noun: avatar; plural noun: avatars
- (HINDUISM) a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher.
- an incarnation, embodiment, or manifestation of a person or idea.
“he chose John Stuart Mill as the avatar of the liberal view”
- (COMPUTING) an icon or figure representing a particular person in video games, Internet forums, etc.
from Sanskrit avatāra ‘descent,’ from ava ‘down’ + tar- ‘to cross.’
One thing to remember: this article’s about what your fantasy avatar would be, not what you want it to be. I mean, I’m sure every sensitive soul that devours fantasy novels like a desperate housewife pops pills loves to fashion themselves as a strong, visceral character, like the aggressive fighter, or the dashing cutthroat. And yes, I know that, at the end of the day, none of us are really any of these characters anyway, but that’s why it’s called fantasy, you know, that thing that well-adjusted individuals choose to escape into when the cubicle of their existence is found wanting.
The Stag (ESTJ) – The Knight
Strong, firm, with an unassailable authority to right wrongs, wrong misanthropes, and instill order and chivalry in a way that is by no means excessively violent or fascist…
The Beaver (ISTJ) – The Dwarf
Sturdy and industrious by nature, you’re handy with tools, and hardy with everything else, people included.
The Elephant (ESFJ) – The Hobbit
You bring people together so that we can all appreciate the good things in life: food, friends, and lots of cheer—but you won’t back down from a fight either, especially when someone or something threatens to take those pleasures away.
The Bear (ISFJ) – The Paladin
You’re a lover and a fighter. A healer and a protector of all that you believe to be virtuous in this world. A shield is a perfect symbol for you. It can be used to defend loved ones; it can also be used to bludgeon people who hurt them.
The Fox (ESTP) – The Rogue
You are one sneaky, charming bastard. There isn’t a trick in the book that you haven’t played multiple times to get your way. And when things go south, you’re often just slippery enough to avoid the consequences.
The Shark (ISTP) – The Assassin
Talk is cheap. Be a person of action. These aren’t things to be understood; they’re to be lived. Bluntness is what you prefer, precision is what you require of yourself, and above all else, you keep your eye on the target.
The Peacock (ESFP) – The Bard
You travel through life on an endless quest for excitement, sensation, and an audience. You were born to entertain. Whether its because of your boisterous sense of humor, your thundering voice, or your natural moves on the dance floor, people just can’t take their eyes off of you—at least that’s your story and you’re sticking to it.
The Butterfly (ISFP) – The Cleric
A gentle pacifist at heart, you live a peaceful life of art, music, and other simple pleasures. When the fight comes, you prefer to play a supportive role, strengthening your comrades and healing the wounded. But your mace isn’t just for show—there have been times when you were trying to apologize to the enemy and you accidentally dropped it on their skull.
The Dolphin (ENFJ) – The Druid
More connected with nature than most other types, your magical energy comes from within. People are drawn to your TMI-openness and your belief that what is wrong with the planet can easily be healed by what is right.
The Giant Panda (INFJ) – The High Elf
You probably preferred the wizard until you realized all those books they read are (gasp!) non-fiction. High elves are otherworldly, intuitive, and academic, all traits that you possess and subconsciously hate yourself for—oh how you wish you could be a warrior type so that you could just bash and smash your way out of trouble.
The Baboon (ENFP) – The Demon
Aggressive and willing to go to unfathomable lengths for what you believe is right, it should come as no surprise that sometimes that fight leaves you on the dark side of the ledger. Passion and belief are powerful things; be careful where you aim yours. Like Nietzsche said, “one who fights monsters must be careful not to become a monster themselves.”
The Humpback Whale (INFP) – The Angel
Angels watch from afar—as you do—intervening only when they feel the time is right. When you’re in this crusader phase, the only thing that differentiates you from a demon is your more balanced personality. Though when that fails, “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
The Killer Whale (ENTJ) – The Black Knight
You guys are probably getting pretty tired of being typecast as the dark, powerful, dominating types that—wait a minute…what are you complaining about? That sounds awesome. And yes, you never get any real credit for kicking ass because you’re always wearing that damn helmet, but you don’t really care about how people view you, right? That’s why you wear that inconspicuous suit of jet-black armor.
The Spider (INTJ) – The Vampire
I guess you can be cold, patient, analytical, and calculating when you’re immortal. Problem is, you’re not really immortal, and the vampire thing is just an excuse to justify your intellectually elitist tendencies. But if it makes you feel better—which it probably will—you’re right, like always.
The Chimpanzee (ENTP) – The Alchemist
Your love of experimentation, invention, and gadgetry is well documented—of course, not by you, a person who has absolutely no time to do anything as tedious as writing things down.
The Owl (INTP) – The Archmage
Wizards derive their magic from the arcane knowledge they’ve gleaned from reading stacks and stacks of obscure, dusty books, and that’s where their power lies; at least that’s something to tell yourself next time you find yourself reading a book on black holes and their effect on 18th century horticulture techniques.