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

Most knowledgeable characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
198.824Lester Freamon (The Wire)
297.6110Dr. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
396.8117Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
496.271Michael Scofield (Prison Break)
596.255Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
696.293Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
796.129Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1)
896.119Moiraine Damodred (Wheel of Time)
996.0170Janet (The Good Place)
1095.852Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
1195.814Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
1295.85The Doctor (Star Trek: Voyager)
1395.749Violet Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
1495.459Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
1595.422Josiah Bartlet (The West Wing)
1695.426David Levinson (Independence Day)
1794.9107Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1894.839Dr. Sean Maguire (Good Will Hunting)
1994.845Egon Spengler (Ghostbusters)
2094.716L (Death Note)
2194.655Professor Oak (Pokémon)
2294.630Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
2394.612Joey Lucas (The West Wing)
2494.627Optimus Prime (Transformers)
2594.560Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)

Most ignorant characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
196.533Zapp Brannigan (Futurama)
296.346Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)
393.658Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
491.723Ziggy Sobotka (The Wire)
591.334Jonah Ryan (Veep)
691.261Brad Bellick (Prison Break)
791.075Michael Kelso (That 70's Show)
890.535George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (Arrested Development)
990.477Topper (Outer Banks)
1089.834Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
1189.735Arturo Roman (Money Heist)
1289.751Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
1389.429Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood)
1489.215Thomas 'Herc' Hauk (The Wire)
1588.3261Joey Donner (10 Things I Hate About You)
1688.244Josh Chan (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
1788.059Petunia Dursley (Harry Potter)
1887.7113Denny (The Room)
1986.730Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
2086.5181Sid Phillips (Toy Story)
2186.327Prince John (Robin Hood)
2286.154Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
2386.0107The Deep (The Boys)
2486.039Pierce Hawthorne (Community)
2585.79Linda Montag (Fahrenheit 451)

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 knowledgeable<--->ignorant when aggregated at the character level.

  1. genius (not dunce) (r=0.89)
  2. wise (not foolish) (r=0.88)
  3. high IQ (not low IQ) (r=0.87)
  4. competent (not incompetent) (r=0.87)
  5. perceptive (not unobservant) (r=0.84)
  6. introspective (not not introspective) (r=0.77)
  7. accurate (not off target) (r=0.77)
  8. deep (not shallow) (r=0.76)
  9. tactful (not indiscreet) (r=0.74)
  10. resourceful (not helpless) (r=0.74)


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