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Temperance Brennan Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Temperance Brennan is a character from Bones.

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
high IQ (not low IQ)97.4117.455
bookish (not sporty)97.176.043
direct (not roundabout)96.856.553
pro (not noob)96.897.729
competent (not incompetent)96.486.748
diligent (not lazy)96.2177.645
self-disciplined (not disorganized)95.7209.435
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)95.727.737
factual (not poetic)95.718.640
persistent (not quitter)95.3449.336
practical (not imaginative)95.118.048
precise (not vague)94.949.762
workaholic (not slacker)94.9258.343
scientific (not artistic)94.8714.265
skeptical (not spiritual)94.6314.156
frank (not sugarcoated)94.31914.743
main character (not side character)94.29313.325
genius (not dunce)94.01716.694
motivated (not unmotivated)94.08412.076
🧠 (not 💪)93.73210.2107
factual (not exaggerating)93.7811.652
rational (not whimsical)93.6213.736
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)93.658.841
works hard (not plays hard)93.379.732
on-time (not tardy)93.24410.545
master (not apprentice)93.14016.248
prestigious (not disreputable)92.5710.436
valedictorian (not drop out)92.55817.496
studious (not goof-off)92.43712.867
realistic (not fantastical)92.4916.739
overachiever (not underachiever)92.34915.761
important (not irrelevant)92.0869.256
orderly (not chaotic)91.91813.333
high standards (not desperate)91.91311.256
intellectual (not physical)91.65415.550
resourceful (not helpless)91.110913.650
logical (not emotional)90.9914.686
perceptive (not unobservant)90.812017.047
nerd (not jock)90.711819.043
independent (not codependent)90.73819.338
literal (not metaphorical)90.5820.543
resolute (not wavering)90.42418.032
bossy (not meek)90.21309.540
opinionated (not neutral)89.916221.243
legit (not scrub)89.92811.750
dominant (not submissive)89.815215.830
scholarly (not crafty)89.7915.039
feminist (not sexist)89.611015.955
queen (not princess)89.58115.066
knowledgeable (not ignorant)89.115019.453
demanding (not unchallenging)89.113714.839
analysis (not common sense)89.11721.557
alpha (not beta)88.914612.354
egalitarian (not racist)88.717812.034
treasure (not trash)88.712615.535
one-faced (not two-faced)88.66716.142
sturdy (not flimsy)88.38912.656
attractive (not repulsive)87.919215.340
active (not slothful)87.917715.441
badass (not weakass)87.830914.956
pointed (not random)87.89616.863
heroic (not villainous)87.720915.032
assertive (not passive)87.514320.841
distant (not touchy-feely)87.46011.957
wise (not foolish)87.47114.456
protagonist (not antagonist)87.113219.662
emancipated (not enslaved)87.03218.249
strict (not lenient)86.610118.543
consistent (not variable)86.62018.349
confidential (not gossiping)86.615017.2104
scheduled (not spontaneous)86.413122.376
methodical (not astonishing)86.42822.956
decisive (not hesitant)86.314718.947
healthy (not sickly)86.311013.637
beautiful (not ugly)86.346716.437
🤔 (not 🤫)86.2421.329
never cries (not often crying)86.210216.756
loyal (not traitorous)86.146817.935
confident (not insecure)86.016819.332
extraordinary (not mundane)85.815820.095
opinionated (not jealous)85.84717.671
mathematical (not literary)85.63718.747
serious (not playful)85.616614.0103
deliberate (not spontaneous)85.512718.033
guarded (not open)85.323717.149
down2earth (not head@clouds)85.26220.828
🧐 (not 😎)85.23419.660
devoted (not unfaithful)85.243123.171
🤺 (not 🏌)85.117514.541
mature (not juvenile)85.115017.747
tense (not relaxed)84.824918.130
armoured (not vulnerable)84.810018.541
neat (not messy)84.619623.239
presidential (not folksy)84.68714.544
driven (not unambitious)84.552528.496
contrarian (not yes-man)84.46022.455
🧗 (not 🛌)84.121422.739
cultured (not rustic)84.17221.554
fresh (not stinky)84.121120.136
specialist (not generalist)83.83023.2113
straightforward (not cryptic)83.76826.832
🤖 (not 👻)83.72719.145
atheist (not theist)83.66930.425
stubborn (not accommodating)83.435621.842
sensible (not ludicrous)83.38723.629
tight (not loose)83.115620.3124
businesslike (not chivalrous)83.110220.959
stoic (not expressive)83.05419.125
captain (not first-mate)83.026322.744
chosen one (not everyman)82.56618.169
prideful (not envious)82.48719.157
reasoned (not instinctual)82.33529.641
bold (not shy)82.368823.845
rich (not poor)82.235218.638
formal (not intimate)82.210325.641
picky (not always down)82.29117.974
👽 (not 🤡)82.14820.244
arcane (not mainstream)82.08219.528
realist (not idealist)82.06329.030
reclusive (not social)82.011418.450
believable (not poorly-written)82.023416.755
intense (not lighthearted)82.035024.646
clean (not perverted)82.030920.850
concrete (not abstract)81.96722.941
OCD (not ADHD)81.911722.641
self-assured (not self-conscious)81.817324.629
utilitarian (not decorative)81.77816.351
fast (not slow)81.326020.949
official (not backdoor)81.35224.553
narcissistic (not low self esteem)81.325220.066
real (not philosophical)81.08431.628
💀 (not 🎃)80.913025.657
eloquent (not unpolished)80.530422.543
awkward (not charming)80.47516.935
🌟 (not 💩)80.451521.645
work-first (not family-first)80.225523.650
high-tech (not low-tech)80.220326.732
refined (not rugged)80.121819.135
hard (not soft)80.024220.347
go-getter (not slugabed)79.953322.834
reasonable (not deranged)79.622125.643
private (not gregarious)79.524820.951
coordinated (not clumsy)79.548325.127
linear (not circular)79.31922.699
stoic (not hypochondriac)78.913424.262
no-nonsense (not dramatic)78.712524.340
individualist (not communal)78.628622.866
interesting (not tiresome)78.436923.750
rigid (not flexible)78.419923.156
mighty (not puny)78.442528.126
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)78.27727.633
serious (not bold)78.18624.364
not genocidal (not genocidal)78.152928.056
competitive (not cooperative)78.048025.356
alert (not oblivious)78.044924.539
deep (not shallow)78.025521.928
🎩 (not 🧢)77.935024.348
hard (not soft)77.632015.441
non-gamer (not gamer)77.628029.444
cynical (not gullible)77.239124.355
cocky (not timid)77.260922.959
permanent (not transient)77.011421.153
interested (not bored)77.034125.336
thinker (not doer)76.97527.751
monochrome (not multicolored)76.816928.434
prudish (not flirtatious)76.612321.452
sober (not indulgent)76.610726.139
pensive (not serene)76.420922.654
rhythmic (not stuttering)76.446325.559
objective (not subjective)75.84231.530
reserved (not chatty)75.331619.429
cold (not warm)75.128419.446
wooden (not plastic)74.932723.141
thick-skinned (not sensitive)74.822923.645
complicated (not simple)74.753626.728
highbrow (not lowbrow)74.529728.739
focused on the present (not focused on the future)74.411528.054
repetitive (not varied)74.415525.747
fast-talking (not slow-talking)74.340222.743
historical (not modern)74.225830.131
privileged (not oppressed)74.258924.537
civilized (not barbaric)74.066323.532
liberal (not conservative)73.840326.423
monotone (not expressive)73.712927.781
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)73.665623.778
explorer (not builder)73.230327.941
quarrelsome (not warm)73.145222.039
weird (not normal)73.146621.347
🎨 (not 🏀)73.163821.051
resistant (not resigned)73.051425.236
dry (not moist)72.818423.049
rock (not rap)72.879023.551
insulting (not complimentary)72.732320.258
enlightened (not lost)72.721322.953
unemotional (not emotional)72.711324.970
still (not twitchy)72.416025.3104
hoarder (not unprepared)72.327319.344
realistic (not ambitious)72.312134.737
sheriff (not outlaw)72.239428.156
dorky (not cool)72.228525.244
urban (not rural)72.261726.645
frenzied (not sleepy)72.269919.564
sage (not whippersnapper)72.215425.437
reliable (not experimental)72.139730.058
human (not animalistic)72.078827.637
self-improving (not self-destructive)72.022925.440
vegan (not cannibal)72.036526.647
indie (not pop)72.045519.975
impartial (not biased)71.92425.435
pessimistic (not optimistic)71.829822.187
statist (not anarchist)71.824130.533
washed (not muddy)71.851926.053
gloomy (not sunny)71.448419.338
judgemental (not accepting)71.244826.036
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)71.270627.145
suspicious (not trusting)71.150829.132
pure (not debased)71.043325.043
📈 (not 📉)70.938230.345
manicured (not scruffy)70.879429.038
tasteful (not lewd)70.655025.245
proper (not scandalous)70.542929.834
😊 (not 🤣)70.053424.950
empirical (not theoretical)69.915835.258
🐘 (not 🐀)69.925931.338
freak (not normie)69.844625.954
vintage (not trendy)69.875820.853
winter (not summer)69.840026.964
minimalist (not pack rat)69.728029.346
🤐 (not 😜)69.742426.854
white knight (not bad boy)69.661227.351
introvert (not extrovert)69.529628.435
profound (not ironic)69.520531.337
fire (not water)69.366430.854
technophile (not luddite)69.229224.778
arrogant (not humble)69.261322.728
fighter (not lover)69.043124.239
equitable (not hypocritical)68.643530.4104
inspiring (not cringeworthy)68.457427.441
zany (not regular)68.354729.339
impatient (not patient)68.071626.442
concise (not long-winded)68.029231.449
rough (not smooth)67.940918.447
cat person (not dog person)67.943133.359
outsider (not insider)67.839930.342
pretentious (not unassuming)67.555329.340
basic (not hipster)67.455326.637
earth (not air)67.455032.742
off-key (not musical)67.139028.067
🥶 (not 🥵)67.026524.342
proactive (not reactive)66.914132.047
curious (not apathetic)66.880934.743
chortling (not giggling)66.864524.954
cautious (not impulsive)66.750529.544
introspective (not not introspective)66.769833.538
🐴 (not 🦄)66.757935.257
calm (not anxious)66.632130.936
straight (not queer)66.6104426.438
obsessed (not aloof)66.664729.138
honorable (not cunning)66.567229.259
🥴 (not 🥳)66.544922.550
spelunker (not claustrophobic)66.551531.756
sorrowful (not cheery)66.370115.934
humorless (not funny)66.132922.652
triggered (not trolling)66.066626.745
feisty (not gracious)65.888927.360
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)65.849926.046
deviant (not average)65.772627.646
classical (not avant-garde)65.358329.235
exhibitionist (not bashful)65.368925.758
haunted (not blissful)65.189223.751
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)65.150228.847
awkward (not suspicious)64.932931.037
worldly (not innocent)64.8100028.054
bright (not depressed)64.650926.447
sheltered (not street-smart)64.538232.345
extreme (not moderate)64.286733.637
Swedish (not Italian)64.240828.031
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)64.231330.440
brave (not careful)64.183929.2107
compersive (not jealous)64.150428.742
sane (not crazy)64.054128.239
genuine (not sarcastic)63.764834.541
industrial (not domestic)63.748026.984
monastic (not hedonist)63.525227.737
authoritarian (not democratic)63.451330.243
angelic (not demonic)63.379417.649
preppy (not punk rock)63.383626.440
hurried (not leisurely)63.163526.837
ranged (not melee)62.844529.728
politically correct (not edgy)62.649732.346
bitter (not sweet)62.563518.541
dramatic (not comedic)62.5101924.2104
🐮 (not 🐷)62.455929.424
trusting (not charming)62.343331.139
thin (not thick)62.380029.097
dispassionate (not romantic)62.328525.267
autistic (not neurotypical)62.214228.950
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')62.210838.449
stable (not moody)61.531230.341
metrosexual (not macho)61.583531.032
tall (not short)61.084720.187
close-minded (not open-minded)61.044935.136
well behaved (not mischievous)60.958232.351
patriotic (not unpatriotic)60.9104030.935
altruistic (not selfish)60.888121.947
nurturing (not poisonous)60.894125.136
🥾 (not 👟)60.863332.553
chaste (not lustful)60.751426.229
English (not German)60.5148933.435
nihilist (not existentialist)60.424332.630
Coke (not Pepsi)60.439935.944
chic (not cheesy)60.460125.767
psychopath (not empath)60.149628.344
western (not eastern)60.0101132.430
🦇 (not 🐿)59.956831.837
ferocious (not pacifist)59.896027.549
tame (not wild)59.752629.659
🐩 (not 🐒)59.375535.429
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)59.252629.034
😀 (not 😭)59.164924.026
transparent (not machiavellian)59.167637.050
traumatized (not flourishing)59.0106629.637
entitled (not grateful)58.975227.950
generous (not stingy)58.9101426.747
penny-pincher (not overspender)58.682423.981
jaded (not innocent)58.4113025.975
cosmopolitan (not provincial)58.374933.039
unambiguous (not mysterious)58.182634.828
tailor (not blacksmith)58.1101933.732
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)58.087136.329
frugal (not lavish)57.886929.429
young (not old)57.8109722.742
efficient (not overprepared)57.5125538.942
soulless (not soulful)57.436128.741
😇 (not 😈)57.486724.036
😬 (not 😏)57.455132.036
freelance (not corporate)57.498733.146
conventional (not creative)57.366836.835
mad (not glad)57.291920.828
💝 (not 💔)57.283425.750
tautology (not oxymoron)57.226035.760
unorthodox (not traditional)57.093935.936
🙃 (not 🥰)56.970930.841
paranoid (not naive)56.8100426.369
stylish (not slovenly)56.7110530.138
offended (not chill)56.792926.657
kind (not cruel)56.6134023.536
Russian (not French)56.649132.029
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)56.456930.338
fortunate (not unlucky)56.269527.942
hunter (not gatherer)56.294230.646
loud (not quiet)56.190528.936
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)55.978232.873
gendered (not androgynous)55.9168529.137
charismatic (not uninspiring)55.6151828.540
secretive (not open-book)55.6116431.053
purple (not orange)55.577233.364
feminine (not masculine)55.473122.744
modest (not flamboyant)55.495935.839
creepy (not disarming)55.341524.544
goth (not flower child)55.359227.466
spicy (not mild)55.2114526.947
night owl (not morning lark)55.0109033.749
playful (not shy)54.9131627.535
natural-talent (not hard-work)54.951034.447
rude (not respectful)54.864827.845
interrupting (not attentive)54.879036.349
🧕 (not 💃)54.751928.437
forgiving (not vengeful)54.692025.888
miserable (not joyful)54.5107820.640
fearmongering (not reassuring)54.467830.658
pronatalist (not child free)54.053029.175
wholesome (not salacious)54.0106729.239
kinky (not vanilla)53.989631.239
🤠 (not 🤑)53.7116532.630
giving (not receiving)53.7116528.255
Roman (not Greek)53.586633.242
radical (not centrist)53.599635.968
exuberant (not subdued)53.3110730.649
geriatric (not vibrant)53.246032.642
asexual (not sexual)52.855430.545
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)52.870335.166
loveable (not punchable)52.6126525.461
deep (not epic)52.688438.034
devout (not heathen)52.5103631.634
indiscreet (not tactful)52.458438.741
open to new experinces (not uncreative)52.0146729.737
involved (not remote)52.0153435.551
sad (not happy)52.0121815.842
demure (not vain)51.792731.556
rebellious (not obedient)51.7122934.642
nonpolitical (not political)51.677233.228
predictable (not quirky)51.590434.366
libertarian (not socialist)51.4117630.130
🐐 (not 🦒)51.3140432.087
bad-cook (not good-cook)51.1101027.833
extravagant (not thrifty)51.193525.542
money-focused (not love-focused)51.063127.971
good-humored (not angry)50.1113124.140
conspiracist (not sheeple)50.1145133.235
unfixable (not fixable)50.173626.541

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 Temperance Brennan based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Dr. Wendy Carr (0.854)
  2. Dana Scully (0.851)
  3. Kerry Weaver (0.847)
  4. Raymond Holt (0.846)
  5. Dr. Adrian Mallory (0.84)
  6. Miranda Hobbes (0.838)
  7. Alex Dunphy (0.838)
  8. Kurisu Makise (0.837)
  9. Cristina Yang (0.836)
  10. Seven of Nine (0.828)
  1. Bob Pinciotti (-0.582)
  2. Kevin Malone (-0.577)
  3. Barney Gumble (-0.574)
  4. Homer Simpson (-0.547)
  5. Denny (-0.547)
  6. Michael Kelso (-0.533)
  7. Jason Mendoza (-0.531)
  8. Jake Harper (-0.528)
  9. The Deep (-0.524)
  10. Karen Smith (-0.52)

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 Temperance Brennan to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Temperance Brennan is described identify as.

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


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