MYERS-BRIGGS IN WESTEROS: MBTI TYPES OF “GAME OF THRONES” CHARACTERS.
Cersei Lannister said it herself—when you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
The struggle for power in HBO’s hit series gathered many different personalities, some seeking victory and others unwittingly getting caught in the intricate plots of other players.
Want to know who shares your type? Take a look and unravel the personality intricacies of some of Westeros’ most famous inhabitants. Just remember—this is for their show incarnations, not the books.
Spoilers ahead, so proceed with caution!
Jon Snow: ISFP
A reluctant hero, Jon Snow never wanted to be the heir of the Seven Kingdoms—all he wanted was to belong. Guided by his honor and compassion in equal measure, he could not be anything other than an ISFP.
Jon’s strict moral code leads his actions, as well as the lessons he learned from his father Eddard Stark and what he considers is just and fair. While he acts upon his moral code, Jon’s auxiliary Se makes him a man of action and a skilled swordsman that can respond to unpredictable circumstances effectively.
Jon expresses the ISFP’s desire for freedom—he does not want to be tied by the rigid, corrupt, oppressive political plays involved in the Game of Thrones. Aegon Targaryen or not.
Daenerys Targaryen: INFJ
Daenerys Targaryen’s journey saw her start as a shy girl, become a just leader, shift into a conqueror, and end as a mad ruler. Regardless, her intense character development always displayed her true INFJ nature.
The Mother of Dragons never lived in the present. While she conquered and ruled entire cities, her eyes and mind were always focused on the future, as true idealists tend to do. Her introverted intuition helped her visualize the path she wanted to follow and the kind of rule she tried to establish—regardless of methods.
Similarly, Daenerys’ extraverted feeling made her inspiring to her thousands of followers, as well as kind and passionate. An exceptional leader with grand plans for the future, that somehow became willing to sacrifice it all for a dream she never fulfilled.
Tyrion Lannister: ENTP
The intellectual and argumentative Tyrion might be one of the best examples of ENTP in fiction within the last decade.
Tyrion feels alive when he’s engaging in witty banter and decoding the world around him. It’s not out of pragmatic interest, but simply because he enjoys it. He drinks and knows things.
Despite his perpetual conflict with his sister Cersei, he always tries to rationalize things and played devil’s advocate to Daenerys for her sake—and failed. This is a deeply ENTP characteristic that often gets them in trouble, but it’s their second nature.
Tyrion’s knowledge, quick-thinking skills, and incredibly sharp senses make him an ideal Hand, yet his argumentative nature causes him to tire the people he advises, resulting in critical mistakes.
Arya Stark: ISFP
There is a reason Jon was Arya’s favorite sibling.
While her cold and ruthless assassin persona may fool people into thinking she is an ISTP, Arya Stark is an ISFP to the core.
Adventurous and unconventional, Arya always refused to be caged in by the strict gender norms of Westeros and ran away at the first chance she got. The tragedy surrounding her family forced her into a path of violence but fulfilled her desire to explore the world. This longing for freedom ties in with the ISTP’s fierce independence.
However, as logical as she might seem, her choices are always motivated by her dominant Fi function. Arya’s quest for revenge and family comes from her inner values and beliefs.
Finally, Arya’s final decision to explore what’s west of Westeros ties in with ISFPs’ desire to be true to themselves.
Cersei Lannister: ESTJ
Cersei Lannister is ruthless, ambitious, and power-hungry. She stops at nothing to achieve her goals and chases them regardless of the consequences, making her a rather unhealthy ESTJ.
Her dominant Te pushes Cersei to make choices that make sense at the moment, according to her present circumstances, and regardless of future repercussions. Her act of arson in the Sept of Baelor is a clear example.
Similarly, her auxiliary Si makes her divide the world between pawns and enemies, according to her experiences and individual intuition. Cersei, subsequently, displays a toxic combination of stubbornness, inflexibility, determination, and ambition that makes her a problematic enemy to bring down.
Sansa Stark: ESFJ
Dutiful, compassionate, and idealistic, Sansa went through an intense journey that changed her from a naïve young girl into an influential and analytical leader. However, through each stage of her life, she remained a classic ESFJ.
As most ESFJs, Sansa displays incredible managing skills, making her an exceptional leader within Winterfell. Her dominant Fe makes her consider the wellbeing of others, including the smallfolk she rules over, providing her with a sense of duty towards them.
However, Sansa’s introverted sensing makes keenly aware of her past, using the knowledge acquired from her struggles to shape her present and future. Her traumatic experiences with Joffrey Baratheon, Ramsay Bolton, and Petyr Baelish made her grow stronger and wiser. The Queen in the North sees the big picture, recognizes patterns, and won’t allow others to abuse her again.
Jaime Lannister: ESTP
Charming, witty, and reckless, Jaime Lannister is fast to crack a joke and to pull out his sword. He lives for the battlefield, enjoys the present, and tends to be too reckless when making decisions, traits that make him a clear ESTP.
Jaime’s Se function makes him the most skilled swordsman known, as well as someone that does not concern himself with the big picture and instead solves issues as they come. However, the loss of his hand reveals the depth of his auxiliary Ti.
Jaime’s actions are subconsciously motivated by a logical framework constructed by his struggles in the past as a shunned Kingslayer. As the plot advances, new experiences alongside Brienne of Tarth make him reshape and reconsider his own inner set of values, causing him to pursue a change, for the better.
The last episodes? Those never happened.
Other characters to consider: Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (INTJ), Brienne of Tarth (ISTJ), Theon Greyjoy (ESFP), Ned Stark (ISTJ), Catelyn Stark (ESFJ), Margaery Tyrell (ENFJ), Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (ISTP), Davos Seaworth (ISFJ), Missandei (INFP).
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