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John Bender Personality Statistics

John Bender is a character from The Breakfast Club. 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
mischievous (not well behaved)95.7137.842
rebellious (not obedient)95.7148.643
scandalous (not proper)94.767.845
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)94.52612.5103
punk rock (not preppy)94.499.8109
street-smart (not sheltered)94.21315.232
impulsive (not cautious)93.9189.238
outlaw (not sheriff)93.81311.546
dominant (not submissive)91.5849.648
freelance (not corporate)91.53414.490
moody (not stable)91.3278.537
goof-off (not studious)90.82313.173
messy (not neat)90.32210.149
chaotic (not orderly)90.24511.934
scruffy (not manicured)89.93312.136
drop out (not valedictorian)89.61914.341
wild (not tame)89.56714.268
disreputable (not prestigious)89.2813.127
spontaneous (not scheduled)89.05616.251
rugged (not refined)88.92611.659
🐒 (not 🐩)88.9914.842
traumatized (not flourishing)88.91913.392
poor (not rich)88.62010.242
competitive (not cooperative)88.413613.132
anarchist (not statist)88.11110.636
masculine (not feminine)87.915212.038
feisty (not gracious)87.75917.351
unorthodox (not traditional)87.76716.143
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)87.64412.766
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)87.42816.448
individualist (not communal)86.96620.164
outsider (not insider)86.71020.358
slacker (not workaholic)86.42315.666
🤺 (not 🏌)86.410214.448
complicated (not simple)86.37715.233
🥾 (not 👟)86.14922.736
🧢 (not 🎩)86.14724.931
backdoor (not official)85.85218.238
conspiracist (not sheeple)85.65515.653
edgy (not politically correct)85.46818.351
spicy (not mild)84.913014.157
crafty (not scholarly)84.55715.573
resistant (not resigned)84.24823.089
night owl (not morning lark)84.211016.350
atheist (not theist)84.24720.940
independent (not codependent)84.014723.757
self-destructive (not self-improving)84.08218.095
quarrelsome (not warm)83.914816.461
intense (not lighthearted)83.921019.987
experimental (not reliable)83.86918.399
playful (not shy)83.721617.344
sarcastic (not genuine)83.78219.856
extreme (not moderate)83.619817.346
impatient (not patient)83.615917.634
deviant (not average)82.811819.342
mad (not glad)82.79417.940
😎 (not 🧐)82.710422.367
pessimistic (not optimistic)82.46722.347
lustful (not chaste)82.312414.840
mysterious (not unambiguous)82.38321.251
worldly (not innocent)82.121620.049
guarded (not open)82.023620.041
rude (not respectful)81.810016.246
disorganized (not self-disciplined)81.66821.342
heathen (not devout)81.64820.735
kinky (not vanilla)81.510518.646
insulting (not complimentary)81.412417.035
assertive (not passive)81.430422.455
cool (not dorky)81.312718.242
zany (not regular)81.312417.130
blacksmith (not tailor)81.25919.098
arrogant (not humble)81.223515.443
sad (not happy)81.28416.047
sorrowful (not cheery)81.19316.638
loud (not quiet)81.121520.664
gloomy (not sunny)81.012316.796
hard (not soft)80.816219.046
Italian (not Swedish)80.88421.985
bold (not serious)80.712422.863
hard (not soft)80.616818.840
lenient (not strict)80.68423.956
rough (not smooth)80.48022.837
juvenile (not mature)80.411521.047
tall (not short)80.114613.841
instinctual (not reasoned)80.112322.326
alpha (not beta)80.032321.743
bold (not shy)79.758421.248
bitter (not sweet)79.515519.734
unpolished (not eloquent)79.48925.838
barbaric (not civilized)79.36317.454
😈 (not 😇)79.317922.654
🐴 (not 🦄)79.39826.035
hunter (not gatherer)79.321422.578
arcane (not mainstream)78.810724.041
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)78.725325.337
oppressed (not privileged)78.65819.573
skeptical (not spiritual)78.627022.868
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)78.58425.842
creative (not conventional)78.417321.063
🦇 (not 🐿)78.39826.137
efficient (not overprepared)78.38016.891
child free (not pronatalist)78.314821.856
brave (not careful)78.221323.548
debased (not pure)78.118122.041
💃 (not 🧕)78.125328.053
miserable (not joyful)78.116218.735
cannibal (not vegan)78.115718.196
suspicious (not trusting)78.024419.739
unlucky (not fortunate)78.09720.168
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)78.08325.528
hipster (not basic)77.85624.845
salacious (not wholesome)77.717514.940
bossy (not meek)77.741923.242
funny (not humorless)77.522920.858
suspicious (not awkward)77.424821.239
macho (not metrosexual)77.49322.773
decisive (not hesitant)77.236325.461
loose (not tight)77.19024.097
poisonous (not nurturing)77.017321.637
jock (not nerd)76.916720.839
spontaneous (not deliberate)76.712728.751
indulgent (not sober)76.522821.669
intimate (not formal)76.510523.230
artistic (not scientific)76.316722.835
ferocious (not pacifist)76.334223.749
vengeful (not forgiving)76.326423.343
variable (not consistent)76.24824.392
focused on the present (not focused on the future)76.16227.459
unpatriotic (not patriotic)76.01928.653
hedonist (not monastic)75.89522.932
folksy (not presidential)75.815621.695
👻 (not 🤖)75.88023.756
perceptive (not unobservant)75.758725.788
realist (not idealist)75.512527.157
flamboyant (not modest)75.422924.260
cunning (not honorable)75.320122.389
ludicrous (not sensible)75.215927.247
crazy (not sane)75.121322.741
plays hard (not works hard)75.012825.356
direct (not roundabout)75.038129.756
liberal (not conservative)74.723625.274
beautiful (not ugly)74.561923.468
depressed (not bright)74.310719.742
😏 (not 😬)74.218729.350
leisurely (not hurried)73.810826.763
lazy (not diligent)73.83924.954
captain (not first-mate)73.632428.149
exuberant (not subdued)73.627523.983
armoured (not vulnerable)73.534626.035
lost (not enlightened)73.417822.390
demonic (not angelic)73.320119.430
fast (not slow)73.241022.042
pro (not noob)73.155022.537
explorer (not builder)73.019630.447
avant-garde (not classical)73.011425.938
open to new experinces (not uncreative)72.746228.657
frugal (not lavish)72.621325.943
interesting (not tiresome)72.642330.041
young (not old)72.545826.635
deranged (not reasonable)72.420520.142
💔 (not 💝)72.418130.036
secretive (not open-book)72.338925.9122
physical (not intellectual)72.116627.542
circular (not linear)72.18724.792
charming (not awkward)72.040922.664
remote (not involved)72.03126.136
aloof (not obsessed)71.91621.235
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)71.713630.580
slugabed (not go-getter)71.63028.747
cold (not warm)71.525822.355
💪 (not 🧠)71.513727.563
lewd (not tasteful)71.414123.150
resourceful (not helpless)71.473124.960
rhythmic (not stuttering)71.448124.182
low-tech (not high-tech)71.325423.446
modern (not historical)70.930224.540
real (not philosophical)70.730427.359
vain (not demure)70.732026.864
vibrant (not geriatric)70.445827.7106
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)70.118030.968
spelunker (not claustrophobic)69.926927.289
chortling (not giggling)69.934524.170
thick-skinned (not sensitive)69.128829.639
alert (not oblivious)69.151923.543
indiscreet (not tactful)69.110126.135
astonishing (not methodical)69.014827.761
whimsical (not rational)68.824229.057
trolling (not triggered)68.812930.068
inspiring (not cringeworthy)68.437222.739
charming (not trusting)68.232121.535
important (not irrelevant)68.178330.558
weird (not normal)67.943019.634
abstract (not concrete)67.720829.545
master (not apprentice)67.658424.257
🐐 (not 🦒)67.528831.447
playful (not serious)67.325526.436
varied (not repetitive)67.38227.370
sexist (not feminist)67.322625.551
charismatic (not uninspiring)67.170626.843
penny-pincher (not overspender)67.132523.623
🤣 (not 😊)66.922028.650
fast-talking (not slow-talking)66.546927.284
angry (not good-humored)66.328025.235
lowbrow (not highbrow)66.214830.828
mighty (not puny)65.963627.749
jealous (not compersive)65.934224.040
extraordinary (not mundane)65.762126.672
unprepared (not hoarder)65.615529.638
persistent (not quitter)65.6110530.843
industrial (not domestic)65.630029.039
transient (not permanent)65.415928.546
literary (not mathematical)65.341928.643
selfish (not altruistic)65.137326.858
luddite (not technophile)64.829323.834
deep (not shallow)64.849726.088
whippersnapper (not sage)64.629426.875
Russian (not French)64.519327.485
stinky (not fresh)64.419818.034
confidential (not gossiping)64.065035.547
sporty (not bookish)63.932923.856
judgemental (not accepting)63.445630.139
hypocritical (not equitable)63.433026.495
reclusive (not social)63.434327.439
believable (not poorly-written)63.496525.293
unambitious (not driven)63.25130.235
off-key (not musical)63.137329.577
thick (not thin)63.029129.759
empirical (not theoretical)62.933030.958
emotional (not logical)62.848027.265
vague (not precise)62.716726.942
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)62.645034.936
emancipated (not enslaved)62.664031.638
straight (not queer)62.688131.934
sturdy (not flimsy)62.570430.184
frenzied (not sleepy)62.585428.586
attractive (not repulsive)62.280126.860
😜 (not 🤐)61.641232.751
melee (not ranged)61.423032.282
English (not German)61.394630.773
🥴 (not 🥳)61.145429.958
work-first (not family-first)60.951930.436
urban (not rural)60.872035.143
tense (not relaxed)60.587728.750
expressive (not stoic)60.357933.238
biased (not impartial)60.078030.046
moist (not dry)60.038429.578
cruel (not kind)59.926523.043
🤠 (not 🤑)59.861231.445
egalitarian (not racist)59.799123.260
👽 (not 🤡)59.748933.141
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)59.547428.641
neurotypical (not autistic)59.291623.328
🌟 (not 💩)59.284932.353
nihilist (not existentialist)59.123335.941
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)59.077733.270
soulful (not soulless)58.587728.356
animalistic (not human)58.425529.243
political (not nonpolitical)57.959134.149
pretentious (not unassuming)57.961929.648
🙃 (not 🥰)57.948328.556
private (not gregarious)57.868033.074
poetic (not factual)57.838129.389
extrovert (not introvert)57.664833.365
provincial (not cosmopolitan)57.542330.051
😭 (not 😀)57.448626.853
gendered (not androgynous)57.2111728.642
🤫 (not 🤔)57.027835.434
utilitarian (not decorative)56.874133.348
fixable (not unfixable)56.567729.186
introspective (not not introspective)56.376030.755
Roman (not Greek)56.346531.171
pack rat (not minimalist)56.243730.741
sickly (not healthy)55.824325.451
dispassionate (not romantic)55.729525.689
democratic (not authoritarian)55.661733.645
foolish (not wise)55.546425.153
dramatic (not no-nonsense)55.361832.946
western (not eastern)55.382927.635
chill (not offended)55.042332.784
slovenly (not stylish)54.739728.346
🐘 (not 🐀)54.657333.131
🐮 (not 🐷)54.669032.836
punchable (not loveable)54.442029.698
dunce (not genius)54.332424.893
close-minded (not open-minded)54.242727.537
calm (not anxious)54.045930.739
purple (not orange)53.956631.252
imaginative (not practical)53.939935.168
chatty (not reserved)53.863132.237
📈 (not 📉)53.886733.638
literal (not metaphorical)53.582034.353
creepy (not disarming)53.531825.956
clumsy (not coordinated)53.438028.635
🛌 (not 🧗)53.442232.534
trash (not treasure)53.324628.798
apathetic (not curious)53.125331.537
slothful (not active)53.116729.543
incompetent (not competent)53.124032.341
high IQ (not low IQ)53.1106323.256
villainous (not heroic)53.032222.848
loyal (not traitorous)52.9100429.953
libertarian (not socialist)52.776832.858
insecure (not confident)52.633430.452
resolute (not wavering)52.694830.936
ignorant (not knowledgeable)52.433529.685
self-assured (not self-conscious)52.093331.764
objective (not subjective)51.657932.445
generalist (not specialist)51.441827.938
monochrome (not multicolored)51.464433.441
rigid (not flexible)50.178131.046
low self esteem (not narcissistic)50.947234.791
head@clouds (not down2earth)50.359434.846
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')50.367533.230
scrub (not legit)50.330127.331
cryptic (not straightforward)50.532235.653

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. James 'Sawyer' Ford (0.872)
  2. Noah Puckerman (0.849)
  3. John Murphy (0.847)
  4. Steven Hyde (0.845)
  5. Haymitch Abernathy (0.839)
  1. Ned Flanders (-0.747)
  2. Charlotte York (-0.71)
  3. Melanie Hamilton (-0.703)
  4. Billy Keikeya (-0.702)
  5. Dr. Marcus Brody (-0.7)

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.

  1. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.67)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.66)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.63)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.61)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.39)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.35)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.21)
  8. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.16)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.14)
  10. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.11)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.05)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.02)
  13. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.06)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.09)
  15. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.09)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.1)
  17. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.17)
  18. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.18)
  19. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.19)
  20. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.24)
  21. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.26)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.29)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.43)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.44)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.55)


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