INTPs appear to be under represented in Western fantastic fiction, which often seems to pit INTJs against ENTPs. Why isn’t a character like Light from the Death Note series (who seems clearly INTP to me) so scarce? Forget other types for now and just focus on the NT’s. My “unscientific” type lists of protagonists and antagonists for Western fantasy/sci fi novels, comics, movies, TV series contain an exceedingly high percentage of INTJ’s (number one) and ENTPs (a close second). ENTJs are in the middle, and INTPs are in the cellar. Even if I’ve mistyped some of the characters, I don’t think I’ve gotten enough of them wrong to alter the apparent fact that there are notably fewer INTP main characters than the other types in these stories. (Consider that statistically, NPs outnumber NJs in the “real” world and INJs are the rarest type.). I’m not fluent enough in manga/anime to be certain which types are most common, and wonder if there are more INTPs like Light than you find in Western fiction? The Far East does seem more INTPish than the West (e.g. the cool rationality of Buddhism, which seems Introverted Thinking to me), and perhaps the IT (NP) point of view is more often represented in its fictional characters? I’m trying to remember the main characters from animes like “Ghost in the Shell” and “Akara” that I haven’t seen in years, and I’m not sure of their types.
One possible reason that types whose dominant function is N (INJs and ENPs) are most likely good guys and the villians of fantasy/sci fi is because they are the ones most likely to be drawn to “sorcery”, the “dark arts” and other “N-zone” stuff. It may also be because NJs are more driven to control the environment, whether for “good” or “evil” purposes, while bad guy ENTPs like the Joker and Walter o’Dim (from King’s Dark Tower epic) are primarily motived to create discord and chaos, and INTPs are generally less interested in either.
I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on this topic.