The American culture of politics: a case study

Clone High

Main characters:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Joan of Arc
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Cleopatra VII
  • John F. Kennedy

Supporting characters:

  • Julius Caesar
  • Catherine the Great
  • Genghis Khan
  • Marie Antoinette
  • George Washington Carver
  • Jesus Christ
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Marie Curie
  • Thomas Edison
  • Paul Revere
  • Nostradamus
  • Elvis Presley
  • Isaac Newton
  • Buddy Holly
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Juan Ponce de León
  • Moses
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Eva Perón

Nobunagun

Main characters:

  • Oda Nobunaga
  • Jack the Ripper
  • [spoiler — go watch it and you’ll know who I mean]
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Isaac Newton

Supporting characters:

  • Geronimo
  • Antoni Gaudi
  • François Vidocq
  • John Hunter
  • Galileo
  • the Count of St. Germain
  • Robert Capa

I don’t remember these people but Wikipedia says they were there:

  • Dai Zong
  • Georg Hackenschmidt
  • Cesare Borgia
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Alfred Nobel
  • Nostradamus
  • Babe Ruth
  • William Tell
  • Grigori Rasputin
  • Christopher Columbus

Clone High: 80% of main characters and 48% of supporting characters are political figures.

Nobunagun: 40% of main characters, 0% of supporting characters, and 18% of bit characters are political figures.

And that’s what’s wrong with America.

Note that Nobunagun’s percentage is higher than it would be if I grouped the characters myself: I don’t remember Newton or Gandhi being that much more important than Galileo, Gaudi, or Geronimo. If Newton and Gandhi aren’t main characters, it’s 33%; if those other three are main characters, it’s 25%.

Some categorizations can be disputed — maybe Nobel was political or Rasputin wasn’t, maybe Joan of Arc was or Paul Revere wasn’t — but the numbers are different enough that the point still stands.

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