31+ Inspiring ENFP Fictional Characters You Will Relate To
by Lisa Sparrow
If you’re like most ENFPs, you've probably caught yourself more than once getting so engrossed in a book or movie that you even forgot there's a world outside of it. We can’t blame you—you’re simply blessed with a brilliant imagination!
But what if we told you that one of the reasons why you find some fiction works so mesmerizing might be because they feature characters with your personality type?
That’s right—you’d be surprised to find out how many fictional characters happen to be ENFPs!
In this article, we’ll delve into the magical world of fictional ENFP characters in movies, TV shows, books, and more!
4 ENFP Fictional Characters in Movies
Ready to find out which movie characters perfectly capture the spirit of ENFPs? Let’s dig in!
#1. Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones’ Diary)
Bridget Jones is the ultimate ENFP fictional character. She’s clumsy, spontaneous, and always up for new adventures. She’s also quite uninhibited, as she tends to speak without thinking first. While this often lands Bridget in awkward situations, her open-heartedness also makes her charming and lovable.
As a true ENFP-T, Bridget is quite preoccupied with her appearance. She constantly tries to lose weight, but her inferior introverted sensing (Si) causes her to resort to food for stress relief. Needless to say, this is something most ENFPs can relate to!
#2. John Keating (Dead Poets Society)
John Keating embodies the ENFP personality type to a T. He’s heavily guided by extraverted intuition (Ne) and introverted feeling (Fi), which are the primary ENFP cognitive functions.
This shows clearly in his teachings. As he stands on a desk, Keating inspires his students to think creatively and consider situations from all possible perspectives (Ne). He goes for unconventional teaching techniques and regards every student as an individual rather than treating them as a collective (Fi).
#3. Karen Smith (Mean Girls)
Out of all the Plastics on Mean Girls, Karen Smith is the most authentic one. While this is perhaps the main reason she’s considered an ENFP, it’s certainly not the only one!
Like most ENFPs, Karen is absent-minded. She’s a creative thinker driven by ideas, although her thoughts are sometimes wild and difficult to understand. Not to mention, she values being true to herself much more than fitting in, which is a clear sign of introverted feeling (Fi).
#4. The Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)
In Tim Burton’s rendition of Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter is portrayed as an exaggerated version of the ENFP personality type. He’s eccentric and odd, and he doesn’t pretend to be “normal” or attempt to tone down his madness for others.
However, it isn’t just his genuineness that makes him come across as an ENFP. The Mad Hatter also has a carpe diem attitude in life, which resonates with most Champions. To him, each day isn’t just worth a celebration—it is a celebration!
6 ENFP Fictional Characters in TV Shows
Thanks to the spirited and dynamic nature of ENFPs, characters with this personality type can be found in just about any TV show.
So, let’s see 6 examples of fictional ENFPs in some of the most popular TV series!
#1. Jessica Day (New Girl)
If you’re looking for a true-to-life portrayal of an ENFP, you have to watch New Girl. The main character of this TV show is played by Zooey Deschanel, one of the most famous ENFP actresses!
Jessica Day has all the classic ENFP characteristics. She finds a positive side to any situation and honors her authenticity, refusing to change herself for anyone. She also has a short attention span, which makes her mind jump from one topic to another.
#2. Joyce Byers (Stranger Things)
Although some people believe Joyce Byers is an ISFJ, she’s clearly a strong user of Ne and Fi, which makes her an ENFP.
As the show progresses, her use of these two cognitive functions becomes more and more apparent. Even when all seems lost, she still sees more options and doesn’t lose hope. Moreover, she makes decisions based on what feels right to her instead of being influenced by other people’s opinions.
#3. Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
Lorelai Gilmore is a quintessential ENFP fictional character. Like all ENFPs, she loves light-hearted banter and regularly goes off tangent.
Lorelai is also a perfect depiction of typical ENFP family relationships. Although she’s rebellious by nature, she was brought up in a strict and structured environment, which only harmed her relationship with her parents. Like most ENFPs in similar situations do, she made sure not to repeat her parents' mistakes and instead became best friends with her daughter, Rory.
#4. Phoebe Buffay (Friends)
Like most ENFPs, Phoebe is whimsical, creative, and, of course, very lovable! She lets her authentic self out in the open even if other people think she’s strange.
Phoebe has a unique thinking process and lives in a land of ideas and possibilities, which shows that she’s a heavy user of extraverted intuition (Ne). However, her introverted feeling (Fi) is also very clear, as she lives according to her inner values. For example, she loves animals and therefore refuses to eat “any food with a face.”
#5. Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
Phil Dunphy is enthusiastic and adventurous, and he has that chaotic energy that ENFPs are known for. He’s also very curious, which keeps him young at heart. And, similarly to Lorelei Gilmore, whom we mentioned above, he’s what you’d call a “cool dad.”
Whether ENFPs want to admit it or not, they do want people to like them, and Phil is no different. However, as a true Champion, he doesn’t change himself to please others.
#6. Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)
There’s no doubt that Carrie Bradshaw is an ENFP. She’s open-minded, eager to explore and analyze relationships from different perspectives, and hopelessly romantic. No matter how many men disappoint her, she never loses hope of meeting the man of her dreams!
Unlike most ENFP fictional characters, Carrie has a good command of her third cognitive function, extraverted thinking (Te). She’s able to convert her experiences and personal insights into objective information, which she then uses to write her column. What’s more, by being a writer, Carrie pursues a creative and ENFP-friendly career path!
6 ENFP Fictional Characters in Books
Curious which of your beloved book characters have an ENFP personality type? Let’s find out!
#1. Anne Shirley (“Anne of Green Gables”)
Although Anne Shirley is often thought to be an INFP, she has a distinct dreaminess about her that is typically associated with ENFPs. She’s highly imaginative and idealistic, but unlike INFPs, she wants to share her thoughts with others instead of living in her own fantasy world.
Apart from that, while Anne does use Fi, she only develops it once she enters adolescence. Before that, she lives in a heavily Ne-colored world, which shows that she’s a true ENFP.
#2. Pippi Longstocking (“Pippi Longstocking”)
Pippi Longstocking perfectly captures the free-spirited nature of ENFPs. She doesn’t take things at face value but rather questions how they relate to her values, which is a strong indicator of Fi.
Regardless of what’s considered right or appropriate, Pippi has her own opinions on things. She’s not afraid to break norms and be different, which is what being an ENFP is all about!
#3. Jo March (“Little Women”)
In a true ENFP fashion, Jo March breaks all social norms and expectations of what a woman should be like.
Although society expects her to build a traditional family and become a housewife, Jo has other aspirations. She isn’t interested in becoming a wife or a mother—she dreams of being a writer and readily pursues her dreams. This is something most ENFPs can relate to, as this personality type is arguably the most unconventional, especially in terms of social expectations.
#4. Bert (“Mary Poppins”)
Although not much is known about Bert, it’s difficult to deny that he’s an ENFP. He loves having fun, singing, dancing, and entertaining himself and others. On top of that, he’s open-minded and always seeks to see the bright side of things.
Not to mention, like a typical ENFP, Bert has changed many professions—he tried everything from sweeping chimneys to selling kites.
#5. Elizabeth Bennet (“Pride and Prejudice”)
Elizabeth Bennet is typically considered an ENFP, although her complex character is sometimes claimed by other personality types.
Besides being charming and easy-going, Elizabeth also has a rebellious streak similar to that seen in Jo March. She’s individualistic and has no interest in what’s considered “socially appropriate.” Instead, she listens to her heart and forms her own beliefs.
What’s more, she’s also known for her quick wit, strong morals, and bluntness, all of which are common traits among ENFP-A personalities.
#6. Patrick (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”)
Typing Patrick isn’t easy, as we mostly learn about his personality through Charlie’s point of view. Still, thanks to his spontaneity and happy-go-lucky nature, most people will agree that he’s most likely an ENFP.
That said, Patrick’s character isn’t as positive as it might seem at first sight. As a Fi user, he keeps most of his painful experiences (e.g., being bullied) to himself, only sharing his feelings with people he trusts and knows dearly.
8 ENFP Disney Fictional Characters
If you’re a Disney fan, you’re in for a treat!
Disney has its fair share of ENFP protagonists and deuteragonists, so let’s check out 8 archetypal ENFP fictional characters in Disney movies.
#1. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
When it comes to fictional Disney ENFP characters, Belle is hands down the most typical one. Aside from her love of reading—one of the most popular ENFP hobbies—she also has a wild sense of adventure. She craves to explore the world beyond her small village.
What’s more, people in the village regard her as strange, but she doesn’t mind it. She’s different from other girls, most of whom are obsessed with looks, and that’s why she rejects Gaston’s advances. She also sticks up for the Beast, even when other people ridicule her.
#2. Mulan (Mulan)
While Mulan is sometimes considered an ISTP, she in fact behaves as a Ne-Fi personality type. She’s rebellious, brave, and driven by inner values.
Not to mention, Mulan rejects tradition thanks to her inferior Si. She uses her Ne to develop new ideas and perspectives, as well as challenge social and gender norms. And, as a real ENFP, she leaves room for improvisation instead of carefully planning things out.
#3. Anna (Frozen)
Anna from Frozen is another ENFP character that lives more in their head than in reality.
ENFPs are known for their idealistic views on love. Sometimes, they can project their dreams and ideas onto other people, which leads to falling in love with the idea or potential of a person. This is exactly what enabled Hans to manipulate Anna.
#4. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
Like most ENFPs, Ariel isn’t scared of the unknown—she’s fascinated by it! This inspires her to find out everything about the human world. Ariel isn’t satisfied with what she has—she wants more! Of course, most ENFPs will easily relate to this.
Ariel also shows a strong Fi over Fe preference . She cares about what makes her happy and ignores other people’s opinions, even if it’s her friends or family.
#5. Genie (Aladdin)
The Genie from Aladdin is a comedic and spot-on portrayal of an ENFP. His mind runs very fast, and his tongue can barely catch up with it! He hops from one idea to another, instantly making associations between different things.
The Genie also values freedom over everything else. He doesn’t only wish to be freed from the lamp but also refuses to grant any wishes that impact people’s free will come true.
#6. Rapunzel (Tangled)
ENFPs are known for their tendency to try a new hobby every 5 minutes, and Rapunzel is no exception. She’s also excited about all the possibilities that life gives her, and like Ariel, she always craves more than she already has.
Perhaps the most admirable thing about Rapunzel is her optimism—a common trait among ENFPs. Even after being trapped in a tower for years, she hasn’t lost her positivity!
#7. Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)
While inventing new objects is generally regarded as a talent of SP personality types, Tinker Bell is an exception to this rule. She uses her creativity to come up with new inventions such as tint sprays and balloon carriers.
Other than being creative, Tinker Bell is also cheerful, bold, and impulsive. Like most ENFPs, she easily gets along with anyone—as long as they don’t cross her values.
#8. Dory (Finding Nemo)
Dory is positive, easily distracted, and incredibly caring. Despite her obvious weaknesses, you can’t help but root for her—she’s that charming! Although she’s forgetful, Dory is a testimony to the loyalty of ENFPs.
And here’s a fun fact you may not know: Dory was voiced by another famous ENFP, Ellen DeGeneres!
8 Unhealthy ENFP Fictional Characters
ENFPs are blessed with some of the most lovable personalities, but what happens when they tap into their personality’s dark side? Let’s find out by analyzing a few unhealthy ENFP fictional characters across all types of fiction, from books to TV series!
#1. Clementine Kruczynski (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
From her appearance to her quirkiness, everything about Clementine just screams ENFP! That said, the deeper you analyze her personality, the more apparent it becomes that she’s an unhealthy ENFP, despite her general appeal.
Although she has a certain charm, in reality, Clementine—portrayed by Kate Winslet, another ENFP actress—is irresponsible and impulsive. Instead of dealing with her problems in a healthy way, she tries to run away from them, whether it’s by deleting her memories or drinking heavily.
#2. Harley Quinn (DC Comics)
Due to her Se-dominant behavior, Harley Quinn is sometimes considered an ESFP. However, it’s very likely that she’s an unhealthy fictional ENFP character. In turn, it’s highly possible that her physicality comes from being in touch with her weakest function, extraverted sensing (Se).
Like most unhealthy ENFPs, Harley displays severe self-abandonment. She’s unstable and doesn’t care about her safety. On top of that, she doesn’t learn from her past mistakes, which signifies inferior Si.
#3. Tweek Tweak (South Park)
Tweek is an extreme portrayal of an ENFP under stress: he’s constantly shaking, unable to collect his thoughts, and easily startled.
Nonetheless, Tweek is undoubtedly a Ne user, although he misuses this function. Instead of thinking of new possibilities, he only considers worst-case scenarios—many of them! Moreover, when life gets too difficult, he uses his imagination to detach from reality.
#4. Michael Scott (The Office)
Rather than being a realistic portrayal of an ENFP, Michael Scott is essentially a parody of this personality type.
Although he’s hilarious and enthusiastic, Michael displays many traits that are prominent in unhealthy ENFPs, such as self-centeredness. He doesn’t notice when people feel uncomfortable because of his actions. Moreover, he gets easily upset when others don’t act the way he wants them to, which makes him appear childish and immature.
#5. Sabrina Spellman (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Spellman)
Sabrina Spellman is a good example of what you shouldn’t do as an ENFP: she’s simply too impulsive!
In the TV series, Sabrina doesn’t think about her actions and their consequences. She jumps into whatever feels right for her without considering her and other people’s safety. She also misuses her Fi, which makes her self-serving.
#6. Jules Vaughn (Euphoria)
Despite her charm and seeming positivity, Jules Vaughn is another unhealthy ENFP fictional character.
Most ENFPs don’t greet the idea of settling down with open arms. However, Jules is so afraid of commitment that she abandons people as soon as she senses they’ll want a serious relationship. Not to mention, her inability to deal with negative emotions leads her to self-destructive behavior.
#7. Willy Wonka (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”)
Although Willy Wonka isn’t evil, he’s most definitely an excellent example of an unhealthy Fi user. Still, no one can deny his talent for coming up with innovative ideas!
Nonetheless, Willy Wonka lacks the compassion that’s typical for healthy ENFPs. He does whatever his heart pleases. Although this isn’t inherently bad, he often doesn’t have other people’s—including Charlie’s—best interests at heart.
#8. Catherine Earnshaw (“Wuthering Heights”)
Catherine is a complex ENFP character, to say the least. She’s independent, ambitious, and adventurous. However, she can also be conceited and selfish.
Unlike most ENFPs, Catherine doesn’t listen to her heart when she’s facing a dilemma. Instead, she chooses to go with the option that benefits her the most, even if it means hurting the people she loves.
And that’s the end of our list of 32 fictional ENFP characters!
We hope that you found this article interesting and learned a thing or two about this captivating personality type.
The takeaway is that ENFP characters in fiction are multi-faceted just like the real-life ones. They can be selfish or selfless, reckless or value-driven, but one thing remains true for all of them—they have unconventional, larger-than-life personalities!