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

Most utilitarian characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
195.916Aeryn Sun (Farscape)
294.928Mike Ehrmantraut (Better Call Saul)
391.555Odo (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
491.1624Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)
590.815Inspector Kido (The Man in the High Castle)
690.710Bobbie Draper (The Expanse)
790.111O'Brien (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
890.047William Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
989.4118The Operative (Firefly + Serenity)
1089.116Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1188.910Rip Wheeler (Yellowstone)
1288.631Frank Sobotka (The Wire)
1388.511Jim Holden (The Expanse)
1487.610Dr. Sharon Fieldstone (Ted Lasso)
1587.229Nurse Mildred Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
1687.1166Ellen Ripley (Alien)
1787.150Saul Tigh (Battlestar Galactica)
1886.58Susie Myerson (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
1986.319Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher)
2086.220Scorpius (Farscape)
2186.119Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
2286.1382Dwight Schrute (The Office)
2386.029Worf (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
2485.968Teal'c (Stargate SG-1)
2585.920Luke Danes (Gilmore Girls)

Most decorative characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
190.743Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
289.322Eric Effiong (Sex Education)
389.367David Rose (Schitt's Creek)
489.361Rarity (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
588.835Cameron Tucker (Modern Family)
688.267Moira Rose (Schitt's Creek)
788.161Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
887.7587Tom Haverford (Parks and Recreation)
987.6246Goh Peik Lin (Crazy Rich Asians)
1087.389Tracy Jordan (30 Rock)
1187.0114Kurt Hummel (Glee)
1286.8336Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games)
1386.714Emily Cooper (Emily in Paris)
1486.630Sharpay Evans (High School Musical)
1586.2101Jenna Maroney (30 Rock)
1685.5172Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)
1785.48Miriam Maisel (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
1885.425Mateo Liwanag (Superstore)
1985.171Alexis Rose (Schitt's Creek)
2085.091Penelope Garcia (Criminal Minds)
2184.825Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)
2284.4549June George (Mean Girls)
2384.424Lily Iglehart (Sex Education)
2484.022John Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility)
2583.97Jonathan 'Gabe' Gabriel (Penny Arcade)

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 utilitarian<--->decorative when aggregated at the character level.

  1. spartan (not glamorous) (r=0.69)
  2. stoic (not expressive) (r=0.68)
  3. rational (not whimsical) (r=0.67)
  4. scientific (not artistic) (r=0.67)
  5. 🐴 (not 🦄) (r=0.66)
  6. flat (not bubbly) (r=0.66)
  7. no-nonsense (not dramatic) (r=0.65)
  8. serious (not playful) (r=0.65)
  9. practical (not imaginative) (r=0.64)
  10. realistic (not fantastical) (r=0.64)


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