Welcome to the next instalment in our series Character Characteristics! If you’re not sure what this series is all about, you can check out an introduction to it here. In a nutshell, we have been rather obsessed with personality types (both our own and other people’s) here at My Fangirl Life recently. Specifically, we have been obsessed with learning everything we can about Myers-Briggs personality classifications. This series is our attempt to interpret this and look at how our personalities fit in as far as fictional worlds are concerned.
If you aren’t familiar with the Myers-Briggs method of classification, check out “Character Characteristics: Exploring Personality Types” for a brief overview.
My four-letter code is ENFP (Extroverted – iNtuitive – Feeling – Perceiving). This personality type is often known as “The Champion” or “The Advocate”.
ENFPs are people-focused and creative, and usually have a contagious enthusiasm for new ideas and activities. They approach their work with a vision and revel in finding creative solutions to problems, but this means that routine work really gets them down. ENFPs focus primarily on the possibilities life has to offer, and can often get wrapped up in what could be rather than what is. Fiercely individualistic, they strive to be themselves, and have a strong set of internal values that everything in their life needs to align with. Curious, observant, open-minded, energetic and enthusiastic, great communicators. Weaknesses: tend to overthink, weak on follow through of ideas, independent to a fault, don’t do well with being micromanaged.
Now that you’ve got an overview of this personality type, let’s explore my fictional counterparts as Kris did in her post “My Life as a Villain”.
Unlike Kris, I actually have a large selection of Disney Princesses that can arguably fit within my personality type. The verdict is kind of out on exactly where each fits, but I can see an argument for each of these. I am the most convinced overall that Anna belongs in my personality type – and this actually doesn’t make me happy because she is a bit of a crazy person. So is Rapunzel, now that I think of it. Oh wait, so is Ariel…
But back to Anna – she is bright, optimistic, energetic, idealistic, compassionate, impulsive, and hates being alone. All of this points right to ENFP for me, and sadly, I identify with her quite a bit.
Other Disney characters that are not princesses but can be arguably classified as ENFP include Aladdin, Simba, Andy (from Toy Story), and though he is not a character – Walt Disney himself.
In the Harry Potter universe, it seems to be generally accepted that Ron is an ENFP. I’m not sure how fully I agree with this, as I think he is a bit more of an S than an N. That being said, I totally think that Tonks is an ENFP. I won’t go into too much detail, but I think the description in the photo below says it all.
Pretty Little Liars
It’s pretty generally agreed that Aria is an ENFP – no wonder I identify with her so well! She’s creative, loves to be around people, and makes decisions based on how she feels rather than logic (you know… the whole Ezra thing).
My Little Pony
Everypony knows that Pinkie Pie is the most joyful pony around! And she is, in fact, an ENFP. I was aghast when I discovered that I shared a personality type with this character, but I have just come to love her. I think the description in the photo below says it all!
Other fun fandom characters include:
Hunger Games: Peeta… of course! This explains why I was always Team Peeta.
Middle Earth: Arwen
Sherlock Holmes: Irene Adler
Percy Jackson: Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Once Upon A Time: Henry… makes sense right, “The Inspirer” or “The Champion”. He’s the one that really believes in everything despite everyone telling him that he is wrong.
So in a nutshell..
Basically, almost everything has an ENFP character because they are just SO MUCH FUN (imagine I said that in Pinkie Pie’s voice – that’s what I was trying to do). ENFPs are usually the heroes, or at least on the side of “good” in any story. They are bright and enthusiastic and often push the envelope with new ideas and experiences.
Do you have a favourite ENFP? Let us know in the comments!