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

Most arcane characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
192.1194Bertram Gilfoyle (Silicon Valley)
291.8532Dwight Schrute (The Office)
391.662Allison Reynolds (The Breakfast Club)
490.6312Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
590.524The Amphibian Man (The Shape of Water)
690.118Tycho Brahe (Penny Arcade)
789.865Kimiko Miyashiro (The Boys)
889.8260River Tam (Firefly + Serenity)
989.417Doc Holliday (Wynonna Earp)
1088.8504Gollum (Lord of the Rings)
1188.4280Melisandre (Game of Thrones)
1288.1307Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter)
1388.0300The Joker (The Dark Knight)
1487.614Don Shirley (Green Book)
1587.6206Akecheta (Westworld)
1687.619Scorpius (Farscape)
1787.648Charlie Kelly (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
1887.541Elliot Alderson (Mr. Robot)
1987.325Ilana Wexler (Broad City)
2087.344Amélie Poulain (Amélie)
2187.326Huck (Scandal)
2287.146Lily Iglehart (Sex Education)
2387.031Lillian Kaushtupper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
2486.813Verna (The Fall of the House of Usher)
2586.829Norman Bates (Psycho)

Most mainstream characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
188.919Linda Montag (Fahrenheit 451)
287.617Jules Louden (The Cabin in the Woods)
387.520Jackie (Yellowjackets)
486.517Jamie Tartt (Ted Lasso)
585.7215Shannon Rutherford (LOST)
685.257Lyla Garrity (Friday Night Lights)
785.2654Gretchen Wieners (Mean Girls)
885.2486Cordelia Chase (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
984.640Marnie Michaels (Girls)
1084.3634Aaron Samuels (Mean Girls)
1184.2195Bianca Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You)
1284.020Jenna Middleton (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
1383.733Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
1483.219Ava Coleman (Abbott Elementary)
1582.955Troy Bolton (High School Musical)
1682.643F. Tony Scarapiducci (Space Force)
1782.334Park Dong-ik (Parasite)
1882.3405Jackie Burkhart (That 70's Show)
1982.2411Penny (The Big Bang Theory)
2082.191Claire Standish (The Breakfast Club)
2182.159A-Train (The Boys)
2282.116Alli Bhandari (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
2382.05Lilah MacManus (Ctrl+Alt+Del)
2481.845Josh Chan (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
2581.8480Kelly Kapoor (The Office)

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 arcane<--->mainstream when aggregated at the character level.

  1. indie (not pop) (r=0.69)
  2. freak (not normie) (r=0.64)
  3. nonconformist (not social climber) (r=0.62)
  4. original (not cliché) (r=0.58)
  5. conspiracist (not sheeple) (r=0.56)
  6. mysterious (not unambiguous) (r=0.56)
  7. boundary breaking (not stereotypical) (r=0.56)
  8. weird (not normal) (r=0.55)
  9. punk rock (not preppy) (r=0.54)
  10. hipster (not basic) (r=0.54)


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