ENFJs are passionate people with a deep concern for others. They are idealistic, inspiring leaders who usually bring out the best in their fellow humans. They are enthusiastic, outgoing, and driven by a desire to make the world a better place. Here are my top 10 favorite ENFJ characters in books and film:
1. Boromir, The Lord of the Rings
While I’m not nearly as keen on Boromir as I am on his INFP brother, Faramir, the eldest son of the Steward of Gondor is a pretty great character. He struggles with his ego and desire to wield the Ring of Power throughout much of The Fellowship, but when he finally realizes the error of his ways, he gives his life to save his friends and the quest to destroy the ring. He’s also charming and incredibly good-looking, which seems to be a theme with the characters on this list.
2. Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games
I know this typing is a bit controversial. Many identify Peeta as an ENFP, but I think this is a case where a character shows strong traits of two types, and ENFJ resonates more with my understanding of him. Peeta is, by far, my favorite character in YA fiction. He’s the perfect complement to Katniss’s hardened warrior persona. He cares deeply for others and he refuses to let the brutality of the games change who he is. Also, he bakes and has impressive biceps. Just sayin’.
3. Emma Woodhouse, Emma
Emma is one of the greatest heroines in English literature and one of my top five fictional BFFs. She is bright and effervescent, but her tendency to meddle can land her in hot water. She doesn’t always stop to listen to people, but ultimately she’s a person of deep moral character. She’s privileged and can be ignorant, but she has no problem admitting her faults and asking for forgiveness when she realizes she’s in the wrong.
4. Regina Mills, Once Upon a Time
Regina Mills aka The Evil Queen is both the worst and best thing that ever happened to Storybrooke. When she emotes, she really emotes, as in, she takes her heartbreak and turns it into the worst curse to ever hit the Enchanted Forest. Luckily, she’s not without a conscience. She fluctuates wildly between villain and superhero every other week, but her love for her adopted son, Henry, never wavers. She also has fabulous hair and an amazing sense of style.
5. Muriel Stacy, Anne of Green Gables
Miss Stacy is the teacher every girl wishes she had. She’s warm, encouraging, and inspires her students to aspire to a high standard of conduct and performance. In an era that frowns on female accomplishment that doesn’t fit the traditional mold of wife and mother, she’s the perfect mentor for out-of-the-box Anne. She’s kind, compassionate, but she will brook none of your nonsense.
6. Esmeralda, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of my favorite Disney movies, in no small part because of its plucky anti-establishment heroine. Esme is a societal outsider, but her deep idealism drives her to stand up for the little guy and her magnetic personality and quick wit give her the personal power to effect change.#MBTI in Fiction: Loki, Boromir, Peeta, + 7 More of the Greatest #ENFJ CharactersClick To Tweet
7. Isobel Crawley, Downton Abbey
Isobel Crawley does not go in for upper class shenanigans. She is an unstoppable force with a passion for helping the disenfranchised–a passion that cannot be dulled by the anesthetizing comforts of life at Downton. Isobel may be well off, but she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty in the local hospital and she rebels against complacency. She needs an occupation, something novel for a woman of that era and class. She’s a woman ahead of her time.
8. Judith Hopps, Zootopia
Officer Judith Hopps would like to be treated with the same respect as all the other cops on the Zootopia force. Unfortunately, she’s an adorable bunny with the cutest damn button nose you’ve ever seen. (Sorry, I don’t mean to be speciest, but it really is cute.) Anyway, when her skills are doubted and she’s relegated to traffic duty, she makes the most of her situation and proves that a bunny is just as competent as any tomcat, dingo, or heron. In the process, she saves Zootopia and earns the respect of her peers.
9. Loki, The Avengers
There’s some debate over whether Loki is an INFJ or an ENFJ. I’m going with Charity’s typing. Loki, of course, needs no introduction. He’s a demigod with a flare for world domination. He’s deviously charming and he somehow manages to pull off the odd fashion combo of cape and artificial horns, which is quite something. Every story needs a good villain and Loki is one of the best.
10. Elle Woods, Legally Blonde
Elle Woods is not your stereotypical big screen kickass woman. She wears excessive amounts of pink, totes around an itty bitty handbag dog, and is just a little too cheerful. When Elle takes on the old boy’s club, they predictably underestimate her, but she proves to be smarter, tougher, and more tenacious than the best of them. Elle cares about issues that matter, and she fights for change without changing herself.
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