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John McClane Descriptive Personality Statistics

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 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
persistent (not quitter)96.8186.820
resourceful (not helpless)94.6257.827
dominant (not submissive)94.0467.622
hard (not soft)94.0127.98
street-smart (not sheltered)93.22114.916
masculine (not feminine)92.87712.919
heroic (not villainous)92.74412.826
😎 (not 🧐)92.669.220
macho (not metrosexual)92.4515.526
pro (not noob)92.3889.719
🧢 (not 🎩)92.399.418
badass (not weakass)91.915116.325
assertive (not passive)91.3539.628
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)91.1208.820
🤠 (not 🤑)91.0129.018
brave (not careful)90.51112.526
ferocious (not pacifist)90.16011.116
skeptical (not spiritual)90.0229.124
cocky (not timid)90.013011.424
active (not slothful)89.812410.821
frank (not sugarcoated)89.77010.926
driven (not unambitious)89.521114.522
alpha (not beta)89.512913.722
alert (not oblivious)89.46212.723
🏀 (not 🎨)89.4399.919
scruffy (not manicured)89.34411.229
sturdy (not flimsy)89.26214.929
gendered (not androgynous)88.99418.114
doer (not thinker)88.92212.728
🧗 (not 🛌)88.97214.815
rough (not smooth)88.81811.122
hard (not soft)88.57213.522
cool (not dorky)88.15420.220
blacksmith (not tailor)88.11412.322
bold (not shy)88.038720.218
devoted (not unfaithful)88.028414.023
rugged (not refined)87.94818.422
punk rock (not preppy)87.98115.317
English (not German)87.84016.919
independent (not codependent)87.410021.425
resistant (not resigned)87.22115.633
important (not irrelevant)87.127114.825
confident (not insecure)87.014019.626
motivated (not unmotivated)87.047217.926
loyal (not traitorous)86.841615.723
🥾 (not 👟)86.75720.622
freelance (not corporate)86.412719.228
mighty (not puny)86.214420.325
down2earth (not head@clouds)86.24113.023
decisive (not hesitant)86.214520.322
hunter (not gatherer)85.91309.314
captain (not first-mate)85.719425.029
contrarian (not yes-man)85.64310.115
rebellious (not obedient)85.426826.818
one-faced (not two-faced)85.415018.813
bossy (not meek)85.230011.222
wild (not tame)85.220614.725
worldly (not innocent)85.116615.126
unpolished (not eloquent)85.03716.222
edgy (not politically correct)84.89412.425
🤺 (not 🏌)84.818019.122
feisty (not gracious)84.714921.821
diligent (not lazy)84.662915.524
stubborn (not accommodating)84.530216.419
real (not philosophical)84.42616.120
opinionated (not neutral)84.441218.840
spontaneous (not scheduled)84.015819.630
straight (not queer)84.026124.029
cannibal (not vegan)83.89015.814
competent (not incompetent)83.645523.523
🐒 (not 🐩)83.63713.921
messy (not neat)83.49712.323
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.423923.631
perceptive (not unobservant)83.444616.521
sporty (not bookish)83.112824.728
🐐 (not 🦒)83.11611.417
stoic (not hypochondriac)82.95722.721
resolute (not wavering)82.914826.017
western (not eastern)82.54625.227
cynical (not gullible)82.420415.729
night owl (not morning lark)82.319524.726
jock (not nerd)82.213614.216
outsider (not insider)82.24819.018
patriotic (not unpatriotic)82.215114.322
never cries (not often crying)82.218020.122
frugal (not lavish)82.15118.213
workaholic (not slacker)82.156920.818
fighter (not lover)81.711521.236
protagonist (not antagonist)81.531926.527
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)81.36623.216
vengeful (not forgiving)81.327614.318
basic (not hipster)81.311718.527
tense (not relaxed)81.238518.213
💃 (not 🧕)81.228810.79
haunted (not blissful)81.124917.519
crafty (not scholarly)81.115019.324
instinctual (not reasoned)81.015917.320
funny (not humorless)81.022817.813
epic (not deep)81.04223.928
mischievous (not well behaved)80.937615.018
self-assured (not self-conscious)80.820525.324
master (not apprentice)80.839921.125
rock (not rap)80.724613.518
fast (not slow)80.628114.721
prideful (not envious)80.414011.313
thick-skinned (not sensitive)80.47824.217
🐴 (not 🦄)80.313327.822
jaded (not innocent)80.333118.621
demanding (not unchallenging)80.151426.426
direct (not roundabout)80.031325.421
efficient (not overprepared)79.86917.423
go-getter (not slugabed)79.852119.322
😏 (not 😬)79.814017.610
quarrelsome (not warm)79.627420.916
competitive (not cooperative)79.544022.433
concrete (not abstract)79.410622.526
mad (not glad)79.321220.920
healthy (not sickly)79.238926.726
extreme (not moderate)79.242518.728
chortling (not giggling)79.211419.518
sexual (not asexual)79.241920.615
playful (not shy)79.146218.018
lowbrow (not highbrow)79.02120.723
extraordinary (not mundane)78.640025.622
physical (not intellectual)78.514117.923
vintage (not trendy)78.438420.820
conspiracist (not sheeple)78.324013.319
orange (not purple)78.17819.323
treasure (not trash)77.870119.121
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)77.812123.221
love-focused (not money-focused)77.654619.518
coordinated (not clumsy)77.356222.015
charismatic (not uninspiring)77.058724.626
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)76.89215.524
calm (not anxious)76.711920.224
realistic (not fantastical)76.626127.916
drop out (not valedictorian)76.516524.326
straightforward (not cryptic)76.424627.021
distant (not touchy-feely)76.130322.322
frenzied (not sleepy)76.04679.622
wooden (not plastic)76.027821.420
💀 (not 🎃)75.725223.015
Coke (not Pepsi)75.73229.415
low-tech (not high-tech)75.621722.224
concise (not long-winded)75.510626.023
backdoor (not official)75.424727.415
thrifty (not extravagant)75.215423.124
overachiever (not underachiever)75.175030.521
off-key (not musical)75.014816.020
armoured (not vulnerable)74.941625.317
focused on the present (not focused on the future)74.99822.321
intense (not lighthearted)74.758327.827
arcane (not mainstream)74.622727.614
Italian (not Swedish)74.622021.018
fire (not water)74.648431.825
narcissistic (not low self esteem)74.540610.922
deviant (not average)74.442222.122
dog person (not cat person)74.423927.318
suspicious (not awkward)74.245420.022
legit (not scrub)74.264425.026
neurotypical (not autistic)74.148820.822
always down (not picky)74.14927.219
🐘 (not 🐀)73.715426.316
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)73.628031.719
inspiring (not cringeworthy)73.637924.415
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)73.437322.415
attractive (not repulsive)73.382924.721
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)73.359125.124
utilitarian (not decorative)73.235121.023
factual (not poetic)73.035026.527
confidential (not gossiping)72.867627.717
reclusive (not social)72.728111.121
stinky (not fresh)72.714719.819
🌟 (not 💩)72.685926.623
paranoid (not naive)72.633118.325
bold (not serious)72.538034.516
vibrant (not geriatric)72.558726.813
suspicious (not trusting)72.445627.617
creative (not conventional)72.440230.122
libertarian (not socialist)72.49823.925
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)72.415622.927
involved (not remote)72.056927.220
individualist (not communal)72.045928.830
chaotic (not orderly)71.944020.621
intimate (not formal)71.927026.119
pronatalist (not child free)71.814227.815
spelunker (not claustrophobic)71.826929.124
modern (not historical)71.738827.418
bitter (not sweet)71.637317.828
bad-cook (not good-cook)71.427323.616
scandalous (not proper)71.446725.420
works hard (not plays hard)71.069923.421
astonishing (not methodical)70.618028.515
loud (not quiet)70.356130.219
ADHD (not OCD)70.327026.319
chivalrous (not businesslike)70.131623.325
literal (not metaphorical)70.036129.922
📈 (not 📉)69.843534.614
exuberant (not subdued)69.650223.518
gloomy (not sunny)69.651628.022
interesting (not tiresome)69.576625.026
traumatized (not flourishing)69.461522.818
earth (not air)69.445429.616
rustic (not cultured)69.221325.116
biased (not impartial)69.259827.520
muddy (not washed)69.123128.117
quirky (not predictable)69.134726.415
altruistic (not selfish)69.056724.122
💪 (not 🧠)69.023721.721
disreputable (not prestigious)68.822027.213
soulful (not soulless)68.899217.719
spicy (not mild)68.668226.530
provincial (not cosmopolitan)68.623030.317
arrogant (not humble)68.462327.218
minimalist (not pack rat)68.431924.219
knowledgeable (not ignorant)68.389723.829
unorthodox (not traditional)68.258933.018
open to new experinces (not uncreative)68.088830.922
emancipated (not enslaved)67.868629.124
explorer (not builder)67.847228.714
insulting (not complimentary)67.642128.817
slovenly (not stylish)67.525524.119
pointed (not random)67.594428.119
queen (not princess)67.373126.520
giving (not receiving)67.369524.633
radical (not centrist)67.340227.426
high IQ (not low IQ)67.2123722.028
industrial (not domestic)67.233530.626
goth (not flower child)67.230518.721
impatient (not patient)67.171924.614
believable (not poorly-written)67.0122421.631
rational (not whimsical)66.962426.231
reassuring (not fearmongering)66.861530.820
penny-pincher (not overspender)66.746420.618
opinionated (not jealous)66.494729.417
thick (not thin)66.133921.318
chosen one (not everyman)66.152731.126
no-nonsense (not dramatic)66.043134.214
empirical (not theoretical)65.930126.014
exhibitionist (not bashful)65.966629.117
tall (not short)65.867320.835
pensive (not serene)65.885925.513
stoic (not expressive)65.736632.815
guarded (not open)65.7102528.323
self-disciplined (not disorganized)65.3105931.624
charming (not awkward)65.280230.223
lustful (not chaste)65.161519.424
classical (not avant-garde)65.057528.714
rhythmic (not stuttering)65.098633.320
miserable (not joyful)64.970621.027
Russian (not French)64.925725.614
moody (not stable)64.984130.528
poor (not rich)64.343822.821
specialist (not generalist)64.362131.323
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)64.282235.818
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)64.196832.719
impulsive (not cautious)64.063423.016
not genocidal (not genocidal)63.9106230.616
debased (not pure)63.854518.218
flirtatious (not prudish)63.866822.732
😜 (not 🤐)63.257826.518
barbaric (not civilized)62.934431.528
cheesy (not chic)62.762331.919
conservative (not liberal)62.535924.917
interested (not bored)62.5107325.122
proactive (not reactive)61.830034.225
private (not gregarious)61.689529.126
lost (not enlightened)61.663125.214
wholesome (not salacious)61.483125.015
folksy (not presidential)61.354831.624
serious (not playful)61.193527.719
wise (not foolish)61.179926.623
urban (not rural)61.1106033.226
disarming (not creepy)61.0112528.89
atheist (not theist)60.983134.018
🦇 (not 🐿)60.953326.617
rude (not respectful)60.750827.720
sad (not happy)60.786720.219
close-minded (not open-minded)60.744024.221
expressive (not monotone)60.791431.122
logical (not emotional)60.657830.923
realist (not idealist)60.666732.514
simple (not complicated)60.428331.320
flamboyant (not modest)60.265729.916
indie (not pop)60.193629.724
genius (not dunce)60.0110226.327
😈 (not 😇)60.067920.522
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')59.914030.512
hurried (not leisurely)59.975532.723
crazy (not sane)59.771429.723
jealous (not compersive)59.465730.618
angry (not good-humored)59.360029.124
hoarder (not unprepared)59.289024.825
kinky (not vanilla)59.072124.916
judgemental (not accepting)59.074729.615
ranged (not melee)59.066130.314
fast-talking (not slow-talking)58.997629.818
🤡 (not 👽)58.847426.119
indulgent (not sober)58.679128.215
extrovert (not introvert)58.688030.628
monastic (not hedonist)58.639629.212
sarcastic (not genuine)58.568928.915
monochrome (not multicolored)58.569129.719
sheriff (not outlaw)58.376037.818
Roman (not Greek)58.353528.313
unambiguous (not mysterious)58.180133.519
fortunate (not unlucky)58.060435.225
curious (not apathetic)57.9121026.119
spontaneous (not deliberate)57.953632.227
non-gamer (not gamer)57.998634.618
tasteful (not lewd)57.6109925.517
generous (not stingy)57.6102126.620
desperate (not high standards)57.449525.223
practical (not imaginative)57.3103929.221
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)57.356536.518
loveable (not punchable)57.3106027.221
goof-off (not studious)57.051428.319
🤣 (not 😊)56.954929.417
demure (not vain)56.872735.516
existentialist (not nihilist)56.8104630.118
depressed (not bright)56.671426.528
deep (not shallow)56.6109723.919
dramatic (not comedic)56.6119125.925
🥴 (not 🥳)56.585927.217
honorable (not cunning)56.499331.722
common sense (not analysis)56.350430.418
twitchy (not still)56.2100624.212
precise (not vague)56.1117230.917
scientific (not artistic)56.086625.921
equitable (not hypocritical)56.087430.117
freak (not normie)56.090925.525
beautiful (not ugly)55.9148526.026
🤔 (not 🤫)55.898533.314
sage (not whippersnapper)55.869528.917
egalitarian (not racist)55.7153932.213
moist (not dry)55.772234.817
old (not young)55.663718.714
transient (not permanent)55.655428.618
offended (not chill)55.694332.424
kind (not cruel)55.5131426.323
juvenile (not mature)55.573428.923
self-destructive (not self-improving)55.587424.821
interrupting (not attentive)55.574028.822
hard-work (not natural-talent)55.5112032.222
transparent (not machiavellian)55.579332.222
normal (not weird)55.360129.215
statist (not anarchist)55.384226.321
linear (not circular)55.176428.914
clean (not perverted)54.8119824.524
privileged (not oppressed)54.7118829.820
fixable (not unfixable)54.7107828.726
oxymoron (not tautology)54.799328.59
summer (not winter)54.787137.020
🐮 (not 🐷)54.6107837.224
poisonous (not nurturing)54.463927.317
tight (not loose)54.4120228.416
strict (not lenient)54.395826.415
🙃 (not 🥰)54.376933.712
👻 (not 🤖)54.387730.315
devout (not heathen)54.293423.924
rigid (not flexible)54.096730.435
ludicrous (not sensible)53.966627.714
cold (not warm)53.877522.821
🥵 (not 🥶)53.898630.012
reliable (not experimental)53.797035.026
emotional (not unemotional)53.7131133.125
authoritarian (not democratic)53.675132.720
luddite (not technophile)53.684729.811
romantic (not dispassionate)53.5131331.228
optimistic (not pessimistic)53.486833.622
varied (not repetitive)53.356726.223
💔 (not 💝)53.378832.716
trolling (not triggered)53.247332.720
family-first (not work-first)53.193333.819
unassuming (not pretentious)53.169925.527
human (not animalistic)52.9137731.828
zany (not regular)52.9104228.322
😀 (not 😭)52.988321.922
charming (not trusting)52.897029.631
feminist (not sexist)52.8130128.712
realistic (not ambitious)52.862230.420
on-time (not tardy)52.6124730.218
not introspective (not introspective)52.549629.619
angelic (not demonic)52.4108628.425
objective (not subjective)52.481333.613
obsessed (not aloof)52.2137921.023
consistent (not variable)52.2117830.717
secretive (not open-book)52.1122832.633
reasonable (not deranged)51.8111126.313
grateful (not entitled)51.892924.212
sorrowful (not cheery)51.6115131.418
indiscreet (not tactful)51.656633.317
nonpolitical (not political)51.376030.323
profound (not ironic)51.390224.520
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)51.3107529.224
bad boy (not white knight)51.077933.226
psychopath (not empath)50.870329.618
reserved (not chatty)50.797232.123
exaggerating (not factual)50.698027.328
literary (not mathematical)50.5121927.519

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 (0.86)
  2. Malcolm Reynolds (0.849)
  3. Jack O'Neill (0.847)
  4. Dominic Toretto (0.819)
  5. Wolverine (0.814)
  6. Dean Winchester (0.811)
  7. Tallahassee (0.81)
  8. Letty Ortiz (0.809)
  9. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (0.805)
  10. Ygritte (0.801)
  1. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.489)
  2. Choi Yeon-gyo (-0.484)
  3. George Michael Bluth (-0.428)
  4. Raj Koothrappali (-0.423)
  5. Kif Kroker (-0.414)
  6. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.414)
  7. Alan Harper (-0.413)
  8. Buster Bluth (-0.409)
  9. Waylon Smithers (-0.401)
  10. Cyril Figgis (-0.385)

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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