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Alan Shore 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. 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
intellectual (not physical)93.2249.712
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)93.11910.114
high IQ (not low IQ)90.81348.727
resourceful (not helpless)90.88510.717
extraordinary (not mundane)90.44310.214
bold (not shy)90.218713.221
creative (not conventional)89.3329.013
knowledgeable (not ignorant)89.110613.953
genius (not dunce)88.87112.949
fast (not slow)88.13810.721
narcissistic (not low self esteem)87.69517.137
individualist (not communal)87.55212.54
funny (not humorless)87.37413.118
cosmopolitan (not provincial)87.31712.415
driven (not unambitious)87.330010.515
atheist (not theist)87.31511.715
interesting (not tiresome)87.24613.814
decisive (not hesitant)86.91029.214
perceptive (not unobservant)86.921416.438
urban (not rural)86.85117.920
confident (not insecure)86.510312.716
privileged (not oppressed)86.415715.553
rich (not poor)86.119811.320
pro (not noob)85.920119.419
open to new experinces (not uncreative)85.812012.122
persistent (not quitter)85.446617.022
competent (not incompetent)85.125918.615
🧠 (not 💪)85.114813.915
rebellious (not obedient)85.019520.522
eloquent (not unpolished)85.012318.214
feisty (not gracious)84.31368.914
manicured (not scruffy)84.326717.815
dominant (not submissive)84.226418.720
scandalous (not proper)84.111218.616
tailor (not blacksmith)84.04518.947
skeptical (not spiritual)83.910817.620
kinky (not vanilla)83.77716.725
zany (not regular)83.78917.021
arrogant (not humble)83.620119.814
worldly (not innocent)83.616316.320
bold (not serious)83.48820.518
work-first (not family-first)83.414415.714
street-smart (not sheltered)83.419913.217
bookish (not sporty)83.323818.521
assertive (not passive)83.324118.117
charismatic (not uninspiring)83.322329.812
night owl (not morning lark)83.312715.212
trolling (not triggered)83.21920.440
😏 (not 😬)83.14619.314
stylish (not slovenly)82.916118.916
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)82.922618.149
charming (not trusting)82.95114.017
playful (not shy)82.824212.715
precise (not vague)82.713319.014
🎩 (not 🧢)82.516615.410
hedonist (not monastic)82.33316.512
rhythmic (not stuttering)82.314022.052
lustful (not chaste)82.112825.814
smooth (not rough)82.03920.719
believable (not poorly-written)82.017216.840
vain (not demure)81.912918.717
alpha (not beta)81.827221.313
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)81.810616.312
fast-talking (not slow-talking)81.613123.445
weird (not normal)81.514615.219
unorthodox (not traditional)81.215422.123
vibrant (not geriatric)81.218320.863
resolute (not wavering)81.113021.413
spicy (not mild)81.021115.09
spontaneous (not scheduled)80.815718.020
legit (not scrub)80.622422.313
deviant (not average)80.417120.516
introspective (not not introspective)79.99421.430
fortunate (not unlucky)79.74119.618
lenient (not strict)79.69415.620
alert (not oblivious)79.525522.919
egalitarian (not racist)79.449919.712
mischievous (not well behaved)79.330421.918
logical (not emotional)79.38919.812
important (not irrelevant)79.046920.521
insulting (not complimentary)78.915011.820
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)78.924524.818
valedictorian (not drop out)78.934728.416
varied (not repetitive)78.81016.413
open-minded (not close-minded)78.711024.116
social (not reclusive)78.718115.716
flamboyant (not modest)78.617817.620
competitive (not cooperative)78.533526.615
nerd (not jock)78.529218.023
modern (not historical)78.513415.820
complicated (not simple)78.425216.916
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)78.419513.421
treasure (not trash)78.344623.361
English (not German)78.324921.141
bossy (not meek)78.040619.017
emancipated (not enslaved)77.918516.717
conspiracist (not sheeple)77.917910.713
self-assured (not self-conscious)77.825323.818
go-getter (not slugabed)77.644922.817
wild (not tame)77.529818.921
charming (not awkward)77.427225.421
😎 (not 🧐)77.317522.315
child free (not pronatalist)77.317223.022
resistant (not resigned)77.020825.135
wise (not foolish)76.821123.521
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)76.717521.418
salacious (not wholesome)76.419325.118
💃 (not 🧕)76.328523.921
suspicious (not trusting)75.927220.313
civilized (not barbaric)75.839724.213
democratic (not authoritarian)75.512726.312
edgy (not politically correct)75.525217.723
fresh (not stinky)75.537825.015
minimalist (not pack rat)75.48327.315
romantic (not dispassionate)75.234424.732
extrovert (not introvert)75.029429.011
chatty (not reserved)74.629723.113
armoured (not vulnerable)74.431220.719
heathen (not devout)74.313826.318
coordinated (not clumsy)74.248417.516
cunning (not honorable)74.122027.943
😀 (not 😭)73.914119.917
thick-skinned (not sensitive)73.918328.617
astonishing (not methodical)73.78423.821
attractive (not repulsive)73.753021.219
good-humored (not angry)73.628422.817
leisurely (not hurried)73.511519.523
liberal (not conservative)72.927431.120
indulgent (not sober)72.528227.428
healthy (not sickly)72.548725.122
efficient (not overprepared)72.525330.551
pretentious (not unassuming)72.329224.719
political (not nonpolitical)72.226629.714
outlaw (not sheriff)72.132127.519
lavish (not frugal)71.725426.722
exuberant (not subdued)71.731929.652
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)71.528519.213
quarrelsome (not warm)71.136924.221
metrosexual (not macho)71.028926.344
loud (not quiet)70.539730.616
brave (not careful)70.240224.318
ferocious (not pacifist)70.147124.716
frenzied (not sleepy)69.957124.431
loyal (not traitorous)69.874925.019
workaholic (not slacker)69.869921.919
🤔 (not 🤫)69.820627.218
sturdy (not flimsy)69.651423.248
expressive (not stoic)69.337828.921
chill (not offended)69.216524.754
lewd (not tasteful)69.117923.816
chaotic (not orderly)68.933128.624
direct (not roundabout)68.853731.917
hard (not soft)68.839324.822
chortling (not giggling)68.538326.051
😈 (not 😇)68.232226.219
presidential (not folksy)68.235726.653
flexible (not rigid)68.117421.617
inspiring (not cringeworthy)68.137024.313
metaphorical (not literal)68.010235.521
accepting (not judgemental)68.027828.814
sarcastic (not genuine)67.833325.815
curious (not apathetic)67.749832.020
moody (not stable)67.451925.623
self-destructive (not self-improving)67.436325.758
diligent (not lazy)67.193227.922
impulsive (not cautious)66.938827.816
🤺 (not 🏌)66.861431.412
gendered (not androgynous)66.790724.617
juvenile (not mature)66.732718.316
🤠 (not 🤑)66.743731.514
refined (not rugged)66.647124.99
rude (not respectful)66.628823.019
demonic (not angelic)66.428618.015
dramatic (not no-nonsense)66.439033.519
patriotic (not unpatriotic)66.453122.511
neat (not messy)66.356829.920
😜 (not 🤐)66.333226.712
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)66.123627.652
🤣 (not 😊)65.823527.718
heroic (not villainous)65.670623.018
enlightened (not lost)65.626324.634
extreme (not moderate)65.557426.923
bright (not depressed)65.335728.918
avant-garde (not classical)65.323130.215
experimental (not reliable)65.032329.447
crafty (not scholarly)64.951930.919
abstract (not concrete)64.924832.013
mighty (not puny)64.866230.213
debased (not pure)64.837232.220
active (not slothful)64.886328.715
overspender (not penny-pincher)64.829425.614
🌟 (not 💩)64.774021.917
🐐 (not 🦒)64.739231.415
literary (not mathematical)64.444231.313
🥳 (not 🥴)64.420926.624
🐷 (not 🐮)64.118528.917
masculine (not feminine)64.059521.913
hoarder (not unprepared)64.044023.219
beautiful (not ugly)64.083122.020
specialist (not generalist)64.044031.413
highbrow (not lowbrow)63.551228.513
reasoned (not instinctual)63.127731.412
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)63.045529.513
moist (not dry)63.029535.425
self-disciplined (not disorganized)62.976533.617
French (not Russian)62.746423.539
spelunker (not claustrophobic)62.549427.337
freelance (not corporate)62.552733.168
imaginative (not practical)62.429231.916
soulful (not soulless)62.480025.314
anarchist (not statist)62.433830.316
master (not apprentice)62.168131.010
head@clouds (not down2earth)61.937523.818
flourishing (not traumatized)61.821228.948
compersive (not jealous)61.737318.713
deep (not shallow)61.657327.951
gregarious (not private)61.531534.327
loose (not tight)61.126533.140
arcane (not mainstream)61.049027.919
multicolored (not monochrome)60.938737.323
transient (not permanent)60.724927.318
guarded (not open)60.579922.016
ranged (not melee)60.440330.150
unfixable (not fixable)60.330029.753
secretive (not open-book)60.367028.638
backdoor (not official)60.251235.717
disarming (not creepy)60.276925.418
straight (not queer)60.192232.515
cannibal (not vegan)60.145829.733
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)60.045132.916
young (not old)59.966722.413
rational (not whimsical)59.861523.513
hunter (not gatherer)59.756533.648
independent (not codependent)59.267131.813
playful (not serious)58.836731.717
tall (not short)58.660326.720
plays hard (not works hard)58.332028.417
neurotypical (not autistic)58.393230.114
straightforward (not cryptic)58.279033.712
cool (not dorky)57.761328.913
preppy (not punk rock)57.665828.839
poetic (not factual)57.538826.253
🐩 (not 🐒)57.153933.416
musical (not off-key)57.041427.242
confidential (not gossiping)56.775334.919
suspicious (not awkward)56.476430.926
mysterious (not unambiguous)56.345929.813
reasonable (not deranged)56.265729.119
glad (not mad)56.243328.019
intimate (not formal)56.252327.814
loveable (not punchable)56.271926.444
focused on the future (not focused on the present)56.141227.119
📈 (not 📉)56.178829.414
industrial (not domestic)55.856728.110
vengeful (not forgiving)55.757824.218
Greek (not Roman)55.738633.831
cruel (not kind)55.630623.516
🥾 (not 👟)55.651731.618
objective (not subjective)55.542528.315
technophile (not luddite)55.448626.69
poisonous (not nurturing)55.343423.112
realist (not idealist)55.358929.425
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')55.223431.513
miserable (not joyful)55.270629.417
human (not animalistic)55.187524.712
real (not philosophical)55.181428.816
circular (not linear)54.950129.341
🦄 (not 🐴)54.847431.415
explorer (not builder)54.757730.223
🤡 (not 👽)54.646930.817
low-tech (not high-tech)54.560324.910
happy (not sad)54.540420.719
captain (not first-mate)54.558234.817
spontaneous (not deliberate)54.339332.818
impatient (not patient)54.375526.519
sage (not whippersnapper)54.252729.239
cheery (not sorrowful)54.144420.817
biased (not impartial)54.194229.917
🥰 (not 🙃)54.159132.523
🐘 (not 🐀)54.058830.514
eastern (not western)53.821233.017
intense (not lighthearted)53.785231.944
selfish (not altruistic)53.453830.220
👻 (not 🤖)53.261627.020
sunny (not gloomy)53.252122.948
nihilist (not existentialist)53.137126.214
studious (not goof-off)53.185928.227
🐿 (not 🦇)53.167933.915
calm (not anxious)53.047227.915
empirical (not theoretical)52.974125.215
utilitarian (not decorative)52.981635.77
purple (not orange)52.761527.021
crazy (not sane)52.764226.713
relaxed (not tense)52.625230.011
socialist (not libertarian)52.634933.820
outsider (not insider)52.565836.416
thick (not thin)52.446525.519
disreputable (not prestigious)52.443633.321
variable (not consistent)52.044831.751
soft (not hard)51.854124.116
involved (not remote)51.7101926.715
obsessed (not aloof)51.694233.418
hipster (not basic)51.541825.120
optimistic (not pessimistic)51.562328.124
bitter (not sweet)51.565629.020
🛌 (not 🧗)51.446432.518
equitable (not hypocritical)51.370228.156
scientific (not artistic)51.266331.723
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)51.268233.913
Swedish (not Italian)51.058625.939
💝 (not 💔)50.170632.413
indiscreet (not tactful)50.342932.310
sexist (not feminist)50.741325.710
sensible (not ludicrous)50.677529.226
cold (not warm)50.460623.319

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 (0.834)
  2. Patrick Jane (0.806)
  3. Tyrion Lannister (0.794)
  4. Tony Stark (0.779)
  5. Rhett Butler (0.777)
  1. Matt Donovan (-0.515)
  2. Niko Polastri (-0.51)
  3. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.473)
  4. Sam Healy (-0.462)
  5. Dale Harding (-0.455)

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: INTP (r = 0.21)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.11)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.04)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.04)
  5. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.04)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.05)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.07)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.1)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.11)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.13)
  11. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.14)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.18)
  13. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.21)
  14. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.21)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = -0.28)
  16. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.28)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.32)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.33)
  19. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.39)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.42)
  21. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.42)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = -0.45)
  23. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.45)
  24. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.47)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.5)


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