The MBTI® Of Marvel's Netflix Characters

Nowadays, it seems like the Marvel universe on Netflix has all but been decimated. While we still have the second season of The Punisher and the third season of Jessica Jones to look forward to, it doesn’t seem like we’ll get much more after that. That is, of course, unless Disney decides to pick up the shows for their new streaming service, but even that doesn’t seem too likely. So before we’re forced to say goodbye to the darker side of Marvel forever, let’s take a better look at the Myers-Briggs® personality traits that would drive a New Yorker (super-powered or not) to don a mask or conspire to accomplish something far more sinister.

10. Wilson Fisk: The Advocate - INFJ


Very early on in Daredevil, it is made clear to the audience that if Wilson Fisk is one thing, he is an idealist. Fisk believes that he can lead Hell’s Kitchen to a brighter tomorrow by scorching the earth and building something newer and much less corrupt. He lets his wishful-thinking guide him throughout most of his life. INFJs, like Fisk, are not idle dreamers by any means. They have the knowledge and willpower to accomplish any goal they set there mind to and if they are lacking in either, they won’t be for long. INFJs are also one of the rarest personality types, making up less than one percent of the population.

9. Killgrave: The Debater - ENTP

Killgrave is probably one of the better villains introduced to us by the combined forces of Netflix and Marvel. He is suave, witty, and willing to verbally take just about anyone (and everyone) down a peg if he feels it’s necessary. ENTPs are unflinchingly honest and can often be mistaken as brash or rude. In actuality, however, they just value the truth far more than they take into consideration. Killgrave may not be the person you should go running to when you need a shoulder to cry on, but he’s definitely the guy you need to see if you’re looking to talk an entire police station full of cops into turning their guns on each other.

8. Billy Russo: The Entrepreneur - ESTP

One of the reasons it’s so upsetting—and yet somehow so expected—to find out that Billy Russo has been working Frank since even before his family was murdered is because of just how charismatic and straightforward he seems. ESTPs are the worldly trailblazers creating a path of their own. They're the kinds of people who just can’t find it in themselves to follow someone else’s rules. Killgrave may be suave but Billy the Beaut is the epitome of that particular trait. He doesn’t need any special powers to manifest his reality. He’ll pick up a gun, start a company, make the tough choices — even if it means sacrificing a few people on the way.

7. Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes: The Persuader - ESTP

Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth

Cornell has a major problem with his nickname: Cottonmouth. It forces an image of the person he was into the mind of everyone around him rather than allowing them to see how far he has come along. Image is something that is very important to Cornell and other ESTPs like him. Much like Billy Russo—the prior entry on our list—appearances mean a lot to Cornell. The Biggie painting in his office, the club, the clothes, everything about Cornell says “I am a success.” ESTPs aren’t afraid to get their hands a little bloody and do the hard work when they need to.

6. Elektra: The Entertainer - ESFP

Elektra Netflix

There’s a quote by Marilyn Monroe (another famous ESFP of which there are many) that goes something like “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you surely don’t deserve me at my best.” And if that doesn’t encapsulate Elektra perfectly in just a few short sentences, then I don’t know what else could. Elektra is all about following whatever feels good and going wherever the fun is. It doesn’t matter if that’s helping Matt take down a city full of mystical ninjas or just trying to get him to cross that line and take a life. Just as long as it’s good for a laugh or some excitement.

5. Danny Rand: The Performer - ESFP

Danny Rand Iron Fist

Danny Rand is another example of an ESFP personality type in Netflix's little section of the Marvel universe. Regardless what you have to say about the two seasons of his Netflix series, Danny Rand, as a character, is simply better with a group. ESFP are empowered by the group and while they may not be the greatest people to plan next years' Defenders reunion, they are phenomenally gifted at making plans on the go. Danny is practical, which I suppose is an important trait for the Immortal Iron Fist, and he has excellent people skills. However, it’s clear throughout the seasons and series that he has a tendency to lack focus and is often much too sensitive, letting his emotions get the better of him for much of his storyline.

4. Luke Cage: The Commander - ENTJ

Luke Cage is the stereotypical ENTJ. He is strong-willed and charismatic. It’s not just that Luke is empowered by being in a group, Luke takes it a step further by drawing power from his entire community. It’s true that Luke may have received his power through an underground government operation illegally experimenting on incarcerated prisoners, but his real power comes from Harlem. Harlem is the reason Luke stood up to the Stokes family in the first place; it's the reason he feels the need to stop Bushmaster, and he thrives in the role of the community’s protector.

3. Frank Castle: The Virtuoso - ISTP

Frank Castle, as the lawyers, writers, artists, doctors, and pretty much anyone you can get ahold of will tell you, is not a man that would be described as “mentally fit.” Any sort of typing of his character is grasping at the straws of a formerly whole man. However, I think it’s pretty clear to see that Frank is most definitely an introvert. He certainly doesn’t work well with anyone outside of his unit. Frank is a natural, as his commanding officer Colonel Ray Schoonover would say; a trait that applies to ISTP universally. There is a brilliant fusion of their primary cognitive functions that allows for a great and natural understanding of the way the physical world works. It's something that comes in handy when you’re gunning down gang members, corrupt government officials, or just your average ne’er-do-well.

2. Jessica Jones: The Adventurer - ISFP

Jessica Jones is another character on our list that has been truly traumatized by the events of her past. We rarely see her without a bottle or flask in hand, which makes typing her a little complex. So here’s what we know: Jessica, much like Frank, does not play well with others. She’s very in touch with the world around her, and she’s allowed her past trauma to radically shift the way she lives her life. It’s a little disappointing that we may never see Jessica and Frank on screen together, seeing as they’re so similar that they might actually get along. ISFPs like Jessica are sensitive to others, fiercely independent, and when they’re not halfway through a handle of whiskey, they’re actually quite charming.

1. Matthew Murdock: The Defender - ISFJ

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Matthew Murdock (the one who started it all) is the man without fear: Daredevil. Matt takes the Defender personality type and really runs with it in every single aspect of his life. During the day as a mild-mannered defense lawyer, Matthew Murdock protects the falsely accused from the clutches of a corrupt system. At night, though, he hunts down the falsely freed and beats the justice right into them. ISFJs are called to protect on a nearly compulsive level. You’re most likely to find other ISFJs in hospitals, working the night shift — perhaps in a nursing position. But whenever there is a crisis or people in need, you’re likely to find an ISFJ volunteering to help fix the situation.

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