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    Default Anyone else love M*A*S*H?

    I do. And ever since I became interested in Myers-Briggs typology, I've tried typing the show's characters. I realize it's not really possible to type a fictional character, because, you know. They're not REAL. But it's still fun to try. I've typed some of the characters on M*A*S*H, based on the traits they display, but I'm not sure about others. Here are my closest guesses.

    Hawkeye - ENFJ. Hawkeye seems to me to be a textbook ENFJ. He's charismatic, enthusiastic, compassionate, idealistic, and can make friends with practically anybody. I've seen some people type him as an ENFP, but then there's that strain of atruism in him. He can often be completely unreasonable in his need to right every wrong and fix things that just can't be fixed.

    Trapper - ESTP. Pretty sure about this. He's a people person, a party animal, and a risk taker. He's definitely charming, but he has no regard for rules, and lives in the moment. He's also easily bored, and can sometimes be shallow, which can be a trait in some unhealthy ESTPs.

    Klinger - ESFP. Klinger is such an ESFP. He doesn't care what other people think of him; he just does whatever the hell he wants. He's fun, friendly, helpful, outgoing, and never ever boring. But he's not especially deep. I wouldn't say he's stupid; he definitely gets things done, and is trustworthy and reliable. He's just... uncomplicated.

    Mulcahy - INFP. This is kind of a no-brainer. Mulcahy's an eternal optimist, always trying to find the good in everyone. He's kind and helpful, but unobtrusive in his kindness, preferring to let others come to him for help when they're ready to accept it. He strives for peace, and is happy to be useful. He also has a tendency to be way too hard on himself and feel that he's failed when he can't get through to people.

    Charles - ISTJ. He's intelligent, practical, strong-willed, not good at expressing emotions, and a total perfectionist. For a while I thought Charles might be an INTJ, because I'm one, and I've always identified with him. But he's so damned stubborn, and not open to any ideas which differ from his own. And he strongly values tradition and established order, and is wary of anything that challenges that order.

    I'm not sure about B.J., Margaret, Radar, Blake, or Potter. With Margaret, I'm leaning toward ESFJ. And I have no idea what Frank is. Other than horrible.

    Anyone else have any theories, or disagree with any of mine? I won't mind; I welcome fresh perspectives!

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    One of my favorite shows.

    Love Hawkeye.
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    Actually... the more I read about ENTJs, I start to suspect that Charles might be one. Albeit a somewhat introverted one.

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    I always enjoyed this show as well. There was a certain vintage of comedy shows like this one that somehow managed to be serious and genuinely funny at the same time. As the saying goes, they don't make them like they used to.

    I think Fr. Mulcahy is more an ISFP. Agree with Charles being STJ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadOctopus View Post
    I do. And ever since I became interested in Myers-Briggs typology, I've tried typing the show's characters. I realize it's not really possible to type a fictional character, because, you know. They're not REAL. But it's still fun to try. I've typed some of the characters on M*A*S*H, based on the traits they display, but I'm not sure about others. Here are my closest guesses.

    Hawkeye - ENFJ. Hawkeye seems to me to be a textbook ENFJ. He's charismatic, enthusiastic, compassionate, idealistic, and can make friends with practically anybody. I've seen some people type him as an ENFP, but then there's that strain of atruism in him. He can often be completely unreasonable in his need to right every wrong and fix things that just can't be fixed.

    Trapper - ESTP. Pretty sure about this. He's a people person, a party animal, and a risk taker. He's definitely charming, but he has no regard for rules, and lives in the moment. He's also easily bored, and can sometimes be shallow, which can be a trait in some unhealthy ESTPs.

    Klinger - ESFP. Klinger is such an ESFP. He doesn't care what other people think of him; he just does whatever the hell he wants. He's fun, friendly, helpful, outgoing, and never ever boring. But he's not especially deep. I wouldn't say he's stupid; he definitely gets things done, and is trustworthy and reliable. He's just... uncomplicated.

    Mulcahy - INFP. This is kind of a no-brainer. Mulcahy's an eternal optimist, always trying to find the good in everyone. He's kind and helpful, but unobtrusive in his kindness, preferring to let others come to him for help when they're ready to accept it. He strives for peace, and is happy to be useful. He also has a tendency to be way too hard on himself and feel that he's failed when he can't get through to people.

    Charles - ISTJ. He's intelligent, practical, strong-willed, not good at expressing emotions, and a total perfectionist. For a while I thought Charles might be an INTJ, because I'm one, and I've always identified with him. But he's so damned stubborn, and not open to any ideas which differ from his own. And he strongly values tradition and established order, and is wary of anything that challenges that order.

    I'm not sure about B.J., Margaret, Radar, Blake, or Potter. With Margaret, I'm leaning toward ESFJ. And I have no idea what Frank is. Other than horrible.

    Anyone else have any theories, or disagree with any of mine? I won't mind; I welcome fresh perspectives!
    Hawkeye Pierce is an ENFP. Your statement about altruism baffles me. It's as if you're saying that ENFPs can't be, or aren't, altruistic.
    Hawkeye is an ENFP because he bucks the system anywhere he can. He does this because it doesn't make sense to him. The army way is, to him, nonsensical and often just plain wrong or immoral. Other more conservative characters were placed in the show as foils (contrasts) to his anti-traditional belief system. Hawkeye is the P to their J, the Ne to their Si, the Fi to their Te. He is the monkey-wrench gumming up the works.

    But Hawkeye is not completely negative. He works for what he believes in. He believes in the value of human life and takes his doctoring very seriously. Anything that gets in the way of that personal value system can, in his view, go straight to hell.
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    Upon further reflection, I can now see I was wrong about my assessment of Hawkeye's type. That boy is definitely an ENFP.

    I also suspect B.J. might be an INFJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    I always enjoyed this show as well. There was a certain vintage of comedy shows like this one that somehow managed to be serious and genuinely funny at the same time. As the saying goes, they don't make them like they used to.

    I think Fr. Mulcahy is more an ISFP. Agree with Charles being STJ.
    I totally agree. In fact, I watched the movie not too long ago, I hadn't seen it in years. I loved the show, it's my husbands' favorite too. Hawkeye is definitely an ENFP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadOctopus View Post
    Upon further reflection, I can now see I was wrong about my assessment of Hawkeye's type. That boy is definitely an ENFP.

    I also suspect B.J. might be an INFJ.
    Mmm.

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    I think Hot lips is an ESFJ. Awesome show!
    Don't like my modera... Oh wait, wrong forum. Carry on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TreeBob View Post
    I think Hot lips is an ESFJ. Awesome show!
    I think you're right about Margaret.

    What do you think about Frank being an ISFJ? Albeit an extremely unhealthy one?

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