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

Most optimistic characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
199.413Ted Lasso (Ted Lasso)
297.338SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants)
396.4995Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
496.169Kenneth Parcell (30 Rock)
596.011Don Quijote (Don Quixote)
695.793Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
795.641Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
895.0173Olaf (Frozen)
995.032Chris Traeger (Parks and Recreation)
1094.325Mumen Rider (One Punch Man)
1194.286Jess Day (New Girl)
1294.066Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
1393.824Christian (Moulin Rouge!)
1493.658Ash Ketchum (Pokémon)
1593.632Penny (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
1693.5538Kelly Erin Hannon (The Office)
1793.510Keeley Jones (Ted Lasso)
1893.448Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
1993.430Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
2093.121Sam Obisanya (Ted Lasso)
2193.1322Kaylee Frye (Firefly + Serenity)
2292.935Rapunzel (Tangled)
2392.9369Ned Flanders (The Simpsons)
2492.812Lisa Johnson (After Life)
2592.616Sam Evans (Glee)

Most pessimistic characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
198.429Squidward Tentacles (SpongeBob SquarePants)
292.2476Red Forman (That 70's Show)
391.935Michel Gerard (Gilmore Girls)
491.821Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
591.8207Bertram Gilfoyle (Silicon Valley)
691.7271Sandor Clegane (Game of Thrones)
790.825Prince Hamlet (Hamlet)
890.487Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
990.436Nurse Mildred Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
1090.1948April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation)
1189.8282Sarah O'Brien (Downton Abbey)
1289.5334Moaning Myrtle (Harry Potter)
1389.418Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
1489.1577Stanley Hudson (The Office)
1589.016Mat Cauthon (Wheel of Time)
1689.0550Angela Martin (The Office)
1788.4337Moe Szyslak (The Simpsons)
1888.1417George Costanza (Seinfeld)
1988.1279Petunia Dursley (Harry Potter)
2088.121Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
2187.943Ray Ploshansky (Girls)
2287.812Dominar Rygel XVI (Farscape)
2387.820Kylo Ren (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
2487.873John Murphy (The 100)
2587.717Randall Boggs (Monsters, Inc.)

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 optimistic<--->pessimistic when aggregated at the character level.

  1. sunny (not gloomy) (r=0.83)
  2. joyful (not miserable) (r=0.81)
  3. glad (not mad) (r=0.79)
  4. cheery (not sorrowful) (r=0.76)
  5. sweet (not bitter) (r=0.76)
  6. 🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️) (r=0.76)
  7. warm (not cold) (r=0.76)
  8. good-humored (not angry) (r=0.73)
  9. trusting (not suspicious) (r=0.73)
  10. bright (not depressed) (r=0.73)


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