There’s something so inspiring about seeing your personality type exemplified in a movie or book form. Seeing other characters with your type can spark ideas in your own mind of ways you could use your type wiring more effectively. With that in mind, let’s take a look at twelve of the most memorable and stand-out INFJ fictional characters.
12 INFJ Fictional Characters
#1 – Remus Lupin from “Harry Potter”
Snape to Lupin: “Possibly no one’s warned you, Lupin, but this class contains Neville Longbottom. I would advise you not to entrust him with anything difficult. Not unless Miss Granger is hissing instructions in his ear.” […] Professor Lupin raised his eyebrows.
“I was hoping that Neville would assist me with the first stage of the operation,” he paused, “and I am sure he will perform admirably.”
Deeply intuitive about people, Lupin eschews the traditional teaching methods of his peers and opts for individualized methods. He’s capable of seeing things about other people that they don’t even realize about themselves. He quietly guides his students towards their potential without being overbearing or forceful. He seems to help students realize their worth without them even realizing he had a hand in it. He’s very aware of other people’s feelings but struggles to stand up for himself at times – willingly sacrificing his teaching position because he wants to protect his students. His insight into people and his genuine warmth and consideration with others puts him firmly into the INFJ camp.
#2 – Atticus Finch from “To Kill A Mockingbird”
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” – Atticus Finch
Atticus Finch becomes a role model for his children because of his belief in the equal value of people regardless of their outside appearance or the color of their skin. Finch has an insight into human nature and will stop at nothing to fight for his vision of a better world – even if he believes equality will probably never happen in his lifetime. Emotionally mature, driven INFJs will relate to his calm, focused determination – even when he’s ridiculed or scorned. They will also relate to how he believes every individual, young child, or grown man, is worth trying to understand. His focus on the big picture, on treating all humans with dignity and respect, and his empathy for every individual is something that all INFJs should aspire to emulate.
#3 – Elsa from “Frozen”
“Are you someone out there who’s a little bit like me? Who knows deep down I’m not where I’m meant to be? Every day’s a little harder as I feel your power grow. Don’t you know there’s part of me that longs to go into the unknown?” – Elsa
There was a long period of time where I didn’t believe Elsa could be typed. I felt that in the first Frozen film her character was too shrouded by trauma and a desire for survival for her true personality to shine. However, when the second Frozen film came out, I saw her INFJ leanings more clearly. As Elsa’s life calms down, she finds herself hungering for something more – a more profound purpose in her life beyond family game nights or village traditions. While she values her family and friends and takes her responsibilities seriously, she has a ceaseless yearning to venture into the unknown. She wants to understand how the world works and search for answers about her existence. She’s driven to put together clues and insights about the deeper meaning of things. Many INFJs will relate to her desire to please others and her simultaneous desire for conceptual understanding and freedom.
#4 – R’As al Guhl from Batman Begins
“If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal and if they can’t stop you, you become something else entirely – legend, Mr. Wayne.”
– R’As al Guhl
Now let’s hope you don’t totally relate to this character since he is, after all, a villain. R’As al Guhl is driven by a singular vision of a better world. Unfortunately, he believes that the ends justify the means and will do whatever it takes to make that vision a reality – even if it means murdering innocent people in the process. As a mentor figure, R’As al Guhl is exceptional. He knows how to motivate and instill trust in people – but his ulterior motives and long-term strategies are more internalized (thanks to the introverted nature of his intuition). His focus, long-term vision, and insight into human nature make him the quintessential INFJ villain.
#5 – Pi Patel From “The Life of Pi”
“With the very first rays of light it came alive to me: hope. As things emerged in outline and filled with colour, hope increased until it was like a song in my heart. Oh, what it was to bask in it! Things would work out yet. The worst was over. I had survived the night.” – Pi Patel
Pi Patel is driven to understand the deeper meaning of the world around him. From religion to zoology, his mind is full of questions and a desire to unify all his ideals. In typical INFJ fashion, he sees other perspectives easily. This is why he’s able to fall in love with a variety of religions – he is drawn to the wonder, power, beauty, and diverse perspectives of each religion he encounters. He easily identifies with other people and this sense of wonder, along with his knowledge of zoology, keep him alive during his 227 days in the Pacific Ocean.
#6 – Sam Winchester from “Supernatural”
“It doesn’t matter what you are. It only matters what you do. It’s your choice.” – Sam Winchester
Idealistic and intelligent, Sam Winchester is a reluctant hunter of supernatural darkness. His ability to make rapid connections and insights is valued by his brother, Dean. However, he struggles with his conscience and a deep sense of guilt over killing – even if he’s killing demons. He often shows clairvoyant tendencies, anticipating future events before they happen. Because INFJs have Introverted Intuition as their dominant function, they also have a knack for predicting future outcomes and possibilities. Sam is usually gentle, kind, and protective. He’s a great example of an INFJ grappling with the dark and light sides of his personality.
#7 – Norman from “The Promised Neverland”
“You already know by now, right? I set a trap for three people. To Don, I said the rope was under my bed. To Gilda, I said the second floor bathroom’s ceiling. That’s what I told you, Ray. But actually, I told Don it was in the dining hall, and told Gilda it was in the library. Then the rope that was under my bed disappeared. Then what about the other two locations? Should we go check them now?” – Norman
Kind-hearted and wise, Norman has complex, far-reaching strategies that regularly confuse his friends and fellow orphans. Nobody can beat him in a game of tag, not because he’s especially fast, but because he knows people’s patterns and can compose elegant strategies to avoid his opponents. His decisions are all rooted in what’s best for the group and how other people will be affected. He’s willing to put his own life on the line to save his friends. He’s continually altering his outward demeanor so that nobody will see the pain and anguish he is dealing with inside.
Here’s a tip: Be sure not to watch this show without a big box of Kleenex handy. If you don’t cry, you just don’t have a heart.
#8 – Lady Galadriel from “The Lord of the Rings”
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” – Galadriel
Galadriel has keen intuitive abilities that set her apart from the rest of the elves. She can see into people’s hearts and guess their motives, feelings, and unique potential. She uses this gift to comfort, guide, and gently mentor people towards their long-term purpose. She is a firm defender of the forces of Good and Light and believes that love has no boundaries or limits. She believes in Frodo when other people struggle to do so, and has a great deal of heart and sympathy for the weakest creatures in Middle-Earth.
#9 – Plutarch Heavensbee from “The Hunger Games”
“Now, Katniss, you have been our mission from the beginning. The plan was always to get you out. Half the tributes were in on it. This is the revolution, and you are the mockingjay.” – Plutarch Heavenbsee
Plutarch Heavensbee has the charm and long-term vision that INFJs in high power often emulate. He used his knowledge of other people’s emotions to manipulate President Snow and ingratiate himself into the Capitol authorities. But in the end, he betrayed them all and fought for freedom alongside Katniss Everdeen. His long-term plans and strategies are complex, intricate, and brilliant. But he’s also deeply in tune with people and can sense what will or won’t motivate them. He often has just the right words to say in a given situation to get people on his side.
#10 – Cole Sear from “The Sixth Sense”
“Tell me the story about why you’re sad.” – Cole
“You think I’m sad? What makes you think that?” – Malcolm
“Your eyes told me.” – Cole
Cole seems to just know things about people, even without his supernatural ability. He senses people’s feelings and notices how they respond to the various experiences of life. He’s often labeled a “freak” because of his clairvoyant abilities. While INFJs can’t go around seeing dead people, like Cole, they also sense people’s feelings and often absorb those feelings into themselves. Especially in childhood they often feel like they don’t quite belong – like nobody really understands them or trusts their hunches. Cole is also deeply empathetic and concerned with how other people feel, making him the perfect mediator between the dead and the living.
#11 – Louise Banks in “Arrival”
“Despite knowing the journey and where it leads, I embrace it, and I welcome every moment of it.” – Dr. Louise Banks
Louise Banks is very concerned with context and understanding the whole picture of something rather than how a situation appears on the surface. As an INFJ she knows how important it is to look at things from multiple perspectives and angles. Slow to jump to conclusions, she tries to examine things deeply before moving forward and potentially causing harm. She has a gentle, understanding personality and can even extend her empathy to the aliens she’s trying so desperately to communicate with. She frequently has visions of the future, and gut feelings about the real implications of things. INFJs, if you decide to watch this movie (which you should), be sure to be prepared emotionally – this is a beautiful movie but also emotionally impactful.
#12 – Lorraine Warren from “The Conjuring”
“Look, I know how it is. I know what it’s like to lose your friends because you’re different. But I also know that one person can change everything. And you just have to open up to them.” – Lorraine Warren
Now, we’re kind of cheating with this entry. Lorraine Warren is anything but fictional. She was a real individual who professed to be clairvoyant and worked as a demonologist alongside the Roman Catholic church. In the “Conjuring” films, Lorraine’s top priority is to help people and tap into their needs and emotional and spiritual difficulties. She seems to know just the words to say to get people to share their struggles with her. She never looks at the world around her in a surface-level way. She’s always probing deeper, trying to understand what’s going on beneath the obvious. She follows her hunches and instincts, even if there isn’t any tangible proof of a demonic possession or supernatural power somewhere. While she does try to use science and objective data, she knows that the supernatural world doesn’t always follow scientific pathways. She has a gift for intuitively understanding people and connecting the dots to see where problems lie and how to end haunting.
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