MBTI: Superman- ESFJ

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Of all the superheroes in the vast world of comics, there’s one that’s always stood (or flown) above the rest. He’s the closest thing to Jesus a character has gotten since…well, Jesus.

His Holier-than-thou reputation isn’t his own doing as much as it is the truth: he’s more physically powerful than just about any character ever created and even with limitless abilities (blowing out a star with his breath), he still chooses to be a protector of humanity. His exaggerated abilities and ideology easily mirror the “perfect” type, the ESFJ.

The type community (online, of course) seems obsessed with typing every major character with a preference for Intuition over Sensing, but I beg to differ.

Batman tried to tell Robin that Superman's an FeSi dominant, but Robin wouldn't listen.

Batman tried to tell Robin that Superman’s an FeSi dominant, but Robin wouldn’t listen.

A healthy person, or Kryptonian for that matter, that uses Extraverted Feeling dominantly will be highly friendly, wanting to connect with those around them rather than Introverted Feeling’s choice to see how others attitudes fit with them. It’s more natural for a high Extraverted Feeler to laugh at a joke robustly if they should find it funny or maybe to laugh when no one else does so their feelings aren’t hurt.

This is core to Superman. His home-world gone, he now lives on Earth. Here, there are billions of people that can’t protect themselves from the enemies at large, can’t survive without assistance because of meteors hurtling toward the earth at any given moment, and are in need of guidance from a superior being, one who does not fail. If he can keep going, regardless of what he deals with, maybe we could just do a little more.

So even though Superman could rule the planet with a hand behind his back, he protects them. Why not go off, exploring in space, to never come back or to appear at random intervals when you feel like it, a la Doctor Manhattan? His Introverted Sensing, of course.

Clark Kent was originally from Krypton, but as we all know, he was raised on a farm in Kansas. His Earth parents instilled responsibility in their son that his powers are to be used to do good, not for selfish gain or to be wasted. Ma and Pa Kent would be horrified if their adopted son grew up to be the universal dick-head. It wouldn’t suit right with them, so it wouldn’t suit right with Clark.

No matter how dead they may be, they can always come back. Never forget that important life lesson.

No matter how dead they may be, they can always come back. Never forget that important life lesson.

You’ll find this in the nice guy that  joined the military so as to protect his country, or in the mother that dotingly takes care of her five obnoxious kids.

A problem for me growing up was that Superman is a “goody two-shoes.” I can’t relate to him and he’s too clean cut. I still don’t read the comics but looking at him now, there had to be one like this, so here he is. This is the way people often see ESFJs.

While the INTJ’s issues are obvious to most people, and the ENFJ’s deeply rooted beliefs may cause some to take offense where none was intended (or maybe it was meant offensively and the ENFJ really does need to calm down) the ESFJ’s major problems take the form of at least one of these ways:

1. Too passive at times.

2. Too dominating at other times.

3. Too likeable

The first reason is more of Clark Kent’s attitude at work. To pass himself as “mile mannered,” he acts oafish, clumsy and nerdy. This really is an aspect of Kent’s personality, but we all know it’s him keeping himself contained.

Why a floor full of award-winning journalists don’t know who he really is has always been beyond me.

The second reason listed is what Superman could easily be should he so wish, I don’t need to explain how. His immeasurable strength is exactly that, and that’s someone you don’t want to mess with.

And the third is most people’s issue with him, if they have one at all: He’s too good. He’s Alabama, the Yankees, he’s whoever seems to always take the ring/trophy/whatever. When someone seems so likeable or nice, we always tend to think they’re hiding something and we begin looking for a flaw. When we don’t find anything, we either start to like them…or we just look harder.

"You're all....haters..."

“You’re all….haters…”

Let’s quickly demonstrate Superman’s “Sensor-ship” we’ll compare to Batman’s Intuitiveness, since the two constantly team-up yet are near exact opposites, no one will deny. Batman’s a regular guy (besides the bank account) yet he’s taken all of his resources to turn himself into a one man detective agency, solving crimes with genius methods and taking down those same criminals with ruthless efficiency.

He has dedicated himself to understand the mind behind the crime, to truly comprehend it, and bring them to justice, broken ribs and all.

Superman on the other hand, is the most powerful being on the planet (possibly the universe), has been caught between two colliding planets and even come back from the dead. But with these abilities, after he’s punched a Texas-sized meteor out of the sky, he still finds time to float down to the local basketball court to bust a little black kid for smoking a cigarette.

That’s Guardian thinking to the tee, my friends.

"Clark, would you stop pretending to be a bad-ass and heat my coffee already?"

“Clark, would you stop pretending to be a bad-ass and heat my Hot Pocket already?”

Note: A review on the ‘Man of Steel’ Superman personality later, which I found to be a little different than the comic book counterpart I analyzed here.

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15 Responses to “MBTI: Superman- ESFJ”

  1. I just watched Man of Steel online & I agree that the movie version is different from the comic book version.

  2. You should also analyze Lois Lane. Majority has concluded ENFP or ESFP.

    • Taylor Says:

      Yeah, Man of Steel has him much less of an Extravert, doing more “soul searching.” Comic Superman zips around saving kittens without a care. Yeah with Lois, about the only thing I’m sure of is E and P. ESTP seems appropriate in a way but I’m not entirely sure.

      • I think Man of Steel Superman might be INFJ. It was his idea to help people. Jonathan Kent wanted Superman to focus on what his future will be. John knew Superman was going to affect the future of the world. But, he wanted Superman to keep his strong side a secret, at least until the time was right.

        So there is some sign of coming up with his own vision (Ni), Plus, Superman felt he lost at the end because of what had to do to Zod to protect innocent lives. It seems like a metaphorical loss to Zod.

        • Taylor Says:

          Yeah, I agree. INFJ for MOS Superman. Much less outgoing and happy-go-lucky, much more introspective, wondering about his place in the world.

  3. I knew Superman would be ISFJ or ESFJ. I did consider ISFJ because of the Fortress of Solitude. LOL

  4. The Red Son Superman seemed ISFJ. If you never seen the motion comic, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcM_x5rh3aM

    It’s an alternate timeline where Superman landed in the Ukraine during the Cold War. Then, was taken care of by the Russians & used as a protector of communist ideals. It also involves Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane & Bizzaro each having different lives all because Superman was raised in a different nation.

    • Taylor Says:

      I’m familiar with Red Son. In fact, it seems like the best stories with Superman are written involving alternate universes and “What If” scenarios. And I think that’s Marvel’s weak point.

      • Red Son is my personal favorite Superman story. Plus, that Superman outfit has 2 of my favorite colors: Black & Red. I just wish that Batman remained an American who’s parents were stilled assassinated by KGB for being anti Superman & the CIA gives funding to Batman to cause the USSR & Superman chaos.

  5. The KGB assassinated Wayne’s parents still works if Batman was an American because in the 1950’s there were a lot of Soviet spies that had infiltrated the United States.

  6. Can you analyze Captain America? The comics version. I see him as a Guardian (SJ). I never was too intrigued, overall, with Marvel characters, until the Civil War storyline. The only Marvel storyline I’ve really paid attention to.

    • Taylor Says:

      Ha, was actually planning to type him pretty soon.

      • Cool. I’ll be looking forward to it.

        I realized when people compare me to superheroes, picking from the DC universe, they say I’m Batman. Yet, in the Marvel Universe they say I’m Captain America. Then, I thought about how much an upbringing can really affect a person. Mine’s darker than the bat cave during a power outage, while wrapped in a black blanket.

  7. Really interesting analysis. I’ve seen people in a few other places describe Superman as an ISFJ. Do you think that’s down to a general misunderstanding or the writers creating different versions of the same character over 80 years?

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