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Most straightforward or cryptic characters

As part of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz, this website has had volunteers rate 1,750 characters on a 100 point scale from "straightforward" to "cryptic". 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 "straightforward" is the same as 100/100 for "cryptic". See the documentation for more information about how these ratings were collected.

Most straightforward characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
193.833Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
293.529Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
392.99Lenny (After Life)
492.56Lucas Davidowicz (Ctrl+Alt+Del)
592.3474Red Forman (That 70's Show)
690.116Vi (Arcane)
789.3567Samantha Jones (Sex and the City)
889.212Bobbie Draper (The Expanse)
989.138Mammy (Gone With the Wind)
1088.8254Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones)
1188.6110Thomas 'Herc' Hauk (The Wire)
1288.5339Zoe Washburne (Firefly + Serenity)
1388.4596Miranda Bailey (Grey's Anatomy)
1488.39The Doctor (Star Trek: Voyager)
1588.2147George S. Hammond (Stargate SG-1)
1688.226Dagny Taggart (Atlas Shrugged)
1788.211Erin Reagan (Blue Bloods)
1888.0181Miles O'Brien (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
1987.7160Worf (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
2087.7537Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
2187.7344Jayne Cobb (Firefly + Serenity)
2287.767Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
2387.660Erica Sinclair (Stranger Things)
2487.614Ka D'Argo (Farscape)
2587.515James P.Sullivan (Monsters, Inc.)

Most cryptic characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
192.2268Petyr Baelish (Game of Thrones)
290.4262Robert Ford (Westworld)
389.1276Benjamin Linus (LOST)
489.0173Elim Garak (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
588.414Mozzie (White Collar)
688.0338River Tam (Firefly + Serenity)
786.9281Varys (Game of Thrones)
886.523Rose Armitage (Get Out)
986.4269Brandon Stark (Game of Thrones)
1085.014Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1184.9137Number Six (Battlestar Galactica)
1284.7277Melisandre (Game of Thrones)
1384.0111Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica)
1483.7455The Oracle (The Matrix)
1583.5143Dr. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
1683.0133Leland Palmer (Twin Peaks)
1782.220Yoda (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
1882.2485Gollum (Lord of the Rings)
1982.08Nathan Shelley (Ted Lasso)
2081.9374Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
2181.9497Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
2281.5264John Locke (LOST)
2380.718Kaz Brekker (Shadow and Bone)
2480.719General Kirigan (Shadow and Bone)
2580.218Oh Il-nam (Squid Game)

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 straightforward<--->cryptic when aggregated at the character level.

  1. one-faced (not two-faced) (r=0.55)
  2. real (not philosophical) (r=0.53)
  3. unambiguous (not mysterious) (r=0.53)
  4. transparent (not machiavellian) (r=0.5)
  5. literal (not metaphorical) (r=0.49)
  6. reliable (not experimental) (r=0.49)
  7. honorable (not cunning) (r=0.48)
  8. loyal (not traitorous) (r=0.47)
  9. healthy (not sickly) (r=0.47)
  10. normie (not freak) (r=0.47)


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