Providers: Examples of ESFJ Anime Characters

Good day to you and thanks for coming to read here at Anime Rants. As you may know, I will post an article about the MBTI of anime characters every Wednesday. That is, until I’ve covered all 16 types. I figured I should get the ESFJ type done sooner rather than later. As an INTP, I’m the natural opposite of ESFJ, and I’ve never done well handling the few ESFJ individuals I know in reality. In anime, I often get annoyed with characters of this personality type, but it’s not like I hate them. For this post I’ll try to be as balanced as possible.

ESFJs are often social butterflies. They love attention and they need a lot of friends and admirers to be happiest. They’re confident, upbeat, reliable, responsible, and deeply caring. An ESFJ wants to take care of their loved ones as the capable mother figure or the dependable older brother figure. Sometimes, their love can be unwanted, smothering, or intrusive, at least if you’re similar to me. It’s the same with their strong sense of propriety and the way they think things should be. They often preach and scold, even if it’s none of their business. Usually, ESFJs love physical comforts, sensory experiences, aesthetics, and “nice things.”

A healthy ESFJ (known as the assertive variant) is warm, helpful, caring, elegant, strong, and morally upstanding. But an emotionally unstable or unprincipled ESFJ (the turbulent variant) isn’t nearly so admirable. They are hypersenstive to criticism, too focused on being socially accepted or loved by others, overbearing, arrogant, and manipulative. *Shudder.* Most of the ESFJ on this list are assertive types, but I included a few villains and turbulent ones as well.

(Asuna from Sword Art Online)

Probably my favorite ESFJ on this list, Asuna is a strong, brave, and very caring female knight. She can be a little intense, but she’s amazing.

(Elizabeth from Black Butler)

She’s motivated by her strong love for Ciel, but still, you can definitely see in Elizabeth the traits of being overbearing and smothering. She loves stylish, expensive clothing and jewelry, and admires good social etiquette and skills like ballroom dance.

(Enta Jinnai from Sarazanmai)

Very loving, friendly, and outgoing, but can also a frighteningly good liar. He lets his jealousy overcome him and betrays the other two boys in Sarazanmai. But later on, he makes up for it, and goes back to being their loyal, expressive friend.

(Leda from Casshern Sins)

An antagonist from the obscure anime Casshern Sins, she cares deeply about Dio, but also manipulates him into hunting Casshern for her. Leda is a strong leader, though not much of a fighter. Her ultimate goal is immortality, so she can enjoy the fine things in life forever.

(Leorio from Hunter x Hunter)

Look at that face. Is possible for anyone to dislike Leorio? I can’t. This young man firmly believes that money makes the world go round, and he’s not ashamed to make money his #1 goal. However, the real reason for this is because he needs money for medical school. Leorio wants to be in the spotlight as a doctor, caring for people and saving lives. He puts most of his money into school, even if he does get a little carried away with the surplus after becoming a Hunter.

(Maka from Soul Eater)

Other than Asuna, the ESFJ I like most on this list is Maka. I was originally going to argue that she’s an ISFJ, but when I rewatched a few episodes, it became clear that Maka is much more assertive, expressive, and people-oriented than most ISFJ. She’s an extravert, hence ESFJ.

(Makoto from Free!)

An emotionally healthy, admirable, and sweet-natured ESFJ. Makoto wants to become a swim teacher or coach and help younger people learn to swim or improve their abilities. ESFJs are well-suited to be trainers and teachers, as long as they can deal with stress and being criticized. For Makoto, the finest, most elegant and beautiful thing in the world is the art of swimming.

(Mami Tomoe from Madoka Magica)

Mami isn’t my favorite character by any means, but she’s the best example of an ESFJ on this list. On the one hand, she’s dazzling beautiful, well put together, a strong fighter who saves lives, a perfect hostess, and a kind mentor full of good, practical advice. On the other hand, Mami is overly sensitive, needs to be loved and admired, and won’t even try to negotiate with anyone she believes is wrong (AKA Homura).

(Milly Ashford from Code Geass)

A likable ESFJ character who is caring, strong-willed, loves nice things, and doesn’t go smothering people with “love.” (Though she does really enjoy teasing others, all in good fun.)

(Nanami Aoyama from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)

A determined, capable, and self-reliant girl with a sweet and sensitive nature. She’s more accepting than most ESFJs, and has less of a need to be admired or popular.

(Ragyo Kiryuuin from Kill la Kill)

The main villain of Kill la Kill, who embodies pretty much every trait I dislike, also happens to be an ESFJ. Let’s just leave it at that, lol. Oh, but note that she is, of course, a turbulent type.

(Reiner Braun from Attack on Titan)

“Everybody’s big brother,” Reiner, was extremely difficult to type, because he ends up being an antagonist who does terrible things, but is somehow still a relatable person with good sides. And then there’s the whole mess with his identity confusion and dissociation. I settled on ESFJ in the end because of Reiner’s good people skills, practical skills, helpfulness, reliability, and friendly nature. Unlike an ESTJ, he isn’t a stickler for the rules, and doesn’t necessarily make logical decisions most of the time.

(Ren from Konohana Kitan)

I have no other fan opinions to compare mine to, since Konohana Kitan is still a new anime and it fell under the radar for a lot of people. I believe Ren is extraverted, though she needs to work on her people skills, and definitely a Sensing type, focused tangible reality, disliking hypotheticals, with a keen sense of aesthetics and appreciation for fine things. She is definitely an F type, making decisions based on feeling more often that logic. Lastly, she prefers organization, structure, and tradition to spontaneity and flexibility. Therefore, ESFJ.

(Stephanie Dola from No Game No Life)

Unfortunately, the show declines and makes Steph into a character who exists for jokes and fanservice. But, early on, she had more personality and it was easy to see her ESFJ traits.

(Tamaki Suou from Ouran Host Club)

The male equivalent of Mami Tomoe, he’s a dazzling “prince” who loves attention, being popular, and living in luxury. Tamaki often comes across as arrogant, though he’s never consciously trying to put others down. He truly and deeply cares for his friends, and falls in love with Haruhi without even realizing it. He wants what is best for her — but he also believes he knows what is best for her. Thus Tamaki can be nosy, preachy, and overbearing.

(Tsubaki from Your Lie in April)

Tsubaki is quite similar to Nanami and Maka on this list. She shows most of the usual tendencies of an ESFJ, but makes a point to respect others and their wishes.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope it was interesting. Next week I’ll cover INFP characters!

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7 thoughts on “Providers: Examples of ESFJ Anime Characters

  1. I really enjoyed reading this list. I’ve never really thought or seen the majority look at personality types within anime characters so I find these lists of yours just so clever.

    Also, i’m about to go a(lot) off-topic but i’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. For some odd, perculiar reason, my nominees (from who i’ve checked) haven’t received the Pingback notification. It’s a real mystery on my hands! If you haven’t checked it, you can check it here:

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