Often misunderstood and thought to be a personality flaw, introversion is often perceived as a negative way of being. But, considering that half the population is made up of introverts, there are some pretty cool people out there with this trait.
If you’re an introvert who quite often feels alone in a world full of social butterflies, we’ve included a list of the best introverted characters in books and films below.
Matilda is a brave and courageous character, especially for her young age.
In her outspoken and obnoxious family, Matilda is quiet and thoughtful.
She also loves reading – something which is not celebrated by her family.
A lot of Roald Dahl’s characters are introverts, and Matilda is no different.
She stays true to herself and eventually gets a happy ending after defying the adults around her.
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Jo Stockton & Audrey Hepburn
In the 1957 comic musical, Funny Face, lead female character Jo Stockton is a shy introvert who works in a bookstore.
Suddenly her life gets turned around when she is mistaken for a famous model, throwing her retiring character into a world full of extroverts.
Audrey Hepburn, who plays Jo Stockton in the film, is also included in our list as she was a famous introvert.
Hepburn once said,
I have to be alone very often. I’d be perfectly happy if I spent Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.
We salute you, Audrey.
Amelie is an introvert who finds creative ways to interact with people despite her shyness.
As she finds it difficult to speak to people, Amelie goes through complex means and strategies to talk to male love interest: Nino.
As introverts often find it difficult to strike up conversations and to meet people, this character quirk is very relatable.
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In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Joel Barish is an introvert trying to establish a relationship with an extrovert.
The film highlights the difference in these two opposing personality types as the two characters are on the extreme scales of both introvert and extrovert.
Joel is reserved, overthinks situations and lives in his own head.
Whereas Clementine is high on the extrovert scale, often speaks before thinking and makes impulsive decisions, which may or may not have consequences.
Tove Jansson, the Finnish author of the Moomin books and comics, set the series in her homeland, Finland.
Known as an introverted country with a much higher proportion of introverts to extroverts, Finland is a very fitting place for the quiet, reserved Moomin family.
The Moomins are very comfortable in their own skin and their introverted nature is not even commented on in the series.
Jansson spent a lot of time writing the series on an isolated island off the coat of Helsinki.
The sense of quiet, honest culture is reflected throughout the series.
Jansson encountered this quiet culture during her time on the island and in her homeland, and it is the basis for The Moomins.
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