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

Most sad characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
195.414Carmen Berzatto (The Bear)
295.315Prince Hamlet (Hamlet)
393.728Fantine (Les Misérables)
493.225Squidward Tentacles (SpongeBob SquarePants)
593.113Winston Smith (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
693.125Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
793.018Ophelia (Hamlet)
892.884Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
992.325Tate Langdon (American Horror Story: Season 1)
1091.731Michael Groff (Sex Education)
1191.41060Darth Vader (Star Wars)
1291.219Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
1391.1361Moaning Myrtle (Harry Potter)
1490.5335Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
1590.550Elliot Alderson (Mr. Robot)
1690.117Levi Ackermann (Attack on Titan)
1790.020Kylo Ren (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
1889.512Linda Montag (Fahrenheit 451)
1989.519Cho Sang-woo (Squid Game)
2089.4262Sandor Clegane (Game of Thrones)
2189.3252Man in Black (Westworld)
2289.2328Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
2389.121Reiner Braun (Attack on Titan)
2488.929Violet Harmon (American Horror Story: Season 1)
2588.910Ginny Miller (Ginny & Georgia)

Most happy characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
197.322SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants)
295.283Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
393.314Sam Obisanya (Ted Lasso)
492.8189Olaf (Frozen)
592.6404Goh Peik Lin (Crazy Rich Asians)
692.1918Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
791.912Ava Coleman (Abbott Elementary)
891.775Penelope Garcia (Criminal Minds)
991.313Dashiell Parr (The Incredibles)
1090.71372Pumbaa (The Lion King)
1190.711Lisa Johnson (After Life)
1290.564Kenneth Parcell (30 Rock)
1389.522Ducky (The Land Before Time)
1489.537Sookie St. James (Gilmore Girls)
1589.536Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
1689.325Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes)
1789.358Ash Ketchum (Pokémon)
1889.11198Joey Tribbiani (Friends)
1988.855Linda Belcher (Bob's Burgers)
2088.631Chris Traeger (Parks and Recreation)
2188.627Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
2288.3308Kaylee Frye (Firefly + Serenity)
2388.223Pepper (Mamma Mia!)
2487.9238Ed (Cowboy Bebop)
2587.8524Kelly Erin Hannon (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 sad<--->happy when aggregated at the character level.

  1. sorrowful (not cheery) (r=0.91)
  2. miserable (not joyful) (r=0.9)
  3. haunted (not blissful) (r=0.86)
  4. gloomy (not sunny) (r=0.86)
  5. 😭 (not 😀) (r=0.85)
  6. depressed (not bright) (r=0.85)
  7. traumatized (not flourishing) (r=0.78)
  8. mad (not glad) (r=0.75)
  9. angry (not good-humored) (r=0.75)
  10. resentful (not euphoric) (r=0.74)


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