Why Type Fictional Characters?

I love typing fictional characters. Partly it’s the same part of me that enjoys studying English literature in an academic setting. I like analyzing stories and character motivations, and writing deep-dives into why something works the way it does. It’s also partly about my interest in typology. I like thinking about how Myers-Briggs® types show up in actual people and fictional characters can provide a nice way to analyze that.

It’s this second reason that starts to get at why I think it’s useful as well as entertaining to type fictional characters. Discussing the personality types of fictional characters gives us a chance to exercise our typology skills without running the risk of wrongly interpreting real people’s motivations. My friend might not appreciate me micro-analyzing their every word and action to figure out what their type is but Tony Stark, Scarlett O’Hara, and Luke Skywalker don’t mind.

Typing fictional characters also lets us use them as examples when we’re describing personality types. One of the first questions my mom always asks if I’m talking about a specific type is, “Do I know any of them?” Sometimes I can give her an example of someone she knows in real life but more often I’ll use a fictional character as an example. They’re a great way for us to see examples of how a single type can look in different for different people based on their individual preferences and personal background. And it also shows that we can relate to people even if they don’t share a type with us (such as the INFJs I’ve talked with who relate to ISFJ Cinderella).

This brings us to the reason for today’s post. I ran out of time to write a full-length post for Tuesday this week because I was working on a post for my other blog, Star Wars Personalities. Susan Storm asked me to guest post about the Myers-Briggs® types of Star Wars characters, and I got that post done with plenty of time to spare (I’ll share a link with you when she publishes it). But then I got distracted writing a full-length post about Princess-General Leia Organa’s personality type. Here’s the link if you’d like to click over there and read it.

 

2 thoughts on “Why Type Fictional Characters?

  • Omg this is so relatable! I like typing fictional people in my mind all the time! I don’t care much for star wars so i keep doing it for characters in harry potter and the lord of the rings, haha. It would be pretty interesting to hear from you if Dumbledore and Aragorn really are INFJs. Lady Galadriel is classified as infj all the time, but somehow i feel aragorn pulls the weight of an infj much more than she does. Yeah we’re mysterious like her, but I like thinking that infjs contribute much more than that.

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    • Typing characters is so much fun! I’m glad you enjoy it too 😀

      I confess I’ve never read or watched Harry Potter, so I can’t give my thoughts on Dumbledore. I don’t personally see Aragorn as an INFJ, though I love his character. I do think he’s an introvert (at least in the films; not sure about the books) and possibly an SJ type though I’m not certain. I did a post on Lord of the Rings characters some time ago but I’ve never really been happy with it. Maybe it’s time to write a new post on LOTR and Myers-Briggs

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