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    Default Monty Python MBTI?

    Graham Chapman - ENFJ
    John Cleese - ENTJ
    Eric Idle - ENTP
    Michael Palin - ENFP
    Terry Jones - ISFP
    Terry Gilliam - INFP


    Anybody a big enough fan to have a meaningful opinion on these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by simulatedworld View Post
    Graham Chapman - ENFJ
    John Cleese - ENTJ
    Eric Idle - ENTP
    Michael Palin - ENFP
    Terry Jones - ISFP
    Terry Gilliam - INFP


    Anybody a big enough fan to have a meaningful opinion on these?
    Sounds good to me, although I'm not familiar enough with Graham Chapman to type him.
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    You'll find many of us who think Cleese is INTJ.
    I'll neither agree nor disagree with the others for now.

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    Whats the rabbits MBTI?
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    Gilliam's most likely an E, not an I.
    He also doesn't mind conflict, he sort of likes to shake things up. That's not much of an INFP trait.
    (Compare him to a known INFx director like Tim Burton; Gilliam is more surreal and gritty, he can be quite obscene, and when he gets gritty, he doesn't like to sweeten the deal like Burton does to somehow make it palatable... e.g., Brazil.)
    I'm inclined far more to ENTP with him.

    Palin is Most Likely to be FP, out of the entire group.
    Chapman seems far more IxxJ to me.
    Cleese is probably INTJ, not E... although it's not an extreme I at all.
    I'm not sure whether Jones is ISFP or INFJ; probable F, I think I'm leaning towards towards INFJ, he seems to have a strong sense of inner vision in how he approaches roles and projects and his writing, rather than the sort of "play around chaos" that ISFP seems to emulate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Gilliam's most likely an E, not an I.
    He also doesn't mind conflict, he sort of likes to shake things up. That's not much of an INFP trait.
    (Compare him to a known INFx director like Tim Burton; Gilliam is more surreal and gritty, he can be quite obscene, and when he gets gritty, he doesn't like to sweeten the deal like Burton does to somehow make it palatable... e.g., Brazil.)
    I'm inclined far more to ENTP with him.

    Palin is Most Likely to be FP, out of the entire group.
    Chapman seems far more IxxJ to me.
    Cleese is probably INTJ, not E... although it's not an extreme I at all.
    I'm not sure whether Jones is ISFP or INFJ; probable F, I think I'm leaning towards towards INFJ, he seems to have a strong sense of inner vision in how he approaches roles and projects and his writing, rather than the sort of "play around chaos" that ISFP seems to emulate.
    Thanks for the response. I was kind of shooting in the dark with Gilliam because I don't know a lot about him beyond the fact that he did the funny drawings, and that he was the only American in the group. But he almost never appeared on camera and rarely contributed more than the occasional, well-thought out response in group interviews. Good case for T, but what makes you tag him as E? I think he may be INTP, maybe?

    Yes, I often seem to have trouble distinguishing ISFP and INFJ as well. Interesting...INFJs seem more deliberate, purposeful, and as you said, with a strong sense of inner vision. I don't know that much about Jones either, except that he always played the female characters with that exaggerated high falsetto voice. You sound a lot more informed on his other projects here, so INFJ sounds good.

    And yes, I am pretty certain of Palin as an ENFP. That was probably the easiest of the six. Such a more pleasant person than certain others with the same surname that some of us might be able to recall!

    Chapman could be INFJ instead of E, but I think it's telling that he played the protagonist in both Grail and Brian. Most INFJs that I know would be too self-conscious, too overly critical of their own abilities to have the confidence to do something like that. He could just be a dominant Ni/fantastic actor, but for some reason I get the pedagogue/dominant Fe vibe from him. Interviews and reports by people the Pythons worked with also seem to have pointed to Chapman and Cleese as the closest the group had to "leaders."

    I suppose this is largely because they are both Js--more drive to get things done. Any particular reasons why they strike you as Is, though?
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    I tend to agree with Jennifer about Gilliam most likely being ENTP.

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    When you read Michael Palin's writings - his travel logs, they are quite introspective and reflective.. I wonder if he verges toward INFP as much as ENFP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    When you read Michael Palin's writings - his travel logs, they are quite introspective and reflective.. I wonder if he verges toward INFP as much as ENFP.
    Or perhaps it's hard to socialize in a travel log? I don't know, I haven't read them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simulatedworld View Post
    I think he may be INTP, maybe?
    NO.
    Honestly.

    Watch his interviews, if you need help with that one.
    Much more ENTP.

    Palin doesn't come across as E to me.
    He's naturally reflective, not expressive/engaging in the typical manner of ENFP.
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