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Most ambitious or realistic characters

As part of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz, this website has had volunteers rate 1,750 characters on a 100 point scale from "ambitious" to "realistic". 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 "ambitious" is the same as 100/100 for "realistic". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most ambitious characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
195.89Don Quijote (Don Quixote)
295.214Ziggy Sobotka (The Wire)
394.123SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants)
493.882Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
593.794Ash Ketchum (Pokémon)
693.111Erlich Bachman (Silicon Valley)
793.121Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica)
893.034Tobias Funke (Arrested Development)
992.915Ted Lasso (Ted Lasso)
1092.780Rachel Berry (Glee)
1192.711Patty Hewes (Damages)
1292.616Buddy Pine (The Incredibles)
1392.492Alexander Hamilton (Hamilton)
1492.128Frank Abagnale (Catch Me If You Can)
1592.1127Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
1692.07Misty (Yellowjackets)
1791.730Zapp Brannigan (Futurama)
1891.673Jenna Maroney (30 Rock)
1991.68Malvolio (Twelfth Night)
2091.17John Galt (Atlas Shrugged)
2191.0118Tom Haverford (Parks and Recreation)
2290.630Nathan Bateman (Ex Machina)
2390.674Michael Scott (The Office)
2490.621Quark (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
2590.457Ivar Ragnarsson (Vikings)

Most realistic characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
193.4106Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)
288.788Shikamaru Nara (Naruto)
388.633Luke Danes (Gilmore Girls)
488.264Stanley Hudson (The Office)
587.434Mike Ehrmantraut (Better Call Saul)
687.331Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)
787.237Alfred Pennyworth (The Dark Knight)
886.922Cecil B. Heimerdinger (Arcane)
986.873Red Forman (That 70's Show)
1085.8136C-3PO (Star Wars)
1184.937T-800 (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)
1284.949Brooks Hatlen (The Shawshank Redemption)
1384.88Amos Burton (The Expanse)
1484.138Henry Spencer (Psych)
1584.06Lenny (After Life)
1683.636Berta (Two and Half Men)
1782.911Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
1882.916Dr. Sharon Fieldstone (Ted Lasso)
1982.537Cameron Frye (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
2082.468Pete Hornberger (30 Rock)
2182.213Dale Harding (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
2282.061Ennis Del Mar (Brokeback Mountain)
2381.9106Mark Brendanawicz (Parks and Recreation)
2481.917Tony Johnson (After Life)
2581.636Beryl Patmore (Downton Abbey)

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 ambitious<--->realistic when aggregated at the character level.

  1. fantastical (not realistic) (r=0.65)
  2. head@clouds (not down2earth) (r=0.65)
  3. flamboyant (not modest) (r=0.63)
  4. exuberant (not subdued) (r=0.63)
  5. idealist (not realist) (r=0.62)
  6. dramatic (not no-nonsense) (r=0.6)
  7. experimental (not reliable) (r=0.59)
  8. impulsive (not cautious) (r=0.58)
  9. ludicrous (not sensible) (r=0.58)
  10. exaggerating (not factual) (r=0.58)


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