Welcome to another anime rant having to do with the Myers-Briggs personality model, the MBTI. (If you haven’t seen it, I have a post about the 16 MBTI Types As Anime Characters. Most of my character analyses look at MBTI type as well.) I don’t know why I’m so crazy over the MBTI and typing fictional characters, but it’s nothing new. I’ve been doing it since I was 16 years old, lol!
Provided first are links to pages that describe the ENFJ type. Then, a list of 15 ENFJ characters from anime is presented. Finally, you’ll see my notes concerning 5 characters from that list of 15. Please remember that typing fictional characters with 100% accuracy is impossible, since there is no way to make a character take a personality test. Because of that, many different interpretations may exist. Thus, my MBTI typing for characters isn’t necessarily “correct.” However, they are all backed up by sound arguments based on the actions and words of the character in the show.
Here are three places with decent descriptions of the ENFJ. This first one is from PersonalityPage, which I think has the most balanced description. This second one is from 16Personalities.com and their descriptions are always a little over-the-top, with romanticized versions and exaggerated positive characteristics of each type. This third one is from HumanMetrics, and it’s about as good as the first one. You may want to read one or two of the descriptions to refresh your memory on the specific characteristics of the ENFJ. They are the ones often called “Givers,” “Teachers” or “Protagonists.” The letters stand for Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging.
~List of 15 Randomly Selected ENFJs from Anime~
Akari Akaza (from Yuru Yuri)
Emilia (Re:Zero: Staring Life In Another World)
Emma (from The Promised Neverland)
Free Underbar (from Fairy Gone)
Haru Ichinose (from Akuma no Riddle)
Kaiba or Warp (from Masaaki Yuasa’s Kaiba)
Maria Akizuki (from Shin Sekai Yori)
Mio Naganohara (from Nichijou: My Ordinary Life)
Shion Sonozaki (from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
Tooru Honda (from Fruits Basket)
Tooru Mutou (from Shiki / Corpse Demon)
Tsukasa Mizugaki (from Plastic Memories)
Yumi Fukuzawa (from Maria-sama ga Miteru)
Yuzu (from Konohana Kitan)
Yuzuru Otonashi (from Angel Beats!)
~Notes About 5 Certain Characters~
1. Shion Sonozaki
Shion’s type is difficult and debated among fans. Many believe she is an INFJ (advocate), mainly because one of her defining traits is sticking up for the underdog. (In Higurashi’s first season, Mion defends Satoshi, and in the second season, she protects Satoko.) But the truth is ENFJs and INFJs both have that trait of wanting to help the black sheep and the downtrodden. Some argue INFJ because Shion becomes obsessive, menacing, and hyper-emotional about Satoshi. It’s true she literally goes crazy over him; however, that has nothing to do with being an INFJ. It’s senseless to think INFJs are more likely than other types to become obsessive, vengeful, or evil.
Being talkative, open, friendly, and expressive with everyone, Shion definitely strikes me as an extravert. Consider how she’s able to work well at Angel Morte cafe, wearing maid outfits and serving all manner of customers. As an introvert, I could never do that. ENFJs are forgiving to a fault, while INFJs are more guarded and skeptical once hurt. This is another example showing Shion is much more of an ENFJ. She kept forgiving her family for rejecting and abusing her. She forgave Mion for helping tear off her fingernails! If not for Hinamizawa Syndrome affecting her brain, Shion probably would’ve gone on forgiving Mion and her family forever, eventually submitting to their will and returning to boarding school.
2. Kaiba / Warp
I’ve never heard/read anyone else’s opinion about Kaiba’s MBTI type. I’m completely alone here, so this typing may be wrong. Still, to me, he seems very kind and giving — at least, after his interactions with Neiro, and during his adventures traveling through space.
Outgoing, friendly, warm, and quietly expressive, Kaiba seems slightly more like an extravert than introvert. He’s a creative thinker and not very practical, suggesting intuitive nature. At times, he is very logical, but more often, Kaiba makes decisions based on his feelings. He’s driven by desire to do the right thing for Neiro’s people, and the desire to find Neiro again and be her lover. This all points to NF tendencies. Kaiba follows through, most of the time, and prefers to have a plan. Sudden changes easily throw him off. It’s most likely, therefore, that he’s an ENFJ.
3. Akari Akaza
Compared to most of the cast of Yuru Yuri, who are excellent examples of their character types, Akari is a bit more difficult to place. Some say that she’s an ISFJ and they might not be wrong, because Akari is very dedicated, sweet, and reliable. At the same time, she’s kind of an airhead without many practical skills, meaning that SJ combination is doubtful. NF is more likely. I think we can all agree she is a J type, preferring plans and schedules to spontaneity and improvisation. The real question, then, is whether Akari is extraverted or introverted.
The running joke is that Akari has no presence. Would that ever be a problem for an extravert? Further, ENFJs are supposed to have a strong positive effect on others, but Akari’s presence is rarely noted by the other characters. Nonetheless, I believe she is an extravert; it’s clear that she derives energy and cheer from interacting with others. ENFJs in general are some of the most unassuming extraverts, usually humble and sometimes very soft-spoken. That sounds a lot like Akari. As a young ENFJ on the border of I and E, it’s quite possible that she is having some trouble finding herself and developing her power of influence.
Emma is a case of an ENFJ who is extremely determined and driven. She shows more resolution and mental/emotional strength than the average ENFJ. Compared to soft-spoken and somewhat airheaded ENFJs like Akari and Tooru, Emma’s got her head in the game. Some mistake her for an ENFP, but compared to that type, Emma is more organized, motivated, and thorough.
5. Maria Akizuki
Some of these characters, like Haru Ichinose, are “textbook” ENFJs. But some are more diverse, and you can see where they act a bit like other types from time to time. Shion has the single-minded passion of an INFJ. Akari and Tooru are both slightly more introverted than the others on the list. They are somewhat similar to INFPs. Emma could be ENTJ if she wasn’t so sensitive and considerate to the needs and feelings of others. As for Maria, she’s right on the borderline of ESFJ and ENFJ. I wouldn’t even argue with you if you preferred to think she was an ESFJ, since she’s usually much more sensory- and reality- oriented than most ENFJs. Mari could be either type, depending on how you analyze her character.
~Final Note: One More ENFJ Character to Mention~
Hailing from Attack on Titan, Historia Reiss/ Kristina Lenz is a fantastic example of an ENFJ. By the time I thought about Historia, I had already compiled 15 others, and didn’t want to remove any of them. This note also explains the cover image. Long live Queen Historia! 😀
Thank you so much for reading my work today! It means a lot. Have a safe and happy day!
Other Posts in This Series:
The Advocates: INFJ Anime Characters
The Thinkers: INTP Anime Characters