MBTI: Game of Thrones’ Littlefinger- INTJ or ENTP?
Spoilers! You’ve been warned!
Written in part by Rebecca Shortman
Blast you, Littlefinger! As unpredictable and mysterious as he is in the show goes double for viewers in real life. While many have typed Petyr Baelish as INTJ, in a recent article I’ve typed him as ENTP. Though through an INFP’s argument (Rebecca!), the case was presented convincingly enough to merit a discussion of Lord Baelish’s Ni or Ne preferences.
So is he the Mastermind behind many of the shows biggest events? Or the Inventor of the chaos hoping to be the last man standing when the smoke clears? A little bit of both from the way I just worded it, but let’s go into more detail.
Baelish’s “Mastermind” persona is quite obvious from the first few scenes including him. Aside from keeping a low snarl of a voice speaking as though he’s always in a library, his influence on those around him invokes that idea of a guy that manipulates everyone like puppets as INTJs are known to do, specifically throughout fiction. They set the dominoes up, push one down, and sit back as they all fall.
A good example of this would be when he sent Jorah’s pardon to Danaerys in order to divide her counsel and weaken her position. Baelish’s involvement with Lysa Arryn, his betrayal against Ned Stark, or Joffrey’s assassination as any different. As clever as leading Ne users are, they are not typically master strategists, as INTJs are.
The INTP and ENTP strong points are more in line with problem solvers as Tyrion is, being able to draw upon a series of seemingly unrelated connections in order to come up with possibilities, which eventually culminate into a “Ah-Ha!” moment which hides just out of reach until just the right visual or audio cue finalizes the connection for an answer.
Baelish doesn’t appear to work that way. It could be argued that he’s not drawing connections outside of himself together in order to allow answers to come to him. He internally comes up with connections himself, from nowhere other than the dark recesses of his mind. Like an elaborate game of chess, no one else but Baelish would have thought to create the circumstances that would lead to X, Y, Z.
Baelish doesn’t just observe chaos and use the chaos that’s already there to his advantage. Baelish creates chaos artificially. He interrupts the status quo and throws people off their natural orbit with deliberate intent. He’s a mastermind at predicting circumstances because the best way to predict the future is to create it so basically, he can’t be wrong.
The INTJ’s dominant function being Ni plans far into the future with its inferior function of Se acting in the here and now. This would allow Baelish to make movements in the present that will work in favor of the potential long range plan he has, whatever that plan might actually be leading toward.
On the other side of that coin is ENTP. In an effort to not repeat previous posts, it could also be said that Baelish’s entire way of operating is based under the pretense that everything around him is already in such disarray, he only needs to reach out and prick it with a balloon to make things go the way he wants them to.
Ne connects what seems unconnected as opposed to Ni which ; such as the dagger found in the attempt on Ned’s son Bran’s life. When presented with the dagger that happens to be the one Baelish had lost to Robert Baratheon, he “reveals” that it belongs to Tyrion Lannister, thus having Tyrion taken captive by Catelyn Stark. It would almost seem too coincidental that Catelyn, an obsession from Baelish’s youth, is the centerpiece for this scheme. This, and that her husband happens to play quite the role in King Robert’s council.
Baelish’s seemingly new “crush” on Catelyn’s daughter Sansa might also suggest the ENTP’s ties to its past with inferior Si, which acts something as the stake in the ground to the ENTP’s lead function of Ne which could be compared to a hot air balloon. Ne’s new and exciting ideas connect with Si’s previously experienced details to give them a notion of what will and won’t work. In this case, Baelish’s more recent affections for Sansa are much in part due to Baelish’s former affections for Sansa’s mother, a woman he grew up with in Riverrun and had always had feelings for.
But Baelish’s ultimate goal?
“Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next. Sometimes the best way to baffle them is to make moves that have no purpose, or even seem to work against you. Remember that, Sansa, when you come to play the game.”
While Ni is a master planner, Baelish’s plans don’t seem to have much more to them past getting rid of anything or anyone that could be an obstacle to him. And what makes an obstacle? It seems to simply be anything that takes away from him.
While power may be his goal, his movements and motives also seem too improvisational to be the work of a lead Ni user that works their entire plan over in their mind before making a single step. Especially when the steps involve doing things that, at times, don’t make sense to anyone and have no purpose.
The real question, which remains to be seen (at least in the show), are what Baelish’s endgame is. Does he simply want the personal power INTJs crave? Or are each of his moves meant to attain the freedom that comes from that power as ENTPs desire?
Rebecca Shortman, who contributed to much of the writing and the idea itself of this post, runs her own site at lifeasauaastudent.blogspot.com where she regularly rants about life as an INFP and all the douchebags you’ll meet in your everyday life.