ByIan M. Simpson, writer at
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Ian M. Simpson

Many of you might have heard of the sixteen-personality theory, where one's personality type can be categorized into one of sixteen classes. These classes are named with four letters, such as ENTP, or ISFJ. After taking the brief personality test myself, I ended up with the INTJ personality.

The INTJ personality is widely regarded as the "villain" personality, with many memorable villainous characters like Jigsaw from the Saw movies or GLaDOS from the Portal games sharing the same trait. People with an INTJ personality are often called "The Strategists". They often stand out from society as the odd folks, due to their straight-to-the-point and almost pessimistic nature.

Sherlock Holmes

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock
Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

When I found out that I had the same personality type as Sherlock Holmes, I could not have possibly been any happier. I have been idolizing this character for years, from the old animated Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century show to the recent BBC incarnation of the character. His quick-thinking and perceptive nature has always astonished me, but that barely scratches the surface of the INTJ personality.

His decisive and analytical nature expresses the basics of the personality. He is capable of maintaining a fast-paced and steady flow of thoughts that boosts his problem-solving skills a hundred-fold. His arrogance and distaste of rules and regulations also prove that Sherlock is essentially the perfect INTJ.


Michael Fassbender in X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Michael Fassbender in X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Though Magneto's pessimism is very well-earned, it still fulfills the INTJ personality. He is a brilliant thinker, and he is able to adapt quickly due to his analytical nature. He is very straight-forward in getting what he wants, and he is a very dedicated worker.

Two INTJ traits that Magneto excels in are self-confidence and a tendency to judge others harshly. He categorizes the entire human race as the enemy after he was attacked by a few, and he is overly proud of mutants, believing them to be nothing short of superior in every way imaginable.

Tywin Lannister

Charles Dance in Game of Thrones
Charles Dance in Game of Thrones

While I was hoping to be affiliated with a more Jon Snow or Bronn kind of character, I can't deny that Tywin perfectly encompasses what it means to be INTJ. He is cold and calculating, and he refrains from showing any sort of affection, even towards his own family.

His self-confidence is off the charts as he believes that the Lannisters are the most noble and respected family in all of Westeros. Even though his own children are always involved in some disreputable events, Tywin does his best to restore his family honor. He also has expressed his strategic mind-set by practically governing Westeros while Joffrey sat on the Iron Throne.


Hugo Weaving in The Fellowship of the Ring
Hugo Weaving in The Fellowship of the Ring

Not all INTJs have to be hated by everyone they come across. Elrond is kind and helpful, which already separates him from the rest of the names on this list. However, he is a renowned strategist and he is an accomplished scholar.

While he may seem friendly towards Thorin and his company along with the Fellowship, Elrond is also a very critical person. He sits quietly most of the time, silently observing and judging others. He analyzes all that he sees, that has helped him as a battle strategist.

Dr. Gregory House

Hugh Laurie in House M.D.
Hugh Laurie in House M.D.

Another personal idol of mine had always been Dr. House, from House M.D. He is so very rarely happy, yet he is always right. He can stride down a hallway, personally insulting each and every person he comes across, and he would get away with it because he is simply brilliant. No other doctor can keep up with him, so they all look to him for advice.

He mirrors Sherlock Holmes in nearly every way possible. His arrogance, brilliance, and opposition to regulations are all spot-on, and as much as he is a pain to everyone he encounters, he is still held in the highest esteem.

Severus Snape

Alan Rickman in Harry Potter
Alan Rickman in Harry Potter

Some call him a hero, some call him a villain, but either way, Snape adequately fulfills the INTJ lifestyle. While he doesn't boast the traits in the same straight-forward sense that Sherlock and House both do, he governs INTJ on a lesser level.

He is quiet, severe, and observant, as we have been able to tell since Sorcerer's Stone. He also stand out from the rest of the professors at Hogwarts. His independence has given him the reputation as a strange fellow because his busy mind and judgmental nature set prevent him from conforming.

Other INTJs:

  • Ellen Ripley - Alien
  • Marsellus Wallace - Pulp Fiction
  • Stewie Griffin - Family Guy
  • Darth Sidious - Star Wars
  • Batman - The Dark Knight

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