MBTI: Professor X- INFJ


Fitting the Wise Old Man archetype to a tee, Professor Charles Francis Xavier lives life trying to see a dream through. Or at least he did, before dying a couple years ago. Oh, he’ll be back, don’t worry.

Based on Martin Luther King Jr., Xavier is hoping to see that mutants and humans can one day live in peace with each other and does so under the idea that the only violence needed is to protect the innocent from the more violent antagonists that don’t have the same dream.

And here's his physical inspiration, Yul Brenner.

And here’s his physical inspiration, Yul Brenner.

While the newer movies have James McAvoy portraying a younger, less wise bipedal wayward son-type, every other incarnation feature a father-like mentor to all mutants and other races that would seek his counsel. If that ain’t INFJ, I don’t know what is. There’s a good reason for INFJ to own the “mentor” role in fiction- they play it in real life. While it’s not always a Miyagi/Daniel-San relationship, it does include one-on-one discipleship where the INFJ will give the best diplomatic advice that they can. Long-term advice, of course.

The INFJ’s first function being Introverted Intuition (Ni), the INFJ sees something and creates a hundred possibilities in their head. A hundred is pushing it, but they are some of the most creative people around, few though they may be. Their creativity often comes in the form of how they go about pursuing the best relationship possible.

Though Professor X has been shown to be slightly manipulative at times through the use of his powers of telepathy, he ultimately has the greatest intentions in mind and goes about them by the tutelage of the younger mutants taken under his wing.

But knowing that simply teaching the kiddies wasn’t enough, he turned his original students into one of the greatest teams of the Marvel U. The AVENGERS!

Just kidding. But in all reality, the only types to think as far ahead into the future so clearly are the Thinking cousins, the INTJ. But an INTJ Professor wouldn’t exude the wisdom he’s always been written to have. Though INTJ mentors don’t always need to be villains, their coldness and preference for cold logic often turns them into one. But that ain’t Charlie.

Interestingly enough, the Wise Old Man category that the Professor fits into so well also often calls for them to be killed or disappear at some point in the story for the hero to grow on their own after taking in enough from their mentor. And who was Xavier’s first X-Man?


Oh yeah, bebe.

Also interestingly enough, it was Scotty boy who killed him. Sure, he was possessed and all by the most powerful cosmic enitity known to man, the Phoenix Force, but don’t think that stops everybody from blaming him still. Ungrateful turds! I shake my fist at thee!

But the plan to lovingly take care of, teach, and eventually have his own students mentor others is not only a product of Ni, but their auxiliary function as well. I’m talking of course, about Extroverted Feeling (Fe). Caring about the immediate well-being of others, it’s this function that makes the user want everyone to harmonize for the betterment of all.

And chess powers. ULTIMATE CHESS POWERS.

And chess powers. ULTIMATE CHESS POWERS.

As mentioned, while INTJs share the auxiliary function of Te, which is useful in constructing and implementing more logic oriented goals, the INFJ sees the more righteous goal as being one that brings together the people that already have to live with each other in the first place. With that in mind, what can’t be accomplished if people stopped treating each other like crap?

Fun fact for the kids, Xavier actually does have a contingency plan in mind in case he or other mutants (including the ones he trained) become too powerful known as The Xavier Protocols. It’s so ominous, ya gotta love it. This is Ni at its best, a back up plan for everything. On the list of mutants who have had to deal with their own protocol?

Professor X himself, Wolverine (of course, right?), Cable, Rogue, Colossus, Shadowcat, Gambit, and Storm.

But it’s also things like this that can keep the INFJ from reaching their full potential. While secret contingency plans to take care of super-powerful beings should probably be just that- secret- it’s also the INFJ trait of not saying enough when the time calls for it.

For all of the appropriate times for an INFJ to hold back, there are still the moments where the right word could be used but they refrain still. Out of timidity or bad timing, the results are negative all the same. If the INFJ wishes to better their relations with others in one way or another, it would be best if they worked on their verbal resolve to better achieve the goals they plan on seeing through.



5 Responses to “MBTI: Professor X- INFJ”

  1. Chandler Says:

    This had a perspective I’ve not known of anyone having. Many people think that because his powers are mentally based that would make him a T. Being an INFJ, myself, I’m glad to see that someone understands that being super emotional does not negate our brains. What you said about the contingency plan is very true. We tend to believe that we are going to hurt people, so we need back up plans to prevent it.

  2. I want to propose another typing, if I may. Taylor, you argue that Charles Xavier is INFJ, while Jean Grey is ENFJ. They are very similar characters, so that typing makes some sense.
    I’d argue the reverse, however.

    Charles seems very comfortable communicating with others, very socially competent. He’s quite able to focus on the present moment, the people immediately around him. He is very comfortable taking charge, makes decisions quickly. He’s very at ease in a group setting. Charles’ issue with his power is his being overwhelmed by others thoughts in his own mind (Fe empathy overload).

    Jean, on the other hand, tends to be quieter, and doesn’t speak much in a group setting, unless it’s going to provide some useful information. She doesn’t even make eye contact all that often – she’s very caring for others, but always seems to be thinking hard about something. She seems more hesitant to make a decision. Jean’s issue with her power is her concern that if she lets loose, she will hurt someone (Ni consequential analysis).

    These are rough analyses, and they are based on their film depictions. Maybe their depiction in the comics is different?

  3. Emma Biuk Says:

    He is definitely an ENFJ. His primary focus is people. And that’s dominant Fe.


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