ENFPs are warm, outgoing, and full of life. Details and practical matters are not their strong suit. They are big picture people, full of ideas and brimming with creativity. They are fiercely independent and crave the freedom to explore the world and everything in it. I have had the privilege of being close to a couple of ENFPs in my life, and I can attest to their originality, fearlessness, and appetite for life. Here are some of my favorite ENFP characters in books and film.
1. Pavel Chekov, Star Trek
“I can do zat!” – Chekov
Can we just agree that Chekov is the best thing about Star Trek? He’s friendly, optimistic, and mind-numbingly adorable. I was so sad when Anton Yelchin died. He was the BEST. CHEKOV. EVER.
2. Joyce Byers, Stranger Things
The people of Hawkins think Joyce Beyer is a little kookookatchu, so when her son goes missing and she claims paranormal causes, they gaslight her within an inch of her life. She may not have it all together, but Joyce is the best mom a kid who’s been taken by interdimensional monsters can have. She tenaciously follows the evidence, even when it leads her down strange paths.
3. Kronk, The Emperor’s New Groove
Kronk may be a henchman for an evil wannabe queen, but he’s the most adorable henchman you’ll ever meet. Kronk is more brawn than brains, but he has a woefully under-appreciated talent for cooking, a penchant for animal languages, and he can skip rope like a boss…or a twelve-year-old girl, which is basically the same thing.
4. Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
Lizzie Bennet is my #1 favorite Austen heroine. She’s smart, strong-willed, and isn’t willing to sell herself short for the sake of domestic felicity, even though marriage is THE social expectation for women of the time. I love Lizzie’s boldness and readiness to call out Mr. Darcy for being a prick.
5. Genie, Aladin
Genie’s had a rough few thousand years. Imprisoned in a tiny lamp and enslaved every time he’s allowed to stretch his legs…er magical smoke tail, his prospects for the future look pretty grim. Still, he retains a sense of humor that’s as magical as he is. Genie is the best thing about Aladin and Robin Williams did an amazing job voicing the character.
6. Hiro Nakamura, Heroes
After Sylar, the greatest augmented serial killer of the small screen, Hiro is the best character in the Heroes universe. He has awesome abilities–he can bend time and space to his will–but the power never goes to his head. He is kind, loyal, and as truehearted as they come.Tonks, Genie, Kronk, + 7 More Rad #ENFP Characters in Books + FilmClick To Tweet
7. Nymphadora Tonks, Harry Potter
Tonks is the most underdeveloped character in the Harry Potter canon. She is such a fantastic character and I wish Rowling had made her more of a main player in the final few books. Tonks is funny, kind, and brave. She brings levity to even the direst circumstances. And she has pink hair and can change her appearance at will, which is pretty great.
8. Henry Mills, Once Upon a Time
During the early seasons of Once Upon a Time, Henry Miller was the cutest kid on television. He’s a true believer in the power of magic and he boldly seeks out his birth mother even though he has no idea whether she wants anything to do with him or not. He manages his relationships with Emma and Regina with finesse, even though they are sworn enemies. He’s an inspiring kid.
9. John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society
John Keating might just be the coolest teacher ever. He flouts convention and inspires his students to think outside the box. Who wouldn’t want to take an English class where you’re allowed to stand on desks, rip up your stuffy old textbooks, and spend time outside?
10. Kevin McCallister, Home Alone
If Henry Mills is the cutest child character on television, Kevin McCallister is the cutest child character in movies. I maintain that Home Alone is the greatest Christmas movie of all time. (Suck it, It’s a Wonderful Life.) Kevin is clever and creative…especially when it comes to outwitting bumbling burglars. He may sometimes wish that his family would disappear, but deep down, he loves them with all his heart.
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