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John McClane Descriptive Personality Statistics

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John McClane is a character from Die Hard.

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
persistent (not quitter)96.5226.821
main character (not side character)95.6495.614
resourceful (not helpless)94.6257.827
dominant (not submissive)94.0427.622
hard (not soft)94.0127.98
street-smart (not sheltered)93.51914.517
masculine (not feminine)92.87812.919
macho (not metrosexual)92.8214.531
😎 (not 🧐)92.669.220
heroic (not villainous)92.54912.429
badass (not weakass)91.914716.325
🧢 (not 🎩)91.8129.419
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)91.5208.821
assertive (not passive)91.3519.628
ferocious (not pacifist)90.75111.017
skeptical (not spiritual)90.3228.727
pro (not noob)90.314711.621
driven (not unambitious)90.019714.323
active (not slothful)89.513110.722
alpha (not beta)89.512813.722
🤠 (not 🤑)89.41912.620
alert (not oblivious)89.46512.723
🏀 (not 🎨)89.4389.919
frank (not sugarcoated)89.47911.228
rough (not smooth)89.31611.123
scruffy (not manicured)89.15011.130
gendered (not androgynous)88.910218.114
doer (not thinker)88.92212.728
🧗 (not 🛌)88.97814.815
bold (not shy)88.734219.320
hard (not soft)88.67013.223
cool (not dorky)88.64319.921
sturdy (not flimsy)88.58114.632
devoted (not unfaithful)88.525713.924
punk rock (not preppy)87.98315.317
English (not German)87.84116.919
blacksmith (not tailor)87.81412.123
rugged (not refined)87.64718.123
resistant (not resigned)87.62015.534
independent (not codependent)87.410121.425
brave (not careful)87.25017.128
confident (not insecure)87.113819.227
important (not irrelevant)87.128114.825
motivated (not unmotivated)87.048417.926
cocky (not timid)86.924118.925
loyal (not traitorous)86.843015.723
🥾 (not 👟)86.75920.622
mighty (not puny)86.214120.325
down2earth (not head@clouds)86.24613.023
decisive (not hesitant)86.214920.322
freelance (not corporate)86.014519.029
hunter (not gatherer)85.91329.314
captain (not first-mate)85.719125.029
contrarian (not yes-man)85.64310.115
rebellious (not obedient)85.427726.818
one-faced (not two-faced)85.415318.114
bossy (not meek)85.231211.222
jock (not nerd)85.28214.120
wild (not tame)85.220914.725
worldly (not innocent)85.115915.126
unpolished (not eloquent)85.03616.222
🤺 (not 🏌)84.818619.122
feisty (not gracious)84.715421.821
stubborn (not accommodating)84.530916.419
edgy (not politically correct)84.410612.928
real (not philosophical)84.42916.120
opinionated (not neutral)84.441918.840
competent (not incompetent)84.243023.224
spontaneous (not scheduled)84.016119.630
straight (not queer)84.026424.029
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.922923.432
cannibal (not vegan)83.89515.814
messy (not neat)83.410112.124
perceptive (not unobservant)83.445516.521
sporty (not bookish)83.113124.728
🐐 (not 🦒)83.11511.417
stoic (not hypochondriac)82.96822.721
resolute (not wavering)82.914926.017
cynical (not gullible)82.621115.530
western (not eastern)82.54025.227
workaholic (not slacker)82.356720.319
night owl (not morning lark)82.320324.726
master (not apprentice)82.335920.528
outsider (not insider)82.24819.018
patriotic (not unpatriotic)82.215314.322
never cries (not often crying)82.218120.122
frugal (not lavish)82.15418.213
crafty (not scholarly)81.814119.225
fighter (not lover)81.711821.236
rock (not rap)81.721313.320
vengeful (not forgiving)81.626713.919
🐒 (not 🐩)81.55016.622
protagonist (not antagonist)81.533826.527
🐴 (not 🦄)81.411927.024
instinctual (not reasoned)81.315416.822
basic (not hipster)81.311818.527
tense (not relaxed)81.239618.213
funny (not humorless)81.023717.813
mischievous (not well behaved)80.938515.018
epic (not deep)80.94123.429
haunted (not blissful)80.927017.020
thick-skinned (not sensitive)80.87023.618
go-getter (not slugabed)80.748319.323
prideful (not envious)80.413711.313
fast (not slow)80.328914.422
jaded (not innocent)80.334818.621
diligent (not lazy)80.193022.026
demanding (not unchallenging)80.151826.426
direct (not roundabout)80.032225.421
😏 (not 😬)79.814417.610
quarrelsome (not warm)79.727620.317
concrete (not abstract)79.411422.526
healthy (not sickly)79.239226.726
extreme (not moderate)79.243218.329
chortling (not giggling)79.211319.518
sexual (not asexual)79.242620.615
playful (not shy)79.147218.018
efficient (not overprepared)78.69317.924
extraordinary (not mundane)78.640925.622
physical (not intellectual)78.514017.923
vintage (not trendy)78.441220.122
conspiracist (not sheeple)78.324513.319
💃 (not 🧕)78.138913.011
mad (not glad)78.024921.321
competitive (not cooperative)77.948325.635
treasure (not trash)77.871719.121
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)77.713928.019
love-focused (not money-focused)77.657419.518
frenzied (not sleepy)77.439710.424
coordinated (not clumsy)77.356722.015
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)77.212522.223
charismatic (not uninspiring)77.061024.626
distant (not touchy-feely)76.927422.123
calm (not anxious)76.712020.224
realistic (not fantastical)76.627027.916
drop out (not valedictorian)76.517524.326
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)76.310715.026
wooden (not plastic)76.027721.420
overachiever (not underachiever)75.972530.022
Coke (not Pepsi)75.73229.415
orange (not purple)75.611222.524
self-assured (not self-conscious)75.639030.526
concise (not long-winded)75.510626.023
thrifty (not extravagant)75.215223.124
low-tech (not high-tech)75.024721.526
off-key (not musical)75.014916.020
focused on the present (not focused on the future)74.910622.321
intense (not lighthearted)74.759427.827
lowbrow (not highbrow)74.66226.327
Italian (not Swedish)74.622221.018
fire (not water)74.648631.825
attractive (not repulsive)74.581424.822
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)74.527131.220
armoured (not vulnerable)74.444124.718
deviant (not average)74.443022.122
dog person (not cat person)74.425127.318
narcissistic (not low self esteem)74.342010.723
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)74.357225.125
neurotypical (not autistic)74.148520.822
straightforward (not cryptic)73.936828.722
vibrant (not geriatric)73.954326.314
legit (not scrub)73.867824.631
utilitarian (not decorative)73.733720.624
🐘 (not 🐀)73.715426.316
inspiring (not cringeworthy)73.638624.415
reclusive (not social)73.626811.723
libertarian (not socialist)73.59324.026
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)73.438722.415
paranoid (not naive)73.331718.326
factual (not poetic)73.035226.527
creative (not conventional)72.840629.523
suspicious (not awkward)72.850020.723
confidential (not gossiping)72.869727.717
backdoor (not official)72.733028.217
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)72.714722.229
🌟 (not 💩)72.687826.623
bold (not serious)72.539434.516
suspicious (not trusting)72.447127.617
stinky (not fresh)72.416019.320
individualist (not communal)72.047028.830
chaotic (not orderly)71.944420.621
intimate (not formal)71.927526.119
arcane (not mainstream)71.931628.615
pronatalist (not child free)71.914729.918
bitter (not sweet)71.638017.828
bad-cook (not good-cook)71.427723.616
scandalous (not proper)71.448025.420
literal (not metaphorical)71.330627.926
works hard (not plays hard)71.070923.421
biased (not impartial)70.754927.621
astonishing (not methodical)70.618228.515
📈 (not 📉)70.540733.615
always down (not picky)70.59830.920
soulful (not soulless)70.395918.620
unorthodox (not traditional)70.354932.020
ADHD (not OCD)70.327826.319
chivalrous (not businesslike)70.132623.325
💀 (not 🎃)69.941726.817
spicy (not mild)69.667026.731
spelunker (not claustrophobic)69.636630.228
gloomy (not sunny)69.654128.022
interesting (not tiresome)69.578325.026
rustic (not cultured)69.521724.417
traumatized (not flourishing)69.465022.818
earth (not air)69.446229.616
muddy (not washed)69.124228.117
quirky (not predictable)69.136226.415
involved (not remote)69.173129.421
altruistic (not selfish)69.058624.122
💪 (not 🧠)69.024921.721
queen (not princess)68.967926.821
slovenly (not stylish)68.823823.321
disreputable (not prestigious)68.822627.213
emancipated (not enslaved)68.766428.925
knowledgeable (not ignorant)68.691723.530
provincial (not cosmopolitan)68.623230.317
arrogant (not humble)68.563426.519
minimalist (not pack rat)68.432124.219
open to new experinces (not uncreative)68.090630.922
reassuring (not fearmongering)68.058830.621
no-nonsense (not dramatic)67.938333.116
insulting (not complimentary)67.941728.018
modern (not historical)67.554528.122
pointed (not random)67.597128.119
goth (not flower child)67.530718.322
loud (not quiet)67.365032.220
giving (not receiving)67.371224.633
radical (not centrist)67.342327.426
high IQ (not low IQ)67.2126822.028
industrial (not domestic)67.233930.626
explorer (not builder)67.150029.617
impatient (not patient)67.174324.614
believable (not poorly-written)67.0127521.631
rational (not whimsical)66.964026.231
exuberant (not subdued)66.960225.419
thick (not thin)66.135621.318
chosen one (not everyman)66.152731.126
empirical (not theoretical)65.929826.014
pensive (not serene)65.887525.513
guarded (not open)65.7105228.323
self-disciplined (not disorganized)65.6106931.025
opinionated (not jealous)65.3102828.918
charming (not awkward)65.281730.223
exhibitionist (not bashful)65.269428.920
lustful (not chaste)65.163519.424
classical (not avant-garde)65.060828.714
rhythmic (not stuttering)65.0100833.320
penny-pincher (not overspender)64.757321.719
barbaric (not civilized)64.431931.030
poor (not rich)64.346222.821
miserable (not joyful)64.275621.028
ranged (not melee)64.236930.517
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)64.284835.818
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)64.198932.719
impulsive (not cautious)64.065623.016
not genocidal (not genocidal)63.9112830.616
debased (not pure)63.855518.218
tall (not short)63.876221.441
flirtatious (not prudish)63.868222.732
private (not gregarious)63.684328.229
moody (not stable)63.492231.029
😜 (not 🤐)63.259226.518
specialist (not generalist)63.169230.527
🦇 (not 🐿)62.749126.918
cheesy (not chic)62.763931.919
conservative (not liberal)62.537324.917
interested (not bored)62.5109425.122
stoic (not expressive)62.247534.516
close-minded (not open-minded)61.643023.922
wholesome (not salacious)61.485925.015
indie (not pop)61.491129.725
rude (not respectful)61.251427.121
lost (not enlightened)61.266325.516
serious (not playful)61.195127.719
urban (not rural)61.1109133.226
genius (not dunce)60.9110225.629
atheist (not theist)60.985434.018
sad (not happy)60.791220.219
logical (not emotional)60.658630.923
disarming (not creepy)60.6117227.712
realist (not idealist)60.667832.514
sarcastic (not genuine)60.564429.016
jealous (not compersive)60.364130.019
flamboyant (not modest)60.267429.916
wise (not foolish)60.185525.426
curious (not apathetic)60.0117027.120
😈 (not 😇)60.069320.522
hurried (not leisurely)59.978732.723
Roman (not Greek)59.947927.914
proactive (not reactive)59.937034.228
monochrome (not multicolored)59.667129.320
🤡 (not 👽)59.447425.620
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')59.214929.413
hoarder (not unprepared)59.291924.825
crazy (not sane)59.273928.925
kinky (not vanilla)59.073524.916
judgemental (not accepting)59.076529.615
fast-talking (not slow-talking)58.9100129.818
Russian (not French)58.742129.617
indulgent (not sober)58.682128.215
extrovert (not introvert)58.689730.628
monastic (not hedonist)58.643529.212
tasteful (not lewd)58.5108625.118
angry (not good-humored)58.464728.925
sheriff (not outlaw)58.378937.818
folksy (not presidential)58.365833.827
desperate (not high standards)58.348625.024
loveable (not punchable)58.2105626.922
unambiguous (not mysterious)58.182633.519
fortunate (not unlucky)58.061835.225
beautiful (not ugly)58.0147725.429
spontaneous (not deliberate)57.955932.227
generous (not stingy)57.6106226.620
simple (not complicated)57.436831.722
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)57.357536.518
scientific (not artistic)57.186125.822
🤣 (not 😊)57.155629.619
non-gamer (not gamer)57.1104934.420
goof-off (not studious)57.053128.319
demure (not vain)56.875635.516
🤔 (not 🤫)56.796933.816
depressed (not bright)56.673726.528
deep (not shallow)56.6113623.919
dramatic (not comedic)56.6122425.925
🥴 (not 🥳)56.590627.217
expressive (not monotone)56.5108032.924
honorable (not cunning)56.4102231.722
moist (not dry)56.471733.918
precise (not vague)56.1120330.917
tight (not loose)56.1117328.417
equitable (not hypocritical)56.090330.117
clean (not perverted)56.0120124.725
freak (not normie)56.092625.525
common sense (not analysis)56.054129.619
kind (not cruel)55.8135925.325
sage (not whippersnapper)55.872028.917
egalitarian (not racist)55.7159132.213
privileged (not oppressed)55.7118429.421
transparent (not machiavellian)55.781731.024
old (not young)55.665718.714
transient (not permanent)55.657228.618
offended (not chill)55.697632.424
juvenile (not mature)55.576328.923
interrupting (not attentive)55.576728.822
normal (not weird)55.361829.215
practical (not imaginative)55.3113530.625
statist (not anarchist)55.387426.321
self-destructive (not self-improving)55.390024.222
linear (not circular)55.179628.914
ludicrous (not sensible)54.965827.015
😀 (not 😭)54.880723.323
fixable (not unfixable)54.7111728.726
summer (not winter)54.789437.020
existentialist (not nihilist)54.6119630.719
authoritarian (not democratic)54.574032.024
hard-work (not natural-talent)54.5118331.923
poisonous (not nurturing)54.466227.317
strict (not lenient)54.397726.415
👻 (not 🤖)54.391330.315
devout (not heathen)54.297923.924
oxymoron (not tautology)54.2103727.110
rigid (not flexible)54.098530.435
romantic (not dispassionate)54.0134131.930
twitchy (not still)54.0112224.513
🙃 (not 🥰)53.980032.413
cold (not warm)53.879822.821
family-first (not work-first)53.795433.120
emotional (not unemotional)53.7137933.125
optimistic (not pessimistic)53.490333.622
varied (not repetitive)53.358326.223
💔 (not 💝)53.381632.716
reliable (not experimental)53.3101935.528
trolling (not triggered)53.249132.720
unassuming (not pretentious)53.173425.527
nonpolitical (not political)53.072130.724
human (not animalistic)52.9142331.828
zany (not regular)52.9106028.322
charming (not trusting)52.899629.631
🥵 (not 🥶)52.8107729.113
🐮 (not 🐷)52.6122737.625
on-time (not tardy)52.6127430.218
feminist (not sexist)52.5134027.613
secretive (not open-book)52.5125732.234
angelic (not demonic)52.4112028.425
objective (not subjective)52.482533.613
consistent (not variable)52.2120130.717
obsessed (not aloof)52.1142620.624
psychopath (not empath)52.168729.319
deranged (not reasonable)51.978627.314
realistic (not ambitious)51.968829.322
literary (not mathematical)51.8121727.320
grateful (not entitled)51.896024.212
indiscreet (not tactful)51.661133.317
sorrowful (not cheery)51.4119329.624
profound (not ironic)51.392624.520
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)51.3111829.224
luddite (not technophile)51.2102729.612
bad boy (not white knight)51.079633.226
not introspective (not introspective)50.856229.820
reserved (not chatty)50.799532.123
exaggerating (not factual)50.6100827.328

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Butch Coolidge (0.856)
  2. Malcolm Reynolds (0.856)
  3. Jack O'Neill (0.853)
  4. Dominic Toretto (0.823)
  5. Wolverine (0.819)
  6. Dean Winchester (0.814)
  7. Tallahassee (0.81)
  8. Letty Ortiz (0.808)
  9. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (0.805)
  10. Billy Butcher (0.805)
  1. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.492)
  2. Choi Yeon-gyo (-0.485)
  3. Kif Kroker (-0.425)
  4. George Michael Bluth (-0.424)
  5. Raj Koothrappali (-0.42)
  6. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.416)
  7. Alan Harper (-0.415)
  8. Buster Bluth (-0.41)
  9. Waylon Smithers (-0.405)
  10. Cyril Figgis (-0.391)

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

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


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