Battlestar Galactica: Gaius Baltar [ENTP 3w2]

Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

Gaius finds it hard to stay on one idea, since he changes his mind, adopts new ideas, and clings to other people’s schemes with such easy abandon. This makes him a capable innovator, able to find his way out of just about any situation, but also makes him inconsistent, inclined to doubt his own judgment / rely on others for guidance, and predisposed to disloyalty to every cause. Once Six sells him on the idea of a higher power / greater future, Gaius simply runs with her idea / uses it as his own mantra for life, but also needs constant reassurances from her that he does, in fact, have a great destiny ahead of him. His awareness of how the world works is rather poor, and he fails to learn from his own previous mistakes and misjudgments. Gaius has little affection for the past, and rarely thinks about it. His lack of attentiveness to details can get him into trouble.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

He is rational, detached, and precise in his logic; he’s an able inventor. He rambles on as he goes through different threads of thought and new ideas (NeTi), until someone else forces him to come to the point. Gaius is forever thinking one step ahead (Ne) and taking logical steps to prevent others from discerning his true motives (sabotaging his work, risk-taking, and creative thinking). Since his rationality requires no outside proof, Gaius can believe Six’s ideas about destiny once he figures out the rationality of destiny itself. If you want Gaius to do something, stroke his ego, flatter him, call him handsome, charming, capable, a leader… and he will melt like butter and do whatever you say. Six constantly plies him with flattery, encouragement, and emotional connections, to keep him motivated; but in truth, Gaius’ emotions are purely selfish. He uses charm to manipulate people and talk his way out of trouble, without really caring about anyone other than himself. He sometimes moralizes at others (how dare Laura Roslin fix an election, that’s immoral!), never realizing his own hypocrisy in the process.

Enneagram: 3w2 sp/so

Gaius has an immense ego and is easily appealed to through it – he is so full of self-importance and a desire for glory, it never occurs to him to stop and question why a gorgeous, sexy woman like Six would go out with him. He just assumes it’s because he’s brilliant and deserves all the good things in life. She can easily convince him to do things by appealing to his ego. He is arrogant, incautious, and loves to be the center of attention. He often over-estimates his own skills and thus gets himself into trouble time after time – boasting that he can rule the Colonies (and being an inept, crippled President), gathering a cult following around him (and then not knowing how to lead them), and trying to prove his worth to the powers in charge (which winds up having him “fake” Boomer’s test results as a negative for being a Cylon). Once he is crippled from being important to the Colonies, and used as little more than a mouthpiece for the Cylons, he falls into a 9ish depressive state – he does nothing and assumes he can do nothing to change his circumstances and has all but lost his will to live. Toward the end of the series, he starts to become more self-critical and analytical (growing into his 6 line) rather than simply selfish, but much of the time he is directly appealing to others’ love and admiration through generously offering to do useful things for them (all, in a self-serving way, of course).

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