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

Most main character characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
1100.015Patrick Jane (The Mentalist)
299.923Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
399.820Dr. Gregory House (House, M.D.)
499.85Sutter Keely (The Spectacular Now)
599.89Richard Castle (Castle)
699.719Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
799.618Don Draper (Mad Men)
899.420Claire Randall (Outlander)
999.319Maximus (Gladiator)
1099.315Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
1199.224James Bond (Tommorrow Never Dies)
1298.910Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
1398.934Thomas Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
1498.925Ender Wiggin (Ender's Game)
1598.821Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU)
1698.829Michael Scott (The Office)
1798.511Jason Bourne (The Bourne Identity)
1898.433Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)
1998.314Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)
2097.916Cassie Thomas (Promising Young Woman)
2197.928Kathryn Janeway (Star Trek: Voyager)
2297.811Olivia Pope (Scandal)
2397.891John Wick (John Wick)
2497.818Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)
2597.612Ted Lasso (Ted Lasso)

Most side character characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
1100.03Jim Burns (The Fall)
297.45Colby (Yellowstone)
395.819Cyndee Pokorny (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
495.520Sarah O'Brien (Downton Abbey)
595.09David Rosen (Scandal)
694.718Arturo Roman (Money Heist)
794.624Niko Polastri (Killing Eve)
894.129Moaning Myrtle (Harry Potter)
993.833Petunia Dursley (Harry Potter)
1093.526Denny Brosh (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
1193.45Mike McLintock (Veep)
1292.624Vanessa Abrams (Gossip Girl)
1392.435Tommy (Shameless)
1492.323Granny Lucas (Once Upon a Time)
1592.319Paul Kinsey (Mad Men)
1691.9104Ashley Barrett (The Boys)
1791.69Nog (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
1891.643Chip Dove (Jennifer's Body)
1991.513Hideki Ide (Death Note)
2091.541Stuart Bloom (The Big Bang Theory)
2191.225Kif Kroker (Futurama)
2291.26Miguel Rivas (This Is Us)
2391.115Jane Margolis (Breaking Bad)
2491.023Helen Seinfeld (Seinfeld)
2591.09A.J. Soprano (The Sopranos)

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 main character<--->side character when aggregated at the character level.

  1. important (not irrelevant) (r=0.73)
  2. chosen one (not everyman) (r=0.66)
  3. extraordinary (not mundane) (r=0.56)
  4. interesting (not tiresome) (r=0.53)
  5. charismatic (not uninspiring) (r=0.52)
  6. captain (not first-mate) (r=0.5)
  7. alpha (not beta) (r=0.48)
  8. fast (not slow) (r=0.45)
  9. complicated (not simple) (r=0.45)
  10. badass (not weakass) (r=0.44)


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