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Sheldon Cooper Descriptive Personality Statistics

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 1,750 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)98.915.9373
scientific (not artistic)98.813.4471
intellectual (not physical)97.917.6453
nerd (not jock)97.558.9401
high IQ (not low IQ)97.5117.0366
🧠 (not 💪)97.559.1192
neat (not messy)97.0410.2351
scheduled (not spontaneous)96.9312.0408
skeptical (not spiritual)96.319.6500
rigid (not flexible)95.8310.2417
overachiever (not underachiever)95.61412.365
picky (not always down)95.428.150
self-disciplined (not disorganized)95.32611.6406
strict (not lenient)95.2410.4491
precise (not vague)95.0311.9330
factual (not poetic)95.0311.343
high-tech (not low-tech)94.71810.9404
logical (not emotional)94.4212.9462
diligent (not lazy)94.3759.8510
on-time (not tardy)94.22813.984
direct (not roundabout)94.01214.4371
frank (not sugarcoated)93.62312.844
analysis (not common sense)93.5515.355
scholarly (not crafty)93.4313.5479
valedictorian (not drop out)93.44417.3144
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)93.4817.0143
workaholic (not slacker)93.26310.5124
stubborn (not accommodating)93.24114.868
competitive (not cooperative)93.17112.1441
mathematical (not literary)93.1217.0420
genius (not dunce)93.13113.3514
literal (not metaphorical)92.9417.3448
arrogant (not humble)92.96112.0443
opinionated (not neutral)92.76016.874
judgemental (not accepting)92.54412.1320
high standards (not desperate)92.51116.469
bossy (not meek)92.37013.3372
sheltered (not street-smart)92.3214.2405
work-first (not family-first)92.13913.0488
distant (not touchy-feely)92.11817.649
tight (not loose)92.01213.767
demanding (not unchallenging)91.97118.467
tense (not relaxed)91.84410.9457
driven (not unambitious)91.812313.8353
🤖 (not 👻)91.5312.5136
narcissistic (not low self esteem)91.34313.264
persistent (not quitter)91.125617.2142
washed (not muddy)90.91618.543
weird (not normal)90.73313.0490
deliberate (not spontaneous)90.73521.3353
offended (not chill)90.72217.553
manicured (not scruffy)90.611816.6456
orderly (not chaotic)90.52421.6508
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)90.51315.1349
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)90.21116.655
chaste (not lustful)90.0516.5476
tall (not short)90.04112.6451
awkward (not charming)89.91416.5479
master (not apprentice)89.812215.3207
careful (not brave)89.7316.7470
individualist (not communal)89.54116.6113
intense (not lighthearted)89.411711.748
formal (not intimate)89.21620.9261
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)89.14320.9174
studious (not goof-off)89.012018.8145
clean (not perverted)89.07718.372
impatient (not patient)88.68817.1185
sheriff (not outlaw)88.54720.1417
atheist (not theist)88.41723.2133
extreme (not moderate)88.312119.6356
motivated (not unmotivated)88.239621.350
reclusive (not social)88.04315.2250
pretentious (not unassuming)87.66020.8145
fast-talking (not slow-talking)87.56417.153
quarrelsome (not warm)87.411614.5366
complicated (not simple)87.310022.7355
consistent (not variable)87.31722.264
unemotional (not emotional)87.21021.048
one-faced (not two-faced)87.19524.366
prudish (not flirtatious)87.01521.747
chosen one (not everyman)86.92413.651
methodical (not astonishing)86.92424.3390
asexual (not sexual)86.72121.148
close-minded (not open-minded)86.35519.1482
cautious (not impulsive)86.23025.0457
official (not backdoor)86.21721.4438
dispassionate (not romantic)86.11617.975
anxious (not calm)86.18018.8388
extraordinary (not mundane)85.715921.7401
repetitive (not varied)85.6822.8218
important (not irrelevant)85.336120.3234
technophile (not luddite)85.25724.3397
👽 (not 🤡)84.92420.9142
cat person (not dog person)84.95820.238
authoritarian (not democratic)84.710423.3383
reasoned (not instinctual)84.61428.8392
linear (not circular)84.4524.842
permanent (not transient)84.22721.5180
selfish (not altruistic)84.018019.5437
serious (not bold)84.02724.3419
hoarder (not unprepared)83.81719.4385
metrosexual (not macho)83.83919.648
devoted (not unfaithful)83.751320.644
works hard (not plays hard)83.620922.5405
dorky (not cool)83.67525.0133
psychopath (not empath)83.614317.862
insulting (not complimentary)83.511816.7118
🤔 (not 🤫)83.51224.6111
serious (not playful)83.423820.4422
frenzied (not sleepy)83.412319.750
opinionated (not jealous)83.49528.942
rational (not whimsical)83.312527.6416
introvert (not extrovert)83.37824.3424
cold (not warm)83.314217.8385
🧐 (not 😎)83.35026.3134
vanilla (not kinky)83.05126.4409
knowledgeable (not ignorant)82.834727.143
uncreative (not open to new experinces)82.43222.5438
obsessed (not aloof)82.313626.9401
zany (not regular)82.115022.5132
OCD (not ADHD)82.011629.153
entitled (not grateful)81.722622.069
claustrophobic (not spelunker)81.61827.153
🎨 (not 🏀)81.634218.773
proper (not scandalous)81.413126.9422
prestigious (not disreputable)81.415822.1361
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)81.416719.7150
freak (not normie)81.415423.678
specialist (not generalist)81.36626.5120
contrarian (not yes-man)81.310929.342
receiving (not giving)81.315224.550
vengeful (not forgiving)81.228120.6451
arcane (not mainstream)81.29526.2367
practical (not imaginative)81.119529.6390
self-assured (not self-conscious)81.019827.0357
🛌 (not 🧗)81.05225.0223
guarded (not open)80.940627.0356
gamer (not non-gamer)80.89029.266
refined (not rugged)80.619524.4472
thinker (not doer)80.63626.880
competent (not incompetent)80.560324.0348
highbrow (not lowbrow)80.112022.8337
preppy (not punk rock)80.124920.958
hypochondriac (not stoic)79.84132.556
resolute (not wavering)79.624325.9152
thin (not thick)79.511628.0312
resistant (not resigned)79.418127.2382
utilitarian (not decorative)79.312923.4106
overprepared (not efficient)79.11327.155
pointed (not random)79.046428.971
presidential (not folksy)78.919923.946
sober (not indulgent)78.77028.5378
assertive (not passive)78.750826.7365
natural-talent (not hard-work)78.34231.095
rude (not respectful)78.119119.7508
legit (not scrub)77.942525.4177
pensive (not serene)77.716223.754
hurried (not leisurely)77.69325.3497
confident (not insecure)77.548628.9394
prideful (not envious)77.526628.268
suspicious (not trusting)77.433227.7455
gatherer (not hunter)77.418126.153
child free (not pronatalist)77.224329.3347
pessimistic (not optimistic)77.116824.2391
pro (not noob)77.164428.9152
📈 (not 📉)77.013127.2153
paranoid (not naive)76.918129.157
captain (not first-mate)76.840029.0458
fresh (not stinky)76.853328.4204
vintage (not trendy)76.845421.171
concrete (not abstract)76.717431.9142
fearmongering (not reassuring)76.720627.046
straightforward (not cryptic)76.623733.1419
civilized (not barbaric)76.654828.3388
morning lark (not night owl)76.511028.6322
treasure (not trash)76.576228.1160
dry (not moist)76.511227.143
dominant (not submissive)76.461827.3503
realistic (not fantastical)76.327027.658
privileged (not oppressed)76.350026.543
innocent (not worldly)76.19226.2467
businesslike (not chivalrous)75.926230.967
🎩 (not 🧢)75.939827.4138
twitchy (not still)75.930828.375
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)75.74830.042
feisty (not gracious)75.549523.7343
tailor (not blacksmith)75.329033.541
tame (not wild)75.116329.4422
go-getter (not slugabed)75.080930.1121
interrupting (not attentive)75.025231.157
private (not gregarious)74.838728.1413
English (not German)74.863430.354
awkward (not suspicious)74.615429.9372
conspiracist (not sheeple)74.538427.6287
monochrome (not multicolored)74.521332.3100
🥴 (not 🥳)74.317627.8126
🌟 (not 💩)74.279928.8151
🧕 (not 💃)74.15726.7187
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)73.925430.7380
white knight (not bad boy)73.945524.346
vain (not demure)73.933328.0355
ranged (not melee)73.87228.235
😬 (not 😏)73.713026.5152
frugal (not lavish)73.624226.0363
autistic (not neurotypical)73.63231.0392
bad-cook (not good-cook)73.621728.055
pure (not debased)73.534427.8391
stingy (not generous)73.325127.369
realist (not idealist)73.325035.5145
unambiguous (not mysterious)73.225431.5474
Swedish (not Italian)73.115924.542
penny-pincher (not overspender)72.821926.7215
enlightened (not lost)72.620929.250
cocky (not timid)72.374131.453
🥶 (not 🥵)72.114929.251
loyal (not traitorous)72.0104528.7419
bright (not depressed)72.027225.4347
corporate (not freelance)71.827736.051
🐿 (not 🦇)71.542730.0129
exuberant (not subdued)71.045126.846
fortunate (not unlucky)70.921523.6427
monotone (not expressive)70.617334.344
objective (not subjective)70.510636.0112
statist (not anarchist)70.428933.2195
🤠 (not 🤑)70.450828.0133
deviant (not average)70.355929.4266
moody (not stable)70.267329.3449
cynical (not gullible)70.160531.944
obedient (not rebellious)69.927631.8336
unfixable (not fixable)69.823130.952
human (not animalistic)69.785031.0299
off-key (not musical)69.430827.946
chortling (not giggling)69.449830.645
biased (not impartial)69.459234.2406
flower child (not goth)69.364131.040
fast (not slow)69.079830.2408
egalitarian (not racist)69.0122927.0141
🙃 (not 🥰)69.032132.0224
punchable (not loveable)69.029825.250
rock (not rap)68.7106829.135
never cries (not often crying)68.659434.847
provincial (not cosmopolitan)68.623030.0351
decisive (not hesitant)68.581133.5385
🦒 (not 🐐)68.33632.2230
believable (not poorly-written)68.3114427.955
soulless (not soulful)68.223028.1125
🤺 (not 🏌)67.984432.5158
libertarian (not socialist)67.721630.6296
alpha (not beta)67.781432.8357
poisonous (not nurturing)67.739221.6171
innocent (not jaded)67.722926.339
dramatic (not comedic)67.682632.857
bold (not shy)67.5126031.0458
money-focused (not love-focused)67.433324.545
remote (not involved)67.37832.7403
mild (not spicy)67.227833.2377
traumatized (not flourishing)67.270127.738
bitter (not sweet)67.150624.0390
crazy (not sane)67.151330.5118
cultured (not rustic)67.161234.341
western (not eastern)67.048731.9185
cheesy (not chic)67.048330.957
rich (not poor)66.970518.1367
slovenly (not stylish)66.827528.2392
👟 (not 🥾)66.844135.1149
theoretical (not empirical)66.77038.6414
juvenile (not mature)66.543330.5119
codependent (not independent)66.330137.5499
haunted (not blissful)66.282728.664
stoic (not expressive)66.136134.8414
unorthodox (not traditional)65.964636.090
eloquent (not unpolished)65.979231.4318
curious (not apathetic)65.784734.0445
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)65.450431.663
conventional (not creative)65.341935.2465
basic (not hipster)65.359232.4336
cringeworthy (not inspiring)65.338027.2109
perceptive (not unobservant)65.3125334.140
Greek (not Roman)65.111532.449
resourceful (not helpless)64.9128233.4122
wise (not foolish)64.866228.9472
outsider (not insider)64.252239.1306
loud (not quiet)64.169731.1431
gloomy (not sunny)63.968322.063
hard (not soft)63.772832.1398
mad (not glad)63.668625.8152
conservative (not liberal)63.533828.9118
protagonist (not antagonist)63.5109232.849
deranged (not reasonable)62.948032.8143
rhythmic (not stuttering)62.8106534.052
emancipated (not enslaved)62.695331.4355
🐮 (not 🐷)62.553829.3179
puny (not mighty)62.125129.8358
factual (not exaggerating)62.161938.750
active (not slothful)62.0139829.0356
whippersnapper (not sage)61.847634.241
epic (not deep)61.650131.555
indie (not pop)61.686527.836
winter (not summer)61.661329.740
classical (not avant-garde)61.471732.697
triggered (not trolling)61.392138.348
hard (not soft)60.780931.6124
urban (not rural)60.6109031.9220
tasteful (not lewd)60.599430.4429
earth (not air)60.588533.951
miserable (not joyful)60.487225.3137
shy (not playful)60.328028.3364
geriatric (not vibrant)60.326732.747
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')60.218541.2294
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)60.254133.652
sensitive (not thick-skinned)60.158434.7352
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)60.063032.5273
trusting (not charming)59.952625.1371
coordinated (not clumsy)59.7109034.1409
weakass (not badass)59.730831.658
focused on the future (not focused on the present)59.550232.5385
wooden (not plastic)59.5110934.646
humorless (not funny)59.451330.9390
flamboyant (not modest)59.367837.0472
🤐 (not 😜)59.075235.5131
alert (not oblivious)58.9107434.5153
proactive (not reactive)58.940639.441
armoured (not vulnerable)58.799034.8386
realistic (not ambitious)58.446039.572
oxymoron (not tautology)58.469528.729
well behaved (not mischievous)58.364334.5419
fighter (not lover)58.375128.263
genocidal (not not genocidal)58.338033.542
repulsive (not attractive)58.232224.9435
real (not philosophical)58.2104540.3300
sexist (not feminist)58.144727.9159
young (not old)58.0106424.7428
heathen (not devout)58.058936.6360
rough (not smooth)58.069032.4364
jealous (not compersive)58.070333.1358
profound (not ironic)58.063035.863
open-book (not secretive)57.947934.772
creepy (not disarming)57.736127.4182
beautiful (not ugly)57.7144726.6124
🐀 (not 🐘)57.765234.4223
angry (not good-humored)57.664926.5349
cruel (not kind)57.540922.4398
😀 (not 😭)57.469730.7154
happy (not sad)57.251822.9377
extravagant (not thrifty)57.272832.760
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)57.158038.2151
nonpolitical (not political)57.056034.8355
Coke (not Pepsi)57.058938.062
interested (not bored)56.9128839.265
monastic (not hedonist)56.848832.094
industrial (not domestic)56.576935.297
introspective (not not introspective)56.5115636.2201
healthy (not sickly)56.4129730.7408
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)56.470737.5216
long-winded (not concise)56.363137.753
sorrowful (not cheery)56.0101226.0402
confidential (not gossiping)55.9120133.6513
radical (not centrist)55.985838.047
straight (not queer)55.6139133.5186
💀 (not 🎃)55.586433.947
wholesome (not salacious)55.499632.5128
quirky (not predictable)55.482838.746
orange (not purple)55.276433.4331
head@clouds (not down2earth)55.274039.1400
dramatic (not no-nonsense)54.891539.7195
💝 (not 💔)54.890130.9211
Russian (not French)54.854133.147
water (not fire)54.862037.661
builder (not explorer)54.578537.2462
indiscreet (not tactful)54.448439.5142
🦄 (not 🐴)54.467138.8135
exhibitionist (not bashful)54.3113238.067
shallow (not deep)54.051832.7163
genuine (not sarcastic)53.991639.3423
hypocritical (not equitable)53.975835.7115
androgynous (not gendered)53.815932.9176
self-improving (not self-destructive)53.777231.646
chatty (not reserved)53.688835.4468
existentialist (not nihilist)53.6123136.679
reliable (not experimental)53.598235.448
cunning (not honorable)53.270331.8482
interesting (not tiresome)53.0142635.0452
demonic (not angelic)52.975625.6375
feminine (not masculine)52.775623.1465
politically correct (not edgy)52.776536.2382
flimsy (not sturdy)52.550537.343
queen (not princess)52.5117139.235
vegan (not cannibal)52.1101032.640
machiavellian (not transparent)52.189038.431
😇 (not 😈)52.099929.5149
pacifist (not ferocious)51.871133.4423
ludicrous (not sensible)51.871835.6400
historical (not modern)51.680634.5309
🐒 (not 🐩)51.684836.6128
🤣 (not 😊)51.668933.3144
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)51.1133930.1135
uninspiring (not charismatic)50.135631.5319
unpatriotic (not patriotic)50.249933.8132
villainous (not heroic)50.449424.5451
pack rat (not minimalist)50.483134.1134

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 (0.772)
  2. Alex Dunphy (0.763)
  3. Mycroft Holmes (0.759)
  4. Temperance Brennan (0.743)
  5. Molly Davidson (0.722)
  6. Peter Gregory (0.716)
  7. Angela Martin (0.71)
  8. Carlton Lassiter (0.706)
  9. Kerry Weaver (0.702)
  10. Claire (0.702)
  1. Jason Mendoza (-0.518)
  2. Josh Chan (-0.472)
  3. Joey Tribbiani (-0.469)
  4. Luke Dunphy (-0.461)
  5. Pumbaa (-0.446)
  6. Barney Gumble (-0.444)
  7. Kevin Malone (-0.432)
  8. Kevin Ball (-0.429)
  9. Patrick Star (-0.422)
  10. Turtle (-0.417)

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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