Stranger Things: Jim Hopper [ISTP]

Functional Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

Hopper is a chill sheriff, who gathers as much information about the crime scene and disappearance of Will and Barb as he can, before he passes a rational judgment on it. He tends to act more than explain himself, and thinks Joyce has gone off her rocker when she starts talking about her son communicating through the lights and monsters in the walls, but he can’t deny the weird stuff happening around town. His detachment causes him severe trouble in establishing healthy relationships with others (he tends to ‘love women and leave ‘em’ and never call them back; and he and El have an unlikely but strained father/daughter relationship). His inferior Fe shows in his occasional bouts of opening up to establish a bond with someone, but his overall discomfort with discussing his daughter’s death, and his screaming matches with El whenever she pushes him too far.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Hopper proves sensible but fearless; he goes, without backup, into the Upside Down to investigate the tunnel system; he accompanies Joyce into the heart of the monster to face the beast; he keeps them alive inside a building flooded with monsters; and he has no problem shooting down Demigorgons while El closes the rift between worlds. His tendency to act before he thinks almost gets him killed in the tunnels, since he left without telling anyone where he was going and took no one along to watch his back, but he’s good at improvising in the moment. He feels ‘something off’ about the situation, but it takes him time to formulate a theory.

Enneagram: 9w8 self-preservation

Until Joyce comes along and stirs things up, Hopper is… chill. Very chill. He has a relaxed attitude about work and tends to write things off. He shows little ambition and seems to be doing the sheriff thing mostly because it pays the bills. He has a lackluster attitude to work and in his personal relationships (not having any lasting emotional closeness since his daughter died and his wife left), but also in his positivity. Even in his investigations, he has a quiet authority about him – which will turn to using “force” if necessary, to get ahead and get the truth and make things happen. Even when taking care of El, he tries to keep things optimistic and pleasant, and is frustrated and lashes out with low Fe anger / 8wing dominance when she defies him. He shows more and more reliance on his 8 wing in the third season, in which he over-uses his anger / rage and has violent, even controlling reactions.