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Most self-destructive or self-improving 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 "self-destructive" to "self-improving". 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 "self-destructive" is the same as 100/100 for "self-improving". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most self-destructive characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
197.753Gollum (Lord of the Rings)
295.721Cheryl Tunt (Archer)
395.335Charlie Kelly (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
494.217Ziggy Sobotka (The Wire)
592.716Kendall Roy (Succession)
692.752Rue Bennett (Euphoria)
792.639Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)
892.637Barney Gumble (The Simpsons)
992.670Leland Palmer (Twin Peaks)
1092.094Frank Gallagher (Shameless)
1192.029Jonah Ryan (Veep)
1291.250Dr. Gregory House (House, M.D.)
1391.225Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
1491.1189Sid Phillips (Toy Story)
1591.026Erlich Bachman (Silicon Valley)
1690.815Sterling Archer (Archer)
1790.841Dee Reynolds (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
1890.833George Costanza (Seinfeld)
1990.732Ben Chang (Community)
2090.380Krusty the Clown (The Simpsons)
2189.846Pierce Hawthorne (Community)
2289.826George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (Arrested Development)
2389.436Prince John (Robin Hood)
2489.416Mat Cauthon (Wheel of Time)
2589.217Asuka Langly Soryu (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Most self-improving characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
192.515Lagertha (Vikings)
292.5110Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
390.8117Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
490.622Sam Obisanya (Ted Lasso)
589.422Richard D. Winters (Band of Brothers)
688.820Saitama (One Punch Man)
786.789Derrial Book (Firefly + Serenity)
886.536Professor Oak (Pokémon)
986.462Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
1086.390Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1186.373Carlisle Cullen (Twilight)
1285.618George S. Hammond (Stargate SG-1)
1385.522Charlie Young (The West Wing)
1485.133Francis Mulcahy (M*A*S*H)
1585.159Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
1684.916Hernando Fuentes (Sense8)
1784.76Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
1884.748Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption)
1984.128Q (Tommorrow Never Dies)
2084.136Penny (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
2184.0111Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
2284.010Nicole Haught (Wynonna Earp)
2383.245Alexis Castle (Castle)
2483.137Chris Traeger (Parks and Recreation)
2583.162Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

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 self-destructive<--->self-improving when aggregated at the character level.

  1. deranged (not reasonable) (r=0.78)
  2. moody (not stable) (r=0.77)
  3. crazy (not sane) (r=0.72)
  4. hypocritical (not equitable) (r=0.72)
  5. lost (not enlightened) (r=0.72)
  6. debased (not pure) (r=0.72)
  7. poisonous (not nurturing) (r=0.71)
  8. ludicrous (not sensible) (r=0.7)
  9. selfish (not altruistic) (r=0.7)
  10. perverted (not clean) (r=0.7)


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