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Most stuck-in-the-past or forward-thinking 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 "stuck-in-the-past" to "forward-thinking". 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 "stuck-in-the-past" is the same as 100/100 for "forward-thinking". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most stuck-in-the-past characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
192.469Petunia Dursley (Harry Potter)
292.36Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night)
391.781Moaning Myrtle (Harry Potter)
491.043Javert (Les Misérables)
590.74Lucas Davidowicz (Ctrl+Alt+Del)
690.448Lorna Morello (Orange is the New Black)
788.063Brooks Hatlen (The Shawshank Redemption)
887.729Mal Cobb (Inception)
987.6150Luther Hargreeves (The Umbrella Academy)
1087.650Gollum (Lord of the Rings)
1187.529Michael Groff (Sex Education)
1287.015Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
1386.874Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
1486.745Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Pride and Prejudice)
1586.356Rebecca Bunch (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
1685.8141Topper (Outer Banks)
1785.630Charlie Carson (Downton Abbey)
1885.225Prince Hamlet (Hamlet)
1985.132Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
2085.190Principal Vernon (The Breakfast Club)
2185.161Joel Barish (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
2285.012Tony Johnson (After Life)
2384.798King George III (Hamilton)
2484.736Pierce Hawthorne (Community)
2584.722Man in Black (Westworld)

Most forward-thinking characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
192.528Lady Sybil Crawley (Downton Abbey)
292.36Francisco d'Anconia (Atlas Shrugged)
391.522L (Death Note)
490.053Kim Ki-jung (Parasite)
590.034The Oracle (The Matrix)
690.023Russell 'Stringer' Bell (The Wire)
789.621Number Six (Battlestar Galactica)
889.333Ilana Wexler (Broad City)
989.127Abby Sciuto (NCIS)
1088.915Miriam Maisel (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
1188.820Peter Gregory (Silicon Valley)
1288.0178Mark Watney (The Martian)
1387.724Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
1487.414Heather Davis (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
1587.3114Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
1687.1170Mulan (Mulan)
1786.973Paul Atreides (Dune)
1886.828Mark Zuckerberg (The Social Network)
1986.869Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1)
2086.710Sam Obisanya (Ted Lasso)
2186.614Bertram Gilfoyle (Silicon Valley)
2286.614Keeley Jones (Ted Lasso)
2386.628Sandy Cheeks (SpongeBob SquarePants)
2486.519Charlie Young (The West Wing)
2586.524Light Yagami (Death Note)

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 stuck-in-the-past<--->forward-thinking when aggregated at the character level.

  1. close-minded (not open-minded) (r=0.62)
  2. depressed (not bright) (r=0.61)
  3. uncreative (not open to new experinces) (r=0.59)
  4. lost (not enlightened) (r=0.58)
  5. traumatized (not flourishing) (r=0.54)
  6. self-destructive (not self-improving) (r=0.53)
  7. 📉 (not 📈) (r=0.53)
  8. 😭 (not 😀) (r=0.52)
  9. miserable (not joyful) (r=0.5)
  10. conservative (not liberal) (r=0.5)


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