Monday, 18 November 2013

My Favourite Fictional INFJs

After I took a few Myers-Brigg personality tests and tested as an INFJ I did some research online to see if any fictional characters that I liked were INFJ. Certain characters came up time and time again and there were quite a few that I loved! My reaction was "Well it all makes sense now! No wonder I loved them so much!" : D I've made a list of these characters below.

Amelie Poulain - Amelie

Aragorn - The Lord of the Rings

Batman/Bruce Wayne - The Dark Knight Trilogy
Only Christian Bale's portrayal of the character is an INFJ. Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer's Batmen are INTJs. Adam West and George Clooney's Batmen are ESTJs.

Daenerys Targayren - A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones

Elphaba - Wicked 
This only applies to Musical Elphaba. The Elphaba of Gregory Maguire's book is more of an INTJ.

Ichabod Crane - Sleepy Hollow
This only applies to Tom Mison's Ichabod Crane from the current TV show. Johnny Depp's Ichabod Crane from the Tim Burton film is an INTP.

Jay Gatsby - The Great Gatsby

Jean Valjean - Les Miserables

Jon Snow - A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones

Loki - The Thor movies and The Avengers

Margaery Tyrell - A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones
Ooh, there are quite a few INFJs in this book series/TV show!

Will Graham - Hannibal

14 comments:

Hamlette said...

What a brilliant post! I'm off to do a bit of digging and find a bunch of ISFJs and post about them myself. Thanks for the idea!

Also, wow, you get some really yummy characters. Valjean!

Hannah said...

From BookWormans

"Lot's of great characters! Interesting that you posted a picture of Tom Mison in "Sleepy Hollow"... that show is filmed here in my hometown! I drove past the crew when they were filming in an old cemetery a couple of weeks ago."

Sorry Bookwormans, I accidentally hit delete on your comment so I can't publish it :( But I've copied and pasted it. I'd definitely recommend watching Sleepy Hollow. It's a hugely entertaining show! And it's so awesome that it's filmed in your hometown! Hey, how about you go and visit the set and propose to Tom Mison on my behalf? I'd be pretty grateful ;)

Sarah said...

This is awesome! I'm an INFJ too, and as I went through the list I got continuously more and more excited. Aragorn? Cool! Batman? Awesome! Elphaba? OH MY GOSH. And by the time I saw Loki things were pretty much incoherent... :D

Hannah said...

Hamlette - Thanks! I hope you find some good ones :D

Sarah - Yay! I always love talking to other INFJs :) I've been quite surprised by the amount of INFJs that I've found online. I suspect that either we aren't as rare as everyone seems to think or that we INFJs simply like to seek solace in the internet. And I KNOW! Isn't it just wonderful that they're all INFJs :D I adore all of those characters. Elizabeth Bennet comes up as INFJ a lot of the time as well but I deliberately left her out. Not because I don't love her but because I'm not really sure if she is an INFJ. She seems like an extrovert to me.

extremely flammable said...

We just got the boxset of Game of Thrones and are making our way through it. Didn't expect to like it but I'm actually slightly obsessed now! Perhaps all the fellow INFJs? Also I LOVE the casting of Sean Bean as Ned Stark-Lord of the North. Surely the part he was born to play! It makes me insanely happy when he makes statements like "I belong in the north!" or "You southerners don't know the meaning of cold!" in his Sheffield accent.:-)You can tell he really enjoys making statements like that.

Hamlette said...

Tada! My version is here. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Hannah said...

Michaela - Yay! I wasn't sure if I was going to like Game of Thrones either. I only started watching it because my brother bought S1 and I was curious. But it's fantastic! So many awesome characters! Who do you like? Their special effects are out of this world too, especially their dragons which put Merlin's to shame :D And it deserves even more bonus points for its INFJ-ness. I totally get what you mean about Sean Bean as well. It's great that Mark Addy gets to use his Yorkshire accent as well. He and Sean Bean must have had so much fun on set.

Hamlette - Thanks for the link! :D

Mizzie-Me said...

This is so cool! Where did you find all these character matches? I've done the test in three different sites and I always come up INFP so I guess that's what I am :) And it would be awesome to find some fictional characters of that type, but I can't seem to find any trustworthy sources!

Hannah said...

Thank you :) Yes, it can be difficult to find trustworthy sources sometimes because with some characters there's a lot of room for interpretation over their MBTI type. I only used characters if they came up on multiple sites or if someone put up a very convincing argument for that character.

When it comes to sites I just googled "INFJ characters" and used a couple of Tumblr accounts. One looks like it's been deleted now - which is a huge shame because it was really good. This one is still active though: http://mbti-in-fiction.tumblr.com/. I think Jane Eyre and Belle from Beauty and the Beast are supposed to be INFPs. I hope you find some other good ones! :D

Charity said...

Mine was the deleted tumblr site. I decided to scrap it and start over, since in learning about cognitive functions, I realized I mistyped a LOT of characters.

Now, I think Loki pretends to be an INFJ but is really an ENTJ. Ichabod showed a lot of Ni tendencies at first, but has been Si recently -- so he's shifted into an ISFJ (sadly). Margaery... undecided. She's either INFJ or ENFJ. :) I WANT her to be an INTJ, tho, coz she's awesome. :D

For your INFP friend -- Marianne Dashwood and Jane Eyre are both INFPs. So is Lucy from Narnia.

Hannah said...

Charity! Thanks for stopping by. It's great to see you're still in the blogging sphere :D

Sorry I'm going to have to disagree with you about Loki. You're not taking him away from me! :D Seriously though I've seen him typed as an INFJ by other mbti bloggers and his character SCREAMS INFJ to me! But I can see your points about Ichabod and Margaery now that I've seen more of their shows. And thanks for mentioning those INFPs. :)

Charity said...

I'm still around, yes. :)

Much as I want to claim Loki, an ENTP made this argument to me: can you see yourself, as an INFJ, callously killing people to accomplish your ultimate goal of ruling the universe? Erm... considering I can't smash a wasp without feeling bad about it, no. :D

I wavered on him for a long time, because he screams Fe to me -- until I considered that he might be manipulating others to see what THEY want to see in him, rather than him as he truly is. Loki is... a terrific character, either way. Best thing about the Thor movies, really. ENTJ, INFJ -- he can come live at my house. I want him. :D

Offhand, I can't think of other INFPs other than Belle, which you already mentioned. But there seems to be a LOT more INFP's than INFJs in fiction! =P

Elizabeth Bennet. I. Don't. See. INFJ. I really don't. An INFJ would see through the things she takes at face value. I'm not sure what she is, but I don't see INFJ or ISFJ. Maybe... ENFP?

Hannah said...

Well, the answer to your friend's question would be a "No" on my part but Feelers are still capable of bad things and I'm sure Thinkers would say "No" to that question too. I believe some things must transcend MBTI typings. I don't know if I've worded that very well :S

Hmm... you've raised some interesting points but I would still argue that Loki is a Feeler. Firstly because he's highly sensitive, in terms of his own feelings and picking up on the feelings of others. That's what makes him such a great manipulator. But also because he has deep self loathing and he's clearly felt slighted for all of his life. He's obviously desperate for love and affection and he has deep self-esteem issues. Someone with feelings such as these wouldn't build up some kind of fabrication. Loki wouldn't want others to love him for what they think he is, he would want them to love him for WHO he is. Loki is a troubled INFJ but he's an INFJ nonetheless imo :) I still agree with your original typing. But even if he isn't I still love him anyway. He is the very best thing about the Thor movies :D I'm absolutely with you there! Loki isn't the sole reason why the Thor movies are my favourite Marvel movies but he's certainly a big, big, big factor. He's my favourite Marvelverse character :) I've really enjoyed this discussion! It's been great fun!

I don't see Elizabeth Bennet as an INFJ either, as much as I love her and would like to be one. I think she's probably an ENFJ or an ENFP. Yes there are moments where she enjoys spending time by herself but my mom's an Extrovert and she still loves some alone time occasionally. And I feel that if Elizabeth was really and truly an Introvert she would be more understanding of Darcy's introversion.

Charity said...

Introverted Feelers (Fi) are much more capable of immense evil than Extroverted Feelers (Fi). Fi lives according to their own judgments; Fe adapts to the world around them. Fi takes things much more personally; Fe has a genuine disconnect from their own emotions. A Fi-user will do something because it's important to THEM; a Fe-user will do it because it's important to someone else.

The purest INFJ villain is Ra's al Ghul from Batman. His entire motivation is to wipe out the evil in Gotham so that other, "good" people can survive -- bad Fe. THAT is an INFJ villain.

Loki, on the other hand, is all about self-promotion. He's very sensitive, yes, which means he's probably Fi. He doesn't care about other people's emotions as much as his own. Fe-villains justify their evil through "it's good for humanity," whereas Fi-villains justify it through personal beliefs. What you mentioned, about Loki wanting to be loved for who he is -- that's Fi all over the place. An ENTJ still uses Fi -- it's just that Extroverted Thinking (the ability to come up with and execute flawless domination plots) is their first function.

Everything changes when you learn about cognitive functions. It's not just about letters anymore, it's about the four functions (Te/Ti, Se/Si, Ne/Ni, Fe/Fi) that produce the four-letter results.

Elizabeth is hard, because I don't see much Intuition in her at all. I do think she's an extrovert, and she seems to hold past incidents against people, so I think ENFP is a fairly good guess (the only EN combo that uses Si -- focus on past events in the present).

Sorry. That all might be confusing. :P

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