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Sheldon Cooper Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Sheldon Cooper is a character from The Big Bang Theory.

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
bookish (not sporty)98.915.9374
scientific (not artistic)98.813.4471
intellectual (not physical)97.917.6456
nerd (not jock)97.548.9401
high IQ (not low IQ)97.5107.0368
🧠 (not 💪)97.449.2194
scheduled (not spontaneous)96.9212.0409
neat (not messy)96.8510.9353
skeptical (not spiritual)96.429.5503
rigid (not flexible)95.8210.2418
picky (not always down)95.517.952
overachiever (not underachiever)95.41412.267
strict (not lenient)95.3610.4492
self-disciplined (not disorganized)95.32411.6407
precise (not vague)95.0311.9330
high-tech (not low-tech)94.71910.9405
logical (not emotional)94.4212.9463
diligent (not lazy)94.3749.8513
on-time (not tardy)94.22813.984
direct (not roundabout)94.01314.4371
frank (not sugarcoated)93.92412.448
factual (not poetic)93.7211.757
analysis (not common sense)93.7515.157
valedictorian (not drop out)93.63917.2147
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)93.5816.9145
scholarly (not crafty)93.4213.5480
stubborn (not accommodating)93.33314.670
competitive (not cooperative)93.16812.1441
mathematical (not literary)93.1217.0421
genius (not dunce)93.13113.3515
literal (not metaphorical)92.9317.3449
opinionated (not neutral)92.95916.676
arrogant (not humble)92.96412.0443
high standards (not desperate)92.61116.271
workaholic (not slacker)92.58011.8127
sheltered (not street-smart)92.4314.2408
distant (not touchy-feely)92.31917.153
bossy (not meek)92.27213.4376
judgemental (not accepting)92.25312.9323
work-first (not family-first)92.04213.0490
tight (not loose)92.01213.569
demanding (not unchallenging)92.06718.269
main character (not side character)91.914916.245
tense (not relaxed)91.84410.9457
driven (not unambitious)91.812513.8353
🤖 (not 👻)91.6212.4140
narcissistic (not low self esteem)91.54312.968
persistent (not quitter)91.026217.1143
offended (not chill)90.91717.255
weird (not normal)90.83213.0492
deliberate (not spontaneous)90.73821.2355
manicured (not scruffy)90.612216.6459
orderly (not chaotic)90.52521.6508
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)90.41415.6351
tall (not short)90.23813.0475
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)90.21116.655
chaste (not lustful)90.0516.5477
awkward (not charming)89.91416.5479
master (not apprentice)89.912115.3209
intense (not lighthearted)89.910711.651
washed (not muddy)89.81920.046
careful (not brave)89.7316.7472
individualist (not communal)89.34016.7114
formal (not intimate)89.31520.8265
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)89.14220.9174
clean (not perverted)89.17718.273
studious (not goof-off)89.012018.7148
impatient (not patient)88.68417.1185
sheriff (not outlaw)88.54620.1417
atheist (not theist)88.51423.0136
extreme (not moderate)88.312119.6356
fast-talking (not slow-talking)88.05816.361
reclusive (not social)87.84615.5252
pretentious (not unassuming)87.75720.8146
quarrelsome (not warm)87.512014.5368
complicated (not simple)87.310022.7357
motivated (not unmotivated)87.346623.056
prudish (not flirtatious)87.21021.449
one-faced (not two-faced)87.010624.167
methodical (not astonishing)86.92424.4394
asexual (not sexual)86.72621.148
unemotional (not emotional)86.61420.259
dispassionate (not romantic)86.51517.780
close-minded (not open-minded)86.35619.1482
cautious (not impulsive)86.22625.0458
official (not backdoor)86.11521.5440
anxious (not calm)86.18018.8389
extraordinary (not mundane)85.815821.6403
chosen one (not everyman)85.82417.059
consistent (not variable)85.72824.979
repetitive (not varied)85.6822.7220
linear (not circular)85.4423.847
important (not irrelevant)85.337220.3234
technophile (not luddite)85.25724.3398
👽 (not 🤡)85.02520.8144
reasoned (not instinctual)84.71428.7395
authoritarian (not democratic)84.710523.3383
devoted (not unfaithful)84.546920.654
cat person (not dog person)84.46220.640
permanent (not transient)84.22821.5180
serious (not bold)84.02624.3423
selfish (not altruistic)83.918419.7438
hoarder (not unprepared)83.81619.4385
metrosexual (not macho)83.84019.648
works hard (not plays hard)83.621522.6406
insulting (not complimentary)83.612216.6120
dorky (not cool)83.67625.0134
serious (not playful)83.523520.4423
🤔 (not 🤫)83.51024.5112
knowledgeable (not ignorant)83.532726.446
introvert (not extrovert)83.47824.2426
opinionated (not jealous)83.48928.942
contrarian (not yes-man)83.47527.650
cold (not warm)83.314617.8386
🧐 (not 😎)83.35526.3134
rational (not whimsical)83.213027.7418
vanilla (not kinky)82.95226.4410
psychopath (not empath)82.715819.063
obsessed (not aloof)82.413026.9402
uncreative (not open to new experinces)82.43222.5438
zany (not regular)82.015422.4134
specialist (not generalist)81.76026.3124
freak (not normie)81.715123.480
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)81.615719.7151
claustrophobic (not spelunker)81.61826.954
entitled (not grateful)81.623821.870
🎨 (not 🏀)81.535118.674
frenzied (not sleepy)81.419023.657
prestigious (not disreputable)81.415922.1361
proper (not scandalous)81.313427.0424
vengeful (not forgiving)81.228220.6452
receiving (not giving)81.214824.351
arcane (not mainstream)81.29526.1368
self-assured (not self-conscious)81.118927.0358
practical (not imaginative)81.120529.6391
🛌 (not 🧗)81.15824.9225
guarded (not open)81.040727.0357
gamer (not non-gamer)80.99528.968
refined (not rugged)80.620024.4472
thinker (not doer)80.63926.484
preppy (not punk rock)80.624520.661
competent (not incompetent)80.561624.1351
highbrow (not lowbrow)80.212122.8338
OCD (not ADHD)80.216730.856
hypochondriac (not stoic)80.04831.962
resolute (not wavering)79.823925.9153
thin (not thick)79.512027.9313
resistant (not resigned)79.419027.2382
utilitarian (not decorative)79.213523.3107
presidential (not folksy)79.120423.747
assertive (not passive)78.850926.6368
sober (not indulgent)78.67128.6380
natural-talent (not hard-work)78.63730.797
pointed (not random)78.250129.374
rude (not respectful)78.119419.7509
pensive (not serene)78.114623.755
prideful (not envious)78.123928.070
legit (not scrub)77.942925.4177
overprepared (not efficient)77.71928.561
gatherer (not hunter)77.618225.954
confident (not insecure)77.549328.9395
hurried (not leisurely)77.510325.4498
suspicious (not trusting)77.434027.6457
pro (not noob)77.464928.7155
dry (not moist)77.29826.447
pessimistic (not optimistic)77.117124.1393
concrete (not abstract)77.017731.8144
📈 (not 📉)77.013827.2153
vintage (not trendy)76.946020.972
paranoid (not naive)76.919528.958
captain (not first-mate)76.940629.0459
straightforward (not cryptic)76.823333.0422
child free (not pronatalist)76.825729.6352
fresh (not stinky)76.854228.4204
civilized (not barbaric)76.556028.2389
morning lark (not night owl)76.510628.5326
treasure (not trash)76.577228.1160
dominant (not submissive)76.463127.3503
businesslike (not chivalrous)76.225530.868
realistic (not fantastical)76.227927.561
innocent (not worldly)76.19926.2468
twitchy (not still)76.130528.176
fearmongering (not reassuring)76.022127.760
🎩 (not 🧢)75.940727.2141
feisty (not gracious)75.550023.7345
interrupting (not attentive)75.525230.560
go-getter (not slugabed)75.380330.0122
tame (not wild)75.217129.4423
private (not gregarious)74.740128.2414
monochrome (not multicolored)74.721032.0102
privileged (not oppressed)74.756927.145
awkward (not suspicious)74.715729.8374
Swedish (not Italian)74.413424.347
bad-cook (not good-cook)74.420328.263
white knight (not bad boy)74.345324.052
conspiracist (not sheeple)74.239327.9288
🥴 (not 🥳)74.118427.9125
🌟 (not 💩)74.181828.7152
🧕 (not 💃)74.16226.6188
vain (not demure)73.932928.0355
😬 (not 😏)73.912626.4154
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)73.826830.8381
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)73.85930.847
autistic (not neurotypical)73.63431.0392
pure (not debased)73.534927.8391
realist (not idealist)73.425235.4146
frugal (not lavish)73.425726.2365
tailor (not blacksmith)73.337733.553
unambiguous (not mysterious)73.226731.5479
🥶 (not 🥵)73.113329.253
cocky (not timid)73.074631.155
English (not German)72.979531.060
stingy (not generous)72.826228.272
ranged (not melee)72.89329.441
penny-pincher (not overspender)72.622226.8216
loyal (not traitorous)72.0108528.7422
bright (not depressed)72.028125.4348
enlightened (not lost)71.823329.654
🐿 (not 🦇)71.743130.0130
corporate (not freelance)71.628935.257
exuberant (not subdued)71.444626.648
objective (not subjective)71.310235.6116
fortunate (not unlucky)70.922223.6427
unfixable (not fixable)70.721730.555
monotone (not expressive)70.617734.344
never cries (not often crying)70.654733.752
statist (not anarchist)70.628033.1197
🤠 (not 🤑)70.653528.0134
moody (not stable)70.268929.2451
deviant (not average)70.158529.6269
obedient (not rebellious)69.828831.8337
human (not animalistic)69.788431.0299
biased (not impartial)69.660734.2408
flower child (not goth)69.564930.641
🙃 (not 🥰)69.332632.0226
egalitarian (not racist)69.0124927.0141
fast (not slow)68.882630.3413
cynical (not gullible)68.867732.745
provincial (not cosmopolitan)68.723130.0353
chortling (not giggling)68.754430.748
innocent (not jaded)68.722225.842
decisive (not hesitant)68.483433.6386
traumatized (not flourishing)68.468327.640
punchable (not loveable)68.331924.853
soulless (not soulful)68.223228.1125
off-key (not musical)68.135230.152
🦒 (not 🐐)68.04332.5231
libertarian (not socialist)67.722030.6296
alpha (not beta)67.782632.8357
poisonous (not nurturing)67.740521.6171
bold (not shy)67.6129031.0459
western (not eastern)67.551231.9188
cheesy (not chic)67.448830.858
🤺 (not 🏌)67.489732.6162
remote (not involved)67.37432.6406
mild (not spicy)67.227733.2378
crazy (not sane)67.251930.5120
bitter (not sweet)67.151424.0390
rock (not rap)67.0119229.141
👟 (not 🥾)66.944935.3152
dramatic (not comedic)66.987632.958
slovenly (not stylish)66.928128.2393
rich (not poor)66.972518.1368
believable (not poorly-written)66.9128129.561
theoretical (not empirical)66.76738.6414
codependent (not independent)66.430637.5500
money-focused (not love-focused)66.435225.046
stoic (not expressive)66.037234.7415
unorthodox (not traditional)65.967236.090
eloquent (not unpolished)65.980731.4320
juvenile (not mature)65.946230.9120
curious (not apathetic)65.885734.0448
Greek (not Roman)65.78932.553
cultured (not rustic)65.767834.754
basic (not hipster)65.461132.4338
cringeworthy (not inspiring)65.439227.0110
conventional (not creative)65.343035.2465
wise (not foolish)64.967628.9475
resourceful (not helpless)64.9131433.4124
haunted (not blissful)64.790829.566
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)64.654031.665
gloomy (not sunny)64.568822.364
loud (not quiet)64.171431.1431
outsider (not insider)64.054039.2307
perceptive (not unobservant)63.8135135.747
hard (not soft)63.774332.1400
mad (not glad)63.770325.7153
conservative (not liberal)63.734728.9120
indie (not pop)63.382628.038
deranged (not reasonable)62.949732.8143
factual (not exaggerating)62.762738.651
emancipated (not enslaved)62.697831.4355
whippersnapper (not sage)62.647432.452
🐮 (not 🐷)62.555029.3179
protagonist (not antagonist)62.0117333.361
puny (not mighty)61.827129.9361
active (not slothful)61.8144129.2358
epic (not deep)61.850131.759
classical (not avant-garde)61.772632.698
tasteful (not lewd)60.7100530.5431
hard (not soft)60.781231.6124
triggered (not trolling)60.798538.360
miserable (not joyful)60.688825.3139
genocidal (not not genocidal)60.534234.148
urban (not rural)60.4112332.0221
shy (not playful)60.328928.3365
wooden (not plastic)60.3111834.747
winter (not summer)60.366230.641
geriatric (not vibrant)60.128233.853
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')60.017241.2295
trusting (not charming)59.953325.0372
sensitive (not thick-skinned)59.960434.8354
coordinated (not clumsy)59.8110834.1410
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)59.766632.4278
focused on the future (not focused on the present)59.450532.6387
humorless (not funny)59.451930.9390
weakass (not badass)59.431431.860
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)59.357833.953
flamboyant (not modest)59.269437.0474
rhythmic (not stuttering)59.2125634.762
quirky (not predictable)59.269737.558
alert (not oblivious)59.1110134.6154
🤐 (not 😜)59.177535.4132
earth (not air)59.198434.053
armoured (not vulnerable)58.7101434.9389
well behaved (not mischievous)58.365634.5422
real (not philosophical)58.3105940.2304
sexist (not feminist)58.345827.9161
open-book (not secretive)58.347834.476
fighter (not lover)58.377428.263
repulsive (not attractive)58.232224.9435
young (not old)58.1108924.8429
rough (not smooth)58.070532.4364
jealous (not compersive)58.071633.1361
creepy (not disarming)57.936827.4183
heathen (not devout)57.761436.8364
beautiful (not ugly)57.7148526.4127
cruel (not kind)57.541222.4398
angry (not good-humored)57.566926.5351
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)57.556938.1153
happy (not sad)57.352622.9379
😀 (not 😭)57.371130.6155
🐀 (not 🐘)57.368234.5225
extravagant (not thrifty)57.274432.760
radical (not centrist)57.282136.661
nonpolitical (not political)57.057734.8355
profound (not ironic)57.068735.965
monastic (not hedonist)56.851132.094
realistic (not ambitious)56.853440.174
introspective (not not introspective)56.7117236.3202
healthy (not sickly)56.6131730.7410
industrial (not domestic)56.678035.1100
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)56.672037.4221
interested (not bored)56.6134638.967
oxymoron (not tautology)56.683431.438
proactive (not reactive)56.551739.748
Coke (not Pepsi)56.365738.164
sorrowful (not cheery)56.0104726.0402
confidential (not gossiping)55.9123433.6518
💀 (not 🎃)55.787433.550
straight (not queer)55.6141533.5186
wholesome (not salacious)55.4102832.5128
long-winded (not concise)55.469237.559
orange (not purple)55.379233.4335
water (not fire)55.063337.362
head@clouds (not down2earth)54.977339.2404
🦄 (not 🐴)54.769138.8136
dramatic (not no-nonsense)54.695639.8196
💝 (not 💔)54.693830.9212
builder (not explorer)54.579937.2463
indiscreet (not tactful)54.451639.5142
hypocritical (not equitable)54.375035.7120
Russian (not French)54.355732.856
existentialist (not nihilist)54.2121536.880
reliable (not experimental)54.298535.449
exhibitionist (not bashful)54.2116837.771
shallow (not deep)54.053132.7163
genuine (not sarcastic)53.895739.3424
androgynous (not gendered)53.816232.9176
queen (not princess)53.8116139.436
chatty (not reserved)53.791835.4470
cunning (not honorable)53.272331.8482
interesting (not tiresome)53.0147135.0453
demonic (not angelic)52.977525.5377
feminine (not masculine)52.777123.1467
flimsy (not sturdy)52.651936.951
politically correct (not edgy)52.578536.3386
vegan (not cannibal)52.4102232.241
😇 (not 😈)52.2101829.5150
self-improving (not self-destructive)52.084931.649
transparent (not machiavellian)52.095139.233
pacifist (not ferocious)51.874233.4425
ludicrous (not sensible)51.874335.7402
historical (not modern)51.783234.5310
🤣 (not 😊)51.471033.2145
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)51.1136830.1135
minimalist (not pack rat)51.0113034.3135
🐒 (not 🐩)51.088936.7130
uninspiring (not charismatic)50.136531.5319
unpatriotic (not patriotic)50.450633.7134
villainous (not heroic)50.550224.4453

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Paris Geller (0.769)
  2. Alex Dunphy (0.759)
  3. Mycroft Holmes (0.752)
  4. Temperance Brennan (0.744)
  5. Molly Davidson (0.722)
  6. Peter Gregory (0.714)
  7. Kerry Weaver (0.707)
  8. Abe Weissman (0.706)
  9. Angela Martin (0.705)
  10. Carlton Lassiter (0.702)
  1. Jason Mendoza (-0.516)
  2. Josh Chan (-0.469)
  3. Joey Tribbiani (-0.466)
  4. Luke Dunphy (-0.453)
  5. Barney Gumble (-0.445)
  6. Pumbaa (-0.445)
  7. Kevin Malone (-0.434)
  8. Patrick Star (-0.43)
  9. Kevin Ball (-0.429)
  10. Pepper (-0.424)

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

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users
ISTJ61.3%1475
INTJ59.5%8827
ESTJ58.7%547
ENTJ56.0%2286
ISFJ52.3%1602
INTP51.7%11992
ISTP51.2%1950
INFJ50.3%12519
ESFJ49.7%592
ENTP48.3%5934
ESTP47.9%765
ENFJ47.9%3842
ISFP44.7%1998
INFP43.5%23344
ESFP42.1%1202
ENFP40.9%10817

Notes

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