Among the franchises that are known worldwide, few can compare to the popularity of “Star Wars.” A movie about the endless conflict between Jedi and Sith and a galaxy full of lush worlds, both wild and civilized, and being packed with many adventures for people to explore. The franchise's popularity cannot be understated, and as with all of them, a key element that ensured its success is the characters that shone on screen. How do some Star Wars characters fall into the “Myers-Briggs Indicator,” and how do their personalities align?
INTJ: Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious, is the major character that corresponds to the “Architect” personality. As the main villain of the franchise, it is no surprise that a mastermind like Palpatine would align with the type who excels at planning into the future and executing those plans most effectively. His decade-long scheme of taking over the Galactic Republic and restoring the Sith order displays introverted intuition. At the same time, his extroverted thinking works in tandem with it as he is shown to be meticulous and ruthless with his plans.
ENTJ: The “Commander” is a fitting name for a personality suitable for good leaders. The character that fits this personality type is Princess Leia Organa, one of the protagonists in the Original Trilogy. She is an excellent strategist who inspires loyalty in many people across the rebel alliance, showing her dominant extroverted thinking. At the same time, her introverted intuition allows her to focus on her goal to free the Galaxy from the Empire.
INTP: People with the “Logician” personality prefer to keep to themselves and make their own conclusions, often having a unique outlook on life. This aligns well with the Jedi Master Yoda, who is known to be unique among his Jedi peers despite his high status in the order. His understanding of the Jedi path relies upon his own experiences and visions, aligning with introverted thinking, while the imaginative ways in which Yoda trains Luke display his auxiliary extroverted intuition.
ENTP: While this personality type is often dubbed “Debater,” that’s not the defining trait of this type. They are known to be very imaginative and creative; their ideas are often novel and inspiring. This describes the droid character, R2-D2, known for always finding the most clever ways out of situations, displaying his extroverted intuition. His good technical skills and ability to fix issues and damage point to his auxiliary introverted thinking.
ISFJ: Staying on droid characters and moving on to MBTI's more sensing and feeling side, C-3PO is another prominent droid character; he corresponds to the “Defender” type. He has a very good memory due to his programming, knowing countless alien languages, and being able to switch between them on a whim, which shows that he is leaning towards introverted sensing. His tendency to act as a harmonizer and care for those around him points to auxiliary extroverted feelings.
ESFJ: Regarding the “Consul” archetype, the pickings are quite slim regarding Star Wars Franchise, but a likely example of the type is Shmi Skywalker, the mother of Anakin. Despite living in harsh conditions with a cruel slave owner, she is known for her warm and kind personality, always accommodating everyone, and displaying her extroverted feelings. Her adherence to tradition, even if not the most beneficial for her, represents introverted sensing.
ISFP: The “Adventurer” personality type is represented the best by a newer character, Jyn Erso, from the “Rogue 1” spin-off. She has been through several adventures, but it’s not what inherently makes her an ISFP. Her dominant introverted feeling is displayed in her ideals and beliefs in independence; she rarely concerns those allying with Empire or the Rebel alliance. Her secondary function, extroverted sensing, makes her quite effective in the field, as she can quickly adapt to situations and utilize her sensory skills in battle.
ESFP: The “Entertainer” is known as one of the more unpredictable and chaotic personality types, and this is also their strength due to high adaptability. The character that corresponds to this type is likely the most important figure in Star Wars, Anakin Skywalker. His dominant function is extroverted sensing, making him a good warrior but also rather unpredictable and spontaneous in his actions, which often puts him at odds with his master, Obi-Wan. His auxiliary introverted feeling contributes to his being independent and free-spirited, even if sometimes impulsive.
ISTP: The “Virtuoso” personality type opens the sensing and thinking group, and a character that best corresponds to this type is one of the first apprentices of the Emperor, Darth Maul. Despite his limited screen time, one of the most memorable characters in Episode 1, leads with introverted thinking, which shows in his understanding of the Sith code and independence, which becomes even more evident in “Clone Wars.” His auxiliary extroverted sensing is shown in his honed and talented combat skills.
ESTP: The “Entrepreneur” Personality type is known for being outgoing and charismatic while remaining independent and unpredictable. Han Solo, the scoundrel with a heart of gold, represents this type perfectly. He is a skilled shooter and lives in the moment, highlighting his skill in extroverted sensing, while his thoughts and beliefs remain independent, and non-aligned with any major faction. He is charismatic and independent, winning the heart of many viewers.
ISTJ: The “Logistician” personality type is represented by the icon of Star Wars, Darth Vader. While he is technically the same person as Anakin, the drastic change in his life also made him see a change of personality. Introverted sensing grants Vader phenomenal memory and makes him a formidable warrior, ensuring nothing escapes his eye. In contrast, extroverted thinking makes him a practical and efficient commander for his stormtroopers.
ESTJ: Another famous villain in “Star Wars” is General Grievous, the four-armed cyborg that hunts Jedi. He represents the “Executive” personality type. His dominant extroverted thinking allows him to be cold and calculating while commanding large armies of droids. He is also shown as a trained Jedi killer who has undergone a lot of training and had to learn from his mistakes, pointing to an effective introverted sensing.
INFJ: Moving into the intuitive and feeling group, it started from the “Advocate” personality type, a perfect representative for which is Obi-Wan Kenobi. He leads with introverted intuition, allowing him to look into the future and plan his steps, being quite innovative in his solutions. He is also shown to be quite caring for people around him despite them not always being repayable in kind, like Anakin, which displays extroverted feelings.
ENFJ: Among the most charismatic MBTI types, the “Protagonist” is the one that often gets mentioned, and a character in Star Wars that corresponds to this type is Padme Amidala. She is deeply empathetic and cares about her people both as queen and senator, showing her dominant extroverted feeling. She is shown to look into the future and account for possible setbacks with plans such as using doubles, which aligns with auxiliary introverted intuition.
INFP: The “Mediator” personality has gathered one of the key characters in the Star Wars mythos and the protagonist of the original trilogy, Luke Skywalker. His dominant function is introverted feeling; he displays a lot of independence and idealistic belief, which leads him to rebel against the Empire. His auxiliary function, extraverted intuition, allows him to be quite open-minded and imaginative, eventually leading to him mastering the force.
ENFP: The “Campaigner” personality type closes off the long list; they are known for being optimistic, friendly, and imaginative. The character that fits most with this personality type is Ashoka Tano, which plays an important role in the “Clone Wars” show. Her extraverted intuition shows by being adaptable and unpredictable, always having novel ideas emerge in her mind, whether effective or not. In contrast, her introverted feeling shows in her idealism and values, eventually leading her to leave the Jedi order.
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