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Artisans prefer to live one day at a time. They may spontaneously pursue activities that offer fun or pleasure. Artisans tend to be more permissive as parents than the other temperaments, wanting their children to explore and enjoy the world.

Interests: In education, Artisans tend to seek work involving operations and equipment, which could range from a scalpel to a fighter jet.

Orientation: Artisans live in the here and now. They want to enjoy the present moment. They tend to be optimistic about the future and cynical about the past, believing that life is a series of risks or random events without any larger pattern or meaning.

Values: Artisans perform well when in a state of restless energy. "They are excitable as children and they never seem to get less excitable as they grow up." They seek stimulation and trust their impulses. Prone to spontaneous acts, they want to make an impact on others. They aspire to virtuosity, taking great pleasure in practicing and mastering their technique in the pursuits that interest them.

Social roles: In romantic relationships, Artisans want a playmate, someone who can share in the pleasure and excitement they seek. As parents, Artisans are liberators, exposing their children to a wide variety of activities, encouraging them to push beyond their limits, and guiding them toward independence and self-sufficiency.

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ISTP (Crafter)

ISTP Crafters are drawn toward using tools of any type—artistic (musical instruments), technological (computers), or martial (weapons). Although they are introverts, they tend to be authoritative in their interactions with others and can be forceful. They focus on accomplishing tasks efficiently and skillfully. To master the tool of their interest, Crafters require a certain degree of seclusion in which to practice. The result is often a virtuosity that other types find difficult to match.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Annie Leonhardt from Attack on Titan is withdrawn and a bit of a loner. She relies on present information, is very bodily-kinesthetic oriented, and easily adapts to change. She's blunt and only expresses the bare minimum of what she needs to, but has a bit of a dreamy quality to her speech. It's been suggested she's afraid to speak with others, for why she avoids them.
  • Gray Fullbuster from Fairy Tail is snarky, logical and fights using his imagination more than outright brawn, and he tends to keep to himself, especially while grieving. He cares a lot more about certain guildmates than he's willing to let on.
  • Roronoa Zoro from One Piece, while more critically-minded than his captain, will happily jump into any situation he feels will test his limits. He’s driven by his singular goal of being the greatest swordsman. He’s also more protective of others than he’d probably care to admit.

Comic Books

  • Rorschach from Watchmen is a solid ISTP. His fierce individualism and self-reliance paired with a disdain for authority (beyond his own moral judgment) and disillusionment with society's ideals cement him as a Crafter archetype.

Film

  • Dr. Bruce Banner from The Avengers (2012) gets his data about the world from his memory and experience. His memories of leaving destruction in his wake as the Hulk haunt him, and make him even more fearful of “the other guy.” He engineers things in his head, looking for the best and most efficient course of action and then presenting as though it's a concrete fact.
  • Deathstroke from Batman is a master assassin mostly self-taught and constantly training o hone his skills . He is logical and rational in all movement he makes sure never to step in the same place more than twice. He's logical first Ti (introverted thinking) then sensory or tangible second Se (extroverted sensing).
  • Jason Bourne from The Bourne Series is extremely good at lateral thinking, calmly assessing situations, and finding highly creative ways to stay one step ahead of the people hunting him, and when the chips are down, can annihilate anyone who goes up against him in a fight.
  • The Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig portrayals of James Bond show him to be a vicious, cold-blooded killer with severe emotional issues and a penchant for revenge, often brooding over the morality of his job and losing his loved ones.
  • Daniel from the French Taxi tetralogy is an awesome driver who spends more time with his just as incredibly awesome Peugeot than with his girlfriend Lilly (even after their marriage). Dan is a calculating, logical person as much as a person like him needs to be. His life is spinning around the steering wheel, and he sometimes has hardships in communication.

Literature

  • Katniss Everdeen, the main protagonist of The Hunger Games is a quiet, physical-oriented, calculating, improvisational character. Her life is centered around hunting or fighting, and the closest thing to authority that she recognizes is her own instincts. She is not a person too comfortable with feelings, and achieves most of her goals through improvisational skill, rather than thorough planning.
  • Lisbeth Salander from The Millennium Trilogy. Her Ti-dom keeps her rational thought processes internalized. She is constantly seeking answers, and needs to know why she must do something before making a decision, points out logical inconsistencies and gets frustrated when people get emotional. This makes her a good problem-solver and will not hesitate to make harsh decisions. Her Se-Ni combination enables her to be a good investigator: she notices something in the environment, her intuition tells her something’s wrong, and so she investigates until she figures it out. It also enables her to move on from a rough childhood without much sentimentality or baggage. Her inferior Fe is obviously her weakness. She always says the wrong thing, or embarrasses herself, or unintentionally hurts the feelings of the people she cares about. Her poor control of emotions shows when she easily falls in love with Mikael without even considering that he's dating Erika, or she disappeared for a long time without informing her superior, her guardian and her girlfriend. She also thinks of what people think of her despite her Bohemian looks and unnatural lifestyle that becomes a problem later on when she clears her name at the third book, in which, aside for her hatred towards the authority, she is afraid of what people would think of her after they should find out her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Sherlock Holmes is highly logical with a talent for figuring out how and why things happen. He takes in a great amount of sensory detail to fuel his deductions and prefers to isolate himself.

Live-Action TV

  • Spike (William the Bloody) from Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a villainous version of this type. He is content living by himself in his crypt for much of the series, seeking social interaction with other vampires only when they serve a specific purpose, such as helping him with his evil schemes. The people he spends his time with he chooses carefully, only ever really being close to a select few, in particular, Drusilla and his mother. Spike lives his life through contact with the sensory world. He has a lot of physical energy and stamina, and feels most alive when in the thrill of a battle. Spike is a logical person who makes decisions on a rational and objective basis. He is often confounded by the value-based or feeling-driven decisions of other characters, such as Buffy, and has trouble understanding and dealing with his own emotions, often reacting through angry outbursts or inappropriate expressions of his own feelings. Spike prefers to make things up as he goes along and is uncomfortable and bored by excessive planning, preferring to act first and reflect later.
  • Danny Rayburn from Bloodline is a textbook ISTP. He firmly believes that he and all people should be treated with equity and fairness, and uncomplicated in his desires. He is clearly most comfortable completing action-oriented tasks, and feels uncomfortable being confined by commitments.
  • Paul Dierden of Orphan Black is a calculating, physically aware soldier and very good at figuring things out.
  • Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Although more introverted than most Klingons, he is extremely proficient at hand-to-hand combat (despite countless occasions in which he was defeated), adept at assessing dangerous situations and proposing appropriate solutions, and is extremely loyal to his comrades.

Video Games

  • Guile from Chrono Cross tends to pull a conclusion by using the facts he has learned from his experience. He is also a free wandering magician who likes high-risk gambling and activities and dislikes work, especially simple, boring jobs like magic shows. While he is a stoic loner and stays away from the crowd all the time, he is willing to speak when needed.
  • Garrett from Thief is a snarky Anti-Hero who cares more about making ends meet than he is about heroics, and tends to get dragged into the situation when The City is at stake. He prefers to not be seen rather than make a head-on approach, particularly since he is not strong enough to take on all the guards on his own.

Western Animation

  • Toph Bei Fong from Avatar: The Last Airbender relies on her senses for information and is focused on the present. She tackles problems head-on and is able to figure out on her own the logic of how her earthbending power works.
  • Raphael of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hates to be told what to do more than anything with a roguish "action hero" edge about him. He's also a superb fighter who's more at home taking on problems head-on than working through his emotions or the emotions of others.
  • Ice Bear from We Bare Bears seems to be an ISTP. While he is a bear of few words, he is shown to be very action-oriented, being able to step in and rescue his brothers in any crisis even as a cub, all while keeping a cool head. He's also very versatile, demonstrating talents in cooking, martial arts, multiple languages, dancing, and more.

ESTP (Promoter)

ESTP Promoters are the most adept among the types at maneuvering other people to their position. They make a point of getting to know those in positions of influence. Promoters are also resourceful, knowing where the fun and the action are. They like to indulge themselves in the finer things in life and to bring other people with them. Their goal in life is to sell themselves and their ideas to others. Dramatic and debonair, they are gifted at earning others' confidence.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Ymir from Attack on Titan is cocky, insensitive, and intrusive. She sees everything and she calls it out immediately, especially when people are being false. She believes in individuality, living for herself, and being selfish above most other things. She eschews tradition and directly challenges authority, needing more to go on than "just because."
  • Kyoko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a hedonistic Blood Knight who uses magic for her own benefit. She tries to promote this selfish lifestyle to rookie magical girls in order to prevent them from suffering the same fate as her. A believer in the strong and witch killer for fun, Kyoko is the quintessential anti-Magical Girl.
  • Minako Aino/Sailor Venus from Sailor Moon loves the spotlight and is usually very confident in who she is. She is incredibly athletic (Se) and quick to adapt, analyze and take control of any situation she's in (Ti). She's narcissistic, insensitive and dismissive of others' opinions at times, but is mostly fun-loving and exuberant, capable of getting those around her to work towards a common goal (Fe) and can make decisions without basing them in emotions or personal desires when the stakes are truly high, prioritizing the greater good/destiny over her own happiness (Ni).

Film

  • Ferris Bueller from Ferris Bueller's Day Off is the quintessential ESTP. Fun-loving, dislikes authority, and an innate talent at assessing situations before twisting them to his own advantage.
  • Dr. Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters (1984). Although he can come off as disinterested in his profession, not to mention disrespectful towards authority, he is still a skilled negotiator and spokesman for the team, understanding how to fulfill the needs of those that ask for their help.
  • Patton's eponymous Gen. George S. Patton fits an ESTP. He uses his quick thinking to take observations of the enemy, quickly and nimbly adapting his strategy on the fly based on them. His radically unconventional thought process sacrifices planning and contingency for opportunistic, heat-of-the-moment, crippling strikes.

Live-Action TV

  • Kara Thrace from Battlestar Galactica (2003) lives in the moment, and is very decisive (and reckless) (dominant Se); she is unafraid to criticise others for their inconsistencies and failings, and constantly questions authority (auxiliary Ti); she wants to keep others safe, and feels enormously guilty when her decisions cost lives (such as her decision to let Zak become a pilot, which she thought would make him happy, but which led to his death) (tertiary Fe); she often doesn't think about the consequences of her actions (such as sleeping with Baltar, returning to Caprica, and defying Tigh), but can be persuaded to believe in things others find implausible (such as when Roslin persuades her to find the Arrow of Apollo) (inferior Ni).
  • Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is energized by others and seeks physical stimulation in the external environment. Faith is bored by theory and routine and prefers to think on her feet, her resourcefulness and understanding of the immediate environment making her an efficient Slayer. She can be rash and impulsive, often not considering the long term implications of her actions, which can lead to consequences she is not willing to face up to. Faith is blunt and logical in her opinions, her frank attitude contrasting against the more feeling-driven characters on the show, such as Buffy and Willow. She has a passion for having fun, and has a strong independent streak. Faith is highly insecure and finds it difficult to open up to and trust others, but assumes a facade that is self-assured and carefree.
  • The protagonist of Orphan Black, Sarah Manning, is a quick thinker and always manages to get herself out of hairy situations, however planning ahead isn't a talent of hers. Her fellow clone, Tony, has been described as a swaggering male version of her.

Mythology

  • Ares/Mars(Άρης/Mars) from Classical Mythology is the God of War. He is Blood Knight incarnate (especially his Greek side), and would rather rush in swinging than form a coherent plan. He loves being the strongest, and loves proving it even more. However, his (in)famous bloodlust often causes people to forget his skill as a tactician, and his ability to think quickly can be a considerable asset to him in a fight.

Video Games

  • Dante from both Devil May Cry and its reboot, DmC: Devil May Cry is a cocky, trash-talking, gunslinging, aloof, devil-may-care demon-slayer. He cares about humanity, and about life, but will go out of his way to make sure that you don't know it. His whole life is fighting, and while he's no idiot, deep thought isn't his style.
  • Persona 4's Yosuke Hanamura is the Investigation Team's self-touted 'ideas man', and contributes a dash of quick and logical reasoning to the team's earlier progress. He's also always on the move, very easily bored, and has a seemingly permanent case of foot-in-mouth syndrome.
  • The eponymous Sonic the Hedgehog wouldn't be the speedy Blue Blur he is without his trademark outgoing, cocksure, arrogant attitude combined with his constant "Gotta Go Fast" mentality. Despite this, his quick thinking has saved countless lives from Dr. Robotnik on multiple occasions.
  • Team Fortress 2's Scout is an important role for taking on objectives in a quick and efficient manner, and an excellent scout thinks quickly to adept to obstacles and dodge while whittling away at his opponent. He also has a pretty brash demeanor, often talking smack towards opponents just as quickly as he could run.

Web Original

  • Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a brash, opportunistic superhero more fixated on getting laid and humiliating Billy/Dr. Horrible than for the actual welfare of the city he protects, demonstrating a condescending attitude towards people like the homeless.

Western Animation

  • Korra from The Legend of Korra is more brawn than brains; she's better at fighting than her spiritual training. She lives in the moment and often acts without thinking things through.
  • Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a doer and risk-taker, as well as a fine motivator. In her spare time she is very relaxed, but in the time of action will act on impulse and indulge in her addiction to adrenaline.

ISFP (Composer)

ISFP Composers are grounded in the here and now and are extremely sensitive to their environment. They are attuned to the perceptions of their five senses even more than other sensing types are. They notice any little variations in their physical world or in the people around them. They are very sensitive to balance and understand well what does or does not fit, whether in a work of art or any other aspect of their lives. Composers are sensitive and sympathetic in the face of human suffering. In addition to working in the Arts, they may find fulfillment in a type of social service, where they can assist the needy.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Bertolt Hoover from Attack on Titan is reclusive, passive, and seems to barely speak with others. Despite his high skill, he expresses a lot of fear and cowardice, preferring to run rather than fight.
  • While she lacks the overt compassion and friendliness of a typical ISFP, Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus from Sailor Moon has deeply held emotions, is fiercely protectve of her loved ones while secretly harboring a desire for freedom from her duties as a Senshi (Fi). She is acutely attuned to her surroundings, lives for the moment, is quick to react instead of taking a few steps back and analyzing a situation, and has refined tastes (Se).

Film

  • Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender believes in honor and always tries to uphold his honor and do what is right. His honor comes from family, country, and tradition instead of his own values, showing that he is a sensing type.
  • George McFly from Back to the Future is a gifted writer, having written several sci-fi stories as a teenager in 1955, but was very shy and weak-willed, always being pushed around by Biff Tannen and never sharing the stories because he feared rejection. But with support from his future son Marty, he eventually gains confidence, standing up against Biff and becoming a successful sci-fi writer in the "improved" 1985 at the end.
  • Roslyn from The Misfits is very caring towards other people. She's brooding and melancholic, yet she's not afraid to speak her mind whenever Gay, Guido or Perce have said or done something bad.
  • Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre is emotional and very reclusive and prefers to show his emotions through masks made of other peoples faces. He makes his emotions and feelings known through tangible constructs like bone furniture or clothes and masks made from people.

Literature

  • Harry Potter from Harry Potter has a strict moral code, strong sense of justice, and represents the embracement of strong values such as love (Fi). He is highly reckless and doesn't always think about the consequences when trying to save people (Se). His suspicion of Draco being a death eater without any evidence speaks of a higher Ni than in an inferior position. His inferior Te comes out in his little skill in organizing in plans, which he delegates to Hermione.

Live-Action TV

  • Helena from Orphan Black is very individualistic, emotional, although not outwardly so, and spontaneous.

Video Games

  • Makoto Naegi from Dangan Ronpa often lacks intuitive sense in the thick of investigations and relies more on factual evidence. He's withdrawn and often soft-spoken, and heavily relies on Byakuya and Kyoko's advancements to reach a conclusion.
  • Brandon 'Beyond the Grave' Heat from Gungrave, especially in the anime of the game, rarely speaks, but is very faithful to the people he loves and puts their happiness above all. He is also respectful to his superiors and his friends; even if their orders and acts upset him, he just rolls with it (most of the time). Unfortunately, he tends to bring his friends' welfare into consideration when acting, which makes him a bad decision-maker.

Western Animation

  • Soos Ramirez from Gravity Falls is easy-going, fun, empathetic, and naive. He has a very "go-with-the-flow" way of living and acting, likes to stay observing and helping out on the sidelines of a mystery, and is quick to react and give odd bits of wisdom to the other characters when needed.
  • Fluttershy from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is quiet, sometimes oversensitive, and peaceful in and aware of her current surroundings as a massive nature and animal lover. She is non-confrontational and passive to a fault (unless someone is in danger), avoidant of conflict, and doesn't feel the need to force her values on others.
  • Amethyst from Steven Universe is an ISFP because she likes focusing on relaxing and not as social as Steven. She perfer live with a carefree attitude to life in general and always react to her gut feeling.

ESFP (Performer)

ESFP Performers are the most fun-loving of all the types and excel at delighting others with their artistry and humor. They continually seek stimulating experiences with those around them. Performers dislike being alone, which is seldom a problem because they naturally attract the attention of other people. They live in the fast lane, keeping abreast of the latest trends. They are drawn to sensory pleasure, sometimes without thought for the consequences. Though Performers are more subject to temptation than the other types, their zest for enjoying life is mostly a healthy pursuit. Incurable optimists, they are team players and generous to a fault. They live in the moment and trust that tomorrow will take care of itself.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail is a hot-blooded goofball and he only thing he loves more than the rush of a good fight is his guildmates, for whom he would move mountains.
  • Monkey D Luffy from One Piece is very absorbed in the moment and he’ll throw himself (and his crew) into dangerous situations just for the thrill of it. He has unshakable morals, though he could care less how others view him. Despite his reckless behavior, he is fiercely determined to be the Pirate King.

Film

  • Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove, although having a rather klutzy demeanor and being an incompetent right-hand man to Yzma, is a general nice man, good with children and passionate about his cooking.
  • Anakin Skywalker from the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy cares deeply about his friends and loved ones, particularly Padme, but he let his fears for her safety overwhelm him, falling to the Dark Side and becoming the cold, controlling ISTJ Darth Vader.
  • Park Gang-du from The Host is a clumsy, impulsive man who hardly ever thinks before acting, despite having occasional moments of brilliance. He occasionally disrespects his father and is clueless about being a good parent to his daughter, but is defined by his love for his family, especially for his daughter.

Live-Action TV

  • Friends:
    • Joey Tribbiani is dim, but manages to exceed in every aspect of life - women are attracted to his easygoing nature and he makes an impressive living (eventually) as a soap star. He is emotionally-driven as shown by how much he cares about his friends, particularly Chandler and Rachel.
    • Rachel Green starts out as a spoiled brat, but soon learns the ways of the world. She is friendly and enthusiastic, and makes the lives of her friends cheerful and never boring. She operates on impulsive, such as when she drunkenly married Ross.
  • Felix Dawkins from Orphan Black is artsy and impulsive, enjoying being with people and having fun with sex and drugs. He is also rather emotional and would do anything to protect those close to him.
  • Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation lives in the moment and doesn't always think things through. He's not the smartest person around but he is a loyal friend.

Video Games

  • Pit from Kid Icarus is a huge optimist, almost hopelessly so, and very fond of cracking jokes, even as he fights monsters shooting beams of death at him (though said monsters are usually snarking back at him). He is hotblooded and doesn't really think things through much of the time, except when he really has to, relying on Palutena mostly for advice. It is also implied that he doesn't take being alone well. He is definitely emotionally-driven more than logically, and this manifests the best in his Undying Loyalty to Palutena.
  • Life is Strange:
    • Chloe Price lives completely in the moment and is driven almost entirely by her own emotions and whims. She revels in self-indulgent (and often self-destructive) pleasures like cigarettes, weed, drinking and sex. She's curious, playful and uninhibited, and her friend Max observes that being around Chloe makes her want to do things she'd almost never do otherwise. She's also very emotional and dramatic, and she doesn't bother to hide it when she doesn't like someone.
    • Nathan Prescott is highly impulsive, reactive and driven by his (very volatile) emotions, although it's not clear how much his mental illness influences this. He also seems to have a strong artistic bent.
  • Your rival/best friend, AKA Barry, from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (and Platinum). Hyperactive and driven by his goal to become champion, how he's going to get there aside, he's constantly going at top speed and running headfirst into something, including people, and especially you. He thinks at a hundred miles per hour and his short-term focus is constantly jumping everywhere, randomly noticing things like your new laptop or a tourist head-in-a-hole board out of the corner of his eye and running up to it mid-conversation and running everywhere, with his energy especially standing out due to the mellow tone of the Sinnoh region and most of its inhabitants. He and the player have even seemingly made an in-joke of his impatience prior to the events of the game involving impossibly expensive fines. Once he gets an idea he'll keep charging at it, and if he wants you along you'll be doing it with him, whether you like it or not. He doesn't see rules as that huge a priority, best shown when he decides to walk in the tall grass and before that, thinks of catching the legendary guardian of Lake Verity, despite being told it was best not to and both of you not having a single Pokémon at the time. However, he can be hard on himself if he feels like he'd failed someone, as shown by his Heroic B.S.O.D. when he and the player fail to stop the bombing of Lake Valor and the subsequent capture of Azelf, and when he fights Team Galactic with you he goes in purely because of the kindness of his heart. Even as he competes with you he's a very supportive friend willing to fight alongside and lend a hand to you whenever needed.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon has Hau, your Malasada-obsessed, laid-back sort-of-rival and overall friend. While he's much calmer than Barry, he's just as happy and optimistic, if not even more so. It's pretty much impossible to get this kid down in any circumstance, even after losing a battle. Despite his status as the grandson of a Kahuna, he's extremely friendly to you from the very start and whoever he meets, treating everyone with the same respect and kindness. He also is not as oblivious as he seems, being shown to have a surprisingly good grasp of how others are feeling at any given moment.
  • Wheatley from Portal is a gregarious, talkative personality core, who often lets his emotions get the best of him. He loves feeling important and the thing he absolutely does not handle well is being underappriciated.
  • Papyrus from Undertale is an excitable individual whose primary motivation of joining the Royal Guard is to make friends. He cares deeply for the protagonist deep inside, never even going so far as to cause them harm, and even if said protagonist would choose to destroy everything, he still maintains that there is still good inside even while he dies.

Web Original

  • RWBY
    • Ruby Rose is a bit shy initially, but she enjoys making and having friends almost as much as she enjoys fighting. She loves the rush of battle as much as her big sister Yang, and she is fascinated by weapons. She has a tendency to be impulsive, and tries her best to keep harmony within her group, though she is capable of making independent decisions.
    • Yang Xiao Long is the brawny, gregarious party girl of the eponymous team, and is literally powered by intense emotions, sometimes to her detriment when she is too blinded by rage to think clearly.

Western Animation

  • Bolin from The Legend of Korra knows how to work a crowd and can act like a real movie star. He often chooses comfort and fun over long-term goals but is very committed to his values and morals.
  • Ms. Frizzle of The Magic School Bus. She lives for the moment and loves to immerse all of her senses in an experience. She is also very skilled at provoking just the response she desires from her class, and can herself chew the scenery one moment, and be unnervingly calm the next, even in the face of danger.
  • Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a party dude who lives life to fullest and loves having fun, pizza, showing off, entertaining others, and pizza.

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