Functional Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)
Magneto has an intuitive understanding of situations which enables him to have a strong forward focus. Having gone through the Holocaust convinced him of the nature of humans as evil and unchanging; it establishes an unshakable anticipation that they will eventually resort to their former tactics—and for the most part, he’s right. He knows how one thing leads to another, how “optional” can become “mandatory.” His deep-rooted cynicism is what sets him apart from the more idealistic approach of his friend/enemy, Charles Xavier. Even in their former youthful relationship, Charles approached Mutants like Jean Grey appreciative of their dangers but optimistic about their potential, whereas Magneto saw their intuitive potential for “greatness.” In each film, he pursues the same ultimate vision (Mutant domination), he just varies his approaches (transform all humans into Mutants; use Charles to isolate and kill the humans; stop the humans from mandatory “curing” of Mutants). His inferior Se shows in his unwillingness to engage; while he is opportunistic in seizing upon Mutant powers and bringing them into the fold through persuasion (bringing Pyro and many others into the fold), Magneto almost never physically engages – he leaves that up to “the pawns.” He deflects with his powers alone and deprived of them, in prison, he can be weak and passive. His low Se does manifest in playing with fire. He sees nothing dangerous in recruiting an uncontrollable Jean Grey – his desire to harness her Level 5 powers (which are more powerful even than his own) overcomes his common sense (she could threaten him).
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)
He sees and recruits “useful people.” He also ranks them according to the level of their powers – it’s nothing personal, it’s just that some of them have more useful abilities than others (a Te judgment, based on objective facts and how much they can tangibly accomplish). He does not mind “sacrificing the pawns” (those of low-level abilities) and protecting and saving the higher level Mutants for later in the fight. (It’s only rational when you are playing chess with people’s lives.) He has a straightforward method of communication, and sees instant ways to accomplish his goals – unfortunately for the X-Men, this makes him highly adaptive because he can abandon one approach for another if it is not objectively working. His motives all stem from deeply rooted Fi personal injuries, his traumatized past in a Nazi concentration camp, and his fears history will repeat itself. Magneto both appreciates his friend / enemy Charles Xavier, and considers him weak; when Pyro wishes he could have “killed Xavier for you,” Magneto sharply chastises him with, “Charles Xavier did more for Mutants than you’ll ever know.” He objectively (Te) appreciated what Xavier did for his kind (Fi) even though he did not agree with all his tactics. His thinker nature does not always benefit him, however – he makes a fundamental mistake when he abandons Mystique (his Te decides she is no longer useful) – because he has no awareness of her deep attachment to him; he underestimates the value of “a scorned woman” in betraying him.
Enneagram: cp 6w5 social
Fear motives everything Magneto does. Every choice he makes. Fear the past will repeat itself. Fear the humans will turn on Mutants. Fear he will once again find himself powerless. But fear is also what makes Magneto charismatic. As a social 6, he finds a group of same-belief individuals (Mutants) to challenge an “other” authority (humans), rising within it, and motivating others—also through fear. Magneto projects negative assumptions onto others and their motives. He reacts according to those anxieties. His perception of the future is entirely negative. But also, he forms alliances. He makes others feel wanted / included. He has a rapier wit. Magneto thinks before he acts. He plays it as safe as he can, while still challenging and testing others. Magneto knows not to press too hard in prison, until he has the upper hand. His 5 wing brings an element of self-trust and deep secrecy. He pushes aside his personal emotions and continue his work regardless (when he loses Mystique, he feels sorry but leaves her behind, since she no longer is useful to him; though horrified by Charles’ death, he still recruits Jean). He cannot stand the thought of being abused and imprisoned again, nor in having his choices taken away from him.