Do you sometimes feel drawn to a specific character while you’re watching your favorite show? Perhaps it’s their intelligence and strategic qualities that impress you? Or maybe their unique and insightful perspective in tough situations?
If so, there’s a high probability you are drawn to a character that embodies the INTJ personality type. Not sure what an INTJ is? Head over to our article to find out everything you need to know about INTJs.
In the meantime, let’s dive deep into some of the most memorable INTJ famous people and characters.
INTJs make some of the most brilliant and resourceful characters on screen- they’re self-confident, thick-skinned, and private intellectuals. They are typically introverted and proficient observers. Their deductive skills are admirable and they make decisions through logical reasoning. All these qualities align with their four major preferences: Introversion (I), Intuition(N), Thinking (T), and Judging (J).
You’ll often find INTJs as popular politicians and leaders. They’re usually top of the food chain executives and CEOs. Out of all the 16 personality types, The Strategist is called so for a reason. And as we delve into the complex world of INTJs, it will become progressively clearer why that is and what makes up this complicated personality type.
Let’s be honest – there’s a good chance you’ll feel inspired and thrilled to be an INTJ by the end of this article. Just bear in mind not everyone on this list will be your cup of tea – and that’s okay! We’re here to showcase the expanse of this personality type’s potential, and hopefully, give a better idea of the plethora of inspirational people who share this type. We’re hoping that by the end of this article you’ll be able to reflect on the INTJs strengths and weaknesses and get some in-depth knowledge of who they are.
Let’s step into the mysterious world of INTJs!
INTJ Famous People and Celebrities
There truly is an extensive list of INTJ celebrities. When we look for famous INTJ personalities, we should take into account that this personality type consists of highly intelligent innovators. They are cunning and have out-of-the-box ideas. They are typically inventors of some kind, or alternatively, highly successful businessmen like Isaac Newton and Elon Musk. They could also be dedicated sports sensations and athletes like Martina Navratilova, one of the best female tennis players of all time.
INTJs may also indulge in arts. Arnold Böcklin is a good example of the complex yet creative energy of INTJ type, which is remarkably manifested in his deeply symbolic paintings. Some famous writers also share this personality type, like Isaac Asimov, Karl Marx, and C.S. Lewis, all of whom are widely renowned for the personal mark they’ve left on this world. Here are some INTJ celebrities you might recognize:
- Arthur Ashe, American Tennis Player
- Bill Belichick, American football coach and General Manager of the New England Patriots
- Bobby Fischer, American Chess Grandmaster
- Elon Musk, South African entrepreneur and businessman
- Frankie Boyle, Scottish comedian
- Lance Armstrong, American professional road racing cyclist
- Mark Zuckerberg, American entrepreneur and media magnate
- Martina Navratilova, Czechoslovak-born American former professional tennis player and coach
- Nick Saban, American football coach
INTJ Actors and Filmmakers
INTJs live in a world of possibilities and imagination, they value intelligence, creativity, and competence. Cinema as we know it owes its success largely to the brains of INTJ directors, who have helped shape the medium that we know today. Stanley Kubrik is a wonderful example of a filmmaker who changed cinema. Contrary to his popularity among audiences today, he wasn’t as likable among colleagues during the production of his films, and yet, remains to be one of the greatest filmmakers in cinematic history. With works that continue to spark conversations among film critics and fans, Kubrick has managed to engrain his deep symbolism and metaphorical ideas in his work. Countless essays and analyses have been written on the conspiracies of Kubrik’s films. Another famous director and visionary, Francis Ford Coppola, the man who gave us the epic crime drama The Godfather, a cinema classic. These famous personalities prove how brilliant an INTJ’s mind can be especially in a medium as flexible as cinema.
INTJ actors are equally impressive – especially if we take into account the jack-of-all-trades, Arnold Swartzenneger. His ambition and dedication to sports and bodybuilding gradually opened multiple doors in his career. Throughout his film career, he worked closely with fellow INTJ filmmaker James Cameron, on the critically and commercially successful Terminator films, thereby becoming a Hollywood action film icon. He has won audiences with his charisma and further continued to impress the world by becoming the Governor of California between 2003 and 2011. He also starred in a large number of comedies, proving that even though INTJs are internally focused, they still have a sense of humor and a great one at that. The “Austrian Oak”, as he’s been referred to by fans, is the living image of a truly successful INTJ, unafraid to tap into undiscovered territories and achieve their desired success.
Here’s a list of other impressive INTJ filmmakers and actors:
- Adam Scott, American actor (Parks and Rec; Big Little Lies; Step Brothers)
- B. J. Novak, American actor (Inglorious Bastards; The Office; The Mindy Project)
- Charisma Carpenter, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Expendables; Veronica Mars)
- Christopher Nolan, British- American film director (Tenet; Inception; Interstellar)
- Cillian Murphy, Irish actor (Peaky blinders; Inception; Batman Begins; Dunkirk)
- Colin Firth, English actor (Bridget Jones’s Diary; Love Actually; Kingsman)
- Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor (Ghostbusters; Blues Brothers)
- Henry Silva, American film actor (Johnny Cool; Code of Silence)
- James Cameron, Canadian film director (Titanic; The Terminator; Avatar; Point Break)
- Jodie Foster, American actress (The Silence of the Lambs; Taxi driver; Panic Room)
- Russel Crowe, New Zealand actor (Gladiator; A Beautiful Mind; The Nice Guys)
- Stanley Kubrik, American film director (A Clockwork Orange; The Shining; Eyes Wide Shut; 2001: A Space Odyssey)
- Tim Robbins, American actor (Top Gun; The Shawshank Redemption; War of the Worlds)
INTJ writers want to get to the bottom of things. They are rebels and are not afraid to comment on the social climate of their times. They are generally extremely insightful and can comprehend things that are overlooked by others. We as a society should be grateful for their unique perspective and ability to view an issue from multiple angles and to come up with tasteful solutions. Not to mention INTJs are typically the bookworms in the room. They enjoy spending hours reading and studying because they want to have an informed opinion on literally any and every subject. They really are ‘know-it-alls’ and can spend hours reading about a subject that interests them – from the laws of thermodynamics to the extensive history of Victorian fashion.
Great examples of INTJ writers who have influenced society in more than one way are Jane Austen and Emily Bronte. These famous INTJ women gained popularity for their romance novels during a time that restricted women to writing children’s stories and poetry. Their romantic novels explore the relationship between women and men in a patriarchal society, as well as their attitude towards marriage, and the economical reasoning behind the pursuit of a love interest. This is a perfect showcase of an INTJ’s Introverted Intuition function, they are constantly gathering new information and viewing everything from many different angles at a time. Their works have managed to awaken the ambition of many female readers during their lifetime, and even inspired the growing popularity of women writers in the early 19th century. Another great example of this personality type is the revolutionary Karl Marx; the author of Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital has had a profound impact on world politics. His writings are often discussed by sociologists and are interpreted in the context of the modern world.
- Ayn Rand, Russian-American writer (We The Living; Atlas Shrugged)
- Bram Stoker, Irish writer (Dracula; The Lair of the White Worm)
- Lewis Carroll, English writer (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking Glass)
- Susan Sontag, American writer (On Photography; Against Interpretation)
- Sylvia Plath, American poet, novelist, and short-story writer (The Bell Jar; Lady Lazarus)
- Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist (Lolita; Pale Fire; Pnin)
- Ursula K. Le Guin, American author (Tales from Earthsea; The Left Hand of Darkness)
- Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and writer (21 Lessons from the 21st Century; Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind)
As discussed before, INTJs share intelligent, dedicated, and logical personality traits. They can focus on tasks for extended periods of time and can absorb heavy amounts of information. Their introverted nature refrains them from being the center of attention. From the context of an INTJ’s musical career, they aren’t the magazine-front-cover rock stars type. In fact, you’d have trouble finding modern or pop INTJ music icons in comparison to, say, ENFP musicians. INTJ musicians are often pianists and classical composers who enjoy delving deep into musical theory. As closed-off individuals, INTJs are systematic with their professions, and so a musical career is no exception. They prefer to be left to their own devices, be it while studying theory or playing the piano, even at their concerts, there’s little back and forth between the audience and the performer.
The music of an INTJ personality type perfectly embodies the energy of The Strategist. As introverts, they prefer to communicate their emotions through their art. They value their own ideas and intuitions about the world, which they express through their profession. Some of the most touching music pieces of art are gifts from INTJ composers.
Ludwig Van Beethoven, also known as the father of the Romantic musical voice, is a great example of this personality type. His ambition and constant desire for self-improvement is the reason for the birth of the Romantic era in musical history. Even though a large portion of his pieces shares that tone of classical music, given that is what he predominantly studied, he nonetheless stuck to his desire to remove himself from what was considered a musical standard during his time. In a private confession to his close friend Krumpholz, Beethoven expressed:
“I am not very well satisfied with the work I have thus far done. From this day on I shall take a new way.”
Despite his loss of hearing, Beethoven strived to become a virtuoso. The never-ending desire for self-improvement portrays the fire INTJs carry inside of them. They want to make more of the world around them and their visionary approach aids them in leaving their mark on history.
Here are some more inspirational musicians sharing the INTJ type:
- Annie Clark (St. Vincent), American singer and songwriter (Roslyn; New York; Los Ageless)
- Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Symphony Number 9; Cello Concerto; Rusalka)
- Antonio Salieri, Italian classical composer (Tarare; Les Danaiides; Falstaff)
- Arvo Part, Estonian composer (Fur Alina; Spiegel im Spiegel; Fratres)
- Elvis Costello, English singer-songwriter (She; Oliver’s Army; The Other Side of Summer)
- Erik Satie, French composer and pianist (Gymnopedie; Gnossiennes)
- Glenn Gould, Canadian classical pianist (So You Want to Write A Fugue?; Sonata for Bassoon and Piano)
- Jay Z, American rapper (Empire State of Mind; The Story of O.J.; 99 Problems)
- Johannes Brahms, German composer and pianist (A German Requiem; Wiegenlied)
- Leopold Mozart, German composer, musician, and music teacher (Cassation in G for Orchestra and Toys)
- Roger Waters, English singer, songwriter, and composer (Wish You Were Here; Another Brick In The Wall)
The list of famous INTJ leaders will probably be the most elaborate one so far. Other personality types could also make great contenders for leading positions, but no one does it quite as naturally as the INTJ. They are driven to create order and structure around them (cue the Thinking and Judging preferences that guide them) and have proven themselves time and time again as supreme strategists. History is evidence that you don’t want to stand in the way of an INTJ. Their determination and grit truly help them achieve what they want. People find it easy to follow the lead of INTJs because of their strategic thinking and logical reasoning. They might not be considered the most charming in comparison to other political figures of, say, extroverted personality types (like ENFPs or ENFJs), but that does not reflect poorly on their strengths. For example, their disregard for titles gives off the impression of a just leader, who focuses on equality and promotes the effectiveness of the mass. They also have very little tolerance towards people who live rather aimlessly.
No one is perfect, not even INTJs (don’t tell them we said that!). This personality type comes with its own set of weaknesses – many of them rooted in their inability (or shall we say lack of interest) to work in a team. They just don’t think anyone can stay focused for long periods of time like they can. Incidentally, there is a loophole, for INTJs can be great collaborators in groups consisting of other INTJs. When working with their own kind, they can be inspiring and help bring out the best qualities of other members. Just like Arnold Swartzenneger and James Cameron, we have another example of a great collaboration, a historic one at that! Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx, two fellow INTJs sharing similar ideologies. Even though Lenin was just a child when Karl Marx passed away, he still felt inspired by his works and declared himself a Marxist. He liked to immerse himself in the political writings of the German philosopher, even if it eventually led him to be exiled in Siberia. Even though this is an indirect “collaboration”, it still shows the wave of events it can lead to. Of course, not every collaboration between INTJs results in the start of a World War, we just wanted to give an example of the stretch of possibilities in the hands of INTJs when they work as ‘teammates’.
Here are some more famous INTJ leaders and politicians:
- Abigail Adams, Former First Lady of the United States
- Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States
- Athena, Greek Goddess of War
- Augustus Caesar, Former Roman Consul
- C. Everett Koop, Former Surgeon of the United States
- Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President
- Chester A. Arthur, 21st US President
- Colin Powell, Former United States Secretary of State
- Donald Rumsfeld, Former US Congressman
- Hilary Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State
- John F. Kennedy, 35th US President
- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President
- Vladimir Lenin, Head of Government of Soviet Russia
We thought it would be interesting to take a look at famous INTJ criminals. That said, we are in no way insinuating that the INTJ personality type is an indicator for the commission of criminal activity. The 16 personalities theory could never force people to make good or bad decisions, this is of course subject to their own free will and morality. Nonetheless, we have selected a few infamous INTJ criminals that all share the same evil mindset:
- Adam Worth, German-born American criminal
- Anders Brevik, far-right Norwegean terrorist
- Betty Broderick, American criminal
- Jack the Ripper, English unidentified serial killer
- Joseph Mengele, infamous Nazi doctor
- H.H. Holmes, American serial killer
- Ted Kaczynski, American domestic terrorist
- Mateus da Costa Meira, Brazillian mass murderer
Other Interesting INTJs
Here’s a list of honorable mentions of famous INTJs who we couldn’t fit in a specific category. We should be grateful for every single INTJ inventor, philosopher, and scientist. These names prove just how many empowering INTJs are out there!
- Charles Darwin, English Naturalist, Geologist, Biologist
- Friedrich Nietzsche, German Philosopher
- Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher
- Isaac Newton, English Mathematician, Physicist, and Astronomer
- Jean-Paul Sartre, French Philosopher
- Lise Meitner, Austrian-Swedish Physicist
- Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American Inventor
- Stephen Hawking, English Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist
- Sun Tzu, Chinese Strategist
- Susan B. Anthony, American Social Reformer
We’re all familiar with the loner-genius trope and we seem to think The Strategist has a lot in common with this archetype. INTJs are deep and enigmatic protagonists, who are often misunderstood by “normal” people. They have an above-average IQ and outstanding analytical skills that are often borderline fantastical. In fact, they are the most cunning and secretive characters in fiction. They are often portrayed as double agents, or live a double life and are, more often than not, the antagonists to the main hero. Even more so, they are often the likable bad guys that we admire. They stir up the story and create complicated plots and schemes, which is entertaining, to say the least. Sometimes all they’re after is revenge and other times they simply think they’re acting in favor of humanity. Nevertheless, INTJs make for some of the most complicated on-screen characters.
There are so many INTJ characters both in film and TV, that we simply couldn’t include them all in this list. So we chose our favorite and most popular INTJ representations. Take a look!
Popular INTJ Fictional Characters
- Bruce Wayne/Batman, DC comic book character, Batman
Bruce Wayne is perhaps the most accurate example of an INTJ fictional character. His childhood trauma left him more than a little reserved in his relationships with people. He only trusts a handful of devotees, who have proven their loyalty to him. Batman has committed the majority of his time, money, and energy to protect Gotham City. He is an excellent athlete, an inventor, and in typical superhero fashion – a heartbreaker, of course. All of this sits very well with the INTJ ideology. Furthermore, Batman, unlike many superheroes we come across today, doesn’t have any supernatural powers. He owes his superhero status to his devotion to goodness. It’s probably why he remains so popular over several generations of fans. He makes audiences believe they don’t need to be bitten by a spider or an alien sent from another planet in order to save Earth and be heroic. Yes, Bruce Wayne may hide some of his insecurities behind the Batman mask, but he still remains to be an adored and respected comic book hero.
- Beth Harmon, The Queen’s Gambit
Beth has an almost supernatural talent in the show The Queen’s Gambit. As a young child, she beats an entire chess team of 12 at a local high school, demonstrating the INTJ focus and concentration this personality type is so famous for. She has above-average skills of deduction. Her genius consumes her entirely, as she is determined to become the best chess player in the world. And given her antisocial tendencies – she spends the majority of her time studying famous chess masters’ gameplays in order to improve her own. Perhaps this is largely due to her Introverted (I) and Thinking (T) preferences. She speaks in a blunt manner and values truth over empathy, another quality typical of INTJs. Even though Beth is extremely self-reliant throughout the series, she delivers a very important lesson. Despite her attempt to isolate herself and push people away in order to focus on perfecting her game, she understands that she can truly learn more from her collaboration with other people, even if they’re not as great at chess as she is. Beth is an excellent representation of a famous INTJ woman, for she has the potential to inspire those interested in watching the show.
- Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock
Sherlock, the quintessential INTJ. This character’s TV portrayal sums up the INTJ personality type through a single (of course, sarcastic) dialogue, “What is it like in your funny little brains, it must be so boring…” He’s a misanthropic arrogant brainiac and yet, we can’t help but feel drawn to his lightning-quick mind and charm. A supreme strategist, this blunt INTJ protagonist is almost viewed as a superhero in the series. Audiences are charmed by his uncanny mind and skills of deduction. This view of the genius protagonist sometimes puts INTJ characters at odds with the rest of the ‘normal’ characters who lack their superb talent, which ultimately shapeshifts INTJs into outcasts. That is the main reason The Strategists are misunderstood – their unique intellect can detach them from the rest of society. Much like in The Queen’s Gambit, the TV series Sherlock fights the stigma that loner geniuses have to face all the challenges alone. This famous INTJ gradually opens up to more and more friendships and becomes even more adored by audiences. Who wouldn’t want to share his personality traits?
- Professor Severus Snape, Harry Potter Franchise
The Potion Master Severus Snape played one of the most important roles in the Harry Potter series. His double life was extremely paramount to the result of the wizarding wars. If Snape wasn’t an INTJ, he probably wouldn’t have had the devotion to make the sacrifices he made. Of course, this is largely due to the special relationship between Dumbledore and the Professor. To reinstate, INTJs don’t just confide in anyone. If that was any different, god knows what the Wizarding World would look like now!
- Walter White, Breaking Bad
From the very beginning of the show we know Walter is a very talented man – he is a chemistry teacher and he has conducted research that awarded his team a Nobel prize. He’s an interesting INTJ because he gradually starts believing in his skills. When he first dives into illegal science experiments he becomes a completely new man, a talented genius who believes in himself. He realizes his actions can change the world – isn’t that what every INTJ strives for? Much like many other INTJ he also creates an alternative personality for himself – Heisenberg. This change helps him believe in himself as he slowly shifts into this newfound persona. Whether Heisenberg is morally correct or not, we’d rather leave that to the viewers of the show.
Here’s a list of other famous INTJ fictional characters:
- Dexter, Dexter
- Dr. Gregory House, House
- Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter Franchise
- Gandalf, Lord of the Rings
- Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes
- Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Viktor von Frankenstein, Frankenstein
- Vito Corleone, The Godfather
- V, V for Vendetta
- Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
- Yennefer, The Witcher Series
INTJ Disney Characters
Famous INTJ Disney characters can be found throughout decades of Walt Disney films. A little misunderstood by the folks in their hometown or workplace, they strive to shine brightly with their intelligence. Some of them, of course, might have chosen the dark path in their stories, but yet, these famous INTJ characters remain iconic.
The INTJ energy is probably best encapsulated by Milo James Thatch, the geeky protagonist of the 2003 animation Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He’s an expert cartographer who dedicated his life to studying linguistics in the basement of the Smithsonian Institute (so typical for an INTJ introvert) and goes on to direct an expedition to discover the lost city. Lanky and harmless, he’s often underestimated by the rest of the characters in the film, and yet, through his acquired knowledge and expertise, manages to save everyone’s lives time and time again. This just goes to show INTJs should not be taken for granted. What is especially typical for an INTJ is their unwillingness to show off their achievements. At the end of the film (Warning: spoilers ahead!) instead of choosing to live life on “Earth” showered in gold, he decides to stay in Atlantis, proving that INTJs truly stick to their out-of-the-box thinking. There’s always something good to be found in all INTJs, whether they are the heroes or villains of the film.
- Belle, Beauty and the Beast
- Basil, The Great Mouse Detective
- Caterpillar, Alice in Wonderland
- Grand Councilwoman, Lilo & Stitch
- Jaffar, Alladin
- King Agnar, Frozen
- Khan, Mulan
- The Magic Mirror, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
INTJ Anime Characters
What pops into your head when we talk about famous INTJ characters? Perhaps it’s their mysterious yet ingenious persona?
The double life tendencies that we have mentioned before, through characters such as Batman, Doctor Strange, Walter White (and his alter ego), also play a part in the world of anime. One of the most popular examples of that is Deathnote’s Light Yagami. He is the main protagonist of the series but also a mass murderer, known as Kira. He becomes Kira after discovering a special notebook that has the ability to kill people whose names have been written in it. This interesting INTJ protagonist is given an immense amount of power. Light is a genius amongst his high school peers. He resembles some of the most interesting characteristics of an INTJ.
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We’ve already talked about a few INTJ villains in Disney films, and as the list kept growing, we couldn’t help but dedicate an entire section especially for the most famous INTJ villains in films. INTJs just can’t help themselves, they have all the ingredients to make interesting baddies on screen. Slowly, deliberately, and secretly, these antagonists tend to show a good face to the general public. The good INTJ villain will know their general flaw is being the disliked outcast, so naturally, they pretend to be someone they aren’t, in order to gain trust. We have seen this INTJ behavior over and over through characters like Hannibal (in the TV series), Emperor Palpatine, and even Tom Riddle, in his attempts to extract information from Slughorn. It makes sense coming from The Strategist type, as they know exactly how to manipulate their surroundings to work in their favor. We can even say INTJs in cinema are better off as villains, and not as heroes.
Maleficent is the universal example of an INTJ villain, she is elegant, dramatic, and one of the most recognizable antagonists in Disney World. Her skills are described as “all the powers of hell” and she is almost omnipotent. Her backstory also tells that even as a young fairy, she has proved the most powerful and impressive girl amongst her peers, mastering her countless superpowers. She even has the special ability to turn into a dragon! Maleficent didn’t start off as the evil sorceress we know today – during her lifetime she was frequently hurt and disappointed by whatever close friends she had. Eventually, she lost faith in humanity and her heart turned to stone. Yet she remains one of the classiest and spookiest INTJ villains and we love her for that!
Here are some other interesting INTJ villains:
- Alma Coin, The Hunger Games
- Caius, Twilight
- Felonious Gru, Despicable Me
- Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lamb, Hannibal, Red Dragon
- Jigsaw, Jigsaw
- O-Ren Ishii, Kill Bill
- Randall Boggs, Monsters Inc.
- Scar, The Lion King
- Sheev Palpatine, Star Wars Franchise
- Erik Lehnsherr /Magneto, The X-Men
- Thanos, Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard of Oz
INTJ Game of Thrones Characters
What better way to finish an article than by talking about the battle for the Iron Throne? Even though the Game of Thrones series ended in 2019, it’s still fun to draw some parallels between characters and their personality types. One of the most memorable schemers of the show is an INTJ – Peter Baelish. Informed, secretive, and always a few steps ahead, Littlefinger is a spymaster who has proven time and time again that information is worth gold in the world of Game of Thrones. There’s a quote that perfectly sums up his approach to life, “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” Littlefinger flourishes in chaos and confusion, especially if it’s facilitated by him. As an INTJ, he calculates and strategizes to the maximum of his abilities and he admits it in the advice he gives to Sansa Stark: “…always keep your foes confused. If they don’t know who you are, what you want, they can’t know what you plan to do next.” This perfectly encapsulates the reasons behind an INTJ’s secretive and detached attitude.
Here are some more INTJ Game of Thrones characters you might recognize:
- Tywin Lannister
- Night King
- Doran Martell
- Roose Bolton
- Three-Eyed Raven
- Jaqen H’Ghar