MBTI x Haikyuu!! Shuffle: The Sentinels

Last round of the MBTI x Haikyuu!! Shuffle!

If you’re new and don’t know what I am talking about, in this post we’ll be exploring the last category of Myers Briggs personalities and add Haikyuu!! characters into that mix.

If you’re more interested in in-depth character analysis according to the MBTI test then check out Makii’s analysis on Oikawa Tooru and mine on Tobio Kageyama (who just happens to be a Sentinel!)

This is the last part of four, I have already analysed the Analysts, Diplomats and Explorers, in their own posts! Check those out in that order to get the best experience.

Now for those who are here for the next batch of personalities, let us begin!

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 exemplify them most!

This one is the third part and will be dealing with the blue category of the MBTI personalities: 

the Sentinels.

What is MBTI?

For everyone who needs a short recap from my previous 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.”

Every person leaves a mark by interacting with the world, and everyone does that differently. 

By sorting every person through a matter of traits they exhibit, we will see what Haikyuu!! characters fit into these molds! 

Remember that this is my personal opinion and in no form indisputable, but only from researching with the help of the first three seasons of Haikyuu!!.

If you have anything to add while reading, be sure to leave it in the comments!

The Sentinels: hardworking and dutiful

Shared personality traits: Observant (S) and Judging (J). 

The pillars and grounds of the personalities are the Sentinels. 

Sentinels strive for stability and strong foundations in life. They work hard to achieve what they want and stick to traditional values such as security and order. They’re known to be rigid and relentless when a goal is in mind, which makes them the backbone of every community.

Sentinels don’t need much inspiration and spontaneity but will get motivated by the task itself. If the task will bring them closer to their goals or if it has a logical explanation, that alone is enough for a Sentinel to pursue it with a rigorous work ethic.

Approaching things with a clear mindset is important to them. 

They will look into the methodical approach of something and what will be gained from it more than the emotional value of it.

Instead of working with sporadic energy outbursts that are unpredictable, Sentinels prefer slow and steady improvement that they achieve with relentless work.

One thing that is certain for them is that Sentinels stick with what they personally know.

If a method or approach has been deemed successful, it is hard for them to change their pace or adapt to others.

That is not to say that they don’t work in groups.

Sentinels can be a very crucial part in any group project, and not all of them are as rigid as others might be. However, when they work together with others they might get overwhelmed if they can’t work the way they’re used to. 

If everyone has their role, their task and a plan, a Sentinel can easily manage and strives for order to keep existing. Sentinels are either hidden in the sidelines building the foundation of a project, or carry the weight of superviser or even leader. 

Sentinels are reliable and like to have reliable people amongst them.

Their patience runs for a long while but is definitely ested by people who go against the rules they have set up.

Someone who doesn’t confide in the environment a Sentinel has built and goes against the rules is aggravating for them and might make the Sentinel snap.

Sentinels shouldn’t be seen as emotionless, even though they might look calm and rarely show admiration in a typical way.

Rather than showering someone with compliments or buying you chocolate, Sentinels will work behind the scenes to make the life of their friends and loved ones easier.

They’re way of showing affection is unconditional, they might not tell you what a good friend you are to them, but they will most likely help you with practical problems you have and give you advice on how to tackle them.

If that’s not the case they might suddenly bring you items and things you like because they work well with information they have accumulated in the past.

So! This is the first step to knowing your blue category a bit more. Let’s delve into the types ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ and ESFJ and see which Haikyuu!! characters fit here!

ISTJ (Logistician)

One might say that ISTJ are almost brutally honest.

With the way they live their life, unnecessary empty phrases are not part of their tool belt.

Logisticians are interested in bringing out the best out of themselves or other people and they work hard to accomplish whatever goal they have set for themselves. 

Niceties and words that have no action behind them are of no  interest.

ISTJ are of strong will and have high standards for themselves. 

They are determined and won’t show weakness in front of a troubling situation which also makes them very stubborn sometimes.

Wherever they go, they like to stick to the traditions applied before and get suspicious with new approaches to activities they’re passionate about. 

A Logistician thinks that textbook knowledge is what everyone should abide by. Having unconventional or risky ideas is new to them, and they believe the old fashioned way to do something is the right way to do it.

If the way they work is not accepted, they can get insensitive and judgmental. 

While often taking on more than they should and working on their own accord, they run the risk of running dry and hitting a wall since they need to get everything done themselves.

Two examples I have for ISTJs are Kageyama Tobio and Ushijima Wakatoshi.

Ushijima is a really good example for a ISTJ, as he shows a lot of these traits very clearly.

Ushijima is known for his superior strength and perfect form. This might also be influenced by his coach, but his tactics rely more on brute strength and perfect execution than innovation.

His honesty is something that casually even laughed at around his peers, since he sees things very black and white. Strength and Height are the most important, form and tradition the most applied.

There is no need tos sugarcoat things for Ushijima. He tells you what he thinks honestly and works hard to be the best there is.

His confidence in himself stems from his immense winning streak and the fact that his school is one of the best. 

The game against Karasuno might’ve opened his eyes a little to the possibility of a change of pace, which is probably the reason why he got so aggravated at the team’s resolve at the end of the game.

Kageyama is adamant on his own methods as well.

If something doesn’t go his way, he gets very defensive and lashes out.

Order is very important to him and we see that it takes a lot of time to realise that he might need to adjust to others more than he thinks. This is seen in season two, when he finally realises with the help of Oikawa that he needs to try something new to accomodate to Hinata.

If you want a deeper explanation on Kageyama check out his post!

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

ISFJ (Defender)

Defenders tend to have a flexible balance in their traits when compared to other personalities in their category. 

Albeit that, Defenders are very warm and supportive people. They tend to go out on a limb to help others and forget themselves easily in such situations. 

They sit at the sidelines and observe thoroughly and have a more imaginative mindset than others.

While they also tend to have fixed methods which correspond to them being a Sentinel, ISFJs are also open to other peoples approaches if they fit them. 

Thanks to their altruistic nature they tend to glorify small and mundane tasks that keep everyone else going but themselves. Defenders see everything that is helpful to others as a blessing and have no problem taking themselves out of the equation.

Staying humble and shy, even when they get credit for their work they tend to brush it off and try to focus on other people’s victories.

ISFJs repress their feelings and are very sensitive when it comes to their own emotions. They gravitate to being more private than outspoken which can lead to other people forgetting their presence or taking what they’ve  worked hard for for granted.

Moniwa and Yachi are the ISFJs in question!

Moniwa is a good example for someone who is rarely in the limelight but works very hard behind the scenes. 

He is the setter and captain of the Date Tech team in his third year until they lose to Karasuno and therefore retires to let the second years take over.

He rarely gets upset with his teammates and encourages them very often. 

Even when he needs to reign the troublesome second years in, he does it with a smile and fails until other members help.

After giving their best and still not getting to nationals Moniwa cries but still has a smile on his face, hoping to cheer his peers up.

Until the very end he supports his peers and hopes they succeed.

Our cute manager Yachi is an ISFJ as well!

Yachi works very hard to help her mother who works very often and even prepares meals for her whenever is needed.

She is very warm and sensitive to other people’s feelings and loves to support others.

When she sees the possibility to help the volleyball club gain sponsors she sits back and designs posters to help them out.

After she becomes manager she is reluctant to make herself heard, dwelling on the fact that she is just the “Townsperson B” and not an important character at play.

Still she realises that being the manager for the volleyball team makes her happy and thanks to Hinata she can finally do something she is passionate about with no regrets. 

Defenders have the same ideal types as Logisticians!

ESTJ (Executive) 

The Executive Personality is strongly linked to their own belief system.

If they think that something is right to do, they will keep going at it until it is solved.

Their dedication is unmatched, and they won’t stop working for a task because it gets boring. 

ESTJs work on mundane and repetitive tasks because they know they need those as well to succeed. 

Grueling work is just work as well, and their energy is very balanced when they set their mind on something.

Just like their ISTJ “cousins” they are very strong willed and can be overbearing at times, as the standard they set for themselves is just as high for other people.

When something is on their mind they will straight out say it, and their honesty is a double-sided blade. It can encourage and also deflate other people who are more sensitive to criticism. 

Despite that, Executives are extremely loyal and have a lot of patience. 

When working on a group project with others, they will help you to achieve the goal that is most beneficial for everyone involved and give you pointers to achieve whatever is in the groups best interest.

Therefore whenever something isn’t going according to the Executives plan, their patience might run dry and they can get overly sensitive over other people’s mistakes.

ESTJs can get judgemental when they think someone else is not really of the same opinion as them. 

When an ESTJ sees something that feels wrong to them, their strict sense of judgement might let them lash out on others peoples moral statuses.

A character I see very heavily in this is Yaku from Nekoma. 

Yaku is the backbone of his team’s defense, as even shown by Kageyama and Nishinoya that his skills are very impressive. 

As the team “mom” he is sure to scold whoever isn’t practicing properly and always teases whoever needs to plish up his technique. 

Still, Yaku is extremely loyal and reliable which makes him a very crucial part of the team.

As libero he is specialized in receiving, and we see that his grueling training can be a little too much for his peers, f.e. Lev in he trainingscamp. 

While being overbearing and loud, he still cares deeply for his team and is shown to take good care of them when they’re down. In his own way of course.

The second I would like to analyse would be Kindaichi from Seijoh, as his personality type in the database is ESTJ, but I don’t think it fits him that well.

Yes, Kindaichi is very loyal and I believe that he is also very dedicated, but I think that he is more accommodating than uncooperative.

Let’s look at it this way, in middle school he tried to get to Kageyama’s sets for a long time before giving it up.

Normally, an Executive would immediately go against strict rules that other people set without the team’s consent, but there is a part where I think Kindaichi fits at least a little into this mold.

ESTJs can get judgmental when they see something that doesn’t go by their moral standard, and having Kageyama boss everyone around irked him to the point where he stopped accepting him as his setter.

This personality type has three ideal matches: INTP, ISFP and ISTP!

ESFJ (Consul) 

Consuls know how they can deeply connect to other people.

They are often popular and well-liked in their community and become great leaders wherever they go.

ESFJs are the  people that will get a group project going and have a strong sense of duty.

They will always offer help when needed and love to serve others and give very solid advice.

As great organizers they have no problem planning social gatherings and are a joy to have at every place in life. 

Consuls strive to help others and won’t back down when someone needs help.

Harmony and peace is very important to ESFJs, as they like to keep a balance in everything in their life, their dedication to doing good is part of that and their loyalty is very apparent.

As they have a huge influence on their team, they are often worried about how they are perceived and don’t like to be seen in a bad light.

Therefore they stay with old methods they know and are scared to take on new risks.

Consuls definitely avoid confrontation, and get very sensitive when criticised harshly, especially from people they care about. 

Their fear of what light they are seen in also drives them to stay in their lane and being reluctant to change their ways. They get uncomfortable in new situations that call for flexibility and varied approaches.

In this care I would like to present to you Goshiki and Yahaba!

Yahaba cares deeply for his senpais and is shown to have a great deal of respect for them.

When it comes to the team, he gives everything he has to support everyone so they can all succeed.

He is very laid back and comfortable around his peers, and most of the time everyone is shown to be very nice to him. 

Yahaba is very strict with Kyotani when he sees that he doesn’t care that much about what others think and even disrespects some of his senpais.

He even scolds him because he is afraid of Seijoh losing, because he knows it is the last chance for the third years to go to nationals.

Yahaba is a setter as well and knows he won’t play for most of the time, but is grateful for every chance he gets.

Goshiki is in a slightly different position, as he is still a bit younger and more naive when it comes to his team.

As he stands behind the impeccable Ushijima he dreams to become the ace of the team and works extremely hard to make his dream come true.

Goshiki is definitely a people pleaser and loves to do good for the team, even though he likes to show off a little bit.

ISFP and ISTP are most compatible with this personality!

We are now officially done with the Haikyuu!! x MBTI Shuffle! 

How did you like it? Is there anything you would like to add? Another series you would like to suggest? Please leave it in the comments!

This tea is empty! I need more!

-Nissa

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