Best INTJ anime character of all time l The Mary Sue

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Oh? So you want to know the best INTJ anime characters, right? Well, that’s not so surprising. After all, the INTJ is Meyers-Briggs’ rarest (and usually most successful) personality type. But I feel I should warn you, “The Architect”, personality type is many, but friendly is not one of them. The INTJ is analytical, balanced and introverted. They are primarily tacticians and prefer to work behind the scenes rather than in the spotlight. If you’re interested in forming a “social relationship,” I suggest you focus your efforts on these ENFPs instead. Conversely, if you want to meet a more “rough and tumble” type, I might suggest having a coffee (or going for a… I dunno, a skydive?) with some of these “adventurous” ISFP- types. Most INTJ characters would rather do something more…useful with their time. So please don’t try to make friends. The INTJs are: not interested. But I can see from your face that you’re going to try… fine.

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Let’s start.

Kyoya Ootoric

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An accomplished young man in his own right, Kyoya serves as the “voice of reason” in Ouran High School’s often meaningless Host Club. Calm and logical, he handles the logistical side of the Host Club’s activities. Despite Tamaki Suoh being the ‘face’ of the club, it is (obviously) Kyoyo who pulls the strings behind the scenes. He also works as a guest club member and excites the female students with his confident, reserved and “too cool for school” attitude. But like many INTJs, he’s not entirely devoid of those strange, and often useless, little by-products of the human experience called “emotions.” It is implied that he has secret feelings for his fellow guest club member Haruhi (but then again, who doesn’t?) and he also possesses a deep love for his best friend, Tamaki, and the other members of the guest club. He comes from a no-nonsense family, with a cold, domineering father who wants his son to be successful at all costs (including his son’s happiness). In light of this, he tends to keep his cards close to the chest and only show his true colors to those he trusts. A wise decision, of course.

Levi

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Another person of extraordinary talents, Captain Levi is the jewel in the Scout regiment’s crown and the fiercest and most shrewd soldier. An exceptionally gifted warrior, he is able to single-handedly turn the tide of a battle against both titans and human foes. He is also cold, rational and slow to trust. A man of few words, he prefers to lead by example, and is not the type to wake up his soldiers with a morale-boosting speech. Instead, he keeps his distance from his subordinates. Understandably, since the casualty rate in the Scout regiment is so high, he probably doesn’t see any practical use in establishing relationships with people who could be dead at the end of the day. Ever the tactician, he is rarely surprised and seems to act with the belief that Murphy’s law (“what can go wrong, goes wrong”) is always in play. Nevertheless, he is sometimes shown looking after his comrades, especially in his younger years. However, rarely slowed down by the death of a friend, he channels his grief into a more useful emotion (such as anger) to increase his fighting spirit and complete a mission. This author cannot help but pay his practical tribute.

Light Yagami, L and Near

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A true triumvirate of INTJ personalities, each member of this trio adheres to one rule and only one rule: logic is king. The cast of Obituary is full of the INTJ personality types (even Ryuk can be seen as some kind of architect). However, there are minor variations in the personality of each member. After all, three cookies made from the same batter can contain different amounts of chocolate chips (forgive the metaphor, a frivolous thing like ‘the literary art’ was never my forte). Of the trio, Light Yagami seems the most formidably rational, but is later consumed by a hubris that is rather inappropriate, leading, of course, to his inevitable downfall. Light wants to become the architect of a new world, where he himself is God, but like Icarus, he flies too close to the sun and falls back to Earth. L, meanwhile, has no such grandiose delusions. The child detective always remains rational, but he is a curious species who has a few ‘quirks’, namely his lanky demeanor and his craving for sweet food. Logically, a nutrient-rich diet would benefit L’s critical thinking skills, as his brain would be fed with the right vitamins and minerals, but for each and every one of them. However, Near seems to possess the fewest quirks of the trio and is arguably the most surgical and rational of the three. The child only seems to enjoy solving problems. In Near’s eyes, the world is just a Rubik’s Cube waiting for his talented mind to solve. It goes without saying that Near’s unique personality allowed him to orchestrate Light Yagami’s demise, although he couldn’t have done so without building on the foundations L had already laid. The author applauds this kind of combined intellectual effort. The saying is true: two INTJ heads are better than one.

Mean

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A brutal and pragmatic man, this character from Cowboy Bebop pursues his ambitions with the careful, methodical nature of a cold-blooded reptile. Undoubtedly, Vicious subscribes to the Machiavellian maxim “the end justifies the means” and is willing to use the lowest means to achieve his ends. He sells out old friends, kills his superiors and even attaches an explosive device to his pet simply because it is the most effective way to achieve his goals. While the INTJ personality is not a personality defined by a lack of morality, the cold pragmatism that characterizes those who possess it often leads to decisions of a morally ambiguous (and sometimes downright villainous) nature. The diminished value that social relationships have in an INTJ’s mind can further exacerbate this. Like Light Yagami before him, Vicious serves as a chilling example of how the INTJ personality is often possessed by those of more mean nature. While this author doesn’t condone rogue, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the…practical considerations.

Satsuki Kiryuin

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Unfortunately, it is usually the male characters in anime who possess the INTJ personality type, while female characters are often stereotyped to possess more “emotion-driven” personality types, such as a warm and fuzzy nurturing type or an emotionally unstable “tsundere” archetype. Nevertheless, many anime female characters are refreshing exceptions to the unfortunate rule, and Satsuki Kiryuin is undoubtedly one of them.Swiss, powerful and commanding, Satsuki Kiryuin is proud of herself as the fearless leader of the student council of Honnoji Academy.She is a relentless tactical genius and commands her subordinates efficiently and without hesitation, she is also not afraid to “get her hands dirty” when the opportunity arises, and is a fiercely powerful combatant. She does not have many deep social relationships, and often the only person she seems to trust is her faithful butler, who has known her since she was a small child. It is later revealed that she has to maintain a cool demeanor to deal with her abusive mother, the only person in the series from whom Satsuki ever takes an order. Nevertheless, she is able to keep her composure and eventually turns out to be a double agent against her mother at the end of the series. These clever tactics allow her and her sister, Ryuko, to defeat their mother once and for all. Well played, Satsuki. Well played.

Kento Nanami

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A man after my own heart, this flawless INTJ copy is the ever-cool cucumber (again, excuse the metaphor) from the Jujutsu Kaisen cast. Although he was a talented wizard in his youth, he made the practical decision to live a life in pursuit of money, to retire and live comfortably when he was in his thirties and forties. However, unlike many unscrupulous INTJs on the list, his moral compass led him to the true north of using his talents to help others, rather than pursuing financial gain. Nanami is a level-headed warrior and can keep his cool in battle (against fearsome enemies he has never encountered before). A man of unique talent, the ability to fight and think at the same time, he uses his tactical acuity to defeat even the strongest and deadliest of the cursed ghouls. He is also a charismatic leader and is able to lead his subordinates effectively in any combat situation. True to INTJ form, he is a reserved man who rarely speaks unless it is to communicate useful information. He doesn’t have many close relationships, but he does maintain a friendship with his light-hearted colleague Satoru Goju. While the relationship may appear to be one-sided at first, he is shown to care for Satoru, sometimes against his better judgement. I applaud you, Nanami. Everyone needs a friend sometimes. Perhaps even you, dear reader, could earn a place in Nanami’s heart if you wanted to. It’s a logical improbability, but a probability nonetheless.

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