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

Most insightful characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
197.217Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
296.26Claire Colburn (Elizabethtown)
395.916Ted Lasso (Ted Lasso)
495.811Omar Little (The Wire)
595.712Richard D. Winters (Band of Brothers)
695.617Dr. Gregory House (House, M.D.)
795.514Will Graham (Hannibal)
894.817Lester Freamon (The Wire)
994.610Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks)
1094.423Yoda (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
1194.220Patrick Jane (The Mentalist)
1293.917Dr. Sean Maguire (Good Will Hunting)
1393.817Rust Cohle (True Detective)
1493.712Amanita Caplan (Sense8)
1593.410Moiraine Damodred (Wheel of Time)
1693.216Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)
1793.24Saanvi Bahl (Manifest)
1893.19Raymond 'Red' Reddington (The Blacklist)
1993.013Peggy Olson (Mad Men)
2092.813Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
2192.76Phoebe Buffay (Friends)
2292.613'Chief' Bromden (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
2392.223Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
2492.210Frank Reagan (Blue Bloods)
2592.216Dr. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)

Most generic characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
192.76Curt Vaughan (The Cabin in the Woods)
291.826Joey Donner (10 Things I Hate About You)
391.29Tommy (Shameless)
490.65James Norrington (Pirates of the Caribbean)
590.06Lindsay Bluth Funke (Arrested Development)
689.26Noah Puckerman (Glee)
789.18Billy Keikeya (Battlestar Galactica)
888.413Principal Vernon (The Breakfast Club)
988.38Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
1087.84Kevin Ryan (Castle)
1187.77Zapp Brannigan (Futurama)
1287.613Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
1386.18Michael Groff (Sex Education)
1485.812Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
1585.513Lisa (The Room)
1684.910Janice Soprano (The Sopranos)
1783.720Bella Swan (Twilight)
1883.616Brad Bellick (Prison Break)
1983.514Frank Burns (M*A*S*H)
2083.18Alan Harper (Two and Half Men)
2183.010Mr. William Collins (Pride and Prejudice)
2282.56Buster Bluth (Arrested Development)
2382.26Jules Louden (The Cabin in the Woods)
2481.917Jonah Ryan (Veep)
2581.911Linda Montag (Fahrenheit 451)

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 insightful<--->generic when aggregated at the character level.

  1. genius (not dunce) (r=0.74)
  2. knowledgeable (not ignorant) (r=0.71)
  3. perceptive (not unobservant) (r=0.71)
  4. interesting (not tiresome) (r=0.7)
  5. deep (not shallow) (r=0.7)
  6. all-seeing (not blind) (r=0.69)
  7. meaningful (not pointless) (r=0.69)
  8. inspiring (not cringeworthy) (r=0.68)
  9. high IQ (not low IQ) (r=0.67)
  10. wise (not foolish) (r=0.67)


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