If you have always felt drawn to introverted yet spontaneous people, or if your Lord of the Rings crush is Aragorn, then you have a thing for ISTPs. Similar to the other Sanguine temperaments, their adventurous, independent, and fearless persona helps them to thrive in challenging situations. Also known as ‘The Tinkerer’, ISTP’s eagerness to get their hands dirty sometimes projects into risky behavior.
Based on this description you may recognize ISTP characteristics in somebody you know? Or perhaps you are one? In any case, if you’re a fairly introverted, logical thinker who values realism, and is good with hands-on jobs, then you probably are an ISTP.
This article aims to analyze some of the most popular Tinkerer actors, writers, historical figures, and fictional characters. It will also help you to understand their intentions, drives, and preferences. All this information could be useful in case you are an ISTP and have a hard time understanding your own emotions (which let’s be honest we’ve all been there). You could still find it helpful if you simply need a hand dealing with a reserved and stubborn ISTP.
Also known as The Craftsman, this energetic and positive personality type is guarded and self-reliant and is usually perceived as insensitive. This is far from the truth, yet they have no interest in proving people wrong. Often described as persistent and difficult their impulsive character relates to some of your favorite celebrities and fictional characters.
However, although Aragorn was too busy scurrying around middle-Earth to have the time to take a personality test, the internet did it for him. And thank the Lord (of the rings) it did because now we can clearly determine the correlation between him and Kourtney Kardashian, who also belongs to the free-spirited ISTPs.
At this point, you might be wondering ‘Wait…what do the heir of Isildur and the crown princess of the Kardashian dynasty have in common?’ Well, rest assured, the more we dive into this ISTP celebrities and characters list, the more resemblance you’ll find between them, Tom Cruise, Indiana Jones, and even the Dalai Lama.
As rather determined and ambitious people, ISTPs occur frequently within several sections of society. From creative professions, such as musicians and actors, to the typical ‘craftsman’ hands-on duties like engineering, ISTPs are excellent at getting things done. More than 70% of ISTPs are representatives from the male population. This is partially due to the fact that males tend to be more Thinkers (T) while females are more often Feelers (F).
The ISTP personality succeeds in whatever they put their hands on. Their determination and persistence help them to become masters of anything regardless of their area of choice. Many ISTP celebrities became famous because of their eagerness to always be on the go. Their active and adventurous nature coupled with their ability to adapt easily guides them through the ladder of success.
Nevertheless, falling into the ISTP personality type is not all ambition and accomplishments. Yes, they are seemingly good at finding the balance between their inner and outer world. And yes, they do have the ability to think rationally. But they can also be stubborn and insensitive. So if ISTP’s inner harmony is corrupted from things like money and power, which is often the case, they could end up in life-threatening situations. Many celebrities fall into that trap and unfortunately, tragic endings are sometimes inevitable.
ISTP Actors and Filmmakers
Being naturally curious and staying true to their essence, ISTPs are usually brilliant within the film industry. This personality type makes some of the greatest actors and filmmakers in history. But only if they’re offered the creative freedom to express themselves without being restricted in terms of exhibiting their talents. Let’s not forget that this personality type values their freedom and principles and doesn’t appreciate it when they’re forced within boundaries.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the list of famous ISTP actors and filmmakers:
- Clint Eastwood
As a screen persona, Clint Eastwood is frequently illustrated as the rebellious and mysterious loner. Through the years many of the people he’s worked with have said that he finds it difficult to validate other people’s emotions. Sound familiar? Maybe because this is a typical description of an ISTP personality. However, it’s no secret that in order to succeed within the film industry you have to be ambitious and to some extent even arrogant. That’s why Eastwood made his way to the top – not despite but because of his challenging character.
But he didn’t stop there. Feeding his need to always grow and develop, Eastwood took things to the next level by becoming a filmmaker himself. Always striving for the unknown, his adventurous and enigmatic spirit lead him to become a classic figure within the industry. ISTPs usually enjoy uncomplicated people and prefer to talk straight to the point. They hate small talk and are direct with their intentions. Well, Eastwood has been described as insensitive which is not entirely true – he just likes to keep it uncomplicated.
“I felt the less [my character] said, the stronger he became and the more he grew.”
- James Dean
Speaking of cinematic classics, James Dean also happens to be an ISTP. In his autobiography, this iconic Tinkerer shares his passion for all art and especially hands-on projects:
‘I studied violin, played in concerts, tap-danced on theatre stages, but most of all, I like art, to mold and create things with my hands.’
Dean’s affinity for expressive arts isn’t surprising. Most ISTPs search for ways to work with their hands. Even if they don’t always end up as mechanics, woodworkers, or crafters, ISTPs just feel naturally drawn to hands-on jobs. Besides enjoying playing around with musical instruments and crafts, Dean was also into motorcycles. He knew a lot about them mechanically and enjoyed the process of figuring out how it worked. From violins to motorbikes this classical actor and ISTP was a master of (re)assembly.
- Tom Cruise
Another wildly famous actor that happens to be a representative of the ISTP personality type is Tom Cruise. Throughout his career, he’s managed to engage in several controversies in his personal life. Given his status as a celebrity, it’s mission impossible to keep his difficult and even problematic behavior away from the public eye. Firstly, despite all its cost him, Cruise remains devoted to the Church of Scientology. His dedication to the cult-like organization has reportedly contributed to his divorces with both Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. As an ISTP, Cruise sticks to his principles although the public’s opinion of his beliefs is negative. Interfering with social norms is a typical ISTP behavior even if it means jeopardizing interpersonal relationships.
Leaving Cruise’s personal life aside, he has managed to make his way to the top as an actor. With countless nominations and an impressive number of awards, his career proves that he feels best when he keeps himself busy. His energy on set has been reportedly described as powerful and intense.
“[He] has an almost robotic, bloodless focus and an intensity that I’ve never encountered before. … He’s zeroed in like a laser.” – Rob Lowe
Cruise’s dynamic personal and professional life mirrors his love for adventures. As a typical ISTP his eagerness to explore kept him motivated to seek challenging opportunities. Although controversial and problematic, he sticks to his faith despite the public (and even his former wives’) opinion. Living inside his own small universe Tom Cruise managed to raise eyebrows and fill movie theaters at the same time.
Here’s a list of some more ISTPs in the film and TV industry:
- Bill Murray, American actor, comedian, writer (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack Zombieland)
- Olivia Wild, American actress (House M.D., In Time, Cowboys & Aliens)
- Anna Kendrick, American actress, singer (Pitch Perfect, Twilight, Into the Woods)
- George Burns, American actor (Oh God!, The Sunshine Boys, Going in Style)
- Greta Garbo, Swedish-American actress (Ninotchka, Grand Hotel, Queen Christina)
- Lon Chaney, American actor, director, screenwriter (The Phantom of the Opera, London After Midnight)
- Casey Affleck, American actor and director (Manchester by the Sea, Gone Baby Gone, Light of My Life)
- Chace Crawford, American actor (What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Gossip Girl, The Covenant)
- Laurence Harvey, Lithuanian-born British actor and film director (Room at the Top, The Alamo, Darling)
- Steve McQueen, American actor (Bullitt, The Great Escape, Le Mans)
- Warren Beatty, American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer (Bonnie and Clyde, Reds, Dick Tracy)
- Caleb McLaughlin, American actor (Stranger Things)
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Japanese actor and film producer (Mortal Kombat, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rising Sun)
- Bruce Lee, Chinese-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher (Enter the Dragon, Fist of Fury, Game of Death)
- Burt Reynolds, American actor, director, and producer (Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance, Boogie Nights)
- Charles Bronson, American actor (Deathwish, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven)
- Elliot Page, Canadian actor and producer (Juno, Inception, Hard Candy)
- Kristen Steward, American actress and filmmaker (Twilight, Charlie’s Angels, Underwater)
- Scarlett Johansson, American actress and singer (The Avengers, Black Widow, Marriage Story)
- Karl Pilkington, English television presenter, author, comedian, radio producer, actor, and voice actor (Chingari)
- Humphrey Bogart, American film and stage actor (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep)
- Christian Bale, English actor, (The Dark Knight, American Psycho, The Machinist)
- Daniel Craig, English actor (Spectre, Skyfall, Cowboys & Aliens)
- Demi Moore, American actress and film producer (Indecent Proposal, G.I. Jane, Striptease)
ISTPs are not the typical creative personas. Although they like to create tangible things and to work with gadgets, they find it hard to express themselves creatively on paper as writers. Partially this is due to their inability to engage in extensive texts – much like their difficulty to enjoy small talk and meaningless conversations. They like communication and expression to be straight to the point eliminating meaningless information.
Nevertheless, this is exactly why they’re good at presenting information directly. They enjoy realism as a genre and are some of the best at writing analytical texts. ISTPs get their energy from their internal world, thoughts, and ideas. If they make it their mission to communicate their opinions and experiences through their writing they create some of the most engaging texts.
Let’s look at some of the famous ISTP writers:
- Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway started as a journalist, moved to short story and novel writing, and ultimately became one of the most cherished writers of all time. This ISTP led a pretty adventurous life which influenced his writing to a big extent. He always spoke from experiences and his writing was his way of dealing with whatever he went through.
“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”
His adventurous and restless spirit not only won him a Nobel prize for literature but also provided him a place in the history books for generations to come. Although it is harder for ISTP’s to be creative when they lead a busy and active life, they can get inspired to illustrate their emotions.
Hemingway was the father of the ‘Iceberg Theory’ which is a style of writing that he created in the early 20th century. Similar to the tip of the iceberg, his stories presented only a small part of what’s actually happening. The larger part of the iceberg is underwater, just like the strongest part of Hemingway’s stories is what’s hidden for the reader. This mysterious approach verified his typical ISTP sense of doing things his own way and disregarding any boundaries in writing.
Unfortunately, becoming a good writer is often the result of poor mental health and a downward spiral of bad choices. Hemingway was no different. His battle with alcoholism and depression lead to his suicide at the age of 61. This is an example of what could happen when an ISTP loses their sense of self and imbalances their emotions. They often engage in risky behavior resulting in fatal endings.
- Miyamoto Musashi
Another example of such personality is the philosopher, swordsman, strategist, and writer Miyamoto Musashi, who was also a classic ISTP example. He took on many practices and was a skilled swordsman. As mentioned, being good with hands-on activities is a common craftsman characteristic. His remarkable tactical knowledge relates to the logical and factual side of ISTPs. Musashi was great at interpreting his inner world on paper, staying true to his nature.
Musashi’s ‘The Book of Five Rings’ emphasizes the importance of staying calm even if it seems like the world is falling apart. ISTPs are known for their ability to stay calm under pressure. They’re some of the most reliable personalities when it comes to working under pressure. By encouraging his followers to stay in control of their own emotions, Musashi proves that ISTPs can be very determined regardless of the situation. As an emblematic ISTP writer, Musashi was able to analyze his inner world rationally and logically and project it to the outer world in the most concrete way.
Many musicians, such as Miles Davis and Angus Young, are also ISTPs. Some would find this unexpected since the ‘craftsman’ usually relates to more mechanical hands-on activities where they can physically alter objects. However, playing a musical instrument is somewhat the same. It requires technical proficiency which for many other personality types is harder to accomplish and doesn’t come naturally.
Perhaps, the ISTP famous musicians are so successful within the music industry because of their ambitious, adaptable, and energetic nature. Or maybe it was their eagerness to always develop and explore that made them so prosperous. But being a famous musician comes with its ups and downs. And more often than not the ISTPs falling in that category aren’t strangers to scandals and controversy.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, is a proud representative of this personality type. As a typical ISTP, he mastered the art of rapping. Regardless of his differences with most artists within this genre, Eminem became the first white freestyler. Despite his awfully challenging background, his typical ISTP stubbornness led him to become the first artist to have ten consecutive number-one albums.
But while Eminem was making his way to the top as an artist, Marshall Mathers was degrading as a human. He battled drug addiction and spent more time with his lawyers than in the recording studio given the countless lawsuits. Feeding his ISTP hunger for independence and doing things his own way he got off the rails. Eminem interfered with social norms so many times that it took him years to clear his name. Nevertheless, he will always be remembered as the angry controversial rapper with an angsty voice.
- Frank Sinatra
Another famous example of an ISTP who became one of the most influential individuals within the music industry is Frank Sinatra. His pure artistry coupled with his classic ISTP energetic and unstoppable personality contributed to an unshakable reputation. Sinatra had the incredible talent to unassemble people’s emotions – if feelings had a sound they would sound like Sinatra.
Some other honorable ISTP musicians include:
- Angus Young, Australian singer, guitarist, songwriter (Back in Black; Highway to Hell; Rock or Bust)
- Shiloh Hoganson (Lyldoll), Canadian singer-songwriter (Picture Imperfect; 1993; A New Dawn)
- Ryan Guldemond, Canadian lead vocalist and guitarist (Dance and Cry; Very Good Bad Thing; The Sticks)
- Simon Cowell – English television personality and record executive (Sonia – You To Me Are Everything; The UK Mixmasters – Lucky 7 Megamix; Sinitta – Shame Shame Shame)
- Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer (Kind of Blue; Tutu; Bitches Brew)
- Glenn Danzig, American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer (Black Aria; Danzig; Walk Among Us)
- Willie Nelson, American musician, actor, and activist (First Rose of String; Stardust; Red Headed Stranger)
- Joe Strummer, British musician, singer, songwriter, composer, actor, and radio host (Combat Rock; Earthquake Weather; London Calling)
- Joe Walsh, U.S. rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (The Smoker You Drink; The Player You Get; Joe Walsh But Seriously; Folks…; So What)
- Snoop Dogg, American rapper and media personality (Doggystyle; Tha Blue Carpet Treatment; Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss)
- Noel Gallagher, English singer, songwriter, and musician (Be Here Now; Definitely Maybe; Chasing Yesterday)
- Keith Richards, English musician, singer, and songwriter (Talk Is Cheap; Crosseyed Heart; Main Offender)
- Lemmy Kilmister, English singer, songwriter, and musician (Ace of Spades; Orgasmatron; Butchering The Beatles)
ISTP Historical Figures and World Leaders
ISTP’s genuine fondness for exploration makes them some of the best and most influential historical figures. The ISTPs derive their curiosity from their desire for figuring out how things work and their genuine interest in the unknown. Many historical figures such as Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Everest, possess typical ISTP characteristics. This shouldn’t surprise you at all since ISTPs are widely famous for their adventurous inclinations and restless appetite for research and travel.
Let’s take a look at some famous ISTP historical figures and world leaders:
- Dalai Lama XVI
Dalai Lama XVI is sometimes referred to as the living Buddha. His spiritual practices inspire millions of people and he teaches peace and abundance. He encourages reconnection to the deeper self as well as nature. As a leader, he believes that when put in a controversial or unpleasant situation one must be adaptable and accept differences in opinion instead of imposing their views and perceptions on others. ISTPs might be considered stubborn or even self-centered but being realistic and objective are some of their best qualities. They like to work with truthful matters and sometimes this means accepting the reality of not being completely right in certain situations. Keeping the balance between self and the external world is the center of Dalai Lama’s belief system which makes him an emblematic ISTP.
Here are some other ISTP historical figures and leaders:
- Alan Shepard, U.S. astronaut, naval aviator, test pilot, and businessman
- Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States
- Sally Ride, U.S. astronaut, and physicist
- Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist
- Chuck Yeager, U.S. Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot
- Erwin Rommel, German general, and military theorist
- Vladimir Putin, Russian politician, a former officer of the KGB, and current President of Russia
- Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian politician
- Milos Zeman, Czech politician serving as the third and current President of the Czech Republic
- William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canadian statesman, and politician who served as the tenth prime minister of Canada
- King Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden
- Prince Constantine-Alexios, member of the Greek royal family, the eldest son and second child of Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
- Prince Felix, the younger son of Prince Joachim
- Leung Chun-Ying, Chinese politician from Hong Kong, and a chartered surveyor
- Narendra Modi, Indian politician serving as the 14th and current Prime Minister of India
- Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian military and political leader who served as the fourth president of Egypt
- Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
- Mustafa al-Kadhimi, an Iraqi diplomat and civil servant currently serving as the Prime Minister of Iraq
- Osman Pamukoglu, a retired major general of the Turkish Army, author, and politician
- Samir Geagea, a Lebanese leader, and politician
- Nana Akufo Addo, the President of Ghana
- Alexandre de Moraes, a Brazilian jurist, currently a justice of the Supreme Federal Court
A large number of college students with sports scholarships are actually ISTPs. Their determination and ability to stay physically active and mentally stable makes them some of the best sportsmen among the Myers-Briggs personality types. Their strengths are flexibility, efficiency, and adaptability which are all important for anyone who chose a profession or even just a hobby in sports. ISTP people are very good at figuring out how things work and therefore they’re great at coaching. Also, being a strategic thinker makes them good at games such as poker and chess.
The following list represents some successful examples of famous ISTP sportsmen:
- Barry Sanders, former U.S. professional football player
- Ayrton Senna, Brazilian racing driver
- John McEnroe, U.S. tennis player
- Bill Cowher, former U.S. football linebacker, coach, and sports analyst
- Larry Bird, U.S. former professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association
- Moses Malone, U.S. basketball player
- Shaquille O’Neal, U.S. former professional basketball player and a sports analyst
- Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess grandmaster who is the current World Chess Champion, World Rapid Chess Champion, and World Blitz Chess Champion
- Ted Williams, U.S. professional baseball player, and manager
- Phil Ivey, U.S. professional poker player
- Wayne Gretzky, Canadian former professional ice hockey player, and former head coach
ISTP Fictional Characters
At this point, you shouldn’t be surprised if you find out that many fictional characters are ISTPs. But be aware that all those observations are based on the Internet’s (mostly Reddit) efforts to feed its appetite for gaining insights on their beloved fictional characters. From book and movie characters to comic and animation ones, famous ISTPs are everywhere around the fictional world.
Popular ISTP Characters
- Arya Stark, Game of Thrones
As we already mentioned, the ISTP personality type is dominant within the male population. Nevertheless, ISTP women are very powerful, as they have a strong sense of stability and self-awareness. An example of such an authoritative persona is the vigorous Arya Stark. Forced to enter the disturbing reality of the world of Game of Thrones, many other women that do not possess ISTP traits would be doomed. But her energetic and even vicious temper helps her to go through some of the bizarre situations that life puts her through. Her reserved yet determined temperament guides her through her adventures. As she struggles between the internal fight of discovering her true self and the external reality of the distressing Westeros, she manages to become one of the most emblematic fictional characters of all time.
- The Hound, Game of Thrones
Nevertheless, Arya is not the only ISTP within the Game of Thrones world. Ironically, her frenemy Sandor Clegane, also known as ‘The Hound,’ belongs to The Tinkerer personality type. Anyone who observed the development of their relationship must have noticed the similarities between these two – both were exposed to disturbing situations when they were young, both turn to revenge as a coping mechanism, both develop a strong sense of self, and (ironically enough) both change their attitude towards one another along the way. As they get to know each other more and more they realize that they’re both just victims of their time. Their ability to stay objective yet intuitive proves how strong their way of thinking and perceiving is.
- Jace Wayland, The Mortal Instruments
Leaving the GOT universe aside, there is another example of a famous ISTP character within the fantasy world – Jace Wayland. Rightfully considered the best shadowhunter of his generation, this ‘The Mortal Instruments’ character is a typical Tinkerer – mysterious, determined, intuitive, and adventurous. His intuition leads him towards a better path and although he’s quite selective in terms of who he surrounds himself with, his intentions are pure toward all beings – mortals or not.
- Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones
Can you guess the character based on this description – adventurous, active, badass, confident, self-assured, and knowledgeable. That’s right, it’s your favorite archaeologist Indiana Jones who also happens to be an ISTP. Even though he is somewhat different than the fantasy characters we already discussed, he still fits perfectly within this personality category. Similar to some other sanguine temperaments, Mr. Jones is incredibly active and derives his energy from his internal fondness of the unknown. Being a natural explorer he stumbles upon countless obstacles along his way, however, he has a strong sense of self, helping him to overcome anything that crosses his path.
- Mad Max, Mad Max
Mad Max is also a classical ISTP case. Living in a post-apocalyptic world where he lost his family and everything he loved, he is now a ‘road warrior searching for a righteous cause.’ As ISTP’s are natural handymen, Max doesn’t fall behind his fellow ‘craftsmen’ with this trait. He can work his way around anything – from a broken bone to a behemoth tanker. Pragmatic, capable, and even slightly mad, Max refuses to admit that sometimes helping others is more important than surviving another day. Yet, as an exemplary ISTP, he proves his beliefs with actions rather than words, and it shows.
- James Bond, James Bond
Although James Bond has been commonly described as a stereotypical spy, he constantly demonstrates skills that a regular spy would not have. Bond’s ability to manage several tasks at the same time, being a fantastic strategist, a marvelous detective and a skilled assassin proves that he belongs to the ISTP personality type. He prefers to live in the now and the concept of old age is vaguely touched in his mind. His mysterious, intelligent yet sensible persona makes him one of the most famous fictional ISTP personalities.
Some other popular ISTP characters include:
- Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, Star Trek
- Jason Bourne, Jason Bourne
- Han Solo, Star Wars
- Jack O’Neill, Stargate SG
- Michonne, The Walking Dead
- Gwendolen Harleth, Daniel Deronda
- John Wick, John Wick
- Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, Perfume
- Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey
- Garnet, Steven Universe
- Max Mayfield, Stranger Things
- Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher
- Daryl Dixon, The Walking Dead
- Diego Hargreeves, The Umbrella Academy
- Dean Winchester, Supernatural
- Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games
- Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter
- Emma Swan, Once Upon a Time
- Bard and Kili, The Hobbit
- Peter Pettigrew, Harry Potter
- Bronn, Game of Thrones
- Aragorn, Lord of the Rings
- Jacob Black, Twilight
- Leslie, The Big Bang Theory
ISTP Superheros and Villans
- Catwoman, DC
Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman, is a dominant, dynamic, energetic, observant, reserved, and critical persona. This famous ISTP character shows amazing ingenuity, always finding ways to demonstrate her stubbornness. She is very daring to take risks. She constantly shows signs of fearlessness either due to her disturbing past which made her insensitive or her brave heart which she consciously chooses to use to get what she wants. Needless to say, Catwoman is aware, resourceful, and clever as she is one of the few DC characters that is neither a villain nor a hero. This fluidity is not typical for the ambitious ISTP personality type. However, her self-awareness and the fact that she carefully chose her battles proves that she belongs to the ‘Tinkerer’ category.
- Wolverine, Marvel Universe
Another ISTP example of an energetic and self-aware character is the ever-evolving Logan. Although he is reserved and determined towards his goals, every once in a while he wonders if his personal mission is more important than saving someone else’s life. As a strong-willed man who’s been through a lot he might appear fairly violent and insensitive, however, this is just the shell he chose to envelop and present to people he doesn’t know. In reality, he is actually very caring. Another ISTP pattern is that similar to some of his fellow ISTPs he owns a motorcycle and he is extremely possessive of it to the point where he feels personally provoked if its safety has been threatened.
Some other ISTP superheroes and villains include:
- Aquaman, DC
- Jessica Jones, Marvel Universe
- Hawkeye, Marvel Universe
- Black Widow, Marvel Universe
- Melinda May, Marvel Universe
- Scarecrow, Batman
- Toyman, Superman
- Hugo Strange, Batman
- Ozymandias, Watchmen
- Darkseid, Justice League
- Maxwell Lord, Justice League, Supergirl
- Hank Henshaw, DC
- Deathstroke, DC
- Beast, X-Men
- Psylocke, X-Men
- Forge, X-Men
- Bruce Banner (Hulk), Marvel Universe
ISTP Disney Characters
- Mulan, Mulan
An emblematic example of an ISTP Disney character and probably the most typical ‘Tinkere’ case within the fictional world is the fiercely independent Chinese diva Mulan. Her introverted thinking coupled with her Extroverted Feeling guide her through seemingly impossible pursuits. As she mastered the art of getting around the rules, Mulan admits that she learns things by doing them. Her independent and inventive nature supported by a big dose of spontaneity works to her benefit when she faces the ostensibly unbeatable Shan Yu. Ironically enough Mulan’s biggest enemy and the kingdom’s bloodthirsty enemy Shan Yu also happens to be an ISTP. Although the characters are contrasting and the concepts of ‘good’ vs ‘bad’ are clearly defined, it’s not difficult to notice some key similarities within their personalities. They’re both extremely instinctive, present-oriented rule breakers, and would do anything to achieve whatever they believe in.
Here’s a list of some more ISTP Disney characters:
- Baymax, Big Hero 6
- Tinkerbell, Peter Pan
- Flik, A Bug’s Life
- Perry the platypus, Phineas and Ferb
- John Smith, Pocahontas
- Megara, Hercules
- Kristoff, Frozen
- Wendy Corduroy, Gravity Falls
ISTP Anime Characters
- Shizuo Heiwajima, Durarara!!
Shizuo strikes as a violent and straightforward guy with a very short temper and ability to act on his own. He values strength and sometimes acts in such insensible ways they hurt the people around him. Nevertheless, despite the common perception of him, he is actually just a lonely individual. His tough character is due to his disturbing childhood and fear of loneliness and therefore, he developed a nasty coping mechanism. His dangerous temper defines Heiwajima as an example of an unbalanced ISTP personality and what could happen if such people perceive the world around them as if it’s trying to bring them down.
Some more ISTP anime characters include:
- Winry Rockbell, Fullmetal Alchemist
- Alex Fierro, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
- Shoto Aizawa “Eraserhead”, My Hero Academia
- Kyoka Jirou “Earphone Jack”, My Hero Academia
- Levi Ackerman, Attack on Titan
- Saitama, One Punch Man
- Shinya Kogami, Psycho-Pass
- Ryunosuke Chiba, Assassination Classroom
- San, Studio Ghibli