Want to be inspired by some of the most iconic INFJ anime characters of all time? As an INFJ, I love the drama, artistic merit, and excitement of anime. Some of the characters listed here will give you a better look at what an INFJ hero (or maybe even a villain) would look like! They can also reveal how INFJs would handle tough situations, adversity, and conflict. Let’s get started!
10 Fictional INFJ Anime Characters
#1 – Norman from The Promised Neverland
Don’t watch this show without a box of Kleenex handy (take my word for it). Norman is an orphan who is waiting until he can be adopted into his “forever family”….or so he thinks. One day the truth of his existence is revealed and he has to find a way to escape to freedom along with his siblings. Norman captures the strategic, long-range thinking of the INFJ as well as their empathy and “others first” focus. No matter how hard things get, Norman focuses on the welfare of the people around him rather than his own comfort. He’s able to outsmart nearly any opponent because of the complex, far-reaching plans he devises in his mind. His insight and understanding of others are far beyond his years (he’s only eleven!).
#2 – Izuku Midoriya from My Hero Academia
Visionary and compassionate, Izuku Midoriya tailors his entire life around one goal: to be a hero who brings hope and peace to all. In typical INFJ fashion, Midoriya (or “Deku” as he is often called) likes plenty of time to strategize his next move. Unfortunately, on the battlefield, that extra time isn’t always an option. Throughout the series, we see Midoriya come to grips with his inferior Extraverted Sensation and learn to react quickly in the moment against terrifying foes. Midoriya’s kindness, visionary focus, and strategic way of thinking are great examples of a healthy INFJ in superhero form.
#3 – Armin Arlert from Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Invested in humanity’s future, Armin Arlert will do whatever it takes to make a positive impact on the world and protect his friends. While he may seem calculated on the battlefield, he is also deeply sensitive and empathetic. He struggles with killing, even when it’s the most logical thing to do. He often becomes visibly emotional after a fight that ends in bloodshed. He’s determined never to throw away his humanity or become numb to the pain of others – even his enemies. If you’re an INFJ who struggles with shyness or low self-esteem, you’ll be inspired by Armin Arlert’s journey in the show as he grappled with the same struggles.
#4 – Kawora Nagisa from Neon Genesis Evangelion
Kawora is a more unusual choice for this article, partially because he is more angel than human. He also isn’t featured for a very long time in the series. However, his demeanor is distinctly INFJ. He speaks in universal rather than personal terms and seems focused on understanding humanity and the various perspectives of others. He appears warm and emotionally open, making Shinji comfortable as a result. He is also fascinated by issues of human pain and loneliness and wants to understand the deeper feelings of others. His big-picture focus and curiosity about the psychology of others is a trademark INFJ characteristic.
#5 – Naomi Misora from Death Note
Naomi Misora is a former FBI agent who is famous for her strong investigative powers. Although she only has a small part in the Death Note series, her presence is still crucial. Misora has strong insights into other people – in this case, Light Yagami. Her ability to see beneath the surface allows her to rival even L in her deductive abilities. Although Misora is highly intelligent, her strong feelings can sometimes get in the way of her investigations. Like most INFJs, she feels things deeply – especially when it comes to the people she loves. Light Yagami knows this weakness and uses it to undermine her.
#6 – Sosuke Aizen from Bleach
Polite and intellectual, Sosuke Aizen gives us a great example of a villainous INFJ. While Aizen seems friendly and kind on the outside, he hides a manipulative, calculating interior. The truth is that he will do anything to achieve his ambitions and goals, even if it means toying with people’s emotions or murdering them. Aizen sees life as a chess game, and it would be hard to decipher his plans without seeing the end product and backtracking to see how each action triggered another until the goal was achieved. He has a grand vision of how the world should be and manipulates people emotionally to get in line with his schemes. Unhealthy INFJs can adopt a similar “ends justifies the means” approach to life. While they may seem friendly and warm on the outside, they can hide more calculating, manipulative strategies underneath the surface. You can find out more about this character in Practical Typing’s personality analysis.
#7 – Itachi Uchiha from Naruto Shippuden
If you’ve just started watching Naruto Shippuden you might be surprised at this typing of Itachi Uchiha. After all, in early episodes, he shows very little use of Extraverted Feeling (Fe). But as the show progresses and you learn more about Itachi’s backstory, you realize that he used Fe almost constantly when he was younger. Through various traumas, he eventually shut off that side of himself and appears to be in a Ni-Ti loop. However, his Fe still shows up in how he constantly prioritizes being useful to others and elevating the greater good over his own good. As an INFJ he frequently ponders the meaning of life, death, and various patterns and potential outcomes. He’s constantly focusing on where events will lead and latches onto symbolism as a way of expressing himself.
#8 – Yuki Sohma from Fruits Basket
Many INFJs will relate to the struggles that Sohma experiences in the social world at school. While on a surface level he appears kind and charming, he struggles with deep feelings of insecurity and loneliness. In typical INFJ fashion, he struggles to manage the sensory world around him. His room is often a disaster, and he makes practical mistakes regularly because he’s more involved with ideas and thoughts than the physical world around him. He craves friendships but often feels awkward and self-conscious instigating conversation. If you’re an INFJ who struggles with shyness, low self-esteem, or trauma in your past you may find him to be a very relatable character.
#9 – Mayuri Shiina from Steins;Gate
Childlike and innocent, Mayuri Shiina has a perceptiveness that would be easy to miss without looking closely. While many are distracted by her naïve demeanor, those who know her closely realize she’s very insightful about people. She also has a highly nuanced understanding of how people feel. She directly states that she can always tell what Okabe is thinking and feeling and why people ask for specific things. She also frequently speaks in analogies and metaphors (an example of Introverted Intuition) and is fixated on maintaining harmony and preventing conflict (an example of Extraverted Feeling).
#10 – Jinora from The Legend of Korra
Quietly reserved and insightful, Jinora displays a great amount of courage and conviction. As an airbending master, she has a natural affinity for the spiritual world and is one of the only humans capable of communicating with spirits. Her natural insight into the spiritual world and human nature as a whole exemplifies an INFJ at their best. She is an excellent example of the INFJ counselor or mentor. Calm, patient, and wise about people – she knows how to guide people into the spirit world and sense their unique energies.
What Are Your Thoughts On These INFJ Anime Characters?
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