If you grew up in church culture, you came across the enthralling Adventures in Odyssey series, either on the radio or on TV. The series centered around people from the tiny town of Odyssey who came from all walks of life. But not only were their backgrounds different, but so were their personalities and corresponding Enneagram types. An Enneagram type isn’t always the easiest to determine, but we thought it was finally time for someone to give it a shot. Who better than us?
Author’s note: There are many, many more characters that could be included in this list. We simply tried to stick to the main ones.
Enneagram 1: The Reformer – Bernard Walton
Reformers tend to have a strong sense of right and wrong, and can easily see the world as black and white. And no one sees the adventures in Odyssey more clearly than Bernard. His mentality comes in handy both as Odyssey’s resident window-washer and as a sort-of local homespun philosopher who can give solid advice (even if people get annoyed when he grumbles about people taking too many shortcuts nowadays). His strong sense of morality makes him a great friend, and a clear Reformer.
Enneagram 2: The Helper – Lucy Cunningham-Schultz
Lucy was always ready to lend in a helping hand to her friends, offering advice or information. Her work as a kid reporter can even been seen as a way to share information with others so that they could be the best version of themselves. Yet while Helpers tend to be very kind and helpful, that doesn’t mean they’re flawless. She could get a little full of herself sometimes, but she was quick to own up to her mistakes. Her major motivation was loving and caring for others as best they deserved, which sounds just like a Helper.
Enneagram 3: The Achiever – Jason Whitaker
Achievers are described as adaptable and driven individuals, which is exactly the way to describe Jason Whitaker. Jason was just like his father in that he was always tinkering away with gadgets, but his sense of adventure took him to farther places. Jason became an analyst and operative (aka a secret agent?!) for the National Security Agency, which you don’t just get into without some serious ambition. He was a man of action, which could land him in trouble if he hustled too hard too fast. But he was always able to maintain a positive image while still achieving all his goals.
Enneagram 4: The Individualist – John Avery Whitaker
Individualists can get a bad rap for being “dramatic” but at their best, they’re highly creative and emotionally intuitive people. No one fits that description better than Whit. After all, you have to be highly creative to run a discovery emporium, and emotionally intuitive to know that everything is better with ice cream. Beyond his entrepreneurial and inventive skills, Whit was a trusted friend and confidant to just about everyone. His ability to connect with all different kinds of people made him one-of-a-kind. He also invented a time machine and, well, that certainly takes an individual.
Enneagram 5: The Investigator – Eugene Meltsner
This seems self-explanatory, but just in case you needed some proof, Eugene is the lovable but dorky genius assistant to Whit. According to Eugene, he knows everything about everything (classic Investigator mentality) and is constantly trying to grow his intelligence and his faith. His logic-minded brain can give him some issues when it comes to navigating relationships, but through the help of his friends, he’s able to get it right 99% of the time.
Enneagram 6: The Loyalist – Tom Riley
No one will be by your side more than a Loyalist, and no one in Odyssey is more loyal than Tom. Tom is one of Whit’s oldest friends who shows up for his people who need someone. He’s coached many of Odyssey’s sports teams, and even served as Odyssey’s mayor when the town was going through difficulties. His hesitation toward Whit’s inventions could be seen as some healthy caution that tends to follow most Loyalists, but at the end of the day Tom always showed up to support Whit.
Enneagram 7: The Enthusiast – Wooten Bassett
Enthusiasts have some pretty big FOMO and are always looking for something new and exciting to be part of. Wooten was always down to help the kids with their silly shenanigans, even if he probably should have been the one to say no — but do Enthusiasts even have “no” in their vocabulary? Wooten also took it upon himself to have the most unique jobs, whether it was delivering mail, creating comic book characters or inventing new ice cream flavors.
Enneagram 8: The Challenger – Connie Kendall
Challengers are the easiest to spot in the wild because they’re typically the only people who will tell you the honest truth. And Connie has never been one to hold back what she’s thinking. Her outspoken and often impulsive attitude made her a leader in Odyssey. Though she can be too stubborn at times, her decisive attitude benefits everyone around her by pushing them to do and be the best they can be, even if they don’t always appreciate the challenge.
Enneagram 9: The Peacemaker – Jack Allen
Peacemakers are often described as gentle and agreeable — two words that perfectly sum up Jack’s character. He’s best friends with Whit, and while they have many common interests, Jack tends to be more reflective and mild compared to everyone around him. He’s known for his passive nature, avoiding conflict as most Peacemakers try to do. He prefers to sit quietly, studying books or discussing history. His calm but receptive behavior makes him an important figure in Odyssey.