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Most believable or poorly-written 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 "believable" to "poorly-written". 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 "believable" is the same as 100/100 for "poorly-written". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most believable characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
193.1107Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
292.910Tony Johnson (After Life)
392.323Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins (The Wire)
492.05Lloyd (Yellowstone)
591.211Nicole Haught (Wynonna Earp)
691.212Chrisjen Avasarala (The Expanse)
790.814Richard D. Winters (Band of Brothers)
890.711Danny Reagan (Blue Bloods)
990.557Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
1090.518Misato Katsuragi (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
1190.48Philip Jennings (The Americans)
1290.320Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
1390.117Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
1489.825M (Tommorrow Never Dies)
1589.810Toby Ziegler (The West Wing)
1689.724Chris Washington (Get Out)
1789.418Yu Shu Lien (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
1889.219Ragnar Lothbrok (Vikings)
1989.151Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption)
2089.117Eugene G. Roe (Band of Brothers)
2188.738Benjamin 'Hawkeye' Pierce (M*A*S*H)
2288.7114Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
2388.641Alfred Pennyworth (The Dark Knight)
2488.513Armin Arlert (Attack on Titan)
2588.427Glenn Rhee (The Walking Dead)

Most poorly-written characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
188.5106Lisa (The Room)
285.5113Johnny (The Room)
384.2116Denny (The Room)
484.1108Michelle (The Room)
582.0101Peter (The Room)
677.197Mark (The Room)
775.320Fangs Fogarty (Riverdale)
873.945Rita Skeeter (Harry Potter)
970.811Hiram Lodge (Riverdale)
1070.746Cho Chang (Harry Potter)
1167.522Reggie Mantle (Riverdale)
1266.254James Hurley (Twin Peaks)
1363.789Topper (Outer Banks)
1463.623Pepper (Mamma Mia!)
1563.333Sam Healy (Orange is the New Black)
1663.263Agatha (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
1763.214Ethan Ryan MacManus (Ctrl+Alt+Del)
1862.2111Matt Donovan (The Vampire Diaries)
1961.518Tom Keller (Riverdale)
2061.419Rose Tico (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
2161.359Midge Pinciotti (That 70's Show)
2260.9119Will Schuester (Glee)
2359.912Hideki Ide (Death Note)
2459.86Lilah MacManus (Ctrl+Alt+Del)
2559.5135Archie Andrews (Riverdale)

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 believable<--->poorly-written when aggregated at the character level.

  1. important (not irrelevant) (r=0.64)
  2. inspiring (not cringeworthy) (r=0.63)
  3. competent (not incompetent) (r=0.59)
  4. deep (not shallow) (r=0.58)
  5. knowledgeable (not ignorant) (r=0.57)
  6. legit (not scrub) (r=0.57)
  7. interesting (not tiresome) (r=0.56)
  8. wise (not foolish) (r=0.55)
  9. genius (not dunce) (r=0.55)
  10. perceptive (not unobservant) (r=0.54)


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