In 2004, we were given the present of a movie that made us laugh, recognize ourselves and our classmates and friends, and realize that being popular just isn't worth it. Sure, maybe other films had made us feel those emotions and think those things, but nothing was quite like this. Yup, we're talking about Mean Girls. The comedy, written by the amazing Tina Fey, has so many witty lines that it almost seems like nothing else has been so easy to quote. On Wednesdays we wear pink. It's October 3rd. Is butter a carb?
The characters in this movie are truly great, and it's fun to think about what their Myers-Briggs® Personality Types would be. Here are the MBTI®s of the hilarious people who make Mean Girls the perfect piece of pop culture that it is.
8 Mrs. George: ESTP
She's not a regular mom, she's a cool mom. Amy Poehler is typical perfection as Regina George's mother who just wants so badly to fit in with her daughter and her friends.
Since she wants to be around her daughter all the time and play a part in her social life, it's clear that her MBTI has to include personality traits like being friendly and social. Her MBTI is ESTP or "Energetic Problem Solver." This type is said to be energetic which is Mrs. George for sure (like when she says, "You girls keep me young.") They're also assertive and they react quickly.
7 Aaron Samuels: ISTP
Cady has a massive crush on Aaron, and watching the scenes between the two of them definitely reminded us of having crushes in high school. It was such a big deal if the person that we liked even said two words or two sentences to us in class.
Aaron seems like a nice person but he doesn't have the strong personalities of the other Mean Girls characters. His MBTI would be ISTP or "Logical Pragmatist." These types are described as calm and patient which describes him since he always talks in a very even, chill tone when he's speaking to Cady. He seems like the most real of all the Mean Girls characters.
6 Damien Leigh: ESTP
Daniel Franzese played Damien Leigh, who is one of the most popular characters from the movie. When he and Janis meet Lindsay Lohan's character Cady, they try their very best to explain the high school to her.
Damien has tons of famous quotes, like “FOUR for you Glen Coco! You GO Glen Coco. And none for Gretchen Wieners. Bye.” And, of course, no one can forget when he said, "She doesn't even go here" during the movie's biggest emotional moment.
Damien would also be an ESTP when it comes to his MBTI. Like Mrs. George, he's got lots of enthusiasm. He's not shy and quiet and he can be described as fun loving which is another personality trait of this type. He's an amazing character because he's proud of who he is.
5 Janis Ian: ISTJ
Lizzy Caplan, known for her work on Masters of Sex and Freaks and Geeks, played Janis Ian, the coolest teenage girl in school... who no one else thought could ever be considered cool. It's frustrating how high school operates, right?
Mean Girls absolutely needs Damien and Janis since they show Cady what real, true friendship is and that although she changes to become more like The Plastics, that's actually the lamest thing ever. When it comes to her MBTI, Janis would be ISTJ or a "Responsible Realist." She's a really good pal to have and she's always there for Damien. She's objective and reliable and also reserved which are some of the words used to describe this personality type.
4 Cady Heron: ISFJ
Lindsay Lohan's character, Cady Heron, tries to break the mold by essentially spying on The Plastics, the most popular girls in school. When we first saw Mean Girls and assumed that she would be standing up to them in the end, it was super satisfying. We all knew someone like Regina George in high school (unfortunately) and wished that we could do this, too.
But, of course, Mean Girls is only partly about that. It's also about how Cady becomes more of a rule follower than she actually intended and she ends up becoming just like the girls. That makes her an ISFJ or "Practical Helper." ISFJs are described as loyal and they play helpful roles. That's what Cady does when she agrees to the plot that Damien and Janis come up with. And when she becomes a total follower, she listens to Regina and does what she says.
3 Karen Smith: ENTP
Amanda Seyfried's chest could predict when it was going to rain, which is just one of the hilarious (and ditzy) things that her character Karen says throughout the course of Mean Girls.
Karen's MBTI is ENTP or "Enterprising Explorer." The description explains, "People with ENTP preferences solve problems creatively and are often innovative in their way of thinking, seeing connections and patterns within a system. They enjoy developing strategy and often spot and capitalize on new opportunities that present themselves."
This is definitely Karen, as she likes telling people about the systems that she's figured out (like her rain predicting abilities). She also seems like someone who is very curious about the people she meets, and curiosity is another trait of ENTPs.
2 Gretchen Wieners: ENFP
Lacey Chabert's Mean Girls character will go down in history as one of the best teenagers ever. She's super bubbly, talks really fast, and is ditzy in such a funny way that we really can't stop watching her. Watching Gretchen start to totally spiral and unravel is one of the greatest film-watching experiences.
Gretchen's MBTI would be ENFP or "Imaginative Motivator." The description explains, "Their energy is stimulated by new people and experiences." Gretchen is often seen getting very upset and riled up, and she has more energy than anyone in this amazing movie. This personality type is also said to be expressive and that's a trait that can be applied to Gretchen. She's always raising her eyebrows and opening her eyes super wide.
1 Regina George: ESTJ
Rachel McAdams played the character of Regina George so flawlessly that it's definitely still one of her greatest roles. She's basically a total monster, but we love her for it.
Regina's MBTI is ESTJ or "Efficient Organizer." The official description reads, "People with ESTJ preferences drive themselves to reach their goal, organizing people and resources in order to achieve it. They often have an extensive network of contacts and are willing to make tough decisions when necessary. They tend to value order and structure and getting things done."
Doesn't this sound like the rules that Regina sets out for her minions (aka The Plastics)? She wants them to wear pink on Wednesdays and behave a certain way. She loves being organized and when Cady hatches her plan, Regina can't stand that everything is going wrong. Of course, we love watching it, and this is one reason why this is such a classic.