The Thinkers: INTP Anime Characters

I hope you can handle my Wednesday Random Rants becoming totally focused on MBTI typing for the rest of the year. I want to cover all 16 types. So far, I’ve done example lists of ENFJ Anime Characters and INFJ Anime Characters. The order will be random, but I chose to do INTP today because, you guessed it, I’m an INTP. The letters stand for introverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceiving. That means this type gets their energy from being alone, thinks innovatively with focus on ideas rather than facts, makes decisions based on logic rather than values, and prefers a flexible lifestyle with room for spontaneity. Let’s go! Entries are in alphabetical order.

Aika Fuwa (Blast of Tempest)

C.C. (Code Geass)

Cher (Wolf’s Rain)

Gabriel Tenma White (Gabriel Dropout)

Ginko (Mushishi)

Gintoki Sakata (Gintama)

Killua Zoldyk (Hunter x Hunter)

Kino (Kino no Tabi)

Kobayashi (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)

Konata Izumi (Lucky Star)

Kusuo Saiki (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K)

L (Death Note)

Lain Iwakura (Serial Experiments Lain)

Mai Minakami (Nichijou)

Yuu Koito (Bloom Into You)

Rio Futaba (Seishun Buta Yarou)

Shun Aonuma (Shin Sekai Yori)

Yuki Nagato (Haruhi Suzumiya)

Aside from the facts in the intro, what exactly are INTPs like? There are descriptions at the Personality Page, the 16 Personalities site, or the Human Metrics site. INTPs usually have issues with motivation and don’t care about boring daily chores or life maintenance— so we have a reputation for being “lazy.” I prefer to say “unmotivated.” The stereotype is helped along by the fact that many INTPs are very bright, yet despite our knowledge and ability to learn quickly, we don’t direct our smarts towards what other people consider normal or productive. We get hyperfocused on theories, systems, ideas, and new knowledge, but have issues finishing or following through with the numerous projects, ideas, and resolutions we think up.

Most of the characters on this list are either quite smart or quite talented with an enviable, admirable gift. Think of Armin, Killua, Saiki, L, Futaba, and Shun, for instance. Some are perceived as unmotivated, directionless, or quickly bored— for example, Gintoki, Gabriel, Killua, Ginko, L, and maybe Kobayashi. Of course, many INTPs overcome those tendencies enough to participate in society a little or find their niche in work/vocation. Some of these characters found work that they can dedicate themselves to, whether it was computer skills (Kobayashi), odd jobs (Gintoki), exorcisms (Ginko), traveling (Kino), or detective investigations (L).

Characters like Aika, C.C., Gintoki, and Mai can be witty, teasing, playful, and troll-ish, which is another INTP trait. However, we are much quieter and less likely to have good people skills compared to the real trolls, the ENTPs. The intense introversion of the INTP can be seen in characters like Cher, Ginko, Kobayashi, Saiki, Lain, Shun, and Nagato (Yuki). Then Cher, Kino, L, Lain, Futaba, and Shun show the INTP thirst for knowledge and propensity for original, creative thinking. There’s more I could say, but that’s enough for this post. I suggest reading one of those descriptions in the links for further information.

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