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Temperance Brennan Personality Statistics

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. People who take the quiz are asked if they would also be willing to volunteer to rate characters that they know. The ratings are made on a 100 point scale between two adjectives and then all averaged together into a composite. Because of the "law of large numbers" (a.k.a. wisdom of the crowds) this profile is very reliable. If you take one persons opinion of what a character is like and compare it to the opinion of another person about what that character is like, they could be very different. But if you compare the opinions of two groups, the difference gets smaller and smaller the larger the groups.

The table shows the average rating the character received for each trait in the survey. Because the questions are bipolar adjective pairs, they are reversible (i.e. a score of 25 on short<--->tall is the same as a score of 75 on tall<--->short). On this page, traits that had an average score below the midpoint have been reversed so they can be listed in order of most to least extreme for that character. The table also shows this character's relative rank on that trait compared to all other characters in the database. The standard deviation of ratings is shown, the basic idea here is that if the standard deviation is higher then that means there is less agreement between raters on that trait (the less agreement, the larger the sample size needed to get a reliable estimate). The number of raters is how many different individuals submitted a rating for that trait with this character; each rater rated only a random subset of traits for each character when they were surveyed.

TraitAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
pro (not noob)97.925.725
high IQ (not low IQ)97.577.748
bookish (not sporty)97.435.539
direct (not roundabout)96.646.750
competent (not incompetent)96.466.747
factual (not poetic)95.918.534
self-disciplined (not disorganized)95.8149.432
diligent (not lazy)95.7258.039
practical (not imaginative)95.617.645
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)95.427.934
persistent (not quitter)95.1409.534
precise (not vague)94.949.957
scientific (not artistic)94.6514.661
skeptical (not spiritual)94.4314.749
workaholic (not slacker)94.4308.539
frank (not sugarcoated)94.21214.942
genius (not dunce)93.91316.792
motivated (not unmotivated)93.97012.174
rational (not whimsical)93.7213.934
🧠 (not 💪)93.52910.3105
on-time (not tardy)93.53910.643
works hard (not plays hard)93.359.732
factual (not exaggerating)93.2712.145
master (not apprentice)92.94216.744
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)92.9129.136
realistic (not fantastical)92.4516.739
high standards (not desperate)92.3810.853
important (not irrelevant)92.2598.954
valedictorian (not drop out)92.25317.693
orderly (not chaotic)91.91313.333
studious (not goof-off)91.94013.262
overachiever (not underachiever)91.85316.157
intellectual (not physical)91.64515.847
logical (not emotional)91.4614.182
prestigious (not disreputable)91.4710.830
scholarly (not crafty)91.2410.929
knowledgeable (not ignorant)91.27215.448
dominant (not submissive)90.811216.224
feminist (not sexist)90.56814.049
legit (not scrub)90.51710.448
nerd (not jock)90.312019.839
independent (not codependent)90.33820.234
resourceful (not helpless)90.312213.946
bossy (not meek)90.21179.540
perceptive (not unobservant)90.212417.643
resolute (not wavering)90.11718.530
one-faced (not two-faced)90.13213.938
literal (not metaphorical)90.0621.339
opinionated (not neutral)89.615221.741
queen (not princess)89.68115.362
analysis (not common sense)88.91221.756
alpha (not beta)88.713312.552
egalitarian (not racist)88.714412.130
treasure (not trash)88.610515.734
demanding (not unchallenging)88.314815.235
sturdy (not flimsy)88.07512.752
heroic (not villainous)87.818215.331
emancipated (not enslaved)87.62417.945
methodical (not astonishing)87.51720.353
pointed (not random)87.59117.259
active (not slothful)87.415715.936
badass (not weakass)87.427515.253
attractive (not repulsive)87.219715.736
protagonist (not antagonist)87.28919.960
wise (not foolish)87.15714.752
healthy (not sickly)87.18013.734
confidential (not gossiping)86.911317.2102
🤔 (not 🤫)86.9322.326
strict (not lenient)86.88718.642
distant (not touchy-feely)86.75711.854
scheduled (not spontaneous)86.411122.376
decisive (not hesitant)86.312218.947
fresh (not stinky)86.210717.133
confident (not insecure)86.014919.332
never cries (not often crying)86.09416.855
extraordinary (not mundane)85.913520.194
consistent (not variable)85.92518.746
serious (not playful)85.713114.298
mathematical (not literary)85.63018.946
assertive (not passive)85.619722.733
beautiful (not ugly)85.641717.233
tense (not relaxed)85.518714.323
opinionated (not jealous)85.54517.868
🧐 (not 😎)85.22319.660
contrarian (not yes-man)85.24622.353
loyal (not traitorous)85.043319.029
devoted (not unfaithful)85.037223.270
deliberate (not spontaneous)84.912918.730
mature (not juvenile)84.912617.846
down2earth (not head@clouds)84.85921.426
🤺 (not 🏌)84.714515.335
presidential (not folksy)84.67114.544
bold (not shy)84.550423.436
armoured (not vulnerable)84.58918.939
guarded (not open)84.421718.241
neat (not messy)84.217523.338
driven (not unambitious)84.146428.694
real (not philosophical)83.93329.723
cultured (not rustic)83.67321.752
specialist (not generalist)83.52923.5110
believable (not poorly-written)83.413014.952
intense (not lighthearted)83.225822.243
reclusive (not social)83.07416.048
🤖 (not 👻)83.02019.243
stubborn (not accommodating)82.931322.439
🧗 (not 🛌)82.719323.136
straightforward (not cryptic)82.67027.430
sensible (not ludicrous)82.68724.327
tight (not loose)82.613720.4120
prideful (not envious)82.57719.455
businesslike (not chivalrous)82.411321.654
stoic (not expressive)82.45120.620
clean (not perverted)82.324020.548
utilitarian (not decorative)82.26516.648
👽 (not 🤡)82.23520.639
🌟 (not 💩)82.032319.640
concrete (not abstract)81.95323.439
formal (not intimate)81.98725.840
refined (not rugged)81.815017.632
reasoned (not instinctual)81.83430.239
work-first (not family-first)81.819922.648
atheist (not theist)81.89531.922
mighty (not puny)81.526923.925
OCD (not ADHD)81.511322.740
chosen one (not everyman)81.56418.165
picky (not always down)81.59318.168
self-assured (not self-conscious)81.417526.424
arcane (not mainstream)81.38319.527
realist (not idealist)81.17029.828
💀 (not 🎃)81.011125.856
awkward (not charming)80.96717.235
narcissistic (not low self esteem)80.823120.660
official (not backdoor)80.65424.751
coordinated (not clumsy)80.539625.624
go-getter (not slugabed)80.541223.332
fast (not slow)80.424221.245
captain (not first-mate)80.427124.435
rich (not poor)80.334819.930
individualist (not communal)80.320821.761
no-nonsense (not dramatic)80.28521.537
hard (not soft)79.622120.645
reasonable (not deranged)79.619624.939
eloquent (not unpolished)79.528922.641
private (not gregarious)79.320021.448
permanent (not transient)78.87919.749
linear (not circular)78.81922.796
interested (not bored)78.821323.531
stoic (not hypochondriac)78.410924.958
interesting (not tiresome)78.332424.347
rigid (not flexible)78.317323.254
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)78.25627.633
high-tech (not low-tech)78.219627.329
deep (not shallow)78.220220.125
competitive (not cooperative)78.142625.555
🎩 (not 🧢)78.028424.945
serious (not bold)77.87524.563
monochrome (not multicolored)77.812026.330
not genocidal (not genocidal)77.444328.254
hard (not soft)77.428215.540
cynical (not gullible)77.334125.251
prudish (not flirtatious)76.89221.651
non-gamer (not gamer)76.527230.241
sober (not indulgent)76.49327.036
cocky (not timid)76.354823.156
alert (not oblivious)76.244125.135
thinker (not doer)75.96927.849
pensive (not serene)75.620422.951
liberal (not conservative)75.529722.317
rhythmic (not stuttering)75.443325.856
reserved (not chatty)74.627120.425
cold (not warm)74.625219.445
self-improving (not self-destructive)74.513723.738
fast-talking (not slow-talking)74.334822.743
focused on the present (not focused on the future)74.19928.253
thick-skinned (not sensitive)74.121424.441
historical (not modern)74.121930.429
objective (not subjective)73.94332.427
repetitive (not varied)73.815027.042
complicated (not simple)73.747326.827
explorer (not builder)73.724027.437
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)73.756123.977
🎨 (not 🏀)73.653021.149
insulting (not complimentary)73.427720.852
rock (not rap)73.366324.146
urban (not rural)73.248525.540
dry (not moist)73.215522.646
quarrelsome (not warm)73.140322.039
monotone (not expressive)73.110928.078
wooden (not plastic)73.137423.734
dorky (not cool)73.023624.142
highbrow (not lowbrow)72.732129.934
enlightened (not lost)72.718222.953
privileged (not oppressed)72.757124.335
weird (not normal)72.441622.142
pessimistic (not optimistic)72.425321.685
hoarder (not unprepared)72.321819.344
still (not twitchy)72.214125.397
judgemental (not accepting)72.235924.634
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)72.254626.544
unemotional (not emotional)72.210625.068
human (not animalistic)72.166828.631
frenzied (not sleepy)72.160319.661
sage (not whippersnapper)72.013725.736
sheriff (not outlaw)71.933828.355
indie (not pop)71.937020.074
civilized (not barbaric)71.863023.529
reliable (not experimental)71.635230.157
resistant (not resigned)71.550126.032
washed (not muddy)71.543726.152
statist (not anarchist)71.322430.329
impartial (not biased)71.12225.334
gloomy (not sunny)71.041519.336
vegan (not cannibal)71.031727.144
pure (not debased)70.837625.041
vintage (not trendy)70.563219.048
realistic (not ambitious)70.512835.131
📈 (not 📉)70.432930.541
😊 (not 🤣)70.342025.448
tasteful (not lewd)70.048525.643
technophile (not luddite)70.023624.475
outsider (not insider)70.027728.037
manicured (not scruffy)69.871629.334
impatient (not patient)69.856125.538
winter (not summer)69.833726.964
🤐 (not 😜)69.733826.854
zany (not regular)69.645028.734
introvert (not extrovert)69.424028.834
empirical (not theoretical)69.316035.756
straight (not queer)69.385125.835
suspicious (not trusting)69.248729.829
freak (not normie)69.239926.152
proper (not scandalous)69.140729.528
minimalist (not pack rat)69.026430.342
fire (not water)69.057831.348
fighter (not lover)69.035924.239
curious (not apathetic)68.461635.339
arrogant (not humble)68.455824.623
profound (not ironic)68.318932.232
equitable (not hypocritical)68.237830.6102
cat person (not dog person)68.133933.157
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)68.137727.632
white knight (not bad boy)68.156827.448
basic (not hipster)68.047227.233
rough (not smooth)67.935218.445
calm (not anxious)67.924531.430
inspiring (not cringeworthy)67.849127.938
🐘 (not 🐀)67.828733.332
🥴 (not 🥳)67.633922.345
sorrowful (not cheery)67.653815.631
off-key (not musical)67.432227.964
introspective (not not introspective)67.454935.128
concise (not long-winded)67.326531.448
proactive (not reactive)67.211631.945
🥶 (not 🥵)67.122524.740
exhibitionist (not bashful)67.053524.754
cautious (not impulsive)66.943529.437
spelunker (not claustrophobic)66.941231.853
haunted (not blissful)66.870722.649
humorless (not funny)66.626922.949
chortling (not giggling)66.557225.452
earth (not air)66.454133.140
pretentious (not unassuming)66.252629.438
🐴 (not 🦄)66.249935.755
feisty (not gracious)65.877427.360
awkward (not suspicious)65.626830.935
honorable (not cunning)65.658729.154
triggered (not trolling)65.556326.844
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)65.144126.444
sheltered (not street-smart)64.932730.939
worldly (not innocent)64.688128.551
bright (not depressed)64.644227.044
compersive (not jealous)64.539028.339
authoritarian (not democratic)64.343730.042
deviant (not average)64.266427.244
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)64.226830.440
Swedish (not Italian)63.833828.330
obsessed (not aloof)63.765330.229
brave (not careful)63.572429.4103
sane (not crazy)63.546228.937
ranged (not melee)63.433730.026
extreme (not moderate)63.377734.135
industrial (not domestic)63.043526.882
hurried (not leisurely)62.953927.535
classical (not avant-garde)62.758729.032
politically correct (not edgy)62.641832.346
patriotic (not unpatriotic)62.683229.831
preppy (not punk rock)62.672426.438
metrosexual (not macho)62.468731.131
thin (not thick)62.267029.393
dramatic (not comedic)62.287924.3101
angelic (not demonic)62.069317.744
🐮 (not 🐷)61.849027.020
dispassionate (not romantic)61.825324.159
Coke (not Pepsi)61.828235.143
bitter (not sweet)61.656817.733
genuine (not sarcastic)61.658335.235
autistic (not neurotypical)61.511429.248
tall (not short)60.972015.634
close-minded (not open-minded)60.838933.630
🥾 (not 👟)60.652232.852
ferocious (not pacifist)60.580226.546
🤠 (not 🤑)60.577830.922
well behaved (not mischievous)60.350532.450
trusting (not charming)60.344330.737
psychopath (not empath)60.342728.643
chic (not cheesy)60.350726.263
English (not German)60.2129832.231
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)60.144529.331
frugal (not lavish)59.966729.427
chaste (not lustful)59.843826.824
🐩 (not 🐒)59.563434.122
😀 (not 😭)59.454924.425
altruistic (not selfish)59.375322.243
entitled (not grateful)59.365328.444
young (not old)59.289222.037
penny-pincher (not overspender)59.268723.480
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')59.115238.545
stylish (not slovenly)58.888428.633
nurturing (not poisonous)58.786125.623
stable (not moody)58.633830.337
nihilist (not existentialist)58.626332.828
traumatized (not flourishing)58.589429.934
generous (not stingy)58.584826.946
jaded (not innocent)58.396526.270
fortunate (not unlucky)58.252727.338
loud (not quiet)58.274027.330
🦇 (not 🐿)58.252533.828
🙃 (not 🥰)58.058732.133
tame (not wild)57.850429.654
secretive (not open-book)57.892529.748
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)57.775136.026
paranoid (not naive)57.583426.067
tailor (not blacksmith)57.388833.429
hunter (not gatherer)57.377030.541
unorthodox (not traditional)57.277436.234
monastic (not hedonist)57.240126.726
playful (not shy)57.1107226.433
😬 (not 😏)57.048132.833
soulless (not soulful)56.932629.339
transparent (not machiavellian)56.965037.147
wholesome (not salacious)56.882728.132
💝 (not 💔)56.870125.348
😇 (not 😈)56.874123.832
efficient (not overprepared)56.7110839.041
purple (not orange)56.560633.759
freelance (not corporate)56.586432.945
unambiguous (not mysterious)56.478236.425
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)56.365932.972
mad (not glad)56.382721.923
kind (not cruel)56.0114024.034
sheeple (not conspiracist)55.928131.831
Russian (not French)55.843832.328
offended (not chill)55.584226.053
gendered (not androgynous)55.3145928.735
goth (not flower child)55.349527.466
tautology (not oxymoron)55.230435.255
feminine (not masculine)55.162923.242
modest (not flamboyant)55.182835.936
western (not eastern)55.0113931.926
rebellious (not obedient)54.996134.734
conventional (not creative)54.765437.630
open to new experinces (not uncreative)54.7116927.633
natural-talent (not hard-work)54.744834.045
forgiving (not vengeful)54.677225.888
charismatic (not uninspiring)54.6130428.838
Roman (not Greek)54.466433.141
fearmongering (not reassuring)54.459630.658
kinky (not vanilla)54.375731.538
night owl (not morning lark)54.395932.746
rude (not respectful)54.256828.343
spicy (not mild)54.298927.045
loveable (not punchable)54.1101724.855
giving (not receiving)54.098428.454
libertarian (not socialist)53.986830.426
miserable (not joyful)53.994620.738
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)53.955531.632
creepy (not disarming)53.838525.637
pronatalist (not child free)53.547329.074
involved (not remote)53.1126836.146
🧕 (not 💃)53.146828.834
political (not nonpolitical)52.991832.824
radical (not centrist)52.985536.565
indiscreet (not tactful)52.847638.339
asexual (not sexual)52.844330.943
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)52.860535.564
devout (not heathen)52.787030.030
epic (not deep)52.778536.829
sad (not happy)52.6100715.640
extravagant (not thrifty)52.676226.038
predictable (not quirky)52.175034.265
interrupting (not attentive)51.976035.746
exuberant (not subdued)51.2101329.945
provincial (not cosmopolitan)50.877933.129
good-humored (not angry)50.395424.238
🦒 (not 🐐)50.349031.886
geriatric (not vibrant)50.745132.938
unfixable (not fixable)50.363126.840
money-focused (not love-focused)50.755628.070
demure (not vain)50.581432.152
bad-cook (not good-cook)50.587828.628

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 (0.86)
  2. Dana Scully (0.848)
  3. Miranda Hobbes (0.847)
  4. Raymond Holt (0.844)
  5. Dr. Adrian Mallory (0.839)
  6. Cristina Yang (0.838)
  7. Alex Dunphy (0.835)
  8. Kerry Weaver (0.821)
  9. Aaron Hotchner (0.82)
  10. Camille Saroyan (0.82)
  1. Bob Pinciotti (-0.572)
  2. Kevin Malone (-0.571)
  3. Barney Gumble (-0.567)
  4. Homer Simpson (-0.55)
  5. Denny (-0.536)
  6. Michael Kelso (-0.53)
  7. Jake Harper (-0.528)
  8. Jason Mendoza (-0.526)
  9. Karen Smith (-0.517)
  10. Philip J. Fry (-0.509)

Personality types

Personality types according to various systems can be derived from the character's traits. Profiles for a personality type were computed by averaging together all responses from people who took the test and reported a given personality type and then this composite was matched to each of those profiles as if it was its own character (as was done above). Listed closest to worst match.



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