I have been blessed with an abundance of INTPs in my life over the years. With Ti (introverted thinking) at the top of their function stack, they are premier logicians. Debating and conversing with an INTP is always an invigorating intellectual challenge. They often have quirky personalities and an offbeat sense of humor that doesn’t quite fit mainstream social expectations. In no particular order, here are my top ten favorite INTP characters in movies, television, and literature:
1. Violet Baudelaire, A Series of Unfortunate Events
Violet is my favorite Baudelaire orphan. She’s a brilliant inventor and can improvise all sorts of handy devices on the fly–a critical skill for outwitting the devious Count Olaf. Violet’s quick thinking and tactical skills are the perfect complement to Klaus’s library of knowledge and Sunny’s superhuman biting powers. Violet is a team player, and together the siblings can solve any problem.
2. Fox Mulder, The X-Files
The truth is out there, and somewhere between the crazy conspiracy theories, bloodsucking monsters, and demons named Wayne, Fox Mulder is going to find it. The perfect complement to his hyper-rational ISTJ partner, Mulder can always be counted upon to field the most outlandish theories imaginable. He reminds me a little of Richard Castle in that way, just less effusive in his social life.
3. Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter
Arthur Weasley has a fun, quirky exterior that masks a brave and loyal soul. He can always be counted upon to make a stand for his friends and family when Voldemort and his minions are on the attack. Weasley also has a deep interest in and respect for muggles, and he is amazed by the clever inventions that allow them to easily accomplish daily tasks without magic. His curiosity for the totally “other” sets him apart from his more conventional colleagues at the Ministry of Magic, and it’s part of what makes him such a loveable character.
4. Bruce Banner, The Avengers
A scientist and even-keeled logician, Bruce Banner is the sort of guy with whom you might enjoy long conversations about quantum theory or astrophysics. Just maybe don’t bring up the topic of the biological effects of gamma rays. Banner’s unwelcome alter ego, The Hulk, is interesting to me because it fits the INTP’s shadow side so well. You don’t want to be around when a pissed off INTP loses control of his inferior Fe. (Been there, done that.) Still, when he’s not smashing things, he seems like a fun guy to hang out and talk shop with.
5. Evie O’Connell, The Mummy
I love a good supernatural archaeology story (Indiana Jones and Lara Croft are right up my alley), so naturally I watched The Mummy a whole bunch of times during that period years ago when it was always replaying on USA. Evie shows the adventurous side of the INTP. Snakes, spiders, and the animated dead don’t faze her at all. She’s a strong, intelligent woman who knows what she wants and has no problem infiltrating the archaeological boy’s club.
6. Smaug, The Hobbit
I have to say, for my creature character choice, I was torn between Smaug and Yoda for this list, but ultimately, I have to go with Smaug. As much as I love Yoda, I’m just not that into Star Wars and it’s been a long time since I’ve watched any of the films. In contrast, I can’t go a whole year without re-watching either The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, and Smaug is one of my favorite villains of all time. You wouldn’t expect a fire-breathing dragon to enjoy riddles and wordplay, but Smaug the Stupendous INTP has the perfect personality for it. His tendency to [literally] roast his verbal sparring partners aside, Smaug would be a great opponent in a game of wits.10 Clever, Quirky, + Sometimes Kooky #INTP CharactersClick To Tweet
7. Mohinder Suresh, Heroes
It’s been years since I watched Heroes, but Mohinder is one of the few characters that really stand out in my memory. Though he doesn’t have superpowers himself (at least not for the first season or two of the show…I’m a little fuzzy on the details), Mohinder is compelled to understand the hero phenomena. And he’s more than smart enough to outfox the brain-eating Sylar…
8. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Ah, Sheldon. I’m not an avid fan of The Big Bang Theory, but I do enjoy the show and occasionally watch an episode when I’m bored and have nothing else to do. And Sheldon is the reason I keep coming back for more. He takes INTP logical and social indecorum to an extreme and the results are hilarious.
9. Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock
Like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock incarnation, Mark Gatiss’ Mycroft is difficult to fit into one MBTI box, so I know my typing of him as an INTP is going to raise a few eyebrows. Mycroft dresses and publically acts like an ESTJ more than anything, but when you drill down into his inner processes, INTP seem the best fit. It’s almost like he’s an INTP purposefully masquerading as another type in order to further his own ends. Anyway, Mycroft’s relationship with his INTJ kid brother (I know, that one’s controversial too) is one of the most stimulating secondary plots of the show.
10. Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter
An INTP with a heart of gold and a gift for seeing things others miss, Luna Lovegood is one of the J.K. Rowling’s greatest creations. Luna is the sort of person who genuinely doesn’t care what other people think. She may seem a little woo-woo to passersby, but she’s actually incredibly bright and insightful, and she’s kind to everyone around her, even when they don’t return the favor. True to herself and her friends, there’s a lot more beneath Luna’s seemingly dazed surface than meets the eye.
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