Some of the most intriguing fictional characters that I’ve ever read about have been INFPs. Idealistic and filled with imagination, they are filled with a desire to see their values and insights replicated in the real world. Let’s take a look at twelve characters that INFPs strongly relate to (most are INFPs, but some are other types that INFPs notoriously love).
12 Fictional Characters You’ll Relate to if You’re an INFP
#1 – Fern Arable from Charlotte’s Web
“Alone? My best friends are in the barn cellar. It is a very sociable place. Not at all lonely.” – Fern Arable
Idealistic and nurturing, Fern captures the protective side of the INFP personality type. These types feel a strong sense of devotion to the underdogs of the world, or in this case, the “underpigs.” Fern’s imagination and intuitive eagerness is apparent throughout the book. She’s the only human who can seem to understand the animals at the farm. In fact, she surprises her mother when she says, “Charlotte is the best storyteller I’ve ever heard.” INFPs will relate to the protective, individualistic, imaginative qualities of Fern Arable, especially in childhood.
#2 – Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings
“It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: It will heal nothing.” – Frodo Baggins
Frodo Baggins exemplifies just how driven INFPs are to stay true to their values and moral code. Even in the face of overwhelming adversity, Frodo is able to keep fighting against darkness and temptation in order to do what he believes is right. His good heart is what draws Gandalf to him and it is the one thing that separates him from everyone else who could have carried the ring (and failed to destroy it). INFPs will relate to the kind-spiritedness and value-driven nature of Frodo, as well as his love of stories and his loyalty to his friends.
#3 – Eleanor “Nell” Crain from The Haunting of Hill House
“Forgiveness is warm. Like a tear on a cheek. Think of that and of me when you stand in the rain. I loved you completely. And you loved me the same. That’s all. The rest is confetti.” – Eleanor “Nell” Crain
INFPs will relate to the strong feelings and curiosity that drive Nell Crain. Unlike most of her siblings, she chases her curiosity down and faces her inner darkness instead of becoming detached, distracted, or repressed. She follows her heart, but still struggles to share her feelings openly. While her feelings are deep and nuanced within, because of her introverted feeling side, she struggles to make sense of them for others. Her insights and intuition allow her to sense truths about Hill House that her other siblings are blind to.
#4 – Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables
“There’s such a lot of different Anne’s in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.” – Anne Shirley
While I believe that Anne Shirley is an ENFP (at least from the book series), I think most INFPs will relate very strongly to her. After all, INFPs and ENFPs share the exact same mental preferences, just in a different order. Anne is driven by her imagination and enjoys creating little stories in her mind and acting them out with her friends. She’s also driven by her values and a strong sense of what she wants in life. Nobody can dissuade her from what she holds dear and nobody can put out the spark of her imagination. These are all traits that make NFPs some of the most endearing and exciting people to be around.
#5 – Belle from Beauty and the Beast
“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell…For once it might be grand to have someone understand, I want so much more than they’ve got planned.” – Belle
Curious, imaginative, and driven by a sense of wonder and adventure, Belle is the quintessential INFP. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a personality type who could give the Beast the devotion and dedication that Belle does. She’s less bothered by outside appearances and more focused on what’s in the heart, as is evidenced by her disdain for Gaston and her love of The Beast. Her love of reading is also something most INFPs will relate to.
#6 – Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia
“Even if I look out on them imagining that they’re potatoes, everything other than their heads remains human.” – Tamaki Amajiki
Shy, introspective, and thoughtful, Tamaki Amajiki gives us a deeply endearing version of a socially anxious INFP. While you might think Tamaki is cowardly because of how he faces a wall whenever he feels humiliated or nervous, his bravery makes him stand out on the battlefield where he faces formidable villains with courage and selflessness. Like many INFPs, Amajiki underestimates his own talents and abilities and often feels overwhelmed by the fast-paced, competitive nature of the world around him.
#7 – Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia
“Lucy felt very frightened, but she felt inquisitive and excited as well. She looked back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tree trunks, she could still see the open doorway of the wardrobe and even catch a glimpse of the empty room from which she had set out.” – C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Forgiving, brave, and curious, Lucy Pevensie captures many of the qualities that healthy INFPs emulate. Of all her siblings, she is the most in touch with wonder, magic, and the ability to believe in goodness and the fantastical world. INFPs will relate to her imagination, insight, and her deep devotion to others. While many other characters would have had nothing to do with Mr. Tumnus after his possible betrayal, Lucy shows only concern for his welfare and understanding for his predicament. Her empathy, as well as her ceaseless curiosity, will be relatable to most INFPs
#8 – Romeo Montague from Romeo and Juliet
“With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, For stony limits cannot hold love out.” – Romeo Montague
While Romeo’s type is debatable (some say INFP while others say ENFP), INFPs will find his character relatable and appealing. He is driven primarily by his heart and is deeply in touch with his own feelings and values in life. He doesn’t care about rules or social expectations as much as he cares about being authentic and chasing after his dreams. His intuitive side is evident in his language. He speaks primarily in metaphors and is always making comparisons between the real world and larger, big-picture concepts. He lets his imagination run wild and playfully pursues his dreams wherever they guide him. I believe that William Shakespeare was an INFP, so I think he imbued a lot of INFP characteristics onto his more beloved characters.
#9 – Coraline Jones from Coraline
“When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.” – Coraline Jones
Coraline Jones is a tricky character to type because in the movie she’s an INFP, but in the book she has more of an INTP vibe. Either way, INFPs will relate to her playfulness, curiosity, and restless desire for adventure and discovery. In typical INP fashion, Coraline cares little about the opinions of others and is more concerned with forming her own ideas about the world. Like most INFPs, she’s not easy to convince or sway because she’s got such an individualistic, independent outlook on life. INFPs will also relate to her vivid imagination and hunger for the extraordinary.
#10 – The Little Prince
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” – The Little Prince
Curious, compassionate, and filled with wonder, many INFPs list “The Little Prince” as one of their favorite and most relatable characters in fiction. Unlike the grown-ups in the story, the little prince sees past frivolities and surface-level details. He is also deeply sentimental and can’t let go of how much he misses the rose he had left behind on his home planet. The little prince, like INFPs everywhere, wants to live a life based around what really matters – not what society tells him to value. He cares deeply for others and eventually becomes a teacher of people who have lost their way.
#11 – Will Byers from Stranger Things
Mike: “If we’re both going crazy, then we’ll go crazy together, right?
Will: Yeah. Crazy together.”
Sensitive, responsible, and compassionate, Will Byers is in many ways the heart of the Stranger Things Netflix series. While he’s deeply loyal to his friends, he also hides a great deal of pain and frustration that few actually see. Like many INFPs, Will grapples with life by using his imagination or creatively drawing. It frustrates him when others can’t grasp how important these things are to him for his survival and well-being. His creativity, insight, and gentle, kind-hearted nature are all things that many INFPs will relate to. I think they will also relate to how misunderstood Will feels throughout much of the series.
#12 – Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre
“I am no bird, and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre
Many typologists disagree about Jane Eyre’s type, but they tend to boil it down to one of two options: INFP or INFJ. Either way, INFPs feel a strong affinity for Jane Eyre’s character. Intelligent, authentic, and value-driven, Eyre overcomes adversity and hardship while maintaining her integrity and inner moral compass. Like INFPs, she chases emotional and intellectual fulfillment and wants to understand the deeper meaning behind things. Her intelligence makes her stand out among society where women weren’t expected to value intellectual things. Many INFPs will relate to Eyre’s hunger for friendship and community and her simultaneous need for independence and freedom.
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