that Quasimodo dreaming of something more is evidence of an imaginative Intuitive process. However (as I mentioned when typing Cinderella, who’s also an ISFJ) daydreaming and imagination isn’t an exclusively Intuitive trait. He’s not daydreaming in an Intuitive way — no re-imagining of the world, no “what if things were different?” questions. He’s “hungry for the histories” that the people he watches have shown him and he wants just one day among them. If he gets that one day, he sings, “I swear I’ll be content / With my share / Won’t resent / Won’t despair.” His intention is to live in the world as it is, not to change the status quo or question whether things should be this way. Change is scary and stressful (a view held very strongly by ISxJ type with Introverted Intuition as their inferior function). Change is only worth it in order to connect with and save other people like Esmeralda.
Tarzan — ESTP
Extroverted Sensing is what we call a perceiving (or learning) process because it describes our preferred method for taking in new information. Tarzan learns through experiences, primarily sensory ones. He’s immersed in the real world and loves activities that stimulate this part of his brain. In brain scans, SP types actually display what neuroscientist Dario Nardi describes as a “tennis hop” pattern, meaning their minds are constantly jumping around ready for life to throw something exciting or unexpected at them. Not that they just wait around for this type of sensory stimulation. They’ll also do things like swing through trees on vines, jump off waterfalls, and explore anything new and interesting.
His other extroverted function is tertiary Extroverted Feeling. Though never his strongest function, it does show up in Tarzan even from a very young age. He wants to fit in with his gorilla family — to have community of belonging rather than going his own way. When he learns there are “strangers like me” out there, he has to figure out how their society works. One way he does that is by mirroring the other humans, which reminds me of how so many Extroverted Feeling types talk about mirroring/picking up on other people’s emotions. Ultimately, though, he chooses his original family and his duty to them over everything else.
Tarzan’s co-pilot function is Introverted Thinking. He analyzes things internally and process facts until they make sense to him. Then he makes decisions based on what he thinks is correct, not based on what other people think. Introverted Thinking might not always seem rational to others because it’s based on very personal, subjective rules, but Tarzan typically acts in a way that makes rational sense to him.
His inferior function is Introverted Intuition. Having this function as part of his personality gives him some pattern-recognition abilities that let him quickly jump to conclusions with little information (such as figuring out the house he discovers belonged to his parents). Still, Intuition is a blind spot for him and he’s not the best at projecting into the future and thinking about how different decisions might play out long-term.
What do you think? Would you type any of these men differently? Which is your favorite Disney hero? Let’s discuss!
If you haven’t read Part One yet, don’t forget to click here and read the other part of this discussion about Disney princes and heroes.