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Malcolm Merlyn Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Malcolm Merlyn is a character from Arrow.

This page summarizes crowd sourced ratings of their personality collected from users of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz. This website has recruited more than 3 million volunteers to rate characters on descriptive adjectives and other properties, which can be aggregated to create profiles that users can be matched to as part of a personality test. For more information about how the ratings were collected and how they are used, see the documentation.

Aggregated ratings for 400 descriptions

The table shows the average rating the character received for each descriptive item on a 1 to 100 scale and what that character's rank for the description is among all 2,000 characters in the database. It also shows the standard deviation of the ratings and how many different individuals submitted a rating for that description.

ItemAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
secretive (not open-book)96.446.919
entitled (not grateful)94.1346.016
arrogant (not humble)93.25910.812
resourceful (not helpless)93.2505.715
🤺 (not 🏌)93.11715.231
motivated (not unmotivated)92.416211.216
competitive (not cooperative)92.38612.631
rich (not poor)92.211313.616
never cries (not often crying)92.12111.317
bold (not shy)92.01619.516
bad boy (not white knight)91.12613.221
haunted (not blissful)91.0249.921
cocky (not timid)90.112610.18
😈 (not 😇)89.86913.213
jaded (not innocent)89.67112.117
winter (not summer)89.12111.014
perceptive (not unobservant)88.62079.611
hunter (not gatherer)88.68611.319
fearmongering (not reassuring)88.63719.712
quarrelsome (not warm)88.59815.516
two-faced (not one-faced)88.45910.319
gloomy (not sunny)88.14715.817
vengeful (not forgiving)88.013016.944
suspicious (not trusting)87.910311.213
worldly (not innocent)87.59310.215
sad (not happy)87.43610.816
sturdy (not flimsy)87.411214.817
narcissistic (not low self esteem)87.311720.423
kinky (not vanilla)87.16213.822
outlaw (not sheriff)87.110721.922
miserable (not joyful)86.86111.517
poisonous (not nurturing)86.611212.216
guarded (not open)86.619221.714
driven (not unambitious)86.540522.535
🤑 (not 🤠)86.46315.016
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)86.223519.714
🦇 (not 🐿)86.14927.511
coordinated (not clumsy)85.825117.411
💔 (not 💝)85.84120.217
🤐 (not 😜)85.83816.021
cynical (not gullible)85.512818.419
studious (not goof-off)85.424213.39
traumatized (not flourishing)85.1969.514
demonic (not angelic)85.110019.329
self-assured (not self-conscious)84.97917.122
workaholic (not slacker)84.940311.713
cold (not warm)84.812415.611
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)84.819724.014
stubborn (not accommodating)84.630318.618
complicated (not simple)84.617116.321
pro (not noob)84.635421.720
mischievous (not well behaved)84.527719.914
selfish (not altruistic)84.416923.114
genius (not dunce)84.321214.018
intense (not lighthearted)83.928814.116
rebellious (not obedient)83.832311.213
valedictorian (not drop out)83.732725.011
extreme (not moderate)83.627720.817
night owl (not morning lark)83.517914.513
deliberate (not spontaneous)83.219517.617
authoritarian (not democratic)83.213124.429
active (not slothful)83.243215.918
go-getter (not slugabed)83.134220.513
rhythmic (not stuttering)82.517512.716
psychopath (not empath)82.516115.715
pointed (not random)82.430822.612
frank (not sugarcoated)82.428119.914
vain (not demure)82.313521.130
pessimistic (not optimistic)82.38216.712
tense (not relaxed)82.136323.219
ferocious (not pacifist)82.127016.012
feisty (not gracious)82.12438.09
crazy (not sane)82.114521.112
anarchist (not statist)82.18920.512
traitorous (not loyal)82.08324.920
moody (not stable)82.027127.612
conspiracist (not sheeple)81.715816.233
methodical (not astonishing)81.79616.815
distant (not touchy-feely)81.516016.612
playful (not shy)81.440214.618
persistent (not quitter)81.497623.424
overspender (not penny-pincher)81.39628.619
mad (not glad)81.217214.317
demanding (not unchallenging)81.247528.720
bitter (not sweet)81.019316.021
🙃 (not 🥰)80.911722.917
privileged (not oppressed)80.835027.530
punchable (not loveable)80.814919.916
diligent (not lazy)80.690521.820
stylish (not slovenly)80.431515.814
salacious (not wholesome)80.417114.925
disreputable (not prestigious)80.36326.79
pretentious (not unassuming)80.221421.419
masculine (not feminine)80.250221.826
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)80.13721.212
assertive (not passive)80.045624.228
deranged (not reasonable)80.015720.318
businesslike (not chivalrous)79.918117.930
dominant (not submissive)79.951925.023
soulless (not soulful)79.710819.317
hard (not soft)79.725121.318
armoured (not vulnerable)79.625125.413
master (not apprentice)79.645127.523
frenzied (not sleepy)79.628315.314
high IQ (not low IQ)79.570724.112
manicured (not scruffy)79.452918.714
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)79.217717.212
confident (not insecure)79.243119.718
ambitious (not realistic)79.225220.422
industrial (not domestic)78.96419.711
judgemental (not accepting)78.927523.816
badass (not weakass)78.865919.741
alert (not oblivious)78.741425.544
cruel (not kind)78.515816.917
debased (not pure)78.323219.516
sarcastic (not genuine)78.223618.616
thick-skinned (not sensitive)78.113026.09
captain (not first-mate)78.137521.511
overachiever (not underachiever)78.163323.318
genocidal (not not genocidal)78.111322.018
close-minded (not open-minded)78.113424.413
opinionated (not neutral)78.177321.819
competent (not incompetent)78.074219.413
wild (not tame)78.043718.925
self-destructive (not self-improving)77.921819.520
offended (not chill)77.725918.416
hard (not soft)77.632027.622
bossy (not meek)77.459621.317
🎩 (not 🧢)77.237130.017
sorrowful (not cheery)77.125117.417
insulting (not complimentary)77.025121.814
antagonist (not protagonist)77.013824.614
villainous (not heroic)76.916925.617
stingy (not generous)76.721024.115
individualist (not communal)76.534729.211
💀 (not 🎃)76.422727.717
cunning (not honorable)76.325923.618
radical (not centrist)76.315925.321
vintage (not trendy)76.348818.719
scientific (not artistic)76.234227.016
political (not nonpolitical)76.226619.817
alpha (not beta)76.256323.910
🧗 (not 🛌)76.245320.112
obsessed (not aloof)76.129919.09
hypocritical (not equitable)75.920526.410
fighter (not lover)75.924022.117
stoic (not expressive)75.916511.38
contrarian (not yes-man)75.825424.332
lavish (not frugal)75.526921.620
fast (not slow)75.351927.717
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)75.225529.318
biased (not impartial)75.134428.014
rough (not smooth)75.022026.721
purple (not orange)74.914028.622
arcane (not mainstream)74.822723.422
old (not young)74.827819.619
rock (not rap)74.864615.414
resolute (not wavering)74.744223.834
receiving (not giving)74.527131.416
analysis (not common sense)74.428128.420
experimental (not reliable)74.425324.018
scandalous (not proper)74.339424.323
extravagant (not thrifty)74.234830.828
charming (not trusting)74.128123.39
resistant (not resigned)74.144828.618
deviant (not average)74.044623.530
freak (not normie)74.032424.412
exhibitionist (not bashful)73.934631.837
edgy (not politically correct)73.838431.715
self-disciplined (not disorganized)73.782327.026
weird (not normal)73.645216.717
mysterious (not unambiguous)73.229827.617
picky (not always down)73.228914.126
Pepsi (not Coke)73.13032.012
private (not gregarious)72.849033.031
🐷 (not 🐮)72.811934.616
😬 (not 😏)72.615725.517
angry (not good-humored)72.525222.215
sexist (not feminist)72.324329.320
hoarder (not unprepared)72.227731.117
🥴 (not 🥳)72.224229.220
goth (not flower child)72.122720.622
important (not irrelevant)72.0105129.911
dramatic (not comedic)71.966826.719
suspicious (not awkward)71.853831.313
decisive (not hesitant)71.771136.010
monochrome (not multicolored)71.728331.011
money-focused (not love-focused)71.626931.517
jealous (not compersive)71.235023.015
eloquent (not unpolished)71.262825.111
factual (not poetic)71.141825.118
🐴 (not 🦄)71.042731.435
historical (not modern)70.934522.315
💩 (not 🌟)70.817734.411
work-first (not family-first)70.847625.415
lustful (not chaste)70.745616.810
spicy (not mild)70.662731.216
animalistic (not human)70.612022.919
rigid (not flexible)70.542524.429
hedonist (not monastic)70.526634.512
pack rat (not minimalist)70.319422.418
extraordinary (not mundane)70.174323.719
mighty (not puny)70.076525.032
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)69.922429.713
oxymoron (not tautology)69.710119.89
formal (not intimate)69.640029.420
emancipated (not enslaved)69.662228.822
unorthodox (not traditional)69.557332.225
cannibal (not vegan)69.540323.613
interested (not bored)69.472827.755
hard-work (not natural-talent)69.451119.619
knowledgeable (not ignorant)69.389229.325
spelunker (not claustrophobic)69.337829.011
🥶 (not 🥵)69.321227.710
🥾 (not 👟)69.138726.411
serious (not playful)68.973429.341
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)68.927229.314
reclusive (not social)68.838927.021
chortling (not giggling)68.853728.313
cringeworthy (not inspiring)68.731426.121
cool (not dorky)68.755528.724
focused on the future (not focused on the present)68.622527.436
impatient (not patient)68.669127.014
machiavellian (not transparent)68.642231.917
transient (not permanent)68.215524.311
zany (not regular)68.255125.015
strict (not lenient)68.056530.617
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)67.939328.313
concrete (not abstract)67.847929.713
on-time (not tardy)67.886931.218
independent (not codependent)67.777732.215
rude (not respectful)67.637323.316
high-tech (not low-tech)67.647929.026
creepy (not disarming)67.521325.716
🤣 (not 😊)67.528935.319
sage (not whippersnapper)66.829929.510
intellectual (not physical)66.683323.419
street-smart (not sheltered)66.679033.314
logical (not emotional)66.542532.239
charming (not awkward)66.378328.513
cosmopolitan (not provincial)66.144835.512
🐐 (not 🦒)66.152932.412
empirical (not theoretical)65.830226.036
utilitarian (not decorative)65.769627.622
unfixable (not fixable)65.531526.224
Russian (not French)65.224133.117
doer (not thinker)65.275232.720
blacksmith (not tailor)65.138829.512
indie (not pop)65.075725.017
dramatic (not no-nonsense)64.961334.417
stinky (not fresh)64.828533.714
sickly (not healthy)64.623528.017
presidential (not folksy)64.564930.117
flamboyant (not modest)64.457931.015
precise (not vague)64.489226.810
bad-cook (not good-cook)64.346536.79
paranoid (not naive)64.269629.614
trash (not treasure)64.120834.912
scheduled (not spontaneous)64.080039.918
👻 (not 🤖)64.051528.410
Roman (not Greek)64.029430.927
highbrow (not lowbrow)63.974131.812
neurotypical (not autistic)63.9108527.015
specialist (not generalist)63.965336.323
charismatic (not uninspiring)63.7123032.420
practical (not imaginative)63.585931.124
fire (not water)63.584832.312
🧕 (not 💃)63.424925.19
🏀 (not 🎨)63.449630.416
eastern (not western)63.39732.021
ludicrous (not sensible)63.144731.432
technophile (not luddite)62.945026.313
circular (not linear)62.934024.39
non-gamer (not gamer)62.884836.213
neat (not messy)62.792428.216
direct (not roundabout)62.5103534.520
gendered (not androgynous)62.5151721.613
tight (not loose)62.595424.414
triggered (not trolling)62.588129.417
curious (not apathetic)62.4105433.018
perverted (not clean)62.439928.112
calm (not anxious)62.343128.513
unemotional (not emotional)62.227033.314
interrupting (not attentive)62.058836.014
involved (not remote)61.9113432.110
🐒 (not 🐩)61.951236.917
lost (not enlightened)61.963730.120
dry (not moist)61.853124.313
works hard (not plays hard)61.7103929.826
off-key (not musical)61.662932.913
brave (not careful)61.594131.222
pensive (not serene)61.5117033.114
wise (not foolish)61.381022.812
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)61.364131.717
queen (not princess)61.193634.511
introspective (not not introspective)61.098734.314
🧠 (not 💪)61.0113333.418
sporty (not bookish)60.854930.017
jock (not nerd)60.759626.119
efficient (not overprepared)60.7105028.210
quirky (not predictable)60.763524.315
unpatriotic (not patriotic)60.622038.416
fast-talking (not slow-talking)60.692223.313
open to new experinces (not uncreative)60.3122331.423
conservative (not liberal)60.342130.819
prideful (not envious)60.3129134.818
chaotic (not orderly)60.171135.318
chic (not cheesy)60.161119.119
indulgent (not sober)60.077931.610
ugly (not beautiful)59.823427.015
believable (not poorly-written)59.8164226.311
barbaric (not civilized)59.740929.620
backdoor (not official)59.778333.111
repetitive (not varied)59.577129.423
tactful (not indiscreet)59.499034.720
realistic (not fantastical)59.488133.816
macho (not metrosexual)59.346828.623
funny (not humorless)59.291628.912
cultured (not rustic)59.294831.112
earth (not air)59.198432.811
reserved (not chatty)59.077131.236
outsider (not insider)59.073236.816
urban (not rural)58.9116828.719
Italian (not Swedish)58.871729.415
🐀 (not 🐘)58.761731.512
🧐 (not 😎)58.666132.122
😭 (not 😀)58.666729.415
metaphorical (not literal)58.535632.717
depressed (not bright)58.566529.114
interesting (not tiresome)58.4128231.914
pronatalist (not child free)58.342433.637
chosen one (not everyman)57.984727.216
skeptical (not spiritual)57.7125127.415
nihilist (not existentialist)57.733037.710
side character (not main character)57.684229.2156
cryptic (not straightforward)57.531334.223
tall (not short)57.595225.2125
leisurely (not hurried)57.550326.111
🤫 (not 🤔)57.541135.835
thick (not thin)57.455726.416
dispassionate (not romantic)57.439132.311
punk rock (not preppy)57.266632.412
libertarian (not socialist)57.173528.911
loud (not quiet)56.889130.335
straight (not queer)56.8138433.918
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)56.5102533.317
repulsive (not attractive)56.435129.721
washed (not muddy)56.3109930.215
reasoned (not instinctual)56.163430.815
crafty (not scholarly)56.1103534.918
mature (not juvenile)56.198029.718
monotone (not expressive)56.054131.920
realist (not idealist)55.985833.410
ranged (not melee)55.988029.818
flirtatious (not prudish)55.893929.115
opinionated (not jealous)55.7145136.413
avant-garde (not classical)55.663330.414
cat person (not dog person)55.582533.517
hipster (not basic)55.359832.39
explorer (not builder)55.390333.217
racist (not egalitarian)55.326235.116
English (not German)55.3167337.012
vibrant (not geriatric)55.1129428.615
cautious (not impulsive)54.886533.317
atheist (not theist)54.6110335.213
scrub (not legit)54.632428.214
exaggerating (not factual)54.488935.116
stoic (not hypochondriac)54.3110035.411
asexual (not sexual)54.251626.217
still (not twitchy)54.164336.015
long-winded (not concise)53.875726.713
confidential (not gossiping)53.6129137.313
lewd (not tasteful)53.355727.813
rational (not whimsical)53.3112731.734
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.157934.120
devoted (not unfaithful)53.0163930.111
high standards (not desperate)52.9119335.013
philosophical (not real)52.651131.18
corporate (not freelance)52.675939.413
profound (not ironic)52.686631.79
refined (not rugged)52.5108531.211
devout (not heathen)52.5103632.115
bold (not serious)52.4104037.014
👽 (not 🤡)52.4106033.413
variable (not consistent)52.366832.234
fortunate (not unlucky)52.184233.820
📉 (not 📈)51.948032.918
epic (not deep)51.795729.210
head@clouds (not down2earth)51.687430.213
extrovert (not introvert)51.5111837.014
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)51.599931.314
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)51.392734.09
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)51.2140534.615
deep (not shallow)51.1134831.920
exuberant (not subdued)51.1118538.09
ADHD (not OCD)50.972735.514
wooden (not plastic)50.1153324.610
conventional (not creative)50.491536.115
subjective (not objective)50.6103234.227
reactive (not proactive)50.6113339.917
literary (not mathematical)50.5126033.817

The lowest rating for any description in the table is 50.0 despite a 1 to 100 scale being used. This is because descriptions that had values lower than the midpoint were reversed. For example, a score of 1/100 for "hot (not cold)" is equivalent to a score of 100/100 for "cold (not hot)". This was done so that all the traits that are most distinctive for a character are at the top of the table.

Similar characters

The similarity between two characters can be calculated by taking the correlation between the lists of their traits. This produces a value from +1 to -1. With +1 implying that every trait one character is high on the other one is high on too, to an equal degree. And, -1 implying that if a character is high on specific trait, the other one is low on it. The 10 most and least similar characters to Malcolm Merlyn based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Man in Black (0.877)
  2. General Kirigan (0.871)
  3. Rowan Pope (0.868)
  4. Lionel Luthor (0.86)
  5. Scorpius (0.859)
  6. Hiram Lodge (0.858)
  7. Lex Luthor (0.853)
  8. Cersei Lannister (0.851)
  9. Scar (0.85)
  10. Stormfront (0.85)
  1. Chien-Po (-0.697)
  2. Flounder (-0.696)
  3. Jerry Gergich (-0.666)
  4. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.66)
  5. Emmet Brickowski (-0.643)
  6. Nelson Bighetti (-0.633)
  7. William Mason (-0.621)
  8. Steve Brady (-0.615)
  9. Mayuri Shiina (-0.61)
  10. Touta Matsuda (-0.607)

Personality types

Users who took the quiz were asked to self-identify their Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types. We can look at the average match scores of these different groups of users with Malcolm Merlyn to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Malcolm Merlyn is described identify as.

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


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