Hello there, I hope you are having a phenomenal day! I'd like to know why ENFJ characters don't seem to pop up as much in fictional media. Do you think it has to do with the prominence of given situations portrayed in media, or do ENFJ characters don't seem to have much of a role in these said situations?
Well, I would say protagonists are most commonly ISFP, ESFP, and ENFP. This comes from American media (the one thing America exports) being rooted in a Sensate society. We also value Fi highly in our individualism, of doing what is right counter to any system. We focus on our uniqueness and how we all have something to say. So our heroes often contain these qualities. It is why it is hard to find Marvel heroes that aren’t ISFP…
I think although there aren’t as many ENFJs as other types represented, ENFJ characters make major impacts on us in fiction. The number one example is Wonder Woman.
There is a reason why so many feel her message right now. We need Fe, we need social harmony and love. We need the functions to understand others and to work together. Her messages are inspiring in her pursuit of Truth and Love. Helping others is her first instinct, not reactionary action. She thinks things through and thinks of the social consequences. She questions what her actions will mean for society, what they imply. Her Ni is needed in our climate right now. We need to question our perspectives and how we treat one another, and improve on our society. As an ENFJ she embodies these messages.
Meanwhile, Anna Karenina is the heroine of what many claim to be one of the best novels of all time.
She defies social normatives, while being hyper aware of them and their consequences. She questions them, struggling to find her sense of self within society that does not allow her to question such things. She is on a path of finding her independence separate from what her relationships define her as. As an ENFJ unable to do this she succumbs completely to her Inferior Ti, taking her life. Her journey as a woman in such circumstances, resonates today.
Then we have Frasier who got his own spin-off to have a very long lasting sit-com focusing just on him and his INFJ brother. There is Clara Oswald, one of the most popular companions on Doctor Who. We have Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender who is the bleeding heart of the show. There is the iconic Mary Poppins! MARY POPPINS!
I could go on, but I think my point is made. ENFJs may not be high in numbers, but they are characters that stay with us, that inspire us, that change us. They are utterly memorable. (ENFJ characters are often my personal favorites, btw.)