Scary Sadako


One of Japan’s most recognisable horror icons is Sadako, a long black-haired (covering her face, usually) woman in a white dress that climbs out of your television to deliver a curse. With a new film coming out soon, goo Ranking decided to ask what other kinds of Sadako they would hate to meet.


Between the 7th and 9th of July 2013 1,096 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.5% of the sample were female, 24.4% in their teens, 25.2% in their twenties, 24.8% in their thirties, and 25.6% in their forties; there was no-one older than 49 in this sample. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I found Baseball Sadako pretty disturbing:

Ranking result

Q: What kinds of Sadako would you hate to meet? (Sample size=1,096)

Rank Score
1Talkative Sadako100
2Anime character-voiced Sadako57.6
3Healthy complexioned Sadako54.6
4Too fat to climb through your television Sadako54.0
5Pigtailed Sadako53.2
6Talkative and cheery Sadako50.1
7Maid outfitted Sadako42.2
8Model walking Sadako40.1
9Scent of fresh shampoo Sadako39.7
10Perfectly made-up Sadako39.1
11Brunette Sadako38.7
12Pony-tailed Sadako35.4
13Big bow in the hair Sadako35.0
14Blushing when your eyes meet Sadako33.2
15Sitting in the television and not wanting to come out Sadako32.6
16Facebook Sadako32.4
17Clumsy Sadako30.8
18Comedy act Sadako30.6
19Hatred-free Sadako30.3
20Sexy one piece Sadako30.1
21“Oops, wrong person!” Sadako29.5
22Goth-Lolita Sadako28.7
23Pop idol group leader Sadako26.9
24=Holding a marriage licence Sadako26.5
24=Short hair Sadako26.5
26“Oops, sorry, too soon” bad timing Sadako25.7
27Killing with Kung Fu, not curse Sadako25.0
28Slightly erotic Sadako22.2
29Concerned about Feng Shui Sadako20.0
30Host of a cable television show Sadako19.8
31Winning you over with sweets Sadako19.4
32=Wrong kanji Sadako18.7
32=Incomprehensibly bad pronunciation Sadako18.7
34=Comes out, does nothing, then goes back Sadako18.1
34=Stiletto-heeled Sadako18.1
36=Vocaloid Sadako17.5
36=“Oops, I forgot something” Sadako17.5
39Broken Japanese Sadako17.1
40Busting rhymes hip-hop Sadako16.9
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