MBTI: Daredevil & Elektra- ISTP
The ultimate ISTP couple! Come one, come all! See this rare spectacle in truly miserable form!
While Daredevil has always been a favorite of mine and Elektra has been “Eh,” this seemed like too good of an opportunity to be missed.
There’s been some arguments as to what type Daredevil really is and guesses are everywhere- INFJ to ISTJ. Where these guesses come from I’m not entirely sure, but ISTJ is reasonable. What his dad taught him growing up having such a major impact on him is something of a Guardian trait to constantly refer back to how they know things to be to tell them how to deal with things now.
But Matt Murdock’s lifestyle is too much of a Perceiver to be anything else. Notice that ISTJ characters are usually very direct and to the point; a dual lifestyle isn’t fitting to their nature and is partially what makes them an ISTJ character- the Punisher and Dredd being examples of characters that live in a world full of crazy characters but deal with it all like an axe repeatedly hitting the same spot until their target falls.
There’s no finesse, no grace, just brutal marksmanship.
Now take Daredevil on the other hand. A lawyer by day, which many would consider to be a Perceiever job in the first place; arguing semantics of the law, getting murderers off based on technicalities- hey, it’s the law, right? And though Murdock isn’t that kind of lawyer, he’s still in a position that has him changing his tune depending on the nature of the crime his clients have committed.
But not only does he piss people off during the day with his “lawyering,” he’s also playing the vigilante role by night. His obsession with keeping his corner of New York safe is an interesting one seeing as how Spider-Man goes anywhere in New York, the X-Men regularly travel the world and Avengers have no problem going to alien dimensions.
But not Matt, who’s content staying in Hell Kitchen and making sure his town is safe. This is similar to the ISTP way of thinking that as long as you leave theirs to them, we’ll all get along fine.
But it was the Bendis/Maleev run on Daredevil that had “Hornhead” getting into enraged arguments with superhero comrades that invoked ideas of the ISTP fits of anger they’re prone to. While I get tired of people shining lights on their own flaws as if they were a good thing, Daredevil’s biggest issues seem to stem from his violent tendencies.
After Elektra is killed, he tortures her killer with a game of Russian Roulette. After he’s been outed in the media as Daredevil, he sneaks out of his apartment where reporters are crowded, dressed as Daredevil, and unmasks himself thinking he just let them all see who he is as a sort of “Here I am!”
At one point, he even just became Daredevil for a year. No one even saw Matt Murdock.
Not to mention all the arguments he gets into with other heroes who he feels are judging him. Some characters just really bring the drama, don’t they? If an ISTP feels like his freedom is being infringed upon, they’ll take measures on par with a Rational albeit with a much more angst-ridden tone. Instead of just figuring their way out of a situation, they’ll often resort to trading blow for blow. Figuratively usually, until their opponent gives up.
But in Daredevil’s case, this is often literal.
Daredevil’s love life is also much more similar to the Crafter Artisan than it is any other type. Torrid and sometimes just depressing, Murdock’s love life may be the most famous in all of Marvel, save for Spider-Man and Mary Jane, and the Wolverine/Cyclops/Jean Grey triangle.
If they don’t get murdered themselves, they end up doing the murdering. Karen Page, Typhoid Mary, Black Widow…In Elektra’s case, she’s both a murderer and the murdered.
Raised a rich daddy’s girl, the way writer/creator Frank Miller has written her, she was pretty much born bad. But ISTPs aren’t born bad, though their natural diversions include things that others might find unsavory or maybe just downright stupid in some cases. The stereotypical examples always include skydiving and “X-treme sportz” but this could just be as simple as binge-drinking when everybody else is going for “having a good time.”
Elektra’s way of doing things exemplifies that side of the ISTP that just doesn’t care.
The movie focused on an aspect of her character that just isn’t there in the comics, much like Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine. Taking a character that is apart of many dramatic occurrences and events and making them aware of it creates unnecessary melodrama. I.E., screaming at the sky, constantly talking about how dark their life is, blah blah blah.
Elektra on the other hand, is quite a cold and remorseless character. She doesn’t kill out of a sense of revenge from being angry at the world. She kills because she can and she makes money off of it. The former is more important to her than the latter. The reason her and Murdock can’t be together is that she is a killer that refuses to stop while he can’t be with someone that regularly murders people.
If you’ve ever read a comic with Elektra even in it, she’s generally going to be doing less speaking than any character she’s around. She’s not quite a stoic though, as just about any dangerous activity she’s involved in will have her smiling about whatever violent crime she’s about to commit.
Living secretly, dangerously and according to their own principles, it’s no wonder an ISTP couple can’t make it- they’re too much alike and they’d just end up killing each other.