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Thor

Requested by laurafred & lisajuh

Personality Type: ESFP

Dominate Function: Extraverted Sensing

Thor is focused outward, interacting with his environment in a physical way.  He gathers a lot of data through his immediate surroundings.  When he was younger, Thor craved battle for the rush of adrenaline and in-the-moment ferocity that he could experience.  He was ruthless, but also resourceful and observant.  Thor knows better that to be a warmonger, but he still considers the immediate needs of his subjects and his friends, making him an attentive ruler.

Auxiliary Function: Introverted Feeling

Thor has a strong set of internal values that serve as a compass for his actions.  He believes in honor, valor, courage, and eventually learns humility.  He is sentimental, always trying to bring Loki home and grows to have a soft spot for Earth and humanity.  We see Thor’s values change from a warrior-like set of core values to a more altruistic leadership role, this being the main conflict of his film.  In the Avengers, we see him try to calm the Hulk down before he tries to fight him, despite how dangerous the situation was.  Thor is guided by his heart, and his instincts of what is right and wrong.

Tertiary Function: Extraverted Thinking

Planning is not Thor’s strong suit, but he was a trained warrior and can create reasonable battle strategy.  He is not a particularly pensive person, who needs to organize his inner thoughts.  Instead, Thor focuses his organization outwards, making simple plans and categorizing people, places, and things.  This helps Thor orient himself on Earth when he first arrives, but due to his inferior introverted intuition, he usually lacks contingency plans for bad situations.

Inferior Function: Introverted Intuition

Introverted intuition is Thor’s least developed function.  He has a difficult time with foresight, as Loki often points out.  He organized an attack on the frost giants, but he could not foresee the consequences that it would have.  Loki tricks him over and over with his double image trick, but Thor lacks the foresight to know that Loki is probably manipulating him.  He did not have any sort of contingency plan when he could not retrieve his hammer, leading him to get captured by SHEILD.  Additionally, Thor has a difficult time grasping symbols and double meanings, like the understanding that he needed to prove his inner strength to wield his hammer.  Thor has slowly been developing this function, and by the end of the Avengers he has a stronger grasp of how to consider his action’s ramifications.

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor

Thor operates on principals.  Not only is he loyal to his family and to Asguard, but he also has strongly held beliefs about freedom, trust and honor.  At first, Thor was driven by principals of being strong, mighty, and fearsome in battle.  This was the kind of person and the kind of leader he wanted to be.  Over time, he learned principals of forgiveness and dignity, which now drives his actions as a leader and as a superhero.  Thor does not do what he does for glory or out of duty.  Thor is a hero because he knows that it is the right thing to do.