Which MBTI type are the characters from Scrubs?

Scrubs characters

Scrubs: “Scrubs is an American comedy-drama created in 2001 by Bill Lawrence and produced currently by ABC Studios.”

Considering Scrubs is partly a drama show, there are many clear personality types that arise from this show. In particular, JD and Dr Cox are easily to figure out, however there are harder people to analyze such as Elliot.

JD is the main character in this TV show. He is an INFP for very obvious reasons. He is a strong introvert, constantly narrating in his head while others are talking. He is also the most intuitive on the show as he is constantly imagining things and thinking “abnormally” which confuses many characters on the show. He is also a feeling type as he often shares his emotions and is generally friendly towards the other members of the staff. He is also very spontaneous, thinking up random and crazy ideas on the show. This shows JD is an INFP.

Turk is an ESFJ, which is probably one of the reasons he and JD get on so well. He is extroverted as he says what he wants to say out loud for the majority of the show and often speaks before he thinks. He is also a sensor as he is very traditional with his relationship with Carla and he generally keeps within his comfort zone, not willing to try new ideas. He is also a feeling type as he very rarely offends others but gets offended himself quiet easily. He is a judger as he works hard to accomplish his goals, although he does show signs of spontaneity when around JD.

Elliot is an ENFP. She is extroverted and very rarely gives others a chance to speak, often coming off as selfish. She is intuitive due to her weird and unusual remarks about thinks in her life. She is definitely a feeler, as she is constantly upset about things that most people would easily brush off. She is spontaneous as she thinks randomly like JD.

Carla is an ESFJ for sure. She is certainly the helping type as she always wants to solve other people’s problems, often appearing nosey as she is peaking in on other people’s problems. She is extroverted as she wants others to listen to what she has to say. She is a sensor, like Turk, however she shows signs of intuition. She is a feeler for sure, constantly over reacting about things as well as using her Fe to manipulate people in conversation. She is a judger as she is organized at her job and most of the things that she does.

Dr Cox is an INTJ for sure. He hates being disturbed and doesn’t talk much and it looks like for the most part he doesn’t enjoy socializing with anyone. He hates when people approach him. He is intuitive as he has deep thoughts about how things should work and isn’t afraid to share them. He is a thinker as he doesn’t think about people’s feelings when he talks and he is a judger as he is constantly judging others and needs to loosen up a lot.

The Janitor is an introvert and only talks occasionally when he wants to annoy JD. He is intuitive as he thinks up creative ideas to do when he is bored. He is a thinker as he doesn’t care too much about others when he says things and he is a perceiver because he is unorganized and often does crazy things without thinking. Dr Kelso is an ENTJ, a typical boss at the hospital. He interacts with people at the hospital, he is intuitive and bends the rules, he is a thinker as he cares more about what is logically best for the hospital than patients-wise. He is a judger as he does a lot to organize the place.

Here are some more characters:

  • The Todd- ESTP
  • Jordan- ENTJ
  • Rowdy the dog- INTJ
  • Molly- ENFP
  • Laverne- ISTJ
  • Ted- INTP


Which MBTI type do you think the characters from Scrubs are? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!!


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14 Responses to Which MBTI type are the characters from Scrubs?

  1. instruMENTAL says:

    First of all, Dr. Cox is an ENTJ. I know it seems as if he is an I because he avoids socialization, but it is made clear (or atleast I thought it was made clear) that he gets joy out of being needed. After Laverne dies, all the interns are coming to him asking questions and begging for help, and although he claims to hate it and want to spend time alone, Dr. Kelso calls him on it and says he loves being everyone’s go-to-guy. He doesn’t argue.
    Secondly, I cannot see how you can type a dead stuffed dog, its impossible. You are merely drawing the INTJ conclusion based off the fact that he does not speak, which, I repeat myself, is because he is a /dead stuffed dog/.

  2. From Wikipedia: “INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion “Does it work?” to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake … INTJs are known as the “Systems Builders” of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait of combining imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause; both perfectionism and disregard for authority come into play. Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ’s Achilles heel … This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals … Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense.
    —Marina Margaret Heiss”

    Sounds like Dr. Cox to me.
    My wife is also an INTJ, and while she is introverted, she secretly likes being the go-to person. Why? Because it proves their superiority. INTJ’s love when people have to admit that to them…

    (INTP, here)

    • tatl33 says:

      Yes, @instruMental you made a good point about the Dr Cox finding a need to be wanted- that is most likely to do with his enneagram though. I agree more with Dustin’s idea though after his considerable research. However, feel free to provide more evidence if you wish. As for the dog, that was just a joke, don’t take it seriously 😉

  3. Tyler Babydoll says:

    This is why I love this show. ENFP here and Elliot has the Neurotic people pleaser thing down! I also like the I/ENFP pairing cuz it goes just like that, bad and good!

  4. Theresa says:

    INFJ here- I totally got, and loved, your Rowdy joke.

  5. Saira says:

    So happy i’m J.D. Elliot seems like a judger to me though, due to her overthinking every action, non-stop reading of medical textbooks, and the fact that she’s a nervous pooer. 😛 plus, she can be a scaredy cat. Just saying, but you’re probably right, considering the fact that i’ve read your entire blog, and I rarely disagree.

  6. Yes says:

    I’ve been thinking about this for years. J.D. is INFJ (self-absorbed but super caring), Elliot is INFP (so neurotic that her anxiety appears as extraversion, think Luna Lovegood but more twitchy), Turk is ENFP (definitely, perfect compliment to JD), Carla is ESFJ (definitely), Jordan is…..ExTJ (can’t decide), Ted is definitely IxxP, probably INTP but could very well be ISFP, Janitor is ISTP (more than likely, he has that “rebel for no reason” thing going), have never been able to decide on Cox, Kelso is maybe an ESTJ or an ISFJ, Keith…um, maybe….honestly maybe INFP as well (which would be good for his failure with Elliot).

  7. Brian DeLury says:

    I hate Scrubs. It is the worst show 8’ve ever seen in my life. The characters are mean, obnoxious, absent-minded, and sarcastic. They think they’re so funny, but they’re not funny to me. I don’t like this show. Period. The end.

  8. Brian DeLury says:

    Scrubs was the worst show I’ve ever seen in my life. That’s just my opinion. I just can’t get into it. I’m sorry but it’s not for me.

  9. Luka from Croatia says:

    Here is the way i see them:
    JD: INFJ – I should know, i am one as well.

    Elliot: ISFJ – Dont know why EVERYONE sees her as an intuitive person. Yes, she tells plenty of weird disturbing stories from her past, but that’s not being imaginative, that’s just telling a story. She is more practical than JD for example and her head is more in the here and now then in the future. My guess is she is a sensing type.

    Turk: ESFP – Born performer in the workplace and also when hanging out with friends. The one that truly shines under the spotlight and the one i am most certain about as i have a friend who is just like him.

    Carla: ESFJ – This is an obvious one.

    Dr. Cox: ENTJ – Another obvious one.

    Kelso: ESFJ – He is the toughest one to crack for me but this is what i peg him to be.

    Janitor: ENTP – Clearly very comfortable around people, very intuitive, not the one to express his feelings easily and always cooking up some new schemes… its an obvious one once you think a little bit more about him.

    Jordan: ESTP – That’s just my guess.

    Ted: ISFJ – Again, just my guess.

    Todd: ESTP – This one is pretty obvious as well.

    Doug: ISFP – Maybe? Dunno.

    Laverne: ENFJ – Cant believe anyone would peg her to be an introvert and yet everyone does. She is more than comfortable with people, she is a yenta, has some manipulative tendencies and is very judgmental, hence ENFJ.

  10. Wtf says:

    Okay… Elliot is incredibly judgemental and over thinks everything. ENFP is non judgemental and tends to be more of a secure risk taker and impulsive type. Also, Elliot behaves a lot based on what she thinks other people expect of her not just what she believes in making her closer to i. Also her ridiculously repetitive behavior patterns for studying etc would make her an s so isfj makes more sense. Enfp are insane but rarely are they organized over thinkers. Turk is more enfp everybody loves him and he just kind of rolls with it with a genuine interest in doing good and playing to his strengths.

  11. Wtf says:

    Also, infj and enfp are mirror types but they firm long term close relationships so jd being infj and turk being enfp makes sense because each of them prop each other up. Infj and enfp are considered ambivert typologies. Most enfp consider themselves introverts when asked because of their emotional investments in others these encounters are very taxing. Enfp types are known to turn off their phones when they reach their limit.

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