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Guardians are practical and frugal types. They share certain core values, among them the belief in a strong work ethic, the need for people and institutions to be responsible, the importance of following the rules and of serving one's community. Guardians value experience, and they seek a tangible return on their investments. Believing in common sense, they are not attracted to idle speculation. They are the glue of civilization, maintaining and nurturing institutions that have been established by the dint of hard work. They tend to be conventional and cooperative in their work, wanting to make sure everybody gets what they deserve, no more and no less. They follow the rules and conventions of their cohort or group and expect others to as well.

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Interests: In their education and careers, Guardians' primary interest is business and commerce, with an eye toward practical applications in managing material things. They are preoccupied with maintaining the morality of their group.

Orientation: Guardians have a strong sense of duty. They forgo the pleasures of the moment to prepare for unseen eventualities. They regard past events with a sense of resignation. They guard against the corruption of outside influences, and look to past experiences to guide their present choices.

Values: Guardians are concerned about the well-being of people and institutions that they hold dear. They trust authority and seek security. They strive for a sense of belonging and want to be appreciated for their contributions. They aspire to become executives, whether by managing their own households or by running a multinational corporation.

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Social roles: In romantic relationships, Guardians regard themselves as helpmates, working together with their spouse to establish a secure home. As parents, they focus on raising their children to become productive and law-abiding citizens. In business and social situations, they are stabilizers, establishing procedures and ensuring that the material needs of the group are met.


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ISTJ (Inspector)

ISTJ Inspectors are careful and thorough in examining people and institutions. They are decisive in practical affairs. These sentinels of institutions are perhaps best described as dependable: Inspectors are people of their word, intent on preserving social and family values. At home and at work, Inspectors reliably examine the people and products that fall under their tutelage — unobtrusively ensuring uniform quality and demanding that certain standards of conduct are maintained.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Attack on Titan
    • Levi is a lone wolf in every sense of the word, performing poorly in a group and doing his best when he's allowed to be in charge. Extremely efficient and orderly and has a low tolerance for nonsense, but readily admits his faults. He has speech very blunt and to-the-point, as well as a sharp tongue, and lacks social graces - many people fail to understand him, thus misconstruing his behavior as heartlessness. Levi is extremely loyal, notably to Erwin, the only person he does trust, because Erwin has proven his dependability and efficiency where it counts.
    • Mikasa Ackerman, though shy and carefree as a child, is steadfast and hard to approach. She is blunt and rather stoic, but far more free with her emotions than Levi and is often taken by anger when others get in her way. Also loyal to a fault, often placing herself in danger against all better sense.
  • Gwendal von Voltaire of Kyo Kara Maoh!. Stoic, stern and private, he's the first to admonish his young, newly-crowned king for his flightiness and unwillingness to do the day-to-day work of running the kingdom...and the first to take on those duties himself, because someone has to. His dour demeanor is a result of his feeling keenly the responsibilities left to him of defending his kingdom and his people, as well as being the oldest brother and de-facto parental figure of the family due to their mother's flightiness.
  • Naruto
    • Neji Hyuuga: sticks out like a sore thumb in a team full of extroverted feelers, given his guarded demeanour and more pragmatic mindset. His intense grudge against Hinata at the start of the series and related inability to let go of his past (not without reason) also smack of an ISTJ's dominant Si.
    • Yamato: a very obvious example of the type, being a strict and practical leader with a preference for careful planning and adherence to mission protocol, while being fairly reserved off-duty.
  • Jouji Saiga from Psycho-Pass, a criminal profiling expert who isolates himself from society and lives an old-fashioned lifestyle in an old-fashioned house because he doesn't like the current society and how it's run by the Sibyl System. He is a proud repository of knowledge, and he had risked his traditional and old-fashioned lifestyle to help a student of his catch a psychopathic criminal mastermind.

Comic Books

  • Judge Dredd cares first and foremost about upholding the law, and is rather stringent about punishing even petty crimes regardless of alignment or social standing. He also keeps a watchful eye over Mega City One, where he always lived, against external threats that plague the city alongside the internal crime and corruption.

Film

  • Elsa from Frozen is an ISTJ who is stuck in a Si-Fi loop for most of the time in the film. She is crippled by the fear of the future of hurting her sister or anyone else (inferior Ne), lets her past define her greatly, and subscribes to the same routine of isolating herself after running away from Arendelle (dominant Si). While dutiful and protective of her sister, she is straight to the point when disapproving Anna's decision of getting married (extraverted thinking).
  • Dr. Meade from Gone with the Wind is Atlanta's foremost doctor, an intelligent, introverted man who is highly traditionalistic.
  • Lieutenant Saavik of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is very dutiful, preferring to act "by the book", complying with Starfleet regulations rather than bending them the way Kirk does.
  • Darth Vader from Star Wars takes in orders and executes them in addition to issuing orders and expects high standards from those under his command, showing him to be a higher Te type. Furthermore, he is methodical and thorough in his methods when searching for information. His battle tactics are based on past experiences or techniques that worked in the past (Si) rather than adapting them in the current environment (Se).
  • Tomorrowland 's Athena is a stoic, responsible girl. She is always looking out for those around her, but in such a way that it come off as more her duty than because she cares. She's not much of a planner, but is very efficient at following orders.
  • Sergeant Joseph R. Craig from 1963's The Victors is a practical, rough-edged man who's just trying to keep his troops together and puts on a brave, stoic face to set an example to his men. This is despite the fact that he sometimes lets his temper get to him and is trying to move past his life as a burglar.

Literature

  • Harry Potter:
    • Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter is strict and traditional about teaching and students' behavior, but her introversion hides a softer side.
    • Severus Snape constantly compares his past sensory impressions and experiences in assessing current situations and in making decisions (Si). His past sensory impressions colors his perceptions in the present such as comparing Harry Potter to be very similar in personality to his father, James Potter, based on their visual resemblance (Si-Fi loop). For example, Harry is thought by Snape to be an arrogant spoiled boy who disregards the rules because of his place above them, despite Harry being the opposite and disregarding the rules not from arrogance but for the sake of saving people from a threat. Furthermore, Snape is direct and logical in approach when interacting with students and teachers without much consideration of their reactions and feelings (Te). He is also able to invent new potion methods that are more effective than accepted established methods that work (Ne), which shows his firm grasp over his inferior function.
    • Neville Longbottom is loyal, caring, and much braver than he thinks. He stands up for his friends and is kind to almost everyone.
    • Hermione is introverted to the point of alienation in the first book. She makes decisions based on her extensive reading and observational skills, is highly intelligent and thoughtful, and tellingly gives Harry a homework calendar for Christmas.
  • Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games — Her Si-dom enables her to assess information and even trauma with flawless detail. Sentimentality is not her forte (Fi-ter) and prefers to act on survival, producing rapid solutions in the process (Te-aux). Her inferior Ne shows when she has great fear towards the future (such as her reluctance to start a family of her own, justified by the world she lives in) and her difficulty to look at the bigger picture, as Peeta would say she has no idea how her actions would have tremendous effect towards others and everything around her.

Live-Action TV

  • Siobhan Sadler of Orphan Black is down-to-earth, practical, sometimes blunt, and acts to protect her loved ones, even if they might not agree.

Video Games

  • Ace Attorney:
    • Adrian Andrews: She is known by others as a very thorough person, making sure that everything is organized and planned out, whether it would be arrangements for events and meetings or just making sure every exhibit in a museum is in place. She can, however, be very harsh towards herself, which showed when she kept on unreasonably blaming herself (even when it wasn't her fault) when a thief managed to get past security and steal a very important treasure that belonged in an exhibit.
    • Shelly de Killer: With the appearance of a gentleman, he is a calm and devious assassin who does his job very efficiently and takes it very seriously. Trust between him and the client is something he holds high in his values, and when that trust is broken, he will stop at nothing to kill his unfaithful client.
    • Gregory Edgeworth: A lawyer who is well-known for his abilities as a defense attorney, Gregory always approaches his job in a calm, rational, and no-nonsense manner. He values the mutual trust between him and his client, and he is always devoted into proving them innocent if he believes they are. What is most important is his strong sense of integrity, which is shown when he called Manfred von Karma out for falsifying evidence and forcing testimony, resulting in von Karma getting a penalty in his perfect record and Gregory being murdered afterwards. Not only was he a prestigious attorney, but also a caring father, who would often think about his son Miles, and he influenced Miles into studying law and becoming who he is now.
    • Miles Edgeworth: A prosecutor who's always seeking the truth in any case he takes on. A reserved and rational man, he uses his power of logic and deduction to solve crimes and find the true culprit. He is also known to show a faithful side towards his friends and subordinates, most noticeably Phoenix Wright. Edgeworth has helped Wright in several troublesome cases Wright had to tackle, and when Wright was fired for involuntarily forging evidence, Edgeworth was the one who fought and got his job and badge back because of his strong sense of gratitude towards Wright for pointing him in the right direction as a prosecutor and as a person.
    "It doesn't matter how many underhanded tricks a person uses... The truth will always find a way to make itself known. The only thing we can do is to fight with the knowledge we hold and everything we have. Erasing the paradoxes one by one... It's never easy... We claw and scratch for every inch. But we will always eventually reach that one single truth. This I promise you. "
  • Cullen from Dragon Age is dependable, reserved, hardworking, serious, logical, pragmatic, realistic, responsible, works best with schedule and order, and deals in facts. He's able to make decisions by considering facts and practicality rather than emotion. He sets a goal and works towards it steadily and dutifully. He does have some deep feelings, but you can feel things and still be a thinker. They're not emotionless robots. When it comes down to it, he makes decisions with his head, not his heart.
  • Bunji Kugashira from Gungrave, especially in the anime of the game. He is very loyal to the organization's rules and always honors the promises he has made. He detests those who go against the rules and will deal with the rule-breakers by himself, no matter what it takes. He prefers working alone, but it is rarely a problem to him as he always comes fully prepared.
  • Agent 47 from Hitman: Blood Money. He is very introverted almost to the point of being autistic, but his rigid training regimen force fed him knowledge about social cues. 47 is strategic and can improvise on the fly but mostly he falls back on his extensive training. He holds himself to an absolute standard case in point his moniker as a Silent Assassin his attire and his choice of weapons . If you call on his services nothing will stop him so you better be sure when you call the Agency.
  • Knuckles the Echidna, introduced in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, is a rather dutiful sort, caring only for his responsibility for, and clan's tradition to, protect the Master Emerald.

Western Animation

  • Hank Hill from King of the Hill is a man who is dedicated to work, often to the point that others can rely on him at times. He has a fairly traditionalist outlook and is slow to change, and although he is a loving family man he struggles to convey his emotions, maintaining a stoic expression until push comes to shove.
  • Tenzin from The Legend of Korra is more traditional than spiritual. He takes rules seriously and is protective of his family. Ironically, despite being a spiritual leader, his attempts to travel to the spiritual world via astral projection had often failed due to the fact that he tries too hard to enter it (i.e setting up very elaborate rituals and the like).
  • Pearl from Steven Universe is private and reacts to how she feels about the situation she's in. She speaks, thinks and acts logically, making her a good asset to the team. Her inferior Ne shows when she fails to understand human customs up to questioning Rose's decisions (such as deciding to sacrifice her gem to pave way to Steven's birth), showcasing her difficulty to change and looking forward towards the future.

ESTJ (Supervisor)

ESTJ Supervisors are civic-minded individuals who dedicate themselves to maintaining the institutions behind a smooth-running society. Supervisors are very practical, with a good eye for detail and a flair for setting up logical systems. They often rise to positions of leadership in service organizations and in their careers, defending the values of the groups to which they belong. Supervisors are strong believers in rules and procedures, and they prefer tried methods to experimental ones.

    Examples 

Film

Literature

  • Harry Potter:
    • Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter was shown by her love of leadership and many harsh rules. Her uptight, lawful personality is common in this type, efficient yet an unhealthy example. Her healthy counterpart would be Minerva McGonagall.
    • Hermione Granger. Considering her attentive to details and frequently referencing past information she's read. Referencing traditional methods such as the standard potions book instead of Harry's Half Blood Prince book also supports her being a Si thinker. Since organization comes to her easily considering she could tackle and schedule multiple classes and frequently taking leadership in planning schemes with Harry (ISFP) and Ron (ESFP). Hermione's ability to piece together information such as Lupin was a werewolf supports the idea that her Ne is higher up than an ISTJ's Ne.

Live-Action TV

  • Commander (later Admiral) William Adama from Battlestar Galactica (2003) is stern, dignified, and always knows what to do in a tough situation (dominant Te). He tends to stick to tactics and methods that have been shown to work (auxiliary Si), although he's open to new ideas (tertiary Ne), and can have difficulty processing how he feels about a situation (inferior Fi).
  • Monica Geller from Friends is outspoken, blunt, clear-cut, and organized to a fault. She is a romantic train wreck because she has trouble understanding other people's emotions and is insecure to her former obesity. Her motherly demeanor helps keep the group together.
  • Orphan Black's Beth Childs acted quickly and was down to earth and practical in her knowledge, although didn't 100% understand her emotions, which eventually led to her killing herself. Her partner, Art Bell, is similar in this regard, as is his new partner, Angela Deangelis.
  • Takeru Shiba from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger is The Leader of The team yet he is quite harsh and tactless at first. But He is very organized and effective Genius Bruiser in the team. He is experienced, strict and quite dedicated with his job to get rid the Gedoushu. It is also shown beside how serious he is. He can be a caring leader despite his harsh method, but he try to hide it.
  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation is diplomatic, forceful when needed, well-educated, and thoughtful. Furthermore, unlike most naval captains shown in drama, particularly his fellow Starfleet captains, he is frequently found in his personal office (Captain's Ready Room) working on the mundane administrative duties of his rank.

Video Games

  • Kiyotaka Ishimaru of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is almost stereotypically ESTJ - his title of Ultimate Moral Compass betrays his love & strict observance of rules (dominant Te), coupled with a good memory and a fondness for nitpicking details from his auxiliary Si. He apparently finds it incredibly difficult to make friends, most likely due to his thoroughly underdeveloped Fi and brusque manner.
  • Caesar from Fallout: New Vegas is a fairly dark example. He created his Legion based around the martial ideals of Ancient Rome, fashions himself as a new Julius Caesar, and both defends the Legion and attacks the NCR through the use of plenty of historical examples, displaying a strong auxiliary Si that manifests as a nostalgia for a bygone era, and a solid working knowledge of what works and what doesn't. His dominant Te is reflected in both his valuing obedience and deference from his subjects (read: slaves) to himself and his ideology and his practical, no-nonsense approach to forming his empire and fighting the NCR e.g. rejecting most technology to get himself more stronger, self-reliant troops, but allowing a Howitzer to get an edge at Hoover Dam.
  • From The Walking Dead we have Kenny, a born leader who defines himself in large part as a family man. While protective of the children in his care, Kenny is probably the most willing of the group to engage in shooting the dog if he feels it needs to be done. With his dominant Te, Kenny acts for the most part as the goal setter and achiever of the group, while his auxiliary Si manifests in his desire to get his friends and family to safety, as well as a tendency to hold onto the past - and grudges - longer than he should. His tertiary Ne manifests in his ill thought out Indy Ploys, while his inferior Fi presents a strong moral centre, that nevertheless come across as tantrum throwing at the worst of times. As with many an ESTJ, Kenny has a tendency towards black and white thinking: while he's incredibly loyal towards those he deems his friends, he doesn't really tolerate disagreements too much, and has a hard time understanding the concerns of the people who disagree with his ideas.

Web Original

  • Weiss Schnee from RWBY is painfully by-the-book and a major stickler for the rules. She is a control freak and is elated to see how much organization and planning goes into major events. She has a strong sense of honour and duty towards her family, even if she does feel burdened by her lineage. She is quick to team up with people whom she believes will bring her an advantage.

Western Animation

  • Applejack from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a friendly community builder and extremely dedicated to her town, traditions, and loved ones. So dedicated that she is often stubborn with upholding her values, though is still practical, realistic, and affectionate.
  • Steven Universe: Yellow Diamond is a heavy Te user, from her frequent hand gestures to her business-like manner of speaking. Before anything else, she seems to weigh all things by their relative usefulness and values efficiency and expediency. She doesn’t really see the point in attachment out of pure sentimentality though she very much has it. Yellow is more an enforcer than a planner, in which it's implied that she leaves much of the long-term planning to her underlings ("an army has a use, they can go and fight a war/a Sapphire has a use, she can tell you what it’s for!") - something that would speak of really low rather than high Ni, and she doesn’t really display curiosity for its own sake at any point, neither during the trial nor when she shoots down Peridot's alternate plan without even listening to it. She’s pragmatic, action-oriented and won’t listen to "far-fetched" talk; an overall zero patience for bullshit. When trying to convince Blue Diamond to stop moping and do her job, Yellow simply argues that its their duty as Diamonds and that the system needs its leaders to function. Though Yellow is one of Homeworld’s rulers and surely has the bossy attitude to match, she just performs her role like everyone else and upholds the system. In general, Yellow Diamond is the opposite of Blue Diamond (INFP) on the Fi/Te axis.

ISFJ (Protector)

ISFJ Protectors are greatly concerned with the security of others, and they often find assisting the downtrodden or people with disabilities to be satisfying. Protectors also find personal fulfillment in ensuring the safety of others and may be attracted to jobs that enable them to do this as medical practitioners or insurance agents. Protectors are also quite skilled at executing routines, and this enables them to be skillful in jobs that require conservation skills, such as curators or police officers. Protectors are thorough, frugal and they abhor the squandering of material resources.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Tony Tony Chopper from One Piece is diligent and hard-working in his studies as a doctor. A huge part of what fuels his dream is because he wants to help people. Sometimes he can be gullible and have a hard time viewing others critically.
  • Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon is shy and quiet, but very gentle and easily affected by what others think of her. She loves using her knowledge to help others, and is a loyal friend who rarely makes waves within the group.

Comic Books

  • Donald Duck. He's ever dutiful and extremely over-protective toward his nephews. He doesn't like trying anything new until he's thoroughly investigated it, and falls back on several familiar habits because they're "safe," even if they're not profitable or practical. He's very good at playing both parents to his nephews despite his bad luck in the job market. And he acts as the one who keeps Scrooge McDuck grounded during their adventures.

Film

  • Chewbacca from Star Wars is on a life debt to Han Solo, and as such has sworn to protect him for life. He also expresses a fondness to whoever he has worked close with.
  • Ram from TRON. As fitting with the "safety of others," he actually is insurance software, and took great satisfaction in helping humans plan for their future needs, which is why he refused to sign up with Master Control. He's also the one who gives Crom and Flynn as much reassurance and information as he can, given the circumstances of their captivity, and smooths over what could have been a massive diplomatic faux pas on Flynn's part. Even when the poor fellow is mortally wounded, his Last Request is that Flynn help out Tron.

Literature

  • Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter is loyal, caring, and much braver than he thinks. He stands up for his friends and is kind to almost everyone.
  • Sam Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings has a protective, loyal nature. He is a dedicated sidekick who would do anything for his friends.

Live-Action TV

  • Sam Winchester from Supernatural proves himself to be a protector early on in the series. His loyalty to Dean, his faith, and himself might have gotten him into trouble, but ultimately he believes in protecting the greater good, and his brother, above all else. His gentleness and kindness are evident in all of his choices. He feels best about himself when he is able to help the less fortunate and people others may never give a second chance to.

Video Games

  • Luigi of Super Mario Bros. fame is often depicted as the meeker brother who is often overshadowed by Mario. That being said, he'll do anything to protect the mushroom kingdom and help his older brother in any way he can, even if it means facing his fears head-on.
  • Toriel from Undertale is the former queen of the monsters who left her husband, King Asgore, after being upset about the lengths he was going to break the seal and ensure his kingdom returns to the surface. As such, when a human child falls into the chasm, she takes them under her wing, and after having a few of them die after running off, she employed whatever methods necessary to make sure it doesn't happen again with the protagonist.

Web Original

  • Pyrrha Nikos from RWBY is polite, composed and selfless, and she tends to be formal, even with people she knows well. She is unquestioningly faithful to those she cares about, and always willing to forgive when she's been wronged.

Western Animation

  • Unalaq from The Legend of Korra is devoted to tradition and his spiritual beliefs. Although he can be cold, even toward his own children, he views the world through a black-and-white, values-focused lens.
    • Zhu Li Moon also qualifies, being quiet, dutiful, hard-working and extremely devoted/loyal to Varrick, taking her job very seriously and skillfully avoiding the spotlight. She is a very private individual who has been shown to bottle up her emotions until they get the better of her, and up until that moment, she often lets others walk all over her, most notably her boss. Though calm and practical, she is sensitive to the needs of others, as she has very frequently and consistently been shown to know exactly what Varrick wants her to do despite his vague instructions.

ESFJ (Provider)

ESFJ Providers are greatly concerned with the health and welfare of those under their care, and they are the nurturers of established social institutions such as businesses, churches, social clubs, and schools. Providers are the most sociable of the Guardians and they strive to provide friendly social service. They spend a lot of their energy making sure social functions are successful, traditions are upheld, and the needs of others are met.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter from all versions of Sailor Moon is friendly, outspoken, optimistic, good at domestic work, and protective of her loved ones. She deeply wishes to be accepted by others, and resents being different from other girls.

Film

  • Finn from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is an ex-Stormtrooper who defected from the First Order. While he initially wants to get as far away from conflict, he still has the strong desire to do what is right and help others, which is how he improvises his plan to save Rey.
  • Officer Judy Hopps from Zootopia is extremely empathetic, compassionate and protective (Fe), and wants to make a career of these traits. She has an eidetic memory and relies much more on past precedent to guide her than she does on her gut instinct (Si).
  • Sgt. Hans Schultz from Hogan's Heroes. He's warm and nurturing (Fe), with a healthy respect for tradition and regulations (Si).

Literature

  • Hagrid from Harry Potter is protective of Harry and his own pets, and forms lasting bonds. He is kind and emotional, sometimes ignoring reason for the sake of his animals.

Live-Action TV

  • Alison Hendrix from Orphan Black is caring and emotional, sometimes to the point of irrationality and rather detail-oriented.

Theatre

  • Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman is a tragic example. The play's central conflict actually revolves around his inability to be a good Provider. His company doesn't need him, his sons don't respect him, and he no longer has any pride in his work or his family. This environment in so caustic to him that he escapes it by daydreaming of the good ol' days (when he was, in his eyes, a good Provider) to the point where he can't discern fantasy from reality anymore. Most of his pain comes from attempting to emulate his Artisan brother, Ben.

Video Games

  • Codsworth from Fallout 4 is people and service oriented and places great value on family despite being a robot butler. He also likes when the Sole Survivor speaks fondly of the past. To combat the depression of being isolated for two centuries, he adhered to his routines the entire time.

Western Animation

  • Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender is caring and motherly, and tries to help everyone she can. She resists change but warms up to new friends quickly.
  • Marge Simpson from The Simpsons is the stereotypical housewife and epitome of absolute ESFJ to the nth degree. Marge is very concerned about social standing and her family's well being. She doesn't like chaos or unresolved conflicts to mire life. Traditional to a fault but what she lacks in natural openness she has in abundance a genuine sense of caring and shared affinity.

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