Pokémon – Harley: INFP

Guest Post by Andrew, ENTJ

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Dominant Introverted Feeling (Fi): Harley lives in a reality where feelings are paramount – and only his own, not anyone else’s. In fact, he has a tendency to blow trivial hurts out of proportion and to hold grudges for ridiculous reasons. He doesn’t only hate the girl who stole his snack in school, but also the girl who looks exactly like her (May). He has a vendetta against May for no other reason than this; he does everything in his power to humiliate her in public and derives pleasure from her embarrassment. Harley gives captivating contest performances which engage the emotions of the audience, but he opts to work with their fear and shock rather than their wonder and admiration. He is individualistic in both his clothing style (derived from his favorite Pokemon, Cacturne) and his effeminate mannerisms.

Auxiliary Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Harley has endless ideas pertaining to Pokemon contests, which he uses to great effect in his performances. He is creative in the way he has his Pokemon use their moves, he is always a wild card in his performances, and he often finds some way to make a visual design (such as a skull and crossbones) on the contest stage or in the air above it. He also uses his creativity to undermine May’s contest performances; he tells May to have her Pokemon repeatedly use copycat moves that don’t actually showcase their own attributes. Harley doesn’t need to do only one thing at a time; he can simultaneously work for both his own success and May’s failure, even when they are not in direct competition with each other.

Tertiary Introverted Sensing (Si): Although Harley has several “reasons” for disliking May, the real one is that his rival looks identical to a classmate who stole his snack in primary school. Without missing a beat, he transfers his grudge against this unknown girl over to May. He never lets go of his hard feelings, always doing his best to see May fail in her endeavors. Harley also has some old friends with whom he always keeps in touch, even when they go their separate ways. The first dirty trick Harley uses against May is one that takes advantage of humiliating experiences from her past.

Inferior Extroverted Thinking (Te): Harley is a hard worker with a task-oriented mindset. He is capable of seeing what works and what doesn’t work in contest performances, and he tries his best to keep to the former (and to steer May to the latter). When initially offered the chance to join forces with Team Rocket (Jessie, James, and Meowth), he refuses, because they have accomplished nothing. However, he does eventually try to use them in his bid to sabotage some of May’s crucial contest performances.

Further Comments: Harley’s grudge against May indicates an Fi-Si loop; he is fixated on an incident from his past when a girl stole his snack, triggering an intense emotional reaction from him. He proves unable to move past his hurt feelings, associating them with May instead of letting go of them.


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