Friday, May 21, 2010

The Top Fifty Buffyverse Characters

A significant portion of this blog is going to be dedicated to statistical analysis of the dialogue of the two TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. I've gone through every word spoken in 12 seasons on the two shows and tabulated them. Among the results that that brings, I can produce grand totals of how many words each character spoke for the duration of the show - or of any particular character's tenure or the show. So in so doing, I've made a list of the shows' 'top fifty' characters - but it's important to note that this isn't some devoted fan's personal favourites: by 'top fifty', I mean the fifty characters who have spoken the most dialogue. To a certain extent that means the characters who have had the greatest impact on the shows, who have been most central - a valid measurement for 'top fifty'. But even at that, it would probably be better to gauge that from a combination of words spoken and screen time. Certainly some characters - Oz, for example, have word counts much lower than their relative significance, while others are just excessively chatty characters.

Still, it's a list with merit, and each of the fifty will get an entry - counting down, one per weekday, from 50 to 1 - listing various stats related to that person. And a picture of each! Yay.

As the list grows, I'll provide links to each page from here.
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