Battlestar Galactica: Gaius Baltar [ENTP]

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: 7w6 self-preservation

Gaius is the unfortunate embodiment of shallowness – his life is all about gratifying his desires and living a life free of responsibilities; he wants to sleep around, drink a lot, play cards, and avoid his role in the Cylon invasion. He is so shallow and afraid of being found out as a conspirator (however innocent in his allowing a Cylon to infiltrate the government systems) that he doesn’t even take his job responsibly and screens everyone, Cylon or not, as “human.” When confronted with his own selfishness, Gaius comes up with many reasons for his behavior and excuses all of it. He runs away from his mistakes and tries to escape from them in pursuing pleasure; his entire arc is Six attempting to break through his hedonism and force him into 1ish redemption. His 6 wing is anxiety prone, fearful, and tries to make friends rather than enemies. His primary focus is on ensuring he gets what he needs to survive and has a stable, intense relationship – but he will throw Six aside for self-pres reasons.