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It’s kind of hard not to love INFPs. They’re like adorable, fluffy kittens–so cute you can’t stand it, but ready to whip out their claws if you violate their principles or hurt someone they love. Their romantic hearts, wonderful imaginations, and adventurous spirits are on full display in numerous books, films, and tv shows. In no particular order, here are my top ten favorite INFP characters.
1. Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables
From the first moment of Anne’s arrival at the Bright River Station, you know she’s something special. An orphan who’s experienced more than a few hard knocks in life, Anne nevertheless wears her heart on her sleeve and refuses to apologize for her high hopes and grandiose dreams. Her indomitable spirit and commendable work ethic (when she’s not daydreaming) win her academic accolades, the respect of one of literature’s greatest leading men, and the love of her adoptive parents. What Anne dreams, she creates.
2. Lucy Pevensie, The Chronicles of Narnia
Lucy Pevensie believes in the impossible, and nothing her STJ siblings (Peter and Susan) say will persuade her otherwise. Ever-ready to embrace the fantastical, Lucy has an immediate spiritual connection to Narnia, a world of magic and mythos brought to life before her eyes. Kind and intuitive, Lucy has a decidedly more mystical bearing than her brothers and sister. Her gentleness notwithstanding, she ends up playing a critical role in the war against the White Witch and is by far the most compelling heroine in Narnia series.
3. Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books of all time and its title character one of my top ten favorite literary heroines. Opposites attract, and Jane falls in love with bad boy Edward Rochester (one of the ten literary heroes I would never ever date). Upon learning that she has no legal right to be his wife (on account of the crazy woman in the attic), she resists the temptation to become his mistress and leaves him in the dust, hell bent on maintaining her dignity and staying true to her values. You have to give Jane props for sticking to her guns.
4. Colonel Brandon, Sense and Sensibility
Colonel Brandon is my #1 favorite Austen hero. Hardened war hero on the outside, melty cinnamon roll on the inside, Brandon makes bad boys like John Willoughby look positively dull by comparison. He has a sufficiently mysterious and melancholy past to interest fellow romantic Marianne Dashwood (ENFP), and unlike his cavalier rival, he is faithful to a fault.
5. Pacha, The Emperor’s New Groove
Little does Pacha know that traveling to the emperor’s palace to plea for his hometown is going to land him in a pot of boiling water with the Llama-ized emperor himself. Despite Kuzco’s refusal to ditch his plans for redeveloping Pacha’s hilltop community, the big man saves the bratty llama’s life multiple times on their crazy adventure through the Peruvian jungle. His kindness eventually pays off, but Pacha is the kind of guy who does the right thing even when the outcome might be grim.
6. Faramir, The Lord of the Rings
Faramir is one of three INFP characters in The Lord of the Rings (Frodo and Sméagol are the other two) and definitely my favorite of the bunch. Cast under the shadow of his brother’s success, Faramir has a lot of anger festering in that tender INFP heart, so it’s understandable when he’s tempted by the Ring of Power when Frodo and company stumble across his path. Despite the emotional and magical pull of the Ring, Faramir resists and ultimately decides to aid Frodo on his quest. Gotta love that dominant Fi!
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7. Matthew Crawley, Downton Abbey
No one can tame a wild ENTJ heart like Lady Mary Crawley’s, but a handsome INFP like Matthew can soften it a bit–a feat few others could accomplish. Matthew is kind and loyal, but knows when to stick up for himself, and he manages to maintain his sense of individuality while simultaneously fulfilling his duties as heir of Downton. Death came too soon for this INFP. *sobs*
8. Edith Sharpe, Crimson Peak
Edith Sharpe falls hook, line, and sinker for the romantic shenanigans of the tall, dark, and handsome Thomas Sharpe, overlooking her devoted friend, the good doctor Alan McMichael, in the process. Never let it be said that an INFP doesn’t learn from her mistakes though. When she realizes her serious error in judgement (with a little help from some ghosts–how very INFP), Edith fights tooth and nail for her life and freedom, and finally walks off into the sunset with Alan, albeit a bit bloody when she does so. This is, after all, a horror movie.
9. Ella of Frell, Ella Enchanted
Ella is cursed with the “gift” of obedience. She compulsively obeys every order given her by anyone, a dangerous state of being when out adventuring among giants, ogres, and handsome princes who think they know best. But Ella is clever and cunning, and she manages to stay alive, keep the aforementioned prince alive (against all odds), and free herself from her curse all in the space of twenty-nine chapters. If you can’t beat Ella under a curse, then there’s no way you can beat her on level ground.
10. Belle, Beauty and the Beast
I don’t usually go in for Disney fairytales, and Beauty and the Beast, with its glorified Stockholm Syndrome plot, is no exception, but I do have a special place in my heart for Belle, a bookish girl with a big heart. Belle is more literate than most of the buffoons in her village and no amount of bullying by Gaston or others is going to change that. Belle is selfless enough to sacrifice her own wellbeing to save her father, and even in the most dire of circumstances, she keeps an open heart, a gift that seems to be unusually common among INFPs.
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