The real villain from Marvel's Netflix shows is, of course, the person who's canceling Marvel's Netflix shows. However, just because we aren't getting new stories for our favorite small-screen baddies doesn't mean we can't celebrate those lovable haters now. We thought we might do that by heading on over to the Myers-Briggs® website and seeing which personality type fits the villains in question. We matched them up below, so check it out and let us know what you think of the Myers-Briggs® personality types of the Marvel Netflix villains.
10. Benjamin Poindexter - INFP
The character that we’ll never get to see become Bullseye is sensitive, even obsessive about the way people treat him. Though not usually this extreme, that’s definitely a quality of an INFP. Also like an INFP, Dex is constantly fluctuating between loyalties. He wants to commit to something that shares his values, but his constantly changing nature makes that difficult. Due ultimately to his violent tendencies, Dex is hard to categorize. But since we couldn’t do this list without him, an INFP seemed like the safest bet.
9. Alisa Jones - ESFP
Jessica Jones’s mom is ruled by her gut. When she gets angry or afraid, she lashes out. Even when that’s definitely not the smart thing to do. This sensitivity to the moment can work to her advantage, however, because it makes her very adaptable. She goes from a homeless woman to live-in partner to fugitive seamlessly, bolting from each situation when the time is right. It’s that adaptability that makes her a clear choice for the ESFP spot. Also like other ESFPs, Alisa is attracted to music, evidenced by her trying to learn piano. For most ESFPs, however, hitting a wrong note isn’t a reason to literally tear the piano apart.
8. William Rawlins - ISFJ
The shady CIA spook that serves as Punisher season one’s big bad is a behind-the-scenes operator. Like his fellow ISFJs, Rawlins is fine with receiving no recognition for his work, instead preferring to stay hidden. Also like other ISFJs, Rawlins is attracted to a leadership role in an organization that encourages his beliefs. That doesn’t always mean that ISFJs go into the military, but that it’s not uncommon. Finally, Rawlins is patient to an almost inhuman degree. He has such confidence in his plans that waiting for them is just another step. Normally, that'd be a great quality to have. But if the things you’re waiting on are a bunch of murders, it’s actually not that good.
7. Mariah Dillard - ISFP
ISFPs are attracted to community organization positions. You’ll find them in a lot of political roles, just like Luke Cage villain Mariah Dillard. Like the New York politician turned gangster, ISFPs are efficient, organized workers. They apply common sense and reason in every situation and adhere to a clearly defined world order. The problem with Mariah Dillard is that she’s defined her own world view, and it’s flawed enough to allow for some truly heinous crimes. Most of the time, however, her awareness of how she appears to others keeps her from doing them herself.
Except, you know, that one time.
6. Cottonmouth - ESTJ
The world of an ESTJ can be a surprisingly simple one. They have a tendency to view everything in black and white. That’s not to say they view the world in terms of good and evil, just that they split it into very simple categories.
Cottonmouth’s view of the world is split between the powerful and the weak. He is dedicated to making himself the former, and in true ESTJ fashion, faces challenges to that status in a direct, concise way. Still, Cottonmouth’s unshakable view of the world and brusque way of acting doesn’t mean he’s a misanthrope. For the most part, he gets along very well with the people in his inner circle. Except, you know, that one time.
5. Kilgrave - ENTP
ENTPs can be erratic, which means it’s hard for them to know exactly what they want. That’s very true of the evil Kilgrave. He’s almost just a spoiled brat, hateful toward the world because he can’t find true happiness. Interestingly for someone so vile, Kilgrave actually hates being alone. In a warped, pathetic way, he actually desires human connection, which is a common trait among ENTPs. Still, another ENTP trait (obviously taken to an extreme) comes before his desire for a friend. More than love from people, Kilgrave ultimately wants power over them.
4. Alexandra Reid - ISTJ
Sigourney Weaver’s Defenders character is scientific in her way of thinking. That’s what makes her an ISTJ, her tendency to think analytically. ISTJs draw facts from the world around them, then enjoy seeing how they can use them to create. In Reid’s case, her creation was supposed to be immortal life for herself and others. However, the Defenders put a stop to her plan, despite how much info she had used to build it. Still, you can’t blame a person for trying, right? Okay, maybe in this case you can.
3. Billy Russo - ENFJ
In the first season of the Punisher, Billy Russo looks like the good guy. Literally. Billy has the boyish good looks and charm you’d expect from a box-office hero. That charm is part of what makes him an ENFJ, and also part of what makes him a good leader. Billy has the ability to inspire others, and though he ultimately ends up using his men for a nefarious purpose, he does foster growth in those that he sees talent. That said, we’re only talking right now about the season one version of Russo. The second season, which drops this week, may feature a Russo that is entirely different. Especially when it comes to his looks.
2. Elektra - ISTP
Yes, we know that Elektra isn’t entirely a villain in Daredevil or Defenders. However, she definitely becomes one post-resurrection, and even before that, does some really shady things. Still, even though what she might do isn’t always good, she is always good at it. ISTPs like Electra are experts in their craft. Like her and her martial arts skill, they spend years honing their abilities to be as perfect as possible. Also like Elektra, ISTPs can separate their relationships from their goals. It’s not that Elektra doesn’t care about others, it’s just that if there’s something really important she has to do, she can leave them. Or, in some cases, even go up against them.
1. Wilson Fisk - INTP
Arguably the best human villain in the MCU (sorry Whiplash), Wilson Fisk is an INTP through and through. He is the mastermind behind a ton of plans, many of which are extremely complicated and take years to pull off. He can also approach people and things in a detached manner, turning them into numbers or tools to serve his purpose. If there’s ever a big bad in a movie or TV show, a brilliant mind to challenge a hero’s willpower and intelligence, you can bet that that character is an INTP. And no one in the Marvel Netflix Universe gets that better than the Kingpin of Crime.
Which Marvel Netflix Villain is your favorite? Which Myers-Briggs® Personality Type would you assign them? Let us know in the comments section below!