About this showcase of smarts…
We went through 250 lines of dialogue for each of these characters and ranked them based on their dialogue complexity and the Flesch-Kincaid system. Obviously there are lots of different measures of intelligence and that’s why Daryl and many others ranked so surprisingly low.
Daryl didn’t make the grade when it came to the measure we use. Part of this is because he’s a man of few words, choosing to let his crossbow do most of the talking. Any time he does speak, he is simple and direct. Frasier Crane, he is not.
However, his rank on this particular list does not mean that he is not smart in other ways. If this were a measure of street smarts, Daryl would likely be at the top of the list.
Of course, street smarts and book smarts don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Look at Daryl, once again, and see how he stacks up to Jack Bauer.
These two are some of the baddest of the badasses and there’s no doubt that they have what it takes to survive. But which one do you want defusing a bomb? Probably not the redneck with the crossbow…
So who was the smartest character based on their dialogue?
It’s no wonder a member of an advanced alien race made the top of the list. What do you think?
Do you think Daryl Dixon should have rated a little higher? Should we have disqualified any space-faring, advanced races?
See how smart your favorite characters are and how they compare to others like Homer Simpson, Sherlock Holmes, etc. It’s a great way to start conversations (or arguments) with your friends.
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