MBTI: Loki- ENTJ
Usually “trickster” types are reserved for ENTPs and other types that are known to mess around with others just for the fun of it. But Loki’s messing around doesn’t really consist of goals like “fun” and “reactions” but rather world-ruling and planet destroying.
So while his goals are usually pretty obvious, his intentions and his methods are usually a mystery. He may help you, he may damn you, we just don’t know until it’s happened.
Let’s also make it clear that we’re speaking specifically of the Marvel Comics’ Loki rather than the original mythological figure and I really just don’t care about the movie version but he can be typed the same.
Going after Odin’s throne, Thor’s death, or the end of all living things (Ragnarok, don’tcha know), Loki just wants what everybody else doesn’t- to be the one in charge of changing everything.
Born and raised competitive, Loki also grew up jealous of his brother Thor. You would too if you had aspirations and the intellect to be a rocket scientist yet everybody kept praising your brother for being good at football. Throughout the years, Loki became just as likely to help his family as he was to get them killed.
Eventually being thrown in an Asgardian prison for too much mischief (a key word with Loki), he usually crafts his plans in such a way that to have him put to death seems a bit harsh to his family.
Loki’s first function is Extraverted Thinking. There’s some stuff going on around the good ol’ ‘net that Loki is an INFJ. I really don’t know what goes on in people’s heads. This guy doesn’t want people to love him, he wants to control them for the sake of power, something ENTJs love like fat kids and their cake.
His endless scheming is usually reserved (once again) for ENTPs but while ENTPs might kill themselves for the sake of a great idea, the ENTJ’s ideas are more on the constructive, profitable side, even if that means killing everyone he was raised with, just so he can stick his tongue out at them. At times this has even involved taking the form of different women.
But nothing goes with Te like a healthy dose of Ni, and that’s what drives Loki to wait in the shadows, with his dark magic and his tricks, until things are aligned in just the right way and he’s trusted by his people again…so he can make his move.
But he’s not content with staying in the shadows and while he distances himself enough from his own plans to be able to claim innocence to some degree or another, he plays an active part in his own plans to make sure they come to fruition. An INTJ may do their part of the plan, but it’s really more about setting it in motion more than it is pushing it along like an ENTJ does.
And wouldn’t you know it, the ENTJ’s Introverted Feeling is last, making it that much easier for him to plot to kill his family. Inferior Fi will have the user come off as cold, uncaring, and in many cases, downright sadistic. If you don’t know any ENTJs, you probably know an ESTJ and chances are, you work for one. The ESTJ’s inferior function is also Fi and you’ve probably noticed that this boss of yours is a selfish jerk (that loves football).
When Te is first and Fi is last, the business comes first and everything else falls to the side. The difference between the ENTJ and the ESTJ, aside from what’s described here, is that at the end of the day, the ESTJ wants to kick back with his family and take a break from all the slave-driving (probably to watch football) while the ENTJ’s work is their life. Home, work, and play are all the same things to them. Loki’s mission in life is to rule in one way or another, and taking a break is a highly temporary activity.
Feelings are believed to be weaknesses and since most people don’t see it the same way, it’s not a mystery why Loki would view himself above every other living thing on the planet. Unlike the INFJ, where Extraverted Feeling is second and their interactions with others are very important to them Whereas Loki is like the honey badger.
It seems since the Marvel movies and the induction of good-looking man meat Tom Hiddelston has taken on the role, Loki is seen as a misunderstood lost child type that’s just looking to belong after finding out he’s adopted.
Compare all of what’s been described in this article to an actual INFJ villain, Ra’s Al Ghul and you’ll see the difference. Ra’s is going to kill what he believes to be a bunch of hopeless, immoral parasites that are only going to further ruin the rest of society. He believes he’s doing the majority of mankind a service. Loki wants to kill, rule, and own, and he’ll use any trick to get there.
Heck, he’s gotten some of his enemies to refuse his plans due to how destructive they were. Funny since he’s the one that was raised by the people he was trying to kill and the enemies think it’s too much.