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  • Barry: Is the equipment secure?
  • Hal: Check.
  • Barry: Weapon loaded?
  • Hal: Check.
  • Barry: Did you have breakfast?
  • Hal: What? That's not on the checklist.
  • Barry: I added it because I care about you.
  • Hal: No, I did not have breakfast.
  • Barry: Unacceptable. Look in your pocket.
  • Hal: Hey, there's little chocolate chips in this.
  • Barry: Yeah, I'm not an idiot. I know how to trick my best friend into eating his fiber.
Top 10 ESFP Representations

10. Jake Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Jake Peralta shows how dominant Se doesn’t always mean athletic and coordinated. However, his dominant Se cannot be denied. His immediate environment heavily influences him, especially his mood. His Fi gives him a people focus making him incredibly astute of the people around him. Even the subtlest changes in their appearances or facial expressions are noticed by Detective Jake Peralta. This people focus and Se reliance on external environments and experiences make him fluctuate emotions quite quickly. His Fi makes him need reassurances from others, pats on the back. It doesn’t matter what the compliment is for Jake will take it, he needs that sense of approval. 

You see his tertiary Te in two major ways consistently in the show. One in his inability to hold back his thoughts and opinions of literally anything and thinking they are objective correct. Which is hilarious and works for the show. The other is his stone cold logic in solving cases. His Se makes him deal in tangible reality and his Te makes him deal in what has been proven. Making him a great detective. Jake makes it on the list because not only does he have the funny, goofy sides of an ESFP, but he shows that ESFPs can be incredibly smart solving cases with that ESFP flare.

9. Hal Jordan “Green Lantern” (DC)

ESFPs are actually quite a popular personality type for superheroes and it makes perfect sense when thinking functionally. Their Se makes them action oriented, jumping into the fray first and thinking about it later. Their Fi makes them people focused, wanting to save people. Their tertiary Te gives them a commanding air. Then their inferior Ni makes them not question their lifestyle to often giving a great role to their villains to ask the heroes questions that the hero has never questioned themselves. So why does Hal Jordan make it in the top 10 when there are so many ESFP superheros to pick from? 

Because he is such a classic idea of an ESFP as a superhero. This is shown so well in New 52 when he is contrasted with Sinestro’s style of being a Green Lantern. Hal Jordan craves the thrill and freedom of being a Green Lantern. Before even being a Green Lantern, he was a pilot searching for the Se thrill, for those experiences to enjoy fully with all his senses. For an Se dominant to become a Green Lantern and then have it taken away is like taking a drug away. All Hal had to do as a Green Lantern was react, which was perfect for his Se. His Fi made him genuine in his want to help people though, which is why he still does even without his powers. His inferior Ni becomes his weakness though as Sinestro’s style points out. 

Hal is so action oriented he doesn’t stop to ask himself why he is doing what he is doing, he doesn’t stop to think about his actions before engaging in any situation. His Se is so dominant that he doesn’t introvert enough with Fi, leading him to ignore his inferior function no matter how much it is influencing him. He doesn’t stop to think about the personal responsibility he has for his own actions because of his lack of Fi use. His journey is discovering that part of himself which makes him a great representation of an ESFP and puts him at number 9.

8. Bjorn Ironside (Vikings)

Bjorn is such an interesting ESFP to watch for development reasons and his dynamic with his father, who is an INTJ. As a child and a young man his Se is high. He wants to experience being a warrior, a Viking. He dives head first into everything he does. As a young man we see his Fi need for approval come into play as well as his people focus and moral grounding. He wants to help his father and other people he cares about anyway he can, and he doesn’t expect anything back in return. But he rides on his Se too much. He relies on his ability to improvise and his fighting skills alone. His INTJ father is not very impressed by this because he know his son can do more and be more.

Ragnar tries to push his son to use his Ni a lot more. Every conversation they have is Ragnar questioning cultural expectations, what it means to be a leader, what happiness is, etc. Bjorn seems to struggle with these questions and knows he isn’t the leader he wants to be…yet. For many ESPs it takes an experience out of their element, typically involving isolation that requires them to use their inferior Ni to question themselves and use their Fi to find themselves. For Bjorn this comes in the latest season in which in the midst of winter he isolates himself to survive alone in the wilderness. He goes through many trials and comes out a far more realized and matured ESFP. He is able to command and relfects on his decisions more and is able to improvise, while still being observant of his surroundings and people This ESFP hero’s journey puts him at number 8.

7. Cisco Ramon (The Flash)

I used to actually think Cisco was an ENTP…as an ENTP. But after two seasons it becomes apparent that he is an awesome ESFP, an ESFP scientist! They are very fun to watch or read (another favorite of mine being Roy Harper from Redhood and the Outlaws). Cisco is always immersed in the now, noticing the smallest aesthetic things. His Fi contributes to his tastes and it is why he is so particular about outfits and the look of new tools and weapons. His classic Cisco enthusiasm comes from his Se, as he is enthusiastic about everything he loves and may seem naive in serious situations because of it. His being in the moment mixed with his secondary Fi people focus is what makes him wear his heart on his sleeve. 

He is also very logically minded though and this comes from his tertiary Te. His logic isn’t Ti subjective, but Te in his need to rely on objective and proven principles. This is the more serious side to Cisco that comes out. This blunt form of behavior is extraverted in nature and also contributes to his verbalization of all his thoughts and opinions. After he has experiences with Se, judged it with Fi, he then blurts it out with Te. Being such a lovable ESFP scientist proving Thinking and Intuitive science stereotyping bias on tumblr wrong is what puts him at number 7.

6. Bart and Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)

It is kind of cheating, but not really to put these two together on the top 10 list. We get different angles of the same personality type and at varying ages throughout it’s 27 year run. (Yes I have watched all 27 season multiple times.) Homer shows an ESFP who relies to heavily on his dominant Extraverted Sensing and ignores his secondary Introverted Feeling a lot. He skates from one experience to the next, improvising, and being pretty good at whatever he sets his mind to…until his mind is no longer set. In typical unhealthy EFP fashion he skips to his tertiary function, Extraverted Thinking and makes sure that his personal priorities come before the needs and wants of others. This causes a lot of tension between Homer and Marge. But in many episodes when Homer uses his Fi and takes personal responsibility for his actions he can be quite kind, but no ESFP on the show demonstrates that specific ESFP virtue like Bart.

Bart’s best friend even when he is mean to her is Lisa, his sister. Lisa is an INFJ with dominant Introverted Intuition, which is Bart’s inferior function. She often confronts him with Ni questions and dilemmas in his actions that he does not want to confront. This is most poignant is when Bart think he has sold his soul to Milhouse. He feels different and empty, but Lisa poses many abstract questions and thoughts as to what a soul is and helps Bart find that he had it the whole time. But Bart like all Sensing types learn from experience rather than abstract forethought like Lisa the INFJ. The Simpsons gives 27 seasons of prime examples of ESFP behaviors in two lovable characters putting them at number 6.

5. Finn the Human (Adventure Time)

Being an Se dominant makes Finn prime to be an adventurer for us to watch and enjoy. Jake the Dog is also an Se dominant, but an ESTP. With Finn being contrasted to Jake we see how much a secondary function can alter a personality and distinguish someone from their shared dominant function type. Finn has a heart of gold and is willing to go the extra mile to help others without expecting anything in return. He jumps in with Se and his Fi makes him want to help others. He is only happy when he is able to experience new things while helping others being a valient knight. You see he is quick to boredom when he takes Flame Princess dungeoneering. He doesn’t really want to think it through but experience new things, jumping right in. He craves for the chance to improvise. 

Finn is also very real. This comes from his Se-Te combo. He has been mistyped as an ENFP, but the problem with this typing is he isn’t very intuitive, in fact intuition is his inferior function (Introverted Intuition). Not only does Finn deal in the now, but in reality, in what he can observe, in what is concrete. Because of the intuitive bias the pervades tumblr the positive side of this sort of thinking is often missed. However, ESFP wisdom can be very helpful to everyone, ESPECIALLY to intuitive types. One of the most ESP things Finn has ever said that we can all learn from is, “Man, you’re letting your brain dial turn your fear volume up.” His ability to engage in that Se part of himself and live is helpful to learn from for a lot of intuitives that live in that brain dial being turned up too much that they are afraid to just live, to act. Intuitives could learn a thing or two from Sensates.

4. Dorian Gray (Penny Dreadful)

Many of the examples of ESFPs so far have been fairly positive and heroic types. Types that seek approval in what people assume is a Feelers way. But Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful provides us with a colder look at the ESFP, an empty look. Everything about his character is about having new experiences that involve all of his senses. But he is so unhealthy that when he is bored he doesn’t care who gets hurt or dies. He is unfeeling for others. It is all about his personal satisfaction. His experiences are aimed with his Fi personal judgments of taste and how experiences make him feel. But it is so surface level for him. This is most cemented in the final season when it appears he may be threatened by his partner Lily’s new world order, but instead he reveals that he is just bored. To him that is the worst thing he can be. 

People are things to be used for his amusement. As stated in above descriptions his tertiary Te makes it so his needs, the simplest satisfaction, comes before anything else. People are intoxicated at first by his way of life. He seems to open, progressive, and trend setting. But he is only open out of boredom, out of searching for that next thrill. When he is with Angelique, a transwoman, he seems progressive and an ally accepting her for everything she is. But he simply likes the attention. The thrill of being with someone unique and taboo. As soon as the novelty wears off he throws her away like everyone else. Through Dorian Dray we see the coldest side of an ESFP putting him at number 4.

3. Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy)

Jax Teller was on TV when anti-heroes were the big thing on television. What makes him different is that he isn’t a stereotypical television anti-hero, he isn’t an INTJ. Unlike Breaking Bad, House of Cards, and Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy did something different with having an ESFP anti-hero. The other shows play with the cold INTJ…making them still cold instead of delving into the layers of the type. Meanwhile, ESFP is a typical hero personality type, so to flip it into an anti-hero is quite inventive and actually interesting to watch. Jax is your typical ESFP at the beginning. He has potential to be a hero, to get out of the club or to make it something better. Ni isn’t his most comfortable function, but his father’s writings about the club before he died push Jax to question is lifestyle and his morals. These writings serve as a constant shadow for Jax as the club consumes him into darkness.

Jax as an ESFP has many leadership qualities. He is observant, deals in the now, cares for people, and is commanding with his Te. He doesn’t like making assumptions, but needs proof of things. Until he is betrayed or made angry. Jax shows the vengeance of an ESFP. It is vengeance that constantly drags Jax into the darkness. As an Se he is fully immersed into whatever he does and Fi makes him really care about people and he wears his feelings on his sleeve. But when he is hurt he is rage. His story is a sad one, because if he just took a different path he could have been happy, a good ESFP. But the very functions that could have saved him, condemn him: putting him at number 3.

2. Korra (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)

Korra shows how one letter can change everything about a type. Her predecessor, Aang, was an ENFP. As an ESFP she shouldn’t be much different, right? Wrong.As an Se dominant she is far more naturally skilled at bending all the elements but one, Air. Air Bending takes a spiritual technique and forces her to confront her inferior function, Introverted Intuition. She prefers to jump into situations without question based on her emotions (Fi). Although she is often mistyped as ESTP, she does not exhibit Ti behaviors. She does not judge logically, but with her emotions. She has a lot of that vengeance that Jax does. As soon as she is mad she jumps in to kick ass. She just wants to help people, but doesn’t always think through the best way to do it or what would logically work. To overuse a phrase, she wears her heart on her sleeve. You always know how Korra feels about something. 

What is very cool is how in four books (seasons) we see her confront her functional development in a different way each book. Each one tries to get Korra to confront her introverted functions more honing her to not just master the four elements, but her four functions. To find not only balance in the world, but balance in herself. Season 1 confronts Korra to not just dive in with Se and let the consequences fall where they may. Amon, coincidentally with dominant Fi (INFP), makes Korra confront her own Fi in taking personal responsibility for her actions as the Avatar. Book 2 forces Korra to confront her Ni, to find her spiritual self and who she really is without being the Avatar. Book 3 forces her to not deal in black and white. It works with more Ni, for her to grasp more abstract realities. Meanwhile, in Book 4 after being torn down she has to fully accept who she is and relinquish control. Her tertiary Te takes over as she tries to constantly control the outer world instead of her inner self. This is reflected with her enemy, who also has control issues. Because of this excellent delving into the functions of an ESFP, Korra is number 2 on the list.

1. Anakin Skywalker “Darth Vader” (Star Wars)

Many mistakenly type Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker differently and understandably so. I get it. The prequels are terrible and we want to separate ourselves, even our typings as much as possible from the prequels. However, despite terrible plot writing and hastened character development, Anakin and Darth Vader are still the same person and still have consistency in their type making both (the same person) an ESFP. It is actually functions that explain how a happy kid can turn into a Darth Vader. 

With Anakin Skywalker we see a man who is observant and understands the physical side of the force more than anything. He is a natural talent using the force physically. His Fi directs him to want to help people, but he is dominant Se so it must be instant and he is very reactionary. Because he is always pretty unstable and not in control of his dominant function or the force he is very rash. His inferior function is elusive to him, so as political troubles start to rage on he looks for simplistic answers which Palpatine provides for him and Padme is frightened of. He is so externally focused he sees that changing the outside factors can change everything, even his own dissatisfactions, but he refuses to confront his own introversion (Fi and Ni) which could help him delve out the answers he so craves. Even when his own visions try to help him, instead of looking at them he looks outward with Se-Te. Palpatine as an Ni dominant (INTJ) plays on Anakin’s own Ni inferiority, his fear of what Ni does. Anakin finds Ni to be what people in their ivory towers do instead of really living in what is actually happening. He finds what Padme does to be disconnected and his dogmatism takes over. Only he and Palpatine knows what is right for people. 

This is what pushes him to promote and become part of the Empire. He sees the Jedi as the negative qualities of Ni. They are disconnected from the real world dealing in stupid abstracts. He seeks to destroy them because he sees them as ruining the system. Somehow Darth Vader is typed as an INTJ. But Darth Vader has no more security over his Ni than Anakin did. He is completely influenced by the inferior Ni, but he is not comfortable with it nor in control of it in any way. Darth Vader is still rash and emotionally driven. It is what Palpatine is afraid and bothered by. Like all of us who is driven by our inferior function, Darth Vader needed to work on his secondary function to develop fully. It takes his son, Luke (an ISFP, Fi dominant), to appeal to his father’s secondary Fi, to have his father’s last act be one of good. This journey of an ESFP battling his inferior function, despite some questionable writing, is what puts Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader at number 1.

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