Want to be inspired by an ENFP on the big screen? Fictional ENFPs can seem larger-than-life with their unique ability to inspire, explore, and test the boundaries. Simply watching a movie with an ENFP in it can make you see the world in a different way – things that were once gray are now shining and full of possibility. I hope you take some time to watch the movies or shows listed in this article! You’ll definitely gain a stronger appreciation for the ENFP type after doing so!
12 Amazing Fictional ENFPs
Anne of Green Gables
Many sites type Anne Shirley as an INFP, but I keep thinking they must have not read her entire book series. That said, both INFPs and ENFPs will strongly relate to her. Anne Shirley is absolutely driven by her imagination and her sense of what’s possible. Often impulsive, she believes in sticking up for her values and ideas even when others mock or scorn her. She imbues the world around her with meaning and beauty because she sees things that other people fail to visualize. Normal sounding locations like “The Avenue” or “Barry’s Pond” are re-named “The White Way of Delight” or “The Lake of Shining Waters” respectively. Friends aren’t just “friends,” they’re “bosom friends” or “kindred spirits.” Every ENFP I know has found the lovable, imaginative Anne to be completely relatable in nearly every way.
Jo March from “Little Women”
Rebellious and creative, Jo March captures the frustration and ambition of the ENFP type. Unwilling to comply with social norms, she chases after her dream of becoming a writer, even when society (and Aunt March) frown on her. She sees layers of meaning in the world around her and enjoys imagining colorful stories, both shocking and sweet. Jo’s sense of adventure and her need to live an authentic life will be relatable to any ENFP.
Grandpa Joe from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
If you’ve never read “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” you really should pick it up if you want to discover a good male ENFP character. I don’t believe Grandpa Joe is given the merit in the movies that he’s given in the book. Excitable and kind, he never gives up on his dreams – even the dream of his grandson winning a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Grandpa Joe approaches life with curiosity, wonder, and imagination. He inspires Charlie to believe in his dreams, even when the world around him seems desolate and hopeless.
Kind but rebellious, Pippi Longstocking was revolutionary in the way she broke with conventional ideas about how girls should behave. In one famous scene in the book, Pippi enters a shop with a sign on the front that says “Do you suffer from freckles?” As Pippi addresses the clerk, she states “No, I don’t suffer from freckles.” “But my dear child,” the assistant cries, “Your whole face is covered in them!” “I know,” Pippi responds, “But I don’t suffer from them. I like them. Good morning!”
Pippi frequently points out the absurdities of social conventions and saves children from adult laws that seem meaningless to her. She’s also extremely independent, living off a sackful of gold pieces and always pursuing a new adventure (and getting into trouble as a result). Pippi’s anti-authoritarian, free-spirited ways will be relatable to any ENFP.
Wizard Howl from “Howl’s Moving Castle”
Wizard Howl longs for a life of freedom and creativity. As a talented wizard, he can transform into a large beast with black feathers whenever he feels unsafe or just wants to get out of an uncomfortable situation. Although he has some faults, Howl is a kind-hearted and patient person who seems to have a “live and let live” approach to life. It isn’t until later in the movie that viewers will see how intelligent, endearing, and kind he can really be. Like many ENFPs, he shows his deeper feelings through actions more than effusive words.
Ellie Fredricksen from “Up”
Gregarious and determined, Ellie embodies the most lovable traits of the ENFP. She has a sense of adventure, something that undoubtedly draws her future husband, Carl, to her. Although she might have seemed a little brusque and rough as a child, she has a gentle, kind heart. She yearns to discover new things and saves whatever money she can so that she can travel to South America. However, as she becomes older, she puts a lot of her dreams aside to pay the bills and keep their house from literally falling apart. Even when life is difficult, Ellie never loses her tender heart and her sense of fun and imagination.
Clementine Kruczynski from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
Spontaneous, energetic, and creative, Clementine Kruczynski captures the restlessness and passion of the ENFP. It’s important to note that she is a relatively unhealthy version of an ENFP, so her recklessness shouldn’t be attributed to every single ENFP reading this. Even with her unpredictable, reckless behavior, Kruczynski still has the insight and fun-loving spirit that ENFPs are famous for and many an ENFP has recommended her to me for this post.
John Keating in “Dead Poets Society”
John Keating gives us an important look at why ENFP teachers and professors are so crucial in today’s world. Rather than following the rule book and implementing a traditional curriculum in his classes, Keating urges his students to “seize the day” and do extraordinary, original things. Keating awakens the imagination and individuality of his students. His charismatic, energetic demeanor and his belief in free-thinking are traits that nearly any ENFP will strongly identify with.
Nymphadora Tonks from the Harry Potter Series
Fiercely determined and non-conforming, Nymphadora Tonks has an individualistic nature that any ENFP will relate to. Deeply devoted to her cause, Nymphadora believes in the importance of justice, honor, and equality. She frequently puts her life on the line in order to help others and will stop at nothing to support Dumbledore. Nymphadora’s curiosity, strong-willed nature, and enthusiasm aptly personify the ENFP type. You can find out the personality types of the other Harry Potter characters in Heidi Priebe’s article.
Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”
Curious and adventurous, Ariel doesn’t mind bending the rules so that she can have a deeper understanding of the world beyond the sea. Her strong-willed, passionate nature guides her into some murky (literally) situations, but her longing for a world beyond the predictable is something any ENFP will understand.
Barley Lightfoot from “Onward”
Excitable and kind, Barley embodies the gregarious, warm-hearted nature of the ENFP. While his younger brother Ian is small, quiet, and shy, Barley is anything but. He embraces his quirks and individuality as well as his love of magic. While many other types would have quickly given up on magic or other fantastical pursuits, Barley is unafraid to pursue his ideas. Whenever a tough situation presents itself, he finds an innovative solution and presses on.
Patrick from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Charismatic, impulsive, and restless, Patrick experiences many of the struggles that LGBTQ teens continually face in high school. Being misunderstood and bullied is a reality he’s had to adapt to, and unfortunately he tries to cope with it in many less-than-healthy ways. But even with all his struggles, Patrick has uncanny insights about people, acceptance towards others, and a hunger for a world beyond the predictable, small-minded ways of his town.
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