INTJ 5w4 Characters (A 3 Point Guide)

This article will take a look at 3 characters who are associated with the INTJ 5w4 personality type and why. The article will also shed light on the INTJ 5w4 type and discuss the personalities that make it up.

INTJ 5w4 Characters – The Top 3

  • Mycroft Holmes – Sherlock Holmes
  • Beth Harmon – The Queen’s Gambit
  • Victor Frankenstein

Before we take a look at these characters in detail, we will discuss the personality types that make up the INTJ 5w4 personality.

The 5w4 Enneagram – The Philosopher

Possessing more traits associated with the type 5 rather than type 4 enneagram, the ‘Philosopher’ although reserved in their behaviour is quite the thinker and reflector! They like to take their time when it comes to pondering over things that amaze or fascinate them. Furthermore, they like to do this in a peaceful and quiet environment rather than brainstorm over it with others. They are indeed introverted because they need alone time not only to think but to also reflect and recharge their social battery.

Compared to type 5 enneagrams, they are more emotional and expressive. Hence, they do possess a more human element and do not just focus on the hard areas of life or use simple facts and figures to explain phenomena. This is because they realize the importance of human intervention and influence. Also, these individuals are quite expressive and like to do things in a manner that not only represents their opinions or beliefs but also feels comfortable to them.

Because of their nature and how they think or feel about others, these enneagram types may seem a bit distant – they remain guarded and withdrawn from others. This is not only because they need time alone but they prefer to keep a distance from other people. At the same time, they are very much open to gaining new skills and knowledge to increase their knowledge base as well as the resources – in the form of skills – that will help them strengthen their own standing and make them more capable of even greater tasks.

Despite their introverted side, they love to explore new avenues! They will explore to find more opportunities, learn the truth regarding people or things that interest them and also just for the sake of it. They love exploring and they don’t mind doing this alone because it allows them to have the chance to think and reflect while on such ‘missions’.

The Fear of the Philosopher

The main fear this enneagram type has is that of being helpless and incompetent. They do not want to be in a position where they cannot help themselves or defend themselves for that matter! Also, they are scared that they might feel useless. The 5w4 enneagram does not want to be in a position where they are not competent for a certain task or be of no use to others!

They often compensate for this by spending a great amount of time figuring out how to develop new skills and finding new resources of knowledge. This makes them feel not only worthy or competent because they have achieved new skills and are engaged with new sources of knowledge but also they appreciate that they are currently busy doing something they love in peace and harmony.

The Basic Desire

The basic desire of the type 5w4 enneagram stems from the fact that they want to feel competent and worthy. They want to be able to master a set of skills that they can use to not only ensure their independence and strong standing but also their ability to help others.

The type 5w4 enneagram wants to help and guide others too and they believe they can only do this if they have the right skills and knowledge. Hence they also desire that they possess a number of skills and much knowledge from different walks of life.

INTJs – The Dominant Functions

INTJs are made up of four functions namely introversion, intuition, thinking and judging. We will discuss each of these one by one to develop a deeper understanding of this personality type.

Introverts can be defined as ‘measured’ people. They think very carefully before they speak and when they speak it is limited. They are better able to process information by thinking over it in their head instead of participating in a brainstorming session. Also, their behaviours reflect their inner world; when they think they automatically become quiet, more focused and reflective while doing so hence their thinking and behaviour is in sync. Hence, don’t get overwhelmed when they don’t reply as fast as you want them to or go quiet. They just need time to think over what you said or what it is they want!

People who are intuitive are known for making many discoveries in world history and this does not happen by just ordinary thinking; they must go beyond the scope they are given! They give value to their vision, dreams and even imagination and combine that with what they already have in their hands.

When it comes to intuitive people, they are indeed gems; they have dreams and visions they want to achieve and they will not let anything stop them 

INTJs give weightage to their thoughts and what seems structured or logical rather than the emotions they feel for others. Sometimes this can be detrimental and they find difficulty in understanding the emotional complaints or requests their loved ones have. People with this personality type focus on values like truth and justice and prefer to see the logic or aim of things. They can be described as task oriented rather than people oriented.

People who have the judging function are very particular about having schedules; they want to know what needs to be done when and prefer not to have too many surprises in their routines because it affects their work and tasks they need to get done. They will appreciate a person who has much of the things organized and already done.

The 5w4 INTJ Personality Type: The Top Traits

Here is a list of the top traits that the 5w4 INTJ exhibits:

  • Intuitive
  • Like Logic
  • Artistic
  • Scientific
  • Self Discovery

INTJ 5w4 Characters – The Top 3

In this section, we will look at what FunkyMBTI has to say about the following 3 characters!


Mycroft doesn’t go out much, he prefers to stay cooped up in a pleasant place where no one talks to him, and give orders without budging out of his comfort zone. He has also taken pains to keep himself isolated, by having no family or anyone relying on him other than his work, which he can do from a distance and through correspondence. He remains detached in all his conversations with his brother, even cruel in his comments about Holmes’ mistakes and shortcomings. He believes in preparing for the worst and assumes he knows what is the best way to do that. His 4 wing is somewhat melodramatic and grandiose, but also a tad bit arrogant.

Beth Harmon

Beth thinks of herself as isolated, misunderstood, and cerebral, and tries to continually maintain that independence by not being reliant on others. She reads and absorbs knowledge about chess, her specialized niche interest, in order to avoid the outside world and its messy entanglements, to the extent that others must remind her that she should have some fun once in a while. She will hide in her books in her room rather than socialize. She views her sexual experiences from a purely detached manner (no emotional investment) and wants to rely entirely on herself, her own mind, and the books she has read, to beat an opponent.

Victor Frankenstein

Victor is a socially awkward man who has spent his entire life obsessing over and focusing on his “one crazy idea,” which most men would call insane: the idea of bringing life from death, of constructing a living being out of dead body parts. 5s often have unnatural and fantastical notions they devote their lives to, and this is his. He struggles to relate to people, to have much connection to his emotional center, and can come across as brutal as a result – treating Igor rudely, dismissively, and even callously (even when he’s trying to help, by attacking him and draining the spinal sack that has made him “a hunchback,” then throwing him into a metal corset designed to support his weak spinal frame). 


This article took a look at 3 characters that are associated with the 5w4 INTJ personality type and why. Furthermore, the article described the personality traits of the 5w4 INTJ in quite some detail.


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