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

Most fearmongering characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
198.710Logan Roy (Succession)
295.823Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
394.952Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)
494.736Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
593.916Major Arnold Toht (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
693.512Gavin Belson (Silicon Valley)
793.345Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development)
893.351Eric Cartman (South Park)
993.144Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
1092.54Eric O'Bannon (Bloodline)
1192.417Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Dune)
1292.263Firelord Ozai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
1392.124Oswald Cobblepot (Gotham)
1492.029the Alien (Alien)
1591.771Sue Sylvester (Glee)
1691.617Jonah Ryan (Veep)
1791.414Randall Boggs (Monsters, Inc.)
1891.149Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
1990.997Sid Phillips (Toy Story)
2090.728Samuel Norton (The Shawshank Redemption)
2190.39William Rawls (The Wire)
2290.293Darth Vader (Star Wars)
2390.153Stormfront (The Boys)
2489.917Malory Archer (Archer)
2589.853Homelander (The Boys)

Most reassuring characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
194.315Ted Lasso (Ted Lasso)
293.38Waverly Earp (Wynonna Earp)
392.312Richard D. Winters (Band of Brothers)
492.340Deanna Troi (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
591.432Bumblebee (Transformers)
691.411Sam Obisanya (Ted Lasso)
791.380Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
891.020Elizabeth Burke (White Collar)
991.022Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
1090.672Kaylee Frye (Firefly + Serenity)
1190.432Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter)
1289.320Melanie Hamilton (Gone With the Wind)
1389.39Kathy Selden (Singin' in the Rain)
1488.715Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1588.644Hilda Spellman (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
1688.422Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1788.410Jadzia Dax (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
1888.381Inara Serra (Firefly + Serenity)
1988.353Professor Oak (Pokémon)
2088.122Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
2187.925Beverly Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
2287.975Eliza Hamilton (Hamilton)
2387.829Francis Mulcahy (M*A*S*H)
2487.626Debora (Baby Driver)
2587.634Mary Margaret Blanchard (Once Upon a Time)

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 fearmongering<--->reassuring when aggregated at the character level.

  1. poisonous (not nurturing) (r=0.87)
  2. psychopath (not empath) (r=0.86)
  3. cruel (not kind) (r=0.85)
  4. demonic (not angelic) (r=0.84)
  5. stingy (not generous) (r=0.84)
  6. quarrelsome (not warm) (r=0.84)
  7. insulting (not complimentary) (r=0.83)
  8. selfish (not altruistic) (r=0.83)
  9. villainous (not heroic) (r=0.82)
  10. salacious (not wholesome) (r=0.81)


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