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    Most interested in Basil himself, hopefully some of you have a clue, I myself have no idea...

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    The character or the actor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by electric
    The character or the actor?
    The character, Basil Fawlty.

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    I'm probably the least knowledgeable preson in this forum, but I'd say ENFj....... i kinda took it out letter by letter, and the description at this site fits pretty well!

    Does no one here watch Fawlty Towers????? I would have thought this subject would attract tons of replies!

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    THIS IS FROM: http://www.petergeyer.com.au/library/freewh4.php

    Fawlty Towers has always intrigued me. Sybil is easy as an ESFJ, but what about Basil? I have concluded that if he has a type at all, it is that of an INTP spending nearly all of his life in his inferior function, punctuated by more volatile shadow experiences. The incongruity of an INTP running a hotel business, where extraverted feeling is of prime importance, is pretty straightforward. It makes for great comedy, but great stress in real-life situations.

    I suspect that INTP is fairly close to John Cleese's own type: from what I've read, he appears to be an INT at least. Actors, musicians and other performers seem to be mostly introverts. As do politicians, in this country at least: they have to do all that backroom negotiation.
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    what about ESTj?

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    Well the E and J I think are realy defenit.

    Not so sure about the other two

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    This description of an ESTj from
    http://www.socionics.com/prof/estj.htm
    certainly sounds like Basil - especially when attacking Manuel and when he is talking to non riff-raff people(!) and so on.

    ESTjs have a characteristic upright posture often appearing as if their backs are inflexible giving the impression that they are executing a military drill. In many cases ESTjs are slim. However, larger ESTjs are not exceptional, especially when applied to women. But even in these cases the figure retains its characteristic upright posture.

    Their gait and movements are sharp, tense and jerky showing an internal tension synonymous to this type. ESTjs find it difficult to remain in the same position for extended periods and will often shift about during conversation. Their clothes are mainly executive or classical in style. Men prefer the traditional suit and tie. When choosing clothes ESTjs will pay much more attention to comfort and quality than to the latest fashion. Female ESTjs do not often wear extravagant things. Even if they do try to follow fashion their choices will always maintain an element of conservatism.

    In general ESTjs are very careful and cautious with their clothes. Their clothing is always neat and clean. They may keep clothes for a long time and know well how to preserve them. Even if some items are quite old they still may look like new. ESTjs do not like untidiness and carelessness in their appearance and in general. Trousers are always ironed, shoes polished, etc.

    When ESTjs interact with strangers they are always polite, educated and well mannered, observing the norms of etiquette. This is especially noticeable in men when they start a conversation with the opposite sex. ESTjs do not like small talk or gossiping neither do they like having long conversations on the phone. When talking on the telephone they will often sound slightly different. ESTjs do not like familiarity.

    ESTjs like to ask questions and find out facts. They do not accept foggy answers, demanding concrete data. They have an opinion about almost everything and will actively debate and defend it. ESTjs will never admit that they were not right. If they want to blame somebody for something they will find a way.

    ESTjs are great supporters of practicality and do not understand and may condemn people who have fantasy or who propose fascinating but impractical projects. They do not like laziness or disorganisation. They do not like sudden changes, preferring a slow but sure advance. ESTjs act for the sake of stability. They have conservative views about family, this is especially applicable in males. In their understanding the husband has to provide, while the wife has to look after the children and the house.

    Although ESTjs may appear in control of their emotions they periodically allow flashes of fury to break through. This often manifests when something goes wrong or somebody tells them how to do their job, especially if they deem that the accuser is not competent in what they are doing. In anger ESTjs may shout, throw or break things, often recalling their victims past failures.

    ESTjs have a tremendous ability to work. If necessary, they can work for many hours a day, seven days a week without proper rest. Their understanding of relaxation is to lie down on the sofa watching television for a few hours and then they are ready to work again. ESTjs can not stay without work for long. They like to work and as a result they always keep themselves occupied. ESTjs often display the qualities of a good organiser.

    When in dangerous situations ESTjs act quickly and determinedly, never boasting about it afterwards. They have a straight forward approach to their goals. ESTjs find it difficult to cheat making it easy to catch them out and as a result they generally have an honest reputation. ESTjs do not stand for lies forgery and fraud. They do not like shallow, frivolous or thoughtless people. They also observe customs.

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    The hit British TV show Fawlty Towers made by John Cleese and his ex-wife Connie Booth.

    Basil Fawlty: ILE
    Sybil Fawlty: ESE
    Polly Sherman: SEI
    Manuel the Waiter: IEI?
    Terry the Cook: SLI
    Major Gowen: LSE?
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    Those typings seem okay to me, apart from the Basil Fawlty one , although you must have your reasoning. I'm not sure what type he could be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subterranean View Post
    Those typings seem okay to me, apart from the Basil Fawlty one , although you must have your reasoning. I'm not sure what type he could be.
    John Cleese (ILE) comes through the character quite readily, I think. When watching it, I was struck by the number of similarities of characters that I saw between Basil Fawlty and Larry David (ILE) on Curb Your Enthusiasm. But if you have any alternative typings or thoughts, I would love to hear them.
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    I'm not sure that it is activation between Sibyl and Basil. Doesn't look like a very happy relationship, more like supervision. I though that Sibyl mignt be ILI (clever and sarcastic) and Basil - LSE (rather wooden posture and not very good with timing - especially the same actor in the film "Clockwise"). I could be wrong, of course
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