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Sherlock Holmes Descriptive Personality Statistics

Reference picture of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a character from Elementary.

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
perceptive (not unobservant)96.3107.127
competent (not incompetent)95.2239.824
high IQ (not low IQ)94.9597.221
main character (not side character)94.96914.483
persistent (not quitter)94.3828.626
genius (not dunce)94.11612.327
skeptical (not spiritual)93.579.222
cynical (not gullible)93.499.842
logical (not emotional)92.9510.934
demanding (not unchallenging)91.6787.119
extraordinary (not mundane)91.63720.223
rebellious (not obedient)91.69411.627
important (not irrelevant)91.410316.016
freelance (not corporate)91.14416.337
intellectual (not physical)91.07011.826
🧠 (not 💪)90.88214.231
fast (not slow)90.62610.514
frank (not sugarcoated)90.56220.133
complicated (not simple)90.04111.723
unorthodox (not traditional)89.94520.423
analysis (not common sense)89.9169.441
opinionated (not neutral)89.816619.624
weird (not normal)89.75017.219
arrogant (not humble)89.513111.222
atheist (not theist)89.51014.715
fast-talking (not slow-talking)89.53210.526
direct (not roundabout)89.46617.025
master (not apprentice)89.314123.822
🤺 (not 🏌)89.08315.621
overachiever (not underachiever)89.013616.121
driven (not unambitious)88.826216.621
precise (not vague)88.83818.653
contrarian (not yes-man)88.42016.542
nerd (not jock)88.216916.524
secretive (not open-book)88.112714.943
chosen one (not everyman)88.01514.841
pro (not noob)87.82409.617
impatient (not patient)87.710612.432
pensive (not serene)87.7616.518
individualist (not communal)87.66410.623
resourceful (not helpless)87.426523.048
knowledgeable (not ignorant)87.419024.523
work-first (not family-first)87.211516.225
creative (not conventional)87.07420.135
distant (not touchy-feely)86.96819.636
guarded (not open)86.818311.043
assertive (not passive)86.817216.320
egalitarian (not racist)86.531413.627
worldly (not innocent)86.312613.028
tense (not relaxed)85.919613.316
badass (not weakass)85.937912.727
traumatized (not flourishing)85.78416.219
intense (not lighthearted)85.722814.332
alert (not oblivious)85.615619.123
diligent (not lazy)85.559216.919
bold (not shy)85.352619.025
decisive (not hesitant)85.317212.420
extreme (not moderate)85.123216.238
spicy (not mild)85.015713.525
kinky (not vanilla)84.9919.617
confident (not insecure)84.919813.921
bossy (not meek)84.832518.344
competitive (not cooperative)84.630317.233
moody (not stable)84.620613.123
quirky (not predictable)84.56321.045
cocky (not timid)84.234519.149
workaholic (not slacker)84.145827.719
scientific (not artistic)83.915217.622
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.922919.023
stubborn (not accommodating)83.933925.033
captain (not first-mate)83.724726.126
objective (not subjective)83.6519.623
jaded (not innocent)83.423913.330
bookish (not sporty)83.335418.127
introspective (not not introspective)83.26125.922
insulting (not complimentary)82.913620.019
believable (not poorly-written)82.918417.928
freak (not normie)82.913327.422
narcissistic (not low self esteem)82.621720.029
confidential (not gossiping)82.630820.332
motivated (not unmotivated)82.480521.844
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)82.329220.320
private (not gregarious)82.316423.537
wild (not tame)82.130923.126
factual (not exaggerating)82.111224.134
💀 (not 🎃)82.011020.034
child free (not pronatalist)81.911017.025
reclusive (not social)81.911820.731
opinionated (not jealous)81.915224.441
studious (not goof-off)81.840121.455
rational (not whimsical)81.617924.615
interesting (not tiresome)81.424130.320
self-destructive (not self-improving)81.215517.039
🎩 (not 🧢)81.126423.930
twitchy (not still)81.116725.319
night owl (not morning lark)81.123924.028
resistant (not resigned)80.913411.014
exhibitionist (not bashful)80.913122.228
conspiracist (not sheeple)80.718520.939
specialist (not generalist)80.48722.523
rock (not rap)80.426716.733
mischievous (not well behaved)80.140724.930
sad (not happy)79.917216.619
sorrowful (not cheery)79.817215.230
wise (not foolish)79.622220.830
deep (not shallow)79.519919.424
winter (not summer)79.517516.145
picky (not always down)79.515220.943
explorer (not builder)79.314923.138
active (not slothful)79.166625.126
urban (not rural)79.128324.934
frenzied (not sleepy)79.130925.129
haunted (not blissful)79.033523.733
heathen (not devout)78.98920.133
backdoor (not official)78.817925.925
curious (not apathetic)78.727925.035
never cries (not often crying)78.628026.631
wooden (not plastic)78.617322.229
arcane (not mainstream)78.414825.938
rich (not poor)78.244317.420
bitter (not sweet)78.224518.532
emancipated (not enslaved)78.024726.424
🧐 (not 😎)78.012524.722
realistic (not fantastical)78.022325.721
dominant (not submissive)77.959124.323
coordinated (not clumsy)77.854622.835
prideful (not envious)77.825022.136
alpha (not beta)77.752129.231
🤔 (not 🤫)77.66125.027
high-tech (not low-tech)77.325619.721
utilitarian (not decorative)77.318923.943
goth (not flower child)77.314419.324
paranoid (not naive)77.317821.144
quarrelsome (not warm)77.233927.022
English (not German)77.149331.728
machiavellian (not transparent)77.120424.343
crazy (not sane)77.025422.022
factual (not poetic)77.023222.422
pretentious (not unassuming)76.928828.722
salacious (not wholesome)76.923013.617
cat person (not dog person)76.718923.532
deviant (not average)76.534828.523
obsessed (not aloof)76.329226.116
anarchist (not statist)76.020518.117
exuberant (not subdued)76.031230.824
treasure (not trash)75.981022.018
feisty (not gracious)75.948325.629
self-assured (not self-conscious)75.639030.825
liberal (not conservative)75.535225.450
miserable (not joyful)75.530617.322
realist (not idealist)75.419526.725
nihilist (not existentialist)75.42127.320
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)75.228019.123
hoarder (not unprepared)75.116921.118
eloquent (not unpolished)75.050327.619
mad (not glad)74.933821.325
highbrow (not lowbrow)74.628922.637
gloomy (not sunny)74.438122.722
thin (not thick)74.327521.137
👽 (not 🤡)74.318423.418
high standards (not desperate)74.342226.931
introvert (not extrovert)74.221227.121
loyal (not traitorous)74.1101324.924
sarcastic (not genuine)74.133424.422
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)74.128126.618
🌟 (not 💩)74.082227.927
vintage (not trendy)73.959326.028
heroic (not villainous)73.782320.530
resolute (not wavering)73.748629.315
cosmopolitan (not provincial)73.622423.830
edgy (not politically correct)73.639226.223
natural-talent (not hard-work)73.58623.239
🙃 (not 🥰)73.425831.325
mysterious (not unambiguous)73.429231.615
unpatriotic (not patriotic)73.34527.224
🎨 (not 🏀)73.363123.832
vengeful (not forgiving)73.244320.947
queen (not princess)73.253931.338
unemotional (not emotional)73.210826.230
attractive (not repulsive)73.187119.720
hard (not soft)73.144828.121
entitled (not grateful)73.141921.558
cultured (not rustic)73.039728.628
hipster (not basic)72.915122.231
formal (not intimate)72.929729.552
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)72.960414.818
zany (not regular)72.840931.522
pointed (not random)72.875628.826
open to new experinces (not uncreative)72.773025.124
masculine (not feminine)72.672327.720
outlaw (not sheriff)72.547027.928
beautiful (not ugly)72.0106220.135
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)72.019631.725
flamboyant (not modest)71.940425.325
rhythmic (not stuttering)71.967627.123
chortling (not giggling)71.739621.450
rude (not respectful)71.729626.929
indie (not pop)71.747028.031
go-getter (not slugabed)71.5102123.023
vibrant (not geriatric)71.565120.419
judgemental (not accepting)71.444333.818
street-smart (not sheltered)71.363827.721
tight (not loose)71.360826.337
cold (not warm)71.036728.027
legit (not scrub)71.081925.921
musical (not off-key)70.823229.033
armoured (not vulnerable)70.859025.225
mighty (not puny)70.774027.418
radical (not centrist)70.632829.530
pessimistic (not optimistic)70.532424.225
chaotic (not orderly)70.448233.420
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)70.433224.831
chic (not cheesy)70.430120.740
punchable (not loveable)70.128728.830
ferocious (not pacifist)70.065222.420
vain (not demure)69.843428.219
privileged (not oppressed)69.876825.027
fighter (not lover)69.740323.932
sickly (not healthy)69.715615.319
hedonist (not monastic)69.429424.433
💃 (not 🧕)69.369134.615
🦇 (not 🐿)69.334025.125
dramatic (not comedic)69.378326.235
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)69.239026.236
🧗 (not 🛌)69.268130.325
dispassionate (not romantic)69.217926.424
protagonist (not antagonist)69.191726.337
methodical (not astonishing)69.051635.726
tall (not short)69.056621.1106
demonic (not angelic)69.037921.020
hard (not soft)68.757225.720
charismatic (not uninspiring)68.5101525.020
interrupting (not attentive)68.342032.425
🐒 (not 🐩)68.033829.223
playful (not shy)67.888328.514
scandalous (not proper)67.657226.218
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)67.640127.947
literal (not metaphorical)67.548629.315
outsider (not insider)67.540835.816
Greek (not Roman)67.56126.624
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)67.526926.627
poisonous (not nurturing)67.341219.418
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)67.244930.424
selfish (not altruistic)67.049426.744
metrosexual (not macho)66.959628.221
presidential (not folksy)66.956926.618
western (not eastern)66.457830.224
serious (not playful)66.381726.819
businesslike (not chivalrous)66.349031.530
open-minded (not close-minded)66.266732.225
love-focused (not money-focused)66.198223.731
realistic (not ambitious)65.926431.230
stoic (not expressive)65.738031.346
messy (not neat)65.742332.631
psychopath (not empath)65.540926.433
thick-skinned (not sensitive)65.454224.826
authoritarian (not democratic)65.346929.622
extravagant (not thrifty)65.355029.135
🤠 (not 🤑)65.276829.418
autistic (not neurotypical)65.19535.024
independent (not codependent)65.086532.426
rigid (not flexible)64.960027.227
strict (not lenient)64.967227.319
📈 (not 📉)64.873629.940
fire (not water)64.880627.527
tailor (not blacksmith)64.678325.319
🤖 (not 👻)64.541035.323
debased (not pure)64.254430.537
sage (not whippersnapper)64.238931.324
rough (not smooth)64.152723.119
nonpolitical (not political)64.034428.115
dry (not moist)64.044226.318
hurried (not leisurely)63.960128.022
unfixable (not fixable)63.934326.319
suspicious (not trusting)63.872533.027
works hard (not plays hard)63.896929.524
💔 (not 💝)63.845130.620
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)63.789926.423
juvenile (not mature)63.652826.026
😈 (not 😇)63.659326.629
cryptic (not straightforward)63.520538.515
brave (not careful)63.486632.021
Swedish (not Italian)63.244023.640
OCD (not ADHD)63.187032.530
devoted (not unfaithful)63.0143133.538
🥴 (not 🥳)62.960830.120
spelunker (not claustrophobic)62.969629.817
oxymoron (not tautology)62.935732.723
human (not animalistic)62.7114932.518
gendered (not androgynous)62.7151032.114
offended (not chill)62.673631.923
one-faced (not two-faced)62.3100933.022
experimental (not reliable)62.154933.920
mathematical (not literary)62.039526.215
sturdy (not flimsy)61.7105626.928
fortunate (not unlucky)61.648625.220
fresh (not stinky)61.6108727.827
bad-cook (not good-cook)61.656322.021
soulless (not soulful)61.530723.016
angry (not good-humored)61.455325.130
not genocidal (not genocidal)61.1120927.635
impartial (not biased)61.012434.026
indiscreet (not tactful)61.033235.921
impulsive (not cautious)60.972928.017
punk rock (not preppy)60.958834.121
anxious (not calm)60.887032.416
charming (not trusting)60.571527.219
🤣 (not 😊)60.546123.819
scruffy (not manicured)60.454727.821
🤐 (not 😜)60.372731.933
gamer (not non-gamer)60.345028.823
funny (not humorless)60.288528.428
reasoned (not instinctual)60.149636.638
😭 (not 😀)60.159727.519
prudish (not flirtatious)60.155825.628
bold (not serious)60.078236.527
hypocritical (not equitable)59.859430.937
dramatic (not no-nonsense)59.677329.017
varied (not repetitive)59.634232.346
🐮 (not 🐷)59.676227.426
bad boy (not white knight)59.658823.630
depressed (not bright)59.562023.427
French (not Russian)59.586227.939
interested (not bored)59.5124531.525
industrial (not domestic)59.465633.226
cruel (not kind)59.238222.530
feminist (not sexist)59.2115523.625
enlightened (not lost)59.259831.830
ludicrous (not sensible)59.155133.117
loud (not quiet)59.083531.825
lustful (not chaste)58.983927.433
technophile (not luddite)58.860726.935
libertarian (not socialist)58.763433.526
dorky (not cool)58.764924.518
trolling (not triggered)58.732728.247
muddy (not washed)58.547429.943
focused on the present (not focused on the future)58.466926.540
stylish (not slovenly)58.4104828.634
Coke (not Pepsi)58.451531.429
purple (not orange)58.265134.434
😏 (not 😬)58.186931.627
cunning (not honorable)58.060533.727
suspicious (not awkward)57.8106733.950
proactive (not reactive)57.846235.833
fearmongering (not reassuring)57.659626.134
avant-garde (not classical)57.557033.640
multicolored (not monochrome)57.571739.324
cannibal (not vegan)57.571329.128
overspender (not penny-pincher)57.463229.644
linear (not circular)57.466534.229
🐘 (not 🐀)57.370131.116
concrete (not abstract)57.296236.724
long-winded (not concise)57.161634.044
down2earth (not head@clouds)57.089236.229
practical (not imaginative)56.9108839.818
🥶 (not 🥵)56.957130.249
🐴 (not 🦄)56.894441.318
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)56.461334.219
thinker (not doer)56.345425.029
stoic (not hypochondriac)56.399832.737
expressive (not monotone)56.2108933.738
prestigious (not disreputable)55.9113427.123
minimalist (not pack rat)55.987437.315
reserved (not chatty)55.786733.639
frugal (not lavish)55.694626.322
self-disciplined (not disorganized)55.3132134.116
efficient (not overprepared)55.3137837.426
old (not young)55.166519.747
inspiring (not cringeworthy)55.0106322.118
real (not philosophical)54.9120436.043
deliberate (not spontaneous)54.8114335.240
spontaneous (not scheduled)54.577435.354
historical (not modern)54.475432.514
perverted (not clean)54.358527.232
rugged (not refined)54.276430.216
🐐 (not 🦒)53.9126429.433
queer (not straight)53.639331.327
melee (not ranged)53.558027.222
generous (not stingy)53.5118925.419
jealous (not compersive)53.487932.938
permanent (not transient)53.4102434.414
involved (not remote)52.9150231.117
disarming (not creepy)52.7141730.428
variable (not consistent)52.765335.335
profound (not ironic)52.686631.425
gatherer (not hunter)52.384232.918
deranged (not reasonable)52.277631.519
indulgent (not sober)52.1102028.618
👟 (not 🥾)52.195732.725
theoretical (not empirical)51.963235.135
receiving (not giving)51.971834.139
valedictorian (not drop out)51.8127637.123
tardy (not on-time)51.664634.533
awkward (not charming)51.568827.723
crafty (not scholarly)51.5119433.313
civilized (not barbaric)51.3137129.724
sexual (not asexual)51.2136831.822
air (not earth)51.258536.026
deep (not epic)51.195436.225
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')50.999732.025
tasteful (not lewd)50.4137331.316

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Sherlock Holmes (0.944)
  2. Dr. Gregory House (0.846)
  3. Beth Harmon (0.803)
  4. Annalise Keating (0.789)
  5. Dr. Harry Wells (0.777)
  6. Kaz Brekker (0.775)
  7. Kat Stratford (0.775)
  8. Cristina Yang (0.773)
  9. Rick Sanchez (0.765)
  10. Walter White (0.759)
  1. Jerry Gergich (-0.564)
  2. Lenny (-0.494)
  3. Nelson Bighetti (-0.487)
  4. Tom Scavo (-0.484)
  5. Glenn Sturgis (-0.483)
  6. Josh Chan (-0.478)
  7. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.472)
  8. William Mason (-0.472)
  9. Chien-Po (-0.468)
  10. Kevin Malone (-0.464)

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

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users
ENTJ65.1%2286
INTJ64.0%8827
ENTP63.9%5934
ESTJ61.8%547
ESTP61.5%765
INTP60.8%11992
ISTP59.4%1950
ISTJ59.2%1475
ENFJ55.1%3842
INFJ53.7%12519
ENFP53.6%10817
ESFP52.9%1202
ESFJ51.7%592
INFP51.5%23344
ISFP50.9%1998
ISFJ48.5%1602

Notes

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