Did you know Nishinoya is an ESFP?

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With a height of 159cm and the number 4 on his back, our fierce libero of Karasuno has always a big presence wherever he is.

One of the manliest among the crows and with his apparent animal-like instincts he never fails to impress the people around him.

All those things are visible by simply looking at Nishinoya first hand by watching the anime or reading the manga.

But there is another thing: Nishinoya is an ESFP.

Something you cannot directly see on first glance.


Oh yes, for those of you who are not familiar with MBTI personality test, the MBTI personality test basically gives the tester four letters meaning you are either E or I, N or T, F or S, and lastly J or P.

I did the test and by surprise, it was pretty much accurate, a tad too accurate in many good ways.

But I won’t really explain everything about MBTI here, only the relevant letters, if you are interested in the other 15 personality types, just check out the link and try the test for yourself as well.

If you are interested in other Haikyuu characters we already covered, Oikawa Tooru as an ENFJ and Kageyama with his ISTJ personality on our blog!

Now back to the topic, why would I assume Nishinoya is an ESFP?

In the following blogpost I will show you my deep analysis on Nishinoya’s personality type through my own observations until season three and the manga (status: season 2), showing you in detail why Nishinoya is potentially an ESFP.

I will split the parts into the letters, E for Extroversion, S for Observant, F for Feeling and P for Prospecting.

Let’s not wait any longer and dive into the journey of Nishinoya’s personality!


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Ever wondered that there are people who are either surrounded by a group or have someone else around, but you never see them alone?

That’s extroversion, the kind of person who feels the most energized and happy when they can be around others.

The E in ESFP stands for the trait that shows how someone ‘charges’ their battery, meaning if they get exhausted by spending time alone or with people. In case of an extrovert, they get easily drained when they are spending time alone and derive their energy when they are around others, seeking much more social contact to refill the battery.

And Nishinoya is just that kind of person if you observe him throughout the anime.

The very first indicator of his obvious extroversion can be seen right away when he is introduced in the series, someone who is very loud and open-minded, boldly saying anything that comes into his mind at the moment.

After Hinata talks to for the first time he shows an easy-going and open nature that seems ready to interact with even strangers. He gets easily excited as seen when Hinata called him senpai and he immediately got carried away by that offering him anything he wants in return, teaching him at any time he wants to.

Not only does he get excited over that single thing but in several other scenes you can see him as a moodmaker as he pushes away the most negative aura due to the excitement of a new opponent he can learn from or confront.

He doesn’t fear direct confrontation and speaking his mind, and even when got suspended, the others asked him how he was in such good form despite being absent. Nishinoya stated that he had trained with the neighborhood women and other people to keep his training on-going.

After returning to Karasuno and playing as a regular again, it’s seen that he casually talks to the new members as well as his upperclassmen. 

Additionally Nishinoya is always standing next to someone, very close, jumps on their back or like in Tsukishima’s case even bites his shoulder despite the fact he isn’t that close to him.

A true extrovert through and through.


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Now to the second letter in ESFP, the observant trait.

Observant personality types learn things more by doing and focus their energy on what is happening right now, in the present rather than working their mind off for a detailed plan of the future. On top of that they also look on what already happened in the past and have a strong sense of habit, they connect the future and past thinking into their present and are most-likely the ones who act first due to overlooking the bigger picture and wanting to take action rather than thinking of a too tedious long-time solution.

Nishinoya is observant?

Nishinoya is observant, indeed.

Starting with the most obvious part is his strong sense of focussing on the present as he brushes off worries and concerns that others might have by playing them off, especially Asahi is someone he always explains not to be a worrywart while his worries ahead in the future are clearly justified. Nishinoya never takes his eyes off whenever they are playing or watching someone, always having the people and events around him in sight.

Shortly before the first Seijoh vs Karasuno match, Hinata and Nishinoya were sitting next to each other watching Oikawa serve against another team. Especially in the manga Nishinoya emphasizes his strong desire to receive one of his serves since he mentioned that in his middle-school years he heard about an extremely talented setter that had powerful serves, even though they were not that strong like the current Oikawa.

Which is another indicator for his obvious thinking of the past connecting it to the present, he never directly spoke to Oikawa and in the practice match he wasn’t there but immediately spotted him. He also got angry when Aone spoke to Karasuno before their first match as he still holds a small grudge against him, even though he wasn’t at the scene at that point he always looks around and spotted them talking, quickly joining in.

Nishinoya’s constant watch on what is happening around him is also shown when he receives during practice despite just arriving at the gym or training independently without anyone asking him to receive, he also looks out for his team members and has a close watch on his opponents all the time like Yaku from Nekoma who stated that people like Nishinoya who constantly watch others with the desire to grow are indeed scary.

Even on the sidelines he is the first one to jump over and rush into a  hug to congratulate the one who made a point, in-game his reflexes are unmatched as seen in the first Dateko match in season one where he got the ball with his foot at the last second.

Observant personality types do have a habit part and Nishinoya sure has his habits too.

When Asahi left the club Nishinoya rejected to play too until Asahi came back, being used to his favourite ace being around which potentially could make it a habit of having to play with a certain person around.

Another one would be wearing shirts with word plays on them, especially those which sounded manly to him, as he also is determined to become a manly man despite his height and does live by those principles.

Concluding Nishinoya is an observant type as he does things very rashly and prefers action more than thinking things through for too long, connecting the past and future in his very present.


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Personalities of the type Feeling let their decisions and behaviour get heavily influenced by how emotional they are and how they feel.

Nishinoya is not an exception.

The first scene in which Noya appeared was showing that he broke a mop and was very angry as he lashed out due to his emotions. That very scene was due to Asahi declaring that he would stop playing which stirred him up, also showing that he stopped coming to the club as well (even without his suspension) because he just can’t play if Asahi is not around, making this decision heavily based on emotions only.

Nishinoya doesn’t need Asahi to play his position, rationally speaking and with his skill-level it wouldn’t be a problem at all to keep playing with other people instead, yet he simply was against it irrationally choosing what felt right to him.

This is not the only decision he made based purely out of how he felt, even joining Karasuno was due to the fact he liked the uniforms and wanted to wear them as he regarded them as cool and manly.

All in all Nishinoya’s emotions are easily spotted and he shows them openly. When he is sad or touched he easily cries, when angry he gets louder and yells at people, even when Hinata talked to him he got touched and therefore offered to help him right away, simply because Hinata said some nice words.

Especially when excited and happy he even jumps high and climbs on other people’s backs.

He wanted to play against Oikawa due to his respect to him and his immense development in that short time he had heard from him in middle-school, motivating him even more as he played against him.

Someone who wears his heart on his sleeve.


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The last letter ESFP, which stands for prospecting.

Unlike their J counterparts Ps are very spontaneous and flexible, being able to improvise and leave their options open until an opportunity may come their way. Much more relaxed about their future with not too much planning since their hope for a good chance to come their way is much more realistic than planning everything ahead.

It could lead them to impulsive decision-making at the same time and with too many options in their sight they might get overwhelmed at times.

Let’s start with impulsive decision-making, does it ring a bell when talking about Nishinoya?

Right, like already mentioned: choosing the uniform and going along with flow is one of them. The other one would be his suspension due to his rash actions and not thinking of the consequences ahead as he even lashed out on the vice principle which could have destroyed his whole future at that moment.

Yet that suspension showed his adaptability and flexibility to that situation as he immediately started to train with others to keep his training intact, also him choosing to learn how to toss as a libero by simply seeing Watari from Seijoh do that, making him act out of impulses but he quickly adapted to that playstyle.

Throwing away his career as Asahi decided to leave is one of the many impulsive and rash decisions that we can add to his list, which shows his nature of not following anyone’s rule or principles but his own.

Which goes for his studying behaviour as well, as he never was interested to learn properly for the tests until he was forced to in order to attend the Tokyo camp weeks. He also gets easily side-tracked sometimes not being able to focus on the task ahead by simple things  for example the BBQ or the female managers coming in.

A trait that could be seen as both positive and negative is that he thinks about solutions and ways while he is already in the process, meaning already doing it. Considering his position this may lead him to play more flexible and leave many opportunities open yet does many options could lead him to not decide at all or having less time to actually come to a solution in that moment.


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Nishinoya is the very depiction of an ESFP as he embodies all the traits that his letters represent. His personality type that is called the entertainer fits his fierce and energized nature, unpredictable of what he is going to do next.

With his short height yet big presence, he always stands in the spotlight as his amazing skills, loud voice and strong personality overshadow his much taller allies and opponents.

Even his flashy way of talking, his hairstyle and confidence Nishinoya earns the title of an ESFP.

Never getting tired of what is possible and what has to come, and never stopping to explore much more to what is there in the world.

Can you agree or do you see other traits in Nishinoya?

Write it down in the comments!

Until next time, rushing for my tea with a rolling thuuunder!


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