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

Most high IQ characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
199.822Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
299.523L (Death Note)
399.110Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
498.991Dr. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
598.724Yoda (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
698.074Dr. Gregory House (House, M.D.)
797.81156Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
897.6342Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
997.6520Tony Stark (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
1097.5368Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
1197.455Temperance Brennan (Bones)
1297.3170Vision (WandaVision)
1397.267Dr. Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor)
1497.225Raymond 'Red' Reddington (The Blacklist)
1597.265Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
1697.0362Amy Farrah Fowler (The Big Bang Theory)
1797.038Alex Dunphy (Modern Family)
1896.969Doc Brown (Back to the Future)
1996.922Ender Wiggin (Ender's Game)
2096.830El Profesor (Money Heist)
2196.832Michael Scofield (Prison Break)
2296.645Will Hunting (Good Will Hunting)
2396.651Professor X (X-Men)
2496.6492Cristina Yang (Grey's Anatomy)
2596.6313Robert Ford (Westworld)

Most low IQ characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
194.630Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
290.4526Michael Kelso (That 70's Show)
390.1686Karen Smith (Mean Girls)
489.3367Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
589.240Zapp Brannigan (Futurama)
688.880Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
788.5146Jason Mendoza (The Good Place)
887.437Charlie Kelly (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
987.023Philip J. Fry (Futurama)
1086.1554Kevin Malone (The Office)
1185.4346Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons)
1284.446Josh Chan (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
1384.250The Deep (The Boys)
1484.022Johnny 'Drama' Chase (Entourage)
1584.0473Midge Pinciotti (That 70's Show)
1683.530Arturo Roman (Money Heist)
1783.326Finn Hudson (Glee)
1883.330Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
1983.0345Barney Gumble (The Simpsons)
2083.012Jeff Portnoy (Tropic Thunder)
2182.61106Joey Tribbiani (Friends)
2282.572Tommy (Shameless)
2382.4496Bob Pinciotti (That 70's Show)
2480.999Ziggy Sobotka (The Wire)
2580.6221Joey Donner (10 Things I Hate About You)

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 high IQ<--->low IQ when aggregated at the character level.

  1. genius (not dunce) (r=0.94)
  2. knowledgeable (not ignorant) (r=0.87)
  3. perceptive (not unobservant) (r=0.84)
  4. competent (not incompetent) (r=0.84)
  5. wise (not foolish) (r=0.79)
  6. big-vocabulary (not small-vocabulary) (r=0.76)
  7. alert (not oblivious) (r=0.75)
  8. accurate (not off target) (r=0.73)
  9. tactful (not indiscreet) (r=0.72)
  10. precise (not vague) (r=0.72)


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