Alex Wilder (Marvel’s Runaways): INTP

Dominant Introverted Thinking [Ti]: Although Alex doesn’t have any superpowers, he is able to act as the group’s de facto leader because of his ability to make rational, detached decisions and keep a clear head in high stress situations. He tries to keep the group’s priorities in order and is more concerned with the mission of the moment than with everyone’s interpersonal drama. “Look guys, there’s an easier way to get to the bottom of this. We do some P.I. work and let cooler heads prevail.” Alex is their chief strategist, and he makes the majority of their tactical decisions. He is extremely logical and is skilled when it comes to generating solutions to the group’s various problems. Alex is incredibly intelligent, good with systems, and has a broad understanding of technology. His proficiency with computers is yet another attribute that regularly helps the Runaways on their missions. After Alex and the others discover what their parents are up to, Alex thinks quickly on his feet and cuts the power in order for them to evade suspicion (“I was covering the flash. Maybe it’ll seem like a circuit blew.”) Alex believes in science. The staff can’t be magic. However, when he shuts down Nico’s belief that the staff is powered by something supernatural, he does so in a soft, considerate manner (“With all due respect to your Wiccan beliefs…”) When Gert suggests that their team should have a nickname, Alex immediately suggests the “Runaways,” as a nod to all of the kids they were unable to save.

Auxiliary Extroverted Intuition [Ne]: Alex is very good at brainstorming, and his numerous thoughts and ideas are filtered by his Ti, which quickly and easily determines his best course of action in any given situation. Alex’s intuition is extraordinary and he is very good at making connections and piecing things together, which is yet another reason he tends to take on the role of group leader. The group primarily acts on his theories and hunches, and they all trust him to arrive at the correct conclusions. Alex can generate ideas in the moment, and his quick, creative thinking not only keeps them out of trouble (cutting the power to make their parents think the flash from Molly’s phone was just a blown circuit), but also comes up with the majority of the plans for their various missions, whether it’s a hunt for information or a search for evidence.

Tertiary Introverted Sensing [Si]: The past weighs pretty heavily on Alex. While the rest of the group appears to have moved on with their lives, it is Alex who takes the first step in reuniting his old friends and trying to recapture the close bond they once shared. When Alex first attempts to get the group back together, he tries to spin their current dislike of one another into nostalgia (“Classic Gert, you see? This kind of delightful banter is why I think we should all get together and hang out at my place tonight.)” He even tries to suggest that they all play Twister, because that’s what they used to play. After trying to convince them didn’t work, Alex made one more sentimental play to get them to come over – texting each of them a photo of them all from when they were all still close. Alex regularly references things he’s seen or heard before, and frequently makes comparisons between what’s currently happening and the things he’s previously viewed or read (“This is some Narnia shit”). It’s difficult for him to play a particular game, and his father even comments on how long it is since he’s played it, because that’s what he used to play with Amy.

Inferior Extroverted Feeling [Fe]: Because Alex is so good at setting aside his feelings and remaining focused on the big picture, he can sometimes seem a bit cold or unfeeling. When Karolina sacrifices herself for the sake of the group, it is Alex who insists they must forge ahead without her, even though Nico is appalled by the idea of leaving her behind. It is also Alex who tells Gert that she must send Old Lace away in order for them to safely escape. Although he prefers to make decisions based on logic rather than emotion, he does feel very deeply, especially for Nico. Sure, he misses his friends and the way things used to be, but his main reason for getting the band back together was for her. Even though Alex witnessed his father participating in Destiny’s murder, he still shoots a kid in order to protect him, but immediately beats himself up over it. Andre was just an innocent kid following orders – was his father worth shooting him over? After Amy’s death, Alex mostly keeps to himself and doesn’t socialize much. He spends most of his time alone, much to the concern of his parents. Even though he does want things to go back to the way they used to be, it takes him a long time to be able to make the first move to get the group back together. Once he finally gets them all to come to his house, he tries very hard to make sure everyone enjoys themselves (“Yeah, if you guys don’t like veggie, there’s a pepperoni at the bottom. There’s a sausage under, and a pineapple, too. Or board games. Ooh, yes, Twister! Remember that we would always – ?”) On rare occasions, Alex’s emotions do take control. He becomes hellbent on rescuing Andre, because he feels guilty for shooting him in order to protect his father, and takes the group on a quest to save him. There’s no time for them to all sit and process their own emotions about what’s going on – they need to make sure no more kids get killed because of their parents.

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