Welcome, readers one and all, to another Anime Rant! You may know that I wrote a post a few months ago about The 16 MBTI Types as Anime Characters. Well, I decided to do a second post of the same kind, and maybe more in the future. Most of the characters in this particular post are from popular anime ranked in the top 100 on MyAnimeList. Now, please enjoy!
~SJ Types: Sentinals~
ISTJ: The Duty Fulfiller
The ISTJ draws energy from being alone, focuses on reality and practicality, makes logical decisions, and is more premeditated with actions than spontaneous. Some consider Genos an ESTJ, but that type has an innate need to lead others, while Genos is dedicated to following and obeying Saitama. Like most ISTJ, Genos is perfectionistic, self-disciplined, loyal, sincere, and reliable. Usually, this type is polite and respectful, but sometimes can be impatient with those who are doing something wrong or impractical. Every ISTJ I’ve met is concerned with doing the right thing, but are much more practical about it than the idealist types. It’s easy to see this in Genos, who is an upstanding hero able to save many people.
ESTJ: The Leader
For some reason, I had great difficulty thinking of who might be an ESTJ. I chose Asuka, and while I do think ESTJ is most fitting for her, she is one who is exceptionally emotionally unstable. This is due to trauma, stress, and being a teenager. Asuka is concerned with what is correct, proper, and to her liking in terms of personal values. ESTJs can be overbearing with this, as we see clearly in Asuka, who always wants her way or the highway. Most moody teenagers want to be accepted and respected, but this is especially true for ESTJs like Asuka, who frequently worry about whether things are traditional and socially acceptable.
The ESTJ is notably practical and grounded in reality, with excellent practical skills. They are rarely sentimenal or in tune with the feelings of others. Possessing amazing management ability, ESTJs are natural commanders who need to lead others rather than follow or be individualist. An emotionally stable ESTJ is a good citizen capable of making the tough calls, working hard to lead by example, and always following through with projects. But a complex and troubled character like Asuka takes it too far and becomes bossy, domineering, arrogant, quick to anger, and impatient with any imperfection in others.
ISFJ: The Defender
Like the ISTJ, this type is dedicated, practical, and reliable; but their focus is on serving and caring for others instead of fulfilling duties or always making the logical choice. Rem and those of her type may be quiet and reserved, but they love people. They helpful to everyone, and endlessly loyal to those who have earned their trust. Nobody says Rem (and the ISFJ) can’t be very scary or angry at times, but they are always sweethearts on the inside. An ISFJ has excellent practical skills and usually a sensory-oriented hobby; Rem excels at housecare, cooking, and other hands-on skills. She will do anything to protect and defend her loved ones. She is warm, sensitive, and kind person, but you should never take her lightly.
ESFJ: The Caretaker
ESFJ is very similar to ISFJ in that they have excellent practical skills and seek to take care of others. The main difference is how sociable and outgoing they are. They are popular social butterflies. Mami is dazzling and unafraid to take the spotlight, brimming with confidence, kindness, altruism, and amazing abilities. ESFJs like Mami love “nice things” such as tea, furniture, fashion, physical sensations, appearance, and aesthetics in general.
An ESFJ is very concerned with things being proper and to her liking, sometimes becoming overbearing about it. We can see a little bit of this in the way Mami treats Homura in the first few episodes. Mami is a hard worker who wants to serve people and the greater good, so it’s no wonder she’s a great magical girl. In way, though, Mami is fragile, and easily becomes dependent on others for love and support. As much as she loves other people, she has a deep need to be loved and admired at least as much. That’s classic ESFJ.
~SP Types: Adventurers~
ISTP: The Mechanic
I don’t know as much about this type IRL because any ISTP I’ve known have been so quiet and difficult to get a read on that I never realized they were ISTP. (Or not until much later.) Shiki is likewise quiet, private, and hard to get to know. One thing is generally true of this type: they have practical skills they excel at, and they function best doing something active and hands-on. Shiki is extremely skilled with athletics, self-defense, knife-fighting, and killing supernatural threats and criminals. Like most of the adventurer types, Shiki is extremely indepedent and wants to have an exciting, thrilling life. Like any type, an ISTP can be kind, somewhat sociable, and friendly, but it takes a lot of effort for them to behave this way.
ESTP: The Doer
As was the case with Asuka, Bakugou isn’t the complete best exampleof an ESTP, what with being an angry, hyper-emotional teenager who has difficulty socializing. Still, ESTP is the most fitting type for him. Bakugou loves challenges, risks, adventure, and competitions. Compared to an ESTJ like Asuka, he’s not as organized, traditional, or thorough. And in contrast to ISTP, the ESTP is open, expressive, and likes to lead and be admired by other people. A healthy, happy ESTP is quite capable of being charming and sociable. That being said, they are by nature stubborn, and fiercely defiant against anyone who tries to box them in or order them around.
ISFP: The Independent
There’s a stereotype that ISFPs are always artistic and usually weak-willed. While many of them do love art, it’s not a requirement for the type. The underlying trait is appreciation of physical beauty or aesthetic, which in Ryuko’s case comes down to her love for fighting and physical activity. As for being weak or pathetic, I have no idea where that came from, because ISFPs can be as defiant as ESTPs— no, even more so, because they make decisions based on what they feel like, instead of using logic. If there is a single defining trait for this type (and for Ryuko), it’s resistance to being boxed in. Ryuko doesn’t like to conform. She wants to push the limits of anything that interests her, often taking things to the extreme.
I could say more, but this is good enough for now. It has inspired me. I’m going to write a Ryuko Character Analysis, hopefully in the near future. I’ll include more detail there.
ESFP: The Performer
ESFP are sometimes called performers or entertainers, because they view the world as their stage to shine like a star. All around amazing and dazzling people, ESFP are popular, charming, artistic, friendly, loving, and adventurous. Unlike some S types, Medaka and ESFP in general are bold and original, rarely giving to a second thought to tradition. Unlike an ENFP, Medaka has many practical skills and cares more about reality than theory. Adventure, friendship, and positive attention are what make the world go round for Medaka. Though many of her type are avoidant of conflict and hypersensitive to criticism, Medaka is a case of an incredibly stable, balanced, and confident person who can take some hits– figuratively and literally.
~NF Types: Idealists~
INFP: The Healer
Even among the idealists, INFP is the greatest sense of and need for poetic beauty, harmony, integrity, and morality. They are good at seeing beauty in strange places and looking on the bright side. An INFP might seem a little slow or zoned out at times, and they are usually quiet. Well, this all sounds like Mob. He’s quiet, optmistic, sensitive, understanding, spacey, and a pacifist. He views the world in a rosy light, and has trouble coming to grips with the evil in certain spirits (or humans). School is a chore and socializing is difficult for Mob, but he’s dedicated to his job with Reigen, and to improving his physical fitness.
Like any INFP, Mob has some problems following through with the general maintenance of life, but if he has a job that’s personally meaningful or promotes his values, he’ll do his best. An INFPs is always in a precarious position, in a way. If their values and beliefs are broken down by life events, the sudden disillusionment is crippling. In season 2, an evil spirit traps Mob in a fake world where he is fiercely bullied. He almost becomes unhinged, and eaten alive by rage, but Reigen and Ekubou (Dimple) are able to pull him back. Mob and other INFPs don’t like conflict and are easily stressed, but they will argue and fight for their ethics and beliefs.
ENFP: The Inspirer
This girl is fun-loving, expressive, excited about new ideas and discoveries, popular with her friends, independent, and sometimes a little too impulsive. As an ENFP, Riko is most similar to ESFP, but isn’t as practical, in tune with her senses, or aesthetically showy. In general, she handles stress well and knows how to relax, putting aside the talk of theory/ideas/science, etc., to just enjoy life. This very is ENFP. But because Riko is so logical in her decisions, and so oblivious to the feelings of others at times, it’s easy to argue she’s a T instead of an F. In other words, she could be an ENTP. I think there’s equal evidence for both types.
INFJ: The Protector
From an outside view, INFJs are one of the most complex of the MBTI types, and the rarest. Because they are so unusual, they are often misunderstood— even the fictional ones. There is an erroneous idea going around that many characters who are creepy, obsessive, or mentally unstable are INFJs. It’s certainly true that some are like that, such as Yuno Gasai and Johan Liebert, but their psychopathic behaviors are unrelated to their MBTI type. Any type can be a sociopath or have Dissociative or Personality Disorders. Johan isn’t more likely to be psycho because he’s INFJ; he’s a psychopath who just happens to be an INFJ.
In many other cases, the common types given on the web don’t fit at all. The point is that people online give the INFJ type to dubious characters much more often than they do to morally grounded characters, who are better examples of typical INFJs. That’s why I chose Tenma as an INFJ who’s helpful, kind, altrusitic, serious, and impressively dedicated.
INFJ need to have a cause that satisfies them and brings meaning to their lives. Tenma’s cause was to save lives and treat everyone equally by being a doctor. When that dream began to fall apart, Tenma’s cause changed; he decided he must be the one to put an end to Johan, the serial killer. If Tenma were an INFP, it’s doubtful he could have become a gifted neurosurgeon, because he’d lack the focus, motivation, and ability to deal with pressure. If Tenma were an ISFJ, he wouldn’t be driven by his grand causes and idealistic values. Compared to an ENFJ, Tenma sets boundaries better, is less social, and is more cautious. An INFJ like Tenma is guarded about who he trusts, and has few friends. He is normally quiet, but capable of socializing when needed. When adequately prepared, INFJs like Tenma are persuasive communicators.
ENFJ: The Giver
Though they are extraverted, drawing their energy from interacting with others, ENFJs can be quiet and dislike being in the spotlight, usually having a gentle and soft, but still expressive, style of communication. Sometimes ENFJs like Tooru never notice it, but they have power. It’s not quite the same as charisma, because the ENFJ doesn’t act intensely or over-confidently — it’s more like the power of influence. Tohru’s kind, caring, and positive presence slowly makes others more feel at ease, cooperative, and optimistic. People like Tooru can make good, compassionate leaders, but they rarely volunteer for such positions, instead persuaded into the role by others who recognize their amazing positive influence.
Tooru is altruistic, insightful, and searches for meaning, similar to an INFJ. But unlike that type, ENFJs are open and unguarded with people, wearing their hearts on their sleeves and wanting to be friends with everyone. They are sometimes called “Givers” because they give all of themselves to others. Sometimes, this can lead to those others taken advantage of them. Long live ENFJ, because their kindness makes the world go round for those like me who are self-absorbed and moody. Though I’m grateful for this type, and I love the ENFJ who helps take for me, I still don’t really “get” them. Tooru’s personality frustrates me a little because I can’t understand it. Where does all that helpfulness, compassion, and forgiveness come from? I may never comprehend.
~NT Types: Innovators~
INTP: Nagisa Shioto (Assassination Classroom)
Some say Nagisa is INFP, and others say ISFP or ISTP. Nagisa strikes me as more of an introvert than extravert. He is more of a creative and abstract thinker than practical and realistic. He likes trying new things, he’s quick to learn, and comes up with great ideas on the fly. Nagisa is usually friendly and cares about his classmates as much as the next person, but isn’t usually in tune with how they feel. He doesn’t make decisions based on gut feelings as much as following a logical thought process. With his spontaneous nature and flexibility, he’s definitely a P type. INTPs like Nagisa are original in their thinking and always seeking new knowledge.
ENTP: Okabe Rintarou (Steins;Gate)
As an ENTP, Okabe is even more excited than the INTP about learning and understanding new things. This type loves to discuss and to argue– and they love to “win”. Okabe tries to apply logic to everything. Like many ENTPs, he can sometimes be arrogant, insensitive, and/or impatient. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care deeply about his friends and his principles, though. He derives energy from being around people, and gets lonely as much as anyone. With his zany energy, high intellect, and eccentric tendencies, Okabe has a strange way of drawing people to him and winning them over. (Don’t forget; the evil organization may be watching you because you read this character summary. El. Psy. Congroo.)
INTJ: The Mastermind
As you know if you’ve seen Code Geass, everything about Lelouch is larger than life. But if you tone down all the exaggeration a bit, you’ll see that he’s the textbook INTJ. Not everyone of this type is a genius, but they’re usually more knowledgeable and thoughtful than others; and they’re the best of all the types at strategizing. It’s easy to see this in Lelouch, who is the mastermind and strategist behind the Black Rebellion of the Japanese.
Lelouch can lie in wait for a long time, until just the right moment comes to spring his plan. However, he and other INTJs are impatient and/or easily frustrated when it comes to dealing with a lot of people. He gets tired and stressed, and desperately needs his alone time. Anti-heroes and villains in fiction (not just anime) often end up being INTJs. It’s true that this type is always planning or scheming something, and typically has some trouble understanding the feelings and values of others. As I pointed out with INFJ, though, no type is more or less likely than the others to be sociopathic or amoral. The motives of an INTJ can be pure and morally sound. Underneath their shells, they can be as fragile and sensitive as the next person.
ENTJ: The Commander
Unlike ESTJ Leaders, ENTJ Commanders are rarely concerned with social acceptance, propriety, or tradition. The way these types think is different, too. SJ types are undyingly practical, focused on reality over possibility, and better at solving everyday problems. In comparison, NT types are famous for throwing aside common sense to entertain all manner of possibilities and ideas, using intuition over practicality. This way, they are able to solve many puzzling problems and foresee potential issues. This much is definitely true of Erwin. To fight Titans, one must be willing to throw away common sense and use even the most unlikely, risky plans to achieve results.
With amazing leadership abilities and natural charisma, the ENTJ has a need to be charge, rather than following others, or being individualist like the INTJ. Even more so than the INTJ, Erwin and others of his type are confident, commanding, highly intelligent, and sometimes eccentric. They can easily ignore the values and feelings of others, as well as social convention, to make the tough calls a leader needs to make. For that reason, Erwin is often called a “demon,” and ENTJs in fiction are often villains. It’s the same as with the other types, though. Any can be good or evil. As Kruger says in AoT season 3 part 2, “Anyone can become a god or a demon.”
Thank you for reading this super-long post. I hope you’ll use it for reference. I intend to write more MBTI-themed articles in the future, so please come back and visit sometime to check them out. Now, have a safe and happy day! Ja, ne!
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