We got our hands on the MBTI chart, and let’s be real: some Anime personality types just aren’t as cool as others. So we did a bit of soul-searching, and this is what we came up with: the best anime characters based solely on their personalities. I haven’t listed any romantic plots or other non-animated bits — only pure, unadulterated personality.
They like lists, schedules, and the occasional trip down memory lane. They’re also able to make tough decisions any time, anywhere! From this post you’ll find out how ESTJs are represented in anime. I hope that you’ll find it informative, and that it may even inspire you! ESTJs are strong, decisive leaders with a practical approach to life’s challenges. Here is an anime character who fits this personality type.
1/20. Asuka Langley Sohryu (Evangelion)
Asuka may be an iconic character for many reasons, but her personality alone is enough reason to make her piloting the Evangelion Unit-02 as cool and badass as she does. The Evangelion series runs on powerful emotions and psychological trauma, so Asuka’s determination to show everyone that she’s ‘the best of the best’ couldn’t have come at a better time.
2/20. Rudol Von Stroheim (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
So, you want me to believe that Rudol von Stroheim is an ESTJ? Sure, I swing by your office and let you share your expert analysis. Hold on a second while I pick up my monocle. In any case, Rudol von Stroheim is an ESTJ if ever there was one. But that makes sense, considering how military-esque he acts in Part 4, taking charge when he’s fighting alongside Joseph.
3/20. Sanemi Shinazugawa (Demon Slayer)
Demon Slayer Sanemi Shinazugawa is not good at first impressions. He stabbed Nezuko repeatedly while maniacally laughing when he was first introduced. Though first impressions are generally accurate, manga readers grew to realize that he’s a good guy with an ESTJ personality.
Sanemi is an unorganized mess of a demon, but one who does make up for it with sheer willpower. This makes him an interesting character, and as a result he was able to find a way to become more powerful than any other member of his clan.
4/20. Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4)
This particular article is a bit of a stretch. It’s not really clear who this article is for, and the personality descriptions are based more on the game than in real life. The author clearly knows their stuff, but maybe if you’re trying to introduce something new to someone who hasn’t experienced it before, it might be worth explaining what it is you’re talking about first.
5/20. Takaya Abe (Big Windup!)
If you’re a sports anime fan, you’d know that the most memorable characters aren’t just the ones with killer moves and funny faces. They’re also the ones who make us understand real-world personality types through their experiences as athletes. It’s why I’m going to discuss the Big Windup! character Takaya Abe, and his place in his team’s lineup as a catcher.
6/20. Mello (Death Note)
Death Note is an anime series that’s been around for a couple of years now, and it’s hugely successful. Fans of the series have stayed loyal because of its rich characters, many of whom are based on personality traits. L, for example, is the successor to a Shinigami’s eye — and his personality type is INTJ, which you can learn about on your own time.
7/20. Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
Gotta love an ESTJ! They’re loyal, responsible, and strict when they need to be. You’ll find these personality types almost everywhere you go: police force, military, teaching (especially high school math), business management. While they may be direct at times, they’re often the first people who jump in to help their friends when things go sideways.
8/20. Tenya Iida (My Hero Academia)
We need more dependable, clear-headed characters like Tenya Iida. Every hero needs a sidekick! Class 1-A’s student president is the best role model to keep you in check. He’ll make sure that you’re being responsible and doing what you’re supposed to. His dependable nature will also guide him into a successful future…
9/20. Izumi Curtis (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’s Izumi Curtis is the ultimate team leader, handling both the big and small tasks with ease. As ESTJs are known to be, she is a natural-born leader and is beloved by all under her command. Towards the series end, Central intelligence is thrown into chaos, forcing Izumi to step in as a team leader; taking control without hesitation or doubt.
10/20. Jean Kirstein (Attack On Titan)
Jean Kirstein started out as an ISTJ, but by the end of Attack on Titan he showed that he has an ESTJ personality. This personality type typically demonstrates a pragmatic and straightforward approach to their duties, and Jean certainly exhibited this throughout his development. He was always very aware of his responsibilities and seemed to handle them with the utmost strength and care; especially when it came to his mission of protecting humanity from the Titans.
What makes Jean great is that he’s a modern leader. He doesn’t believe in the “strict but fair” approach – instead, he focuses on true fairness and honest feedback. He’s also able to look at things realistically, which has allowed him to take his startup to heights beyond what many could have seen coming.
11/20. Enji Todoroki Endeavor (My Hero Academia)
ENJI and Todoroki have so much in common — they were both raised to be heroes, and while they were raised by the same father, they could not be more different. ENJI and Todoroki are both ENFJs. However, since ENJI has a 4 wing, she struggles with social niceties a lot more than your typical ENFJ. Her quirkiness shines through in her image designs and loyalty to friends.
12/20. Nobara Kugisaki (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Nobara exemplifies all the qualities of ESTJ. She’s direct, focused and rational, but she also has a unique, dauntless determination to win. On top of that, she has the sassiest sense of humor and a battle style that is not only entertaining as all hell, but incredibly logical as well! It’s crucial for Nobara to remain true to herself and not bend for anyone else’s whims.
13/20. Mary Saotome (Kakeguri)
Hungry for success and hungry for power, Mary Saotome is here to play. A teenage girl with a lust for life, she does anything and everything to achieve her dreams. She’s not one to let an obstacle get in the way of success or fame, which leads her to gambling — a risky business that puts her at odds with her high society peers at Hyakkaou Private Academy. What will be the fate of this thrill-seeking entrepreneur?
She remembers every detail about her opponents, including the method in which the referee shuffled the deck of cards. She plans by describing step-by-step how she will proceed with her next move. With her keen attention to detail, she can read her surroundings like a book. Given that she has never depended on others for help, she’s a remarkable player.
14/20. Kunikida Doppo (Bungou Stray Dogs)
Kunikida is a lone wolf. He’s just as comfortable in the spotlight as he is sitting in the background, and as long as he knows what’s going on, he’s a loyal and trustworthy ally. He can seem cold and uncaring on the outside, but inside he yearns for more human interaction.
Compassion and kindness come in many forms. In the case of Kunikida, they sometimes present themselves as strictness, diligence and a kick up the rear end. Agent Edogawa (who is not known for his compliments) clearly sees Kunikida’s virtues, and believes that he is the most hardworking and prudent officer in the Agency.
15/20. Cornelia li Brittania (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
Cornelia li Brittania is the chief general of the Britannian army, a loyalist and dedicated to the country. She knows how to deal with people in a straightforward manner, and isn’t afraid to cut straight to the point. You might even say that she’s strategic as a general should be. She’s also not one to be intimidated by anything, whether it be an army or an opposing political force.
Cornelia has quite a few unhealthy habits. She is driven by her desire to win, and will do whatever she can to beat Zero in hand-to-hand combat. She also goes into almost all of her fights without warming up first, which leads to her being beaten more often than not. However, Cornelia’s unhealthy habits are not always bad. Her patriotism is admirable, and it makes her a good soldier.
16/20. Tanji Washijou (Haikyuu!!)
The team at Tanji Washijou H.S. holds a particular competitive spirit when it comes to sports. However, their unique style can sometimes cause conflicts and tension in the team, which their coach Tanji Hyuuga is forced to resolve. Combining the efforts of his students, Tanji does all he can to help the team prepare for games and improve as a unit.
17/20. Jigoro Kuwajima (Demon Slayer)
Like most ESTJs, Jigoro is a responsible, hardworking and career-oriented individual. He’s also your sternest and most demanding teacher at the dojo — but he’s also the most loyal. But don’t let his tough facade deceive you; he’s got a heart of gold. Nothing makes him happier than seeing his students improve, whether it be in the dojo or in the workplace (where many ESTJs find themselves).
Agatha, who is currently in the High Command of your Pokémon army, specializes in both Poison and Ghost Pokémon. This means that she holds a key position in the army, as she’s one of the most experienced trainers around. She’s an inspiration to older Pokémon trainers, who’ll soon be deploying to battle alongside her!
19/20. Lt. Surge (Pokemon)
Lieutenant Surge’s pet peeve is wimpy trainers with Pokémon that aren’t up to his high standards — and he’ll let you know. In fact, the first time you meet him, he won’t even let you take the Thunderbadge until your Pikachu has proven itself in battle.
He was a pilot as well, and used Electric-type Pokémon to power his plans. This practice saved his life on more than one occasion – in one case, it even saved the life of a member of an army from another region. And although most people don’t realize it, Surge’s reputation for being tough on Trainers under his roof was a result of this practice – in fact, he would often save the lives of these Trainers if he could.
20/20. Temari (Naruto)
Temari, like most kunoichi, is a beautiful and skilled warrior belonging to Sunagakure (sand village), she is the older sister of Gaara and Kankuro, daughter of Rasa, the Fourth Kazekage. Temari stands out for being a kunoichi with a somewhat strong character when it comes to dealing with friends, family and enemies.