MBTI: Doctor Doom- INTJ
It was only a matter of time before DOOM showed up. Specifically, while I was writing the last Fantastic Four post and it only made sense to throw him in. He’s one of the greatest villains of all time and his mind, the greatest.
He runs his own country, has countless minions, and a bunch of happy-go-lucky morons as his enemies that just happen to get the best of him, but never his ego. Even his name is the prototypical Super-villain title. It’s time again, to talk about the INTJ.
I’ve posted a few articles in the past week that go over which types play what in movies. E/ISTPS are eternal action heroes, Guardians are usually someone either in control or under it (happily)- but there’s only one place for the INTJ and that’s on top of it all, behind the curtain, pulling strings. In fact… If you know someone that you suspect is an INTJ, ask yourself two questions: 1. Are they in control of everything around them? 2. If they’re not in control (at work, socially, etc.), could you see them at the very least, viewing themselves that way? If Magneto is the absolute ENTJ in comic book form, Doctor Doom is the poster boy for the Mastermind variant. His iconic look, created to hide himself from the world while simultaneously scaring the hell out of it is the way the INTJ you know lives out their life as well. The Isolated planner, meticulously plotting out every action they’re going to make the next day. And the next week. and maybe the next several years if not more. People tend to like them in their day-to-day life, never knowing what’s really going on in their heads…
Let’s begin. Doctor Doom’s head function is Introverted Intuition. His masterfully set plans, his lifestyle, his outlook; all products of constantly coming up with the next big project. If you’ve ever asked an INTJ to do something with you, they better be able to fit it in with everything they’ve already planned to do that day, otherwise it’s a no-go. Even if that means they were planning to sit on the couch on their day off.
Ni is set on get the most out of the user’s time so slight hiccups (i.e., the rest of the world) could get on their nerves quite easily. Doom’s lead function is what gives him his assured sense of the future and how to plan things out so far in advance that no one will ever see what’s coming. Except him of course. You TJs, you.
But that last part is what so commonly works with their second function, and maybe what Doom is more known for- his Extraverted Thinking. Victor Von Doom is one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe. Right up there with INTP Reed Richards.
But his ego won’t allow that to be a fact, merely something others might thing is true but that’s because they understand nothing, the fools!
Doom’s Te is what has him referring to himself in third person, constantly speaking down to people out loud and almost begging someone to challenge him just so he can put them right back in their place- except that Doom begs no one. Te is confrontational and direct. Too direct for many’s taste and this may leave the INTJ with only a few close friends. Te reassures themselves that “if this person doesn’t like what I have to say, then they shouldn’t be around me. I speak the truth. Not my fault they’re so sensitive.”
This would also explain why Doom has no friends but runs an entire country. With the help of minions of course. Who needs friends? This leads to another issue that may easily ward off any potential associates past the point of doing cold hard business- the INTJ is one arrogant sonavagun, and to a point, they like it that way.
Have you ever met someone very smart, very funny, but very full of themselves? You wanted to argue many things they might say but you just didn’t know how because this person may have actually been right? That person might have been an INTJ.
INTJs run off of logic, pure and simple, and regardless of what many forums online tell you, they also don’t understand people very well. So to the INTJ, being right is all you need. What was everybody’s problem again? The INTJ doesn’t get why you’re so upset because he made a fat joke about you- you really are fat. Oh, poor sensitive baby.
It’s not that they INTJ is even always right, they just know how to make you look wrong. After the INTJ makes a fat joke about you there are one of two ways for you to respond. Laugh it off and have the INTJ believe that you’re going to sit there and take whatever they throw at you (because you’re pathetic) or tell them how rude it was of them, only to have them also tell you that you’re too serious. See? INTJ wins.
Now imagine Doom thinking this way and you’re that much closer to understanding his unbreakable pride. Either he beats the Fantastic Four, thus proving his supreme intellect- or the FF beat him because of a slight mishap on someone else’s part- but it couldn’t have been his fault. This isn’t just to point out an INTJ flaw, but it’s a defining weakness of their as well as a defining trait for Doom.
For the issue of Fantastic Four #500, Doom actually seeks the help of demons to help rid him of Reed Richards- a man Doom has hated since his college days. Now that’s a grudge.
In some versions of the story, Richards tried to warn Doom of a miscalculation in the machine Doom was working on. Doom wouldn’t listen and the results left him permanently scarred and hateful of everyone around him.
Co-creator Jack Kirby has said that he’d drawn Doom behind the mask at one point and only gave him a thin scar on his cheek. But it’s that scar and Doom’s superiority complex that makes him want to level humanity- to their knees, precisely.
It’s also interesting to note that Kirby wanted to draw the closest thing that Death could get to human, hence the robe and the mask resembling a skull. There is no mercy to Doom and any compassion shown by him is for his own gain, sooner or later.
Despite all this, Doom remains one of the most feared and respected villains in comics. Much like real life INTJs, if you ever get to know one, you may learn a lot. If they’re not telling you about something you’ve never heard of, they’re telling you something you didn’t know about the thing you do know of.
As long as this genius isn’t allowed to become arrogance, knowing an INTJ can be a rewarding experience. Like seeing a really rare animal at the zoo. The end.