ESFPs love to live life to the fullest. They are outgoing, uninhibited, spontaneous, and openhearted (providing they’re not villains like a couple on this list). I doubt that there is a single ESFP party pooper in the world. They are very connected to the present and epitomize the phrase “carpe diem.” Here are a few of my favorite ESFP characters in no particular order.
1. Bellatrix Lestrange, Harry Potter
Second only to incredibly terrifying cat lady Dolores Umbridge, Bellatrix is one of the greatest villains in the Harry Potter canon. She is straight-up crazy and revels in sowing chaos everywhere she goes. She has hair like an electric shock and the cackle of a demon. Her bigger-than-life personality is what makes her scenes so eminently watchable. Despite her scatter-brained evilness, Bellatrix is extremely loyal to Voldemort. Unlike the other Death Eaters, she doesn’t seem to be afraid of him and at times shows genuine (albeit twisted) affection for him.
2. Captain Wentworth, Persuasion
Frederick Wentworth is one of my favorite Austen heroes. Unlike the dashing country gentlemen of the Austen canon, Wentworth is a self-made man. When he first rolls back into town and sees his long-ago sweetheart, Anne, he is determined to punish her for the way she broke his heart all those years ago. Luckily, he’s not all icicles and vengeance. Eventually, he confesses his enduring passion in one of the greatest literary love letters of all time.
3. Sid the Sloth, Ice Age
If you ask me, Sid is the star of the Ice Age franchise. He is approaching Olaf levels of adorableness. True to ESFP form, he is by far the most energetic sloth I’ve ever seen and thinks quickly on his feet, if not always wisely. He has a bubbly, frenetic energy and it seems like he’s constantly talking himself out of a sticky situation. He’s the perfect balance to Manny’s serious ISTJ demeanor.
4. Sirius Black, Harry Potter
Returning to the world of magic, Sirius Black is the noble counterpart to Bellatrix’s cruel madness. Once Sirius is reunited with Harry, he is determined to be there for him as best he can, despite having to remain in hiding for quite some time. He is loyal to a fault, more than willing to die for his friends rather than even think of betraying them. He’s a brave fighter, wise and unafraid of death. In the face-off between ESFPs, Bellatrix kills Sirius, which totally killed me when I first read the books.
5. Peregrin “Pippin” Took, The Lord of the Rings
Pippin is one of my favorite characters in the LOTR canon. He brings much-needed levity to dire situations. Pippin is a total party animal. He loves to smoke, eat, drink, sing, and dance. But his proclivity for merrymaking does not diminish his bravery and steadfast loyalty to his friends. Facing a sea of orcs at the Black Gate in The Return of the King, Merry and Pippin are the first to run after Aragorn to almost certain death–just to give Frodo and Sam a sliver of a chance at destroying the ring. He’s a true friend.
6. Elizabeth Swann, Pirates of the Caribbean
Elizabeth Swann is no damsel in distress. When her life is turned upside-down by a cursed medallion and a crew of undead pirates, her true nature is revealed. She is an adventurer, more suited to a vagabond outlaw life on the high seas than a stifled existence her father has planned for her. Elizabeth is bold, fearless, and has a great sense of humor to boot.
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7. Donkey, Shrek
Donkey is the best thing about Shrek. His cheerful, outgoing personality breaks through Shrek’s curmudgeonly ogre exterior and the two become fast friends. Donkey’s lack of personal boundaries is hilariously adorable and he is loyal to a fault. Oh, and he can sing, which doesn’t hurt either.
8. Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Aside from being the star of one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Buffy is a totally kickass character. She’s super strong and she doesn’t just kill her vampire opponents, she likes to play with them a little bit first. Now, I will admit that I like Buffy a lot better during the first few seasons that I do later on in seasons five through seven. Nevertheless, this list wouldn’t be complete without her.
9. Lady Tremaine, Cinderella
Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of Cinderella’s evil stepmother is absolutely spectacular. She’s cruel, calculating, and has an outstanding sense of style. Lady Tremaine likes to entertain and she throws lavish parties that neither introverted Ella or her father wish to attend. I like how this film humanizes her a bit. She’s wicked, but her emotional side shows when she is hurt that Ella’s father will never love her like he loved his first wife.
10. Elena de la Vega, The Mask of Zorro
Elena is not your average nineteenth-century dame. She’s witty, charming, and she can dance like nobody’s business. She’s also an exceptional swordswoman. If she can almost match the great Zorro in a fight, then she can probably beat just about anyone else.
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