Obi-Wan Kenobi: INFJ

Guest post by Andrew, ENTJ

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Obi Wan Kenobi INFJ | Star Wars #MBTI #INFJ

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Obi-Wan is an admirer of Yoda, and he takes the older Jedi’s advice about being mindful of the future seriously.  While training the young Anakin, he is always aware of the danger he poses to the Jedi Order, and he randomly gets flashes of future visions of things to come.  When assigned to watch over Luke on Tattooine, he has the patience to wait for the right moment (a whole 19 years!) to start training him as a Jedi.  When dueling with Vader aboard the Death Star, Obi-Wan sees further ahead than anyone else, sacrificing his life to allow Luke and the others to escape, and to guarantee that he can still guide Luke (in spirit form) without have to run or hide from the Empire.  Obi-Wan’s chosen lightsaber style is a defensive one; he defeats his enemies using patience.  Obi-Wan is able to guess, with suspicions but no real evidence, that Padme is pregnant with Anakin’s child.

Obi Wan Kenobi INFJ | Star Wars #MBTI #INFJ

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Obi-Wan obeys his superiors even when he disagrees with them.  While stranded on Tattooine, he dutifully tells Queen Amidala not to answer a transmission she receives, even though he thinks it may be urgent.  Even though he senses the danger in training Anakin, he honors Qui-Gon’s dying wish and trains him anyway.  Obi-Wan’s first loyalty is to the Jedi Order and to the Republic, not to individuals; he has no qualms about the Jedi Council using Anakin to spy on his dear friend, Chancellor Palpatine, for the greater good (which tramples on Anakin’s Fi sensibilities), and he even dares to criticize Qui-Gon to his face for not recognizing the danger in training Anakin.

Obi Wan Kenobi INFJ | Star Wars #MBTI #INFJ

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Obi-Wan has to get to the heart of any matter, even if he breaks his own heart in the process; against Yoda’s wishes, he looks at the security recordings of the attack on the Jedi Temple to find out who the attacker was.  While telling Luke about his father, Obi-Wan neither tells the truth directly nor states that Luke will learn the truth in time; he instead gives an answer that is “true, from a certain point of view,” but objectively false.  Obi-Wan is not above asking questions from unorthodox sources; he guesses (correctly) that a restauranteur can identify a dart for him that the comprehensive Jedi Archives cannot.

Obi Wan Kenobi INFJ | Star Wars #MBTI #INFJ

Extroverted Sensing (Se): In the middle of a fight, Obi-Wan’s impulsive side sometimes comes out, especially when using the aggressive fighting style taught to him by Qui-Gon.  He is a skilled starship pilot, even though he doesn’t like flying.  Obi-Wan can quickly diagnose what’s wrong with a machine or machine part (such as the hyperdrive on the queen’s starship) based on his observations, and he is handy enough to fix them when he has everything he needs (Ti-Se).

Note: Some people insist on typing Obi-Wan as ISTJ.  However, while it is true that Obi-Wan is obedient and dutiful, he is very forward-thinking, and he even criticizes his own master to his face (only remembering after the fact that it’s “not his place” to do so), pointing to a usage of Ni-Fe rather than Si.  I’ve even seen Obi-Wan typed as ENFJ, with the argument that Obi-Wan’s Se is stronger than his Ti, but anyone who remembers a particular outburst of his (“I HATE flying!”) should beg to differ here.

17 thoughts on “Obi-Wan Kenobi: INFJ

  1. I think Obi-Wan has much stronger Si than Ni, he cares a lot about the Jedi code and the council’s Authority (the only moment he opposed their decision was after his master told him to train Anakin right before his death). He shares the Si “dogmatic, narrow point of view of the Jedi” and doesn’t really think outside of a box like a true Ni-dom would.

    In the Old Trilogy he displays strong Si in his memories of Anakin, and says to Luke “I don’t want to lose you to the Emperor the way I lost Vader”. In Rebels he fights Maul because he must “mend this old wound”.

    What’s more his classic “what I told you was true, from a certain point of view” is an example of Ne usage. This is why I think ISFJ fits better.


  2. ISFJ would make more sense. Obi-Wan isn’t much of a long-time thinker, instead he seems to be rather past-oriented, very caring about the Jedi code and the authorities up to him (the only moment he was against the Jedi was when he wanted to train Anakin… and that was because this was his own master’s last will… SiFe loop).


        • Yes. However, the issue of your comment (to me) was less one of grammar and more one of blatant disregard for other people. You have insulted myself and others multiple times in your comments, and I would like to ask you to stop.

          I criticize your grammar, not because I care that you spelled the word incorrectly, but because you were attempting to pass off a large group of people (Ni-doms) as airheads on a blog run by an Ni-dom and populated in large part by Ni-dom readers. If you’re going to insult people (and again, I would request that you do it elsewhere), it tends to work better if you use a solid argument that doesn’t show you to be the same type of person that you are claiming others to be.

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      • Probably Firat up there wanted to say ‘airheaded’ but mistyped. Either way, it’s complete bull.


        • D***. It appears airheaded was not what I thought it was.

          I meant to say something like absent-minded. Sometimes it feels to me that my mind is like a beehive and foggy and it is hard for me to concentrate and I assume a Sensor’s mind (landscape) is less fuzzy and more concrete.

          That’s what I meant to say with airheaded.

          Why can’t I reply to Narvid?

          And why is it completely bull? Specific reason?


          • Cross-cultural connotative difference, I hope. Where are you from?

            Being an Se-user I wouldn’t necessarily say my mind is less fuzzy. Chronic pain gives me loads of spelling errors regardless of what jungian functions I use.

            The problem with your arguments (I believe that Sylver is trying to point to) is that they rely largely on generalisations/stereotypes about the jungian functions which I, as the blog moderator, have tried for years to steer my readers away from.

            Also, I don’t know why you can’t reply to me. It might be something that’s built into the blog. *Shrug*


        • Arvid,

          I am from Turkey and not a native speaker of English.

          I didn’t relate it to Se but rather being a sensor, i.e., having S function higher in the stack.

          And yet, Ni-user relies on generalizations deduced from observed and recurring paterns.

          I am wondering whether you are a Ti-dom or not. A Ti-dom would have a more rigid/complex deductive structure than an Ni-dom. They’d be faster yet be bound more by that rigidity.

          And you seem to brush off criticism quite easily, and also critical/sarcastic about spelling (which might point to ad hominem/ridicule in case you did understand the argument despite the spelling error) which might point to an ego stronger than a superego.

          Do you think there’s any chance that you are an INTP or an ennegram 5?


          • No. My Dad’s an INTP and we’re polar opposites.

            My rationalist thought structure stems from the fact that I’m studying philosophy at university.


        • What I meant by ‘complete bull’ is that it’s completely untrue to say that an upper Te user is likely (note the LIKELY here) to be airheaded. I came off as insensitive, I realize now, and I appologize.


  3. Obi-Wan is an INFJ. Now I can die in peace.

    Juuuuuuuust kidding. But I’ve always loved Obi-Wan. In fact, when I first watched “A New Hope” at age 4 or so, I’m pretty sure my top two favorite characters were Obi-Wan and R2-D2. (R2-D2 is still my favorite, even now.)


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