Aquaman is officially in theaters, and the King of the Seven Seas has proven to also be royalty at the box office. Like any superhero blockbuster, the film’s appeal comes partially from a cast of engaging characters; from lovable heroes to dastardly villains. We took some of those heroes and villains and ran them through the Myers-Briggs® personality test, in the hopes of learning a little bit more about them and seeing how we can relate. So whether you’ve seen this year’s biggest underwater adventure or you haven’t made it to theatres yet, here are the Myers-Briggs® personality types of Aquaman characters.
10. ESTJ – Jesse Kane
Jesse Kane is the villain with the least screen time in Aquaman, but that doesn’t mean he’s not interesting. The father of Black Manta, Kane is a captain of a pirate ship and adversary of Arthur Curry. He seems to live for his plunder, so that makes for a pretty cut-and-dry worldview. Essentially, will Kane’s actions make him rich or not? That seems to motivate most of his actions. ESTJs are also people with black-and-white worldviews, backed by a fierce will and a drive to accomplish his goals. Really, these are probably essential traits for any pirate, especially ones who pick a fight with the King of Atlantis.
9. ISTJ – Nuidis Vulko
An ISTJ will often find themselves in a scientific field. So, it makes sense that our Aquaman list would feature Atlantis’s science advisor as its ISTJ. Not only are ISTJs analytical and methodic, but they’re also great managers. You’ll see them turn up in leadership roles, organizing projects, and representing teams to their superiors. As an advisor to the throne of Atlantis, this definitely fits Vulko’s personality type. Check out the film to see Willem Dafoe play a character who is wise, trustworthy, and a good mentor to our heroes. Yet still Willem Dafoe.
8. INFJ – Queen Atlanna
Queen Atlanna believes that Atlantis can do great good. Her long-ranging, positive vision for the underwater kingdom labels her solidly as an INFJ. Like others in that category, Atlanna is defined by her compassion for others. Her ideals for her kingdom and belief that it can unite with the surface world are huge driving forces for her character. INFJs also don’t care for disorder, and get upset with views they feel are shortsighted. For example, her son Orm’s view of Atlantis upsets her. Atlanna is her son’s emotional center as well as this film’s, and like so many other INFJs, she holds true to her highest hopes for the world.
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7. ISFP – Fisherman King
Aquaman features the first of three major superhero roles for Djimon Hounsou. He’ll return as Kree soldier Korath the Pursuer in Marvel’s Captain Marvel this March. He’ll also bring The Wizard Shazam to life in this April’s Shazam!. But in Aquaman, Hounsou will play Atlantean royal and ISFP, The Fisherman King. Fisherman King is an ISFP because of his compassionate leadership for his people, but also his commitment to personal virtues. Orm appeals to Fisherman King to take arms against humanity because of humanity’s pollution of the ocean, and ISFPs are known for their sympathy toward nature. How that affects the plot is something you’ll have to see the movie to find out. But even if you’re not that interested in FK’s personality type, isn’t it just great we’ve got another hot fish person in a movie?
6. ENFJ – Thomas Curry
You might recognize Temuera Morrison as the father of Boba Fett and Star Wars‘s original rebellious bounty hunter, Jango Fett. However, his character in Aquaman couldn’t be further from the detached, self-serving bounty hunter. Thomas Curry is Aquaman’s moral center, a paragon of virtue that influences a hero to make the right choices. ENFJs like Thomas are inspiring and selfless, committed to making others into their best selves. Thomas is conscious of his impact on his son and strives to raise him to be strong, brave, and ultimately good. Like Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, Thomas Curry is the hero’s hero, the ultimate good to which Arthur Curry aspires.
5. INFP – King Nereus
Dolph Lundgren plays the ruler of a sister kingdom to Atlantis, the underwater kingdom of Xebel. Nereus is the father of Mera, although his iron-first methods of ruling did not pass on to his freedom-loving daughter. Nereus is an INFP because of his commitment to his worldview. When their negative traits show up, INFPs can be arrogant and short-sighted, so focused on their own goals that they can’t see how they might harm others. Like bad INFP leaders, Nereus is also quick to fell insulted, resulting in anger and vengeance against those he deems enemies.
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4. ISFJ – Ocean Master
Orm of Atlantis loves the throne. He will often disagree with the person sitting on it, especially if it’s a character like Atlanna or Aquaman, but he is fully respectful of the Atlantean monarchy system; that’s because of the potential he sees in it. Power through force and retribution for his enemies are causes Orm believes in wholeheartedly. Becoming king in the Atlantean government are means to pursuing those beliefs. If you haven’t already guessed, ISFJs similarly are drawn to organizations in which they find value. They don’t mind working behind the scenes to assist those organizations as long as that’s the practical, logical way to help. Ocean Master’s shadiness and desire for the throne fit all these ISFJ traits, even if they are warped by his capacity for evil.
3. INTP – Black Manta
Black Manta puts himself above everyone else. He’s a vicious pirate, doing whatever dirty work other people need for cash. Like other INTPs, Black Manta can separate himself emotionally from others to accomplish his goal. That’s not to say Black Manta will only ever work alone, but like other INTPs, his relationships to others are always goal-oriented. If those goals change, he’ll ditch the partnership. Finally, Black Manta is a character that doesn’t mind taking on challenging situations. He is, after all, a human being caught up in a battle between Atlanteans. If that’s not stress management, I don’t know what is.
2. ENTP – Mera
Thank God for Mera. Without her, most of the problems in Aquaman wouldn’t have been solved. Mera is an energetic problem-solver, attacking issues with gusto and the ability to think outside the box. Part of Aquaman centers around the mystery of the Trident of Atlan, and it’s Mera’s puzzle-solving and craftiness that eventually uncovers the truth. Besides this, ENTPs are enthusiastic explorers, curious about what lies beyond their comfort zones. With the exception of Arthur Curry himself, Mera is the character that spends the most time outside Atlantis. Mera is guaranteed to appear in Aquaman 2, but if Warner Bros. ever wanted to capitalize on an Indiana Jones-esque character, they’d be smart to give Mera her own spinoff.
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1. ESFP – Aquaman
Aquaman is an adventurous movie, and its main character is one of the most adventurous heroes in recent comic book media. ESFPs are all adventurous, and when they’re inclined to do good, act as enthusiastic helpers. They are also highly adaptable, which totally fits the bill for a guy who goes from lighthouse keeper’s son to superhero to Underwater King. ESFPs approach the world with a sense of humor and pluck, which is Arthur Curry through and through. Not only does this make Aquaman perfect for the ESFP slot on this list, but it also makes him a great hero for our time. In a world so dominated by darkness and grit, it’s nice to have a hero that can laugh every once in a while.
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