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Most philosophical or real characters

As part of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz, this website has had volunteers rate 1,750 characters on a 100 point scale from "philosophical" to "real". 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 "philosophical" is the same as 100/100 for "real". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most philosophical characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
193.29Tycho Brahe (Penny Arcade)
289.518Yoda (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
388.1137Chidi Anagonye (The Good Place)
486.0213Brandon Stark (Game of Thrones)
584.765Vitruvius (The Lego Movie)
684.320Light Yagami (Death Note)
784.116Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
883.824Dean Armitage (Get Out)
983.1411The Oracle (The Matrix)
1082.7166Robert Ford (Westworld)
1182.5204Melisandre (Game of Thrones)
1281.939Amélie Poulain (Amélie)
1381.8189John Locke (LOST)
1481.826Lily Iglehart (Sex Education)
1581.6296Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
1681.2403Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
1781.19Istredd (The Witcher)
1881.023Prince Hamlet (Hamlet)
1980.916Chuck McGill (Better Call Saul)
2080.821Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
2180.548Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
2280.122Prairie Johnson (The OA)
2379.973Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica)
2479.516Li Mu Bai (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
2579.324Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes)

Most real characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
193.613Beth Dutton (Yellowstone)
292.621Amos Burton (The Expanse)
391.518Bobbie Draper (The Expanse)
490.312Susie Myerson (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
589.6247Jayne Cobb (Firefly + Serenity)
689.0359Red Forman (That 70's Show)
788.56Rip Wheeler (Yellowstone)
888.191Billy Butcher (The Boys)
987.97Danny Reagan (Blue Bloods)
1087.828Luke Danes (Gilmore Girls)
1187.7102Santana Lopez (Glee)
1287.733Melinda May (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
1386.321Henry Spencer (Psych)
1486.3198Beryl Patmore (Downton Abbey)
1586.39Perrin Aybara (Wheel of Time)
1686.3311Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
1786.1447Alex Karev (Grey's Anatomy)
1886.178Veronica Fisher (Shameless)
1986.114Gemma Teller Morrow (Sons of Anarchy)
2085.5406Cristina Yang (Grey's Anatomy)
2185.122Dina Fox (Superstore)
2285.1153Jack O'Neill (Stargate SG-1)
2385.0753Han Solo (Star Wars)
2484.863Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
2584.6404Stanley Hudson (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 philosophical<--->real when aggregated at the character level.

  1. metaphorical (not literal) (r=0.62)
  2. cryptic (not straightforward) (r=0.53)
  3. 🎨 (not 🏀) (r=0.5)
  4. poetic (not factual) (r=0.49)
  5. theoretical (not empirical) (r=0.47)
  6. idealist (not realist) (r=0.47)
  7. fantastical (not realistic) (r=0.44)
  8. bookish (not sporty) (r=0.44)
  9. abstract (not concrete) (r=0.44)
  10. thinker (not doer) (r=0.42)


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