There is no psychological tool more powerful than the online “Which character are you?” quiz. Condensing the human experience into a few easily answered questions, they breeze past complicated personality indices in favor of simple, easy-to-understand outputs. (“Oh, you’re an INFJ? I’m Rainbow Dash.”) But these quizzes aren’t just useful for judging ourselves: they can also be used to understand the most important people in our lives. Like, say, the ones who might be ruling them for the next four, grim-looking years.
The personality experts at CharacTour have done exactly that, applying their character matching algorithm to political front runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Inputting the frequency with which each candidate does things like, “Go to museums, read books, and attend cultural events…” or “Lie…”, they built virtual profiles for Hill-dog and The Donald, and then saw which famous characters they matched up with.
Unsurprisingly, Trump hits a number of “charming, does whatever the hell he wants” kinds of characters. In terms of Game Of Thrones, he’s Jaime Lannister, impulsive and self-serving. (The less said about either man’s affection for his relatives, meanwhile, the better.) In Sex And The City, he’s a classic Samantha, untroubled by social convention or the thoughts of others. And in the world of Friends, he’d be Joey, offering up a big “How YOU doin’?” to whichever voting bloc happens to come his way.
Hillary, meanwhile, hits mostly type-A, hard-working, and neurotic types. She’s a classic Monica Geller, for instance, and a textbook copy of SatC’s Miranda. Her most apt comparison, though, might be Game Of Thrones’ Catelyn Stark, who, like the former Secretary Of State, is a powerful woman who emerged from her husband’s shadow to grab hold of political power for herself. (It’s not perfect, of course—nobody’s spent the last decade furiously theorizing that Bill Clinton secretly stayed faithful to his wife.)