Myers Briggs Personality Types: Game of Thrones Edition

By AT&T Digital Media Productions editorial team

With so many different characters and personalities in Game of Thrones, it can be hard to keep track of all their defining qualities and dramatic motivations.  Guaranteed scientifically accurate!*

 

Sandor Clegane, AKA The Hound – ENTP

(Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving)

The younger Clegane brother is a legendary fighter known for his scarred face and brusque demeanor. Jaded by the ruthless cruelty of his brother Gregor (The Mountain), he rejects the concept of knighthood, and was last seen traveling with the Brotherhood Without Banners.

Those ENTP personality types are known as debaters that often play devil’s advocate, which can get them in trouble with authority figures. ENTPs care very little about being seen as compassionate or kind, and are honest to a fault. They never back down from confrontation, and follow their own moral compass. The Hound has no problem taking out those who get in his way, making ENFP an excellent fit.

 

Petyr Baelish, AKA Littlefinger – ESTJ

(Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)

Known for his manipulative tactics, Littlefinger is a cunning politician with no loyalties but to himself. Power-hungry and arrogant, he is calculating in all his decisions, and believes himself to be the smartest guy in the Realm. His supposed dedication to Catelyn Stark led him to help her daughter Sansa take down Ramsay Bolton at the end of last season.

ESTJ personality types are known for their adherence to structure and their strategic, vision-focused thinking—in fact, this is the most common presidential personality type. ESTJs believe that authority must be earned. They pursue improvement and achievement, expecting those around them to keep up. Littlefinger aids in the murder of Joffrey in order to smuggle Sansa out of King's Landing: very strategic. 

 

Melisandre- INTJ

(Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging)

 

The Red Priestess has proved her ruthless nature throughout the series. She is a killer for a cause, and often uses her sexuality to get what she wants. Previously, she miraculously revived Jon Snow from death after believing him to be the Prince That Was Promised. Jon, however, banishes her from the North after discovering that she burned her former liege Stannis Baratheon’s young daughter Shireen at the stake. Now she seeks an alliance with another "prince," Daenerys Targaryen.

Although INTJs aren’t necessarily stone-cold killers, they are independent, determined truth seekers. The rarest Myers Briggs type, these intellectuals are often relentless in their pursuit of knowledge and are confident, mysterious observers. Melisandre’s quest to master the higher mysteries in service of her red god R’hllor makes this a fit.

 

Brienne of Tarth – ESFJ

(Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)

Brienne is unquestionably one of the toughest characters in Thrones. Not only does she defy Westeros’ gender norms, but she is one of its best warriors, period—and a loyal one at that. Though slightly awkward, she will protect the ones she loves at any cost. After leaving Riverrun with Podrick, nodding knowingly to her on-again, off-again frenemy Jaime Lannister, Brienne rejoined Sansa Stark at Winterfell.

ESFJs are altruistic, and they always believe in doing the right thing. They hold tightly to their morals, which are often based on laws and traditions rather than philosophy or mysticism. They enjoy being of service as long as they are valued and appreciated. Often times, they are too selfless. Brienne offers her protection, service, and unwavering loyalty to the Stark family, even when they don’t want it. That kind of stubborn do-goodery is classic ESFJ.

 

Jaime Lannister – ESTP

(Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving) 

Jaime Lannister has seen some of the series’ most rewarding character development. In six seasons, he’s grown from a preening Kingslayer and incestous lover to a humbled former swordplay savant, oddly compassionate and disillusioned with his family’s ruthless nature. Jaime has been in King's Landing, clearly disturbed after his twin sister Cersei demolished the Great Sept of Baelor and all but forced their last remaining son Tommen off a balcony.

ESTPs have a tendency to make impulsive decisions and fix their mistakes as they go rather than sitting idle. They are the most likely personality type to be risk-takers, and love to dive into the action. ESTPs don’t often follow rules, and more often live by their own moral compass. They are natural excitement-seekers and leaders. Jaime is quick to jump into a bear pit to save Brienne: definitely a case of leaping before looking.

 

 

Cersei Lannister – ENTJ

(Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging)

 

Cersei now sits upon the Iron Throne after massacring her enemies en masse as they awaited her arrival at trial. This brutal act of vengeance is Cersei in a nutshell: cold, cunning and manipulative, consequences be damned. After losing all her children (the only people she truly loved), she abandons any pretense of selflessness and descends into a sadistic spiral.

ENTJs are strategic planners, with a vision for the future that can often be described as ruthless. Nicknamed “the commanders,” they use their drive and sharp minds to achieve their own goals. ENTJs love a good challenge, and are often dominant and unforgiving, believing emotional displays to be a weakness. Cersei is quick to eliminate those she finds weak or offensive, deploying The Mountain to dispatch her enemies. 

 

Arya Stark – ISTJ

(Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)

 

One of the last remaining Starks, Arya is cunning and quick-witted. She is fiercely independent, but determined to retain her Stark heritage. Through her many experiences with death, she has become more merciless, but still has love and loyalty to those she is closest to. After executing Walder Frey to avenge the Red Wedding, Arya appears on her way to a family reunion at Winterfell.

ISTJ personality types are quietly systematic. They are analytical, decisive, and detail-oriented. ISTJs take responsibility for their actions, carrying out their plans with patience and accuracy. They do not make assumptions, and instead analyze their surroundings in order to arrive at conclusions. When they say they will do something, they follow through. Arya started writing her “Death List” in Season two, and has been systematically crossing off names ever since. 

 

Daenerys Targaryen – ENFP

(Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving) 

 

The Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea is well-spoken and determined, but has maintained a sense of empathy. She learned pride and confidence from her late husband Khal Drogo, and although many consider her naive, she’s a quick learner and decisive actor, which has served her well in her various conquests. She has since sailed to Westeros with her massive armada to reclaim her birthright at Dragonstone, and is preparing to wage war against her enemies.

ENFPs are insightful, future-thinking, and highly individualistic. They are charming and compassionate, and read between the lines with curiosity and vitality. ENFPs view the world as a puzzle that needs solving, and look to discover deeper meaning through mysticism. Their irresistible passion for the causes they believe in make ENFPs natural leaders that attract followers quite easily. They often have a hint of madness, which inspires them to come up with creative solutions. After Dany frees the Unsullied slave army and grants them their freedom, they all choose to stay and fight for their inspiring leader.

 

Tyrion Lannister- INFP

(Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving)

Clever, cunning, and self-aware to a fault, Tyrion uses his intellect to overcome the prejudice he faces due to his dwarfism. He relies on his quick wit to come out on top, and picks his allies and enemies wisely. He is a strategic thinker who ultimately cares very much about the opinions of others, which often makes him vulnerable. This is clearly observed in both his familial and romantic relationships. He joined forces with Daenerys, and has been giving her counsel in the position of Hand of the Queen.

INFPs are quietly caring individuals that pursue meaning, but are often misunderstood. They are guided by their principles, and are led by pure intent rather than rewards and punishment. INFPs are considered gifted with language, and excellent listeners, but they have a tendency to take things very personally. Tyrion earns the trust of Dany’s dragons by telling them a personal story of wishing for one on his name day, showing his keen emotional intelligence. 

 

Jon Snow – INTP

(Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving)

The newly anointed King of the North is an altruistic and kind character with a profound sense of honor, and a moral compass that leads him to seek truth and fairness at all costs. His bastard heritage forced him to grow up very quickly. After coming back from death at the hands of his sworn Night’s Watch brothers, Jon rather understandably has a more nihilistic view of the world.

INTP personality types are notorious for buzzing minds that make them appear detached and pensive. They often rethink their own solutions to problems, convinced that they have missed a crucial part of the puzzle. They must overcome their self-doubt in order to achieve their full potential. Objective and honest, INTPs view the world as complex and large, which helps them tie together seemingly unrelated happenings. This ability to comprehend the bigger picture makes Jon a natural choice to rally the Realm against the real threat to its existence: the White Walkers.

*The Citadel does not sanction the Myers-Briggs test, nor any other kind of sorcery.

 

Sources: 16 Personalities and Myers Briggs

 

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