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Idealists long for meaningful communication and relationships. They search for profound truths hidden beneath the surface, often expressing themselves in metaphor. Focused on the future, they are enthusiastic about possibilities, and they continually strive for self-renewal and personal growth. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible selves — always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement driving their imagination - and they yearn to help others make the journey too.

Interests: Idealists tend to study the humanities. They seek careers facilitating the personal growth of others, whether through education, counseling, or other pursuits that promote the happiness and fulfillment of individuals and society.

Orientation: The lives of Idealists are guided by their devotion to their personal ethics. They are altruistic, taking satisfaction in the well-being of others. They believe strongly in the basic goodness of the world and of the people in it. They take a holistic view toward suffering and misfortune, regarding them as part of a larger, unknowable truth, a mystical cause-and-effect. With an eye toward the future, they view life as a journey toward a deeper spiritual knowledge.

Values: The emotions of Idealists are both easily aroused and quickly discharged. Their general demeanor is enthusiastic. They trust their intuition and yearn for romance. They seek deeper self-knowledge and want to be understood for who they are behind the social roles they are forced to play. They aspire to wisdom that transcends ego and the bounds of the material world.

Social roles: Idealists seek mutuality in their personal relationships. Romantically, they want a soulmate with whom they can share a deep spiritual connection. As parents, they encourage their children to form harmonious relationships and engage in imaginative play. In their professional and social lives, Idealists strive to be catalysts of positive change.

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INFJ (Counselor)

INFJ Counselors have a strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others. Counselors are gratified by helping others to develop and reach their potential. Counselors often communicate in a personalized manner. They tend to be positive and kind when dealing with others. Counselors are good listeners and can sometimes detect a person's emotions or intentions even before the individual is aware of them. This ability to take in the emotional experiences of others, however, can lead Counselors to be hurt easily.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion Rei is very introverted and surprisingly deeply emotional. Despite seemingly being emotionless, she always makes sure others know in some way she cares. Rei is intuitive about others emotions are nearly always right. Rei is orderly or OCD the jury still out on this but.

Film

  • Bruce Banner is the legendary Hulk in The Avengers movies and a true INFJ. Bruce tends to be moody, self-involved, and very hard on himself. He is naturally brilliant and instead of using that to his own benefits, he works for the good of others in whatever way he can. He always puts others before himself.
  • Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch from Avengers: Age of Ultron is highly attached to her brother and would do anything for him. She's a quiet, complex person and you can just see the many wheels in her head turning as she thinks. She is very analytical. Which is why she made such a great villain at first. But ultimately her want for the greater good was stronger than her bitterness over the death of her parents.
  • Melanie Hamilton of Gone with the Wind is perhaps the quintessential INFJ. Melanie has a strict moral code and is a loving, doting mother not only to her own son, but also to Scarlett's poor, neglected children. Throughout the book she supports Scarlett and Rhett, even as the rest of polite society rejects them and is aware of the love between Rhett and Scarlett for years before Scarlett herself realizes it (at Melanie's behest). Post-war Melanie also leads several women's community service initiatives, including the Association for the Beautification of the Graves of Our Glorious Dead.
  • Star Wars introduces us to Obi-Wan Kenobi, a quiet yet tireless man who takes his steadfast belief in The Force and the greater Rebel cause, and turns it into actual, measurable actions. Even in his youth, he still preferred to settle and decide things as early on as possible to the satisfaction and well-being of all parties.

Literature

  • Remus Lupin from Harry Potter is kind, quiet, and loyal. He does his best to inspire his students and help them overcome fear. He serves as mentor for Harry, encouraging him to trust his instincts, realizing where his strengths lie and how to rely on them. He is very compassionate, and tends to put other people first, and rarely puts effort taking care of himself.
  • Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings is private and complex, but with a strong noble streak. High ideals for himself and others, but still down to earth and logical. Courageous, yet still often afraid. He tries his best to do the right thing. Is willing to take on the responsibilities of being a leader, but isn't sure if he is the best one for the task.

Live-Action TV

  • President Laura Roslin from Battlestar Galactica (2003) tends to rely on gut feelings and is constantly focused on humanity's future (dominant Ni); she knows how to appeal to people's emotions, and knows what to do to achieve desirable results in various social situations (auxiliary Fe), and can back up her conclusions with logical analysis (tertiary Ti); she finds it difficult to live in the moment (inferior Se).
  • Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is energized by spending time alone and depthing her interests. Tara is highly intuitive, being able to pick up on things without direct evidence, and can easily draw connections between different information. She is a kind and compassionate person, and is able to put the interests of others above her own. Her wisdom and gentleness make her a kind of mother figure to the Scoobies, and she is always there when someone needs her help. Tara has a strong and defined set of moral principles which she strives to live by, and wants others to do the same.
  • BJ Hunnicutt from M*A*S*H. He has the best focus of any character in the series and is very empathetic, while still preferring to remain emotionally stable himself. He acts as the voice of reason for Hawkeye and is always willing to lend an ear and a piece of advice.
  • Belle French or Lady Belle of Avonlea from ABC's Once Upon a Time seems to be an INFJ. She's very concerned with bringing out the good in Rumplestiltskin in her true love for him, (Fe), sets very high expectations for him (Ni), and serves justice for the greater good before her own personal feeling (Ti), introverted thinking in the moment (Se).
  • Orphan Black
    • Delphine Cormier is idealistic, intelligent, analytical and can be rather emotionally manipulative, although her real feelings bleed through eventually.
    • Kira Manning is a ridiculously stereotypical version of this type: caring, loving and borderline pyschic.

Music

  • Pink from The Wall distanced himself from the world around him based on his experience through nurture, schooling and a breakup with his wife. He comes to a realization later on that being a shut-in is destructive and even judged himself inside.

Video Games

  • Ulysses from Fallout: New Vegas always very precise and eloquent with his word in expressing his state of mind or displeasure against the players decisions. He holds the Courier to blame 100% for the destruction of a nation even though it was an accident. He quickly comes to understand were you loyalties lay and admonitions you accordingly. He's emotionally expressive and resolute but he'll side with you if your able to beat him in a debate of social ideological conflict.
  • Big Daddy from Gungrave anime is a lonely, wise, and kind boss of a mafia organization. He values harmony in the organization and is often seen imparting wisdom to his son figure.
  • While Blaze the Cat, of Sonic Rush, seems unattached, this is a result of her rather aloof demeanor and preference for Army of One operation. Beneath this, she has an extremely, if mostly unchecked, emotional core and a genuine desire to help others.
  • Komaeda Nagito from Super Dangan Ronpa 2. He is an extreme idealist and attempts to force his ideal of Hope on the rest of the students. Though technically a "Mastermind" like an INTJ, Komaeda lacks the cold objectivity that usually accompanies a Thinking type, but his attempts to sacrifice others and martyr himself in the name of his ideal are classically unhealthy INFJ. He is particularly drawn to Hinata and makes repeated attempts to get under his skin. This seems malicious and is hard to discern underneath his overbearing and rude behavior, but is really likely just Komaeda's attempt to make friends and be close to Hinata as he is a lonesome and damaged individual.

Web Original

  • Blake Belladonna from RWBY is very withdrawn and self-reliant, constantly worrying about the future and the meaning behind her powers, sometimes to an unhealthy degree, feels her emotions with great intensity, sometimes strong enough to hamper her fighting ability, cares a lot about protecting humanity, and is incredibly stubborn and hard to sidetrack once she sets out on a mission.

Western Animation

  • The Legend of Korra
    • Asami Sato uses her dominant introverted intuition and her strong auxiliary extroverted feeling to notice patterns in people and her relationships. She senses Mako's feelings for Korra practically before he does, and she demonstrates the INFJ's trademark intuitive caretaking style by helping fund the Fire Ferrets, ensuring Mako has suitable clothes to wear on their first date, helping a heavily pregnant Pema clean up, and encouraging and caring for Korra whenever the latter is at her weakest. Her dominant introverted intuition also influences her inventions, helping her create spirit-inspired machines and plan innovative solutions to rebuild Republic City's transit system. Although most of her work is behind the scenes, she is an important part of Team Avatar due to her eagerness to listen to others' troubles and help them live up to their full potential.
    • Jinora is very spiritual, and uses her spiritual side to help her friends. She is quiet and wise beyond her years.
  • Princess Celestia of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a warm and compassionate ruler who frequently serves as a Team Mom towards her entire kingdom and in addition has been shown to have an impressive talent for predicting the overall outcome for a situation as well displaying beliefs that are diplomatic in nature such as the importance of friendship and equality. She is nonetheless very private about her personal life towards her citizens and even the audience of the series, and shares the common characteristic of receiving unwanted popularity like many real-life INFJs and would instead prefer to be seen as a normal pony.
  • Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether from Zootopia. Though you would be forgiven for mistaking her as an ISFJ until she reveals herself as the mastermind behind the missing and savage mammal case.

ENFJ (Teacher)

ENFJ Teachers tend to look for the best and to expect it from those around them. They can often facilitate community-building without even thinking about it. Teachers communicate a belief that everyone has the potential to succeed, and Teachers often seek to help others express this inner potential. In doing so, they may motivate others to meet the Teacher's positive expectations. However, Teachers may unintentionally overpower others with their idealized vision

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Reiner Braun from Attack on Titan likes to make friends with all of his peers and gain their trust. He's very encouraging and warm and seen as a big brother to several of his close comrades. In spite of or because of his past, he's self-sacrificing and does everything he can to help others.

  • Kaworu Nagisa from Neon Genesis Evangelion is an extrovert who is altruistic and interested in helping others. He can immediately read and understand others like books. People with this personality type easily see people’s motivations and seemingly disconnected events, and are able to bring these ideas together and communicate them as a common goal with an eloquence that is nothing short of mesmerizing. Like most of them however, Kaworu is also selfless to a fault, which results in him dying in almost every continuity.

Film

  • Peeta Mellark of The Hunger Games. His charismatic, caring and selfless personality comes from his Fe-dom, in which enables him to charm and manipulate the crowd with his intention for the Capitol to root for Katniss (Ni-aux). He has an artistic eye for talent, aware at the situation he's in and devises ways and fail-safes to achieve them (Se). He could make logical and harsh decisions when necessary, and shows to be aware at the true nature of the games and other people's motivations. Later as he becomes a victim of hijacking, his inferior Ti becomes unstable, making him irrational and one-sided.
  • Padme Amidala from the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. As the galaxy was starting to become more turbulent, she still tried to find peaceful solutions. As the Old Republic became more totalitarian, she stood up to it, helping establish what would soon become the Rebel Alliance. She also tried to serve as Anakin Skywalker's moral compass as he was struggling with the Dark Side of the Force. Their son Luke inherited her sense of morality (see INFP), which is how he finally succeeded in redeeming Anakin.
  • Loki is the villain in Thor and Thor's brother. Very charming and likeable. He's very in tune to the wants and needs of others and, in his case, usually uses it for their downfall. Even though he's a calculating and brilliant villain, he thinks with his heart.

Live-Action TV

  • Sophie Devereaux from Leverage has an ability as a grifter to make money and avoid getting caught depends entirely on her ability to read others and tell them what they want to hear. Although she's a professional liar, she's also genuinely charming, warm, and caring with her friends. She thrives on teaching grifting skills (and friend-making skills) to the rest of the team, and she ultimately finds her success in theatre as an acting teacher.
  • The Evil Queen / Regina Mills from ABC's Once Upon a Time seems to be an extremely unhealthy, but reforming ENFJ. She's obviously a natural leader (Te) extroverted thinking function as mayor and Queen. She's has really unhealthy extroverted feeling (Fe), and has held a highly irrational grudge against Snow White, who accidentally told a secret when she was 10 that got Regina's first love killed by her bitchy and manipulative mother. She sought revenge against her for more than half her life. Regina can be kindhearted, and she's also extremely intuitive when it comes to predicting her enemies next move in relation to herself (Ni).
  • Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation is devoted to the people of her town and does everything she can to help her town and her friends. She is outgoing, generous, organized, and driven.
  • Mako Shiraishi from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger is very calm and sensitive Team Mom in the bunch. Yet even she is sensitive, she is also can be direct but not as Takeru. She is very unable to resist when seeing people in trouble and she is also wants the best among the team. Yet she is the for Kotoha and Chiaki and even inspire her to be better girl and even Chiaki very respect her. She is even sensitive to Takeru and very aware of his feelings when he is actually happy to see his old friends back despite that he may try to deny it.

Video Games

  • Marth from the Fire Emblem Akaneia games fits this, or at least in any game not Shadow Dragon. He is a natural leader and Magnetic Hero, and very definitely an idealist, who believes firmly that Rousseau Was Right, to the point he could be considered to be quixotic; indeed, many consider him childish in-universe because of this. He is also completely willing to take the burdens of others upon himself, not wanting others to share his. However, he knows full well that he can't do it all alone and strongly values his friends and loved ones. He is self-sacrificing and cares about the well-being of his comrades and kingdom above all else, and his idealism is best shown by his wish to win a war while keeping everyone safe.

Western Animation

  • Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender. He is very empathetic and highly intuitive. He is able to remain emotionally stable while taking on the emotional burdens of others. Iroh is a fairly typical Mentor type.
  • Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a social climber, passionate, charming and creative. While she sets her standards for others and especially herself too high at times, she is still empathetic and generous; helping to facilitate friends in situations and inspire the potential in others.
  • Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons is always driven by a need for validation that she is living a decent life and always strives to get others to care more about others, animals, or the planet. She's very outspoken about her beliefs, until she learns her efforts cause more strife and she quickly relents. But she doesn't stop she just changes tactics. She cares a lot about social causes and justice but she can be a bit to affable. She's dedicated wholeheartedly but will bend if the opposing current is too strong, but she keeps the fire and waits a day to start fighting.
  • Leonardo is The Leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, he doesn't run the team with an iron fist but a convincing word. He serves as both a supportive big brother and cautious mentor to his brothers.

INFP (Healer)

INFP Healers have a tranquil and reserved exterior that masks a passionate inner life. Of all the types, they (as well as Counselors) are driven the most by idealistic faith, even more perhaps than their more outspoken counterparts. Healers care deeply about causes that interest them, and they often pursue those causes with selfless devotion. They are highly compassionate and empathetic to the needs of others, seeking to bring peace, health, and integrity to their companions and to society at large. They want to heal the problems that trouble individuals and correct the conflicts that divide social groups.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Sasha Braus from Attack on Titan is reclusive and withdrawn despite her loud and excitable behavior; she is usually only seen on her own or in small groups. She is strongly intuitive and lets her gut instinct and feelings lead her before much else and has trouble following the rules and maintaining structure.
  • Orihime Inoue from Bleach is an actual healer who's super peaceful, creative, dreamy, and sensitive. She always wants to do the right thing, even healing villains (Fi-Dominant). She comes up with many random ideas and tends to zone out of/reject reality or get stuck on tangents. She has lots of Ne (Extroverted Intuition) and mistypes as an ENFP, but she is more introverted, wanting to fade in the background since she feels incompetent (Inferior Te).
  • Tachibana Makoto from Free!. Though he has a kind, hospitable, sympathetic nature, and is capable of being sociable, he only ever really associates with a small circle of friends. And he especially clings to who he is most comfortable with - Haruka. He is shown being very uncomfortable when too much attention is drawn to him, and prefers to be a support to others rather than the focus of support. He is timid and extremely self-sacrificing (even seeming to derive enjoyment and fulfillment from said self-sacrifice), and it takes him a longer amount of time than others to learn how to be okay with wanting things for himself. In the end, things even out, and he is seen being happier while staying with Haruka and pursuing his dreams.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Kaworu Nagisa from is an introvert who tries his best to understand and sympathize with humans, specifically Shinji. In his most famous scene, after he decides to rebel against SEELE, he asks Shinji to kill him, for he has decided to sacrifice himself for his sake, after deciding humans and Angels aren't that different and that humans deserve a better future.
    • Shinji Ikari is very introverted and deeply sensitive to slights and always seeks to be validated for existing. Deeply emotional Fi (introverted feeling) open to all Ne (extroverted intuition) he replays all bad memories over and over and over again in vivid detail Si (introverted sensing) but is not very reasonable or rational or strategic sometimes Te (extroverted thinking) his emotions are always seen first before logic.
  • Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a shy girl on the outside, but she has an endless desire to make everybody she knows happy. If she feels that a rule is preventing that from happening, she will selflessly sacrifice herself for the good of everyone else. In the end, she gives up her very existence in order to rescue every magical girl in history from the Despair Event Horizon.

Film

  • Pietro Maximoff or Quicksilver from Avengers: Age of Ultron is a reckless and rash person. He is driven by his emotions. He loves his sister more than anything and is always looking out for her. He relives his past due to his heartbreak over the death of his parents. Even though he is older than his sister, she is the more dominant and leader-like of the two. He tends to follow her lead.
  • Elsa from Frozen is selfless and concerned deeply with her sister's well-being, though she hates being forced to hide her true personality and often lashes out with her inferior Extraverted Thinking. She's not great with conflict, often avoiding it whenever there's an opportunity to. Despite this, she's kind-hearted and creative, ultimately being able to overcome her past trauma to resolve her relationship with her sister.
  • Star Wars has Luke Skywalker, a farm boy with ambition. Though quite reserved, he still relentlessly and selflessly puts his own life in mortal danger not just for those he's attached to, but to the greater moral cause of the Rebel Alliance and to redeeming his fallen Jedi father from the clutches of The Dark Side. He seemed to have inherited this morality from his ENFJ mother Padme.

Literature

  • Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter is quiet and dreamy. She believes in what's in her heart without letting others' harsh reality bring her down. She is very loyal to her friends and her family, and will never settle over her beliefs over external pressure, whether by fellow students or by death eaters. She is a great believer in the impossible. She's also very empathetic and uncannily perceptive when it comes to people.

Live-Action TV

  • Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is energized by spending time alone and feels awkward among people she doesn’t already know, particularly in large groups. Although she is slow to open up to others, the bonds she makes with people, such as Buffy and Xander, are deep and long-lasting. She finds it easy to comprehend abstract subject matter, and can readily understand how things fit into the bigger picture, often talking in terms of concepts and ideas rather than specific details. Guided by her feelings, she is a very emotionally intelligent and expressive person, in tune with both her own feelings and the feelings of others. She is easily affected by emotional situations and doesn’t understand unkindness or insensitivity, finding fault with people like Anya because of their lack of finesse. She is generally open minded and flexible, being slow to judge and uncomfortable with jumping to conclusions, preferring to gather all the information before making a decision.
  • Ross Geller from Friends is a loving, caring, and at times awkward character, who values the ones he loves more than anything else. Despite being in love with Rachel throughout the series, instead of going after her, he ends up with other women when the opportunity presents itself, fully committing himself to his relationships.
  • Father Mulcahy from M*A*S*H is a standard INFP. He has a strong internal moral code which he uses to identify himself and direct his actions, a vision of how the world should be, and a desire to do what he can to make that vision come to be. He is a perfectionist who takes little things personally, and can react intensely and irrationally to what he considers an attack on his moral foundation. Yet he is open minded and compassionate, preferring the diplomatic approach to resolving conflict. He provides an interesting contrast to Hawkeye's ENFP.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • Henry Mills seems to be an INFP. This kid rarely listens to authority when he personally feels like they are wrong (Fi) introverted feeling, like his biological mother, he's a self-proclaimed loner, lazy but brilliant, and has one heck of a wild imagination (Ne).
    • Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold seems to be a very corrupt, cowardly (in a socially and environmentally stigmatized sense), and broken INFP anti-hero/anti-villain. He exhibits many traits of an unhealthy INFP with unhealthily overdeveloped dominant introverted feeling, and underdeveloped auxiliary extraverted intuition to the point where he just listens to his internal fears and keeps them all in to the point where he can become selfish and doesn't gather enough good data for his decision making process with his Ne and look at the big picture. Thus, he uses guilt manipulation, tells half-truths, and doesn't always know what to do in times of facing emotional distress and conflict with others. Rumple's extroverted intuition does emerge, however, in the sense that he is an extreme perfectionist who is highly dedicated to those he loves more than anything, yet his chronic addiction to dark power partially influenced by the curse and partially influenced by his own fears never leave him totally satisfied with the good things he already has in his life and he is always envisioning a future for himself and those he loves where he can have it all; true love, power, acceptance, and the ability to be a hero. Rumple's introverted feeling, however, with his many insecurities and fears is so overdeveloped that all he can ever foretell is gloom and doom with the good life that he already had with Belle right in front of him. He couldn't believe it, and it made Belle push him away.
  • Kotoha Hanaori from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger is The Chick and The Pollyanna, even she always faced by misery and trouble due to her clumsiness. She is always try to be positive and optimist yet she is quite Shy and Even doubt her skill. She is the one who understand and can compromise with the rebellious and free yet Sarcastic Chiaki. And Usually Kotoha sees people very positively.
  • Neil from The Young Ones is very much so a loner (though still very attention seeking), concerned with painting astrological charts and moaning about how heavy life is. Though quite selfish at times, he's a server to the happiness and well-being of his flatmates, attempts to be helpful, is highly sensitive, and while not very bright, possesses the strongest moral compass of the four, with a desire for peace. When not mopey, Neil often voices idealistic or abstract ideas concerning situations or life in general.

Video Games

  • Emiya Shirou, from Fate/stay night. He has a strong sense of morals, a rather small circle of friends and family figures, and is greatly invested in his dream of being a Hero of Justice, taking inspiration from his adoptive father, Emiya Kiritsugu. He goes to extreme lengths to make sure nobody is hurt, to the point of sacrificing his well-being for the sake of others, at the same time showing a huge lack of self-worth. Others point out how illogical he is, and more often than not he gets emotional over other characters' conflicts. His inner world is reflected (in a quite literal way) through Unlimited Blade Works.
  • Link from The Legendof Zelda Ocarinaof Time is a quiet boy whom we can tell, by the carving in his tree, has a great desire for adventure. He is generally shown to have a small circle of friends, namely Saria, and to a lesser extent the Great Deku Tree. He is incredibly trusting, willing to do most tasks he is called upon to do without question, and with great courage. Rather than enlist the help of others, he chooses to go about his duty alone, with only his horse Epona and his guide Navi. A hopeless romantic, Link soon finds himself diving into the most dangerous of Hyrule's depths to save a Princess he's talked to for all of 5 minutes.
  • Lucina of Fire Emblem Awakening is a seemingly aloof individual at first, and is generally calm. However, she is extremely passionate about whatever she puts her mind to, to an almost unhealthy extent, and would take any steps necessary to ensure the world doesn't go to hell, no matter what it costs her personally. She also values the bonds between her and her comrades very highly, and while she is a Socially-Awkward Hero, genuinely wants to understand others.
  • Max Caulfield from Life is Strange is a quiet, introverted young photographer with a strong individualistic streak. Warm and empathetic, she has a well-developed sense of morality that she stands by no matter what, and a strong desire to use her ability to rewind time as a force for good. Her journal entries and inner thoughts show her to be very introspective and reflective, with a vivid imagination and inner world. She's also shown to be fairly forgetful and scatterbrained.
  • Koops from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is at first shown as a quiet, awkward individual, and his main motivation for joining Mario is to avenge his father, who he believes to be dead. Throughout the game he is revealed to be an emotional, idealistic character who is passionately fighting alongside Mario.
    • Vivian as well is emotional and shy, and constantly picked on by her older sisters. However, she lets her feelings guide her, as she betrays them and becomes allies with Mario. She is depicted as a hopeless romantic who may or may not have a crush on Mario.
  • Natural "N" Harmonia from Pokémon Black and White and their sequels is a good example of what can happen when an INFP is warped and manipulated by those with less than savory intentions. He's first shown as a mysterious man with questionable social skills (or lack thereof), but he then reveals himself to be the "king" of Team Plasma, and is highly devoted to what it entails. He may lack understanding when it comes to humans due to his sheltered (or, more like deliberately isolated and brainwashed) upbringing, he shows an extreme amount of sympathy and empathy for Pokémon, who he had been taught are being mistreated by trainers, and strongly believes in his mission of liberating them. While he seems like an INFJ at first due to his devotion to his cause, and his initial denial to accept the possibility that he might be wrong, he then starts to doubt what he had been taught and by the end of the first game he resolves to be more open-minded and see the world, leaving behind years of mental programming in the process. However, it should be noted N also has quite a few traits of an INTP as well, due to his high understanding and love of mathematics, equations, and machines, with him often describing things as if they were so, and having a painfully poor grasp of human interaction.
  • Yasu, from Umineko: When They Cry is an introverted with a vivid imagination who is fond of using magic to reflect her inner conflicts and sometimes help others. Due to a shattered sense of self, she projects the different aspects of her personality through her personas, Shanon, Kanon and Beatrice. Her downfall comes after a Trauma Conga Line forces her to realize her dreams and hopes are far from possible, leading her to a mental breakdown and committing suicide. As a trademark of an INFP, she has a detailed, rich inner world, more specifically called The Golden Land.

Western Animation

  • Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a male poster-boy for this type. Feelings come first for him, and he has no trouble dropping plans to be impulsive. He's introverted, valuing his alone time, and is very abstract in his thinking ('honor', 'good vs. evil') and is shown through his ability to act as the blue spirit and make astute observations at times. Zuko is an in-depth study of the unhealthy and healthy sides of this type. During Book 1, he's stuck in an inferior grip (only Te functioning), and for most of Books 2 and 3, he's stuck in a dom/tert loop (Fi and Si negatively reinforcing one another, with no input from Ne or Te). He doesn't become a healthy INFP until his Heel–Face Turn is cemented halfway through Book 3.
  • Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon. He is very idealistic, values his identity, is sympathetic, has a solid internal moral code, and is chock full of ideas for making the world a better place.
  • Butters from South Park may not be the perfect example of a popular kid, but his idealism leads him to be a caring and forgiving person who always looks on the bright of the South Park rather than the dark side.
  • Rose Quartz from Steven Universe is a reserved yet caring individual who sees the beauty in everything, including those who aren't as beautiful to others. She always tries to do everything in her power to care for others and always kept secrets from everyone, including Pearl.
  • Total Drama:
    • Dawn is partly based off of fellow INFP Luna Lovegood, and shares many personality traits with her including her dreamy mysteriousness and idealism.
    • Rodney falls in love with basically every girl he interacts with, and dreams of the perfect relationship with them. He is shown to be extremely emotional, often bursting into tears in front of girls when he "breaks up" with them, not wanting to hurt their feelings. He doesn't seem to be the most logical character around but is kind and empathetic.
    • Shawn is a secretive, introverted character who is rarely found socializing with his team and has an obsession with zombies. His time on the show revolves around trying to survive a potential zombie apocalypse, and he is extremely passionate about it and sometimes does drastic things just for his cause.

ENFP (Champion)

ENFP Champions have a strong desire to make their thoughts known to the world. When Champions speak or write, they are often hoping to use their convictions to motivate others to participate in advocacy or they hope to reveal a hidden truth about the human experience. Champions are greatly concerned with ethics and justice and have a strong desire to speak about current issues and events. They are the most inspiring and animated of the role variants. They are also good cheerful givers, generous to a fault.

    Examples 

Anime & Manga

  • Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan is fiery and idealistic. He's extremely forceful not only emotionally but in his enthusiastic pursuit of his goals. He has a keen eye for other people's falsehoods but has trouble trusting people, making decisions, and following direct orders. While lacking foresight, he makes up for it with flexibility and persistence.
  • Ash Ketchum from Pokémon has an enthusiasm that's quite infectious to whoever he befriends, be it other people or Pokemon. He often employs battling strategies that makes use of his Pokemon's greatest strengths, regardless of how unorthodox they may be. He's willing to try anything new he comes across, and no matter how many times he fails, he's willing to get back up and try again.

Film

  • Buddy Hobbes from Elf is outgoing and enthusiastic, and is filled with Christmas spirit all year. He likes to do many different activities and crafts instead of focusing on one thing in particular.
  • Star Wars:
    • Qui-Gon Jinn from The Phantom Menace is an unorthodox Jedi Master, unafraid to bend the rules of the Jedi in order to do what is right. Obi-Wan Kenobi notes that if he wasn't so unconventional, he'd probably be offered a place in the Jedi Council. Despite this, Qui-Gon tries to bring out the best in everyone around him, from Obi-Wan to Anakin Skywalker, as others seemed skeptical about the latter's inner goodness. One would imagine that if he'd lived, Anakin would have been less likely to fall to the Dark Side.
    • Anakin Skywalker from the Prequel Trilogy was headstrong and idealistic, with his desires to do what is right often putting him at odds with both the Jedi Council and Obi-Wan, with his short temper frequently getting him into trouble. Unfortunately, this rebellious streak turned to authoritarianism, as he grew disappointed with how ineffectual the Old Republic was becoming, leading him to the Dark Side and becoming the cold, calculating ENTJ Darth Vader.
  • Casey Newton from Tomorrowland is extremely optimistic and idealistic. She fervently believe anything is possible. Casey wants to make the world a better place and, with her fiery spirit, won't let anything get in the way of her dreams.
  • No less than three of the Disney Princess are ENFP's:
    • Ariel from The Little Mermaid is a distinct ENFP. The main force driving her character is a dream to find a better world than the one she lives in, to lead a romantic, unique and independent life with her one true love. She disobeys her father's wishes, and sets out to make her dream come true on he own. Her optimistic, romantic nature goes against her as she falls for Ursula's tricks, but she remains optimistic and believing in the power of love while facing adversities.
    • Rapunzel from Tangled is an even more extreme version, as she is over-flowing with energy and enthusiasm. Not only she is fully willing to overcome any obstacle to make her dream come true, a dream that has a lot to do with her true identity - a huge issue for any ENFP, she inspires others to pursue their dreams. Her lively demeanor is so contagious she is able to make friends with the toughest criminals and helps them open up their heart to the possibilities the world holds for them, while bursting in song.
    • Anna from Frozen is another example. The main force driving her is her faith in her sister, and more importantly - a dream of a world where her sister will be free to be who she is and they could live together as true friends. She is also deeply romantic, and bravely stands for the people dear to her.

Literature

  • Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables is more of an ambivert than a solid ENFP, but she holds all of the characteristics of a typical ENFP. She is optimistic, idealistic, highly sensitive, compassionate, social and very invested in her grand dreams and romantic fantasies of the future. She if often described as one who inspires those around her to be more idealistic, independent in their thinking and caring. She is very drawn to the original, the romantic, the mysterious and the unique. While she is very eager (especially in her teens) to gain popularity, attention and affection, she never compromises her ideals in order to be liked.
  • Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices seems to be this when he is not acting under his presumed curse. He is loud and outspoken, but also a deep thinker and someone who is controlled almost entirely by his emotions though an argument could be made for him being an ENTP. He often acts impulsively without thinking.
  • Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events is an ENFP - imaginative, resourceful, and committed to his ideas of what is right. He is very social and very interested in gaining social influence. He has an idea of what his world should be, and uses many different, zany plots to achieve his goals.
  • Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire is active, outspoken, and friendly. Though she grows up in a world with strict class and gender barriers, she struggles against those restrictions, making friends with anyone regardless of class and trying to find her own way in life regardless of the rules laid out for her. She has a strong sense of right and wrong, believing that justice should be served, even if she's the one who has to do it.

Live-Action TV

  • Pheobe Bufffay from Friends is flooding with intuition and good will. She has a strong set of principles and does her best to stick to them. She understands the feelings of her friends and wants them to be happy.
  • Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls is very friendly, talkative, zany and energetic, but also very idealistic. She is fiercely independent, often to a fault, and undergoes great internal conflict whenever she feels she must compromise over her ideals. She is very loyal to her daughter and her friends. and will go t great lengths to support them and make them happy. She often spends great deals of effort coming up with creative ways to surprise them and make them happy. However, she has a hard time committing to romantic relationships, as her partners never stand up to her high standards of how a partner should act. She is very perceptive and intuitive of other people's behavior, and often noted for being people smart and very empathetic.
  • Marshall Erikson from How I Met Your Mother is trusting, outgoing, loyal, romantic and friendly to the point of being naive. He has a great deal of child like enthusiasm about him, as well as a very mature sense of loyalty to his friends and family. While he is easy going and willing to settle over small matters, he is practically unshakable when it comes to matters of the heart. He has a distinct, nearly Utopian vision of how people should conduct themselves with their partners, friends, family, colleagues and the planet - and continues to believe that this vision and act according to it even after being disappointed with people again and again.
  • Dr. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce, of M*A*S*H. Hawkeye is very much a champion of peace and the underdog, prone to acting impulsively and rashly in the name of his ideals. He leads with extroverted intuition, making him full of ideas and almost completely lacking any kind of verbal filter. Thus he likes to hear himself talk just for the sake of talking. His auxiliary function being introverted feeling, Hawkeye has a strong sense of self-identity and right and wrong - and an incorrigible desire to always get in the last word.
  • Ryuunosuke Ikenami from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger is The Lancer but tends to be overacting, ridiculous and even annoys the team with his reckless and carefree attitude but he also can be good leader in Takeru absence. And he is the most Drama King of the team which makes people think he is quite hyperactive and indeed actually he is.
  • Rick from The Young Ones, though being a Jerkass and lacking some more positive traits like anticipating the needs of others, embodies the more neutral or negative traits found in this type. While he lacks the willpower or genuine compassion for his causes and ideals, he is still admittedly passionate about them in theory (and when they benefit him). He is incredibly attention seeking, enthusiastic, fiercely independent and individualistic, and searches for deeper meanings in things that usually aren't there.

Video Games

Western Animation

  • Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender is friendly and fun-loving. He is always thinking in new directions and tries to come up with different ways to solve similar problems. He is true to his values of peace, harmony, and non-violence.
  • Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls is quirky, fun-loving, and friendly as a person who is curious and creative by default, and has been shown to be surprisingly intelligent when it comes to thinking outside the box.
  • Bumi II from The Legend of Korra has an enthusiastic but off-the-wall ideas typical of extroverted intuition dominants, and a tendency to think out loud. He can be stubborn, sensitive, and emotional due to auxiliary introverted feeling. Because he is older, he occasionally displays bursts of inferior introverted sensing by drawing on his past (if heavily embellished) success. Bumi often improvises successful plans on the fly, such as his one-man rescue mission in Book 2.
  • Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as a Cloudcuckoolander, tends to flip-flop between intuitive and sensing, but at her core is intuitive to an insane degree. She is an enthusiastic free-spirit with tons of imagination, ideas, and a keen need to help and make others happy.
  • Steven Universe from Steven Universe is always ready for adventure and having fun from with others, whether it be Connie, his Dad, the Crystal Gems or any one in Beach City. He's very imaginative, always caring for others and very accepting of others. Futhermore, he always looks at bright side of things, even win everything comes crashing down.

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