MBTI x Haikyuu!! Shuffle: The Explorers

Next round of the MBTI Shuffle! If you have no clue what I’m talking about, the Haikyuu!! Shuffle is an analysis according to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. 

It’s no new feat to analyse characters through MBTI Types, as Makii has posted Oikawa Tooru’s analysis here and I have done the same for Kageyama Tobio over here!

There have been two parts prior to this one, both tackling the categories of the Analysts and the Diplomats

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator uses letter combinations of four to categorize people into their respective personality type. I have taken these four categories piece by piece and analysed what Haikyuu!! characters fit into that mold!

This one is the third part and will be dealing with the orange category of the MBTI personalities: The Explorers.

What is MBTI?

Again, to starting from the beginning and quoting my first Shuffle post:

“[…]It’s basically a personality test that divides every person into a set of letters that combine a certain type of personality. There are 16 types in total, and they’re divided in four categories: the analysts, the diplomats, the sentinels and lastly the explorers.”

For the third time we will see what kind of Haikyuu!! characters make sense in this category while looking at their mannerisms and how they interact with their surroundings to see where they fit! This analysis only encompasses my personal opinion and reflects the research I’ve done with the first three seasons of the anime. 

If you have any other ideas while reading please be sure to drop them off in the comments!

The Explorers: curious and fun-seeking

Every Explorer shares the S (Observant) and (P) Prospecting trait.

Flexible and ready to go! Explorers are very spontaneous and love to just do what they feel like doing in one exact moment.

Without having to be prepared for a certain moment, they will just go with their gut and accomplish what they wanted.

Getting the broad picture done and polishing it later is more important to them than immediate perfection. They’re very versatile and tend to learn in their own unique way.

Although they sound rash and improvised, when an Explorer focuses people around them are mostly shocked. When they get into their zone nothing can get in their way.

Constant change is a normal feat for an Explorer, living their life to the fullest means to not look back too much and just start surging forwards.

That doesn’t mean that Explorers don’t get things done, it’s just that their pacing is very fast and sporadic. 

There’s always something new on their mind and achieving that is of utmost importance to them. Still, when that new interest dissipates because it starts to become a boring routine, it fades quickly.

Explorers like to be roaming free of obligations and strive to be their own person in their own world. They make their own rules and live their life how they want to live it, without dwelling too much on practicality and efficiency. 

Resourcefulness is a core part of the Explorer personality. While walking through live it is that ingenuity that leads them to meet the most interesting people and tell the craziest stories.

Socially, they are great conversationalists and the way their curiosity and spontaneity paves their way they tend to be known as funny and outgoing people.

Always being on the move is important to Explorers, and they don’t like to be held back. 

Sadly, that’s what life sometimes does. Not everything is new, fun and exciting, and doing menial tasks can become quite the challenge for them.

Exploring the big world is much more interesting, and that’s what most Explorers love to do.

Well then! Now that we’ve established a base of information about the Explorer category, let’s see which Haikyuu!! characters fit in the following types: ISTP, ISFP, ESTP and ESFP!

ISTP (Virtuoso)

Virtuosos love to get their hands dirty. They are practical and innovative and they use all methods known to them to navigate through their field of passion.

With ISTPs you get a more relaxed version of the Explorer type. They are more rational and combine their spontaneous behaviour with a bit more logic than other Explorers. 

As long as their freedom is still in their hands, they don’t mind other people in their own special area and strive for innovation.

While enjoying a bit of risk in their lives, Virtuosos are well suited for crisis situations. 

They stay calm and collected and know how to conserve their energy well.

While all of these are admirable traits, everyone still has their faults as well.

Virtuosos are very stubborn and are adamants on doing things their own way. 

Somebody else butting into their affairs can easily make them insensitive and blunt, especially since the introvert in them makes it harder to break their shell.

It’s not hard to befriend ISTP’s at all, they’re mostly open to new acquaintances but they keep everyone at a safe distance. Banter and surface friendships are easily acquired,but actually breaking through their bubble is not so easily done. 

The ISTP’s I would like to present to you today are Iwaizumi Hajime and Semi Eita!

Both are risk takers in their own area.

Semi is known to be a very skilled setter in Shiratorizawa, but ultimately overshadowed by Shirabu’s more consistent and safe playstyle. 

As he is switched in as a pinch server in the end of the season three game, he reveals that he feels more free to serve instead of being a consistent setter. 

Iwaizumi is more consistent in his gameplay, which makes sense since he plays an important role as the ace and vice-captain. His risky behaviour plays out differently.

He is the first to dive for a stray ball in the most abstract ways and knows how to play risky when the time calls for it.

The infamous long set Oikawa uses is immediately picked up by Iwaizumi and executed by him at high speed.

Both characters are stubborn and can get aggravated when put in their place. 

Semi doesn’t like Shirabu’s attitude and sees him as an ultimate rival but respects his skills, while Iwaizumi is very blunt with his teammates and especially Oikawa, he still cares very deeply about them.

The most compatible to this type are ESFJs and ESTJs, but remember! Compatibility is only a statistics and doesn’t actually define how a personal relationship might work!

ISFP (Adventurer)

The charming and shy Adventurer type is adamant on finding and pursuing their own way of life. They are very sensitive to other people around them and tend to have a burning passion inside them.

ISFPs are inherently curious. They have a knack for visual thinking and can be very imaginative. Even though the Adventurer might seem reclusive, that is just their introversion speaking. Still, when they start to come out of their shell they can give very good input into their team.

They need time to recharge and get easily overwhelmed in stressful situations.

Some ISFPs can get very competitive especially when they are challenged in their favorite field. 

While they are passionate, their self-view can be distorted and their self-esteem quickly fluctuates.

Aone Takanobu and Asahi Azumane are the ISFPs in this instance.

Asahi has a real knack for volleyball. He is the team’s ace and crucial to Karasuno. 

We see the passion and fury he uses after overcoming his fear of getting blocked by Dateko, yet we can also examine how the fear drives him to leave his teammates behind.

The stress of getting blocked was so much for him, that it overturned his interest in playing.

Although he is always backed up by his friends, his self-esteem flips quickly and he is often unsure of himself and anxious.

When he came to the team he realised that everyone else was doting on him heavily which made him realise how important he is to the team.

Aone is a bit more complicated than that. 

Again we have an instance in which we perfectly see that people of the same personality type can be indeed very different.

Aone is not shy but extremely reserved.

He almost never talks and is very competitive, which we see when he encounters Hinata as an opponent. 

We see in the first Dateko match against Karasuno that Aona got very emotional after a while because Hinata was able to outrun him, screaming “number ten!” while blocking him with all his power.

While looking very stoic and not talking much at all, Aone still manages to catch people’s sentiments around him, and he quickly becomes a very good friend for Hinata despite their rivalry.

Even after losing to Karasuno, he very politely bows in front of Hinata and surely has made a friend in his own special way.

This personality type has three ideal matches: ENFJ, ESFJ and ESTJ!

ESTP (Entrepreneur) 

ESTPs are their own unique breed. They’re the most spontaneous of their kind and defy all kinds of convention. Their goal is it to surge forwards and be unique.

One thing Entrepreneurs are is bold. They speak their mind excessively and immediately, with no thought of how others might react. They are mostly out of line and jump to every occasion they find worthwhile.

Not to say that they can’t be rational, ESTPs just enjoy the more relaxed and carefree thing in life while staying true to their ambitions and passions.

Entrepreneurs perceive change really quick and change quickly as well when needed, they’re versatile and ready to try new things all the time.

Two great examples for ESTPs are Tanaka Ryunosuke and Terushima Yuji.

Terushima’s team Johzenji is clearly a team of free spirit.

Terushima loves to play freely and is prone to risky behaviour. That goes on and on until the point where they lose the game against Karasuno for trying out a new attack on the fly.

As a ESTP he is uniquely situated in his position as captain, showing that fun and originality is more important than getting hung up on statistics and win streaks.

In a world where winning and numbers are the most important for an athlete’s career, carefree players that just want to have fun are very refreshing.

Tanaka is a little different but has similarities to that as well. 

He is very bold and very loud, not afraid to scare others off when they get in his way or talk badly about his team. 

He doesn’t like to be underestimated and always strived to give his very best. His ears seem to be very open to the struggles of people around him, as he is also labeled the great and strong mentality by f.e. Oikawa. 

He is even titled the MVP and shown as someone who always has his peer’s back whenever they need it. Be it getting the keys to the gym for the first years or helping a struggling Yachi in season two.

Both of them forget the bigger picture sometimes, which is another characteristic of an Entrepreneur. This leads to Terushima forgetting that their manager would leave that year after they lost and for Tanaka the same goes for his on the spot problem solving.

ISFJ and ISTJ are the most compatible with the Entrepreneurs! 

ESFP (Entertainer)

Last but definitely not least we have our Entertainers, and as their name says these free spirited people will always bring light to wherever they arrive.

Next to the Entrepreneurs, the Entertainers are almost as impulsive and rash. 

Their strengths encompass their beautiful way to see life in itself. A challenge to be who they truly want to be without jeopardizing their individuality. ESFPs are very practical and go about everything they do in a carefree and liberal way.

Rules and regulations only weigh them down, and they are very emotional and can get extremely sensitive when criticised.

Entertainers have incredible people skills and know how to light up a room immediately. Their emotional intelligence is very distinct and they can almost feel the atmosphere around them.

While all of that sounds amazing, ESFPs live greatly in the moment but have problems thinking ahead and planning their future, often setting themselves up for failure in academic terms.

The two bright shining Entertainers I would like to present are Bokuto Koutaro and Hinata Shoyo!

Both of these characters exhibit the carefree nature of Entertainers, they’re also known to have everyone focused on them when it’s their time to shine. 

They dream of being the best and playing with the best, against the best there is.

As ESFPs have an atmosphere of freedom to them, Bokuto and Hinata are both perceived as free spirits that are undeniably individual and original. 

Hinata becomes a decoy that is to be reckoned with despite his height and lack of volleyball expertise, while Bokuto learned to spike in a fashion that lets the crowd roar. 

Even though they have their moments of being overly sensitive like Bokuto’s “emo mode” and Hinata’s nervousness, when they focus they become unstoppable. 

During the trainingscamp in Tokyo we see them both in action but can also perceive how their surroundings work. 

Bokuto and Hinata have a lot of energy and love to improve themselves all the time.

Although they might sound rash and shallow, they’re both great at holding conversations and nurturing interpersonal relationships. 

They are most compatible with more mellow personalities like ISFJs and ISTJs

After going through all of these personality types I would love to know what you guys think! Is there anyone you would’ve sorted differently, or is there another character I didn’t mention that you think should’ve been here? 

Please leave that in the comments. I would love to see it! 

Until the next tea time! 


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