Open-Source Psychometrics Project
( home · about )

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

Most permanent characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
194.0131Charlie Carson (Downton Abbey)
290.446William Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
389.9115Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Downton Abbey)
489.69John Dutton (Yellowstone)
589.4382Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)
689.199Alfred Pennyworth (The Dark Knight)
788.613Harold Cooper (The Blacklist)
888.519Dorota Kishlovsky (Gossip Girl)
988.513Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
1088.09Rip Wheeler (Yellowstone)
1186.8111Leroy Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
1286.4111Elsie Carson (Downton Abbey)
1385.833Carla Espinosa (Scrubs)
1485.711Lloyd (Yellowstone)
1585.65The Doctor (Star Trek: Voyager)
1685.627Henry Spencer (Psych)
1785.523Worf (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1885.4296Miranda Bailey (Grey's Anatomy)
1985.3162Red Forman (That 70's Show)
2085.2126Beryl Patmore (Downton Abbey)
2185.014C. Carwood Lipton (Band of Brothers)
2284.912Aram Mojtabai (The Blacklist)
2384.818Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
2484.612Nicole Haught (Wynonna Earp)
2584.613Ka D'Argo (Farscape)

Most transient characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
186.591George Wickham (Pride and Prejudice)
286.446Jessa Johansson (Girls)
385.731Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins (The Wire)
482.630Ilana Wexler (Broad City)
582.630Frank Abagnale (Catch Me If You Can)
682.136Ziggy Sobotka (The Wire)
781.711Mat Cauthon (Wheel of Time)
881.25Eric O'Bannon (Bloodline)
981.030Clementine Kruczynski (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
1081.094Erlich Bachman (Silicon Valley)
1180.818Roman Roy (Succession)
1280.610Ruby Tiffany Sparks (Ruby Sparks)
1380.6244Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
1480.523John Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility)
1580.2114Lydia Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
1679.730Jules Vaughn (Euphoria)
1779.667Lindsay Bluth Funke (Arrested Development)
1879.2192Robert California (The Office)
1979.1227Marla Singer (Fight Club)
2079.188Ed (Cowboy Bebop)
2179.0182Jenny Curran (Forrest Gump)
2278.729Nux (Mad Max: Fury Road)
2378.418Vanessa Abrams (Gossip Girl)
2478.124Janice Soprano (The Sopranos)
2578.023Claire Colburn (Elizabethtown)

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 permanent<--->transient when aggregated at the character level.

  1. consistent (not variable) (r=0.72)
  2. reliable (not experimental) (r=0.68)
  3. orderly (not chaotic) (r=0.64)
  4. sheriff (not outlaw) (r=0.62)
  5. on-time (not tardy) (r=0.61)
  6. official (not backdoor) (r=0.61)
  7. proper (not scandalous) (r=0.6)
  8. precise (not vague) (r=0.59)
  9. works hard (not plays hard) (r=0.58)
  10. concrete (not abstract) (r=0.58)


  Updated: 15 July 2022
  Copyright: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
  Privacy policy