It seems to me that each MBTI type has a frequently occurring "role", almost like a trope, in popular entertainment. Taking my own type for instance, I can think of (common ones anyway):
- Evil Mastermind: Palpatine, Moriarty, Hannibal Lecter
- Byronic/Tragic/Flawed Hero: Snape, Darcy, Eugene Onegin
- Depressed Philosophizing Junkie; not that they're all junkies: Raskolnikov, Ivan Karamazov, Andrei Bolkonsky
- Independent Badasses: Clarice Starling
And then you get more unusual INTJs like Gandalf.
I don't mind these tropes but sometimes I wish we'd be shown in a more "human" light. It seems that a lot of mistypes happen because INTJs are glorified as badasses or masterminds; even many actual INTJs swoon over their personal fictional heroes. Of these tropes I think I relate to the flawed hero and depressed philosophizing junkie the most. I can "mastermind" but it doesn't characterize me, and I'm not much of a badass, as uncool as that is.
These evil masterminds and badasses almost seem unreal. I can certainly see that they are solidly grounded in the INTJ functions- they just take the Ni-Te to the extreme, and sometimes give the character physical prowess. Many INTJ masterminds are given very warped world views that only make sense if you do a quantum leap in your logical framework, become scary Level 9 Enneagram 5-8-4 (or something similar) and are the most close-minded. I can see how they might get their motivations but for the life of me, I can't relate.
What are some tropes you notice in your type, do you think they accurately depict your type, and what are your feelings toward them?