James T. Kirk ENTP.
Kirk seems most commonly mistyped ESTP on this site, occasionally ENFP and ENFJ (Kirk a J??). It blows me away that no one else here correctly types him ENTP when he’s one of clearest examples of that type.
Oh man, how do I begin to undo this colossal typing error? Look, any other character I might disagree with you on is yours, okay? I’ve thrown out my share of wild guesses on this site, but Kirk ain’t one of em. No way is he an ESTP or any kind of J. At least the few people who type him ENFP are in the ballpark. The guy is totally Ne dominant. Sure he’s “well-devoloped” like many exceptional characters and has good use of other functions outside his type, but come on. He’s always the big idea/theory/imagination guy who turns to Spock to check the scientific validity of his speculative Ne plans and theories; virtually every episode features this kind of exchange between them.
And remember all the headaches he gave poor, practical Scotty with his fancy ideas to get them out of whatever mess they were in. One of my books even uses their arguments to illustrate the differences between the N and S veiwpoints. Kirk (N) represents a focus on possibilities, the big picture, the brilliant idea. He’s “the quintessential Intuitive, whose focus is squarely on the possibilities, the not yet tried, a master of the Great Idea.” (S) Scotty’s first instinct is to rule out Kirk’s plans as unworkable: “I canna’ change the laws of physics, Capn’. I gotta have more TIME.” Kirk often has to get through Scotty before his Great Idea can be applied to the system, and when they’re in a life and death crisis, Scotty can’t afford to totally dismiss Kirk’s ideas; he has to flesh out them out and find a way to implement them.
If Kirk wasn’t an ENTP the crew never would have lived through the original series. There are a thousand examples, but recall the “Mirror, Mirror” episode where they get trapped in the other universe. In typical Ne fashion, Kirk is the one who theorizes that they were beamed aboard a different Enterprise in a parallel universe. Or consider him in “The Wrath of Kahn,” how he matches wits with Kahn and outfoxes him despite Khan’s mega IQ. Also recall that Kirk was the only one to ever beat the training simulation by cheating and reprogramming it; that’s totally ENTP. No one’s better at thinking outside the box than James Tiberius Kirk.
And typing him ENFP because he has a romantic side is like typing him ESTP because he can fight. Neither Fi or Se are in his first 2 functions, though he certainly uses them at times (plus who wouldn’t look more F next to Spock?) His most dominant functions are Ne supported by Ti, which equals ENTP.
Please, someone tell me I’m not the lone voice on this.