As if categorizing ourselves by the Myers-Briggs Test was not enough, we are now doing the same with our favorite anime characters based on their attributes. It is surprising how we always find a new way to entertain ourselves.
Myers-Briggs Test, commonly known as the MBTI aka Myers–Briggs Type Indicator, is a personality test that shows your ideal personality type among the mentioned categories:
- Introversion (I) or Extroversion (E)
- Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
In this article, we’ll talk about the top 15 ISTP anime characters, where ISTP stands for Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving personality traits.
For a typical ISTP, being independent is a way of life. Adventure always piques their curiosity. Their rationality and calm composure help them withstand the toughest of storms. They are all for hands-on experience, and risks do not frighten them.
Unlike us humans, anime characters cannot take the test. Instead, we categorize them according to the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator.
So, without further ado, let us begin the list of 15 Best ISTP Anime Characters.
#15 Asuma Sarutobi
The two ISTP traits that stood out in Asuma Sarutobi were his observant and laid-back personality. He uses this observation skill to bribe his students to get their jobs done.
Not getting involved in any unnecessary situation is also one of his traits. Though he cherishes his students, he does not shy away from getting very blunt with them.
Asuma Sarutobi is a jonin of the Sarutobi clan, and also the leader of Team 10 ( Shikamaru, Ino & Choji). He is the son of Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage of Konohagakure. Asuma is a well-respected jonin. He is closest to Shikamaru and often plays shogi with him, though he loses most of the time.
#14 Spike Spiegel
Anime: Cowboy Bebop
Nonchalant Elegance is the perfect word to describe Spike Spiegel. The same goes for this ISTP personality. Spike is an introvert at heart, with no energy to spare for others, and he focuses on his way of life.
Spike Spiegel is a former member of a crime syndicate. Currently, he is busy catching criminals as a bounty hunter across the solar system.
Spike always mentioned his dislike towards children, women, and dogs, and that is when the irony of life hit him, with all of them joining the crew later on.
Although he warmed up to them towards the end of the series, This is one perfect ISTP anime character to start the list with.
#13 Jotaro Kujo
Anime: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Spend a few moments with Jotaro Kujo, and you will know right away that he is an ISTP from his distant demeanor.
Both emotionally and physically, His composure in extreme disarray resembles the perseverance of a daruma doll. Commendable, to say the least.
Jotaro Kujo is the grandson of Joseph Joestar, and he is the first JoJo with a stand named Star Platinum.
Even if you did not watch JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, you must have heard about the Ora Ora Rush attack. It goes like “Ora Ora Ora Ora Ora Ora Ora Ora Ora”.
Another phrase that instantly reminds you of Jotaro Kujo is him saying Yare Yare Daze. And, when a character leaves an impression like this, you know that he is iconic.
#12 Hajime Iwaizumi
Hajime Iwaizumi can consciously tap into the positives and negatives of an ISTP personality in a controlled manner. It is kowai, I know. (kowai = scary/frightening, kawaii = cute/sweet)
While he may be stubborn, that does not stop his teammates from looking up to him for his peaceful presence. However, when needed, he does not hesitate to use his hands or be blunt, mostly towards his captain, Oikawa.
As the Vice-captain, and Ace of the Aoba Johsai High volleyball team, Hajime Iwaizumi, is respected by all of his teammates.
While he cares for and motivates his teammates, he acts exactly the opposite with his childhood friend and captain, Tooru Oikawa, because of his chaotic presence.
This is such a great pair of captain and vice-captain, always balancing each other out.
From the very beginning, Iwaizumi has been sensible towards everyone. It is hard to come across someone like him in real life who has such control over his consciousness, which affects his personality in a good way.
#11 Thors Snorresson
Anime: Vinland Saga
Thors is a prime example of how a personality can take a 180° turn due to circumstances.
His ISTP personality has come to light after becoming a father. The ISTP trait that defines Thors is his calm & humble demeanor that comforts everyone around him when chaos strikes.
The Viking, whose life was nothing but bloodshed, the Viking who never regretted taking a life, suddenly began to condemn violence of any kind.
What can change a human so much?
Well, for Thors, it was his first child. The embodiment of innocence and the warm little fingers melted away his frozen heart that had stopped beating for decades.
He went as far as to give up on his life and to prove the fact that violence is never the answer, which is why I request you to start watching or reading Vinland Saga as soon as possible.
#10 Shota Aizawa
Anime: My Hero Academia
Be it expressing his opinions, being logical 24/7, or taking a nap in a classroom, Shota Aizawa is your average ISTP.
Not average, but you know what I meant, right? Among all these ISTP personality traits, relaxation is his forte, no doubt about it.
Shota Aizawa, commonly known as Eraser Head, the Pro Hero, is also the homeroom teacher of Class 1-A of U.A. High School. The class where our future No. 1 hero, Izuku Midoriya, is in, along with his rivals Bakugo and Shoto.
Feared for being extremely strict, Eraser Head always focuses on the growth of his students so that they can protect themselves while safeguarding society from evil.
While physically, he might not stand up to the top heroes, no one uses their quirk to its full potential like Aizawa. The ISTP quality of being the reliable one in times of danger is quite relevant in the case of Aizawa.
Hyakkimaru takes the crown when it comes to being a true introvert. As a man of few words, Hyakkimaru prefers silence over anything else. He is very calm under seismic pressure, and that is the most prevalent trait of an ISTP in him.
Hyakkimaru has had an unfortunate childhood, thanks to his father, who bargained his organs for wealth with the demons.
Fortunately, after getting saved by a medicine man, Hyakkimaru grows up to take back what belongs to him. Filled with vengeance, Hyakkimaru would have lost his way in life if not for cute little Dororo.
We all need that savior. Don’t we?
Anime: My Hero Academia
Dabi portrays the negative traits of an ISTP. All of them!
Stubborn as a mule, Dabi is not afraid to get his hands dirty, and taking risks without thinking about the consequences is natural to him. On top of all these, he is exceedingly insensitive.
To anyone who is not up to date with the manga, read the following paragraphs at your own risk.
Dabi is a former member of the League of Villains and currently a member of the Paranormal Liberation Front, led by Tomura Shigaraki. Known as the user of blue flames, the hottest flames there are, he has his eyes on his father Endeavor and youngest brother Shoto Todoroki.
Growing up with the goal to surpass All Might and then getting abandoned by his father just to get replaced by Shoto has filled Toya Todoroki, aka Dabi, with nothing but vengeance.
In this list of all shiny and sparkling ISTP, he is the only one who dwells in darkness.
Anime: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Rationality runs in Kobayashi’s blood. She is loyal. One might say that she is the personification of an introvert. Once she gets into the flow of something, she becomes unstoppable.
Kobayashi is a flower filled with nectar that attracts every bee around. In this case, she is eye candy to all the dragons, and surprisingly, most of them become friends with her due to her calm and understanding behavior.
In case you did not know, unlike the other characters in the list, Kobayashi leads a simple life as a computer programmer. No superpowers, nothing. Just a human, having dragon Tomodachi as a friend.
I can see myself making friends with a dragon one day. Just thinking about flying across the never-ending sky feels so good. Thanks to Kyoto Animation for this gem.
#6 Shizuo Heiwajima
An absolute no-nonsense guy, Shizuo Heiwajima is a quiet guy who lets his hands do all the talking. Always. However, he is a great help in times of need, especially for the few of those close to him.
A blond guy with a bartender suit and a pair of sunglasses? That is Shizuo Heiwajima for you.
Let me tell you the most important thing. If you ever come across him. Do not get in his way or piss him off. He will pick you up and launch you into space. You will not need NASA or SpaceX for that when you get on the ugly side of Shizuo Heiwajima.
#5 Benimaru Shinmon
Anime: Fire Force
Much like Levi Ackerman, Benimaru Shinmon oozes strong ISTP personality traits. You name it, and he has it.
Prefers small talk? Always.
Is he great in times of crisis? Yes, he takes care of crises like nothing ever happened in the first place.
Known as Asakusa’s King of Destruction, Benimaru Shinmon is the hero of Asakusa as he looks over them all.
Captain of the Special Fire Force Company 7, Benimaru Shinmon, may seem chilled out. But if you hit the wrong nerve, you are in for a ride.
Openly condemning the higher-ups, Benimaru Shinmon and Levi Ackerman are similar in that way too. They do not care about hierarchy. For a typical ISTP like them, everything is black or white, with nothing in between.
That reminds me of the hellish training Benimaru gave to Shinra and Arthur to make them stronger. Oh, Man! That was intense, not going to lie.
Anime: One Punch Man
When it comes to Saitama, his prowess in taking care of a disaster with a single punch (literally) shows the most predominant trait of an ISTP, reliability in times of crisis.
Saitama is a bald guy who is a hero for fun. I mean, who believes that?
If you do not, then you will do it soon enough. After watching One Punch Man, that is.
Besides being the mightiest creature on earth, all Saitama cares about is sales in the supermarket and a peaceful stay at his home. Those traits show how he likes to relax most of the time without stressing about the future.
While he says he is a hero for fun, he is more of a hero than the others who take the job according to the amount of praise they will receive for their brave deed.
#3 Yami Sukehiro
Anime: Black Clover
Yami Sukehiro has not one but two traits of an ISTP that are recognizable right away.
Relaxing every single hour of the day is his way of life. No, make it every single minute of the day. Besides that, he lives in the present and enjoys it. The word future does not exist in his dictionary, which is why he is also broke.
Yami Sukehiro is the captain of the Black Bulls, a magic knight squad of the Clover Kingdom. Yami is very translucent when it comes to his personality. All loosened up without a care in this world.
It is no surprise he has recruited outcasts in Black Bull, him being the greatest of them all. Although when in need, Yami and his squad dive right in without any second thoughts.
And last but not the least, he loves his alcohol and gambling, ultimately resulting in him being a renowned broke captain throughout the Clover kingdom.
#2 Levi Ackerman
Anime: Attack on Titan
Levi Ackerman is the ideal ISTP, and his no-nonsense personality is an example of that.
Levi is extremely loyal and can put his life on the line without a second thought. And most importantly, he does not back off if he has to achieve the right by doing wrong.
Like any ISTP, his bluntness often scars the people on the receiving end.
Known as humanity’s strongest soldier, Levi Ackerman proved that when he took down the mighty beast titan with many others who were lurking around it.
Often perceived as scary, Captain Levi of the Special Operations Squad does not shy away from speaking the ugly truth. Even to his superiors.
While he might not show this, he is empathetic towards his subordinates. And the one thing he values more than anything is human lives, as much as he hates titans.
#1 Roronoa Zoro
Anime: One Piece
The most remarkable trait of Zoro is his loyalty as an ISTP. Besides that, the other qualities that prove him to be an ISTP are his cool-headedness, rationality, and being a savior in a time of disaster.
Roronoa Zoro does not need any introduction. But for those who do not know him, introducing him as the right-hand man of the future Pirate King, Monkey D. Luffy, is not a stretch.
Besides being the first member of the Straw Hat Pirates, Zoro is also the first swordsman to join the crew. The other one is Brook. With two swords in both hands and another sword in his jaw, Zoro is known for his Three Sword Style.
When not downing one strong enemy after the other, you can find Zoro sleeping soundly at any corner of the ship. You can drop a bomb, and he won’t wake up, and that is how deep his sleep is.
Admit it or not, such deep sleep is a matter of envy for all of us.
There are way too many great ISTP anime characters to write down. As we cannot discuss all of those characters, here are some other ISTP anime personalities you might not know about:
● Hiroshi Odokawa (Odd Taxi)
● Sherlock Holmes (Moriarty the Patriot)
● Kyoka Jiro (My Hero Academia)
● Keishin Ukai (Haikyuu!!)
With that, we have come to the end of the listicle, and I have presented you with the 15 Best ISTP Anime Characters loved by the otakus.
I tried my best to add different ISTP personalities to my list, be it a hero, villain, anti-hero, or just a normal Homo sapien. I hope you enjoyed reading about these ISTP anime characters.
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