ISFPs are part of the Keirsey temperament known as artisans. They are sensitive, sensual people who are deeply connected to their physical surroundings. They are usually spontaneous and adventurous. At their best, they are passionate and caring individuals who bring light and color into the lives of those they love. Here are some of my favorite ISFP characters in books and film.
Buttercup | The Princess Bride
‘You can’t hurt me. Westley and I are joined by the bonds of love. And you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds, and you cannot break it, not with a thousandd swords. And when I say you are a coward it is only because you are one of the slimiest weaklings ever to walk the Earth!’
Buttercup may seem spoiled and overly-refined at first glance, but this girl has hidden depths. She’ll do just about anything for true love–roll around in the fire swamp, tell off the Dread Pirate Roberts or a ridiculously-named prince, stab herself in the heart (okay, that last one is not recommended but still, her commitment is admirable). Heck, she’ll even swim around with killer eels! She’s also half of one of the greatest fictional couples of all time.
Cinna | The Hunger Games
‘Remember, girl on fire,’ he says, ‘I’m still betting on you.’
Cinna is my second favorite character in the Hunger Games trilogy (right after Peeta). In a sea of shallow Capitol citizens who care more about their nails and roots than the lives of the children in the arena, Cinna risks his life to increase Katniss’ chance of survive–or at the very least make her death meaningful. In the end, his efforts lead to his assassination at the hands of Snow and his minions.
Éowyn | The Lord of the Rings
‘Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!’
A cold voice answered: ‘Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shriveled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye.’
A sword rang as it was drawn. ‘Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may.’
‘Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!’
Then Merry heard of all sounds in that hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. ‘But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.’
Éowyn needs no introduction. She is the most badass woman in Middle-earth. With just a sword, a boatload of courage, and a little help from Merry and his magic evil-fighting sword, she kills the Witch-King of Angmar. And that’s after she rides into battle disguised as a man. Girl power!
Dobby | Harry Potter
‘Dobby has no master!’ Squealed the elf. Dobby is a free elf, and Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends!’
Dobby is a rebel among house elves. When we first meet him, he’s defying his master by trying to save Harry Potter’s life. Throughout the series, he grows from a twitchy, self-flagellating, floppy-eared terror to a fully self-possessed hero whose ultimate sacrifice is one of the most heartbreaking in the HP canon. Dobby may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
Claire Fraser | Outlander
One dictum I had learned on the battlefields of France in a far distant war: You cannot save the world, but you might save the man in front of you, if you work fast enough.
Claire Fraser is not a woman to be trifled with. She cared for the wounded and dying on the battlefields of France during World War II and later (or earlier, if you want to be technical) at the Battle of Culloden. Somehow, despite all the carnage, she still retains a compassionate heart that perfectly complements her fiery personality.10 Amazing #ISFP Characters in Books + FilmClick To Tweet
Groot | Guardians of the Galaxy
‘I am Groot!’
Let me give you a little comic book background on Groot. Before Groot joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, he was exiled from his home planet for killing a fellow sapling who was abusing a Maintenance Mammal–a species looked down upon by the Flora colossus. Basically, Groot was a defender of the marginalized and oppressed before it was cool. Also, Baby Groot is so cute he deserves an entry all to himself.
Eleven | Stranger Things
Eleven: [crying] Mike…I’m sorry.
Mike: Sorry? What are you sorry for?
Eleven: The gate…I opened it. I’m the monster.
Mike: No…no, El, you’re not the monster. You saved me. Do you understand? You saved me.
Eleven has one of the worst childhoods imaginable. She’s been held captive, psychologically tortured, and subjected to all sorts of cruel experiments. No one could blame her is she went crazy and did some serious damage with her superpowers, but instead she befriends Mike and his gang and helps them find their lost friend. She defends them against bullies, government baddies, and a terrifying monster from a parallel universe. Even though she’s never had a friend before, she seems to instinctively understand the true meaning of friendship.
Legolas | The Lord of the Rings
‘The stars are veiled. Something stirs in the East. A sleepless malice. The eye of the enemy is moving. He is here.’
Legolas is too cool for school. He’s good at everything–foreshadowing future events, defying gravity, having really great hair. The elves of Mirkwood aren’t known for their kindness and hospitality, but Legolas breaks with tradition and befriends a dwarf, fights for humanity, and learns to look upon hobbits as equals. But seriously, that hair.
Radagast | The Hobbit
“Oh, I had a thought and now I’ve lost it! It was right there on the tip of my tongue. Oh, it’s not a thought at all. It’s just a little stick insect.’
Radagast may not be the most powerful wizard in Middle-earth, but he sure has this life thing figured out. He lives in quiet seclusion, cares for his animal friends, gets stoned a lot, and occasionally shows up just in the nick of time to save the day. So, his personal hygiene could do with some improvement. Details schmetails.
Spike | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
‘Is everyone here very stoned?’
Spike is one of the greatest characters in the Buffy canon. He’s a vicious killer who describes himself as “love’s bitch” and will do just about anything for the women he cares about–whether it’s killing slayers for Drusilla or giving up his evil ways for Buffy. He’s equal parts smooth bad boy and bumbling idiot, which creates a lot of comedic situations. Eventually, he fights for the restoration of his soul, completing his transformation from soulless demon to, er, soulful demon.
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