Have you ever come across people who use pictures of anime characters in their profile picture? What's the reason for doing this? What are the advantages? How to choose the best anime PFP? In this article we will answer these and other questions.
Whether on Facebook, Instagram, Discord, YouTube or TikTok, we always find, especially in comments, several profiles with anime photos, some even with fake names.
What does PFP mean?
When it comes to social media, there are a lot of acronyms and abbreviations that can be confusing for those new to the platform. One of these acronyms is PFP, which stands for “Profile Picture”. The acronym derives from the English “picture for proof” and “profile picture”.
A profile picture is the image you choose to represent yourself on a social media platform. It's often the first thing people see when they come across your profile; therefore, it is important to choose an image that represents you in the best possible way.
Many users end up choosing Anime characters as their profile pictures. Once you've chosen a profile picture, it's important to keep it up to date, so otaku change their pictures often.
Why use an anime profile picture (PFP)?
Many use an image of their favorite anime character! This way, people will not only know that he is an anime fan, but they will also be suspicious of his favorite characters.
Among otaku, anime profile pictures help create friendships and bonds. Many use PFP to start conversations about their favorite anime.
Many are shy, with low self-esteem about their appearance, so an anime character photo is often a better option.
Other people choose anime characters because of their great artistic beauty. anime really convey expressions that human photos can't convey.
Of course we know that most use anime images due to anonymity. This is something quite common and widespread in Japanese culture. The Japanese don't usually use their own profile pictures either.
We recommend reading: Japanese Anonymous – Does Japan prefer anonymity?
Choosing a Good Profile Image
It has been mentioned that most people choose their favorite character to put as their profile picture. This is really an important factor, as your favorite character is someone you identify with.
We recommend choosing an image that represents you and your personality. Do you want people to see you as fun and outgoing? Then choose an image of a character that reflects that! Or, if you're more introverted, you might want to choose an image of a calm and collected character. It's entirely up to you!
We recommend taking the MBTI personality test, although the vast majority of otaku who use profile pictures are either INTP or ENTP. This test can help you choose a character with the same personality.
Another important aspect that defines a good anime profile picture is that it must be of high quality. Nobody wants to see a pixelated or low-res image of their favorite character – it just doesn't look good! So make sure the image you choose is clear and crisp.
Whichever image you choose, make sure it's an image you're happy with. After all, this is your profile picture – it should represent you and your interests in the best possible way!
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Creating an Original Anime PFP
Maybe you want a PFP of your own face, but in anime style, this is actually possible by turning photo into anime, or using anime character generators and creators.
We have already written a few articles on our website talking about these two topics exactly. In these articles we recommend apps and websites capable of transforming photos into anime or creating characters from scratch.
We recommend reading these articles below:
- 10 Apps to Transform Photo into Anime, Manga and Drawing
- 10 Sites to Create Anime and Avatar Characters
- 10 Apps to Draw Manga on Mobile
Where to find Anime PFP Images?
Google Images is the most obvious and easiest place to find images, but it can be difficult to specifically find a face image of your favorite character.
You can use the face filter in advanced image search, but another recommendation is to consult anime database sites like MyAnimeList or Anime-Planet.
If you're looking for original images and fan art, the best place to find them is on DevianArt, Pinterest or Reddit.
Zerochan is another great place to find PFPs for just about any anime character you can think of. Just search by character name and you're sure to find a ton of great PFP images to choose from.
Anime-Pictures is another fantastic resource for PFPs. They have a ton of high quality PFPs for all kinds of different anime characters.
Tier List – The Most Used Anime PFPs on Social Media
Below I will leave a Tier List created by TierLists showing the most used profile photos today. It's not a serious Tier List, as the descriptions are weird.
We recommend reading: Tier List – Meaning + How-To + Lists