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Most metaphorical or literal 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 "metaphorical" to "literal". 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 "metaphorical" is the same as 100/100 for "literal". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most metaphorical characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
191.524Floki (Vikings)
289.519Angelica Turing (Sense8)
388.1540Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
487.923Yoda (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
587.317Jaskier (The Witcher)
687.2472The Oracle (The Matrix)
784.7345Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
884.531Augustus 'Gus' Waters (The Fault in Our Stars)
984.439Marty Mikalski (The Cabin in the Woods)
1084.0248Melisandre (Game of Thrones)
1184.025Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1283.7267Robert Ford (Westworld)
1383.25Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
1483.213Clarisse McClellan (Fahrenheit 451)
1582.923Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes)
1682.723Prairie Johnson (The OA)
1782.617Oliver Putnam (Only Murders in the Building)
1882.4362Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
1981.227Clementine Kruczynski (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
2081.09Kes (Star Trek: Voyager)
2180.618Alison DiLaurentis (Pretty Little Liars)
2280.665John Michael Dorian (Scrubs)
2380.4254John Locke (LOST)
2480.249Jessa Johansson (Girls)
2580.277Patrick Stewart (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

Most literal characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
193.715Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
293.521Dina Fox (Superstore)
392.9449Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
490.928Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
590.636Carlton Lassiter (Psych)
690.68Gregory Eddie (Abbott Elementary)
790.644Temperance Brennan (Bones)
890.516Aeryn Sun (Farscape)
989.79Bobbie Draper (The Expanse)
1089.71077C-3PO (Star Wars)
1189.457Dr. Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor)
1288.4257Jayne Cobb (Firefly + Serenity)
1388.423Michael Groff (Sex Education)
1488.0927Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)
1588.0549Angela Martin (The Office)
1687.315Amos Burton (The Expanse)
1787.122Tasha Yar (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1886.8162Worf (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
1986.79John Dutton (Yellowstone)
2086.722Cyril Figgis (Archer)
2186.5547Cristina Yang (Grey's Anatomy)
2286.2360Raymond Holt (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
2386.1568Dwight Schrute (The Office)
2485.611Lawrence Yee (Succession)
2585.338Claire (Fleabag)

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 metaphorical<--->literal when aggregated at the character level.

  1. poetic (not factual) (r=0.72)
  2. abstract (not concrete) (r=0.69)
  3. imaginative (not practical) (r=0.66)
  4. philosophical (not real) (r=0.62)
  5. circular (not linear) (r=0.57)
  6. creative (not conventional) (r=0.57)
  7. fantastical (not realistic) (r=0.55)
  8. hipster (not basic) (r=0.51)
  9. artistic (not scientific) (r=0.51)
  10. hippie (not militaristic) (r=0.51)


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