The Performers: Examples of ESFP Anime Characters

For this week’s look at anime characters and MBTI type, we have the ESFP: Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving. They are lively, energetic, people-oriented, focused on reality, in touch with their senses, often artistic, and tend to go with their personal values rather than logic. They’re also spontaneous, confident, adventurous, fun-loving, goofy, and often sort of larger-than-life. An ESFP is uplifting to be around, encouraging others, and loving of their friends. ESFPs won’t change who they are for anybdody. Their keen senses give them a desire and appreciation for physical beauty and sensory experiences, and they have their own personal aesthetic.

Let’s jump right into the list of characters I’ve compiled. Most entries have a few of my notes with them. They are listed in alphabetical order.

Ayame Souma (Fruits Basket)

Black Star (Soul Eater)

He’s so fixated on his assassin aesthetic that he ruins many missions by screaming about how he’s the king of assassins. Even if he’s not too bright (especially early on), Black Star is fiercely determined to be himself and promote himself as the last living member of his clan.

Dandy (Space Dandy)

Space Dandy. He’s a dandy guy. In Space.

Grell (Black Butler)

Me and many others love Grell, but can I at least say they’re is a bit over-the-top? Grell is loud, cheerful, and enthusiastic. They take on feminine language and behavior when not disguised, so they may identify as a woman. They are a great example of ESFP who loves to be themself.

Haiji Kiyose (Run with the Wind)

Good example of an adult ESFP. Cheerful, bold, encourages and coaches others well, and loves fun. Haiji derives a kind of spiritual joy from the sensory experience of running as a sport.

Megumi Shimizu (Shiki/Corpse Demon)

All the 16 personalities have their dicks and bitches. At first Megumi is understandable: a sensitive teenage girl who dreams of a fabulous city life and who is criticized for her personal style and way of dressing. She’s stuck in a town out in the sticks and can’t do anything about it, so of course she’s easily frustrated and cranky. But after a certain event changes her on a fundamental level, Megumi becomes just plain evil, petty, and murderous.

Mina Ashido (My Hero Academia)

Misaki Kamiigusa (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)

Misaki is a great example of a fairly “normal” female ESFP character. Compared to quiet types like me, she’ll always seem somehow alien, but compared to others on this list, she’s just an extra-energetic teenager who’s great at art and being optimistic. She’s talented and she knows it.

Monkey D Luffy (One Piece)

I doubt you need an notes. Even if you haven’t seen One Piece, just look at him. He’s hyperactive, cheerful, friendly, with a thirst for adventure and the need to be in the spotlight.

Natsuki Subaru (Re: Zero)

This guy isn’t exactly popular. But I’ve grown to be less hateful of him after writing about him enough. He’s an example of a childish ESFP who hasn’t learned yet the difference between disgusting arrogance and energetic self-confidence.

Rider/Iskandar (Fate/Zero)

Despite being the same type as Subaru, this guy is widely loved and adored by most fans of the Fate/ Type Moon universe. Maybe it’s because he is better at using his talents in a productive and impressive way. I like Rider, but I don’t remotely understand him, and he’s obviously wrong about some of the things he says. Sorry, but I can’t worship this dude like everyone else. Maybe it’s because he’s an ESFP and I’m an INTP, almost complete opposites.

Sasha Blouse (Attack Titan)

Maybe she’s not too bright, but she’s brave and talented at using ODM gear.

Sayaka Watanabe (Kawai Complex Guide)

An example of an unbalanced/turbulent ESFP who is petty, two-faced, prideful, and obnoxious. Don’t be fooled by the way she looks.

Tohru (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)

Who doesn’t love Tohru? Even INTPs like me and Kobayashi fall in love with her. Yes she’s loud and over-the-top, but I could deal with that if she’d be my maid. 😂

Utena Tenjou (Revolutionary Girl Utena)

Here is an ESFP who I can’t always understand or predict, but who I deeply admire as a character. Like many of this list, she has her own style and aesthetic and won’t change for anyone. She’s confident but not prideful, and likes a little something thrilling, like a sword-fight. She’s loyal and encouraging to her friends.

Yumeko Jabami

This beautiful and crazy gambling freak was difficult to type correctly, but now I think ESFP is most fitting for her. She loves to be in the spotlight and is very sensory-oriented. Yumeko is much more clever than most of the ESFPs on this list.

These are also ESFP anime characters: Sakurako (Yuru Yuri), Medaka Kurokami (Medaka Box), Tsukiyama Shuu (Tokyo Ghoul), Top Speed (MGRP), Kou Nakano (Ajin), Zenitsu (Demon Slayer), Reo Niiboshi (Sarazanmai), Tenga (Kiznaiver), Nico (Kiznaiver), Ryouma Ichijou (Love Stage), Honey (Ouran), and Gon (HxH).

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