Want to figure out which anime characters have your INTP personality type? After weeks of research (and suggestions from fellow anime nerds), I’ve compiled this list of my top ten best picks for INTP characters.
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Table of contents
- 10 Amazing INTP Anime Characters
- L Lawliet – Death Note
- Pieck Finger – Attack on Titan
- Gowther from Seven Deadly Sins
- Kenma Kozume from Haikyuu!!
- Kakashi Hatake – Naruto
- Ranpo Edogawa – Boungou Stray Dogs
- Tsuyu Asui “Froppy” – My Hero Academia
- Kisuke Urahara – Bleach
- Naofumi Iwatani – The Rising of the Shield Hero
- Tomura Shigaraki – My Hero Academia
- BONUS – #11 – Saiki K. from The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
10 Amazing INTP Anime Characters
L Lawliet – Death Note
“If you use your head, you won’t get fat even if you eat sweets.” – L Lawliet
Intensely intelligent yet often underestimated; L captures the intellectual yet outwardly disorganized nature of the INTP personality type. People tend to prematurely judge him due to his disheveled appearance and lack of tact, but his analytical abilities and strong powers of deduction are next to none. In typical INTP fashion, L has a creative, clever sense of humor and an ability to connect the dots in complex situations. He’s driven by a desire to understand and solve mysteries, and many INTPs will relate to this hunger for discovery and truth.
Pieck Finger – Attack on Titan
Pieck has an incredible ability to deduce risks, formulate strategies, and stay calm in chaotic situations. She has no problem thinking outside the box and then grounding herself in her own logic to formulate the best solutions. We also see quite a bit of her inferior feeling side – she easily relates to others and understands how they’re feeling, even if she gives priority to logical strategies.
Gowther from Seven Deadly Sins
INTPs will likely relate to the way Gowther inadvertently offends people with his purely logical calculations. His analytical, speculative nature will be relatable to any INTP, as well as his hunger for knowledge and understanding. Unfortunately, his efforts to practically apply his theoretical knowledge often wind up being blunders. But he keeps trying, regardless of the setbacks.
Kenma Kozume from Haikyuu!!
“I’ve been thinking lately…you’re entertaining Shoyo, so I’d like to play a game with you that’s not a practice game. A game where it’s immediately “game over” if you lose.” – Kenma Kozume
Composed and analytical, Kenma is the least enthusiastic about volleyball of any of the players in Haikyuu. This doesn’t mean he’s not competitive, however. As the setter for Nekoma High, he makes a habit of only expending as much energy as possible to make the most accurate plays. Most of his genius appears in his mind, where he strategically analyzes other players, finding their weaknesses and experimenting with plays that will catch them off guard. In typical INTP fashion, Kenma has no respect for rank and authority – caring little what year a player is in or how popular they are. He is undeniably intelligent and uses his intuition and analytical side to stay one step ahead of his opponents on the court.
Kakashi Hatake – Naruto
“Every day, I eat, I sleep, I worry about stupid things. My job is to make sure these kids have as many days as they can where they can be idiots like this.” – Kakashi Hatake
As one of Konoha’s most talented ninjas, Kakashi has considerable skill in combat. Yet with all his abilities, he prefers a life of independence rather than pursuing a life of leadership or control. His thinking side is evident, as he frequently makes decisions based on what’s logical regardless of how it will impact people emotionally. As Kakashi grows and matures, he integrates his feeling side and teaches the importance of teamwork. You can find out more about his INTP type analysis in Practical Typing’s type profile for him.
Ranpo Edogawa – Boungou Stray Dogs
“Too much work. Lame. Boring. Investigating and making inquiries is the work of detectives, not master detectives.” – Ranpo Edogawa
Shockingly intelligent, Ranpo Edogawa is able to solve crimes almost instantaneously because of his keen powers of deduction. Edogawa rapidly formulates theories and then find the necessary facts to support his theories. Jung himself said, “Ti formulates questions and creates theories, it opens up new prospects and insights…facts are collected as evidence for a theory, never for their own sake.” In this way Edogawa is an unmatched genius in deductive reasoning. That said, he still struggles to figure out which train to take to get around town due to his lack of interest in more mundane, day-to-day matters.
Tsuyu Asui “Froppy” – My Hero Academia
Ingenious and likable, “Froppy” keeps a steady head in situations where everyone else is panicking. Her first concern is troubleshooting the most logical answer to any calamity that presents itself. In a show full of emotionally intense individuals (we’re looking at you, Bakugo and Deku) Froppy is a refreshingly steady, level-headed type. Her innovations on the battlefield and her unflappable sense of reason make her a pillar of strength to her friends.
Kisuke Urahara – Bleach
“Sadly, your sword exhibits only fear. When you counter, it’s because you fear being killed. When you attack, you fear killing. And when you protect someone, you fear you could let them die. At this point, the only thing your sword speaks is senseless fright, and that’s not good. What you don’t need in battle is fear. Nothing will come of it. When you counter, you don’t let them cut you. When you protect someone, you don’t let them die. And when you attack, you kill.” – Kisuke Urahara
Pragmatic and cunning, Urahara knows how to gather information and use idle conversation to gain the upper-hand on his enemies. Bleach shows us a metamorphosis during Urahara’s life. In early life, he was shy, quiet, and nervous. He was never too sure of his abilities or his potential to lead. Like many IxxP personality types, Urahara is more comfortably independently taking charge of his own life than being a leader for others. Yet as he grows and experiments with his many skills, Urahara eventually became a captain and the first president of the S.R.D.I.
Naofumi Iwatani – The Rising of the Shield Hero
“Because I’m the shield hero, because I’m weak they’re trying to knock me down to make themselves look better. Disgusting.” – Naofumi Iwatani
Though his exterior might seem cold and villainous, Naofumi is one of the most caring characters in this series. He’s an excellent example of how thinking types can be compassionate; they are just likely to show it through action more than words of affirmation. Naofumi has a realistic approach to everything he encounters, although he’s somewhat oblivious to the romantic advances of others. While people quickly misjudge him for his detached perspective, he is actually quite thoughtful. He takes such good care of his “slaves” that they often wonder if he’s their slave instead of the reverse.
Tomura Shigaraki – My Hero Academia
“Heroes and villains both thrive on violence, but we’re still categorized. “You’re good.” “You’re evil.” That’s how it is!! Symbol of peace? Hah!! In the end you’re just a tool for violence, made to keep us down! And violence only breeds more violence.” – Tomura Shigaraki
Shigaraki demonstrates an INTP villain at his most unhealthy, warped level of development. Due to a violent and lonely childhood, he learns that he can only count on himself and “One for All” – the villain who rescued him. He’s strategic, insightful, and irreverent – doing whatever it takes to wipe out “All Might” and destroy the world’s Symbol of Peace. Aside from his destructive Quirk, Shigaraki possesses a sharp mind and a quick analytical ability to deduce the plans and skills of his opponents’ by observing them in action. He deals well with the unexpected, creating strategies on the fly and innovating when needed.
BONUS – #11 – Saiki K. from The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
“I hate attracting attention but I hate owing someone even more.” – Kusuo Saiki
Saiki K is probably my favorite INTP anime character, and, having just finished the series, I felt compelled to add him here (even thought that makes this “11 Amazing Anime Characters” rather than 10). Saiki K has the cool-headed logic of the INTP while also having the undercurrent of generosity that is typical of this type. Many a disastrous situation presents itself to Saiki K (what a pain!), but even at extreme hardship to himself, he winds up helping the very people that annoy him. Saiki K is detached, analytical, but also concerned about doing what’s right by others. He perfectly captures the tension between the Introverted Thinking and Extraverted Feeling sides of his personality type.
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