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Elim Garak Personality Statistics

Elim Garak is a character from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. 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
tailor (not blacksmith)97.816.329
🤫 (not 🤔)97.314.59
perceptive (not unobservant)94.4249.233
secretive (not open-book)92.92013.933
suspicious (not trusting)91.44313.6169
high IQ (not low IQ)91.116114.7137
guarded (not open)91.04115.3187
jaded (not innocent)90.93810.89
resourceful (not helpless)90.511710.728
worldly (not innocent)90.13316.3182
alert (not oblivious)89.94613.911
street-smart (not sheltered)89.58117.1122
persistent (not quitter)89.531512.211
cryptic (not straightforward)89.0521.5173
complicated (not simple)89.05717.4109
self-disciplined (not disorganized)88.319015.7167
eloquent (not unpolished)88.07718.5147
paranoid (not naive)87.92216.511
coordinated (not clumsy)87.914016.0162
tactful (not indiscreet)87.91121.812
competent (not incompetent)87.623919.692
diligent (not lazy)86.644215.1161
genius (not dunce)86.212516.1182
mischievous (not well behaved)86.220220.1159
mysterious (not unambiguous)86.23820.5129
conspiracist (not sheeple)85.86817.078
radical (not centrist)85.82213.613
vintage (not trendy)85.78510.27
deliberate (not spontaneous)85.311619.8181
suspicious (not awkward)85.37420.1179
charismatic (not uninspiring)85.318617.9141
studious (not goof-off)85.320613.915
go-getter (not slugabed)85.320719.113
neat (not messy)85.115017.977
stylish (not slovenly)85.113521.8163
believable (not poorly-written)84.69114.930
charming (not trusting)84.53819.1172
driven (not unambitious)84.245417.5126
👽 (not 🤡)84.12020.413
backdoor (not official)84.18426.7107
cunning (not honorable)83.912021.3190
master (not apprentice)83.825521.254
motivated (not unmotivated)83.657825.38
skeptical (not spiritual)83.314720.1152
machiavellian (not transparent)83.19223.417
manicured (not scruffy)83.034120.4118
armoured (not vulnerable)82.414619.1120
🧠 (not 💪)82.327620.918
sarcastic (not genuine)82.012121.4126
winter (not summer)82.010218.511
political (not nonpolitical)81.913624.4171
deep (not shallow)81.910623.947
spicy (not mild)81.722821.5159
intellectual (not physical)81.628020.1184
curious (not apathetic)81.613823.1155
opinionated (not jealous)81.016312.28
pro (not noob)80.940223.49
analysis (not common sense)80.910220.89
outlaw (not sheriff)80.820822.6148
extraordinary (not mundane)80.827522.3161
trolling (not triggered)80.62723.529
bold (not shy)80.567221.8161
highbrow (not lowbrow)80.410519.2161
interesting (not tiresome)80.423626.7163
interested (not bored)80.41579.28
important (not irrelevant)80.448819.625
proactive (not reactive)80.31231.313
cynical (not gullible)80.124623.310
knowledgeable (not ignorant)79.740027.738
two-faced (not one-faced)79.612825.017
deviant (not average)79.521918.781
crafty (not scholarly)79.518624.2124
cautious (not impulsive)79.413020.0168
self-assured (not self-conscious)79.324024.7129
confident (not insecure)79.137122.1175
independent (not codependent)79.130024.0127
cool (not dorky)79.119115.98
vibrant (not geriatric)79.126317.921
roundabout (not direct)78.81829.2185
expressive (not monotone)78.827924.313
hoarder (not unprepared)78.77519.3106
pointed (not random)78.442625.47
haunted (not blissful)78.429726.712
active (not slothful)78.354720.0113
vengeful (not forgiving)78.228619.9168
wise (not foolish)78.222222.0157
indie (not pop)78.217518.813
open to new experinces (not uncreative)78.036823.5171
quirky (not predictable)77.612725.114
picky (not always down)77.317226.76
cosmopolitan (not provincial)77.213026.9132
workaholic (not slacker)77.266721.534
🦇 (not 🐿)77.213420.816
rhythmic (not stuttering)77.035023.535
kinky (not vanilla)76.821524.1169
urban (not rural)76.732520.926
long-winded (not concise)76.77225.311
playful (not shy)76.646223.3173
fast-talking (not slow-talking)76.627125.135
arcane (not mainstream)76.515721.6146
atheist (not theist)76.521722.038
treasure (not trash)76.562025.443
metaphorical (not literal)76.34027.1144
rebellious (not obedient)76.243624.3124
dramatic (not comedic)76.238823.56
charming (not awkward)76.235826.4158
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)76.147024.710
metrosexual (not macho)75.917429.736
creative (not conventional)75.726027.4176
introspective (not not introspective)75.720728.027
narcissistic (not low self esteem)75.633625.128
unorthodox (not traditional)75.630827.638
weird (not normal)75.532221.5200
pensive (not serene)75.521920.210
edgy (not politically correct)75.428923.7171
high-tech (not low-tech)75.423623.9130
on-time (not tardy)75.353023.415
funny (not humorless)75.232927.4174
night owl (not morning lark)75.134821.182
bookish (not sporty)75.050120.8133
stingy (not generous)75.020517.912
cultured (not rustic)74.827322.46
OCD (not ADHD)74.734023.29
freak (not normie)74.725322.723
decisive (not hesitant)74.650027.3188
refined (not rugged)74.533127.7148
pessimistic (not optimistic)74.319225.3138
exhibitionist (not bashful)74.029721.110
psychopath (not empath)74.024530.814
lover (not fighter)74.023510.08
flamboyant (not modest)73.929526.4149
work-first (not family-first)73.933026.5114
cocky (not timid)73.859625.915
arrogant (not humble)73.742024.7168
plastic (not wooden)73.76024.211
child free (not pronatalist)73.529528.7107
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)73.514125.318
sage (not whippersnapper)73.511024.940
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)73.348731.835
nerd (not jock)73.247322.2173
authoritarian (not democratic)73.127625.9157
realistic (not fantastical)73.032623.17
debased (not pure)72.929922.6158
overachiever (not underachiever)72.969632.29
valedictorian (not drop out)72.659722.713
goth (not flower child)72.516824.311
competitive (not cooperative)72.356026.6154
dramatic (not no-nonsense)72.332626.550
individualist (not communal)72.337624.034
high standards (not desperate)72.241828.612
musical (not off-key)72.115732.828
chatty (not reserved)72.040127.9176
cat person (not dog person)71.624235.421
disreputable (not prestigious)71.615924.2114
badass (not weakass)71.375330.37
ranged (not melee)71.311329.132
methodical (not astonishing)71.236229.3180
🤺 (not 🏌)71.258926.624
logical (not emotional)71.124825.1167
realist (not idealist)71.125926.143
reasoned (not instinctual)71.017227.4159
muddy (not washed)70.817223.99
outsider (not insider)70.724831.179
freelance (not corporate)70.748034.624
hard (not soft)70.743424.4150
smooth (not rough)70.723130.8145
flexible (not rigid)70.716428.5162
frenzied (not sleepy)70.566721.631
fast (not slow)70.459927.2163
circular (not linear)70.211529.825
experimental (not reliable)70.028924.422
multicolored (not monochrome)69.927529.534
poisonous (not nurturing)69.830123.046
efficient (not overprepared)69.838630.833
extreme (not moderate)69.860224.5114
technophile (not luddite)69.724123.5137
😈 (not 😇)69.737616.38
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)69.730526.96
civilized (not barbaric)69.565626.2182
demonic (not angelic)69.430320.9180
money-focused (not love-focused)69.427228.47
contrarian (not yes-man)69.341126.114
down2earth (not head@clouds)69.238729.8155
hunter (not gatherer)69.248431.924
hedonist (not monastic)69.127031.015
private (not gregarious)69.149030.1161
hard (not soft)68.747826.135
traumatized (not flourishing)68.751423.932
bitter (not sweet)68.639922.9153
devoted (not unfaithful)68.699623.99
biased (not impartial)68.454326.7137
assertive (not passive)68.376526.1117
thick-skinned (not sensitive)68.337027.5147
fearmongering (not reassuring)68.332011.110
vain (not demure)68.243026.5121
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)68.054627.5123
cannibal (not vegan)67.938126.330
careful (not brave)67.718529.8173
resistant (not resigned)67.567225.7160
Roman (not Greek)67.516332.013
tense (not relaxed)67.487126.0161
scheduled (not spontaneous)67.458729.0151
ferocious (not pacifist)67.361026.3171
works hard (not plays hard)67.369727.5155
mighty (not puny)67.272023.7153
good-humored (not angry)67.149225.8127
tight (not loose)67.164225.831
old (not young)66.838416.8163
exaggerating (not factual)66.846825.910
bossy (not meek)66.681225.4173
chortling (not giggling)66.554628.835
patient (not impatient)66.424432.152
tasteful (not lewd)66.359127.7132
gamer (not non-gamer)66.327325.36
dominant (not submissive)66.278826.5150
tall (not short)66.252421.8149
feisty (not gracious)66.074226.8123
🐐 (not 🦒)66.041427.621
sturdy (not flimsy)66.072326.825
healthy (not sickly)65.980426.1150
sad (not happy)65.956623.5143
legit (not scrub)65.884030.828
deep (not epic)65.819028.213
stubborn (not accommodating)65.686430.218
demanding (not unchallenging)65.694626.121
conservative (not liberal)65.426530.912
😊 (not 🤣)65.454728.018
emancipated (not enslaved)65.366529.3141
masculine (not feminine)65.272223.7180
first-mate (not captain)65.252831.6105
German (not English)64.94525.421
selfish (not altruistic)64.745226.8177
traitorous (not loyal)64.620026.8163
wild (not tame)64.568226.4116
thrifty (not extravagant)64.442330.416
never cries (not often crying)64.458630.119
quiet (not loud)64.341930.7169
cold (not warm)64.344925.2134
distant (not touchy-feely)64.352736.09
enlightened (not lost)64.236931.026
poetic (not factual)64.230531.427
🥶 (not 🥵)64.229031.617
zany (not regular)64.157822.48
empirical (not theoretical)64.032130.3164
varied (not repetitive)64.015028.046
opinionated (not neutral)63.9114833.524
judgemental (not accepting)63.854229.063
receiving (not giving)63.838631.312
rational (not whimsical)63.762629.9169
deranged (not reasonable)63.738516.912
salacious (not wholesome)63.643234.517
resolute (not wavering)63.676723.516
mature (not juvenile)63.562825.737
alpha (not beta)63.476629.0117
quarrelsome (not warm)63.360826.3157
frank (not sugarcoated)63.390232.99
playful (not serious)63.238427.3176
scandalous (not proper)63.255528.4115
🙃 (not 🥰)63.242930.834
🎩 (not 🧢)63.258333.519
Russian (not French)62.925829.125
queen (not princess)62.970338.47
Italian (not Swedish)62.848132.119
intense (not lighthearted)62.881630.029
purple (not orange)62.536828.7106
chosen one (not everyman)62.554625.610
romantic (not dispassionate)62.381431.936
leisurely (not hurried)62.032928.5125
strict (not lenient)61.863828.2150
rock (not rap)61.8114833.411
extrovert (not introvert)61.768532.7169
🦄 (not 🐴)61.639931.79
inspiring (not cringeworthy)61.564427.441
human (not animalistic)61.392927.9125
sensible (not ludicrous)61.168528.0154
open-minded (not close-minded)61.167230.1145
🧗 (not 🛌)61.075329.231
industrial (not domestic)60.947929.229
😏 (not 😬)60.958938.117
libertarian (not socialist)60.844033.3144
philosophical (not real)60.721329.073
sexist (not feminist)60.636632.810
minimalist (not pack rat)60.551530.611
sexual (not asexual)60.486033.212
oxymoron (not tautology)60.449133.89
focused on the future (not focused on the present)60.338030.3162
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)60.330635.415
businesslike (not chivalrous)60.358024.516
entitled (not grateful)60.260332.89
nihilist (not existentialist)60.123330.830
🎨 (not 🏀)60.179934.316
bad boy (not white knight)60.048022.610
eastern (not western)59.911329.223
penny-pincher (not overspender)59.963230.822
chic (not cheesy)59.749930.416
involved (not remote)59.6100131.9135
water (not fire)59.638532.814
heathen (not devout)59.445631.1158
queer (not straight)59.419932.137
exuberant (not subdued)59.473128.434
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)59.349932.325
punk rock (not preppy)59.349530.332
💀 (not 🎃)59.262737.013
ironic (not profound)59.053830.317
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)58.957430.6159
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)58.959326.811
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)58.855332.2110
self-destructive (not self-improving)58.862929.032
rich (not poor)58.779723.6136
Pepsi (not Coke)58.726433.019
thinker (not doer)58.730534.721
literary (not mathematical)58.674330.4180
patriotic (not unpatriotic)58.498126.113
lustful (not chaste)58.369429.4146
💔 (not 💝)58.352830.023
🐀 (not 🐘)58.350232.635
😜 (not 🤐)58.357535.013
twitchy (not still)58.377328.818
avant-garde (not classical)58.244834.733
variable (not consistent)58.234132.326
hipster (not basic)58.136529.3155
utilitarian (not decorative)58.183337.334
anarchist (not statist)58.152930.832
expressive (not stoic)57.878131.3176
mad (not glad)57.874716.910
privileged (not oppressed)57.792926.725
good-cook (not bad-cook)57.752231.56
thick (not thin)57.445924.372
🐒 (not 🐩)57.455532.113
attractive (not repulsive)57.2107228.6177
chill (not offended)57.044631.441
flirtatious (not prudish)56.872833.312
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')56.725428.187
😭 (not 😀)56.758525.211
🌟 (not 💩)56.7108429.118
orderly (not chaotic)56.474134.0154
cruel (not kind)56.435821.1135
creepy (not disarming)56.433231.551
gossiping (not confidential)56.344134.7114
miserable (not joyful)56.184035.311
unfixable (not fixable)56.144730.929
villainous (not heroic)56.035723.5160
bright (not depressed)56.067728.9100
vague (not precise)56.032435.696
lavish (not frugal)55.960028.6159
unassuming (not pretentious)55.947432.58
🥾 (not 👟)55.963334.114
formal (not intimate)55.865530.819
perverted (not clean)55.846728.213
unlucky (not fortunate)55.767627.5169
bold (not serious)55.775431.2184
gendered (not androgynous)55.4137231.559
claustrophobic (not spelunker)55.437536.732
hypochondriac (not stoic)55.348626.83
abstract (not concrete)55.252332.617
respectful (not rude)55.087927.7147
historical (not modern)55.057930.368
genocidal (not not genocidal)55.039040.89
jealous (not compersive)54.769126.3117
practical (not imaginative)54.693433.2118
crazy (not sane)54.672623.69
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)54.572530.817
dry (not moist)54.567634.433
prideful (not envious)54.4123427.318
obsessed (not aloof)54.3105631.9156
🐮 (not 🐷)54.089429.527
attentive (not interrupting)54.072424.06
antagonist (not protagonist)54.037528.810
social (not reclusive)53.882431.430
loveable (not punchable)53.894929.835
neurotypical (not autistic)53.7125531.2148
natural-talent (not hard-work)53.744228.912
ugly (not beautiful)53.429228.841
realistic (not ambitious)53.449628.813
subjective (not objective)53.370530.644
sober (not indulgent)53.266332.3159
hypocritical (not equitable)53.164429.668
moody (not stable)53.0102531.0149
soulful (not soulless)52.8115229.032
folksy (not presidential)52.766331.219
🥴 (not 🥳)52.686523.014
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)52.669830.028
builder (not explorer)52.572929.4137
artistic (not scientific)52.471630.0149
🤠 (not 🤑)52.494434.314
fresh (not stinky)52.4107531.524
emotional (not unemotional)52.4110227.413
calm (not anxious)52.359032.0160
🧐 (not 😎)52.270436.215
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)51.966032.315
transient (not permanent)51.759230.840
complimentary (not insulting)51.782929.946
cheery (not sorrowful)51.560827.8159
specialist (not generalist)51.4103537.228
egalitarian (not racist)51.1131129.213
📉 (not 📈)51.042031.919
gloomy (not sunny)50.191130.131
👻 (not 🤖)50.285530.917
🧕 (not 💃)50.352430.334
air (not earth)50.747034.89

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter (0.774)
  2. Raymond 'Red' Reddington (0.754)
  3. Varys (0.743)
  4. Robert Ford (0.74)
  5. Dr. Hannibal Lecter (0.74)
  6. Amy Elliott Dunne (0.734)
  7. Petyr Baelish (0.706)
  8. Olenna Tyrell (0.701)
  9. Paul Smecker (0.701)
  10. Loki (0.694)
  1. Nelson Bighetti (-0.541)
  2. Kevin Malone (-0.469)
  3. Jerry Gergich (-0.469)
  4. Chip Dove (-0.458)
  5. William Mason (-0.44)
  6. Mike McLintock (-0.439)
  7. Josh Chan (-0.414)
  8. Steve Brady (-0.414)
  9. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.408)
  10. Tom Scavo (-0.397)

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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