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    What is the best type for a protagonist and villain?

    I wanna know what you guys think are the most compelling protagonist and villains. I know there's a type often called the protagonist but im hoping you say what you feel you want to watch/read, if thats that type than thats cool.



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    INFJ

    Quote Originally Posted by crystalcrows View Post
    I wanna know what you guys think are the most compelling protagonist and villains. I know there's a type often called the protagonist but im hoping you say what you feel you want to watch/read, if thats that type than thats cool.


    It's an interesting one - stories are just projections of the characters in our collective psyches.

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    It's an interesting question, and a great one even!
    But I'm willing to go with the flow and say that the best protagonists are ISFPs (Luke in Star Wars) and the best villains are INTJs.
    It's just always been this way.

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    I like my heroes to be the most stereotypically intelligent people in the story who are socially aloof, slightly misanthropic, and adhere almost completely to rationality and logic, staunchly atheistic and without belief in the supernatural, and most importantly feel a great pull towards doing good.

    And for the villain to almost match the intelligence of the hero, but it's a different kind of intelligence, the knowledge they have and the things they say appear to the hero to be manifestations of their madness. Once the hero has defeated the villain and thwarted their sort-of understandable plan, the supernatural background of the villain's plan reveals itself, but only lightly, nothing massive like a ghost talking to them, and as a result the hero is forced to question not only if they did the right thing, but their entire worldview.

    So I'd say INTP/ISTP for hero and INFJ/INTJ for villain.
    Ni has a stereotypically strange and 'mystical' way of speaking which would give the Ti hero a challenge in working out what they intend to do.

    But this could also end up being terrible and probably very cliche.

    On the other side of the coin is the hero who is still incredibly intelligent and rational who is faced with seemingly supernatural events, but reveals them to be nothing more than trickery.
    So Sherlock Holmes vs Lord Henry Blackwood, or Houdini vs Mediums, or... Scooby Doo?

    I'd also like to see an INFJ hero facing off against an INFJ villain.
    Last edited by Folsom; 01-14-2020 at 03:50 PM.

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    I tend to like Thinkers as "heroes" because I like competent protagonists who aren't goody-two-shoes all the time like Feeler characters can be written as. But if a Feeler character is written more as an emotionally troubled and morally-dubious hero then that's great too. It depends on what works for the story though.


    I actually really like INFJs as villains because it's always an unnerving juxtaposition of seeing someone acting very calm and serene while initiating evil. Those characters can come off as very mysterious, charming and likable and so they often have a cult or group of loyal followers who'll happily do dirty work for them. That's scary.

    xNTJ villains, while often stereotypical, can be pretty cool too. I do want to see a villain who actually poses a giant threat of actually being capable of succeeding in their plans.

    ExTP villains are often fun to watch as well.

    IxFPs are pretty interesting as villains too considering they're usually portrayed as the innocent heroic types. The Break / Corrupt the Cutie trope often fits. I like the tragic "hero turned villain" trope.


    Quote Originally Posted by Folsom View Post
    I'd also like to see an INFJ hero facing off against an INFJ villain.
    Have you ever heard of Naoki Urasawa's Monster? It has that dynamic.
    Last edited by Hexigoon; 01-16-2020 at 07:40 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexigoon View Post
    I tend to like Thinkers as "heroes" because I like competent protagonists who aren't goody-two-shoes all the time like Feeler characters can be written as. But if a Feeler character is written more as an emotionally troubled and morally-dubious hero then that's great too. It depends on what works for the story though.


    I actually really like INFJs as villains because it's always an unnerving juxtaposition of seeing someone acting very calm and serene while initiating evil. Those characters can come off as very mysterious, charming and likable and so they often have a cult or group of very loyal followers who'll happily do dirty work for them. That's scary.

    xNTJ villains, while often stereotypical, can be pretty cool too. I do want to see a villain who actually poses a giant threat of actually being capable of succeeding in their plans.

    ExTP villains are often fun to watch as well.




    Have you ever heard of Naoki Urasawa's Monster? It has that dynamic.
    I haven't, but the synopsis sounds just like something I'd enjoy. I'll give it a try.
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    Well, the most typical protagonist is the ESFP. ESFPs tend to be go getter, risk taking personality types accompanied by a caring Fi. They tend to get into trouble because of their dominant Se which makes them more exciting then many other types. Their Fi serves as a moral compass which helps the viewer identify with the protagonist.

    Villains are much more difficult. I think villains tend to be mostly TJ types, especially ENTJs. I can also see ESTPs be very popular for villains, albeit different villains then TJ types.

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    ENFP

    I want to see the story flipped. INTJ is the hero and ENTP/ENFP duo are the bad guys. ;) *cough* Batman.
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    Nah, the biggest scenario flip would be an ENTJ protagonist and an ISFP antagonist.
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    I think any pro/antagonist will be interesting if you think enough about how their type exhibits itself in different situations. If the character is sufficiently developed, any type can make a great character, regardless of the role.


     
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