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

Most heroic characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
197.733Bumblebee (Transformers)
296.519Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
396.4247Mulan (Mulan)
496.2511Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
595.825Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
695.826Padme Amidala (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
795.524Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
895.39Richard D. Winters (Band of Brothers)
995.1263Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones)
1094.913Sam Obisanya (Ted Lasso)
1194.8325Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
1294.824Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)
1394.8554Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
1494.7393Glenn Rhee (The Walking Dead)
1594.7552Aragorn (Lord of the Rings)
1694.715Littlefoot (The Land Before Time)
1794.682Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
1894.3368Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
1994.232Elisa Esposito (The Shape of Water)
2094.17The Doctor (Star Trek: Voyager)
2193.9139Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1)
2293.81081Princess Leia (Star Wars)
2393.81022Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
2493.7356Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU)
2593.7115Barry Allen (The Flash)

Most villainous characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
199.417Palpatine (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
298.0284Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)
397.826Rose Armitage (Get Out)
497.0370Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
596.418Hiram Lodge (Riverdale)
696.343Major Arnold Toht (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
796.218Hans Gruber (Die Hard)
895.91383Scar (The Lion King)
995.6330Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
1095.512Don Giuseppe 'Papa Joe' Yakavetta (The Boondock Saints)
1195.484Stormfront (The Boys)
1295.3184Hans (Frozen)
1395.322Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Dune)
1495.133Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
1595.0790Sid Phillips (Toy Story)
1695.0440Mr. Burns (The Simpsons)
1794.7531Firelord Ozai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
1894.723Missy Armitage (Get Out)
1994.5145Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
2094.448Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
2194.349Samuel Norton (The Shawshank Redemption)
2294.1165Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)
2393.916Scorpius (Farscape)
2493.812Logan Roy (Succession)
2593.724Dean Armitage (Get Out)

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 heroic<--->villainous when aggregated at the character level.

  1. kind (not cruel) (r=0.9)
  2. nurturing (not poisonous) (r=0.89)
  3. loyal (not traitorous) (r=0.89)
  4. altruistic (not selfish) (r=0.89)
  5. protagonist (not antagonist) (r=0.88)
  6. soulful (not soulless) (r=0.88)
  7. empath (not psychopath) (r=0.87)
  8. honorable (not cunning) (r=0.86)
  9. angelic (not demonic) (r=0.85)
  10. wholesome (not salacious) (r=0.84)


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