Fictional Character Personality Types

This character personality type resource has been put together with authors in mind.

Its aim is to give writers a reference when creating and developing characters.

(If you'd rather read about character archetypes, click here)

The resource contains the most popular personality type categories that exist across mythology, business, psychology and spirituality.

We have put together a brief background summary of each of the categories. To read about each of the archetypes in more detail, click to the dedicated page.

Many personality type resources need to be sensitive to people's feelings about their own category, and therefore are skewed towards the positive.

We are under no such restraints, so have tried to get a good balance of positive and negative traits for each persoanlity type. After all, flawed characters are often the most interesting ones.

In most cases we have also created an infographic.

We recommend character archetypes and personality types be used for inspiration, as a starting point for creating a character.

They are not intended to be used as complete copy and paste characters.

It is up to the writer to use the information given and develop each archetype in their own unique way.

Click on the links below to view the various categories of personality types.

Jungian Character Archetypes

Jungian Character ArchetypesSwiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung introduced the concept of archetypes as models of people, behaviours or personalities.

He suggested archetypes were inborn tendencies that play a role in influencing human behaviour.

The archetypes represent universal patterns that cross eras, borders and cultures, but are expressed in different ways across various stories, art, myths, dreams and religions.

Click here to read more about Jungian character archetypes

 

 

Myers-Briggs Character Archetypes

Myers-Briggs Character Archetypes Infographic

The Myers-Briggs theory of personality types was developed by the mother-daughter partnership of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.

It is an adaptation of the theory of psychological types produced by Jung (see Jungian character archetypes). 

The premise of Myers-Briggs begins with four preferences. 

The four preferences could be simplified and rephrased as:

  • People
  • Facts
  • Logic
  • Lifestyle.

Each of us is said to respond to the preferences in one of two ways (again, rephrased for simplification):

  • People: introvert / extrovert
  • Facts: data / intuition
  • Logic: thinking / feeling
  • Lifestyle: structured / free flowing.

The 16 Myers-Briggs personality types are constructed from the various options created by combining the choices above.

For example:

Introvert, Data, Thinking, Structured would be called ESTJ (the actual terminology being Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judgement).

Click here to read more about Myers-Briggs character archetypes

 

Enneagram Character Archetypes

Enneagram Character Archetypes

The Enneagram is a model of human psychology based on nine interconnected personality types.

Its ideas are said to be found as long ago as the 4th Century, in the work of a Christian Mystic called Evagrius Ponticus.

But the contemporary theories have been developed by various academics since the 1950s.

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Western Zodiac / Starsign Personality Types (Character Archetypes)

Western Zodiac Character Archetypes

Western astrology has its roots in Ancient Greece.

Horoscopes are a form of divination based on an exact moment in time, such as a person's birth.

That person's characteristics said to be influenced by the positions of the various cosmic bodies at that moment.

The central principle of astrology is integration with the cosmos.

The individual, earth and the universe are all parts of the same single organism, with all parts correlated and interdependent.

The western zodiac is based on a twelve-monthly cycle, with a person's 'starsign'decided by their adte of birth.

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Chinese Zodiac animals as Character Archetypes

Chinese Zodiac Character Archetypes Infrographic

The Chinese zodiac was invented during the Han Dynasty, around 200AD.

It is based on a twelve-year cycle, with each year representing an animal that took part in an ancient race.

The order of the animals is based on where they placed in the race, and their approach to the race reflects each animal's personality.

Each animal is associated with a given year, so your animals depends on what year you were born in.

The traits of the animal are reflected in your personality. So for example, if you were born in the year of the Ox, you might be stubborn, and if you were born in the year ofthe rat, you might be cunning.

Click here to read more about Chinese Zodiac Animal character archetypes

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