Functional Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)
Porthos approaches life with logical detachment, for the most part, always using a logical method of getting what he wants that may or may not be moral, strictly speaking (cheating at cards, playing a role that demoralizes his honor, temporarily, in order to set up a farce, seducing a woman to get funding for a musketeer fight, etc). He doesn’t take much personally, nor permit his feelings to get in the way of his job as a musketeer; he enjoys the life and sees the rationality of the other Musketeers’ choices even if he does not share their opinion. Porthos has a volatile inferior Fe — he reacts in anger by punching people, or venting (but rarely allows these feelings to cloud his judgment); he throws out funny quips referencing his emotional state from time to time (”I didn’t think of that, I’m upset now”) and on occasion, gives objective moral assessments – slavery is evil. He can be charming, but also most of the time does not think much about the feelings of those he is interacting with or how his actions might impact them. He flat out pretends to be mourning a widow’s husband, in order to extort a gift from her he can sell for cash. On occasion, he allows someone’s emotional state to impact his own (for a short time, he considers retirement from the Regiment, and a calmer life with a woman who has fallen in love with him).
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)
He is the ultimate opportunists — when he needs money to enter a contest, Porthos looks around him in church, sees a lot of lonely and bored women, and concludes therefore that any one of them might be persuaded to part with something expensive on his behalf. He is quick to punch people, throw dirt in their faces, and physically engage with them, and is relatively skilled at dodging bullets, thinking on his feet, and improvising using whatever he finds at hand (chairs, horses, furniture). Porthos throws himself off balconies and out of windows in pursuit of villains. He loves a soldier’s life because it allows him to go places, do things, see things, experience new situations, and react swiftly within them. Porthos is one of the best fighters in the musketeers, willing to take big risks for bigger payoffs. He likes the best… horses, women, wine. His Ni makes occasional appearances; once in awhile, Porthos states that others are untrustworthy or suspects they have hidden motives. He gives some thought to his own future and what he wants in life; he’s not easily swayed from this course, once he’s had enough time to formulate an idea. He really can’t visualize any life other than the one he has, in part because he loves it so much.
Porthos is all about living life to the fullest. He’s not phased by anyone, he laughs when things get dangerous, and he tends to be aggressive, assertive, and combative. He’s surprised when Athos says they were not going to “kill” D’Artangan for attacking him (”Next time,” he growls, “tell me”), because he’s used to fighting to win and scrapping. He resists having others tell him what to do and tends to live life on the high side. Porthos makes a good soldier, because he’s not easily riled, but calmly and competently handles a crisis with natural authority and gruffness. The good side of his 8 comes out in his natural desire and need to protect those weaker than himself, while working to make them stronger. His 7 wing is driven toward enjoyment of life, hedonism, and avoiding thinking or talking about his flaws.