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Most small-vocabulary or big-vocabulary 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 "small-vocabulary" to "big-vocabulary". 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 "small-vocabulary" is the same as 100/100 for "big-vocabulary". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most small-vocabulary characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
198.011Spike (The Land Before Time)
295.67Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
394.766Black Noir (The Boys)
494.610Michael Kelso (That 70's Show)
593.614Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons)
692.912Karen Smith (Mean Girls)
792.624Jason Mendoza (The Good Place)
892.56Midge Pinciotti (That 70's Show)
992.311Joey Tribbiani (Friends)
1091.611Greg Hirsch (Succession)
1191.56the Alien (Alien)
1291.013Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
1391.020Barney Gumble (The Simpsons)
1490.97Jake Harper (Two and Half Men)
1590.712The Amphibian Man (The Shape of Water)
1690.612Kevin Malone (The Office)
1790.45Chung-sook (Parasite)
1890.411Bob Pinciotti (That 70's Show)
1990.08Ducky (The Land Before Time)
2089.99Noah Puckerman (Glee)
2189.58Sam Evans (Glee)
2288.78Linda Montag (Fahrenheit 451)
2388.611Jimmy Hurdstrom (Yellowstone)
2488.513Philip J. Fry (Futurama)
2588.210Gollum (Lord of the Rings)

Most big-vocabulary characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
199.212Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
299.29Sherlock Holmes (Elementary)
399.116Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
498.99Raymond 'Red' Reddington (The Blacklist)
598.432Chidi Anagonye (The Good Place)
698.218Professor X (X-Men)
798.116Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
897.89Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
997.717Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder)
1097.610Alexis Castle (Castle)
1197.613Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
1297.48Paris Geller (Gilmore Girls)
1397.446Donald Mallard (NCIS)
1497.312David Levinson (Independence Day)
1597.216Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Downton Abbey)
1697.05Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
1797.010Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
1896.818Dr. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
1996.734Dr. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
2096.710Vision (WandaVision)
2196.728Edward Nygma (Gotham)
2296.313Robert Ford (Westworld)
2396.320Leslie Winkle (The Big Bang Theory)
2496.317Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)
2596.212Josiah Bartlet (The West Wing)

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 small-vocabulary<--->big-vocabulary when aggregated at the character level.

  1. low IQ (not high IQ) (r=0.77)
  2. physical (not intellectual) (r=0.76)
  3. unpolished (not eloquent) (r=0.73)
  4. 💪 (not 🧠) (r=0.72)
  5. dunce (not genius) (r=0.72)
  6. rustic (not cultured) (r=0.71)
  7. drop out (not valedictorian) (r=0.7)
  8. lowbrow (not highbrow) (r=0.68)
  9. ignorant (not knowledgeable) (r=0.67)
  10. underthinker (not overthinker) (r=0.63)


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