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Typing Fictional Characters – Anne of Green Gables

Typing Fictional Characters – Anne of Green Gables

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It’s been awhile since I took the time to try and type some fictional characters. And since I already started typing the Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea characters, I thought I’d go ahead and type the rest of the main players (I may return in the future to type some of the secondary characters). I decided mainly to focus on the film version by Kevin Sullivan, but having also read the books it’s likely the types are still the same.

If you’d like the description of the 16 different types you can read them from the Myers Briggs Foundation.

For the official professional test, go to www.mbtionline.com.

So here goes:

Anne Shirley: INFP – The Idealist

Anne

Proof that not all INFP’s are quiet, Anne lives more inside her own dream world than out; she’s imaginative, intelligent and always looks for the best in each person she comes across (you know, unless they’ve personally insulted her). Anne is a dreamer who makes the best of every situation even when there doesn’t seem to be much hope. So while Anne puts on a happy face to the world, she often finds herself in the depths of despair where she struggles with loneliness. And while she can talk your ear off, she does need time for inner reflection so she can recharge. Anne is loyal, hot tempered and the most idealistic kindred spirit you’ll ever meet.


Marilla Cuthbert: ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller

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Marilla is the ultimate duty fulfiller. She respects tradition and is keen to keep all traditions in place with a sensible spirit to boot. While it’s hard for her to express her feelings, her emotions are a deep well filled to brimming. She is loyal and caring to everyone she loves even if she can be a strict disciplinarian. From Anne to her brother Matthew and even to her best friend Rachel Lynde, Marilla is always there for everyone. Serious and logical, she does however have a romantic side and a similar temperament to Anne as well as a surprisingly funny sarcastic tone to everything she says.


 Matthew Cuthbert: ISFJ – The Nurturer

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Matthew is quiet, loyal and very caring. He likes to be in the background and finds having conversations with anyone (except for Marilla and Anne) to be a little difficult. However, he has the biggest heart anyone could ever find in a human being, spoiling Anne to her heart’s content. He’s perceptive of other’s needs and always does his best to provide and make people happy. Like his sister, he also respects traditions and security, but in a more feeling way.


 Gilbert Blythe: ENTP – The Visionary

Gilbert

Gilbert loves to debate and is very quick-witted. There’s nothing that gives him a greater thrill than winning an argument. On top of that, Gilbert is very creative, impassioned and popular. He can easily be the life of the party with his amiable personality and clever remarks. Sometimes he can be too logical in his debates, however, which can offend someone with a more feeling personality. That all said he’s a romantic at heart. When he falls in love with Anne as a teenager, it’s for forever.


 Diana Barry: ISFJ – The Nurturer

Diana

Diana is the best friend you could ever have. She’s incredibly loyal, caring and thoughtful. While not as imaginative or goal oriented as Anne, Diana does have her own set of dreams. She dreams of being a good wife and mother. She falls in love and marries a sensible man, despite Anne’s protestations that Fred isn’t Anne’s idea of Diana’s romantic ideal. Diana is happy to let Anne take the limelight and finds ways to help support her friend in every way possible, including entering her into a writing competition without her permission.


 Rachel Lynde: ESFJ – The Caregiver

Rachel

Rachel Lynde’s responsibilities are incredibly important to her. She’s good at taking care of others and lets everyone know it. A wife, mother, friend and town gossip, she tells everyone exactly what is on her mind. So, on the surface one might think Rachel is a little bit more of a Thinker; but despite her practical claims, she relies much more heavily on her feelings. Unable to take criticism well, she has an explosive temper and easily gets her feelings hurt. While she can dish out the criticism, she herself doesn’t take it well in return. Rachel also respects tradition, making every event she’s in charge of the best ever. She’s controlling and hypercritical, but she also has a big heart.

Agree? Disagree? How would you type the characters of Anne of Green Gables? Let me know in the comments!


Photo Credit: Sullivan Entertainment

 

ABOUT TYPING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS (a regular column): 

I attempt to type fictional characters using the Myers Briggs Assessment. I base my choices on research and all around educated guessing (being the amateur I am). It’s all in good fun and I love a good discussion, so if you agree or disagree with my choices let me know!

 

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Amber Topping

A lover of stories in all forms and from all cultures and time periods, Amber honed her own storytelling skills as a girl by doing Shirley Temple impersonations and putting on plays with her siblings. Eventually, she turned to cheerleading, dance, and finally to writing and video editing. Amber is an empathetic and impassioned person with a strong independent will and an endless amount of creativity. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, and has contributed to various magazines. Her ultimate dream is to be a published author of books, screenplays, travel all over the world, and to form a creative village of talented storytellers from around the world who can collaborate together to produce stories celebrating old-fashioned romance and diverse storytelling. She believes stories have the positive power to unite, not divide.

30 Comments

  1. Annieyo

    I agree mostly with this. But Matthew never struck me as a J. I had always thought that he was an ISFP. Js tend to be set in their ways, and to me, Matthew seemed too relaxed about things (especially when it came to the upbringing of Anne) to be a J.

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    • Amber Topping

      Thanks! Fair enough. 🙂 I’m not an expert, but rather research for fun! That all said, from all the research I’ve done typing as E vs I or P vs J for instance doesn’t always work. It comes down to cognitive functions. Based on cognitive functions, Matthew strikes me more as an ISFJ than an ISFP. The dominant function of an ISFJ is introverted sensing which is all about protecting the familiar, whereas an ISFP’s dominant function is introverted feeling. Plus ISFP’s tend to have a more artistic side while ISFJ’s are more traditional. It’s why I felt ultimately he fit more closely with the ISFJ. But it’s just my opinion. I could be wrong! 🙂

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      • Annieyo

        Well, I’ve read others on the subject, and I feel yours is far more accurate than the others I’ve read. I’m no expert, either, but unlike the others I have read (which I disagreed with half of them!) I only disagreed on Matthew, but I see where you’re coming from. He could very well be a very laidback J, or he could be an unartistic P (like me!).

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        • Amber Topping

          Well thank you!. 🙂 Yes, typing is hard especially since people can’t really be put into a box; or at least I don’t think so. I like to look at Myers Briggs as a tool or something that gives an “idea,” but I certainly don’t think it’s an exact science. And it’s definitely all up for interpretation, especially with fictional characters. And I also think there can definitely be many different types of people within one personality type!

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    • Marisa

      I used to think ISFP too, but I can’t see any SP being content living life in the same place, doing the same thing day in and day out for a lifetime. Matthew’s not only content with this; he prefers it.

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      • Amber Topping

        Yes, I completely agree with that! He definitely prefers staying where he is.

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      • Annieyo

        True. But I’m an IN/SP (more N in younger years, S in later years), and while I detest having a fixed schedule – doing the same ‘ole thing day in and day out – I love the house and the town that I live in, and I’d be content with living here the rest of my life.

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  2. Marisa

    Wow, when people on the Internet are let loose to type people, it’s always a ridiculous mess. This is actually good! The only one I’m unsure of is Gilbert. I’ve always seen him more as an ESTP.

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    • Amber Topping

      Thank you! Yes, I debated ENTP vs ESTP. Ultimately through research though I felt he fit better into the ENTP particularly because I think he’s very intuitive. Plus I tend to think of the ESTP as the “Jack Bauer” type! Again, this is all conjecture of course and I could be wrong. 🙂

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      • Annieyo

        And, from what I remember from the books, Gilbert was somewhat of an intellectual, talking about things that mattered, than of trivial things, which is more of an N trait than an S trait. I figured he was an NTP, just couldn’t figure out I or E. But reading this, Amber, the E fits.

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  3. Amber

    What about ENFP!?!?

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    • Amber Topping

      For who? Gilbert or Anne? Or someone else?

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  4. Micheal Monson

    I’ve thought about and discussed this one at length. I agree with most of these, including Matthew. However, there is an argument for ESTP for Gilbert, and I think that Anne is an ENFP, not an INFP.

    But, still, really good job. It was cool to see this.

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    • Marisa

      Why, because she’s talkative? She has a rich inner world, which is where she lives.

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      • Micheal Monson

        No, because she is outgoing, social, assertive… and, above all, primarily driven by imagination. This is more indicative of ENFP than INFP. It’s less that she has a ‘rich inner world’, than that she filters the outer world through her imagination. This is Ne, which I would argue she is more than she is Fi.
        Anyway, it doesn’t matter. There is not much difference between most ENFPs and most INFPs anyway. ENFPs are usually just somewhat more social/expressive INFPs and INFPs are usually just somewhat more reserved/serious ENFPs.

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    • Mandysgirls

      Anne is definetly an ENFP.

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      • JBWodehousian

        I agree she’s an ENFP.

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    • Annieyo

      I agree with Amber and Marisa, that Anne is an Introvert. While she was very talkative as a child (as was I, and I’m a huge introvert), she had a rich inner world, as Marisa pointed out. She lived a lot in her head, and if she wasn’t doing chores or with Diana or Gilbert, she was by herself. While she had a lot of friends, there were only a few she kept close to her; the Kindred Spirits, she called them. Now, Ruby Gillis, she would be an E!

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      • Amber Topping

        Yeah, if I were to type Ruby Gillis off the top of my head I’d go directly to an ESFP.

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        • Annieyo

          That would be my guess, too.

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    • Amber Topping

      Thank you! I appreciate it, especially since it’s all in good fun. 🙂 However, I will stick to my guns. I really do think Anne is classic INFP. Just because someone is an “I” doesn’t mean they can’t talk a lot or even be outgoing. I realy think it comes down to the functions. Anne is more inside her own head than out. Plus going with the cognitive functions, I really don’t think Anne’s dominant function is extraverted intuition which is what an ENFP is. Plus, looking at her temperament she’s got the classic INFP vomit mouth that spews out when personally criticized!

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      • Micheal Monson

        Speaking from functions, it is a balance of perception (in this case, perception of the world through the lens of imaginative intuition), and judgment (moral consternation, detached from input and abstracted). So, is Anne more an imaginer, or a moral ruminator? An Ne or an Fi? “Living in her head” is a tricky thing, because does it mean she is stuck in her head morally ruminating.. or stuck in her imagination, filtering the world through it? If the former, Fi and thus INFP… if the latter, Ne, and thus ENFP.
        Also, it’s been said that the films portray her more focused on extraverted imagination than introverted ethical rumination, than do the books.

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    • StellaMoon

      I disagree. Anne is definitely an introvert.

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  5. Sheri Rufing

    I’m so happy that Anne is an INFP like me. 🙂

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  6. Deborah Teat

    It makes so much more sense to me that Anne would be INFP than ENFP. It really does. She lives in her head too much to be E, I think, and she often has moments of needing to be alone to think and recharge. Plus I think she’s more aware of her own feelings first, which typically the E function in ENFP means being more aware of others’ feelings first. It amuses me when people think INFP means quiet all the time, I know several who are anything but. And Gilbert I would totally put as ENTP, they have a way of pulling out things from us INFP’s few other types can. It describes him far better than ISFJ, which I’ve heard him typed before.

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    • Amber Topping

      I completely agree! I’m most likely an INFP myself and I can talk people’s ears off. 🙂 Anne needs time to recharge. Plus, people tend to confuse being introverted with being silent! It’s just not true. And yeah, I really believe Gilbert is an ENTP as well. I’d never heard the ISFJ one for Gilbert. That’s just odd as I don’t see him as that type at all! Anyway, thanks for your thoughts.

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      • Deborah Teat

        I have a very good ISFJ friend, who is NOTHING like Gilbert, lol. But the ENTPs I know are exactly like him 😉

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  7. Chelsea

    Wow! I’m so glad I found this post (posted two years ago too!)! I’m currently re-watching the entire Anne of Green Gables series again, and am in a crazy ‘Anne fan-girling’ mood. I love reading about all the MBTI types and just finished reading through all of these comment! It made me overjoyed to see you put Anne as an INFP (probably because I myself am an INFP. Hahaha!). I can see where a lot of people are coming from though when they say that Anne is Extroverted, because sometimes I, too, think that she has more ‘E’ than ‘I’. But I absolutely understand where you’re coming from and will say, too, that she is an INFP because it makes me extremely happy. 🙂

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