The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a tool that measures a person’s psychological preferences in terms of how they perceive the world and make decisions.
Catherine Cook Briggs, together with her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, developed this personality profiling system based on Carl Jung’s typological theory.
The Myers-Briggs Test
In this system, 16 different personality types are formed from a combination of 4 descriptors that use their initials (except for “intuitive,” which uses the letter “N”):
- Are you an Extrovert or an Introvert?
- Are you a Sensor or are you more iNtuitive?
- Are you a Thinker or a Feeler?
- Are you a Perceiver or a Judger?
For example, if you are an extrovert who uses your intuition more than your senses, thinks through things and typically uses perception to make a decision, based on the Myers-Briggs Personality Types Indicator, you are an ENTP.
An introvert who uses intuition, moves according to feelings, and uses perception more than judgment is called an INFP.
The chart below gives a description of each personality type:
What Personality Type Is Anne Shirley?
To illustrate, if we take Anne Shirley of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, we can imagine a girl who overflows with creativity, a heart of service, and imaginative determination.
Based on the MBTI, she fits the INFP personality type to a tee. INFPs are known for being deeply caring and being able to see the good in other people.
Myers-Briggs of Fictional Characters
Just for fun, we have compiled a list of fictional characters and their MBTI types. Note that your matches aren’t intended to indicate whether a certain type is “good” or “bad,” but rather illustrate the characters’ thought processes and tendencies.
ESTP – The Promoter
These self-confident, outgoing, and decisive adventurers are known for being realists who love finding new challenges and activities.
They tend to be content and open to others. ESTPs make up about 3% of women and 6% of men.
Examples of fictional characters who are ESTPs are:
- Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, and James Potter of Harry Potter
- Emmett Cullen of Twilight
- Han Solo of Star Wars
- Scarlett O’ Hara and Rhett Butler of Gone With the Wind
- Khal Drogo of Game of Thrones
- Catherine Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights
- Lestat of Interview with the Vampire
- Gimli of The Lord of the Rings
ESTJ – The Supervisor
The highly focused, group-oriented, natural leader ESTJs like to take charge. They prefer things to be clear and organized, and they love analyzing and bringing order to their world.
An estimated 11% of all men and 6% of women are ESTJs.
Popular fictional characters who are ESTJs include:
- Rachel Lynde of Anne of Green Gables
- Darth Vader of Star Wars
- Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Dolores Umbridge, and Vernon Dursley of Harry Potter
- Mycroft Holmes of Sherlock Holmes
- Peter Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia
- Estella Havisham of Great Expectations
- Cersei Lannister of Game of Thrones
ESFP – The Performer
The outgoing, talkative, emotional, and spontaneous ESFPs love to have new experiences and to meet new people. Their warm and realist personalities adapt quickly to their environments.
ESFPs make up 7% of men and 10% of women.
Examples of fictional ESFPs include:
- Sirius Black, Ron Weasley, and Dudley Dursley of Harry Potter
- Alexei Vronsky of Anna Karenina
- Rue of The Hunger Games
- Peregrin Took and Pippin of The Lord of the Rings
- Daisy Buchannan of The Great Gatsby
- Jamie Lannister of Game of Thrones
- Lydia Bennet of Pride and Prejudice
ESFJ – The Provider
ESFJs are known for being outgoing, organized, affectionate, and group-minded people. They value practicality, dependability, and loyalty. Their care for people comes with a heightened desire for bringing harmony to relationships. About 8% of men and 17% of women are ESFJs.
Fictional characters who are ESFJs are:
- Petunia Dursley and Molly Weasley of Harry Potter
- Bilbo Baggins of The Hobbit
- Diana Barry of Anne of Green Gables
- Wendy Darling of Peter Pan
- Rabbit of Winnie the Pooh
- Mia Thermopolis of The Princess Diaries
- Carlisle and Esme Cullen of Twilight
- Alfred Pennyworth of Batman
ENTP – The Inventor
The easy-going, adventurous ENTPs enjoy new possibilities and love innovation. They tend to be enthusiastic and spontaneous, although sometimes a bit insensitive.
They seek to understand the world around them but tend to be unsorganized. Four percent of men and 2% of women are ENTPs.
Fictional characters who are ENTPs include:
- Benedick of Much Ado About Nothing
- Helena of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Augustus Waters of The Fault in Our Stars
- George and Fred Weasley, and Dumbledore of Harry Potter
- Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones
- Henry Tinley of Northanger Abbey
ENTJ – The Executive
The decisive, ambitious planners who are ENTJs tend to be dominant personalities who perform well at strategic conceptualizations and bringing plans to effective execution.
Future-oriented, ENTJs are born leaders. They make up about 1% of women and 3% of men.
ENTJs in fiction include:
- Edward Rochester of Jane Eyre
- Lord Voldemort of Harry Potter
- Miranda Priestly of The Devil Wears Prada
- Hatsumomo of Memoirs of a Geisha
- President Snow, Johanna Mason, and Gale Hawthorne of The Hunger Games
ENFP – The Champion
The energetic and spontaneous ENFPs enjoy new people and new ideas so much, that they have the tendency to be irresponsible. Their outgoing personality also leaves them disorganized. About 6% of men and 10% of women are ENFPs.
Examples of ENFPs in fiction are:
- Josephine March of Little Women
- Natasha Rostova of War and Peace
- Arwen of The Lord of the Rings
- Willy Wonka of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- John Willoughby and Marianne Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility
- Jonathan Strange of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
- Nymphadora Tonks and Horace Slughorn of Harry Potter
- Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing
ENFJ – The Teacher
The highly altruistic and social ENFJs care deeply about people, and long for harmony in their relationships.
They are usually expressive, warm, and empathetic, and they love helping others reach their full potential. About 2% of men and 3% of women are ENFJs.
ENFJ fictional characters include:
- Amy March of Little Women
- Padme Amidala of Star Wars
- Anna Karenina of Anna Karenina
- Arthur Clennam of Little Dorrit
- Peeta Mellark of The Hunger Games
- Boromir of The Lord of the Rings
- Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice
ISTP – The Crafter
The private, unorganized, loner-type ISTP usually longs to understand how different things work. This realistic and logical group enjoys solving problems using hands-on methods.
Nine percent of men and 2% of women are ISTPs.
Fictional characters who are ISTP include:
- Jacob Black of Twilight
- Chewbacca of Star Wars
- Peter Pettigrew of Harry Potter
- Merry Brandybuck of The Lord of the Rings
- Bard and Kili of The Hobbit
- Gwendolen Harleth of Daniel Deronda
- Catwoman of Batman
ISTJ – The Inspector
The logical and pragmatic ISTJs are known for being highly responsible, meticulous planners, and overall perfectionists.
Their attention to detail makes them delve seriously into their work. They also tend to enjoy privacy. Sixteen percent of men and 7% of women are ISTJs.
ISTJs in fiction include :
- Charlie Swan and Edward Cullen of Twilight
- Susan Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia
- Gilbert Norrell of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
- Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games
- Marilla Cuthbert of Anne of Green Gables
- Alexei Karenin of Anna Karenina
- Thorin Oakenshield of The Hobbit`
- Aragorn of The Lord of the Rings
ISFP – The Composer
The usually unorganized, indecisive, and highly guarded ISFPs can be described as the typical free spirit.
They feel things deeply, and their general approach to life is one of adventure. This quiet, compassionate, and adaptable group makes up about 8% of men and 10% of women.
ISFPs in fiction include:
- Buttercup of The Princess Bride
- Harry Potter and Dobby of Harry Potter
- Edmund Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia
- Legolas and Éowyn of The Lord of the Rings
- Pip of Great Expectations
- Cinna of The Hunger Games
- Liesel Meminger of The Book Thief
- Rubeus Hagrid of Harry Potter
ISFJ – The Protector
The quiet, dependable, and caring ISFJs tend to be easily offended, but their strong sense of duty makes them likable.
Usually timid and private, they tend to be realistic and are excellent at organizing things. Eight percent of men and 19% of women are considered ISFJs.
Fictional characters who demonstrate the ISFJ personality include:
- Balin of The Hobbit
- Matthew Cuthbert and Gilbert Blythe of Anne of Green Gables
- Neville Longbottom of Harry Potter
- Arthur Dent of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- Samwise Gamgee of The Lord of the Rings
- Dr. Watson of Sherlock Holmes
- Ophelia of Hamlet
- Melanie Hamilton Wilkes of Gone With the Wind
- Edward Ferrars of Sense and Sensibility
- Miss Havisham of Great Expectations
- Meg March of Little Women
INTP – The Architect
The private and loner-type INTP tends to be analytical and logical, making them emotionally detached from others.
They love adapting in terms of their personal lives, but it’s not as easy to change their ways of thinking. They are keen observers who tend to be unorganized. INTPs make up about 2% of women and 5% of men.
INTPs in fiction include:
- Nick Carraway of The Great Gatsby
- Yoda of Star Wars
- Arthur Weasley of Harry Potter
- Samwell Tarly of Game of Thrones
- Pierre Bezukhov of War and Peace
- Violet Baudelaire of A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Ian Malcolm of Jurassic Park
- Smaug of The Hobbit
INTJ – The Mastermind
The perfectionist loner, INTJs are full of ideas and love thinking systematically. They are great at turning vision into reality.
They are keen observers who tend to be skeptical and private when it comes to their thoughts. About 1% of women and 3% of men are INTJs.
They are also among the smallest portion of the population, at only about 2%.
Fictional characters who are INTJs include:
- Elrond, Saruman, and Gandalf of The Lord of the Rings
- Professor Moriarty of Sherlock Holmes
- Ebenezer Scrooge of A Christmas Carol
- Bruce Wayne of Batman
- Sheeve Palpatine of Star Wars
- Severus Snape of Harry Potter
- Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby
- Caius Marcius of Coriolanus
- Thranduil of The Hobbit
- Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice
INFP – The Healer
The creative idealist INFP is known as the dreamer. They tend to be passionate and idealistic about their beliefs and relationships.
They are usually disorganized and love being alone. About 4% of men and 5% of women are INFPs.
Fictional characters who are INFPs include:
- Bill Weasley and Luna Lovegood of Harry Potter
- Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables
- Luke Skywalker of Star Wars
- Frodo of The Lord of the Rings
- Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird
- Frederick Bhaer of Little Women
- Jane Bennet of Pride and Prejudice
- Coraline Jones of Coraline
- Lucy Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia
- Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet
- Jamie Sullivan of A Walk to Remember
- Jane Eyre of Jane Eyre
INFJ – The Counselor
The creative INFJs have their own world of possibilities and ideas, but their keen observation also translates into their being cautious and avoidant.
Their idealism keeps them passionate and caring deeply for others. About 1% of men and 2% of women are INFJs.
INFJs in fiction include:
- Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird
- Prince Caspian of The Chronicles of Narnia
- Galadriel of The Lord of the Rings
- Sayuri of Memoirs of a Geisha
- Andy Sachs of The Devil Wears Prada
- Remus Lupin of Harry Potter
- Lord Varys of Game of Thrones
- Will Graham of Red Dragon
Using MBTI in Character Profiles
Dedicated readers know that the best characters in fiction seem so real that their personalities reflect those of real-life people.
While it’s all in good fun to check which MBTI personality they are, learning about the different personality types can also help us in creating three-dimensional characters.
If you want to create your own dynamic characters, try making character profiles to fully develop their personalities. The MBTI personality types can come in handy as you note down the traits of each character, which will help you to form realistic and relatable protagonists.
Which Myers-Briggs personality type are you? Share it with us in the comments below!