Guest Post by Kerissa, INFJ
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Se: On his last night before leaving for the war, Bucky chooses to go to a science exposition, a busy place full of lights and noises and people, and plans on going dancing afterwards. He has no visible emotional attachment to his date in this scene, he does this for the delight of doing something. When Steve rescues him from the POW camp, Bucky immediately notices he’s changed, saying, “I thought you were smaller.” Bucky is very physical in his friendships: he initiates hugs with Steve, puts his arm around his shoulder, and pushes him to get his attention. As he breaks through his brainwashing in the vault scene in Winter Soldier, his memories come back as various sensory experiences and images.
Ti: Bucky tends to shy away from emotional discussions, usually using jokes, such as pointing out that Steve will be the last eligible man in New York. When he does show verbal warmth (“That little guy from Brooklyn … I’m following him”) he quickly changes the subject and the mood with, “You’re keeping the outfit, right?” Although the ‘take charge’ person before going off to war (example: arranging the double date), he never butts heads with Steve once Steve becomes Captain America, the leader of the missions. As the Winter Soldier, after recognizing Steve on the bridge, he tries to reason through why he recognizes him. Even in his brainwashed state, he can see that Alexander Peirce’s statement about meeting him earlier that week can’t be the full story. He doesn’t give reasons why he “knew him” but insists he did.
Fe: He’s the ladies’ man, the charmer. He’s able to secure a blind date for Steve. He flirts with Peggy Carter. He’s bothered by Steve’s disregard for the law in lying on his enlistment forms and his picking fights, but doesn’t push him much on it. On the double date, he makes an effort to include Steve, turning to ask him about taking the girls dancing. He spends his last night at home by going on a date with a girl never mentioned before or again, less focused on his own personal relationships and connections and more the experience as a whole.
Ni: He has a tendency to speak metaphorically at times: when Steve asks if he’s ready to follow Captain America, he replies with, “Oh no. That little guy from Brooklyn … I’m following him.” He reacts without thinking about the consequences, such as picking up Captain America’s shield and advancing on the enemy, which leads to him being blown out of the train.
Author’s Note: I tried to only use examples from The First Avenger, since Bucky is brainwashed through all of Winter Soldier, not acting on his own violation, plans, or natural instinct. The ones I did use were scenes where he was breaking through his programming, when he was becoming himself again. Even when he does break through, though, he’ll be in an upset state, not necessarily using the functions most natural to him.
Also, up until now, Bucky has not had much character development outside of how he relates to Steve. This makes his introverted functions harder to find examples for because he exists for another character, not for himself.