MBTI: Louis Bloom- ISTJ
Another recent creation and possibly Jake Gyllenhaal’s greatest performance ever, Louis Bloom is the type of ISTJ you don’t want to run into.
While normally thought of as by the book and rigid, that’s a stereotype that’s a general truism rather than an absolute. The ISTJ you know may be by the book and rigid, but it’s still going to be by their rules and standards, not necessarily what their boss deems appropriate. You’ll see what I mean if you don’t already.
Alright so from the opening scene we know that Louis is a weirdo. Just look at him.
But aside from his stunning cheekbones and eyes that look like ping-pong balls begging to escape from his skull, Louis Bloom’s nightly activities set him apart from most of us. He’s not just a guy that’s awake when most of us sleep, but his routines consist of things that give everyone a reason to lock their doors at night. From assault to theft (And eventually worse), Louis doesn’t seem to have many boundaries. While many of his less noble traits mostly involve his apathy, what makes this guy a stick-up-his-butt Guardian?
Everybody gets boxed in and you don’t even need MBTI for that. But where the SJs tend to get boxed in is by people seeing them as just some boring prototype of a personality. Something to start with and little more. They’re then overlooked when typing unless they come across some character that’s so agonizingly boring that they must be a Guardian.
Well I’m here to tell you that Guardians are freaks too! Don’t leave them out of this.
Louis Bloom doesn’t break a stereotype rather than fit into a different one perfectly- the sociopathic ISTJ. You know the one. You try to avoid him. He’s a nice guy, sure. But he’s just off in a creepy way that you can’t fully describe without the suspicion that he’s going to walk up behind you or even hear you from around several corners. And Nightcrawler is his movie whether he knows it or not.
Many have typed (and argued) for fiction and nonfiction killers and psychos to be diabolically calculating Intuitives giving way too much thought to something that’s as simple as it looks. I’ve gotten emails from Buffalo Bill of Silence of the Lambs to Norman Bates of Psycho stating that these characters are too in their own heads to be Sensors. Well, I appreciate the emails and they know this. But as I told them, it just ain’t the truth and Guardians are probably the weirdest types out there. Why? Two words- Introverted Sensing.
Louis watches TV. Louis waters his plant. Louis goes out at night and commits multiple crimes in the name of making money to pay for his apartment and lifestyle that allows him to continue watching TV and watering his plant.
While Si itself doesn’t create a weirdo, it is all about the habits and routines. And if you’ve had a bizarre upbringing or were raised in an environment that let you believe what goes on around you is normal, it’s going to make for a pretty unusual individual.
While I rarely type real people, many of the most famous serial killers seem to lend themselves toward SJ preferences for the most part. As mentioned above, upbringing plays a part in a person’s life (duh) and if you’re a personality where questioning the rules doesn’t come natural to you, then why wouldn’t you think your dad beating you and feeding you dog food isn’t something that happens to the other kids at school?
Whatever Louis’ upbringing was like we don’t know but his auxiliary Te is also well represented. When he speaks to people, he speaks fluently robotic. While he’s well versed in whichever subject he’s speaking on, he doesn’t speak in a way that allows people to see his point of view past the pure logic that it is. Does logic mean he’s always right or that he’s the smartest? Nope. It just means his line of thinking isn’t from an emotional stand point but (what he at least sees as) a professional one. He doesn’t understand the people he’s talking to nearly as well as he understands the rules they abide by and he works within them.
Exoneration, manipulation, and attempted murder aren’t below Louis’ moral code in part because they’re what keep him getting paid by the lovely Nina. This is what not simply allows his behavior but promotes it. Don’t do anything to violate his way of life, his “business”, or even a good shot. He’ll do whatever he needs to do to remove you from his life. ISTJs and their routines, man, do not get in the way.
And if you’re wondering why anybody would argue to be the same type as Buffalo Bill, I couldn’t begin to tell you.