The Duty Fulfillers: ISTJ Anime Characters

Every Wednesday, until I’ve covered all 16 types, I’ll publish a post like this one with examples of each MBTI type as anime characters. There seems to be a disproportionately large amount of ISTJs in anime, so this is one of my longer lists in the series. The entries are listed in alphabetical order as usual. Some entries contain my notes.

ISTJs are dedicated, dutiful, productive, perfectionistic, practical, logical, organized, and focused on following rules and traditional morals. Some can be a little overbearing, since they expect others to adhere to good and sensible behavior as much as they do. But the ISTJ is her own harshest critic, expecting perfection in her own behavior most of all. ISTJs are intelligent and focused people, and though they need a lot of alone time to recharge, they generally do well with being in charge. They can also be excellent team-players, being loyal, productive, and helpful.


Akame (Akame ga Kill)

She’s duty-bound and dedicated to fighting to liberate the country, even if it means being an assassin and coming to blows with her own younger sister.


Azusa (K-on!)

Not overbearing, but always the one in her group to insist on proper behavior and productivity.


Balsa (Seirei no Moribito)

Balsa is a major bad-ass. I admire her immensely. She’s a spear-wielding warrior as strong and talented as any man. She considers it her duty to become the guardian of young prince Chagum, teaching him how to survive.


Death The Kid (Soul Eater)

Perfectionistic not only about symmetry, but also about doing what he believes is right.


Decim (Death Parade)

Following the rules even when it tears his heart apart. 😦


Doppo Kunikida (Bungou Stray Dogs)

A man who pursues his ideals perfectionistically, but is also commendably sensible.


Genos (One Punch Man)

Strong, focused, and hard-working, he is the loyal apprentice of Saitama.


Ginoza (Psycho Pass)

An example of an ISTJ who’s not well-balanced, he’s essentially an inflexible stickler and acts like he has a stick up his ass for all of Psycho-Pass season one. By the second season, thankfully, he’s loosened up a lot and become a nice guy.


Integra Hellsing

Another absolute bad-ass, and an example of an ISTJ who does well as a leader.


Mikasa (AoT)

Mikasa is the scariest woman on this list. She’s difficult to type, being right on the border of ISFJ and ISTJ. During season one, it’s fair to say she’s more of an ISFJ, with emotions driving her decisions more than logic. However, by season 3, she’s grown up a lot, and does the appropriate thing, listening to sense and logic even when it hurts.


Rei Ayanami (NGE)

Don’t insult the Commander. If you do, Rei will slap you. Whatever her reasons may be, Rei is extremely dutiful and loyal to her commander, always putting her 100% into every battle. She’s focused, driven, and talented.


Riza Hawkeye (FMA: Bro)

Loyal, brave, sensible, dutiful, and the person who helps keep Roy on the right path.


Rossiu (Gurren Lagann)

A lot of people dislike him, but Rossiu is my favorite character in Gurren Lagann. As an adult, his main fault is that he prioritizes facts and reality so much that he stops considering new possibilities. In fact, he tends to shoot those new ideas down because he views them as too idealistic or else dangerous.


Saber/ Arturia Pendragon (Fate/Zero)

Overall, Saber is my favorite character from the Fate universe. She often gets pegged as idealistic, but is actually more of a perfectionist. Fate/Zero is almost preachy about the nihilism it promotes, so it an upstanding, chivalrous warrior like Saber isn’t always presented in a favorable light. But whatever anyone else says, Saber is a King who led her people bravely and justly.


Yoshino (Blast of Tempest)

The issue is compounded by his depression, but Yoshino is logical and sensible to a fault. He can come across as emotionless sometimes.


Yui (Yuru Yuri)

Yui is like the supervisor of Kyoko, a very loud, enthusiastic girl who tends to make trouble and mess with others too much. From that, you can tell Yui is a responsible person. She’s only 14 but she lives on her own in an apartment her parents pay for. Yui is relatively laidback for an ISTJ, but she’s still the one in the group who wants everyone to behave and be sensible.


These are also ISTJ Anime Characters: Riku from Arakawa Under The Bridge, Hitomi from Madoka Magica, Ripple from MRGP, Mabu from Sarazanmai, Sayaka from Kakegurui, Juri from Revolutionary Girl Utena, Scar from FMA: Brotherhood, Casca from the 1997 Berserk, Ranga from Reincarnated as a Slime, Roberta from Black Lagoon, Misaki Mei from Another, Enma Ai from Hell Girl, Yuki Okumura from Blue Exorcists, Hijikata and Shinpachi from Gintama, Hatori Souma from Fruits Basket, Amon from Tokyo Ghoul, Kraft Lawrence from Spice and Wolf, Ram from Re:Zero, Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya, Sakamoto the cat from Nichijou, Rei Ryuugazaki from Free!, and Zouroku from Alice and Zouroku.

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2 thoughts on “The Duty Fulfillers: ISTJ Anime Characters

  1. Arturia is definitely the best character in the Fate universe. Lover her in both Zero and Stay/Night.

    I am one of those that dislikes Rossiu… scratch that, I hate him, but then I didn’t like the second half of Gurren Lagaan that much either.

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