With the recent announcement that NBC's Hannibal might be finding a new home after being canceled, it's the ideal time to delve into the dark and complex psychology of some of the show's characters. In order to do this, we will be using the masterful Myers-Briggs® personality test. After all, it's one of the most fascinating ways of dissecting ourselves as well as our favorite television and film characters.
The list that we've prepared is certainly one of the more challenging Myers-Briggs® analysis' we've done. That's because all of these characters are incredibly well crafted, detailed, and yet, utterly contradicting. But that's why we're so curious about them. So, without further ado, here are the Myers-Briggs® categories for 10 characters from Hannibal.
10. Dr. Hannibal Lecter - ENFJ
How do you possibly put Dr. Hannibal Lecter into a box? After all, he is basically an enigma to everyone. But, for argument's sake, he'd probably be an ENFJ. This is because he is totally charming, gracious, and warm; that is until you see what's lurking underneath all of that. Still, even when he's doing the worst things imaginable, he still retains a genuine attraction to people, which tends to be a major trait of an ENFJ.
Hannibal, without a doubt, is also an extrovert. He even seems to flaunt his true desires in people's faces, they just need to be intelligent enough to see it. But like other ENFJs, Hannibal isn't particularly good when his harmony is being disturbed as well as when he's not being appreciated. Perhaps this is where "eat the rude" comes from?
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9. Will Graham - INFJ
Will Graham is similar to Dr. Hannibal Lecter in many ways. The main difference between them is the fact that Lecter is an extrovert and Graham is very clearly an introvert. This is why he would be an INFJ.
Graham is clearly an INFJ because he pays incredible attention to the inner worlds of an individual, including all of their ideas, fears, and desires. This is what makes him a good and yet an uncontrollable asset to the FBI. Graham also has a deep concern for those whose mind's he gets into. In a sense, he has a connection with them.
8. Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier - ENFJ
It's hard to claim that Bedelia is an extrovert since she plays it pretty cool. But this is because she has a largely empathetic perspective on all people, making her demeanor quite calm. Not to mention, she's also very diplomatic. Like other ENFJs, Bedelia is openly expressive and pretty empathic. This is how she is able to both get into a relationship with Lecter, as well as stay in it even after she finds out who he truly is.
One of the main aspects of an ENFJ is their desire to help others fulfill their potential. And given the fact that Bedelia is a pretty messed-up individual, it makes sense that the way she helps Lecter fulfill his potential is to aide him in his crimes.
7. Dr. Alana Bloom - ISFJ
For ISFJs like Dr. Alana Bloom, their most central quality is their sense of personal responsibility for accomplishing what needs to be accomplished. She lives in the here and now. This is probably what makes her good at her job. She can listen, but she's also very practical and realistic in her pursuits. Therefore, she doesn't treat Lecter or Graham with the sense of idealism that they have for one another and the tasks they have to accomplish.
Like other ISFJs, Dr. Bloom is very warm and caring. This attracts others to her, especially since she is these things without being grandiose or loud. She is quietly dependable and loving.
6. Francis Dolarhyde - ISFP
Francis Dolarhyde (aka "The Red Dragon" or "The Toothfairy") was a bit of a sad story. He had many positive qualities that persisted throughout much of his time acting upon his worst instincts. This is one of the reasons why he would be classified as an ISFP. He was quite tolerant and accepting of those who have been handed a challenging hand, such as Reba, the woman he saw during the final season. During much of his time with her, he was harmonious and loyal to her. But in moments where he felt that his efforts were being disrupted or he wasn't being understood, he would lash out in not so nice ways. This also comes from the fact that he had such a hard time expressing himself. The festering of his suppressed emotions eventually got the better of him.
5. Beverly Katz - ISTP
Without a doubt, Beverly Katz is an ISTP. During her time on the show, she was incredibly logical and realistic with people and the situations she was put into. This is why she was exceptionally good at being a crime scene investigator. When she wasn't solving a case, she was quiet and introspective. ISTPs tend to be as such, as well as being clever and exceptionally analytical observers. This is where Katz's confidence came from, but it also meant that she wasn't all that great a parties. Small talk wasn't her thing. She was very task-oriented and didn't like to be challenged. She wouldn't battle those who did, but she certainly didn't like it.
4. Dr. Frederick Chilton - INTP
There's a reason why Dr. Chilton tended to come across as exceedingly arrogant. That's because INTPs tend to fall into that category. Arrogance tends to be triggered for them when others don't pay them the respect they believe they deserve. Chilton especially didn't like when others would underappreciate his psychoanalytical skills. INTPs also don't like repeating themselves; they want to be listened to. But, again, this comes down to receiving the respect that they think they deserve.
But with being an INTP comes a few very positive traits including being ingenious. Call Dr. Chilton what you'd like, but he was a very smart guy. Sure, he wasn't Lecter or Graham intelligent, but he was pretty close.
3. Mason Verger - ENTJ
It's hard to add any real human traits to a character this twisted and downright bad. But, if we had to, Mason Verger would be classified as an ENTJ. This is the same classification as baddies like Darth Vader and Lord Voldemort. This is because all of them are very tough, critical, and have an easy time taking charge of any given situation. But this is something that Mason was taught by his father, a man who he looked up to greatly. Everything in Mason's life was handed to him, and he used that privilege as a weapon. But, like his father, Mason could also think globally. He was ahead of the game in that regard. ENTJs tend to be exceptionally talented at organizational skills, schemes, and strategy.
2. Abigail Hobbs - INFP
Abigail Hobbs went through a very complex character arc on Hannibal. This would make sense since she is an INFP. People who are placed in this category tend to be complicated individuals. They tend to be introspective, creative, and deeply loyal. All of these traits we saw in Abigail.
In particular, Abigail was exceptionally loyal to both Will and Hannibal once her father was taken out. She had a father/daughter relationship with both of these men, even if they weren't the best choices for her. But after her dad manipulated her for years, Abigail wasn't someone to let that happen to her. We saw some pretty sneaky tactics on her part throughout the show, which INFPs tend to be quite good at.
1. Jack Crawford - ESTJ
Jack Crawford fits perfectly into the ESTJ category. This is because his driving force in the show was to analyze the situations around him and bring some sort of order to them. ESTJs usually have a pretty strong desire to do just that. And they have the skills to do so. They're exceptionally self-confident, organized, logical, assertive, and have no problem taking charge. They're natural-born leaders. Crawford needed all of these skills to take down all of the monsters that the show gave us, including, and especially, Dr. Lecter.
But with these ESTJ traits come ones that tend to complicate things; such as Crawford having a hard time when others question him. Like other ESTJs, Crawford was the kind of guy who took himself and his responsibilities seriously and expected others to appreciate that.