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

Most important characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
197.915Neal Caffrey (White Collar)
297.238Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
397.07Prairie Johnson (The OA)
496.968Vito Corleone (The Godfather)
596.825Ender Wiggin (Ender's Game)
696.752Michael Scofield (Prison Break)
796.654Paul Atreides (Dune)
896.621L (Death Note)
996.630Optimus Prime (Transformers)
1096.431Omar Little (The Wire)
1196.417Ciri (The Witcher)
1296.114William Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
1396.0214Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
1496.047Villanelle (Killing Eve)
1595.925Ragnar Lothbrok (Vikings)
1695.730Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1795.615Beowulf (Beowulf)
1895.631Olivia Pope (Scandal)
1995.516Yennefer (The Witcher)
2095.414Mike Ehrmantraut (Better Call Saul)
2195.418Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
2295.333T-800 (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)
2395.115Littlefoot (The Land Before Time)
2495.025Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
2595.0276Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Most irrelevant characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
184.531Michelle (The Room)
281.673The Deep (The Boys)
381.322Connor Roy (Succession)
480.7351Mark Brendanawicz (Parks and Recreation)
579.625India Wilkes (Gone With the Wind)
679.192Matt Donovan (The Vampire Diaries)
777.910Hideki Ide (Death Note)
877.277Niko Polastri (Killing Eve)
977.185Ian Duncan (Community)
1076.751Karen Wheeler (Stranger Things)
1176.227Arturo Roman (Money Heist)
1276.030Pepper (Mamma Mia!)
1375.789Mr. William Collins (Pride and Prejudice)
1475.622Ali (Mamma Mia!)
1575.531Zapp Brannigan (Futurama)
1675.352Kermit (Shameless)
1775.138Jonah Ryan (Veep)
1875.1205Stuart Bloom (The Big Bang Theory)
1975.0175Rita Skeeter (Harry Potter)
2074.953Tommy (Shameless)
2174.67Henry Jennings (The Americans)
2274.5481Betsy Heron (Mean Girls)
2374.441Shannon Rutherford (LOST)
2474.3215Leslie Winkle (The Big Bang Theory)
2574.0114Pete Hornberger (30 Rock)

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 important<--->irrelevant when aggregated at the character level.

  1. interesting (not tiresome) (r=0.74)
  2. main character (not side character) (r=0.73)
  3. inspiring (not cringeworthy) (r=0.71)
  4. extraordinary (not mundane) (r=0.69)
  5. chosen one (not everyman) (r=0.68)
  6. charismatic (not uninspiring) (r=0.67)
  7. badass (not weakass) (r=0.67)
  8. pro (not noob) (r=0.66)
  9. believable (not poorly-written) (r=0.64)
  10. mighty (not puny) (r=0.63)


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