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INFJs are an interesting bunch, not least because they are the rarest type on the Myers-Briggs spectrum. INFJs are often dreamers and romantics, social activists and unlikely movement leaders. Despite being feelers, they can appear cold and aloof. A variation of the the infamous INTJ death glare often settles over the features of INFJs as well. INFJs are a bit of a mystery–one that is definitely worth investigating. Here are a few of my favorite INFJ characters in books and film:
1. Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings
Middle-earth may have only a handful of notable females, but Galadriel is such an amazing character she practically counts as ten. One of the reasons I love Tolkien’s female characters is because each exemplifies a different type of strength and femininity. Galadriel’s gift is wisdom–an essential quality for a guardian of Middle-earth. She also has some pretty awesome (and terrifying) power, which could be used for ill if she chose it. But even when she is tempted by the power of the One Ring, she resists taking it, instead using her power to help Frodo and company on their quest to destroy it.
2. Remus Lupin, Harry Potter
I have too many “favorite” characters in the Harry Potter series to pick just one, but Lupin is pretty damn near the top of the list. Lupin has a rough go of it, what with being a werewolf and all, but he always tries to make the best of it. This spirit of levity and hope in the face of trying circumstances extends to his attitude in the classroom, as evidenced by his first lesson with the boggart, where he creates a light and supportive environment for students to face their deepest fears. He is also a true and loyal friend, which makes his death in The Deathly Hallows all the more tragic.
3. Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones
I’ll be honest, I never really got into Game of Thrones. I’ve never read the books and I’ve only seen a handful of episodes, and I only watched that handful of episodes because of Daenerys targaryen, the most BAMF in all of the seven kingdoms. In addition to being the fireproof mother of dragons, Dany is a keen strategist. Many in her path to the Iron Throne underestimate her power, and she has a number of delicious “gotcha” moments that leave her enemies shocked…and then dead.
4. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
INFJs have a habit of carrying the torch for righteous causes, and none is a better example of this than Atticus Finch, the southern lawyer who defends a black man against a spurious rape charge in Jim Crow Alabama. Atticus is a kind, compassionate person, but he can don a steely demeanor in service of his cause if he needs to. He’s also a great father and the moral pillar of his community.
5. Peter Petrelli, Heroes
Peter Petrelli is my favorite hero in the Heroes universe. The perfect foil to the villainous Skylar, Peter deeply considers the moral ramifications of his actions and values his humanity above power. Peter usually chooses to do the right thing, even when it means risking his life, and he’s a good friend to those who count on him. He’s also a stark contrast to his conniving mother and brother, both of whom seem to have a much more difficult time staying on the straight and narrow.
6. Michael Vaughn, Alias
Michael Vaughn is the more sensitive, less adventurous counterpart to his super spy girlfriend, Sydney Bristow. Their relationship is a bit of a slow burn, but the general theme throughout the show (especially the first few seasons), is that Vaughn is the one-man support system that allows Sydney to go out and beat up the bad guys. As with most tv shows, things eventually get a lot more complicated, but generally speaking Vaughn’s moral compass points closer to True North than most of the other people in his field.
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7. Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow
I watched Sleepy Hollow religiously for two years and Ichabod Crane has grown to be one of my favorite tv characters of the decade. Ceremoniously dispatched from his 18th century existence to the apocalyptic world of the 21st century, Ichabod is adorably inept when it comes to modern technology. Nevertheless, his curiosity and sense of purpose allow him to adapt remarkably well. Ichabod is a man of strong moral conviction and he’s willing to risk his life–well, his second life –for the good of mankind. Despite the gravity of his purpose, he maintains a warmth and levity that allows him to form deep bonds with the people around him.
8. Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby is the stereotypical romantic INFJ, forever pining away for his lost love, Daisy, and dreaming of the day when he can win her back. Unfortunately, his lost love happens to be a shallow woman who cares little about his feelings, so poor Jay ends up a tragic figure, broken in both heart and body. Jay’s long ranging vision is a classic example of the INFJ’s dominant Ni function, and he harnesses the power of his inferior Se to throw lavish parties in the hopes that they will draw Daisy to him and reunite them.
9. Clark Kent, Man of Steel
Everyone loves a good superhero, and there’s a reason why Superman has remained so popular for over a half a century. Clark Kent has virtually unlimited power over the people Earth, and yet he chooses to use it only for good, forswearing any megalomaniacal bid for world domination in favor of a peaceful existence. He only puts on the cape to save lives. Perhaps even more charming is the fact that he forms a relationship with Lois Lane, a perfectly normal human who works at The Daily Planet.
10. Jane Foster, Thor
Jane is a great example of the intellectual INFJ. She’s a genius scientist who just happens to be in an intergalactic relationship with a demigod. Never one to be overawed, Jane doesn’t brook any nonsense, even from Thor. She also has a great sense of humor and a whole lot of guts.
See my favorite characters of other types: