Have you ever wondered if one of the Euphoria characters has the same Myers-Briggs® personality type as you do? In today’s article we’re taking a deeper look at each of the stand-out characters from the HBO series. Are you more of a Maddy or a Rue? A Jules or a Fez? Keep in mind, many of the characters in this series are extremely immature, unhealthy, or dysfunctional. If you have the same personality type as a character from Euphoria, it doesn’t mean that you act out in the same way or make the same risky decisions. Also keep in mind that all 16 Myers-Briggs® personality types aren’t represented in Euphoria. There are certain types (ENFJ, ISFJ, and INTP for example) that I don’t see any of in the series so far. I do think Gia could be an ISFJ, but we haven’t gotten enough insight into her yet for me to adequately type her.
I hope to add to this article in the future as more seasons of Euphoria are available. Currently I don’t want to type Gia or Ali Muhammad because I don’t feel like there’s enough clear information on them in the series.
Disclaimer: As with all fictional typings, I can only make my best guesses at the personality types of the characters in Euphoria. As an MBTI® practitioner, I can’t sit across from Lexi or Suze and give an official type consultation. However, I’ve spent many hours analyzing the characters from this show and I feel that these are the most likely types. If you have a different perspective be sure to let me know in the comments!
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The Myers-Briggs® Personality Types of the Euphoria Characters
Rue Bennett – ISTP
“I just showed up one day without a map or a compass.” – Rue
Rue is an unhealthy ISTP who seems hell-bent on her own destruction. Like most unhealthy ISTPs, she appears aloof, detached, and non-committal. Though she has deep feelings for Jules, she often keeps them inside until she reaches a breaking point. During a moment of intense stress and anxiety, she breaks down and tells Jules “you just can’t be mad at me for wanting you to be okay.”
ISTPs are dominant introverted thinking types. Because of this, they have inferior feeling tendencies. The inferior function (in Rue’s case, feeling) is an area of vulnerability, self-consciousness, and even aspiration. Many moments throughout Euphoria we see Rue demonstrate the intense vulnerability of her inferior feeling side. She talks about how she depends on drugs to feel socially comfortable, and we can sense that she often feels awkward in social situations. While this may have other root causes (perhaps she has social anxiety), it’s normal for dominant introverted thinking types (ISTPs and INTPs) to feel shy and apprehensive in social situations. Because the cognitive function that tends to be most concerned with social and emotional interactions (Extraverted Feeling) is in the inferior position for them they can feel out-of-their-element when they have to rely on social prowess or creating a “spark” with another person.
While many people focus on ISTPs and their thinking abilities, many disregard the intense presence of the ISTP’s inferior Feeling function. Rue is clearly more in touch with thinking than her feeling side. She internalizes her logic, analyzes things from a detached perspective, and looks at various leverage points that she could use to try to solve whatever problem she is immediately facing. But underneath her often guarded exterior is a deeply sensitive inner feeling side. Conflict is especially difficult for her, and while she may erupt explosively during times of extreme stress, she often regrets it and apologizes later.
Rue’s sensing side is apparent in the way that she, even while going withdrawal, manages to think quickly on her feet. In the chase scene in Season 2 of Euphoria we see her outwit the police repeatedly, having to respond to her environment at a rapid pace without time to think things through. Rue makes unwise decisions with full knowledge that they are unwise. She’s grounded and pragmatic enough to know that she probably won’t live long.
Rue’s sensing side is also evidenced in her perspective on life itself. ISTPs see the world as it is and don’t impose a lot of ideals onto it. Rather than hypothesizing about all that could be, they tend to fixate on what is. At times this can be a good thing; they can enjoy the moment and maximize it. However, in Rue’s case, she seems unable to find her direction or envision a life beyond her addiction. As she points out to Lexi in Season 2, she doesn’t know what her direction is and doesn’t know how to figure it out.
As ISTPs grow and mature in life they become more in touch with their intuition and often have a better sense of where they want to be and what directions they want to pour their energy into. But adolescence can be a very stressful time of trying to find a peer group while being uncertain of which direction is the best or most desirable for one’s self.
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Jules Vaughn – ENFP
“I definitely haven’t reached my full power.” – Jules
Spontaneous and curious, Jules is driven by a sense of possibility. Like many ENFPs she doesn’t like limits or constraints and has a strong sense of adventure. Relationships can feel confining because they tie you to one singular person. While Jules is engaging and magnetic, at times she can be so excited by the new and exciting that she can be insensitive to other peoples’ feelings. This shows up when she’s speaking to Rue about how much she hates the town they live in and how exciting and refreshing it was to be around other people. Yet even though she’s imperfect, Jules is brave about exploring who she is, finding herself, and dreaming beyond the expected. It’s not scary for her to pack her things and get on a train to a new location. It’s exciting! Who knows what possibilities could be in store?
We also get a sense of Jules’s intuition in the way she conceptualizes things and sees patterns. She understands the patterns of how women see each other and immediately create hierarchies of where they stack up, she falls for ShyGuy because it was “pure imagination”, and she talks about transcending the concept of femininity and reaching her full potential or “power.” Her introverted feeling side is also evident in the way she cares about what’s real more than fitting in. She loves Rue for who she is and doesn’t want to change her; in fact, she experiences regret after dressing Rue up for a dance, implying that she made her a little less who she authentically is. In many situations Rue cares less about what’s socially expected or appropriate and more about following her own inner code of what’s right for her.
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Nate Jacobs – ENTJ
“Don’t ruin my life and I won’t have to ruin yours.” – Nate Jacobs
Commanding and strategic, Nate Jacobs embodies many qualities of a deeply unhealthy and disturbed ENTJ. Traumatized at a young age, he spends his life feeling like the world outside of him is out of control and thus he must control it in order to feel safe and protect his family. Unfortunately, his methods of control often become abusive and deranged. There’s almost nothing Nate wouldn’t do to protect his image or the image of his family, even though he’s been deeply hurt by them. The wheels in Nate’s head are always turning, and he comes up with manipulative strategies to keep enemies at bay.
Like many ENTJs, Nate Jacobs has a sensitive inner core. Yet he protects it at all cost and ignores his conscience in favor of doing what will give him control. He knows how to take charge and be insulting and dominating, but underneath he’s repressing a huge storehouse of vulnerabilities, fears, and shame. Many ENTJs (and ESTJs) appear commanding, direct, and insensitive, especially if they’re unhealthy, when inside they feel a lot more than anyone realizes. Unfortunately, in Nate’s case, he’s so mentally unhealthy that he tends to hurt people wherever he goes.
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Maddy Perez – ESFP
“There’s a difference between what you think you should want and what you actually want.” – Maddy
Maddy has a strong presence and enjoys being the center of attention. As a fairly unhealthy ESFP, Maddy is pulled by the passions of the moment and often lacks foresight. Even though her relationship with Nate Jacob’s is deeply dysfunctional, she avoids accusing him of abuse because she is so infatuated with him. She loves hard and hates hard and enjoys a good fight. Acting on her impulses gives her a rush, and she can quickly adapt to the changing situations around her.
ESFPs are at their happiest when they are living fully in the present moment and free to follow whatever impulse and opportunity arises. Maddy is no different; except she often demonstrates this propensity in an unhealthy way. During the fair she’s not afraid to confront Nate Jacob’s mother even if it means she’ll probably exclude herself from her boyfriend’s family in the process. She dabbles in drugs for fun without considering the consequences. She lashes out at people angrily even if the timing is selfish (like when she went after Cassie even though there was a bigger crisis going on at the moment in Season 2).
Many ESFPs are drawn to aesthetics and stunning visual details; they are often aware of what clashes and what looks good. Some ESFPs channel this awareness into home decorating while others channel it into art or style. Maddy shows through her style and her makeup that she enjoys experimenting with fashion, colors, and bold looks. She knows what will look good even if it’s a little risque. She adores trying on outfits even if they belong to the mother of the child she’s babysitting!
Maddy’s introverted feeling side shows up in her desire to be nothing other than her true self. She also appreciates people who embrace their true selves and she doesn’t seem to be cliquey. When Lexi admits to Maddy that she feels stupid with makeup on, Maddy says, “Everyone feels stupid, so what?” and this “so what?” philosophy is obviously empowering to Maddy. She’s going to be who she is regardless of whether others deem it appropriate or not. She also enjoys people who are authentic with her, which is obvious with her diverse group of friends. This authenticity is a core quality of Feeling-Perceiving personality types.
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Cassie Howard – ESFJ
“I ruined my entire life for you.” – Cassie Howard
Cassie Howard considers herself to be a caring, nurturing, supportive individual. She falls in love easily and will do almost anything to protect her relationships, even going so far as to willingly give up her free-will. As a deeply troubled ESFJ, she struggles to create healthy boundaries in her life. Instead she loses herself in her relationships with men, doing anything to keep them by her side and to maintain their support. On her own she feels vulnerable, but with someone else she feels more whole (albeit a bit obsessed).
Cassie can quickly intuit how others are feeling and knows how to create a sense of harmony. In Season 1 when McKay is faced with a goldfish in a glass of drinking water he has to drink, she senses his uncertainty and fear. In order to help him reach his goals and gain the respect of his college classmates, she makes the first move and picks up the glass with the goldfish to drink alongside him. On many occasions she knows how to ease social tension, encourage, or even play the innocent victim to avoid blame. She appears to know what people want and is closely protective of peoples’ feelings. This is especially obvious in her relationship with her father. In one troubling scene, her drug-addled father is about to drive her and her sister, Lexi, home. Lexi says they shouldn’t go with him because it isn’t safe. Cassie explains that they have to go with him because they wouldn’t want him to “feel bad.” Time and time again Cassie puts her own welfare behind other peoples’ feelings.
Healthy ESFJs know how to create healthy boundaries and protect themselves and their relationships in a positive way. In Cassie’s case as an unhealthy ESFJ (and an anxious attachment style), she tends to lose herself completely in her relationships and do almost anything to try to maintain them, even if she hurts herself and others in the process.
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Kat Hernandez – ISFP
“Can I be honest with you? What I realized is that like…my whole life, all I’ve tried to do is take up less space. Tried to hide from guys, who might like, whisper to their friend, under their breath, as I walked by. I spent my whole life afraid people were going to find out that I was fat.” – Kat Hernandez
I have to say that I deeply disliked how they developed Kat Hernandez’s character in Season 2 of Euphoria. In season 1 we see Kat go through the messy process of trying to figure out who she is and embrace confidence; even if she’s just “faking it” or doing reckless things in order to attain it. In Season 2, Kat becomes more manipulative and one-dimensional. In fact, we really don’t see much of her at all. Either way, let’s move onto my typing of her.
Kat is someone who wants to find herself and figure out what she’s all about and what she stands for. She has an idea of how she wants to present herself in high school and she experiments with lots of risky behavior in order to create that identity. But over time she realizes that maybe that identity isn’t authentically her in the first place. What if deep down she really doesn’t like herself at all?
ISFPs are focused on issues of identity and self-expression. They want to align themselves with their values and organize their lives around what feels real or true to them. In adolescence, many ISFPs try on different “hats” trying to figure out which one feels right. They experiment with their identity, weigh their values, and look at the situational worth of things. Often they express their individualism through their clothing and style choices. We see this in Season 1 as Kat tries to purchase the clothes that fit the identity she’s trying on at the moment. Over time, she wonders if the clothes are really her or are just a disguise.
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Lexi Howard – INFJ
“Look, the sidekicks are usually the more sensitive, smarter, more compelling characters but for some reason they always get overlooked.” – Lexi Howard
Lexi is often the voice of wisdom or caution in her group of restless friends. Unlike most of her friends, she’s steered clear of dating and drugs and seems to be observing the world from the sidelines. She notices things that nobody else sees and has an emotional insight that can be uncanny and unsettling for others. This is clearest when she puts on her play, Our Life, that is in many ways a psychoanalysis of her friends and family members. In her play, several people uncomfortably realize that she knows more about them than they want to know about themselves.
Like most INFJs, Lexi has a long-term vision for her life. When she’s speaking to Fezco she reveals just how detailed her life plan is in regards to the timing of when she’d have children, a family, and a career. Clearly envisioning her future is something she’s spent a great deal of time on. In the present moment Lexi focuses on picking up emotional and relational data from the people around her, seeing how they interact, piecing together patterns, and noticing clues that reveal underlying motivations. This is all typical for INFJs, who future-forecast where they want to go and notice relational information in regards to the people they’re currently around. Lexi’s insight and perceptiveness are hallmarks of healthy INFJ personality types.
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Fezco – ISFP
“If I like a girl, I want to find out what she’s about on my own, y’know. I don’t wanna google the scraps, I wanna peel back the layers.” – Fezco
The drug dealer with a heart of gold, Fezco is easy for others to underestimate and judge. After all, what principled individual would sell drugs for a living? But surprisingly, Fezco is one of the most principled characters in Euphoria. Born into a dangerous home environment, Fezco has done what it takes to survive and to protect his younger adopted brother, “Ashtray”. No matter the situation, he seems to keep his cool and react with quick thinking. Like many Sensing-Perceivers, Fezco can keep keep his wits about him in fairly chaotic situations and be perceptive about his surroundings. He lives moment-to-moment and does what it takes to make a life for himself and his brother.
As an ISFP, the things that really set Fezco apart are his deeply-held values. He is not morally ambiguous. Fezco has a clear sense of who he is, what he believes in, and what’s important to him. And he will not sway even under the face of enormous pressure. He shows this time and time again, whether he’s dealing with Rue’s withdrawal-addled protestations or threats and intimidation from dangerous and powerful individuals. He is willing to risk his own life and his financial well-being to take care of the people he loves and protect those he cares about.
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Ashtray – ISTP
“This is a fickle industry. Y’all come and go. I’m just trying to stack my cash, pay off our mortgage.” – Ashtray
Quiet but deadly, Ashtray is the adopted brother of Fezco. Together they form an unlikely but unbreakable bond. While he rarely speaks, Ashtray is someone who thinks long and hard about his options in life. He’s interested in bitcoin and has done all the research into how it works as a form of currency. He understands the chemistry of his “career” and is highly attuned to risks and suspicious behavior. When he believes his brother’s life is threatened, he has no problem jumping into action fast, making quick tactical decisions.
Like many Sensing-Perceivers, Ashtray notices a lot about the world around him. He often shows up just in the nick of time when someone dangerous is lurking around. And like any Thinking-Perceiving type he seems to enjoy understanding how the world works, how systems work, and how he can leverage his talents and skills to succeed.
Cal Jacobs – ISTJ or ESTJ
“It’s not just football, it’s life. It’s about maintaining your focus. It’s about putting your all into everything you do.” – Cal Jacobs
Cal Jacobs was difficult for me to type. From the series I really couldn’t get a good gauge on whether ISTJ or ESTJ fit him best.
Here’s what we do know:
Cal is fastidious, detailed, competitive, and hard-working. He keeps his files neatly organized and demands near perfection from his children. On the outside he seems to be the man who has it all. He runs a successful business and has a beautiful wife and two healthy sons. Unfortunately, his straight-laced exterior is only a guise covering up his repressed and deeply disappointed true self.
A feeling of responsibility is something Cal demands from himself, even at the risk of his own happiness and authenticity. Unfortunately, his disappointment and resentment at this position leaks out into his relationships with his family. His double-life, which he believes is secret, is like a disease poisoning his son against him. He doesn’t affirm his children, he pushes and criticizes them, always demanding something more – something “better.” In the end, his deepest regrets are likely his failures as a father. If only he had been authentic and embraced who he was with whole-hearted love for his family and acceptance of his mistakes, the whole Jacobs family could have been in a much better place.
Beneath Cal’s tough exterior he’s deeply feeling and wants to connect meaningfully with his family. However, his high-demands and dictator-like quality prevent that from happening. As his family unravels he’s filled with guilt which only makes him more angry. In one pivotal scene he says, “I’m not allowed to form an emotional connection, and I’m an emotional guy. You f***kers backed me into a corner”
The fastidious, traditional, and rule-abiding nature of Cal seems to fit that of an unhealthy Sensing-Judging personality type. Cal knows when his discs are missing, disorganized, or out of place. He pays attention to the details of his life and tries to have them as orderly and above reproach as possible. Cal’s Thinking side seems directed outward, at organizing people and managing resources to get things done, which would fit with the TJ personality type. ESTJ would fit his proactive, get-things-done nature. It would also explain why he enters a martyr-like emotional state in the stages of deep, chronic stress. This is what can happen when ESTJs enter an Introverted Feeling grip (although healthy ESTJs will express it differently). However, I’m not absolutely convinced he’s an ESTJ. He calls himself an “emotional guy” which is something very few ExTJ personality types would admit out loud (although they can be very emotional). He also seems more reflective, cautions, and quiet in his younger years; ESTJs and ENTJs tend to express themselves very directly from an early age. ISTJs are more cautious, held back, and emotionally introspective than ESTJs typically will be. That said, Cal could still be an ESTJ, but the show just isn’t giving us enough detail about him to make it 100% certain.
Christopher McKay – ISTJ
“My whole life, I’ve been working towards this one thing. Going pro. Being the greatest. And for as long as I can remember, I thought that was actually possible. Then I get to school, and… I look around, everyone’s good.” – Christopher McKay
Principled and hard-working, Christopher McKay pushes himself as hard as he can to achieve his one goal: to make it to the NFL. However, when things don’t turn out how he expects he feels devastated. What is he supposed to do when the one thing he’s spent his entire life training for seems unlikely? As an ISTJ, Christopher McKay can examine a situation, look at the stats, the competition, the odds, and come up with a fairly rational estimation of what’s going to happen. But he also struggles to switch gears. ISTJs tend to fixate on one goal and map their lives around this goal, it can be hard for them to imagine a new possibility when their initial goal seems out of reach. When faced with the unknown they tend to feel lost and perplexed.
In McKay’s relationship with Cassie, we see that he tries to be dutiful to her; but he often questions the appropriateness of what she’s doing or who she is even though he often treats her in rough or callous ways. Like most of the characters in Euphoria, he’s an unhealthy version of his type. He has the dedication, focus, and regimented nature of the ISTJ, but lacks self-awareness and sensitivity at times.
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Ethan Lewis – ISFP or INFP
“I liked you since I sat down next to you. And I know you think there’s like zero chance that we’re going to be together forever and we’re juniors so you’re probably right about that. I mean, is one of us gonna get hurt? Yeah. Probably. But I’ll do my best to make sure that it’s me.” – Ethan Lewis
I’d like to say I have a clear type choice for Ethan, but it’s hard to be certain. He seems self-contained and reserved around most people, but he also seems to have a deeply-feeling sensitive side. That said, he doesn’t exude warmth like a Feeling-Judging type might. His face is often unreadable, which is probably partially why Kat isn’t sure how he feels about her. He doesn’t smile broadly and show his emotions obviously on his face. With Ethan there seems to be an inner well of caring paired with an outer reserve which makes me think he’s an introverted feeling type; particularly ISFP or INFP. Other than that we don’t get enough of a glimpse into his personality to really know whether he’s a sensor or an intuitive.
In Season 2 of Euphoria we see that Ethan is highly perceptive of Kat. When she tries to convince him of something (I’m trying to avoid spoilers) he sees right through it to what her actual intentions were. In the end, he’s offended by her lack of honesty more than what she’s trying to do in the first place. As one of the only really healthy and thoughtful characters on Euphoria, I was hoping he’d get a happier story than what’s been given to him so far. Hopefully Season 3 will shine more light onto what kind of person Ethan is.
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Marie O’Neill – ESTP
“He ain’t a kid, a**hole. He’s my partner.” – Marie O’Neill
Fez’s grandmother is a tough, straight-talking woman who lives by her own rules. She makes sense of her lifestyle by telling a story about her nephew. He was a man who had diabetes but ate excessively at McDonald’s. He ended up dying because of his choices. She said, “Do I call the cops and say, ‘Oh, you gotta arrest Ronald f**king McDonald’ No, I don’t f**kig call, because it’s Uncle Carl’s fault. Nobody told him to eat McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do you understand?” This is one of the ways that O’Neill justifies her work as a drug dealer to a young Fez.
ESTPs, like Marie O’Neill, live by their own set of logical principles. While I don’t agree with O’Neill’s justifications for dealing drugs, her argument has some logical validity to it. And like most ESTPs, O’Neill is quick on her feet, fast to react, and cool in a crisis. She doesn’t let anyone hurt her loved ones and is a formidable force against anyone who tries.
Suze Howard – ESTP
“It’s one thing to do what you did. It’s another thing to pretend you’re all innocent and it’s no big deal.” – Suze Howard
Irresponsible but lovable in her own way, Suze Howard is often the comedic relief in Euphoria. Whether she’s laughing about herself being made fun of in Lexi’s play or getting exasperated with Cassie’s emotional theatrics, she keeps her cool. She knows her way around people and can estimate their feelings and the social situations to prioritize at the time (something ESTPs are skilled at). This shows up when Suze tries to calm Maddy and Cassy down when Rue’s mother is trying to intervene and get her to rehab. However, like most ESTPs, Suze Howard has no patience for sugarcoating and can be brusque and straightforward when people are being overly-emotional.
Suze also has her own set of principles she lives by (one of them being not to sleep with a best friend’s ex-boyfriend). While ESTPs aren’t exactly focused on “righteousness” in the stereotypical sense, they have a set of individual principles that they won’t betray. They also tend to be gregarious, talkative, and good-humored. Suze’s house is often the “party” house, and Suze warns the girls not to snitch on her for letting them drink. Enjoying sensory indulgences is something Suze Howard lives for; whether she’s sipping wine on the couch or soaking in the hot tub. However, she takes it too far and becomes irresponsible and self-focused as a result. I would say that Suze Howard is a good example of a very unhealthy (but not completely irredeemable) ESTP.
Leslie Bennett – ISTJ
“Plenty of great, intelligent, funny, interesting, and creative people have struggled with the same things you struggle with.” – Leslie Bennett
Hard-working and steadfast, Leslie Bennett showcases patience and strength in the face of adversity. This woman has had no easy life; whether she’s coping with her husband’s death or Rue’s addictions she always focuses on the next right thing to do. She’s not always perfect, but she does what she can to hold Rue accountable and provide a stable life for her children. This often means working late hours, staying up late at night on the phone trying to arrange rehab stays, or driving around neighborhoods trying to find her runaway daughter.
Like most ISTJs, Leslie is hard-working, responsible, and contained. In the midst of many emotionally intense situations she keeps her cool, carefully analyzing situations and trying to do what’s logical and rational. While she feels deeply for her children she tries to present a tough and together exterior so they know they can’t deceive her and hurt themselves in the process.
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