Are you a rebel with (or without) a cause? Rebellious individuals get a bad rap, but the truth is that many personality types possess a rebellious nature, and it’s far from a bad thing! On the flip side, there’s also nothing wrong with being a straight-laced person who prefers to obey the rules and color within the lines. 

The image of the rebel in popular culture has shifted to represent change-makers, movers and shakers, and those who make us rethink the status quo. And yes, once in a while, there’s a rebel villain, but thankfully, we don’t live in a superhero universe. 

So how do you rank on the scale of rebelliousness to obedience? Take a look at the most to least rebellious ranked by personality type to find out.

The Most Rebellious Personality Types

These four types exemplify a rebellious nature, whether trailblazing a new path, standing up to current leaders, or refusing to keep their opinions quiet.


ENTP is The Visionary, the type of person who lives and breathes different, unique solutions and perspectives and strays from societal norms. ENTPs don’t look for common answers to problems. Instead, they hope to pioneer their way. They love debating with others and hold fast to their beliefs, though it’s important to note that ENTPs are open-minded and non-judgmental. Still, the status quo doesn’t appeal to them, and they resist traditions and authority. These personalities prefer to be their own bosses because their impatience with authority and insightful perspective overrule all other aspects of their careers and lifestyle. 

An example of an ENTP’s rebellion? If an ENTP overhears their boss engaged in a conversation about a controversial topic, they won’t hesitate to jump in and share their opinion, even if their job could be on the line. These types may also quit a job based upon a principle — if their boss doesn’t give them enough leeway to use their innovative skillset, the position soon becomes unbearable.


Since INTPs don’t care much about fitting in, their truth-seeking nature and innovative mind secure them a top spot on the rebelliousness scale. Their unique way of thinking and their skills for formulating ideas and analyzing information make them question authority and tradition. Where a traditionalist sees a tried-and-true method of doing something, an INTP wonders why no one has implemented a quicker, more practical method. Because The Architect type sees connections where others do not, it’s hard for them to obey the rules when they can arrive at a conclusion using a new, innovative way of thinking and experimenting. 

INTPs have a hard time accepting people who have a closed-minded way of thinking. For instance, if an INTP is in a heated conversation with someone about how to solve a problem, they’ll struggle if the other person asserts their way is the best — especially if the someone is a boss. Likewise, INTPs don’t want others to tell them how to do something if they have a preferred method that yields the same outcome.


The Dynamo ESTP is all about having a good time, so when authority gets in the way of their plans, they’ll show their rebellious spirit. Since their thrill-seeking attitude can get them into trouble, ESTPs are an obvious candidate for a “rebel” label. ESTPs are also great problem-solvers, as they seek out pragmatic solutions all their own, regardless of advice or standard solutions.

ESTPs prefer efficiency, so they’ll cut corners on work even if the required method has more steps. For example, an ESTP in a math class won’t show all their work on paper. This mentality carries over into the workplace, so an ESTP will feel stifled when a company is full of needless guidelines about employee work methods. As a result, they’ll implement little shortcuts and rebel against bureaucracy. 


ISTPs are content to live their lives on their terms, so these types are not the first to follow orders. ISTPs love to follow their whims and stay true to themselves, even when it’s at the cost of others or the question of authority. When someone tells an ISTP that they can’t do what they want to do, the ISTP will move mountains to prove others wrong, no matter which rules need breaking. ISTPs also resent instructions that don’t make sense to them and may rebel just to say “no.” Above all, an ISTP wants to be realist, an authentic person in pursuit of the truth, even behind the facades of others.

Since ISTPs are honest, they sometimes rub others the wrong way. But their rebellious streak comes from their desire to be themselves, even if their ideals stray far from the main population. They also have a natural skepticism for almost everything, including authority figures and societal expectations.

The Least Rebellious Personality Types

When it comes to types that prefer to obey, a few stand out as the most obedient and, therefore, the least likely to rebel. These types may be sticklers for tradition or feel ill at the idea of disappointing leaders or authority figures.


ISFJs are concerned with everyone’s safety, so it’s unsurprising The Protector is one of the least rebellious personality types. These types are rule followers, not breakers, but they may still question authority if they feel a decision would compromise the safety of the majority. Since ISFJs are sticklers for security and the law, you won’t find them arguing with leaders or breaking any rules unless it’s something they deem necessary.

ISFJs’ desire for peace gets in the way of any rebellious thoughts they have. However, an ISFJ might have a rebellious streak if a person, authority figure, or societal construct threatens to dismantle their harmony or harm someone they love. Their form of rebellion will include argumentative jabs or sarcasm, but it’s hard to push an ISFJ to this place.


The Provider, aka the ESFJ, is all about keeping their friends and family safe, comfortable, and provided for. Attuned to the needs of others, an ESFJ sees the value in rules and regulations. They prefer to live in harmony. Because ESFJs are practical peacemakers, they respect rules and rule-makers and don’t stray from the conventional. However, ESFJs will question regulations if they are an affront to their beliefs.

It’s hard to get an ESFJ to rebel — they need to feel like their personal beliefs are in jeopardy for them to do so. Of course, the harmonious ESFJ wants nothing more than to provide for the ones they love, but if, for example, a new law outlawed something quintessential to their lifestyle, the ESFJ might rebel by disobeying said law.


The Supervisor personality finds themselves stuck hard and fast to rules and traditional systems, and they pride themselves on being conscientious, organized realists. ESTJs are not rebellious types unless they find the person giving orders is underqualified or incompetent. These types prefer responsible, logical leaders but won’t shy away from voicing their opinions when they feel it is necessary.

When an ESTJ notices that someone in authority isn’t doing a good job, they won’t be too afraid to speak out. Even though an ESTJ desires peace, they don’t like to see incompetence within a leader. Despite this, an ESTJ’s approach will be quiet and diplomatic unless they’re driven to a higher level of intensity.


The reliable and organized ISTJ likes to uphold traditions — rules and regulations don’t bother this type. Because they prefer to follow the rules, they’re one of the most obedient types of the 16-type system. Moreover, their serious, hardworking nature means that they value the predictable and feel more secure in a regulated society.

The Inspector personality type prefers peace above all, and they’ll follow the rules to a ‘T’ until they infringe upon their freedoms. But if an ISTJ feels provoked by a law or rule that threatens their freedoms, lifestyle, or beliefs, they may rebel by forming a protest or support group or printing up flyers to pass out in opposition to it.

In summary

Whether you’re a more rebellious personality type or prefer to stick to the rules, you’re unique and see the world through a valuable perspective that adds value to others around you. The most rebellious personality types include the ENTP, INTP, ESTP, and ISTP, while some of the least rebellious are the ISFJ, ESFJ, ESTJ, and ISTJ. Each personality type is somewhere on the spectrum of rebelliousness versus obedience, and there is no right or wrong way to be. Everyone’s differences help incite change, growth, and stability.

Cianna Garrison
Cianna Garrison holds a B.A. in English from Arizona State University and works as a freelance writer. She fell in love with psychology and personality type theory back in 2011. Since then, she has enjoyed continually learning about the 16 personality types. As an INFJ, she lives for the creative arts, and even when she isn’t working, she’s probably still writing.