Which MBTI type is the most heroic and villainous?

Heroes and villains are polar opposites in our society. Whilst the heroes represent what our society stands for, trusts and admires, the villain represents what society fears, distrusts and hates. An example of a fictional modern day hero is Superman who is looked up to and respected, whereas the Joker from Batman is a stereotypical villain; dangerous and hated because of this. But what are the stereotypical MBTI types of heroes and villains?

A stereotypical hero is perceived as a person of integrity, honour, bravery and a desire to do good for the world. Because of their ability to relate to people and shine in the crowd, without hiding anything, this makes an extroverted person popular, famous and accepted in a community. Therefore, a hero is typically an extroverted type like Superman, who shines in the spotlight, whereas a villain is typically a more introverted, behind the scenes plotter, such as Lex Luthor or Voldemort.

Typically, a fictional hero is also a sensor type as they, rather than trying to come up with new ideas to change the world, are trying to keep the system in check; in other words, they are the rule abiders, who try to prevent the evil villains visions from being played out throughout the story. It is this heroes desire to prevent the evil innovations from the villain that drives the audience to relate to them: through identifying with the sensor type, who represents the security of our society, the sanity and the common sense, compared with the severaly unhealthy intuitive villain, we can strive for the hero to win. This is evident in Game of Thrones, in which a sensor, Eddard Stark in season 1 opposes the intuitive Lannisters, the less dutiful and honorable characters who wish to control and change King’s Landing to suit themselves. Therefore, sensors are generally perceived as heroes in fiction, whereas intuitives are perceived as villains.

Additionally, heroes are generally feeling types. What they are doing is for the people, and their ability to fight the evil cold hearted ways of the thinking type and their desire and concern for others makes them appear kind, filled with integrity and passionate, rather than their cold blooded arch nemesis. This makes them far easier to relate to. An example of this would be in Breaking Bad, in which noticeably, I’ve typed most of the more evil characters as the logical thinking types. Does this mean that thinkers are generally more evil than feelers? Of course not, but it is far easier to create a more resilient, tough and emotionless character who is a thinking type rather than a feeling type, and in contrast it is far easier to create a more integrity based hero who is a feeling type. So, whilst Gus and Walter are calculated, business men who are perceived as more evil, Jesse Pinkman is a feeling type, making us identify with his humanity and emotional captivation as a character than we do not find in the other characters. Therefore, fictional heroes tend to be feeling types, whereas fictional villains are generally thinking types.

Finally, heroes are generally perceivers. Unlike the villains, they strive for freedom rather than control and power. It is fun rooting for the underdog, as evident with Luke Skywalker in this Star Wars blog entry, in which I’ve typed Luke Skywalker as a perceiver type in his fight against authority for freedom. Therefore, because perceiving types fight for equality and acceptance of all in fiction, which is more easily identifiable amongst these types, perceivers are generally the heroes in fiction, whereas judgers are generally the controlling, ambitious manipulating villains.

This typing relates to most heroes and villains evident in fiction. For example the most popular fictional heroes, Luke Skywalker, Frodo from Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Rick from the Walking Dead, all very closely match the ESFP- with their types being ESFP, ISFP, INFP and ISFP respectively.

On the other hand, villains are far more varying, and do not necessarily always fit close to the INTJ category. As mentioned before, the Joker from Batman is a villain, and could be classified as ENTP. However, if you have read my Harry Potter article here you will realize that  Voldemort is a more controlling, ambitious, calculated man; your typical INTJ. Other INTJ villains include Sauran and Saruman from Lord of the Rings, Darth Vader from Star Wars and the ENTJ Governor from the Walking Dead, each opposing the heroes mentioned in the previous paragraph.

In conclusion, it is clear that the typical hero is an ESFP whereas the typical villain is an INTJ. Keep in mind, that this is the fictional representation of people- remember, that in real life, people behave far different than their MBTI tells them to.

Do you agree with these typings? Who do you think makes the best villains and heroes? Do you know any INTJ villains/ESFP heroes you could share? Post in the comments below, let’s get a discussion going, I’m in the mood for a debate🙂

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Hello, my name is Tim! I am an INFJ interested in psychology currently residing in Australia. My aim is to provide you with information on MBTI and how it can be related to real life situations. Enjoy :)
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11 Responses to Which MBTI type is the most heroic and villainous?

  1. Jeroen says:

    Generally agree with this blog post. As an INTJ, it is somewhat painful to watch “dumbasses” concistently beat those who actually plan things in most popular media. INFJ is somewhat close to INTJ – I’m having problems depicting a villan of this type though. Any examples?

    • tatl33 says:

      INFJ villains are some of the most interesting characters around. In reality, look at Hitler- often regarded as either an INFJ villain or an INTJ villain.
      Many female villains are INFJ- many villains in drama are often INFJ’s as well because it is all about the way people are emotionally treated rather than how much physical power they have.
      The Operative from the movie Serenity, according to a post on Personality Cafe is a good example.
      Additionally, Clyde Shelton in Law Abiding Citizen
      Many charming manipulative cult leaders.
      Dr Charles Xavier
      The list goes on🙂

  2. Rachael says:

    Hmmm I’m not suprised to see quite a lot of villians fall under INTJ, after looking up various MBTI charts for various shows and movies, almost all the time the INTJ is a villian. Of course I don’t mean to say the INTJ personality is necessarily evil or villianous, but I can see why a writer would use an INTJ as a villian, they are after all strategist, which in my opinion would work perfectly playing the bad-guy. I mean I’ve never seen a villian who isn’t cunning, and I see INTJ’s as naturally very intelligent people, and I rarely see extroverted villians, more often they tend to be introverted. My brother is an INTJ, he was rather happy to see his personality matched characters such as Mr Burns, lord voldemort and darth vadar and on some websites Draco Malfory (although on here you labelled him as an ENTJ rather than INTJ, which I can see suits him a lot better). And I do agree INFJ villians I would find much more interesting, in an anime my brother watched an INFJ played the villian, when he described to me the villian’s ambitions and story I found it extremely interesting. I might even watch it and see how this character is played. I also read a book with a very strange villian (the pheonix files, written by an australian author. It’s about conspiricy, a very good read) who I would have a bit of trouble defining, but he wasn’t the typical villian, with much different intentions than most villians I’ve seen. He wanted to wipe out humanity, leaving a few behind, to create a better humanity. He reminded me a bit of Hitler, but with something more.

    And charles Xavier would definately be an INFJ, but he wasn’t a villian, he wanted mutants to be able to live in harmony with the normal people. I think you may have mixed him up with Magneto, who could even be and INFJ. You should definately do a MBTI for all the X-men characters, I think they have a good variety of interesting personalities and their relationships with each other are quite interesting. I love this website by the way, very informative and interesting to read🙂

    • tatl33 says:

      Thanks Rachel! I love that you enjoy this website and it’s so great to hear your positive feedback as well as your insightful answers!🙂
      Yes it does seem strange that INTJ’s are so often the villain.
      I found it interesting that you mentioned Hitler in relation to the villain from the Phoenix Files. I actually typed Hitler in another article that you may be interested in:
      This article might help you determine the type of the villain from the Phoenix Files. Also the comments are worth a read- they have talked a lot about the wiping out humanity and visionary aspects of Hitler.
      I’ve noticed you’ve figured out MBTI pretty quickly. A lot of people are a bit off with MBTI, but everything you’ve said has been very accurate for someone who says they are new🙂
      An X-Men article would be great. I do not know all the characters well enough to write it yet, so I’d need someone else to write it for me, or rewatch the movies and do some research online. What do you think the types are?
      And that’s funny that your brother enjoys villains being the same type as him! Haha did you ask him why?😛

  3. PHCatry says:

    I agree that most villains are depicted as INTJ and although it works on screen it does not really make sense in real life: Somebody plotting for world domination should really be a person who is charismatic enough to create an impression of warmness that can mask his cold heart. INTJs may have a cool head (often mistaken for a cold heart) but are certainly not charismatic.

    Remark also that the most romantic persons are also depicted as INTJs: Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice), Edward Rochester (Jane Eyre), Edward Lewis (Pretty Woman)…

  4. I’m an INTJ, and I’m half pissed off that society will view the INTJ type as villains, as that’s what movies and TV have taught them. It’s like our way of apparoaching the world is somehow inherently evil. On the other hand, I’m rather flattered that we’re apparently the best at it.

  5. Zing says:

    This serves to show how much warped our society is. The dumbest type are the heroes while the most intelligent are villians

  6. Jennifer says:

    Oh goodness…Sheesh this isn’t an exact science y’all. Someone said to me recently, MBTI methodology is pretty correct, but theoretically it’s still a bit shaky. I can see exactly why INTJ are the stereotype if villainy, I’m one myself…and a female. Apparently that combo is the rarest for females. Not that I’m evil… (good heavens I hope not) I also believe it’s what you do with your combo that also matters. I’m the furthest from evil but I like to use that stereotype for the good of everyone. It’s like computer savvy individuals. Some use these smarts to hack others computers for malicious purposes and others use it for the benefit of others.
    But…I’m also an actor myself, so I TOTALLY understand why there are certain combos that lend themselves in the world of fiction to certain character types better, my being an INTJ, furthers this understanding even more. To further expound, I’m not this soft, fluffy girl with that somewhat airy, high pitched speaking voice that Disney Princesses have. I come off smart, but hard nosed. People misunderstand me ALL THE TIME. While I still love my Princesses and my Disney, for some of them, I don’t understand their mindsets at times. The one I understand very well is Belle, because she’s the closest to an INTJ there is of all of them. But overall…I get the villains on a slightly deeper level due to being an INTJ. INTJ and ISTJ are notorious for being viewed as unemotional, no empathy, a bit of an intelligent loner complex, etc. We get misunderstood a lot due to this, hence why we clash with Fe people a bit…we misunderstand EACHOTHER. So it’s really no wonder the fiction stereotype of hero v. villain exists, because this divide exists in real life.

  7. Jeanne says:

    INFP seem to be always portrayed as either the hero or a good supportive character. I was pretty surprised when finding out that Harry Osborn from Amazing Spiderman 2 was INFP. I think he was a villain.

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