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ENTJ: AT LARGE & IN CHARGE
If INTJs are the kingmakers, ENTJs are the kings (and queens). Onscreen or off, they ooze power and pretty much dominate life. Okay, so this might be stereotyping just a little, but they can be pretty terrifying when they want to be. Continuing my MBTI in Fiction series, here are my top 10 favorite ENTJ characters:
1. Imperator Furiosa, Max Max: Fury Road
Furiosa is one tough woman. She survives the brutal dictatorship of Immortan Joe (naturally rising to the top of the ranks), plans a daring escape, evades an entire freakin’ war party fleeing across the desert wasteland, finds out her dream of returning home has been shattered, and then returns to the Citadel like a boss, presumably to rule in Joe’s place. Nicely done, Furiosa.
2. Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey
Mary Crawley is a great example of a normal, non-stereotypical ENTJ. She deals with all the restrictions on women that were characteristic of her time, but instead of caving to them, she forges a bold path into the future. She’s quietly powerful and likes to do things her own way, but often has trouble expressing her tender side. Unlike her more compassionate INFP sister, Sybil, Mary was born to rule.
3. Sayid Jarrah, Lost
Sayid is another example of a fairly “normal” ENTJ (well, if anything about Lost can be considered normal). He definitely has a soft side (which comes out a lot in his relationship with Shannon), but he’s also very pragmatic and has no trouble burying his feelings when he has to torture or kill someone.
4. Artemisia, 300: Rise of an Empire
I mentioned Artemisia in my top 10 female villains post. She is definitely an ENTJ stereotype, but she carries it so well. Artemisia has one goal–vengeance–and absolutely nothing will stand in her way. Compared to her, all the finest military commanders in Persia are incompetent fools and she rules her troops with an iron fist. Watching her is just plain fun.
5. Raymond Reddington, The Blacklist
Raymond Reddington is a man with a plan. He demonstrates all the strategic brilliance of the INTJ and the signature command of the ENTJ. What makes him so fun though are his quirky–almost ENTPish–stories. He seems to have one to illustrate virtually every point he has to make. He feels quite deeply, but his emotions rarely break the surface of his cool and collected exterior.
6. Voldemort, Harry Potter
There’s debate over whether Voldemort is an INTJ or ENTJ. I lean toward ENTJ, but both types share the same cognitive functions in a slightly different order, so I could be wrong. Voldemort is a great villain. Not only does he have that intimidating sense of power about him, but he also has a way of getting into people’s heads (Harry’s in particular). He’s so terrifying that most people won’t even speak his name. Could anyone but an ENTJ command that level of fear and deference?10 of the Greatest Fictional #ENTJ Characters in Books + FilmClick To Tweet
7. Irene Adler, Sherlock
Oftentimes, when a book character suffers many screen adaptations, each incarnation has a different personality type, but Irene Adler has consistently been portrayed as an ENTJ. Lara Pulver’s version as a deadly dominatrix is my favorite, but Natalie Dormer in Elementary comes in a close second.
8. Gale Hawthorne, The Hunger Games
Gale Hawthorne is interesting because he’s placed in the very un-ENTJ position of being more of a follower than a leader. He has obvious leadership capabilities and demonstrates his independence numerous times in the series, most notably in Mockingjay, but usually he plays second fiddle to Katniss, an introvert with no desire to lead. It’s an interesting dynamic.
9. Annalise Keating, How to Get Away with Murder
I stopped watching How to Get Away with Murder (along with the rest of Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday night lineup) after the first season because I found the excess of death and moral decay utterly depressing. Nevertheless, Annalise is a uniquely compelling character. She’s a force of nature with a rather terrifying amoral streak, but the show also explores her deep vulnerability in a way that’s truly interesting.
10. Maximus Decimus Meridius, Gladiator
I was torn between Maximus and Magneto for this last one, but as fascinating as the ENTJ/INFJ relationship between Magneto and Professor X is, I had to go with Maximus, the classic rebel leader fighting back against a weak and corrupt ruling power. One up for the good guys.
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