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

Most competent characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
198.114Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
298.05John 'Preacher' Middleton (Virgin River)
398.027Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
497.419Inej Ghafa (Shadow and Bone)
597.418Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher)
697.3334Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
796.723Sun Bak (Sense8)
896.4266Zoe Washburne (Firefly + Serenity)
996.312Barbara Howard (Abbott Elementary)
1096.214Moiraine Damodred (Wheel of Time)
1196.111Dr. Sharon Fieldstone (Ted Lasso)
1296.150Temperance Brennan (Bones)
1396.0142Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1)
1495.9336Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
1595.8121Lester Freamon (The Wire)
1695.721Shirley Schmidt (Boston Legal)
1795.727Donna Paulsen (Suits)
1895.716Diane Lockhart (The Good Wife)
1995.58Jack Sheridan (Virgin River)
2095.538Thomas Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
2195.413Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife)
2295.4114William Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
2395.4217C. J. Cregg (The West Wing)
2495.3522Cristina Yang (Grey's Anatomy)
2595.352John Wick (John Wick)

Most incompetent characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
192.6246Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)
291.0366Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
391.020Connor Roy (Succession)
490.429Philip J. Fry (Futurama)
590.437Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
690.394Ziggy Sobotka (The Wire)
790.1378Barney Gumble (The Simpsons)
890.1469Michael Kelso (That 70's Show)
989.774George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (Arrested Development)
1089.720James Taggart (Atlas Shrugged)
1189.6294Pierce Hawthorne (Community)
1289.4237Nelson Bighetti (Silicon Valley)
1389.382Tobias Funke (Arrested Development)
1488.6133Prince John (Robin Hood)
1588.329Zapp Brannigan (Futurama)
1688.050The Deep (The Boys)
1787.973Buster Bluth (Arrested Development)
1887.390Frank Gallagher (Shameless)
1986.547Charlie Kelly (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
2086.5681Karen Smith (Mean Girls)
2186.3301Ben Chang (Community)
2286.296Tracy Jordan (30 Rock)
2385.5491Kevin Malone (The Office)
2484.49Jamie Dutton (Yellowstone)
2584.427Kirk Gleason (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 competent<--->incompetent when aggregated at the character level.

  1. wise (not foolish) (r=0.87)
  2. knowledgeable (not ignorant) (r=0.86)
  3. accurate (not off target) (r=0.85)
  4. genius (not dunce) (r=0.85)
  5. perceptive (not unobservant) (r=0.83)
  6. high IQ (not low IQ) (r=0.83)
  7. resourceful (not helpless) (r=0.83)
  8. legit (not scrub) (r=0.8)
  9. alert (not oblivious) (r=0.79)
  10. tactful (not indiscreet) (r=0.76)


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