Personality Typing: The Superhero Edition

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on October 22, 2008

Okay, analyzing presidential candidates' personality types is interesting and instructive, but perhaps it's time for something a little more lighthearted? After sifting through the superhero movie deluge this summer, I started thinking about our iconic heroes and their personality styles. Some are more apparent than others, but here are my guesses.

Ironman/Tony Stark: ISTP. This character is often found tinkering with metal, circuits, and mechanical devices, engaging in wildly adventurous behavior, and playing the field romantically---all characteristics of the typical ISTP. ISTPs love to be in the action, and more than any other type they have a skill in manipulating mechanical objects. Unlike many superheroes, his exploits result from his desires for action, revenge, and his own survival, rather than from a larger sense of morality or ideals. He's not an enforcer, but the action and the gear of the superhero business excites him.

Batman/Bruce Wayne: ENTP. More typical of superheroes in the sense that he is idealistic, Batman still lives on the fringes of society. He's often content with being portrayed as a vigilante or even a villain if it furthers his cause. Like many ENTPs, he doesn't feel an intrinsic need to belong, as long as he is living by his own personal code. Technologically savvy and inventive, Batman relies on his ability to create superior weapons for his personal crusade--however, unlike Ironman, Batman creates the design and leaves the building up to someone else.

Superman/Clark Kent: ESFJ. Sometimes called the Big Blue Boy Scout, Superman follows the rules and takes care of the weak. Like many ESFJs, he sees his role as a protector, and makes sure that the gears of society hum along smoothly and that people have what they need. He's the least rogueish of the superheroes, and despite the fact that he's a member of a supercharged alien race, you get the sense that he really just wants to fit in. He's responsible, he's traditional, and he's always there when you need him.

Spider-Man/Peter Parker: INTJ. Gifted in science, Spider-Man became so when accidentally bitten by a spider, and took on his superhero status reluctantly when he realized his responsiblity to use his powers for good. Most INTJs enjoy science and technology, and Spider-Man is no different; he's fascinated by his own powers and devises gadgets to assist him. But his responsibility overwhelms him, and he often takes on too much. He has the INTJ's longing for stability, and this results in much of his stress as a superhero---unfortunately, it's not a job you can schedule.


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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


Guest (not verified) says...

wrong all all but Superman.

Time to go home.

Guest (not verified) says...

Tony stark is an classical ENTP

Guest (not verified) says...

Supergirl ENFP

Guest (not verified) says...

YES! She's your typical ENFP, I'm not quite sure why she is officially typed as an ESFJ. She is very high in intuition

Guest Dyshpo (not verified) says...

Tony Stark from the marvel cinematic universe is obsessed with luxury items , women and cool cars rockets sexy he man power suit I type this version as an ESTP also for his nonstop tinkering and building of gadgets to compliment others so that they can make himself look better.

Tony Stark from the comics is a ISTP he's normally written as a Howard Hughes type subdued and logical and very precise. He also has a reverse alter Ego public Tony Stark is a playboy ESFP douche bag but as Iron-Man he is 100% ISTP.

Batman is ISTP while Bruce Wayne is ENFJ though together I'd say he is an ISTJ
His Eidetic memory Si coupled with his stratagem Te makes him godlike . His drives are personal Fi.

Peter Parker/Spider-man, ESTP - physically gifted Se, and logical Ti.

typer (not verified) says...

I think Superman is an ISFJ. He has a strong sense of duty, is very analytical and objective when analyzing situations, and if often critical of new technology and ways of doing things. This is textbook ISFJ. Couple this with Superman's obsession with protecting the human race and it's clear he is the guardian personality type.

Unbound03 (not verified) says...


Unbound03 (not verified) says...

It is a well-known fact that Superman is ISFJ. 

guest (not verified) says...

Captain America is ENTJ

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