13 Remarkable INFP Anime Characters

Over the last several months, I’ve gotten dozens of requests for an article about INFP characters in anime. It seems to me that anime characters have a special place in the hearts of INFPs, and it’s not hard to see why. Anime is filled with characters who fight for what they believe in, live with conviction, and strive to make the world a better place. There’s also a lot of artistic merit in anime, with dramatic colors and designs portraying the inner world of the characters’ hearts. Today I want to explore twelve characters you’ll probably relate to if you’re an INFP. Some of these characters showcase the best qualities of INFPs, while others showcase unhealthy characteristics.

Let’s get started!

12 amazing INFP anime characters

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First off, what is an INFP personality type?

Maybe you’re here and you’re not 100% sure what INFP stands for. No worries, I’m here to help. INFP stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. These four letters make up one of the sixteen personality types in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality system.

INFPs are known for their strong sense of personal values and beliefs. They are often described as idealistic, empathetic, and creative individuals who strive to make a positive impact in the world. INFPs also have a deep need for personal authenticity and can struggle with conforming to societal norms or expectations.

Now that we have a basic understanding of what an INFP is, let’s dive into some anime characters that embody these traits!

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes

12 INFP Anime Characters

#1 – Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist

Alphonse Elric INFP

Alphonse Elric, one of the main characters in the Fullmetal Alchemist series, is a classic example of an INFP personality type. Known for his gentle and introspective demeanor, Alphonse exhibits the deep empathy and idealism that are core to the INFP archetype. He consistently demonstrates care and understanding for others, often prioritizing their needs above his own. His sensitivity and gentleness shows up as he randomly finds stray cats and hides them in his armor in order to protect them. He can’t stand to see suffering and not step in to help.

Yet, it’s not just his empathy that marks Alphonse as an INFP, but his introspective nature as well. Throughout the series, he often engages in deep reflection, seeking to understand himself and his place in the world. This contemplative side is a typical characteristic of INFPs who are often drawn to introspection and philosophical pondering.

Moreover, Alphonse’s strong internal moral compass and his innate tendency to strive for harmony align perfectly with the INFP’s desire for authenticity and their struggle against conforming to societal norms. He is guided by his own moral values and beliefs, which often leads him to challenge and question societal norms and expectations. For instance, despite being a child soldier, he frequently questions the morality of war and violence.

#2 – Gaara from Naruto

Gaara from Naruto INFP

In contrast to Alphonse’s gentle INFP character, we now want to explore a “mixed bag” INFP. Gaara has both unhealthy and healthy characteristics, due largely to his traumatic childhood. As a young child, Gaara was friendly and warm, but through a series of tragic experiences, he eventually embraced the dark side of his personality. When this happened, he became completely unmoved by others’ pleas for mercy and felt he must kill them to prove his own existence. Eventually, Gaara returned to the path of good and tried to create a world of harmony and unity among the Shinobi. While INFPs probably won’t relate Gaara’s actions when he’s at his worst, they can relate to his idealism, compassion, and curiosity at his best. They will probably see him as a sympathetic villain because of the pain and torment he experienced in his early life. You can find a much more in-depth analysis of Gaara’s character on the Practical Typing web site.

#3 – Kaneki Ken from Tokyo Ghoul

Kaneki Ken is INFP

“If you want to write a story with me in the lead role, it would certainly be a tragedy.” – Kaneki Ken

In typical INFP fashion, Ken Kaneki fights against all odds to stay true to himself. His deepest fear is losing his individuality and going against his moral code. While all personality types can relate to this to a certain extent, INFPs feel this fiercely. INFPs crave authenticity and personal freedom in every aspect of their lives. They never want to be influenced by the outside world into changing their core character. This internal struggle is what burdens Ken Kaneki throughout most of Tokyo Ghoul. Gentle, shy, and altruistic, he does whatever he can to protect those close to him; even putting himself in grave danger for their sake. His introspective, deep nature embodies the enigmatic, morally-conscious nature of the INFP.

#4 – Akane Tsunemori from Psycho-Pass

Akane Tsunemori is INFP

“It’s not the final judgment of “good” and “evil” that’s important. What matters is that you come to that decision yourself. That you agonize over it and eventually accept it.” – Akane Tsunemori

Insightful and idealistic, Akane is driven by a personal sense of justice and morality. Like many INFPs, she is shy yet prone to unexpected bouts of anger when people do things she sees as morally repugnant. Throughout her career as a detective, Akane looks inward to try to understand why she does the things she does and what her purpose is in life. Her introspective, philosophical nature is something that INFPs will strongly relate to.

#5 – Shinji Ikari from Evangelion

Shinji Ikari is INFP

“I still don’t know where to find happiness. But I’ll continue to think about whether it’s good to be here…whether it was good to have been born. But in the end, it’s just realizing the obvious over and over again. Because I am myself.” – Shinji Ikari

Shy, selfless, and melancholy, Shinji Ikari is faced with the daunting task of protecting mankind. Like many INFPs facing intense responsibility and hardship, he withdraws into himself and worries about getting too close to others. He finds comfort and solidarity in music, an outlet that most INFPs use to cope with difficult feelings. Through all of his pain, he continually searches for his purpose and looks inside himself for guidance and direction.

#6 – Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia

Tamaki Amajiki is INFP

“What should I do? The words…they won’t come out! No matter how hard I try to think of them (classmates) as potatoes…everything except their heads just keeps its human form…and besides their heads I can only see them as humans!” – Tamaki Amajiki

INFPs don’t often show up as “superheroes” in the film world. That job is usually left to the Sensing-Perceiving types. However, Tamaki Amajiki is a perfect example of an INFP superhero. He doesn’t brag about his abilities or find ways to show off for others. Instead, he modestly uses his skills, following his heart without needing to be in the spotlight. INFPs will relate to his authenticity, compassion, and quiet, idealistic nature.

#7 – Shizuku Tsukishima from Whisper of the Heart

Shizuku Tsukishima is an INFP

“There’s always a voice inside me that says, ‘Things won’t go that smoothly.'” – Shizuku Tsukishima

A daydreamer at heart, Shizuku Tsukishima is driven by her passion and imagination. Like most INFP anime characters, she loves to read and enjoys checking out stacks of fantasy books from the library. Many INFPs will relate to her wandering imagination and intense inner world. Others will find a sense of familiarity between her and themselves as they recall their own struggles in teenage life.

#8 – Mitsuha Miyamizu from Your Name

Mitsuha Miyamizu is an INFP

“There’s no way we could meet. But one thing is certain. If we see each other, we’ll know. That you were the one who was inside me. That I was the one who was inside you.” – Mitsuha Miyamizu

A wanderer at heart, many INFPs will relate to the yearning Mitsuha has for a life beyond her rural town. More driven to explore than stay as she is, Mitsuha wishes she could learn new things and discover what life is like in other parts of the world. She eventually gets her wish when she discovers that she can exchange her soul with another person. Miyamizu’s caring, supportive, dreamy nature will be instantly relatable to most INFPs.

#9 – Euphemia Li Britannia from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Euphemia li Britannia is an INFP

Suzaku Kururugi. The truth is you and I… ah that is… you see… I hereby command you to love me. And in return, I will love you forever. Suzaku, I love your stubbornness, and your kindness, and your strength. I love your sad eyes, your clumsiness, and the way you have trouble with cats. I love everything about you. So please, don’t hate yourself!– Euphemia Li Britannia

Passionate and visionary, Euphemia captures the idealistic and open-minded nature of the INFP. Unlike the majority of her family, she has compassion for the “Elevens” and realizes that everyone should be treated equally. With her intuition, she is able to think outside the box to find solutions to problems that face humanity. Her integrity and strong moral compass guide her and land her as the #1 Kindest Character in Anime.

#10 – Levy McGarden from Fairy Tail

Levy McGarden is an INFP

“Behind every beautiful thing there’s some kind of pain.” – Levy McGarden

Cheerful and kind-spirited, Levy McGarden follows her heart and values in every decision she makes. Like most INFPs, she adores books and forms friendships around a love of shared stories. One unique quality of Levy is that she can see the goodness even in the most brutal characters, going so far as to forgive Gajeel Redfox even after he tortured her earlier in the series. She looks at the inside rather than judging by outside appearances and behavior.

#11 – Yuuri Katsuki from Yuri On Ice

Yuri Katsuki is an INFP

“There’s a place you just can’t reach unless you have a dream too large to bear alone. We call everything on the ice “love.”” – Yuuri Katsuki

I just finished watching “Yuuri on Ice” and had to jump on here to add him to this list. I absolutely loved this anime and his character in particular. Shy, imaginative, and conflicted, Yuuri captures what many INFPs experience when they take on daunting challenges and competitions. Unlike many other players in the show, he’s more focused on living up to his ideals than winning. Like most INFP anime characters, he’s more focused on his inner experience than what’s going on around him sometimes, to his detriment or strength depending on the situation. In the beginning of “Yuuri on Ice” he appears to be in a Fi-Si loop, replaying past failures and getting stuck in a rut of unhealthy habits. However, as Victor (an ENFJ I believe) enters his life, he brings out an inspired, more playful side of Yuuri.

#12 – Kaidou Shun from The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Kaidou Shun is an INFP


“I don’t care about your past. What matters is who you are now and who you’ll be in the future!” – Kaidou Shun

Kaidou Shun, often referred to as “Jet-Black Wings,” is a prime example of an INFP in the anime universe. A prominent character in “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K,” Kaidou is a character guided by his robust internal value system. He is incredibly idealistic, always striving for his version of a ‘just’ world and living in a rich inner world of ideals where he sees himself as a hero battling the forces of evil. Like most INFPs, Kaidou is seen as a dreamer, often getting lost in his world of imagination and fantasy. He is introspective and sensitive, having a unique depth of feeling and conviction. Kaidou strongly relates to the INFP’s struggle with the outside world not aligning with their internal ideals, leading to moments of self-doubt and the feeling of being misunderstood. However, Kaidou’s unwavering determination to live by his values and inner sense of justice, despite these struggles, is what truly makes him a quintessential INFP.

#13 – Junpei Yoshino – Jujutsu Kaisen

Junpei Yoshino from Jujutsu Kaisen is an INFP

“If I had a button that killed everyone I hated, I probably wouldn’t push it. But if I had a button that killed everyone who hated me…I’d push it without hesitation.” – Junpei Yoshino

Junpei’s storyline evoked intense emotions within me, and I’m curious if they’ll manage to bring him back in any possible way in the future. Deeply feeling, private, and drawn to the arts and storytelling, Junpei aligns well with a tormented INFP personality type. His actions and thoughts are profoundly influenced by his values, and he’s often found contemplating ethical and moral dilemmas. However, Junpei’s troubled past, marked by relentless bullying and abuse, has shaped him into a more cynical and apathetic version of an INFP. This distortion in his personality leads him to employ flawed reasoning to justify his actions. Itadori rightfully challenges him for employing faulty logic to support his beliefs, a tendency that INFPs may fall prey to when in an unhealthy state of mind.

What Do You Think?

Do you enjoy these characters? Do you have any other character suggestions? Share your thoughts with other readers in the comments! Find out more about your personality type in our eBooks, Discovering You: Unlocking the Power of Personality Type,  The INFJ – Understanding the Mystic,  The INFP – Understanding the Dreamer, and The INTJ – Understanding the Strategist. You can also connect with me via FacebookInstagram, or Twitter!

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