Adventurers, thrill-seekers, and rebels, ESTPs are the walking embodiment of the carpe diem philosophy. ESTP individuals are highly sensate and are very in tune with their immediate physical experiences. They enjoy risk-taking more than other types and have a strong need for autonomy and freedom. The nine-to-five was definitely not created with ESTPs in mind. Here are ten of my favorite fictional ESTPs from books and film.
1. Jamie Fraser, Outlander
Well, I suppose men can make all the laws they like…but God made hope…The stars willna burn out…And nor will we.
ESTPs as a type have a reputation for burning through romantic relationships pretty quickly, and while stereotypes may contain a grain of truth, ESTPs are perfectly capable of lasting love and loyalty. That doesn’t mean their lives will be boring, though! Jamie is in turns a dangerous outlaw, a suave diplomat, and a rebel leader. And he’s always down for a good fight, whether it’s an epic battle against the English or a brawl between friends.
2. Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Inigo Montoya is a man on a mission–a mission to find the man who killed his father and end his life. Along the way, he works for a criminal, befriends the man he is tasked to kill, and helps save a princess from an unwanted marriage. Inigo is courageous, loyal, and has some of the best one-liners in movie history. How can you not love him?
3. Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
Why is the rum gone?
Captain Jack is a swashbuckling scalawag with a penchant for rum, lax hygiene, and adventure on the seven seas. The most important relationship in his life seems to be with his ship–the cursed Black Pearl–and he will do just about anything to win her back. He’s not exactly a pirate with honor but he does provide a lot of laughs.
4. Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter
Imagine being in Hufflepuff, I think I’d leave, wouldn’t you?
Draco is a bully but I love that the layers of his character are peeled back over the course of the series so readers/viewers can see how the circumstances of his childhood created this little monster of a person–and how there’s still some good in him deep down inside.
5. Sydney Bristow, Alias
Sydney: I just wanted to rip his finger right off again. Does that make me a bad person?
Vaughn: [chuckles] No. But it might have blown your cover.
Sydney: You think?
I binge-watched Alias about ten years ago. The hook, for me, was definitely Jennifer Garner’s portrayal of Sydney, who is the most kick-ass super-spy you ever did see. Also interesting is the interplay of her relationship with Vaughn, who is an INFJ. The ESTP/INFJ partnership is an unlikely pairing but when it works, it really works, as we will see with the next character on this list.
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6. Khal Drogo, Game of Thrones
These are questions for wise men with skinny arms.
Khal Drogo is one intimidating dude. ESTPs are often physically tough and he’s a perfect example of this. Nevertheless, this primal warrior is tamed by the love of a surprisingly stalwart INFJ woman. (Incidentally, both Daenerys and Vaughn are on my list of favorite INFJ characters.) Ultimately, Drogo is brought down by a tiny bacteria–something an ESTP might not see coming since they feel so at home and secure in their physical forms.
7. Emperor Kuzco, The Emperor’s New Groove
Kuzco: Don’t tell me. We’re about to go over a huge waterfall.
Kuzco: Sharp rocks at the bottom?
Pacha: Most likely.
Kuzco: Bring it on.
Kuzco is a selfish, spoiled autocrat who has the misfortune of being the enemy of a crazed, power-hungry ENTP. Luckily, he meets Pacha, a warm-hearted INFP who teaches him how to love and care about others. Kuzco will always be a party animal but now he’s a party animal with a big heart.
8. Captain Hook, Once Upon a Time
A man unwilling to fight for what he wants deserves what he gets.
I quit watching Once Upon a Time not long after Killian joined the Storybrooke crew but I really enjoyed what little of his character I saw. (Also, what is it about pirates and ESTPs?!) Killian, or Captain Hook as he is known in common parlance, exhibits the more carefree, laid-back characteristics of the ESTP along with its deeper emotions–often hidden from view. Also, that leather.
9. Drax the Destroyer, Guardians of the Galaxy
Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.
Sensor types are known for being a bit more literal than their intuitive counterparts but Drax takes that to a whole new level. In typical ESTP style, he also seems to really enjoy a good intergalactic battle and the nomad life of a guardian of the galaxy.
10. Gimli, The Lord of the Rings
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
How do I love Gimli? Let me count the ways. The Lord of the Rings is full of amazing characters and Gimli is no exception. He’s courageous in the face of almost certain death, fierce despite his small stature, and absolutely hilarious when the situation calls for a little levity. And the bromance with Legolas? Priceless.
See my favorite characters of other types: