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

Most simple characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
190.4193Nelson Bighetti (Silicon Valley)
288.7464Kevin Malone (The Office)
388.427Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
484.016Lenny (After Life)
583.91413Pumbaa (The Lion King)
683.227Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
782.8130Little John (Robin Hood)
882.7463Michael Kelso (That 70's Show)
982.77Mayuri Shiina (Steins;Gate)
1082.7667Karen Smith (Mean Girls)
1182.61143Joey Tribbiani (Friends)
1282.525Saitama (One Punch Man)
1382.422Jerry Gergich (Parks and Recreation)
1482.2396Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
1581.716Spike (The Land Before Time)
1681.6160Charlie Swan (Twilight)
1781.641Ed (Shaun of the Dead)
1880.915Pop Tate (Riverdale)
1980.8442Bob Pinciotti (That 70's Show)
2080.710Shuichi Aizawa (Death Note)
2180.3207Chien-Po (Mulan)
2280.2298Mr. William Collins (Pride and Prejudice)
2380.2138Olaf (Frozen)
2480.1107Thomas 'Herc' Hauk (The Wire)
2579.8377Barney Gumble (The Simpsons)

Most complicated characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
195.117Prairie Johnson (The OA)
295.022General Kirigan (Shadow and Bone)
394.912Raymond 'Red' Reddington (The Blacklist)
494.930Hiram Lodge (Riverdale)
594.716Shiv Roy (Succession)
694.315Yennefer (The Witcher)
793.77John Rayburn (Bloodline)
893.614Neal Caffrey (White Collar)
993.531Olivia Pope (Scandal)
1093.347Clementine Kruczynski (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
1193.2229Don Draper (Mad Men)
1292.911Patty Hewes (Damages)
1392.841Nate Jacobs (Euphoria)
1492.726Kaz Brekker (Shadow and Bone)
1592.58Misty (Yellowjackets)
1692.5100Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl)
1792.366Dr. Gregory House (House, M.D.)
1892.1233River Tam (Firefly + Serenity)
1992.122Lex Luthor (Smallville)
2091.639Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
2191.41036Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
2291.446Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder)
2391.320Kylo Ren (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
2491.3237Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
2591.17Natalie (Yellowjackets)

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 simple<--->complicated when aggregated at the character level.

  1. unambiguous (not mysterious) (r=0.67)
  2. lighthearted (not intense) (r=0.64)
  3. unchallenging (not demanding) (r=0.62)
  4. average (not deviant) (r=0.61)
  5. slumbering (not insomniac) (r=0.61)
  6. open-book (not secretive) (r=0.6)
  7. yes-man (not contrarian) (r=0.6)
  8. transparent (not machiavellian) (r=0.59)
  9. 🐿 (not 🦇) (r=0.58)
  10. gullible (not cynical) (r=0.57)


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