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

Most linear characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
196.010Inspector Kido (The Man in the High Castle)
291.29Bobbie Draper (The Expanse)
389.910Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager)
485.447Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
584.518Paris Geller (Gilmore Girls)
683.667Angela Martin (The Office)
783.4108Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)
882.853Red Forman (That 70's Show)
982.782Nurse Mildred Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
1082.724Carlton Lassiter (Psych)
1182.425Calvin's dad (Calvin and Hobbes)
1281.727Michael Groff (Sex Education)
1381.6111Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1481.5144Raymond Holt (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
1580.857Claire (Fleabag)
1680.26Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
1779.526Bill Tench (Mindhunter)
1879.447Agent Smith (The Matrix)
1979.441Byron Hadley (The Shawshank Redemption)
2079.399Temperance Brennan (Bones)
2179.237Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones)
2279.083Firelord Ozai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
2379.027Henry Francis (Mad Men)
2478.8101Simon Tam (Firefly + Serenity)
2578.628Charlie Carson (Downton Abbey)

Most circular characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
185.412Cheryl Tunt (Archer)
285.3134Tracy Jordan (30 Rock)
384.236Crazy Eyes (Orange is the New Black)
483.528Ilana Wexler (Broad City)
582.935Shawn Spencer (Psych)
682.511Ziggy Sobotka (The Wire)
781.8138Klaus Hargreeves (The Umbrella Academy)
881.656Jessa Johansson (Girls)
981.563Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
1081.439Eric Cartman (South Park)
1180.840Rebecca Bunch (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
1280.519Lily Iglehart (Sex Education)
1380.427Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
1480.121Jimmy McNulty (The Wire)
1580.028Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)
1679.952Ed (Cowboy Bebop)
1779.735Charlie Kelly (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
1879.729Annie Hall (Annie Hall)
1979.717Rita (Mulholland Drive)
2079.452Cameron Tucker (Modern Family)
2179.228Jimmy McGill (Better Call Saul)
2278.982Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
2378.8160Olaf (Frozen)
2478.631Clementine Kruczynski (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
2578.615Mike Wazowski (Monsters, Inc.)

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 linear<--->circular when aggregated at the character level.

  1. concrete (not abstract) (r=0.76)
  2. practical (not imaginative) (r=0.74)
  3. scheduled (not spontaneous) (r=0.69)
  4. tight (not loose) (r=0.69)
  5. serious (not bold) (r=0.69)
  6. rational (not whimsical) (r=0.69)
  7. formal (not intimate) (r=0.68)
  8. methodical (not astonishing) (r=0.68)
  9. deliberate (not spontaneous) (r=0.67)
  10. orderly (not chaotic) (r=0.67)


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