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Most playful or serious characters

As part of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz, this website has had volunteers rate 2,000 characters on a 100 point scale from "playful" to "serious". This page lists the 25 characters whose average ratings were the farthest to either side. Because the scale is bipolar, it is reversable. For example, a rating of 1/100 for "playful" is the same as 100/100 for "serious". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most playful characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
197.482Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
295.6188Olaf (Frozen)
395.327Shawn Spencer (Psych)
495.0245Ed (Cowboy Bebop)
595.0446Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)
694.732SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants)
794.712Ducky (The Land Before Time)
894.513Gavin 'Spinner' Mason (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
994.5489Michael Kelso (That 70's Show)
1094.5349Donkey (Shrek)
1194.225Jesper Fahey (Shadow and Bone)
1294.025Jaskier (The Witcher)
1393.91233Joey Tribbiani (Friends)
1493.9405Goh Peik Lin (Crazy Rich Asians)
1593.850Ilana Wexler (Broad City)
1693.6107Klaus Hargreeves (The Umbrella Academy)
1793.4347George Weasley (Harry Potter)
1893.323Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
1993.2280Jake Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
2093.244Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
2193.171Tracy Jordan (30 Rock)
2292.9546Michael Scott (The Office)
2392.11337Pumbaa (The Lion King)
2491.9119Jason Mendoza (The Good Place)
2591.829Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

Most serious characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
198.925Nurse Mildred Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
297.533Javert (Les Misérables)
397.2509Firelord Ozai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
495.79Amos Burton (The Expanse)
595.7330Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
695.4253Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones)
795.422Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
895.328Carlton Lassiter (Psych)
995.026Michael Groff (Sex Education)
1094.61063Darth Vader (Star Wars)
1194.6548Angela Martin (The Office)
1294.519Huck (Scandal)
1394.481Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
1494.1131Chef Skinner (Ratatouille)
1593.927Squidward Tentacles (SpongeBob SquarePants)
1693.525Cho Sang-woo (Squid Game)
1793.428Mikasa Ackermann (Attack on Titan)
1893.3386Mike Ehrmantraut (Breaking Bad)
1993.3180Worf (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
2093.2450Red Forman (That 70's Show)
2193.218Inspector Kido (The Man in the High Castle)
2293.1351Gus Fring (Breaking Bad)
2393.1230Vicious (Cowboy Bebop)
2493.061Father Faustus Blackwood (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
2592.914Rip Wheeler (Yellowstone)

Similar traits

The survey has 400 different descriptive scales that the characters can be rated on. This list is the 10 other scales that that have the highest correlation with playful<--->serious when aggregated at the character level.

  1. 😜 (not 🤐) (r=0.86)
  2. loose (not tight) (r=0.86)
  3. lenient (not strict) (r=0.82)
  4. goof-off (not studious) (r=0.81)
  5. spontaneous (not deliberate) (r=0.8)
  6. funny (not humorless) (r=0.8)
  7. gregarious (not private) (r=0.78)
  8. random (not pointed) (r=0.78)
  9. chatty (not reserved) (r=0.77)
  10. bold (not serious) (r=0.77)


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