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ISTP Famous People and Characters

There are many ISTP famous people across the world. From famous ISTP celebrities to ISTP characters and politicians. Here we will discuss a few of them.

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ISTP Actors

ISTP actors bring a depth of authenticity and self-expression to their work. They usually play fearless, daring, and taciturn characters who reflect their own personalities.
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Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood plays strong, fearless, and taciturn characters. He believes in changing things for the better when you can rather than waiting for others to make changes. His famous advice is to “Leave everybody alone. Let everybody else do what they want.”

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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise once explained that he has taken a lot of chances in life and worked hard to develop his competencies. Observing him, Rob Lowe described “an almost robotic, bloodless focus.” He has said that nothing ever ends nicely, and that “talk is overrated as a means of settling disputes.”

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Christian Bale

Christian Bale urges his fans to get on with what they want to do instead of talk about it. He admonishes that you cannot accomplish anything by playing it safe.

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Kristen Stewart

Known as a free-spirited daredevil who is not afraid to take risks, Kristen Stewart admits that she often feels at odds with authority and would rather not appear on talk shows because she has nothing to say.

Other mentions: Scarlett Johansson (He's Just Not That Into You), Demi Moore (Ghost), Bill Murray (Ghostbusters), Bruce Lee (Fist of Fury), and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones).

ISTP Musicians

ISTP musicians work hard at their craft. They are known for their controversial statements as well as their advanced mastery of musical techniques.
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Miles Davis

Rolling Stone Magazine described Miles Davis's blunt honesty as a brutal frankness. He expressed impatience with people who talk on television shows and fill newspaper columns with words but have nothing of substance to say. He claimed that he wasn't trying to be tough, but he was fearless.

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Niccolò Paganini

Considered one of the greatest violinists in all history, a virtuoso in the truest sense of the word. Aside from Paganini's incredible ability to write and play the violin he acquired two violins from having borrowed them to play at concerts and with the owners being so impressed with his playing they refused to accept the violins being returned to them and instead gifted them to him. That this happened on two separate occasions in no fluke. There are some dark mysteries to Paganini's superb ability to play, including one that he had made a deal with the devil to gain his ability and another that he had murdered a love rival and whilst imprisoned for his crime his only concession was that he was allowed to play the violin. Another rumour went further, believing Paganini to be a serial killer who would string his violin with the organs of his murdered victims. His talent was attributed to his peculiar body type, which some have speculated could be Marfan Syndrome.

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Although he was an intelligent child, Eminem struggled in school. Regarding his controversial statements and lyrics, he has explained that he proudly values honesty over sparing the feelings of others and that he always has reasons for the things he says.

Notable mentions: Snoop Dogg, Keith Richards, Angus Young, Joe Strummer, and Lemmy Kilmister.

ISTP Leaders

ISTPs are action-oriented leaders who communicate with the utmost efficiency. They are motivated by what they hope to accomplish rather than by what anyone expects of them.
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Erwin Rommel

Known for quick, decisive action based on the ability to process complex details as a World War II general, Erwin Rommel famously said that “mortal danger is an effective antidote to fixed ideas.”

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Ron Paul

In business and in politics, Ron Paul seeks to maximize freedom for individuals. Plain-spoken and terse when he speaks, his stated goal is simply to deliver information, not to “sugar coat” or persuade.

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Jack Dorsey

As the founder of the popular social network that limits each message to 140 characters, Jack Dorsey has stated that he is more interested in topics than in people and that simplifying complexity is one of his primary motivations.

Notable mentions: Saul Kripke, Charles Maurras, Theodor W. Adorno, Montesquieu, Rudolf Carnap, and Ludwig Andreas von Veuerbach.

ISTP Athletes

ISTPs can be fiercely competitive as they hold their own performances to increasingly high standards. Their teams trust that they perform at their best under pressure.
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Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen's skateboarding techniques are based on mechanics rather than principles. He was the inventor of the majority of skateboarding tricks that are common on the street today.

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Wayne Gretzky

This Canadian hockey player developed a distinctive approach and set of techniques that served him and his teams quite well throughout his career. He was known to be highly selective about the advertisements he appeared in and only represented products that he had personally investigated and found exemplary.

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Michael Jordan

Jordan was famously demoted to his school's junior varsity team and used this motivation to improve his game. This was the beginning of a work ethic that led him to 6 championships. Known for exceptional special thinking, Michael Jordan was able to visualize plays in his head ahead of time. His combined mental and physical strengths allowed him to develop a diverse set of skills and techniques that continued to improve throughout his career. He is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time.

Notable mentions: Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Tony Hawk, and Robert Lewandowski.

ISTP Fictional Characters

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Indiana Jones

This hero of several adventure movies was an independent explorer who never backed down from danger or difficulty on his quests for the reality that underlies great mysteries.

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Mad Max

Mad Max is also a highly capable and active character who relies on his own practical skills for survival. He struggles with the concept of interdependence and demonstrates his values using actions rather than words.

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Solitary, energetic, and indomitable, Catwoman's insensitivity is attributed to her disturbing past. She demonstrates self-awareness rather than loyalty as she chooses her battles and fearlessness as she defends herself in dangerous situations.

Notable mentions: Han Solo (Star Wars), Jason Bourne (The Bourne Legacy), Scotty (Star Trek), Mrs. Hughes, and Peter Pettigrew (Harry Potter).


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Ellie Simmonds, MSc

University of Bath, Psychology

Ellie Simmonds, MSc in Psychology from University of Bath. Ellie is an associate lecturer on psychometric assessments and has extensive knowledge of the 16-type model.