Although ISFJs are shy and humble, they can also be fiercely protective of their loved ones. If you know anything about anime, you know that these traits are the perfect “ingredients” for creating anime heroes!
Unsurprisingly, there are many anime characters with this personality type. Analyzing their personalities is not only fun but also useful, as it can help you better understand the Defenders and learn about their unique strengths and weaknesses.
So, in this article, we’ll explore the characteristics of the most popular ISFJ anime characters from Demon Slayer, Naruto, Attack on Titan, and many other anime series and movies.
Let’s jump right in!
3 Typical ISFJ Anime Characters
First things first, let’s analyze the three most typical ISFJ anime characters: Sophie Hatter, Eiji Okumura, and Suzaku Kururugi.
#1. Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle)
Organized and responsible, Sophie is a very typical ISFJ anime character. As expected of a Si-dominant personality, she likes to keep her surroundings pristine and orderly. She even volunteers to clean Howl’s castle!
ISFJ women are often seen as the “mom friend” in their inner circle, and Sophie isn’t too far away from that, either. As the eldest sister, she’s dutiful, considerate, and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need—even the Witch of the Waste.
#2. Eiji Okumura (Banana Fish)
Sympathetic and kind, Eiji shows many traits associated with the ISFJ personality type. While he may seem more intuitive than other ISFJ anime characters, it’s undeniable that he’s a dominant Si user.
Defenders prefer familiarity over novelty, and Eiji is no exception. For example, even though he lives in New York, he still prefers Japanese cuisine (especially natto!) to American food. Also, he displays well-developed extraverted feeling (Fe), as he’s very much in touch with his emotions.
#3. Suzaku Kururugi (Code Geass)
As a typical ISFJ anime character, Suzaku has an overpowering need to save the world. He wishes to end the war and does everything in his power to make it happen. Because of his stubbornness, he doesn’t give up even if his methods don’t always work.
Also, Suzaku isn’t interested in reinventing the wheel. He follows rules to the point where he doesn’t even consider taking shortcuts to save time.
8 Female ISFJ Anime Characters
Curious to learn what female ISFJ anime characters are like? Let’s find out!
#1. Yor Forger (Spy x Family)
Although Yor is rather reserved, she’s extremely protective of others. This is especially true when it comes to Anya, whom Yor treats as a real daughter, doing whatever it takes to keep her safe.
Like most ISFJs, Yor relies on tried-and-tested methods. She nurtures and disciplines Anya the same as Yuri, her brother. She also tends to follow the same routine regardless of the circumstances, which might explain why she continues to be an assassin long after it’s no longer necessary.
#2. Retsuko (Aggrestuko)
Retsuko is an accountant, which is a popular career choice for ISFJs, but it’s not the only thing that makes her a Defender. She’s also hard-working, responsible, and reliable. Because of this, she constantly works overtime and has to deal with a huge workload and extra tasks, which isn’t unusual for ISFJs. After all, these helpful individuals have a hard time saying “no.”
That said, Retsuko also has a different, more expressive side. She winds down by screaming along to metal tunes in karaoke bars, which helps her release anger.
#3. Kobeni Higashiyama (Chainsaw Man)
Although you may assume that devil hunters are bold and fearless, this isn’t the case with Kobeni. She’s a faint-hearted girl who feels anxious around devils.
Unsurprisingly, she’s often seen as the most vulnerable member of her squad, and others don’t hesitate to make fun of her fearful nature. However, it isn’t difficult to understand why she’s like that. Above all else, ISFJs need comfort and security. Without them, they’re bound to live in a state of stress and misery, much like Kobeni.
#4. Kasumi Miwa (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Kasumi is a female ISFJ anime character from Jujutsu Kaisen who strives to master sorcery. Although her goal is to make money out of it, she’s anything but selfish. The main reason why she wishes to be wealthy is so that she can provide for her brothers, which speaks volumes about her selflessness.
Not to mention, as a typical ISFJ, Kasumi is also very humble—so much so that she calls herself useless, although that’s far from the truth.
#5. Lan Fan (Fullmetal Alchemist)
People with the ISFJ personality type have a strong sense of responsibility and loyalty toward their commitments, which we certainly witness in Lan Fan.
Her devotion to Prince Ling Yao is stronger than her self-preservation instinct, as she’s willing to put herself in danger just to keep him safe. In short, Lan Fan is the kind of person anyone would love to have on their side!
#6. Shouko Nishimiya (A Silent Voice)
Shouko is a compassionate and patient girl who has endured many hardships in life as a result of being mostly deaf.
Still, she doesn’t blame anyone for her troubles and doesn’t want others to feel sorry for her. However, her past experiences, such as being bullied, have certainly affected her self-esteem, so she tends to blame herself for pretty much everything.
Besides that, Shouko is shown as a warm-hearted and forgiving person. She even forgave Shouya for bullying her in childhood, which allowed them to become friends.
#7. Yachi Hitoka (Haikyuu!!)
Yachi is a female ISFJ anime character who is no stranger to anxiety. More likely than not, her worries stem from her inferior extraverted intuition (Ne) function since she can’t curb her tendency to catastrophize. Needless to say, she fears change and unknown situations.
Also, Yachi struggles with low self-confidence. Although she’s supportive of others, she doesn’t show the same level of support toward herself, often undermining her abilities.
#8. Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Sweet and caring, Madoka is a great example of a turbulent ISFJ anime character. Although she’s a titular character, she doesn’t like to draw attention to herself and worries about making mistakes, which is why she often comes off as passive.
As a typical ISFJ, Madoka derives meaning and satisfaction from helping others. Sadly, her altruism originates from her deep-seated feelings of worthlessness.
8 Male ISFJ Anime Characters
Although the ISFJ personality type is generally more common among women, the good news is that there’s no shortage of male ISFJ anime characters. Let’s check them out!
#1. Kureno Sohma (Fruits Basket)
If we were to describe Kureno’s personality with a single word, it would be self-sacrificing. Even when he’s free to live his life the way he wants to, Kureno chooses to stick with Akito. He sacrifices his freedom and happiness to make sure that she isn’t lonely.
While his selflessness is admirable, no one could deny that it is also his biggest weakness, as it causes him to enable Akito’s abusive behavior.
#2. Shimura Shinpachi (Gintama)
Shinpachi is yet another caring and responsible ISFJ anime character. While he genuinely enjoys taking care of others, his responsible nature is especially apparent when it comes to Terakado Tsuu—his favorite pop idol singer.
As a huge fan of Otsuu, Shin is the leader of her fan club and the creator of its 99 regulations. Like most ISFJs, he likes to follow rules and expects the same of others, which leads him to punish anyone who doesn’t abide by them with a nose hook. Needless to say, he takes his role very seriously!
#3. Ennoshita Chikara (Haikyuu!!)
Ennoshita is an extremely sympathetic male ISFJ anime character. As a strong Fe user, he empathizes with other people’s feelings. Since he’s also observant, he can easily understand his teammates’ emotions through their facial expressions.
Ennoshita is also great at dissolving tension and maintaining group harmony—he even manages to prevent Ukai from lashing out at Yamaguchi!
#4. Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Caesar is an unusual ISFJ anime character, given that he’s rather dramatic and can come off as arrogant. However, it’s impossible to deny that he has many traits associated with the Defenders.
Caesar cares deeply about his family, and he’s proud of continuing their tradition of fighting evil. He’s also shown to be very respectful of those older than him and capable of self-sacrifice.
#5. Krillin (Dragon Ball Z)
Krillin is often regarded as one of the best ISFJ anime characters of all time, and he certainly deserves this title. Although he doesn’t like to take risks, he is determined to do whatever it takes to help others.
Most importantly, Krillin is a great example of character development in anime. Although we first meet him as a selfish guy, he eventually becomes good-natured, brave, and even forgiving!
#6. Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)
Without a doubt, Chopper is among the most popular ISFJ anime characters. Like most Defenders, he’s shy around strangers and diligent, constantly working on improving his skills. He’s also rather cautious and doesn’t jump into situations without gathering all the data he needs to make an informed decision.
Also, he easily empathizes with others and is always ready to help. Other people’s emotions affect him deeply, which is a clear sign of well-developed Fe.
#7. Brock (Pokémon)
Brock is another fictional ISFJ who is the eldest of his nine siblings. Unsurprisingly, he always takes care of other people and prioritizes their happiness and well-being above everything else. Oftentimes, he acts like a father to his friends.
That said, Brock cares not only about people but also Pokémons. Because of this, he even drops his travel plans to pursue his career as a Pokémon doctor!
#8. Koichi Hirose (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Like Krillin, Koichi is a male ISFJ anime character whose personality changed for the better throughout the series, as he eventually became significantly more self-confident.
Although he can be anxious and violent, Koichi is, in most cases, shown as a gentle, polite, and brave individual who can overcome his fears when it’s necessary. He also gets along with people easily and tries to avoid hurting others as much as possible.
4 Demon Slayer ISFJ Anime Characters
Demon Slayer features many ISFJ anime characters, including:
#1. Nezuko Kamado (Demon Slayer)
More often than not, Nezuko’s mouth is shut with a bamboo stick. As you probably guessed, she doesn’t talk much, but even so, it isn’t hard to tell that she’s a typical ISFJ anime character.
Selfless and protective, Nezuko prioritizes other people’s needs and does everything she can to defend them. Even after turning into a demon and losing her memories, she preserved many of her human qualities, such as kindness. Also, as a typical introverted sensing (Si) user, she doesn’t like change, even if it’s just a new kimono.
#2. Hinatsuru Uzui
Hinatsuru is one of Tengen’s three loving wives who shares a lot of similarities with Tanjiro Kamado, the ENFJ protagonist of Demon Slayer, thanks to her strong Fe. Gentle and patient, she possesses many traditionally feminine traits, but she’s more than a supportive wife to her husband.
On the battleground, Hinatsuru is bold and courageous. On top of that, she’s great at coming up with battle strategies.
#3. Kanao Tsuyuri
Although Kanao’s personality changes later, for the most part, she’s shown as a quiet and timid girl whose reserved nature results from past abuse. Since she’s apathetic and keeps her emotions to herself, some might argue that she’s an ISTJ.
However, she clearly favors introverted thinking (Ti) over extraverted thinking (Te). A great example of this is her coin flip. Passive to the point of indecisiveness, she relies on a coin to make decisions for her instead of choosing the most efficient option, which strongly suggests that she doesn’t have Te in her cognitive function stack.
It would be a complete understatement to say that Koyuki’s life wasn’t easy. This ISFJ anime character was not only born with life-threatening health issues but also lost her mom while she was still a baby. However, Koyuki didn’t allow these painful experiences to make her bitter. Quite the contrary—she’s tender-hearted, polite, and sensitive.
Koyuki is shown to be rather emotional. Even regular conversations can easily bring her to tears, but that just goes to show how sweet and sensitive she is. She also greatly appreciates Hakuji, her caretaker, who eventually became her husband.
3 Attack on Titan ISFJ Anime Characters
Here are three typical ISFJ anime characters from Attack on Titan, a classic anime series we all love:
Like many ISFJs, Niccolo isn’t in touch with his own needs and better understands those of others, which is a tell-tale sign of Fe. However, meeting Sasha, an ESFP anime character, helps him realize what truly brings him joy, which is cooking for others.
He’s also very concerned about keeping others safe, especially his friends. He’s so protective of them that he isn’t afraid of destroying friendships as long as this helps him keep his friends out of harm’s way.
#2. Bertholdt Hoover
Bertholdt is another ISFJ anime character who lacks self-esteem. More often than not, he’s quite passive and prefers to stay in the background.
However, although he tends to follow other people’s lead and accept their opinions as truth, it’s undeniable that he also has a protective side. This side of him is especially apparent around Reiner and Annie. When they’re in danger, Bertholdt becomes furious. Needless to say, he’d do anything to save them from harm.
#3. Ymir Fritz
Ymir is a good example of an unhealthy ISFJ anime character who’s stuck in a Si-Ti loop. Since she bases her self-perception on other people’s opinions and actions toward her, she lacks assertiveness and completely disregards her own needs.
Even though she’s extremely powerful, Ymir is stuck in the past and has a victim mentality. All she does for the past 2000 years is mold titans from sand, over and over again, waiting for someone to save her.
3 Naruto ISFJ Anime Characters
If you’re a fan of Naruto, here are some ISFJ anime characters you’re probably familiar with:
#1. Kimimaro Kaguya
Kimimaro is an ISFJ anime character who’s loyal to Orochimaru—an ENTP anime character—to a fault. As an unhealthy ISFJ, he devoted his life to one person and can’t imagine living any other way—after all, without Orochimaru, his life loses meaning. This alone shows that he has a Si-dominant personality with inferior Ne.
Also, Kimimaro wants to use his powers to help others. Because of this, he’s less interested in fighting than other Kaguya clan members.
#2. Rin Nohara
Rin Nohara is quite a stereotypical female ISFJ anime character. She’s incredibly devoted to Obito, refusing to leave his side even when her life is in danger. Simply put, she’s a perceptive and compassionate person who’s always there to help him in any way she can.
Besides Obito, Rin is also protective of her village. She even sacrifices her own life to prevent its destruction, which shows how selfless Defenders can be!
#3. Hinata Hyuga
Like many ISFJ anime characters on this list, Hinata lacks self-confidence. Shy and cautious, she makes sure to prepare for anything that could go wrong, but she fails to recognize her worth. More often than not, she believes that others are superior to her.
That said, Hinata is extremely sympathetic, considerate, and polite. She genuinely cares about other people’s feelings and wants to maintain harmony in her environment. Due to her kindness, she’s often believed to be weak, but the truth is that she simply dislikes violence and conflict.
ISFJ Iconic Anime Movie Character Example
So far, we’ve mostly discussed ISFJ anime characters from different series. However, you might be surprised to find out that some Japanese animated movies featuring fictional Defenders have influenced pop culture.
The best example of this is Perfect Blue, an animated psychological thriller that influenced several award-winning movies, including Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream.
With that in mind, let’s analyze the personality of its main character—Mima Kirigoe.
Mima Kirigoe (Perfect Blue)
Mima is a sensitive and kind pop idol who’s overly focused on pleasing the audience. As she sheds her pop idol persona to become an actress, she’s met with public backlash for no longer acting so innocently, which results in an emotional crisis.
In short, Mima is more concerned about pleasing others than attending to her own needs. Since this eventually drives her to lose her sense of reality and identity, Perfect Blue serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of finding a balance between your own and other people’s needs.
ISFJ Anime Game Character Example
Sadly, there aren’t many ISFJ video game characters. Still, we have some good news: Genshin Impact, an open-world RPG with millions of active players, features one of the most intriguing Defenders—Jean Gunnhildr!
Let’s take a closer look at her personality:
Jean Gunnhildr (Genshin Impact)
Jean Gunnhildr is a great example of a mature and complex ISFJ anime character. She’s the Grand Master of the Knights of Favonius, and not without good reason. She’s dependable, hard-working, responsible, and very devoted
to her job and the people of Mondstadt.
Although she’s kind, compassionate, and sensitive, Jean is far from a damsel in distress. On the contrary, she’s more than capable of protecting herself and others!
And that’s the end of our ISFJ anime characters list!
Unsurprisingly, there aren’t many anime villains with the Defender personality type. After all, ISFJs, like most of the characters we analyzed, are kind, caring, and willing to do anything to help others. They’re that selfless!
That said, their kindness can be a double-edged sword, as we’ve learned from Mima and several other characters. So, if there’s one thing you should take away from this article, it’s that Defenders shouldn’t forget to take care of their own needs, too!