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

Most nihilist characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
192.064Bertram Gilfoyle (Silicon Valley)
285.446Billy Butcher (The Boys)
380.3141the Alien (Alien)
479.521Scorpius (Farscape)
578.733Byron Hadley (The Shawshank Redemption)
678.420Roman Roy (Succession)
778.119Logan Roy (Succession)
878.024Carol 'Mom' Miller (Futurama)
977.764Dr. Gregory House (House, M.D.)
1077.7242Agent Smith (The Matrix)
1177.354Black Noir (The Boys)
1277.0592April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation)
1377.022Ari Gold (Entourage)
1476.980Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)
1576.513Cahir (The Witcher)
1676.419Ryuk (Death Note)
1776.3101Logan Delos (Westworld)
1876.232Ziggy Sobotka (The Wire)
1976.198Vicious (Cowboy Bebop)
2076.125Dan Egan (Veep)
2175.420Sherlock Holmes (Elementary)
2275.433Perry Cox (Scrubs)
2375.447Eric Cartman (South Park)
2475.333Nurse Mildred Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
2575.246Villanelle (Killing Eve)

Most existentialist characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
186.914Prairie Johnson (The OA)
284.5125Derrial Book (Firefly + Serenity)
384.513Erwin Smith (Attack on Titan)
484.519Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)
583.213Jim (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
682.6102Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
781.919Optimus Prime (Transformers)
881.922Deanna Troi (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
981.899Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
1081.517Jerry Gergich (Parks and Recreation)
1181.068Josiah Bartlet (The West Wing)
1281.025Paul Atreides (Dune)
1380.97Jim Holden (The Expanse)
1480.522Hernando Fuentes (Sense8)
1580.226Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1680.221Kara Danvers (Supergirl)
1780.26Erin Reagan (Blue Bloods)
1880.17Sam Obisanya (Ted Lasso)
1979.925Annie Reed (Sleepless in Seattle)
2079.627Belle French (Once Upon a Time)
2179.617Marianne Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)
2279.545Jess Day (New Girl)
2379.140Benjamin Sisko (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
2479.119Juliana Crain (The Man in the High Castle)
2579.039Francis Mulcahy (M*A*S*H)

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 nihilist<--->existentialist when aggregated at the character level.

  1. demonic (not angelic) (r=0.76)
  2. insulting (not complimentary) (r=0.76)
  3. debased (not pure) (r=0.75)
  4. quarrelsome (not warm) (r=0.74)
  5. poisonous (not nurturing) (r=0.74)
  6. cruel (not kind) (r=0.74)
  7. psychopath (not empath) (r=0.74)
  8. 😈 (not 😇) (r=0.74)
  9. salacious (not wholesome) (r=0.74)
  10. bitter (not sweet) (r=0.74)


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