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

Most innovative characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
196.05Kurisu Makise (Steins;Gate)
295.99Phoebe Buffay (Friends)
395.712Ender Wiggin (Ender's Game)
495.017Dr. Gregory House (House, M.D.)
594.67Richard Castle (Castle)
694.412Ilana Wexler (Broad City)
793.86Klaus Hargreeves (The Umbrella Academy)
893.522Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty)
993.322Floki (Vikings)
1093.211Michael Scofield (Prison Break)
1193.015Ed (Cowboy Bebop)
1292.927Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
1392.85Francisco d'Anconia (Atlas Shrugged)
1492.812Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
1592.712Alan Shore (Boston Legal)
1692.628Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
1792.517George Weasley (Harry Potter)
1892.342The Joker (The Dark Knight)
1992.311Tony Stark (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
2092.213Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)
2191.99Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
2291.914Randle Patrick McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
2391.810Olivia Pope (Scandal)
2491.729Doc Brown (Back to the Future)
2591.76Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica)

Most routine characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
197.914Michael Groff (Sex Education)
295.920Charlie Carson (Downton Abbey)
395.411Nurse Mildred Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
494.914Emily Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
594.77Linda Montag (Fahrenheit 451)
694.610Angela Martin (The Office)
794.214Emma Pillsbury (Glee)
894.114Stanley Hudson (The Office)
994.06Ervin Burrell (The Wire)
1093.38Inspector Kido (The Man in the High Castle)
1193.19Betty Draper (Mad Men)
1292.76James Norrington (Pirates of the Caribbean)
1391.816Brad Bellick (Prison Break)
1491.312Calvin's dad (Calvin and Hobbes)
1591.110Luther Hargreeves (The Umbrella Academy)
1691.021Lon Hammond, Jr. (The Notebook)
1791.06Frank Vernon (Succession)
1890.98Javert (Les Misérables)
1990.911Charlotte York (Sex and the City)
2090.612Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
2190.311Mr. William Collins (Pride and Prejudice)
2290.120Cameron Frye (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
2390.012Principal Vernon (The Breakfast Club)
2489.85Harold Cooper (The Blacklist)
2589.36Cornelius Fudge (Harry Potter)

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 innovative<--->routine when aggregated at the character level.

  1. creative (not conventional) (r=0.79)
  2. adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud) (r=0.76)
  3. open to new experinces (not uncreative) (r=0.74)
  4. unorthodox (not traditional) (r=0.74)
  5. maverick (not conformist) (r=0.71)
  6. varied (not repetitive) (r=0.7)
  7. rebellious (not obedient) (r=0.69)
  8. avant-garde (not classical) (r=0.68)
  9. boundary breaking (not stereotypical) (r=0.68)
  10. extraordinary (not mundane) (r=0.66)


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