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The Myers-Briggs® Types of I Am the Night Characters

There are few characters in I Am The Night, but each one is memorable in their own right, and with the MBTI®, we can learn more about them.

The limited series I Am The Night premiered in January 2019 starring India Eisley and Chris Pine. It's based on the true story of Fauna Hodel, a girl who was given away at birth and grew up not knowing her mysterious origins. She travels to Los Angeles to find her birth family, only to find herself in the middle of one of LA's most famous unsolved crimes. Patty Jenkin's series is full of murder, intrigue, drugs, alcohol, and police brutality, but the real story is in the desperate search to understand our roots so we can understand ourselves. There are few characters in the show, but each one is memorable for how that desperation plays out for them. Each character's MBTI® can shed a little light on how they deal with their own trauma.

6 Fauna Hodel - ISFJ, The Consul

The young woman whose mysterious beginnings are at the center of it all is an interesting character because of all the ways she has to go against her instincts to solve the mystery of her origins. She is naturally introverted, as we can see at all the parties she attends, but she has to act like an extrovert to meet and befriend the people she needs to solve this mystery.

Fauna is naturally caring and supportive, but when that is taken advantage of, as it is by her adoptive mother Jimmy Lee, it's easy for her to walk away and repress the love she had for her. As a young teen, Fauna tends toward the impulsive, like breaking into the Hodel's house, which is compounded by her Feeling and Judging traits. Her observing tendencies are helpful, however, as she shifts through what she's being told — and not told.

Consuls are naturally tenacious but don't need much in the way of recognition. They just want to be acknowledged, and that is the exact core of Fauna's struggle in I Am The Night. Like she says at the end, she is going to keep digging no matter the cost.

5 Jay Singletary - ENTJ, The Commander

The former Marine turned hack reporter is similarly conflicted. The personality traits that made him a good Marine would also help him become a good reporter, however. His natural extraversion is hampered by his PTSD and the memories he faces every day. When he's not drinking, his extraversion makes him seem easy to talk to, and his Intuitive traits help him sense when a story is brewing. We see that intuition over and over again as he fights with his boss over the stories he can write. Thinking is another important trait for Marines and reporters because he's able to quickly assemble a good plan and carry it out, and his judging traits keep him on track, though sometimes that track can lead toward a dead end.

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Commander personalities are bold, imaginative, strategic, and self-confident. They can, however, also be impatient, stubborn, and they tend to handle their own emotions poorly, which we see clearly through all six episodes. They can even be cold and ruthless, but when challenged by someone like Fauna, people like Jay can bring big groups together toward a common goal.

4 Peter Sullivan - ENTJ, The Commander

The editor of the LA Times and Jay's boss, Peter has to balance what makes the newspaper money and what will keep his reporters interested and writing. It's no surprise that he and Jay constantly argue, as they're both Commanders who are used to getting their way. Unfortunately for Jay, Peter is the actual boss and has the final say.

While perhaps more capable of dealing with his emotions, Peter is awful at dealing with anyone else's. He is intolerant, impatient, and often cold to the point of being cruel. However, he also sees when he can no longer push Jay and is quick to defend Jay when other people mock him when he has a flashback to the war he fought while in a bar. Peter is strategic and objective, which helps him run the newspaper well in an era of muckraking journalism. His Intuitive trait probably makes him a good friend, and if he and Jay stopped fighting for a minute they could build a really strong team.

3 Jimmy Lee - ESFP, The Entertainer

Fauna's adoptive mother is a bitter woman who is consumed by memories of squandered chances, missed opportunities, and an unfair starting place in the Jim Crow south. She was briefly a lounge singer and dreamed of being famous, only to be abused by the man who was supposed to be helping her to stardom.

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Her memories of her youth show her as classically extraverted — she is vivacious, charming, and loving. Those feeling and prospecting traits combined make it hard for her to plan very far into the future. She is sometimes impulsive, like when she agrees to take Fauna from a random woman she meets in a bathroom, and tends to prefer immediate gratification over planning for the future. As she got older and fell to alcoholism, her natural charisma faded to a jaded aura, but she can still bring out that old charm when it's needed.

2 George Hodel - INTP, The Logician

Mysterious and dangerous George Hodel is clearly a Logician. His strong introverted traits make him secretive and aloof, but his intuitive traits make it easy for him to build relationships with people anyway.

INTPs are very rare, and that probably suits him just fine. There's nothing George Hodel would hate more than being common. He is creative, both in his art and his alleged murders, and extremely independent. He obviously loathes rules, except the ones he makes himself, but he is also interested in new ideas very objective. His thinking trait combined with his introversion can be difficult for him, as he gets obsessed with an idea and can turn it over in his mind for ages, eventually stagnating with the idea. We see this obsessive nature in every interaction with George, and it can make him very creepy. Thankfully, most Logicians do not go on to became sadistic murderers!

1 Corinna Hodel - INTP, The Logician

An interesting foil for George is his wife Corinna. They are both Logicians, but where George is dangerous and terrifying, Corinna comes across as eccentric and secretive, but it comes from a desire to protect herself and others.

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Instead of getting trapped in an obsessive cycle of thoughts, Corinna manages to use her thinking and prospecting traits to suppress those fears and instead pursue her creative and intellectual interests.

Logicians are often known as the philosopher of their group of friends, and never is that more clear than during her performance art piece when she has people cut her clothes off of her as a statement about the way other people try to own women's bodies. Like George, Corinna is her own worst enemy, but she is capable of compassion and love, even if those are difficult for her to express. She is imaginative and a great abstract thinker.

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