A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Disney villain you would be based on your Myers-Briggs® personality type. Since then I’ve received dozens of requests to do the same article but with a focus on the nine Enneagram types.
Table of contents
- You might be wondering, what is the Enneagram?
- Enneagram 1 – The Reformer
- Enneagram 2 – The Helper
- Enneagram 3 – The Achiever
- Enneagram 4 – The Individualist
- Enneagram 5 – Maestro Forte
- Enneagram 6 – The Loyalist
- Enneagram 7 – The Enthusiast
- Enneagram 8 – The Challenger
- Enneagram 9 – The Peacemaker
- What Are Your Thoughts?
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes
You might be wondering, what is the Enneagram?
If you’d like to get an in-depth look at what the Enneagram is you can check out my article on the subject. Essentially, the Enneagram is a nine-pointed figure that symbolizes nine different personality types. These personality types each have a core fear, a core desire, and a lost childhood message. These fears, desires, and lost messages propel them through life in different ways and, until they can find maturity, wholeness, and balance, they can end up in self-defeating spirals.
When it comes to Disney villains, many are one-dimensional and highly exaggerated. Often they are sociopathic in some way. Because of this, I urge you to take these typings with a grain of salt. If you are an Enneagram Three, for example, you’re not going to be just like Ursula the sea witch. But this article can be a fun exercise for those Disney fans among us at spotting the absolutely unhealthiest version of each Enneatype in Disney form.
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Enneagram 1 – The Reformer
The Disney villain with this Enneagram type is Judge Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Enneagram Ones are conscientious, principled, and purposeful. They want to improve the world and make it a better place. They often feel driven towards a cause or mission and strive to be righteous, correct, and good. Their core fear is that they are somehow evil or defective in some way and so they strive to combat this fear through right action and ethical living.
Frollo embodies the Enneagram One at its absolute worst. Not only is he a murderer, but he projects his own darkness onto those around him and becomes a tyrannical ruler in an attempt to create the ideal society.
Like most unhealthy Enneagram Ones, Frollo is rigid, judgmental, and self-righteous. He is consumed by his own need to be pure and clean and perfect, and anytime someone tempts him or seems to be outside his code of “righteous” conduct, he betrays or destroys them.
Frollo is unable to see the good in anyone – except for himself. He is a zealot who is intolerant of any imperfection, and his self-imposed mission drives him to shocking acts of cruelty. In one poignant scene, he struggles to understand his desire for Esmerelda, the gypsy girl, and in his confusion, he tries to capture her and even shows delight when she is nearly killed. No matter how he persecutes the gypsies, he still believes himself to be a righteous person. He even declares himself to be much purer than the “common vulgar, weak, licentious crowd” and he believes that all his actions are coming directly from God himself.
Average to healthy Enneagram Ones will look nothing like Judge Claude Frollo. Healthy Ones are accepting, wise, and discerning. While they want to improve the world, they don’t do it through force or self-righteous indignation.
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Enneagram 2 – The Helper
It was incredibly difficult to find a villain with the Two Enneagram type. After searching through every obscure villain I could think of I settled on Mother Gothel from Tangled. There’s an argument to be made for Enneatype Two or Three for her, but she displays some very unhealthy Two-ish behavior, and that’s what we’ll focus on for the sake of an example in this article.
Mother Gothel embodies what some would call the One-to-One subtype of the Two. These Twos, at average to unhealthy levels, have a driving need to seduce others as a way to get their needs met. This unhealthy version of this Two has a desire for power and control and tries to feel important and attractive in order to feed their pride. Gothel is a prime example of this; she is known to flaunt her beauty and appearance in order to feel worthwhile and gain attention from men. She has a gift for manipulation; manipulating Rapunzel and the Stabbington brothers in order to maintain control of the magical golden flower that can give her eternal youth.
Even though Mother Gothel is a reprehensible person, she’s not completely without humanity. Rather than locking Rapunzel up in a cell and only using her golden hair when needed, she does try to provide her with some simple pleasures. She gives her a room of her own, teaches her how to sing and brush her hair, and even provides her with pretty dresses to wear. She wants Rapunzel to feel indebted to her; to need her. She poses as a kind, overprotective mother that is doing whatever she can to protect Rapunzel from the treacherous world outside her tower. She also tends to play the martyr, blaming Rapunzel for any unfortunate event that befalls her. She seems to get joy out of feeding Rapunzel’s dependence on her. She makes her favorite meals, and gives her other small tokens of affection in order to be seen in a positive light by Rapunzel and keep her happily entrapped in the tower.
Average to healthy Twos will be a far cry from what Mother Gothel looks like. They are generous, sincere, and affectionate. They put a great deal of energy into their relationships and taking care of their loved ones, often giving more than they get.
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Enneagram 3 – The Achiever
Ursula the Sea Witch is my choice for the Enneagram Three villain. Enneagram Threes are known as The Achievers, and Ursula is the epitome of what an unhealthy Three looks like. Threes strive for success and want to be seen as successful by others. The more unhealthy they are, the more they are preoccupied with what other people think of them. They have a need to be the best and to be recognized for their accomplishments.
Ursula is obsessed with being beautiful, powerful, and successful. She wants to be respected and feared by all who cross her path. She’s also a shrewd manipulator. She strikes deals with lovesick or otherwise unfortunate merfolk by promising them that she can make their dreams come true. Yet all her contracts are designed to be impossible, and she uses them to advance her own ambitions and desires for power. Unhealthy Threes, like Ursula, are not afraid to exploit others to climb the ladder towards success. They may betray people who counted on them as friends or advisors, especially if they see nothing material they can gain from the friendship.
Healthy Threes are vastly different from what you’ll see in Ursula the sea witch. They are authentic, purposeful, and inspiring. They strive to be as honest as possible in their interactions and encourage the people around them to achieve their biggest dreams.
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Enneagram 4 – The Individualist
My choice for the Enneagram 4 villain is Scar from The Lion King. Enneagram Fours are known as The Individualists. They are creative, unique, and expressive. They strive to have a sense of identity and often feel misunderstood.
Scar is fully aware of his own uniqueness and takes pride in it. He’s also very creative, coming up with a devious plan to kill both Mufasa and Simba so that he can take over as king. He’s expressive, often using dramatic hand gestures and language when he’s trying to make a point. Beneath his devious outer demeanor, Scar suffers from a sense of inferiority and shame. He feels that he was passed over in the gene pool when it came to brute strength. Yet he prides himself on his intelligence and dreams of the day people will see him for the “wonder” he truly believes he can be.
As an unhealthy Four, Scar is sensitive to any form of criticism and is prone to bouts of insecurity and self-absorption. He has a self-indulgent, envious air to him throughout the entire film and believes he has been treated unfairly. Thus he broods and despairs and dreams of the day he will finally have his chance to prove he is a true king at heart. Unhealthy Fours are often plagued by similar feelings of insecurity, shame, and envy. They often have an idealized version of themselves they want people to see, but they struggle to bring that idealized self to fruition.
Average to healthy Fours are very unlike Scar. Rather than being self-absorbed and envious, they are empathetic, intuitive, and gentle. They are often creative, bringing original thoughts and ideas into the world.
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Enneagram 5 – Maestro Forte
It was incredibly difficult to find an Enneagram Five villain. But eventually I landed on this more obscure villain, Maestro Forte from Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. Like all the villains here, Forte is an unhealthy Five (with a Four wing). Unlike the other enchanted servants from the Beast’s castle, Forte prefers being an enchanted object. He considers humanity to be overrated, and enjoys being a pipe organ because he feels more competent and useful that way. He feels that in his pipe organ form he can show the world his true genius and exhibit his most profound music. He spends most of his time composing a grand version of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
Unhealthy Fives tend to be scornful, tormented, and isolated. They are often afraid of venturing into the outside world because they fear they will never find their place or they will become overwhelmed. Maestro Forte embodies these characteristics well; going so far as desiring to be locked up to the castle and incapable of moving so that he can compose his piece and prove his competence.
Healthy Fives will look very different from Maestro Forte. They are curious and insightful, learning and experimenting with what they know. Joy is a major part of their life, and they strive to find joy through understanding, inventing, and broadening their minds.
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Enneagram 6 – The Loyalist
Dawn Bellwether from Zootopia is my Enneagram 6 villain. Enneagram Sixes are known as The Loyalists. Average to healthy Sixes are reliable and supportive and they often have a strong sense of duty and responsibility.
As the assistant mayor of Zootopia, Dawn Bellwether appears to be the ideal Enneagram Six. She’s loyal to her boss and does everything she can to support him. However, behind closed doors, Bellwether is scheming and manipulative. She’s constantly looking for ways to make prey animals the dominant and respected group in society. She’s skilled at creating an us vs. them mindset among her fellow prey animals, and justifying her ruthless decisions because she believes it will be better for the majority of the population. While she appears meek, anxious, and unsuspecting, she’s really willing to go to any evil lengths to achieve security and control. The Six has a core fear of lack of support, and this shows up in Dawn trying to find allies and rejecting anyone who thinks differently from her. Sixes also have a core desire for security and support, and Dawn seeks this by attempting to make prey animals the rulers of Zootopia.
Healthy Sixes are a far cry from Bellwether. They are courageous and trustworthy, often bringing people together rather than pitting them against each other. Faithful friends, they serve their communities and care about improving the world they live in. Yet like Bellwether, they are hard-working and dedicated.
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Enneagram 7 – The Enthusiast
Doctor Facilier from The Princess and the Frog is my choice for Enneagram Seven villain. Enneagram Sevens are known as The Enthusiasts. They are imaginative, optimistic, and always looking for new opportunities and experiences.
As the voodoo doctor in The Princess and the Frog, Facilier is charming and charismatic. He’s always surrounded by a cloud of mystery, which intrigues people and draws them to him. He’s a skilled con artist and is very good at seeing people’s desires and using that to his advantage. He promises his clients their heart’s desire, but in reality, he only wants to use them for his own gain. Unhealthy Sevens, like Facilier, are opportunistic and selfish, knowing how to take advantage of situations as they arise in order to get a thrill or attain more freedom.
Healthy Sevens are very different from Facilier. They are still imaginative and optimistic, but they don’t chase after pleasure selfishly. They balance their need for excitement with concern for their responsibilities and friendships. Passionate, engaging, and content, they enjoy life fully while still being able to walk away from unhealthy situations.
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Enneagram 8 – The Challenger
Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty is my Enneagram 8 villain. Enneagram Eights are known as The Challengers. They are strong, confident, and assertive. They have a strong sense of self and they’re not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Deep down, they fear being controlled by anyone and having their freedom and independence taken away.
As the evil fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is definitely a challenger. She’s fiercely independent and doesn’t take orders from anyone. She’s also very manipulative, using her powers to control those around her. She’s quick to anger and is often violent when she doesn’t get her way.
Healthy Eights are still strong and confident, but they’re not as domineering as Maleficent. They’re able to reign in their anger and use it to protect rather than persecute. Resourceful and decisive, they strive for a brighter future and are emotionally aware and empathetic.
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Enneagram 9 – The Peacemaker
Robert Callaghan or “Yokai” from Big Hero Six is my Enneagram 9 villain. Enneagram Nines are known as The Peacemakers. They are easy-going, insightful, and they long to have inner peace and wholeness.
As the head of the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Callaghan is a respected figure in the community. He’s a gifted scientist and he’s always looking for ways to help others and improve the world. However, his dark side comes to life when his daughter is trapped in a space between portals during an experiment by tech CEO Alistair Krei. Lost in despair, Callaghan turns to villainy and revenge-seeking as the villain “Yokai.” He becomes obsessed with finding a way to bring his daughter back to life and he’s willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to achieve his goal. He becomes so fixated on his goal that he loses touch with reality and the people he’s hurting along the way.
Healthy Nines are forgiving and compassionate. They see both sides of a situation and know how to create harmony from many disparate ways of thinking. Healers of emotional hurts, they strive to stay grounded and aligned with their values and sense of right and wrong.
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What Are Your Thoughts?
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