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What was Severus Snape's MBTI type?

  • INTP

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  • INTJ

    Votes: 68 51.1%
  • INFP

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  • INFJ

    Votes: 8 6.0%
  • ISTP

    Votes: 1 0.8%
  • ISTJ

    Votes: 19 14.3%
  • ISFJ

    Votes: 1 0.8%
  • ISFP

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  • ENTP

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ENTJ

    Votes: 2 1.5%
  • ENFP

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ENFJ

    Votes: 1 0.8%
  • ESTP

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ESTJ

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ESFJ

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  • ESFP

    Votes: 2 1.5%

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This character was very logical and didn't display his true feelings. Even Dumbledore misunderstood Snape's feelings in 1997, and by then Snape had worked for Dumbledore for more than a decade and a half. Snape was also introverted, so Dominant Ti and Inferior Fe makes sense.

Snape was very inventive with spells when he wrote in the Half-Blood Prince book. He invented many new spells, and wrote them on almost all pages of the book. He also had an excellent sensory memory, and was able to tell what was wrong with a potion simply by sensing it. Auxiliary Ne and Tertiary Si.

My vote goes to INTP.

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I'd guess INTP as well going from basically what you stated.
He cared deeply about Harry's mother and Harry himself but he never knew how to show it ... inferior Fe?
His inventions seemed more abstract than something an INTJ would create ... the INTJ would need it to have a fairly practical application.
And yes, he had a very good sensory memory but it wasn't his strongest suit. Tertiary Si.
 
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This character was very logical and didn't display his true feelings. Even Dumbledore misunderstood Snape's feelings in 1997, and by then Snape had worked for Dumbledore for more than a decade and a half. Snape was also introverted, so Dominant Ti and Inferior Fe makes sense.

Snape was very inventive with spells when he wrote in the Half-Blood Prince book. He invented many new spells, and wrote them on almost all pages of the book. He also had an excellent sensory memory, and was able to tell what was wrong with a potion simply by sensing it. Auxiliary Ne and Tertiary Si.

My vote goes to INTP.

What do the rest of you think?
Literally all the evidence you presented in favor of INTP could apply just as well (or even more aptly) to an INTJ.
Inferior Fe can look similar to Tert. Fi because the resulting behavior looks similar: Rudeness/Bluntness of weak Fi as opposed to the lack of friendliness and conformity to social niceties of the I_TP's.

INTJ's, though outwardly "uptight", have rich inner worlds and can be more inventive than their ISTJ counterparts ('dat Ni), which could manifest itself in creating new spells. I could easily imagine Snape being bored by an inept teacher and using spare time, long after his potion was done, to practice new incantations on the side.

But I think the was he doles out punishment on whims clearly exemplifies weak Fi along with the pragmatism of Te
But 'dat Ni's always present. He knows what's going on.
__TJ of some kind--certainly not a TP.


"You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potionmaking," he began. [...] I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses ... I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death -- if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach."
Analogies that come easily to him, impatience, intellectual elitism and superiority, Se-oriented descriptions.... INTJ

"That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger," said Snape coolly. "Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all."
The above, along with what I remember from Harry's first interaction with Snape, when he punished Harry for Neville's errors - shows weak Fi. An INTP wouldn't bother; trust me. They practically never lose their cool like Snape does.

"You might be laboring under the delusion that the entire wizarding world is impressed with you," Snape went on, so quietly that no one else could hear him, "but I don't care how many times your picture appears in the papers. To me, Potter, you are nothing but a nasty little boy who considers rules to be beneath him."
"The usual rules do not seem to apply to you, Potter. The curse that failed to kill you seems to have forged some kind of connection between you and the Dark Lord. The evidence suggests that at times, when your mind is most relaxed and vulnerable -- when you are asleep, for instance -- you are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord."

Harry: "How come I saw through the snake's eyes if it's Voldemort's thoughts I'm sharing?"
"Do not say the Dark Lord's name!" spat Snape.


Certainly an __TJ. __TP's don't emphasize rules, regulations, and processes to this degree. If anything, an INTP would respect the breaking of rules in pursuit of something worthy (ends justify means)


And there he was, at a table right behind Harry. Harry stared. Snape-the-teenager had a stringy, pallid look about him, like a plant kept in the dark. His hair was lank and greasy and was flopping onto the table, his hooked nose barely half an inch from the surface of the parchment as he scribbled.
Okay, not to be mean, but this could certainly describe an INTJ or INTP in their teen years.

As I was reading these "Snape quotes" I started to wonder if he used Si>Ni... But then I remembered his sass directed towards authority he has no regard for.
When Umbridge was in charge, I remember his being very sassy.

I think the biggest clue to his being INTJ not ISTJ is his love for Defense Against the Dark Arts. Look at this little speach:
The Dark Arts," said Snape, "are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal {powerful archtypes-Ni}. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before [Analogies, again, come easily to him]. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible."
Harry stared at Snape. It was surely one thing to respect the Dark Arts as a dangerous enemy, another to speak of them, as Snape was doing, with a loving caress in his voice?
"Your defenses," said Snape, a little louder, "must therefore be as flexible and inventive as the arts you seek to undo."


I think he is an Enneagram 1 INTJ...
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Total INTJ.
 

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He's an INTJ written by an INFP.
I've always identified with him very strongly.

Whoever said his spells didn't have a purpose obviously didn't understand the environment Snape grew up in. Muffliato, great for making sure you aren't heard. Sectumsempra, something to really hurt the other person fighting you. Various potion changes, made to increase their efficacy and efficiency. Learning how to fly without a broom, pretty handy when you need to fly and don't have a broom.

Another clue that he uses Ni fairly regularly is his tendency to quickly draw conclusions. It's Ni pattern recognition. A Ne user would not be so quick to draw a conclusion.

He sees things from his own perspective and isn't really interested in anyone else's.

I actually see him more as a type 4w5 INTJ.

inspired originality
self-aware intuition
subtle humanity

symbolic drama
withdrawn melancholy
self-indulgent disdain

desolate confusion
guilt-ridden torment
suicidal despair
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As life becomes less and less tolerable, suicide becomes increasingly likely, and if it happens it may be done in some unusually gruesome way. Extremely dark, horrifying inner imaginings are welcomed and encouraged. The whole world, both inner and outer, is seen as grotesquely diseased and utterly without redeeming qualities. 4/5 Hell is a place of unimaginable ugliness, populated by those deformed, psychotic monsters, the human race. Psychotic 4/5 revels in hopelessness and despair.
 

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He's an INFP. He doesn't act like a "failed" INTJ.

His irrational dislike of Harry stems from his inferior Si. Harry invokes those horrible memories he has of James. He's stuck in a Fi-Si loop in the story, a common INFP problem.
 

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He's an INTJ written by an INFP.
I've always identified with him very strongly.

Whoever said his spells didn't have a purpose obviously didn't understand the environment Snape grew up in. Muffliato, great for making sure you aren't heard. Sectumsempra, something to really hurt the other person fighting you. Various potion changes, made to increase their efficacy and efficiency. Learning how to fly without a broom, pretty handy when you need to fly and don't have a broom.

Another clue that he uses Ni fairly regularly is his tendency to quickly draw conclusions. It's Ni pattern recognition. A Ne user would not be so quick to draw a conclusion.

He sees things from his own perspective and isn't really interested in anyone else's.

I actually see him more as a type 4w5 INTJ.
Very good point about his spells having a purpose, although I don't think it eliminates Ne. There were a lot of changes having been done in the book, many revisions and things being crossed out.

Please give me some examples of him being quick to draw conclusions.

The biggest clue to Snape not being an INTJ is his strong Si usage. He's able to tell what's wrong with a potion, simply by sensing it, without any appearant difficulty.


@MyNameIsTooLon, Snape is obviously a T.
 

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Most of his choices and decisions comes from how he feels about things so I would have to disagree. Unless you can prove how he's a Ti-dom.
Not a Ti-Dom. Ni-Te. Te is definitely present, and so is Fi. INTJ seems pretty clear to me... I guess I can see INFP, but he's simply too cold.
 

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Please give me some examples of him being quick to draw conclusions.
The Shrieking Shack incident comes to mind. He was unwilling to hear that someone besides Sirius was responsible. Especially someone presumed dead.

And again at basically every point when Harry got into trouble it was clear what conclusions he drew about Harry even past the point of it being obvious Harry wasn't trying to be a glory seeker. In Snape's mind Harry was actually just reincarnated James Potter, there to torment him some more and win all the respect that Snape felt he deserved.

He drew the conclusion that Harry and James would be no different from the moment he saw Harry in the Great Hall. He gave Harry absolutely no time to prove him wrong.

Classic Ni-Fi action there.
 

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Not a Ti-Dom. Ni-Te. Te is definitely present, and so is Fi. INTJ seems pretty clear to me... I guess I can see INFP, but he's simply too cold.
He's neither and INTJ nor INTP.

Behavior is not indicative of personality type. Feelers can appear quite cold and unfeeling if they're not Fe-doms. The way that he lashes out at Harry irrationally, tends to point towards inferior Te which would match with being an INFP not Te-aux.
 

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The Shrieking Shack incident comes to mind. He was unwilling to hear that someone besides Sirius was responsible. Especially someone presumed dead.

And again at basically every point when Harry got into trouble it was clear what conclusions he drew about Harry even past the point of it being obvious Harry wasn't trying to be a glory seeker. In Snape's mind Harry was actually just reincarnated James Potter, there to torment him some more and win all the respect that Snape felt he deserved.

He drew the conclusion that Harry and James would be no different from the moment he saw Harry in the Great Hall. He gave Harry absolutely no time to prove him wrong.

Classic Ni-Fi action there.
That's seems more like unhealthy inferior Si to me. Unable to let go of the past and his old feelings.
 

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That's seems more like unhealthy inferior Si to me. Unable to let go of the past and his old feelings.
You best be trolling. Snape is not a Ne dom.


He's seeing James and Harry as being of this bully, glory seeker archetype (Ni) Mainly due to his personal feelings (Fi) about James and an idea that after all the apple rarely falls far from the tree (Ni again).

I will agree with you that he does let his past cloud his judgment but that's not a quality reserved for people with Si. It's his inner feeling judgments that obscure his normally rational Te outlook. He has a child like use of Fi. He's still uses it mostly to his own detriment and let's it throw tantrums. He thinks that all these judgments can only be rational because his ego isn't Fi dom or Ne dom, it's Ni and Te.

I'd be more willing to hear the argument that he is ENTJ with Fi inferior.
 

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Very good point about his spells having a purpose, although I don't think it eliminates Ne. There were a lot of changes having been done in the book, many revisions and things being crossed out.
That sounds more like Te to me. He was trying to perfect potions making. I really don't think that Ne would have the staying power to focus on tweaking a system that works.

Please give me some examples of him being quick to draw conclusions.
Elyasis gave some great examples, but I think it's worth noting that in The Prince's Tale, Dumbledore does say to Snape about Harry, "You see what you expect to see, Severus."

The biggest clue to Snape not being an INTJ is his strong Si usage. He's able to tell what's wrong with a potion, simply by sensing it, without any appearant difficulty.
Or that could just be years of practice. He has been teaching the subject for around 10 years by book one. He clearly put a lot of time into the subject when he was a student too, so I don't think the fact that he knows potions in and out is necessarily indicative of Si.

That's seems more like unhealthy inferior Si to me. Unable to let go of the past and his old feelings.
I think it sounds like Ni-Fi. It's just as plausible that his irrational dislike of Harry is because he assumes a like-father-like-son pattern as opposed to because he's remembering specifically how he felt about James.

Also, if Snape were an INFP, then he'd have auxiliary Ne and I don't see any Ne in him. Ne's more flexible that Ni. He never considered that Harry might take after Lily rather than James in personality. He made his conclusion and blindly refused to see past it. I'm aware that people of the same type can have wildly different personalities, but Lupin and Luna are INFPs, and Snape is literally nothing like them. Lupin and Luna are different, but I can see the similarities between them. I just can't with Snape.
 
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