Like many older Millennials, I get a sense of joy and nostalgia from watching ’90s romantic comedies. Something about the sentimentality, film quality, and simplicity of these films just feels like home.
And while we all have our favorite characters, it’s fun to imagine which ones we would be if we actually lived in those movies. So what better way to do that than by looking at the Myers-Briggs® personality types of some of the most popular characters.
Disclaimer: I can’t actually sit across from any of these characters and conduct an official Myers-Briggs® type consultation. There’s no way of objectively knowing these character’s personality types, all I can do is make my best guess as a type practitioner. Hopefully you see this article for what it is, which is really just fun! If you have any different perspectives of the character’s personality types, just let me know in the comments.
Here’s the ’90s Rom-Com Character You’d Be, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type
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- Here’s the ’90s Rom-Com Character You’d Be, Based On Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type
- The ENFP – Annie Reed (Sleepless in Seattle)
- The ENTP – Jack Taylor (One Fine Day)
- The INFP – Laney Boggs (She’s All That)
- The INTP – Samantha Albertson (Now and Then)
- The INFJ – Josh Lucas (Clueless)
- The INTJ – Kat Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You)
- The ENFJ – Emma Woodhouse (Emma)
- The ENTJ – Stella Payne (How Stella Got Her Groove Back)
- The ISFP – Isabel Fuentes (Fools Rush In)
- The ISTP – Jack Callaghan (While You Were Sleeping)
- The ESFP – Vivian Ward (Pretty Woman)
- The ESTP – Julianne Potter (My Best Friend’s Wedding)
- The ISFJ – Kathleen Kelly (You’ve Got Mail)
- The ISTJ – Benny Pearl (Benny & Joon)
- The ESFJ – Cher Horowitz (Clueless)
- The ESTJ – Alex Whitman (Fools Rush In)
- What Are Your Thoughts?
Estimated reading time: 19 minutes
The ENFP – Annie Reed (Sleepless in Seattle)
“Destiny is something we’ve invented because we can’t stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.” – Annie Reed
Annie Reed is someone with a fiery passion to make a difference in the world. Like all idealists, she’s quick with ideas and trusts her insights to guide her. When she hears Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) reluctantly discuss his feelings about his late wife and moving on without her, she finds herself falling in love with him. While many other types would move on with their lives, Annie is unconventional and determined. As a journalist she makes the decision to search for Sam in an effort to meet him, interview him, and tell his story. What happens along the way is both hilarious and heartwarming.
Annie captures many of the lovable characteristics of the ENFP type. She’s full of ideas, can make random connections quickly, and follows her heart even if it leads her down unexpected and risky paths.
Other Potential ENFP Characters: Michael O’Neal (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Margaret “Maggie” Carpenter (Runaway Bride), Crown Prince Henry (Ever After), Rhonda Epinstall (Muriel’s Wedding), Guy “Shades” Patterson (That Thing You Do!)
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The ENTP – Jack Taylor (One Fine Day)
“I just want to find a fish who isn’t afraid of my dark chocolate layer… and of course she’d have to love my cookie too.” – Jack Taylor
Wise-cracking reporter Jack Taylor is anything but likable to serious architect, Melanie Parker. To Parker, Jack seems irresponsible, inappropriate, and possibly a projection of all of her ex-husband’s worst qualities. However, as the two exhausted single parents wind up spending an entire day together trying to juggle work and each other’s children, they unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other.
What Jack lacks in conventional steadiness he makes up for in quick-thinking, humor, and resourcefulness. He’s always ready with a witty comment or come-back, and while he may be irreverent and snarky at times, he’s also good-hearted and intelligent. His cavalier and spontaneous approach to life may be at odds with Melanie’s need for control, but it’s also something that she finds surprisingly refreshing.
Other Potential ENTP Characters: Joe Fox (You’ve Got Mail), George Downes (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Peter Wright “Damon Bradley” (Only You)
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The INFP – Laney Boggs (She’s All That)
“What is this, some sort of dork outreach program?” – Laney Boggs
Laney Boggs is an introverted, creative type who would rather spend her time reading books and painting than hanging out with the popular kids at school. She’s content to be in her own little world until she’s unexpectedly asked to the prom by Zack Siler, the most popular guy in school.
Like many INFPs, Laney feels like a bit of an outsider. Rather than trying to fit in, she finds places that embody her creativity and values. She enjoys wandering to local theater clubs and interacting with her neighborhood’s artistic community. While she may seem nerdy and shy to others, she has a rich inner world and a strong sense of self that doesn’t need to “fit in” to be valuable.
Other Potential INFP Characters: Cameron James (10 Things I Hate About You), Mandella (10 Things I Hate About You), Joon Pearl (Benny & Joon), Faith Corvatch (Only You), Faye Dolan (That Thing You Do!), Preston Meyers (Can’t Hardly Wait!)
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The INTP – Samantha Albertson (Now and Then)
“This whole baby thing baffles me, I mean you have it, you raise it, you inevitably screw it up, it resents you, feels guilty for resenting you and then it has a baby, which only perpetuates the vicious cycle.” – Samantha Albertson
Samantha Albertson is an unconventional and often misunderstood girl growing up in the small town of Shelby, Indiana. Unlike many girls her age, she’s less interested in boys and fashion and more interested in the paranormal and the mysterious grave of someone named “Dear Johnny” who died in 1945.
As an INTP, Samantha is a thinker first and foremost. She’s more interested in ideas and theories than she is in people and emotions. This can make her seem cold or disinterested, but it also makes her very insightful and original. In a town where conformity is the norm, Samantha stands out as a unique individual who dares to be different.
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The INFJ – Josh Lucas (Clueless)
“If I ever saw you do anything that wasn’t 90% selfish, I’d die of shock.” – Josh Lucas
Idealistic and focused, Josh Lucas wants to make the world a better place. While he’s annoyed and unimpressed with Cher’s image-oriented persona, eventually he can’t help but see beneath her superficial exterior to the kind and sensitive person within. Like many INFJs, Lucas enjoys analyzing people and has a natural sense of the bigger implications of things. He enjoys watching the news and drawing his own conclusions about the state of the world. Caring for the environment, speaking out against injustice, and helping others are all important values for him.
While he can be judgmental at times, Lucas is ultimately a good person who cares deeply about others. His idealism may clash with Cher’s more materialistic worldview, but it’s also something that she finds refreshing and inspiring.
Other Potential INFJ Character: Sam Coulson (Never Been Kissed)
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The INTJ – Kat Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You)
“Romantic? Hemingway? He was an abusive, alcoholic misogynist who squandered half of his life hanging around Picasso trying to nail his leftovers.” – Kat Stratford
Kat Stratford is an INTJ who is intelligent, independent, and not afraid to speak her mind. She’s unimpressed by the popular kids at school and has no interest in dating – that is until Patrick Verona sets his sights on wooing her. Like many INTJs, Kat can seem cold and prickly at first. She has no interest in being something she’s not and won’t feign adoration for popularity like most of her peers. But underneath her serious exterior is someone who has strong values, principles, and a deep capacity for love.
As an INTJ, Kat is analytical and logical. She’s always thinking ahead and looking for ways to improve upon the status quo. Whether it’s challenging the sexist double standards at her school or standing up to her overbearing father, Kat is always ready to fight for what she believes in.
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The ENFJ – Emma Woodhouse (Emma)
“When there is a wish to please, one ought to overlook, and one does overlook a great deal.” – Emma Woodhouse
Emma Woodhouse is an ENFJ who loves nothing more than matchmaking. Her sincere desire to see others happy often leads her to meddle in their affairs, sometimes to their benefit and sometimes to their detriment. As an ENFJ, Emma is insightful and driven to create a potential only she can envision in her mind’s eye. So other-focused, she can derail her own needs in an effort to make others’ dreams come true. It can take her a while to figure out what she truly wants for herself.
Emma is friendly, emotionally sensitive, and deliberate. Like many ENFJs she has the gift of reading people’s feelings, but sometimes takes it too far and tries to control situations better left to fate.
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The ENTJ – Stella Payne (How Stella Got Her Groove Back)
“Do you want to be rich or do you want to wallow in regret?” – Stella Payne
Stella Payne is an ENTJ who knows how to work hard, think quickly, and make intuitive calculations as a stockbroker. Successful but overworked, Stella is used to being in control of her life. So when she unexpectedly falls for a much younger man while on vacation, she finds herself out of her depth. Like many ENTJs, Stella is confident, decisive, and assertive. She speaks her mind and has no patience for nonsense. But she’s also capable of being vulnerable and open-minded, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
Other Potential ENTJ Characters: Jerry Maguire (Jerry Maguire), Melanie Parker (One Fine Day), Woo (Woo)
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The ISFP – Isabel Fuentes (Fools Rush In)
“There is a reason behind all logic to bring us the exact same time and place.” – Isabel Fuentes
Isabel Fuentes is an individualistic woman who believes in the power of fate and the importance of authenticity. When she unexpectedly finds herself pregnant from a one-night-stand with nightclub builder Alex Whitman, it seems like a disaster. But Alex is determined not to let her go and rushes to marry her. Unfortunately, their contrasting personalities lead to much frustration and tension in their marriage.
As an ISFP, Isabel is creative and spontaneous. She’s passionate about life and loves to experience new things. She’s also loyal and protective of those she cares about, even if it means making sacrifices for them. Like most ISFPs, Isabel hates anything disingenuous and will sacrifice her own momentary happiness if it means she’s being real and in alignment with her values.
Other Potential ISFP Character: Tai Frasier (Clueless)
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The ISTP – Jack Callaghan (While You Were Sleeping)
“I’d say that she gets under your skin as soon as you meet her. She drives you so nuts you don’t know whether to hug her or, or just really arm wrestle her. She would go all the way to Europe just to get a stamp in her passport. I don’t know if that amounts to insanity, or just being really, really… likable.” – Jack Callaghan
Jack Callaghan, like many ISTPs, is a skeptic at heart. When Lucy Moderatz shows up unexpectedly as Jack’s brother’s fiancee, he can’t help but notice discrepancies and test her to figure out if she’s really being honest. While his heart draws him to Lucy, he still can’t help but wonder how someone as fascinating as her could have ended up with his shallow and egotistical brother. Throughout the film, we see Jack as a down-to-earth, pragmatic person. He’s logical and has a good sense of humor which helps to win him over to Lucy. Like many ISTPs he enjoys understanding how things work and dreams of being a carpenter and building furniture for a living.
Other Potential ISTP Characters: Patrick Verona (10 Things I Hate About You), Eve Rustikoff (Blast from the Past), Phil Connors (Groundhog Day)
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The ESFP – Vivian Ward (Pretty Woman)
“Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.” – Vivian Ward
Spirited and adventurous, Vivian Ward is an ESFP who has tried to make the best out of an unlucky life. Her childhood was rife with dysfunction, and she grew up in a setting where she received neither love nor protection. As a result, she knows she has to protect herself and rely on no one. When Edward Lewis hires her to be his companion for a week, she initially does it for the money. But as she gets to know him, she starts to see him in a different light.
Vivian is an ESFP who lives in the moment. She’s impulsive and loves adventure. She’s also deeply authentic and will knowingly make people uncomfortable to point out their own pettiness and to be as real and genuine as she can be. While she seems all tough and no-nonsense on the outside, inside she’s someone with a sensitive and romantic heart who is struggling to learn to trust.
Other Potential ESFP Characters: Rod Tidwell (Jerry Maguire), Scarlett (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Lenny Haise (That Thing You Do!), Dionne Davenport (Clueless)
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The ESTP – Julianne Potter (My Best Friend’s Wedding)
“This is my one chance at happiness. I have to be ruthless!” – Julianne Potter
Julianne Potter is an ESTP who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. When her best friend Michael calls to say he’s getting married, she drops everything to fly to his side and try to win him over. She’s convinced that they belong together and that if she can just make him see it, he’ll realize that she’s the one for him.
Julianne is an ESTP who is charming and magnetic. No challenge is too great for her and her competitive spirit tends to give her an advantage in any industry. In her quest to win Michael over, she’s not above playing dirty or using her wit and charm to get what she wants. Like most ESTPs, Julianne is always on the lookout for new and exciting experiences and tends to be a free spirit. It takes her a while to figure out the deeper desires of her heart, but once she does, she’s willing to do anything to follow them.
Other Potential ESTP Characters: Nick Parker (The Parent Trap), Hallie Parker (The Parent Trap)
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The ISFJ – Kathleen Kelly (You’ve Got Mail)
” ‘What will NY152 say today?’ I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: ‘You’ve got mail’. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beat of my own heart. I have mail. From you.” – Kathleen Kelly
Kathleen Kelly is an ISFJ who loves nothing more than her work as a children’s bookseller. She takes great pride in her bookstore and the relationships she has with her customers. So when a large chain store moves in next door and starts to put her out of business, she’s naturally devastated. Things get even more complicated when the owner of the chain store starts to fall for Kathleen.
Like many ISFJs, Kathleen is loyal and compassionate. She cares deeply about her work and the people in her life. She’s also a traditionalist who likes to stick to the things she knows and trusts. In her battle against the large chain store, she’s reluctant to change and adapt, even when it becomes clear that she needs to in order to survive. But in the end, she starts finding something even more exciting and meaningful than running a bookstore.
Other Potential ISFJ Characters: Sam Baldwin (Sleepless in Seattle), Lucy Moderatz (While You Were Sleeping), Annie James (The Parent Trap), Rita (Groundhog Day)
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The ISTJ – Benny Pearl (Benny & Joon)
Joon: “Should we let him in?”
Benny: “Yeah, before someone slaps a stamp on him and sends him to Guam.”
Benny Pearl is driven by a sense of responsibility and dedication. After his parents died in a car accident, he’s been taking care of his troubled younger sister, Joon. Life is chaotic in their household and managing Joon’s emotional health is proving strenuous. But Benny is unwilling to send Joon to a home for the mentally ill. Like many ISTJs, Benny is principled and faithful. He’s also extremely down-to-earth and struggles to keep up with the abstract language that Joon uses.
Benny’s world is turned upside down when Joon falls in love with Sam, a free-spirited and quirky artist. Benny initially disapproves of Sam, but he eventually comes to see him as a caring individual who would do anything for Joon. Benny has to learn to let go and trust that Joon can take care of herself. It’s a hard lesson for him, but one that he eventually learns.
Other Potential ISTJ Characters: Edward Lewis (Pretty Woman), Fiona (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Melvin Udall (As Good As It Gets)
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The ESFJ – Cher Horowitz (Clueless)
“Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.” – Cher Horowitz
Cher Horowitz is an ESFJ who seems to have it all. She’s popular, beautiful, and comes from a wealthy family. But Cher is more than just a pretty face. She’s also a kind-hearted individual who is always looking out for others. Unlike some popular girls, Cher wants to use her social status to help others. When she meets Tai, a new student at her school, she takes her under her wing and helps her to become popular. She seems to innately know how to navigate relationships and create relationships. This is evidenced in her ability to make two of her teachers fall in love without them even knowing she had a hand in it.
Like many ESFJs, Cher is insightful about people and enjoys organizing social events. She’s also more sensitive than people realize and is quick to forgive. While she may be spoiled and superficial at times, she still manages to have a deeply compassionate soul.
Other Potential ESFJ Characters: Bianca Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You), Adam Webber (Blast From the Past)
The ESTJ – Alex Whitman (Fools Rush In)
“You are everything I never knew I always wanted.” – Alex Whitman
Alex Whitman is an architect who prides himself on having everything planned out and organized. He’s a regimented, hard-working person who strives to always be on top of his to-do list. When he meets the free-spirited Isabel Fuentes, his whole world is turned upside down.
Isabel is Alex’s complete opposite. She’s spontaneous, carefree, and doesn’t believe in planning anything out. She lives in the moment and enjoys life to the fullest. For Alex, this is a foreign concept. He’s never been able to let go and just enjoy himself. But as he gets to know Isabel better, he starts to see the beauty in living life more impulsively.
Like most ESTJs, Alex is down-to-earth and organized. He likes having a plan and direction for his life and will make the responsible decision quickly rather than leaving anything to chance.
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