Over the last two 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 eleven 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!
Table of contents
- 10 INFP Anime Characters
- #1 – Alphonse Eric from Fullmetal Alchemist
- #2 – Gaara from Naruto
- #3 – Kaneki Ken from Tokyo Ghoul
- #4 – Akane Tsunemori from Psycho-Pass
- #5 – Shinji Ikari from Evangelion
- #6 – Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia
- #7 – Shizuku Tsukishima from Whisper of the Heart
- #8 – Mitsuha Miyamizu from Your Name
- #9 – Euphemia Li Britannia from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
- #10 – Levy McGarden from Fairy Tail
- BONUS – #11 – Yuri Katsuki from Yuri On Ice
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Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
10 INFP Anime Characters
#1 – Alphonse Eric from Fullmetal Alchemist
“I’m sick of watching people die and I can’t just sit back and take it anymore. I won’t let anyone else get killed, not when I can protect them.” – Alphonse Eric
Caring and idealistic, Al does his best to help whoever crosses his path. His gentleness and inner sense of morality guide him in all his endeavors, and he often serves as a verbal conscience to his brother Edward. Al’s integrity and protective nature will be relatable to many INFPs. Al never likes to leave someone suffering behind. In fact, he hides small, stray cats in his armor to protect them from harm. Can you get any more INFP than that?
#2 – Gaara from Naruto
“Love only for yourself, fight only for yourself, for you win only for yourself.” – Gaara
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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.
BONUS – #11 – Yuri Katsuki from Yuri On Ice
“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.”” – Yuri Katsuki
I just finished watching “Yuri 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, Yuri 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 “Yuri 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 Yuri.
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