Welcome to another Anime Rant! I’m examining the MBTI types of Madoka Magica characters! This time, I’ll practice using the cognitive functions more than the letter method. Both are equally valid. I encourage conversation and welcome friendly debate, but if you’re rude about your disagreements, don’t expect the comment to be approved. Thanks. Let’s get started.
The ESFJ’s dominant function is Fe, meaning they interact with the world in keeping with their feelings. The secondary function is Si, meaning they must live in keeping with their practical, concrete inner selves. ESFJs are my least favorite type to deal with, but there’s no denying they are extremely loving and caring. Their intense need to care for others is sometimes astonishing. But the ESFJ is also a bit too concerned with social status, propriety, and reputation. They can become self-righteous or emotional when criticized or looked down upon. I think Hitomi could also be said to be ISFJ, but her boldness in confronting Sayaka about Kamijou shows a level of confidence and ability to express oneself that is more extroverted in nature.
There’s a lot of debate over Homura’s type, which is understandable since she’s often emotionally or mentally unstable. I’ve heard ISFJ, INFJ, and INTJ for Homura, and I lean towards INTJ. They are known as Strategists and Masterminds, with amazing long-range thought and planning, and incredible resolve to turn an idea into a reality by any means necessary. Ni and Te are the two forefront cognitive functions for INTJ. This means that their inner world and views revolve around intuition and possibilities, and they interact with the outer world using logical thought and decisions. Homura may actually be more of an INFJ if not for her years of terrible experiences trying to save Madoka from death and despair. That’s just my two cents.
Junko is Madoka’s mother and she strikes me most as the ENFJ type, known as Givers and Protagonists. Her dominant functions in that would be Fe (extroverted feeling) and Ni (introverted intuition). Junko is an excellent role model and I admire her immensely.
This is a case where limited information makes it hard to come up with a good guess of character type. Still, I think I would call Kamijou an ISFP. He’s quiet, hard to understand, and keenly in tune with his senses, with an immense appreciation for art/music. He’s also caring and considerate in general, though not one to be boxed in. The ISFP is known as the artist, the adventurer, or the independent. Primary function is Fi and secondary is Se.
Kyoko has always struck me as either an ESTP or an ENTP. However, like most of these characters, I believe she is more intuitive than sensing. ENTPs are known as debaters and visionaries. They can be insensitive, but are also confident, adaptable, usually skilled in many areas, and love to “win.” Debaters are also mentally quick, as well as being a bit trollish. It all sounds like Kyoko if you ask me.
I’m not spending much time on trying to type Kyubey given that his species possesses no emotions or individuality. If this creature did have a type, it would probably be something with a dominant Te function, such as an ENTJ.
INFPs are known as idealists, dreamers, or mediators. their dominant function is introverted feeling, meaning they must always be in harmony with their inner values and ideals. The secondary function is Ne, meaning they use intuition to interact with the world outside themselves. An INFP is quiet, loving, idealistic, and wants everything to be in harmony. However, they are easily distressed, and their natural optimism can fade from too much stress. Madoka is a very timid INFP for most of the series, and hesitant to commit, a struggle for many INFPs.
Like Hitomi, Mami is an ESFJ, the type known as consuls or caregivers. Mami exemplifies magnificently the altruistic nature, grace, and pose of a confident ESFJ. She’s used to hardship and can act tough compared to the average person of her type. In a way, she’s wise. But like most ESFJs, she’s also surprisingly vulnerable, longing more than anything for someone to trust, rely on, and take care of. In one time line, her happiness from being validated by Madoka led to a moment of carelessness. And then her death. ESFJs are also prone to love “nice things” and sensory experiences– in Mami’s case, tea, cakes, hair treatments, and luxurious living space.
Nagisa (Charlotte): INFP?
It’s hard to know from the limited character information in Rebellion, and I have yet to watch all of Magia Record. But my guess is that Nagisa would be an INFP. She’s gentle and just wants everyone to get along.
I actually wrote a post about how Sayaka is an ENFP and not an ESFP. If you look at the dominant cognitive functions, it’s pretty clear. ESFP’s function is Se, meaning that they interact with the world based on their senses. ENFP’s function, on the other hand, is Ne; they interact with the world based on their iNtuition. The ENFP is known as the campaigner or the champion. They are extremely lively, excitable, caring, and a bit air-headed. Sayaka became mentally unstable due to severe trauma, but in general, ENFPs aren’t any more likely to go nuts than other types. Given enough pressure, people just break, period.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on the MBTI types of characters in Madoka Magica! Thanks a bunch for reading!