MBTI: Morpheus- ENFJ
This one’s a bit trickier, but as far as ENFJs go, Morpheus fits the type pretty well. It can seem especially difficult in a film series where just about everybody dresses in leather, suits and sunglasses while most lines are questions with a one word response.
Character 1: Is this going to work?
Character 2: It has to.
Seems like a world full of Introverts which lead many to speculate that Morpheus is also a solitary man, but that would have more to do with the movie keeping a steady rhythm. At a closer look, it gets pretty clear that Morpheus is not only an Extrovert, but an Extroverted Feeler first. Unfortunately, no one can be told what Morpheus is. You have to read it for yourself.
Sorry, had to. Mostly, Morpheus keeps a stone face throughout the trilogy, save for the first film where he’s captured by the agents and makes this weird constipated face while breaking through his handcuffs.
But faces alone wouldn’t determine type. Morpheus is going out on a very long limb to not only contact and rescue Neo, but to train him and use him, specifically because he’s taking it on faith that Neo is “The One” in the first place; something of an Idealist trait to begin with. “I really have no idea if this will amount to anything, but I choose to believe the human spirit will triumph!” All the naysayers can shove it up their big, skeptical butts. Keep in mind, this is all while most don’t even seem to believe “The One” exists in the first place, so faith is a huge factor here.
Morpheus also speaks cryptically in allegory and symbolism possibly even more than he speaks concretely.
Morpheus: I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Much of Morpheus’ dialogue isn’t to the point, but building up to a greater message. His language is powerful enough to sway someone leaning his direction while garnering interest from doubters such as Cyrus. Why else would he have been there?
So while the ESFJ cousin is fine with taking care of people on a daily basis, Morpheus puts Neo through the weirdest training that would fry the common man’s brain (Also a testament to Neo’s type), training his digital body and mind in hopes that he’ll one day be able to free them all from the strangling grip of the machines. That’s long range planning at it’s finest, something Introverted Intuition, as Morpheus’ auxiliary function, takes care of.
ENFJ is much more the type to go out and “collect” friends or in many cases, followers of sorts, much like Morpheus has gathered the members of the Nebuchadnezzar. Even when they don’t fully believe him, they go along because they know it’s the best option they’ve got. Cult leaders, preachers, and some of the most influential political officials are thought to have been ENFJ. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Bono to name a few.
Though I think even if Bono really is that type, he’s still a chode.
For Neo’s type, click here.