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

Most protagonist characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
198.220Clark Kent (Smallville)
298.05Prairie Johnson (The OA)
396.98Ted Lasso (Ted Lasso)
496.620Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
595.368Ash Ketchum (Pokémon)
695.023Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
795.023Chris Washington (Get Out)
895.029Richard D. Winters (Band of Brothers)
994.894Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
1094.816James P.Sullivan (Monsters, Inc.)
1194.78Jim Holden (The Expanse)
1294.640Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
1394.512Miriam Maisel (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
1494.376Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
1594.230Ellen Ripley (Alien)
1693.927Baby (Baby Driver)
1793.6105Mulan (Mulan)
1893.540Jamie Fraser (Outlander)
1993.476Miguel (Coco)
2093.012Martin Brody (Jaws)
2192.842Elisa Esposito (The Shape of Water)
2292.840Violet Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
2392.526Jack Traven (Speed)
2492.419Eric Taylor (Friday Night Lights)
2592.241Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Most antagonist characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
198.115Randall Boggs (Monsters, Inc.)
296.025Major Arnold Toht (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
395.857Prince Humperdinck (The Princess Bride)
495.813Dukat (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
595.245Stormfront (The Boys)
693.513Scorpius (Farscape)
793.416James Taggart (Atlas Shrugged)
893.341Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
992.944Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)
1092.819Dr. Rene Belloq (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
1192.665Firelord Ozai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
1292.034Arturo Roman (Money Heist)
1391.938Byron Hadley (The Shawshank Redemption)
1491.317Buddy Pine (The Incredibles)
1591.218Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
1690.621Palpatine (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
1790.623Howard Payne (Speed)
1890.4110Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
1990.346Samuel Norton (The Shawshank Redemption)
2090.367Carol 'Mom' Miller (Futurama)
2190.226Dean Armitage (Get Out)
2290.041Vizzini (The Princess Bride)
2389.860Father Faustus Blackwood (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
2489.720Darlene Snell (Ozark)
2589.618Jonah Ryan (Veep)

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 protagonist<--->antagonist when aggregated at the character level.

  1. heroic (not villainous) (r=0.88)
  2. soulful (not soulless) (r=0.83)
  3. 🌟 (not 💩) (r=0.82)
  4. kind (not cruel) (r=0.82)
  5. loyal (not traitorous) (r=0.81)
  6. treasure (not trash) (r=0.81)
  7. loveable (not punchable) (r=0.81)
  8. nurturing (not poisonous) (r=0.79)
  9. generous (not stingy) (r=0.78)
  10. egalitarian (not racist) (r=0.78)


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