MBTI: Game of Thrones’ Houses
It’s always interesting, the idea that your lineage would have a symbol for them and you. What would yours be? Everybody would like to think it would be as awesome as a wolf or dragon but somebody’s got to end up with an open palm holding flower petals right?
Well this isn’t giving a sigil to types but typing the houses already in play in Game of Thrones. What are the proud Lannisters and the secluded and stubborn Greyjoys? See if you agree.
House Stark– ISTJ
Sigil: A grey direwolf on a white field
Motto: “Winter is coming”
ISTJ is fitting for Stark not only because I’ve typed Ned and Robb as such, but more because the cold and dedicated nature of the family fits ISTJ as well, a type often described as dutiful. Solitary and calm, if the ISTJ is left to their own devices, you’ll know a happy person. Interrupt them however, and God help us all. The Stark House is this way as well, preferring to be left alone to an environment that most find unsuitable but fits them nicely.
A wolf is also a nicely fitting animal for the house as well being that ISTJs need their solitary time but can also be social creatures- but it needs to be on their own terms. The house of Stark gets along with its neighboring families but isn’t to be take lightly when offended, as we’ve seen throughout the stories.
House Lannister– ESTP
Sigil: A golden lion rampant on a crimson field
Motto: “Hear me roar”
ESTPs are all about gaining the upper hand though keeping it can be a bit of a challenge. Headstrong and full of confidence (Some would say arrogance), the name and the sigil are fitting for the take-charge ESTP, one of, if the the most competitive type. Featuring several main cast members, the Lannisters are a family that leaves an impact on you. Whether you hate them or love them, you’re not going to forget them.
ESTPs often have the same effect on those around them, preferring to let their actions and words speak for their personality and leaving those in their wake to figure out how they feel about it. There is hardly any middle ground for these guys as they either put everything have into what they’re doing or they ignore it altogether. There isn’t a more confrontational house in Westeros and the ESTP can appear that same. It’s almost as though times of peace are more torturous for the family than fighting to keep their position of power.
House Baratheon– ESTJ
Sigil: A crowned black stag running rampant on a gold field
Motto: “Ours is the fury”
When the Baratheons do something, they do it loudly and aggressively. From Stannis’ forces to Robert’s lifestyle, when a Baratheon is around, everyone knows it. It only furthers the idea when you look at the role of every Baratheon in the show being one of an authoritative stance. Renly was the closest Baratheon to being a pushover and still, there’s no indication that he was one, just rather less demanding in his overall resolve.
ESTJs are much the same in that to be in charge comes natural to them while getting people to band together is a different matter entirely. While it’s true that ESTJs don’t mind telling people what to do, the followers of an ESTJ may be as divided as the house of Baratheon is; submissive but scattered. The Lead Te of an ESTJ with inferior Fi can make for a demanding and harsh user.
House Targaryen– ESTJ
Sigil: A three headed dragon on a black field
Motto: “Fire and blood”
A family couldn’t be more polarized, could they? While the Mad King and Viserys had some issues to work out, Daenerys and Aemon are the kind of people you’d want to rub shoulders with. You could compare this to the seemingly bi-polar personality of the ESTJ who, with inferior Fi, can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
Either way, they’re probably your boss at work and you’re going to have to listen to them but just hope you get the happy side. All this and not to mention the fact that all Targaryens end up ruling to some extent or another. Be it Castle Black or the Dothraki, a Targaryen presence means a Targaryen ruler. This would seem to go without saying, but not all members of all families necessarily want to be in charge, while the Targaryens live for it.
House Bolton– INTJ
Sigil: A red flayed man hanging upside down on a white X-shaped cross, on a black background
Motto: “Our blades are sharp”
I can’t help but think that the vulture fits the INTJ personality and that those tie into the Boltons. Sneaky, a little creepy (whether they mean to be or not) and quite opportunistic, the Boltons took their chances when they became available and the rules of morality didn’t concern them a bit.
While power is something all strong Te users crave to some extent, there’s a major difference to how far an individual will go to get it, with some being more willing to circumvent laws and the protocols of others. INTJs aren’t all this way, but many will gain a reputation for sneaking in the background, doing whatever they feel the moment calls for rather than taking others into their consideration. Nobody is as hated more than Ramsay but nobody can say Roose doesn’t know what he’s doing.
House Tyrell– ENFP
Sigil: A golden rose on a green field
Motto: “Growing strong”
Here’s a seemingly softer side to the majorly cold-hearted houses, albeit trickier and with more unique tactics than simply starting a war to get what they want. ENFP is fitting for the Tyrells in that the heads of the house seem to be bigger fans of using finesse and discussion to come to an agreement and we all know ENFPs can talk their way out of most situations they talk themselves into.
And with auxiliary Fi, you’ll find that ENFPs on average actually care about the people they’re talking to, as the Tyrells have been shown to do at various moments throughout the series; a far cry from the majority of the houses who seem to only focus on their own power and gaining more.
With Margaery subtly undermining Cersei, Lady Tyrell helping to poison Joffrey, and the males of the house doing their own thing in…”offbeat” ways, ENFPs seems to be the best fit for a softer yet cunning house.
House Greyjoy– ISTJ
Sigil: A golden kraken on a black field
Motto: “We do not sow”
Ruling over the Iron Islands, House Greyjoy is the uglier side of the ISTJ; far past stubborn, they’re like the old man in Apocalypse movies that refuses to leave his house even though he can see the aliens blowing up everything in their path.
As you’ve seen with the Starks, ISTJs have plenty of admirable qualities but if you’re familiar with House Greyjoy, you can see where this is going. If there’s one place in Westeros you wouldn’t want to live, it would be the Iron Islands. Everything is grey, dirty, and it always looks like a storm is either coming through or has just passed. This is somewhat reminiscent of certain ISTJs that not only stick to only what they know, but spit on others who behave any differently even their own way of life is a slowly destructive one.
House Martell– ISTP
Sigil: A red sun pierced by a gold spear, on an orange field
Motto: “Unbowed, unbent, unbroken”
Way off in their own corner of the world, the Dornish don’t bother others and don’t want to be bothered. But if it happens, everybody is going to pay. Similarly to the Starks but inversely at the same time, the house of Martell is a family that lives life to the fullest and only holds back when they feel its to their advantage.
The hot environment the Martells reside in seems fitting as well. ISTPs are the type to be just as soon in the crowd with friends as they are off by themselves doing their own thing. When we meet the House of Martell they seem to fit in King’s Landing as well as anyone else, yet they hadn’t appeared until much later. Mysterious, fun, and adaptable, and deadly, the Martells fit the ISTP stereotype well.