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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
197.754Gollum (Lord of the Rings)
295.721Cheryl Tunt (Archer)
395.738Charlie Kelly (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
494.217Ziggy Sobotka (The Wire)
592.639Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)
692.637Barney Gumble (The Simpsons)
792.670Leland Palmer (Twin Peaks)
892.456Rue Bennett (Euphoria)
992.094Frank Gallagher (Shameless)
1092.029Jonah Ryan (Veep)
1191.717Kendall Roy (Succession)
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)
1890.732Ben Chang (Community)
1990.634George Costanza (Seinfeld)
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)
686.7100Derrial Book (Firefly + Serenity)
786.536Professor Oak (Pokémon)
886.462Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
986.390Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1086.373Carlisle Cullen (Twilight)
1185.618George S. Hammond (Stargate SG-1)
1285.522Charlie Young (The West Wing)
1385.133Francis Mulcahy (M*A*S*H)
1485.159Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
1585.123Saitama (One Punch Man)
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)
2383.623Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
2483.245Alexis Castle (Castle)
2583.137Chris Traeger (Parks and Recreation)

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. unstable (not stable) (r=0.78)
  2. deranged (not reasonable) (r=0.78)
  3. moody (not stable) (r=0.77)
  4. flawed (not perfect) (r=0.73)
  5. crazy (not sane) (r=0.72)
  6. hypocritical (not equitable) (r=0.72)
  7. debased (not pure) (r=0.72)
  8. lost (not enlightened) (r=0.72)
  9. poisonous (not nurturing) (r=0.71)
  10. ludicrous (not sensible) (r=0.7)


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