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

Most depressed characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
194.022Squidward Tentacles (SpongeBob SquarePants)
292.437Rue Bennett (Euphoria)
390.927Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
490.786Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
590.112Tony Johnson (After Life)
690.039Jack Maine (A Star Is Born)
789.9366Moe Szyslak (The Simpsons)
889.622Michael Groff (Sex Education)
989.3553The Narrator (Fight Club)
1089.318Levi Ackermann (Attack on Titan)
1189.211Reiner Braun (Attack on Titan)
1288.919Drew Baylor (Elizabethtown)
1388.8363Moaning Myrtle (Harry Potter)
1488.6450Gollum (Lord of the Rings)
1587.832Elliot Alderson (Mr. Robot)
1687.517Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
1787.548The Deep (The Boys)
1887.25Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
1986.961Pete Hornberger (30 Rock)
2086.916Jonas Kahnwald (Dark)
2186.843Will Graham (Hannibal)
2286.7280Theon Greyjoy (Game of Thrones)
2386.6349Stuart Bloom (The Big Bang Theory)
2486.136Arthur Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
2586.0235Sandor Clegane (Game of Thrones)

Most bright characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
195.526Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
293.915Ducky (The Land Before Time)
393.822SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants)
493.7944Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
592.3204Ed (Cowboy Bebop)
691.961Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
791.315Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
891.2275Kaylee Frye (Firefly + Serenity)
991.0434Goh Peik Lin (Crazy Rich Asians)
1090.17Miriam Maisel (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
1189.638Sookie St. James (Gilmore Girls)
1289.013Keeley Jones (Ted Lasso)
1388.824Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
1488.519Amanita Caplan (Sense8)
1588.073Jess Day (New Girl)
1687.8178Olaf (Frozen)
1787.6482Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
1887.582Penelope Garcia (Criminal Minds)
1986.8443Ty Lee (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
2086.427Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
2186.334Juliet O'Hara (Psych)
2286.321Eric Effiong (Sex Education)
2386.210Waverly Earp (Wynonna Earp)
2486.2143Robin Hood (Robin Hood)
2586.128Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)

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 depressed<--->bright when aggregated at the character level.

  1. sad (not happy) (r=0.85)
  2. miserable (not joyful) (r=0.85)
  3. sorrowful (not cheery) (r=0.81)
  4. gloomy (not sunny) (r=0.8)
  5. traumatized (not flourishing) (r=0.8)
  6. 😭 (not 😀) (r=0.78)
  7. haunted (not blissful) (r=0.76)
  8. pessimistic (not optimistic) (r=0.73)
  9. cursed (not blessed) (r=0.71)
  10. negative (not positive) (r=0.71)


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