One of the first rules about the Enneagram is that you should never tell someone their type. Never try to type other people. Admittedly, that’s a rule that I’m sure all of us have broken at some point, especially early on. However, if we want to try our hand at understanding the different types in context, using fictional characters can be good practice.
So today we’re trying to discover the Enneagram Types of our favorite Star Wars characters.
The Force and the Enneagram have a lot in common. There is a light side, and a dark side. It brings out the best and the worst in people. It takes years to master, requires great patience, and can lead to profound wisdom and insights.
And sometimes it seems like it’s messing with your mind.
So let’s dive right in, shall we?
(And let’s be clear. I could be dead wrong about some of these. If you disagree with me, then I would love to hear what types you think these characters are.)
LUKE SKYWALKER……….Type Six
Sixes are the Loyalists, and Luke is nothing if not loyal. His friends and family mean everything to him. He lays his life on the line for the cause of the Rebellion. Our first meeting with him in A New Hope shows how anxious to leave Tatooine and join his best friend as a pilot for the Rebels. But he is also prone to worst-case scenario thinking, as is common with Sixes. He has to confront his fear in the cave – his greatest fear that he would be pulled to the dark side and become just like Darth Vader. It’s his fear of something terrible happening to Han and Leia that drives him to cut his training with Yoda short. And it’s his fear of leading others astray that causes him to close his Jedi Academy and lead a life as a hermit.
At his best, Luke is a voice of reason and preparedness. He is committed to his friends, family, and cause, but he also lets his fear drive his reckless decisions. And while he is committed to the cause of the rebellion and to becoming a Jedi Knight, he is also distrusting and argumentative in his relationship to his teachers – both Obi Wan and Yoda. We find him playing “devil’s advocate” quite a bit with them, doubting their teachings and methods, thinking he knows better than they do.
In the end, he literally lays down his life for his friends, the ultimate show of loyalty despite his angst, bitterness, and fear.
LEIA ORGANA……….Type Eight
Leia is that classic strong female character. She is brimming with confidence, and remains self-assured even in the face of great threats from Vader and Tarkin. She is not afraid to take charge, and doesn’t want anyone to slow her down. (“Will somebody get this walking carpet out of my way?!”) Leia ends up needing to rescue her rescuers, holds her own in arguments with Han, and isn’t afraid to grab a blaster and head to the front lines of the battle. Her passion for justice and her confrontational fire make her a powerful force in the Galactic Senate and later the prominent General in the Resistance Army.
At her healthiest, she fights for the cause of the underdog and does whatever she can to help whoever she can. She never stopped fighting for her son, even when she was fighting against him. Her relationship with Han was always a little rocky, but even then she never stopped loving him. It’s easy to see why Leia was so beloved by everyone in the Rebellion, the New Republic, and the Resistance – and also by fans around the world.
HAN SOLO……….Type Four
I have a bad feeling about this. I must admit that Han gave me some trouble. He is pretty hard to pin down – which often means Type Four. On the outside we may think he is a headstrong Eight or an adventurous Seven. But I really think he is a Four. I mean, it’s right there in the name – Solo? Individualist? Anyway, Han is a loner that struggles with commitment. But it’s not really that he is always looking for the next adventure. He just never feels like he really belongs. He tried to runaway, and it didn’t work out. He tried joining the Imperial Army, and it didn’t work out. He tried being a smuggler, and it didn’t work out. He tried being a general in the Rebellion and a husband of a Senator, but it didn’t work out. Do you see a pattern?
Han never felt like he fit in with anyone or anything. Fours go to Two in security, putting the needs of others above themselves and looking out for the good of other people. We see this in full display in A New Hope. Han gets his prize money and runs because he doesn’t think he belongs with the Rebellion. But then he comes back, puts his own life on the line, and helps Luke and the Rebels destroy the Death Star. But in stress, Fours go to One. When the poodoo hits the fan, Han immediately goes into fix-it mode. He has to get everything perfectly right. That’s fine when it comes to the Millennium Falcon, not so much when it comes to relationships like with Leia.
Fours have a push and pull approach to relationships a lot of times. They pull you in and then push you away. They let their emotions run the ship, and in Han’s case that ended up driving Leia away. Fours and Eights are a difficult pairing in a relationship. Eights tend to be pretty cut off from their feelings. Fours ARE feelings. Han may try to put on a tough exterior, but he often lets his emotions surface and drive his actions. (“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”) He would rather be on his own perfecting his art – in this case piloting the Falcon.
DARTH VADER / ANAKIN……….Type Eight
Is this any surprise? Anakin let his anger drive him. But anger is often a “secondary emotion.” In other words, anger is the tip of the iceberg, what you see on the surface. Below the surface was immense fear – fear of losing his loved ones (his mom and Padme), fear of being betrayed, fear of missing out on his fullest potential. Yoda was exactly right. Fear leads to anger, and that anger drove Anakin.
The transition to the dark side truly began and came to completion because he felt betrayed by the Jedi. He felt like they were holding out on him, that they were keeping him from achieving his goals. Palpatine played on those feelings of betrayal and manipulated Anakin into letting his anger and hatred take over. But in the ultimate redemption arc in the Star Wars Saga, Vader turns back into Anakin for the final moments of his life, saving his son and defeating the Emperor – an Eight going to Two.
OBI WAN KENOBI……….Type One
Hello there! Obi Wan is arguably the best thing to come out of the prequels. I love his character. Obi Wan is a One, but he is pretty healthy. He likes to play by the rules and do everything by the book. The Jedi Code is everything to him. As he trains Anakin, most of his energy is put into keeping Anakin in line. Obi Wan sees the galaxy in binaries – there is right and wrong, good and bad, the light and the dark side. We often find him telling others what they should and should not do – and he’s very often exactly right.
As he gets older we do see shades of gray bleeding into his black and white thinking. His choice to tell Luke the “truth” about his father “from a certain point of view” does not go over well with Luke. But in the end Obi Wan never varied from his firmly held beliefs. He is a model of integrity no matter the cost.
EMPEROR PALPATINE……….Type Three
Success, winning, power, fame, notoriety – these are the only things Palpatine cares about. He has that win-at-all-costs mentality. The ends justify the means for him. He has to be the best. He has to get things done. It doesn’t matter if he cuts corners or cheats his way to the top. Palpatine was only successful because he could easily become whoever he needed to be in the moment for whatever group he was trying to win over. He wore so many masks and wore them so well that no one could really see though his disguise.
Always there to help and lend a large, furry hand, Chewy is the classic Two sidekick. He is loyally devoted to Han (because of a whole life-debt thing that we don’t have time to get into). But he is also there to help Luke and Leia and Lando and C-3PO and Rey…. He is faithful, reliable, always willing to help, and not afraid to rip someone’s arms off to protect those he loves.
Rey got a lot of pushback online for being a “Mary Sue” – a character who is overly skilled and good at too many things. But really, I think of her as a Five. Fives are often knowledgable about a lot of different subjects because they like to investigate and research. So as a Five, it would make sense for her to know about scavenging for parts and piloting ships and rewiring electrical systems. And it would make sense how she was able to hone her force abilities so quickly. Once she takes interest in a subject, she goes very deep very quickly. She took the ancient Jedi books – and read them! Not even Luke did that.
Rey is comfortable being alone and finds her “fortress of solitude” wherever she is. And while she may be accustomed to solitude, she is also not afraid to fight for what she believes in – Fives go to Eight in security and begin to use their “powers” for the good of others, especially the underdogs.
KYLO REN / BEN SOLO……….Type Three
Ben Solo had drive and ambition. He wanted to live into his full potential and be the best. He thought the Dark Side could help get him there. When he realized that Luke wouldn’t help him achieve his goals, he left. For unhealthy Threes, relationship last only as long as they are useful. Threes care about what they can get out of any particular relationship. Kylo Ren used Luke, he used Rey, he used his Dad, he even used the long-dead persona of his grandfather – all in order to get what he wanted. Only in the end was he able to set aside his own personal goals and join in with a cause that was bigger than himself. Then he was able to leave the masks behind and become fully and truly himself, not just the persona he wanted others to see.
POE DAMERON……….Type Six (Counter-Phobic)
Poe is extremely loyal and devoted to the cause of the Resistance, but he is inherently distrustful of leadership. This is most clearly seen in The Last Jedi. He is so devoted to Leia that he couldn’t stand it when General Holdo took charge. In his unhealthy state, Poe tends to fall into the darker side of Three, wanting to be a hotshot flyboy, showing off and taking unnecessary risks. But in health, like when Leia put him in charge, he went to Nine and brought everyone together around a common goal.
Finn is also a classic Two sidekick like Chewbacca. He is always willing to help out when needed. He is fiercely devoted to Rey as a friend. At his best he is willing to stand up and fight for what he believes in. But at his worst (Twos go to Four in stress), he tries to sneak his way out of the conflict.
Ok, let’s rapid fire through a few others:
PADME………………..Type Three (?)
QUI GON JINN……Type Five
JAR JAR BINKS……..Type ??
So what do you think? Do you disagree? Did I miss anyone that you want to know about? Let’s discuss.