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Alan Shore Descriptive Personality Statistics

Alan Shore is a character from Boston Legal.

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
bold (not shy)93.31099.222
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)93.3198.921
opinionated (not neutral)92.56613.236
flirtatious (not prudish)92.42511.815
high IQ (not low IQ)92.01608.731
resourceful (not helpless)91.7909.724
intellectual (not physical)90.57510.924
contrarian (not yes-man)90.01611.421
knowledgeable (not ignorant)89.713313.158
creative (not conventional)89.4499.116
extraordinary (not mundane)89.37511.226
persistent (not quitter)89.140014.328
pro (not noob)88.820117.626
fast (not slow)88.75111.527
cocky (not timid)88.617623.412
confident (not insecure)88.59611.922
perceptive (not unobservant)88.520915.248
decisive (not hesitant)88.48810.119
🧠 (not 💪)88.413611.026
genius (not dunce)88.311214.858
feisty (not gracious)88.3638.220
motivated (not unmotivated)88.338713.625
atheist (not theist)88.02011.319
charismatic (not uninspiring)87.813921.216
competent (not incompetent)87.229017.021
open to new experinces (not uncreative)87.116112.024
funny (not humorless)87.011515.322
cosmopolitan (not provincial)87.02112.823
urban (not rural)87.05816.926
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)86.82112.142
eloquent (not unpolished)86.711415.626
assertive (not passive)86.617216.924
kinky (not vanilla)86.46816.028
go-getter (not slugabed)86.317613.820
privileged (not oppressed)86.219915.254
narcissistic (not low self esteem)86.014418.440
individualist (not communal)85.710814.812
driven (not unambitious)85.644011.321
dominant (not submissive)85.532117.026
rebellious (not obedient)85.426819.526
work-first (not family-first)85.415013.622
skeptical (not spiritual)85.311917.024
playful (not shy)85.126311.921
rich (not poor)85.028612.526
extravagant (not thrifty)85.012917.412
sexual (not asexual)84.525522.941
scandalous (not proper)84.314419.219
tailor (not blacksmith)84.24018.851
night owl (not morning lark)84.115514.316
deviant (not average)84.012318.223
alpha (not beta)83.931319.916
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)83.829717.350
vain (not demure)83.711021.724
demanding (not unchallenging)83.736522.138
unorthodox (not traditional)83.517318.029
badass (not weakass)83.447915.449
opinionated (not jealous)83.210112.718
rhythmic (not stuttering)83.115620.856
interesting (not tiresome)83.118915.721
bossy (not meek)83.038718.024
believable (not poorly-written)83.017818.250
worldly (not innocent)82.428120.132
open-minded (not close-minded)82.411222.421
mischievous (not well behaved)82.333022.624
stylish (not slovenly)82.024421.318
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)82.013418.317
fresh (not stinky)82.031020.319
exhibitionist (not bashful)82.010822.540
perverted (not clean)82.09417.241
hedonist (not monastic)81.93517.516
overachiever (not underachiever)81.844321.149
fast-talking (not slow-talking)81.817822.751
self-assured (not self-conscious)81.717422.526
quirky (not predictable)81.79519.124
flamboyant (not modest)81.618319.031
manicured (not scruffy)81.642817.522
emancipated (not enslaved)81.514216.623
not genocidal (not genocidal)81.433523.612
fortunate (not unlucky)81.33918.123
zany (not regular)81.216920.526
vibrant (not geriatric)81.225320.764
important (not irrelevant)81.058321.631
cynical (not gullible)80.826022.321
weird (not normal)80.523616.925
machiavellian (not transparent)80.413724.422
precise (not vague)80.224222.021
treasure (not trash)79.758723.466
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)79.516021.220
civilized (not barbaric)79.243422.321
lustful (not chaste)79.221826.717
cultured (not rustic)79.117223.724
English (not German)79.133819.144
queen (not princess)79.133723.619
arrogant (not humble)79.035726.020
competitive (not cooperative)78.646229.822
modern (not historical)78.618016.426
🎨 (not 🏀)78.644017.742
bold (not serious)78.522228.929
charming (not trusting)78.516223.122
conspiracist (not sheeple)78.523211.919
egalitarian (not racist)78.578919.520
😏 (not 😬)78.417821.418
nerd (not jock)78.441919.035
charming (not awkward)78.334722.129
frank (not sugarcoated)78.342229.122
wild (not tame)78.241417.229
🎩 (not 🧢)78.033125.620
pretentious (not unassuming)77.727421.425
trolling (not triggered)77.74926.548
resolute (not wavering)77.631023.116
resistant (not resigned)77.526924.836
bookish (not sporty)77.453622.430
edgy (not politically correct)77.228822.328
spicy (not mild)77.241020.913
complicated (not simple)77.143515.523
child free (not pronatalist)77.024725.428
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)77.040724.321
chosen one (not everyman)76.917915.815
introspective (not not introspective)76.823526.338
alert (not oblivious)76.849025.328
valedictorian (not drop out)76.658328.529
prideful (not envious)76.630326.619
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)76.539820.624
jaded (not innocent)76.348419.218
astonishing (not methodical)76.28219.922
salacious (not wholesome)76.124324.726
high standards (not desperate)75.735320.952
refined (not rugged)75.435325.013
thick-skinned (not sensitive)75.420127.023
legit (not scrub)75.458226.521
patriotic (not unpatriotic)75.336823.713
insulting (not complimentary)75.327918.527
😎 (not 🧐)75.133524.622
radical (not centrist)75.017920.613
street-smart (not sheltered)74.751725.126
quarrelsome (not warm)74.740623.925
freak (not normie)74.729723.044
smooth (not rough)74.517231.027
good-humored (not angry)74.540218.728
political (not nonpolitical)74.430731.720
minimalist (not pack rat)74.415624.321
ambitious (not realistic)74.339228.449
💃 (not 🧕)74.051326.825
romantic (not dispassionate)74.053625.538
chatty (not reserved)73.943525.516
attractive (not repulsive)73.980920.223
natural-talent (not hard-work)73.88522.240
cunning (not honorable)73.729527.254
spontaneous (not scheduled)73.638225.226
heathen (not devout)73.417128.022
pointed (not random)73.471324.751
loud (not quiet)73.249425.725
liberal (not conservative)73.241328.624
exuberant (not subdued)73.236829.558
😀 (not 😭)73.123319.621
sarcastic (not genuine)72.736625.725
flexible (not rigid)72.416821.621
generous (not stingy)72.350824.343
democratic (not authoritarian)72.128729.424
armoured (not vulnerable)72.153026.132
abstract (not concrete)71.819723.419
indulgent (not sober)71.542326.327
lavish (not frugal)71.433927.427
overspender (not penny-pincher)71.328424.223
rock (not rap)71.388822.314
brave (not careful)71.255922.422
sturdy (not flimsy)71.266122.552
protagonist (not antagonist)71.280532.517
leisurely (not hurried)71.017921.629
reassuring (not fearmongering)71.044126.910
long-winded (not concise)70.717725.624
coordinated (not clumsy)70.579123.227
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)70.436829.916
stubborn (not accommodating)70.385325.839
🐷 (not 🐮)70.114327.617
wise (not foolish)70.048824.827
metrosexual (not macho)70.044527.846
curious (not apathetic)69.964230.027
diligent (not lazy)69.6132627.725
interested (not bored)69.469727.333
chortling (not giggling)69.251327.055
self-destructive (not self-improving)69.144525.470
master (not apprentice)69.078831.924
frenzied (not sleepy)69.089425.332
lenient (not strict)68.837625.128
healthy (not sickly)68.785925.025
varied (not repetitive)68.711323.820
😜 (not 🤐)68.745027.020
direct (not roundabout)68.678734.027
entitled (not grateful)68.650727.948
gendered (not androgynous)68.6123128.925
dramatic (not no-nonsense)68.547531.224
presidential (not folksy)68.351827.655
fire (not water)68.367926.742
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)68.253221.618
efficient (not overprepared)68.254232.656
never cries (not often crying)68.160926.919
logical (not emotional)68.039027.920
🤠 (not 🤑)67.961330.016
neat (not messy)67.975229.022
social (not reclusive)67.853524.529
outlaw (not sheriff)67.758329.726
🤔 (not 🤫)67.534226.526
chill (not offended)67.426126.657
moody (not stable)67.475523.927
active (not slothful)67.2120326.919
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)67.227826.159
expressive (not monotone)67.071129.917
paranoid (not naive)66.857226.020
wooden (not plastic)66.774224.89
guarded (not open)66.699823.824
anarchist (not statist)66.540127.527
arcane (not mainstream)66.251228.525
experimental (not reliable)66.242027.553
metaphorical (not literal)66.117735.722
bright (not depressed)66.045730.224
juvenile (not mature)66.044918.420
enlightened (not lost)65.738124.545
🦄 (not 🐴)65.638731.022
heroic (not villainous)65.5106224.124
literary (not mathematical)65.561927.120
analysis (not common sense)65.455331.525
expressive (not stoic)65.371029.124
mighty (not puny)65.394631.120
highbrow (not lowbrow)65.367029.220
proactive (not reactive)65.119128.723
beautiful (not ugly)65.0124822.023
twitchy (not still)65.069127.834
workaholic (not slacker)64.9121225.721
demonic (not angelic)64.546317.621
haunted (not blissful)64.489427.344
hard (not soft)64.171525.331
😈 (not 😇)64.156624.828
cat person (not dog person)64.152732.711
masculine (not feminine)64.090521.122
ranged (not melee)64.036628.154
self-disciplined (not disorganized)63.9109233.221
backdoor (not official)63.960833.321
debased (not pure)63.555633.721
freelance (not corporate)63.479433.072
inspiring (not cringeworthy)63.274729.216
accepting (not judgemental)63.156130.917
mysterious (not unambiguous)63.153928.019
playful (not serious)63.046927.624
extreme (not moderate)63.088328.422
suspicious (not trusting)62.872731.124
devoted (not unfaithful)62.8137829.325
🥳 (not 🥴)62.635126.928
avant-garde (not classical)62.441631.619
washed (not muddy)62.288031.622
hoarder (not unprepared)62.176224.025
loyal (not traitorous)62.0131726.622
extrovert (not introvert)62.078729.420
crafty (not scholarly)62.081731.522
deep (not shallow)62.086228.348
French (not Russian)61.971023.141
🌟 (not 💩)61.8122026.023
cannibal (not vegan)61.660330.237
rude (not respectful)61.548924.825
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)61.458931.219
exaggerating (not factual)61.466632.835
ferocious (not pacifist)61.388324.618
🐐 (not 🦒)61.278330.224
🥵 (not 🥶)61.167626.832
suspicious (not awkward)61.097029.935
involved (not remote)61.0114025.522
compersive (not jealous)61.059217.916
unfixable (not fixable)61.040230.155
moist (not dry)61.049136.927
🎃 (not 💀)60.954129.927
🤣 (not 😊)60.844332.525
summer (not winter)60.869133.414
miserable (not joyful)60.785427.622
real (not philosophical)60.694428.424
reasoned (not instinctual)60.547531.812
on-time (not tardy)60.5105628.951
lewd (not tasteful)60.438028.024
disarming (not creepy)60.3114926.426
emotional (not unemotional)60.3112026.527
vengeful (not forgiving)60.272228.026
🤺 (not 🏌)60.2116431.219
🤡 (not 👽)60.143534.124
chic (not cheesy)60.159626.520
interrupting (not attentive)59.863232.149
multicolored (not monochrome)59.762436.036
head@clouds (not down2earth)59.660625.621
confidential (not gossiping)59.6110533.828
preppy (not punk rock)59.690829.447
gregarious (not private)59.548132.732
western (not eastern)59.497531.823
vintage (not trendy)59.4113827.740
picky (not always down)59.478329.420
musical (not off-key)59.351226.644
rational (not whimsical)59.187726.820
imaginative (not practical)59.149934.622
specialist (not generalist)59.186828.925
tall (not short)59.088526.329
hunter (not gatherer)59.084933.556
📈 (not 📉)58.9104831.220
loose (not tight)58.742034.345
stoic (not hypochondriac)58.787028.312
soulful (not soulless)58.6130625.821
independent (not codependent)58.5105632.013
indie (not pop)58.599331.731
explorer (not builder)58.476833.025
impulsive (not cautious)58.377933.624
secretive (not open-book)58.3106229.543
lover (not fighter)58.371432.443
intense (not lighthearted)58.1114132.546
chaotic (not orderly)57.973332.728
tense (not relaxed)57.9135330.018
straight (not queer)57.9132130.925
one-faced (not two-faced)57.8109935.238
flourishing (not traumatized)57.737529.158
thick (not thin)57.652523.621
💝 (not 💔)57.679431.022
basic (not hipster)57.594126.426
nihilist (not existentialist)57.333026.520
OCD (not ADHD)57.3102630.540
obsessed (not aloof)57.0113232.620
goth (not flower child)56.654430.722
cool (not dorky)56.293127.720
Greek (not Roman)56.247634.437
poetic (not factual)56.062226.360
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')55.929632.017
outsider (not insider)55.783735.225
reasonable (not deranged)55.799827.726
spelunker (not claustrophobic)55.6104130.038
impatient (not patient)55.4107526.725
loveable (not punchable)55.4112526.354
businesslike (not chivalrous)55.383231.615
pessimistic (not optimistic)55.282829.233
love-focused (not money-focused)55.2121030.620
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)55.164727.814
👻 (not 🤖)55.085028.521
objective (not subjective)54.968025.627
tactful (not indiscreet)54.9115533.611
🐘 (not 🐀)54.978029.527
neurotypical (not autistic)54.7145828.721
ironic (not profound)54.780029.439
🥾 (not 👟)54.581430.423
pensive (not serene)54.5149831.330
psychopath (not empath)54.561127.956
sane (not crazy)54.482225.725
disreputable (not prestigious)54.355833.123
oxymoron (not tautology)54.3103434.415
giving (not receiving)54.2112624.121
spontaneous (not deliberate)54.163632.123
young (not old)54.1114626.615
realist (not idealist)54.090533.235
doer (not thinker)54.0120731.144
circular (not linear)53.974529.345
dramatic (not comedic)53.9126029.438
poisonous (not nurturing)53.865824.119
good-cook (not bad-cook)53.880329.534
happy (not sad)53.761220.621
transient (not permanent)53.663833.324
soft (not hard)53.678226.925
equitable (not hypocritical)53.695029.264
air (not earth)53.647131.032
straightforward (not cryptic)53.5134834.518
intimate (not formal)53.589630.323
sage (not whippersnapper)53.381229.442
cruel (not kind)53.148023.125
low-tech (not high-tech)53.187827.415
sunny (not gloomy)53.178422.852
calm (not anxious)53.069127.623
🐩 (not 🐒)53.096733.520
🥰 (not 🙃)52.796433.829
artistic (not scientific)52.688230.132
goof-off (not studious)52.659631.234
white knight (not bad boy)52.5109529.222
bitter (not sweet)52.489627.727
Swedish (not Italian)52.484225.344
variable (not consistent)52.463731.653
realistic (not fantastical)52.4109330.946
🐿 (not 🦇)52.3107431.123
epic (not deep)52.390132.055
Pepsi (not Coke)52.373030.937
empirical (not theoretical)52.2107931.120
decorative (not utilitarian)52.261136.012
warm (not cold)52.1102423.525
distant (not touchy-feely)52.1105234.414
ludicrous (not sensible)52.071029.730
selfish (not altruistic)52.078829.229
impartial (not biased)51.934630.326
libertarian (not socialist)51.5113233.826
focused on the present (not focused on the future)51.599426.822
human (not animalistic)51.5141228.417
captain (not first-mate)51.295934.621
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)51.299333.216
gamer (not non-gamer)51.268332.539
sorrowful (not cheery)51.0116321.021
technophile (not luddite)51.089126.415
glad (not mad)50.882327.724
plays hard (not works hard)50.361832.326
purple (not orange)50.399326.224
sexist (not feminist)50.757131.012
🛌 (not 🧗)50.765032.921
industrial (not domestic)50.5102126.213

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Dr. Ian Malcolm (0.827)
  2. Patrick Jane (0.813)
  3. Paul Smecker (0.812)
  4. Tyrion Lannister (0.794)
  5. Neal Caffrey (0.794)
  6. Frank Abagnale (0.79)
  7. Rhett Butler (0.783)
  8. Tony Stark (0.782)
  9. Francisco d'Anconia (0.774)
  10. Audrey Horne (0.77)
  1. Matt Donovan (-0.532)
  2. Niko Polastri (-0.474)
  3. Chip Dove (-0.444)
  4. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.444)
  5. Mike McLintock (-0.436)
  6. Kermit (-0.432)
  7. Stuart Bloom (-0.431)
  8. Jerry Gergich (-0.427)
  9. Sam Healy (-0.411)
  10. William Mason (-0.381)

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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