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Most classical or avant-garde 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 "classical" to "avant-garde". 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 "classical" is the same as 100/100 for "avant-garde". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most classical characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
194.5119Charlie Carson (Downton Abbey)
291.225Nurse Mildred Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
390.114Frank Reagan (Blue Bloods)
489.526Colonel Brandon (Sense and Sensibility)
589.415Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
687.737Richard Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
787.713Li Mu Bai (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
887.229Chuck McGill (Better Call Saul)
987.120Capt. Oliver Queenan (The Departed)
1086.914Logan Roy (Succession)
1186.981Leo McGarry (The West Wing)
1286.6165Charlotte York (Sex and the City)
1386.225Squidward Tentacles (SpongeBob SquarePants)
1486.227Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)
1586.039Melanie Hamilton (Gone With the Wind)
1685.9373Angela Martin (The Office)
1785.810Matt Braden (After Life)
1885.89Harry Kim (Star Trek: Voyager)
1985.78Abigail Baker (Blue Bloods)
2085.712Pop Tate (Riverdale)
2185.536Miles O'Brien (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
2284.9280Raymond Holt (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
2384.675George S. Hammond (Stargate SG-1)
2484.481Ned Flanders (The Simpsons)
2584.427Frank Sobotka (The Wire)

Most avant-garde characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
192.18Natalie (Yellowjackets)
291.923Ilana Wexler (Broad City)
390.2246Goh Peik Lin (Crazy Rich Asians)
489.830Amanita Caplan (Sense8)
588.571Tracy Jordan (30 Rock)
688.443Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
786.725Chiana (Farscape)
886.799Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)
986.435Clementine Kruczynski (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
1086.4123Ed (Cowboy Bebop)
1186.1107Abby Sciuto (NCIS)
1285.764Klaus Hargreeves (The Umbrella Academy)
1385.326Lily Iglehart (Sex Education)
1485.225Bender Bending Rodriguez (Futurama)
1584.7601Janis Ian (Mean Girls)
1684.7557April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation)
1784.668Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
1884.588Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
1984.333Jessa Johansson (Girls)
2084.270Allison Reynolds (The Breakfast Club)
2184.162Wyldstyle (The Lego Movie)
2283.954Ben Chang (Community)
2383.9101Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
2483.844Darlene (Mr. Robot)
2583.759The Joker (The Dark Knight)

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 classical<--->avant-garde when aggregated at the character level.

  1. traditional (not unorthodox) (r=0.85)
  2. orderly (not chaotic) (r=0.75)
  3. conventional (not creative) (r=0.74)
  4. scheduled (not spontaneous) (r=0.73)
  5. statist (not anarchist) (r=0.73)
  6. tame (not wild) (r=0.72)
  7. serious (not bold) (r=0.72)
  8. proper (not scandalous) (r=0.71)
  9. regular (not zany) (r=0.7)
  10. basic (not hipster) (r=0.7)


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