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

Most strict characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
197.78O'Brien (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
297.6351Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
396.9491Firelord Ozai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
495.830Logan Roy (Succession)
595.6547Angela Martin (The Office)
695.3492Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
795.337Nurse Mildred Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
895.1388Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
994.8464Agent Smith (The Matrix)
1094.8948Coriolanus Snow (The Hunger Games)
1194.7272Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones)
1294.796Principal Vernon (The Breakfast Club)
1394.616John Smith (The Man in the High Castle)
1494.633Carlton Lassiter (Psych)
1594.5567Dwight Schrute (The Office)
1694.41042Darth Vader (Star Wars)
1794.383Father Faustus Blackwood (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
1894.143Javert (Les Misérables)
1994.0477Red Forman (That 70's Show)
2094.0667Thanos (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
2193.5521Azula (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
2293.5171Chef Skinner (Ratatouille)
2393.4419Mr. Burns (The Simpsons)
2493.322Squidward Tentacles (SpongeBob SquarePants)
2593.2410Eleanor Sung-Young (Crazy Rich Asians)

Most lenient characters

RankAverage ratingNumber of ratersName
193.8196Nelson Bighetti (Silicon Valley)
293.7693June George (Mean Girls)
393.5175Jason Mendoza (The Good Place)
492.824Shawn Spencer (Psych)
592.8111Klaus Hargreeves (The Umbrella Academy)
692.325Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
792.1392George Weasley (Harry Potter)
891.840Ilana Wexler (Broad City)
991.4458Michael Kelso (That 70's Show)
1091.3293Jake Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
1191.1445Barney Gumble (The Simpsons)
1290.7428Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)
1390.516Sasha Braus (Attack on Titan)
1490.4191Olaf (Frozen)
1590.318Spike (The Land Before Time)
1690.3210Ed (Cowboy Bebop)
1790.17Roman Roy (Succession)
1890.059Gene Belcher (Bob's Burgers)
1989.6408Goh Peik Lin (Crazy Rich Asians)
2089.61406Pumbaa (The Lion King)
2189.5101Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
2289.26Kevin Rayburn (Bloodline)
2389.114Heather Davis (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
2489.0583Kevin Malone (The Office)
2589.01247Joey Tribbiani (Friends)

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 strict<--->lenient when aggregated at the character level.

  1. tight (not loose) (r=0.84)
  2. rigid (not flexible) (r=0.83)
  3. serious (not playful) (r=0.82)
  4. deliberate (not spontaneous) (r=0.77)
  5. pointed (not random) (r=0.76)
  6. formal (not intimate) (r=0.74)
  7. OCD (not ADHD) (r=0.74)
  8. studious (not goof-off) (r=0.72)
  9. methodical (not astonishing) (r=0.71)
  10. guarded (not open) (r=0.71)


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