As a mother of five children, Pixar movies have been a welcome respite from the chaos of life for sixteen years of parenthood. Over the years of viewing these movies I’ve formulated my own ideas about the personality types of the characters and I’m excited to share them with you! Are you more of a Woody or a Lightning McQueen? Now you can find out!
Of course, as an MBTI® practitioner I can’t actually sit across from any of these animated characters and conduct a thorough type consultation. Because of that there is always an element of risk with these articles and I could be wrong. If you have an alternate perspective be sure to let me know in the comments!
Table of contents
- Here’s the Disney Pixar Character You’d Be, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type
- The ENFP – Barley Lightfoot (“Onward”)
- The ENTP – Flik (“A Bug’s Life”)
- The INFP – Luca Paguro (“Luca”)
- The INTP – Slim (“A Bug’s Life”)
- The ENFJ – Winston Deavor (“The Incredibles 2”)
- The ENTJ – Mike Wazowski (“Monsters, Inc.”)
- The INFJ – Sally Carrera (“Cars”)
- The INTJ – Gill (“Finding Nemo”)
- The ESFP – Miguel Rivera (“Coco”)
- The ESTP – Lightning McQueen (“Cars”)
- The ISFP – Remy (“Ratatouille”)
- The ISTP – Finn McMissile (“Cars 2”)
- The ESFJ – Woody (“Toy Story”)
- The ESTJ – Helen Parr “Elastigirl” (“The Incredibles”)
- The ISFJ – Ian Lightfoot (“Onward”)
- The ISTJ – Carl Fredricksen (“Up”)
- What Are Your Thoughts?
Estimated reading time: 15 minutes
Here’s the Disney Pixar Character You’d Be, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type
The ENFP – Barley Lightfoot (“Onward”)
“We are going on a grand and glorious quest!” – Barley Lightfoot
Imaginative and enthusiastic, Barley embodies the dreamer ENFP personality type. While his younger brother Ian is small, quiet, and shy, Barley is outgoing, gregarious, and adventurous. He embraces who he is even if other people smirk or scoff at it. While most others would have quickly given up on magic or other fantastical pursuits, Barley is unafraid to pursue his ideas. His sense of innovation and his belief in the unseen and unknown is part of what makes him such a fabulous ENFP icon.
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The ENTP – Flik (“A Bug’s Life”)
“You’re wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers! I’ve seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves *and* you. So-so who is the weaker species? Ants don’t serve grasshoppers! It’s *you* who need *us*! We’re a lot stronger than you say we are… And you know it, don’t you?” – Flik
A little bit clumsy but always good-intentioned, Flik is the ENTP who wants to raise his fellow ants out of subservience to grasshopers. He’s an inventor and a problem solver. He’s always coming up with new ideas, even if they don’t always work out perfectly. His tenacity and his willingness to stand up for what he believes in are two of the reasons why he he stands out from the rest of the ants. Like most ENTPs, he can see potential beyond the present moment and isn’t afraid to use unconventional methods to solve a problem.
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The INFP – Luca Paguro (“Luca”)
“I don’t know how to not think about something.” – Luca Paguro
Insatiably curious, Luca captures the struggle of many young INFPs who feel caged in by their surroundings. Luca is a sea creature who longs to explore the world above the waves. He’s imaginative and sensitive, often daydreaming about what life might be like outside of his small underwater town. When he finally gets the chance to venture into the world, he seizes it with both hands. His openness to new experiences and his desire for understanding drive him to take risks many of his species would avoid at all costs. But he must follow his heart, even if there are some risks and fears involved.
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The INTP – Slim (“A Bug’s Life”)
“Tra la la la la, spring is in the air, and I’m a flower, with nothing interesting to say.” – Slim
The INTP of the group, Slim is the resident philosopher and improviser. He’s curious about everything and his sardonic wit is often on display. Discontented with his life as a circus performer who always has to play dull parts, he longs for something that will stretch his talents more. Like many INTPs, Slim wants to be intellectually challenged and he hates being limited. When opportunity strikes he’s ready to change scene and do something new to see if it offers more room for imagination and challenge.
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The ENFJ – Winston Deavor (“The Incredibles 2”)
“If we want to change people’s perceptions about superheroes, we need you to share your perceptions with the world.” – Winston Deavor
A natural leader, Winston is a powerful business man and a true idealist. He believes that if Supers can come back into power the world can be a better place. Everything he works so hard to earn he uses to make the world a better place. While his suave, charming demeanor seems suspicious at first, ultimately he won’t do anything that goes against his values and his vision of a better future. Like many ENFJs, Winston is a driving force for good in the world and he knows how to get people on board with his causes.
The ENTJ – Mike Wazowski (“Monsters, Inc.”)
“Hey, good morning, Monstropolis. It’s now five after the hour of 6:00 A.M. in the big monster city. Temperature’s a balmy 65 degrees – which is good news for you reptiles – and it looks like it’s gonna be a perfect day to maybe, hey, just lie in bed, sleep in, or simply… WORK OUT THAT FLAB THAT’S HANGING OVER THE BED. Get up, Sulley.” – Mike Wazowski
Hard working and high-achieving, Mike Wazowski is the ENTJ of the Pixar world. He’s a go-getter with big dreams and he’s not afraid to put in the long hours to make them a reality. Competent and focused, he doesn’t stray from his overall goals and gets frustrated when a distraction in the form of a fun-loving giant blue monster and his pet toddler gets in his way. But although he might hate to admit it, Sulley is actually good for him. He forces Mike to see the fun in life, be open to new possibilities, and “smell the roses.” And in the end, Mike learns that there’s more to life than just achieving all the time.
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The INFJ – Sally Carrera (“Cars”)
“Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance. You have the chance!” – Sally Carrera
Sensitive and compassionate, Sally is the heart and soul of Radiator Springs. Driven to make Radiator Springs the place she’s envisioned, she sees in Lightning McQueen an opportunity that no one else sees. She knows he has the potential to not only rebuild her town but rebuild his own character. Like many INFJs, Sally is a natural counselor and she uses her gift to help those around her reach their potential. She’s wise beyond her years and always looks for the best in people – even when they can’t see it themselves.
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The INTJ – Gill (“Finding Nemo”)
“Fish aren’t meant to be in a box, kid. It does things to them.” – Gill, Finding Nemo
Gill, like most INTJs, is an individual with a plan. Nothing can stop Gill from strategizing his escape from the fish tank he’s trapped in. He was meant for bigger things! Like all INTJs, Gill craves freedom and will do anything to achieve his goals. He maps out a clear strategy for escape and makes every effort to organize all his fish pals in the best positions to get free. While other fish try to make peace with life in the tank, he is unwilling to get soft. Taking charge and commanding respect, he mobilizes his friends into action. Ultimately, he’s more concerned about the big picture (escape) than the details or feelings that might get in the way of his strategy.
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The ESFP – Miguel Rivera (“Coco”)
“Music’s the only thing that makes me happy.” – Miguel Rivera
Passionate and resourceful, Miguel will stop at nothing to make his dream of becoming a musician a reality. Even when his family tries to dim his love of music, he knows that he must be true to himself and his dreams. As he finds himself in the land of the dead, he learns that family is more important than anything else. He comes to realize that even though his ancestors might not approve of his musical dreams, they still love him and support him. Like many ESFPs, Miguel is a free spirit with a big heart. He loves life and lives it to the fullest.
The ESTP – Lightning McQueen (“Cars”)
“Okay, here we go Focus…Speed. I am speed. One winner, forty-two losers. I eat losers for breakfast. Breakfast? Maybe I should have had breakfast? Brekkie could be good for me. No, no, no, focus. Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am lightning.” – Lightning McQueen
Brazen and thrill-seeking, Lightning McQueen embodies the unhealthy ESTP in the beginning of his story. He lives for thrills and doesn’t often think through his decisions. But as the series progresses and he grows as an individual we see his more thoughtful and responsible side emerge. He becomes more aware of his impact on others and the world around him. While he’s still impulsive, he is able to use his ESTP qualities for good instead of for harm. He’s highly aware of his surroundings and knows how to be resourceful and think quickly in make-or-break situations.
The ISFP – Remy (“Ratatouille”)
“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.” – Remy
Although he’s a rat, Remy is one of the most lovable and relatable characters in all of Disney Pixar’s films. This is a rat who knows who he is and what he wants, and even though his family doesn’t understand his passion for cooking, he follows his heart. Remy is creative and expressive, and loves nothing more than to share his foodie art with the world. Like many ISFPs he’s attuned to his senses in a way that other types can only dream of. He prioritizes the flavors and smells of his life and knows that he needs to be true to himself to thrive.
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The ISTP – Finn McMissile (“Cars 2”)
“Now that’s how I like to start the day. You never feel more alive than when you’re almost dead.” – Finn McMissile
Master British spy Finn McMissile is the ISTP par excellence. He’s calm under pressure, quick-thinking, and always ready with a witty remark. Unfortunately he mistakes Tow Mater for an American spy which leads to hilarity and utter chaos. While he can be charming and debonair at first glance, Finn’s stealth maneuvering and ability to troubleshoot on the spot are what truly make him stand out as an ISTP.
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The ESFJ – Woody (“Toy Story”)
“I can’t stop Andy from growing up, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” – Woody
As the leader of Andy’s toys, Woody is the ultimate ESFJ. He’s kind-hearted, loyal, and frequently puts the needs of others before his own. He’s also a bit of a control freak and can be quite bossy at times. But he only wants what’s best for his friends and family. When Andy grows up and leaves his toys behind, Woody has a hard time accepting that change is inevitable. But he comes to realize that even though things might be different, he’ll always have a place in Andy’s heart. And that’s what truly matters.
The ESTJ – Helen Parr “Elastigirl” (“The Incredibles”)
“Settle down, are you kidding? I’m at the top of my game! I’m right up there with the big dogs! Girls, come on. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.” – Elastigirl
As the mom and wife of a super-powered family, Elastigirl has her hands full. But she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s determined to be competent, to solve problems quickly, and to be ready for whatever happens. She’s also an amazing planner and can think ten steps ahead of her enemies. In make or break situations Helen is decisive and in charge, managing multiple tasks simultaneously with ease.
The ISFJ – Ian Lightfoot (“Onward”)
“I think with a little bit of magic in your life you can do anything.” – Ian Lightfoot
Ian is a shy and gentle elf who just wants to do right by his family, have some friends, and make peace with who he is. When given the chance to bring his father back for one day, he jumps at the opportunity. Ian is an ISFJ through and through. He’s sensitive and warm-hearted, always looking out for the needs of others. He’s also a bit of a worrier and has a hard time taking risks. But when it comes to the people he loves, Ian will do anything to preserve their well-being.
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The ISTJ – Carl Fredricksen (“Up”)
“Hey, let’s play a game It’s called “See who can be quiet the longest.” – Carl Fredricksen
At first glance, Carl Fredricksen seems like a grumpy and cold-hearted old man. But beneath his gruff exterior is a kind and loyal friend. He’s the ISTJ who always follows through on his promises and takes his commitments very seriously. When Carl meets Ellie, he knows that she’s the one for him. Working hard as a balloon salesman, he does anything in his power to make her happy. Even after she’s gone, Carl continues to honor her memory by making the dangerous voyage to Paradise Falls.
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What Are Your Thoughts?
Did you enjoy this article? Do you have a favorite Pixar character that shares your personality type? Let us know in the comments!
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