As Marvel fans, my friends and I often love to debate who would win in a battle between two iconic characters. And while our debates are entertaining, they can also teach us a lot about ourselves.
That’s because, as it turns out, our favorite Marvel heroes and villains can in some ways reflect our own personalities. Sure, we may not be causing harm to innocent people or ruling the world with an iron fist, but we can definitely see aspects of our own personalities in these characters; sometimes in their humor, other times in their planning abilities.
Now, there are a lot of different personality types out there, and not all of them fit perfectly into the archetypes of Marvel villains. But using my knowledge as an MBTI® practitioner, I’m going to try my best to at least find a similar villain to each of the 16 personality types. As always, let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments!
Disclaimer: Many of the villains here are dealing with mental dysfunction and personality disorders. Take these typings as they are meant to be taken: as a bit of fun more than anything to apply to your own personal life.
So let’s get started!
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Table of contents
- Here’s the Marvel Villain You’d Be, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type
- The ENFP – Trevor Slattery (The Mandarin)
- The ENTP – Loki (Thor, The Avengers, Loki)
- The INFP – Wilson Fisk “Kingpin” (Daredevil)
- The INTP – Phineas Mason “Tinkerer” (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
- The ENFJ – Ego the Living Planet (Guardians of the Galaxy)
- The ENTJ – Hela (Thor: Ragnarok)
- The INFJ – Kaecilius (Doctor Strange)
- The INTJ – Thanos (Avengers: Infinity War)
- The ESFP – N’Jadaka/Eric Killmonger (Black Panther)
- The ESTP – The Grandmaster (Thor: Ragnarok)
- The ISFP – Max Dillon “Electro” (The Amazing Spider-man 2, Spider-Man: No Way Home)
- The ISTP – Mystique (The X-Men)
- The ESFJ – Adrian Toomes “Vulture” (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
- The ESTJ – Obadiah Stane (Iron Man)
- The ISFJ – Flint Marko/Sandman (Spider-Man 3)
- The ISTJ – Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy)
- What Are Your Thoughts?
Estimated reading time: 18 minutes
Here’s the Marvel Villain You’d Be, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type
The ENFP – Trevor Slattery (The Mandarin)
Finding an ENFP villain was beyond difficult. They simply don’t write villains with an ENFP template in mind, I suppose. I had to dig into the basement levels of hundreds of obscure comic book villains and even then I couldn’t find anyone that remotely resembled an ENFP. Eventually, I landed on Trevor Slattery as a possibility.
Now, I know Trevor Slattery is technically not a villain. He’s an actor who was duped into playing the role of The Mandarin, a terrorist leader, by Aldrich Killian. But still, I think he embodies some ENFP qualities. For one, he’s creative and gifted at improvising. He handles chaos well and enjoys a spontaneous approach to life. He’s also charming, which helped him snag the role of The Mandarin in the first place. His humor, friendliness, and easy-going nature will also be relatable to ENFPs. Yet he can “try on” different fierce or threatening personas for his acting career just to see how they fit, which is a little ENFP in itself.
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The ENTP – Loki (Thor, The Avengers, Loki)
I used to think Loki was an INFJ. In fact, he’s well portrayed as an INFJ in the first Thor movie and even the first Avengers film. However, with the progression of the films, and then the Loki series on Disney+, it’s become more and more evident that Loki is actually an ENTP. I believe the writers changed his personality fairly dramatically over the course of his on-screen history, but I’m basing his typing here on his most recent films and his television show.
ENTPs are creative, gifted at improvising, and charming. They also have a quick wit and enjoy playing games with others-both of which Loki does regularly. He knows how to toy with people’s minds and he takes great pleasure in outmaneuvering his opponents. He’s also highly resourceful and can think on his feet, behaving unpredictably to throw people off his trail. Yet underneath his mischievous, trickster exterior is a more sensitive, vulnerable individual who deeply wants to be loved and accepted.
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The INFP – Wilson Fisk “Kingpin” (Daredevil)
INFPs are visionaries and idealists who want to make the world a better place. Yet in the world of villains, these same qualities can be turned in an unhealthy direction and become an “ends justifies the means” mentality. This is exactly what we see in Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin from Daredevil.
Fisk is a powerful crime lord who wants to “clean up” the city of Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary. He’s ruthless, violent, and often uses underhanded methods to get what he wants. Yet he genuinely believes he’s doing good for the city, even if it means hurting others. Fisk is also a complex character who is motivated by his sad history and his deep love for his family.
INFPs may be repulsed by the actions of Wilson Fisk. However, behind his questionable methods, they may see a man who is driven by powerful convictions and ideals. They’ll also feel for his tragic backstory and see the good in him that is often overshadowed by his villainous deeds.
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The INTP – Phineas Mason “Tinkerer” (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
INTPs are intelligent, inventive, and curious individuals. They’re often lone wolves who prefer to work behind the scenes rather than take center stage. This is perfectly illustrated in Phineas Mason, a.k.a. The Tinkerer, a villain from the Spider-Man universe.
The Tinkerer is a brilliant scientist and engineer who creates gadgets and weapons for other villains. He’s an introverted individual who prefers to work alone in his secret laboratory. He’s also highly intelligent and resourceful, able to create complex devices from scratch. Yet he’s often underestimated because of his unassuming appearance and demeanor.
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The ENFJ – Ego the Living Planet (Guardians of the Galaxy)
ENFJs are compassionate, charismatic, and natural leaders. They are driven to find an overarching meaning in life and a sense of deep purpose. Often they have insights into people, their potential, and what motivates them. This is perfectly illustrated in Ego the Living Planet, a villain from the Guardians of the Galaxy universe.
Ego is a powerful being who has the ability to control the minds of others. He understands what drives people and can manipulate them to his own ends. By creating a humble, charming, wise-father persona, he tricks the Guardians into trusting him. He then proceeds to exploit them for his own agenda. ENFJs, while disturbed by his ruthless manipulation and lack of compassion, will also admire his insight into human nature and his ability to get people to follow him.
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The ENTJ – Hela (Thor: Ragnarok)
ENTJs are strategic, ambitious, and natural leaders. They are driven to achieve their goals and often have a clear vision for what they want to achieve. They can be very persuasive and know how to get things done. This is perfectly illustrated in Hela, a villain from the Thor: Ragnarok universe.
Hela is the goddess of death and she wants to rule the Asgardian kingdom. She’s incredibly powerful and ambitious, and is not afraid to use force to get what she wants. She also has a clear vision for her goals and is very strategic in her planning. ENTJs will admire her strength, cleverness, and confidence. However, they may also be disturbed by her ruthless nature and lack of compassion.
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The INFJ – Kaecilius (Doctor Strange)
INFJs are insightful, compassionate, and future-thinking individuals. They have a deep understanding of people and what motivates them. They often have a strong sense of intuition which allows them to see beyond the surface. Some of the gifts of INFJs can be seen in Kaecilius, a villain from the Doctor Strange universe. However, as with many of these villains, he is most likely a psychopath, many of the typical INFJ gifts will not be evident.
Kaecilius is a sorcerer who was once a disciple of the Ancient One. However, he becomes disillusioned with her methods and turns to the dark side. He’s highly intelligent and understands the mystical arts like few others. He also has a deep understanding of people and what motivates them. He uses this knowledge to manipulate others and get them to join his cause. INFJs will appreciate his intelligence and insight, but will be disturbed by his cruelty. Deep down, he believes he’s benefiting the world and that his actions are justified in light of his long-term goals. Unhealthy INFJs can fall prey to this as well; believing that all that matters is the future, justifying certain day-to-day actions if they serve their long-term ends.
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The INTJ – Thanos (Avengers: Infinity War)
INTJs are analytical, intelligent, and strategic individuals. They are able to see beyond the surface and understand the underlying principles that govern the universe. This is perfectly illustrated in Thanos, a villain from the Avengers: Infinity War universe.
Thanos is a powerful alien warlord who wants to acquire all six infinity stones so that he can use them to destroy half of the universe. He’s incredibly intelligent and strategic, able to outthink and outmaneuver his enemies. He’s also able to keep his eyes on the big picture, and he’s not afraid to make sacrifices in order to achieve his vision. INTJs will admire his intelligence, strategic planning, and dedication to his cause. However, they may also be frustrated by his lack of empathy and willingness to sacrifice innocent people.
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The ESFP – N’Jadaka/Eric Killmonger (Black Panther)
ESFPs are passionate, free-spirited individuals who react quickly to events happening around them. They are driven by their hearts and a strong sense of adventure. This is perfectly illustrated in N’Jadaka/Eric Killmonger, a villain from the Black Panther universe.
N’Jadaka had a tough and tragic childhood. At one point he said, “People die every day. That’s just part of life around here.” Even his father N’Jobu was killed by T’Challa’s father after he tried to betray Wakanda. This left a lot of emotional scars on N’Jadaka, who felt abandoned and confused about his place in the world. Eventually, he turned his anger toward Wakanda as the source of his despair. He became a Navy SEAL and then a powerful arms dealer. He returned to Wakanda with a plan to overthrow T’Challa and take over the kingdom.
Killmonger is incredibly passionate and driven, and he’s not afraid to take risks in order to achieve his goals. While he’s certainly not your typical ESFP, his underlying passion and conviction will be relatable to them. He’s not a purely evil villain; deep down he cares about helping others who are struggling while empowering the poor, disenfranchised, and oppressed groups of the world.
The ESTP – The Grandmaster (Thor: Ragnarok)
ESTPs are impulsive, competitive, and thrill-seeking individuals. They enjoy being in the moment, taking risks, and pushing themselves to the limits. This is perfectly illustrated in The Grandmaster, a villain from the Thor: Ragnarok universe.
Although he’s power hungry and insensitive, the Grandmaster has the laid-back charm and cleverness ESTPs are famous for. He lives for thrill and fun, and enjoys watching people fight; often pitting two opponents against each other for his own amusement. He’s also very competitive and loves to win. ESTPs will be drawn to his sense of humor and thrill-seeking nature. However, they may also be disturbed by his lack of empathy and hedonistic, selfish ways.
The ISFP – Max Dillon “Electro” (The Amazing Spider-man 2, Spider-Man: No Way Home)
ISFPs are creative, gentle, and compassionate individuals. It’s easy for them to put themselves in other’s shoes and empathize with a variety of individuals. The kind, soft-spoken nature of the ISFP can be seen in Max Dillon, a villain from the Spider-Man universe before he turns into “Electro.
Dillon is a gentle and shy man who is highly creative. He’s also very intuitive, and often has insights that others don’t. Unfortunately, he falls into a batch of electric eels and turns into an electric generator named “Electro.” In this form, he did whatever he could to get money, as his lack thereof had caused so many personal problems earlier in his life. He was also motivated by a desire to be famous after spending so much of his life unnoticed and unappreciated. ISFPs will be drawn to Dillon’s creativity and intuition. However, they may be put off by his impulsiveness and willingness to hurt others.
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The ISTP – Mystique (The X-Men)
ISTPs are independent, analytical, and logical individuals. They often enjoy solitary activities and prefer to work alone. They are also very resourceful and adaptable. This is perfectly illustrated in Mystique, a villain from the X-Men universe.
Mystique is an independent woman who hates to be held back from her impulses. Although she can be a bit reckless, she’s also clever, quick-witted, and a powerful tactician. Because she feels that mutants have been oppressed so unfairly, she’s willing to do anything to fight for their rights. Like many ISTPs, she prefers to work alone rather than being part of a big group. Yet she also knows how to impersonate people and play with their emotions when the need arises. ISTPs will appreciate her independent streak, as well as her resourcefulness and adaptability. However, they may be put off by her impulsiveness and tendency to be manipulative.
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The ESFJ – Adrian Toomes “Vulture” (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
When it comes to ESFJs, I had a very difficult time finding a character who emulated any tendencies related to this type. Every time I got close, I’d see a bunch of information pointing in another direction. So for the ESFJ I’m listing a character that many ESFJs might find relatable (as much as a villain can be relatable). However, this character may not be an ESFJ (his type is fairly unclear).
Vulture is a loyal and supportive father. He also enjoys being part of a community, and feels a strong sense of belonging to his gang. He’s very skilled at taking care of practical details, and works hard to carry out his responsibilities to his family. However, after being thrown out of business, he starts to dislike the wealthy and privileged, which eventually drives him to become a villain. Many ESFJs may find that they can relate to Vulture’s loyalty and protectiveness towards his family, as well as his down-to-earth demeanor. However, they may be disturbed by the way he justifies his ruthless deeds.
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The ESTJ – Obadiah Stane (Iron Man)
ESTJs are practical, decisive, and efficient individuals. They have a knack for leading others and are very good at organizing and managing resources. They are one of the highest-earning personality types, often climbing ranks in the corporate world . This is perfectly illustrated in Obadiah Stane, although (like all the villains here) he’s an unhealthy version of his type.
Stane is someone who enjoys the authority and respect that comes with being CEO of Stark Industries. While initially he seems loyal and considerate, over time it becomes clear that he only cares about profits. He makes decisions quickly, jumps to conclusions rapidly, and doesn’t take the time to learn how to use his suit properly before going into battle. This tendency to go after objectives too quickly without thinking things through or consulting his values is something that some unhealthy ESTJs struggle with.
That said, I do want to remind you that we’re dealing with sociopathic tendencies when it comes to Obadiah Stane. I am in no way saying that unhealthy ESTJs are sociopaths. These villains are all probably dealing with some sort of mental dysfunction, so please remember to see this post as a bit of fun and hypothesizing and not get the idea that any particular types are prone to these mental disorders.
The ISFJ – Flint Marko/Sandman (Spider-Man 3)
Finding an ISFJ villain is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. This doesn’t mean that ISFJs are inherently more moral than other personality types, but it does mean that their qualities aren’t typically emulated in fictional villains. Often, villains are written to be individuals with far-reaching strategies and long-term schemes. ISFJs are people who preserve traditions, create atmospheres of warmth and harmony, and attend to people’s needs. They are typically more focused on the present than creating long-term future agendas. As sensors, they are greatly shaped by their life experiences and use their past experiences to guide them into the future.
After digging around for days into a plethora of minor Marvel comic book characters, I finally decided that I’d choose Flint Marko for ISFJs. He may or may not actually be an ISFJ, but he will be relatable to many ISFJs. Flint is a man who is deeply shaped by his past experiences. He’s a criminal, but he’s also a family man. He loves his daughter and will do anything to protect her. All of his criminal activities stem from a desire to provide for his daughter and get her the care she needs for her illness. ISFJs can relate to Flint’s desire to protect his loved ones, even if it means breaking some rules. As types who are often drawn to caretaking and nurturing, there’s almost nothing they wouldn’t do when someone they love is threatened. However, they may be disturbed by the lengths the Sandman will go to provide for her.
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The ISTJ – Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy)
ISTJs are practical individuals who are determined to map out the most logical and efficient paths to achieve their goals. They often have intense inner convictions and a moral code that they strive to live up to, but they may appear dispassionate on the outside. This is perfectly illustrated in Ronan the Accuser, a villain from the Guardians of the Galaxy universe.
Ronan the Accuser is a principled and passionate crusader who believed in upholding the ancient Kree teachings. He believes it’s his duty to avenge the life of his ancestors and to uphold his moral code. Due to his extensive combat and military training he is a master combatant who is highly aware of his surroundings. His ability to plan, strategize, and manage resources is what made him a powerful leader. However, his inflexible and uncompromising nature is what ultimately led to his downfall.
What Are Your Thoughts?
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