Robert Baratheon (Game of Thrones): ESTP


Dominant Extroverted Sensing [Se]: Robert is concerned with the pleasures of the moment. He doesn’t actually want to rule. He enjoys the fun parts of being king, but has little patience for the day to day responsibilities that go along with it. His main interests in life include drinking, hunting, and sex. “I’m trying to get you to run my kingdom while I eat, drink and whore my way to an early grave.” Robert’s lavish tastes and tendency to spare no expense during tournaments put the kingdom in a great deal of debt, which then fell into the hands of Ned Stark, who simply couldn’t believe how much money they owed out. Robert places a lot of value on physical strength and being able to defend oneself, and is openly disgraced to learn that Joffrey allowed himself to be disarmed by a little girl. He enjoys fighting and handling weapons, and when Ned tells him to leave the jousting for the younger men, Robert says “Why, because I’m king? Piss on that. I want to hit somebody!” He also tend to take rash physical action in the heat of the moment, and strikes his wife without thinking in a fit of rage after she insults him.

Auxiliary Introverted Thinking [Ti]: Although he is ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, Robert doesn’t have much patience for running things. He doesn’t enjoy organizing things and people, and prefers to delegate those tasks to others while he goes out drinking or hunting. Robert’s sense of logic is internal and he has a very good sense of humor. He has a good grasp on irony and is able to make jokes even in the most dire of situations. Robert is blunt, sometimes brutally so, and he can be very harsh to those he deems incompetent (such as Lancel). Robert assesses situations and comes to his own rationales. He’s able to detach from his emotions in order to make decisions. There are no subjects that can’t be discussed. While Ned is horrified at the idea of killing Daenerys, Robert believes it’s the only thing to do. Yes, Daenerys is practically a child, but she has to die because she is a potential threat. Case closed. While Cersei is demanding that Arya’s wolf be killed for biting Joffrey, Robert has little interest in the conflict. They’re kids! Kids fight! Let’s just each discipline our own kids the way we each see fit and be done with it! He doesn’t actually want to sentence the wolf to death, but…

Tertiary Extroverted Feeling [Fe]: … he also sometimes makes decisions based on what other people say. He doesn’t want to hear Cersei carrying on anymore, so, fine, the wolf dies. He doesn’t like settling conflicts and dislikes the tension that exists between his family and the Starks. He wants Daenerys dead because he spent his youth attempting to overthrow the Targaryens, and he’ll be damned if he allows Daenerys to return to Westeros to take back the kingdom. On his deathbed, he takes back his decision to have Daenerys killed after heeding Ned’s advice. When Cersei wants Ned punished for Catelyn taking Tyrion prisoner, Robert refuses to take action until he hears Ned’s side.

Inferior Introverted Intuition [Ni]: Because he is so preoccupied with enjoying his life, Robert gives little thought to the future. All he knows is that he wants to keep the Iron Throne, but he gives little thought to the steps he needs to take to ensure he remains on it. Instead, he tends to leave the grunt work to his small council instead. He doesn’t foresee Sometimes, Robert gets fixated on one idea. After learning of Daenerys’ pregnancy, he is able to (accurately) predict that someday she will cross the Narrow Sea in a bid to take back the Iron Throne, and Robert wants to make a preemptive strike by assassinating her before she ever gets the chance to try.


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