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Sherlock Holmes Descriptive Personality Statistics

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 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
perceptive (not unobservant)96.776.724
genius (not dunce)95.639.125
persistent (not quitter)95.2438.120
high IQ (not low IQ)94.9517.815
competent (not incompetent)94.82410.122
important (not irrelevant)94.13012.515
skeptical (not spiritual)93.289.717
cynical (not gullible)93.21210.040
logical (not emotional)92.9310.934
complicated (not simple)92.999.620
demanding (not unchallenging)91.9677.616
resourceful (not helpless)91.68512.924
rebellious (not obedient)91.58711.825
intellectual (not physical)90.86012.618
master (not apprentice)90.78923.516
🧠 (not 💪)90.76514.828
fast (not slow)90.62410.514
frank (not sugarcoated)90.35420.631
freelance (not corporate)90.05717.033
extraordinary (not mundane)89.95023.616
analysis (not common sense)89.8119.540
fast-talking (not slow-talking)89.72910.423
overachiever (not underachiever)89.79016.818
private (not gregarious)89.62516.821
precise (not vague)89.52416.418
atheist (not theist)89.5714.715
unorthodox (not traditional)89.45720.722
opinionated (not neutral)89.317320.023
weird (not normal)89.25218.017
🤺 (not 🏌)89.26116.020
rational (not whimsical)89.11917.811
guarded (not open)89.08810.927
worldly (not innocent)88.95011.423
direct (not roundabout)88.95817.623
tense (not relaxed)88.81097.113
secretive (not open-book)88.89214.640
pro (not noob)88.71819.116
driven (not unambitious)88.624018.217
bossy (not meek)88.017714.119
pensive (not serene)87.9517.017
contrarian (not yes-man)87.83116.740
nerd (not jock)87.617017.122
chosen one (not everyman)87.61615.337
work-first (not family-first)87.49516.524
knowledgeable (not ignorant)87.417025.122
impatient (not patient)87.311112.431
individualist (not communal)87.36611.220
arrogant (not humble)87.117011.617
diligent (not lazy)87.042811.716
creative (not conventional)86.67721.627
assertive (not passive)86.317116.818
egalitarian (not racist)86.229013.624
distant (not touchy-feely)85.96720.531
badass (not weakass)85.933312.727
extreme (not moderate)85.718315.932
traumatized (not flourishing)85.77116.219
intense (not lighthearted)85.420414.629
competitive (not cooperative)85.125416.420
scientific (not artistic)85.010817.221
alert (not oblivious)84.915920.120
quirky (not predictable)84.75121.742
spicy (not mild)84.415413.524
captain (not first-mate)84.419726.124
bold (not shy)84.252820.519
moody (not stable)84.219613.619
workaholic (not slacker)84.238729.217
confident (not insecure)84.120213.820
kinky (not vanilla)84.0979.214
decisive (not hesitant)83.920112.916
confidential (not gossiping)83.921816.729
objective (not subjective)83.6219.623
bookish (not sporty)83.630817.623
cocky (not timid)83.632219.546
jaded (not innocent)83.420513.927
💀 (not 🎃)83.38318.329
introspective (not not introspective)83.25025.922
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)82.724120.819
freak (not normie)82.712328.021
stubborn (not accommodating)82.733025.930
exhibitionist (not bashful)82.68821.324
night owl (not morning lark)82.417120.620
believable (not poorly-written)82.218417.927
wild (not tame)82.127223.126
reclusive (not social)81.99320.731
opinionated (not jealous)81.913024.441
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)81.925519.620
narcissistic (not low self esteem)81.821720.527
motivated (not unmotivated)81.871022.440
insulting (not complimentary)81.714222.613
winter (not summer)81.611713.143
curious (not apathetic)81.415322.018
deep (not shallow)81.312916.614
factual (not exaggerating)80.811224.731
child free (not pronatalist)80.812817.521
self-destructive (not self-improving)80.715117.934
wise (not foolish)80.616921.926
🎩 (not 🧢)80.523424.827
interesting (not tiresome)80.425530.819
resistant (not resigned)80.412711.213
rock (not rap)80.424816.733
alpha (not beta)80.240326.030
arcane (not mainstream)80.010124.022
frenzied (not sleepy)79.922925.627
pretentious (not unassuming)79.820124.819
rich (not poor)79.637213.014
dominant (not submissive)79.548823.016
emancipated (not enslaved)79.217925.220
liberal (not conservative)79.220621.321
mischievous (not well behaved)79.139325.428
specialist (not generalist)79.18924.518
urban (not rural)78.926231.111
sad (not happy)78.817416.418
haunted (not blissful)78.829224.231
realist (not idealist)78.811822.320
paranoid (not naive)78.811119.942
wooden (not plastic)78.615922.229
backdoor (not official)78.516926.923
English (not German)78.435830.225
picky (not always down)78.415621.240
active (not slothful)78.261025.225
cat person (not dog person)78.113620.830
sorrowful (not cheery)78.119117.519
quarrelsome (not warm)77.929625.319
never cries (not often crying)77.927426.830
utilitarian (not decorative)77.815316.626
🧐 (not 😎)77.710925.221
twitchy (not still)77.724527.315
goth (not flower child)77.711419.922
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)77.517225.015
prideful (not envious)77.524422.335
salacious (not wholesome)77.220513.916
crazy (not sane)77.122722.521
🤔 (not 🤫)77.14425.426
factual (not poetic)77.020822.921
explorer (not builder)76.918628.421
realistic (not fantastical)76.922725.920
self-assured (not self-conscious)76.632329.222
loyal (not traitorous)76.579323.722
coordinated (not clumsy)76.453823.118
obsessed (not aloof)76.325526.116
machiavellian (not transparent)76.320024.940
edgy (not politically correct)76.028821.721
treasure (not trash)75.971622.018
cultured (not rustic)75.824927.826
anarchist (not statist)75.618818.516
studious (not goof-off)75.657521.227
deviant (not average)75.634231.518
zany (not regular)75.429429.716
high standards (not desperate)75.233225.729
open to new experinces (not uncreative)75.154322.717
formal (not intimate)75.120826.525
hoarder (not unprepared)75.114521.717
hard (not soft)75.035227.516
exuberant (not subdued)74.929831.720
nihilist (not existentialist)74.82728.913
miserable (not joyful)74.829417.520
pointed (not random)74.859527.725
heathen (not devout)74.614824.917
queen (not princess)74.544831.335
gloomy (not sunny)74.433222.722
feisty (not gracious)74.449326.025
👽 (not 🤡)74.315224.117
conspiracist (not sheeple)74.335123.424
high-tech (not low-tech)74.227220.916
Greek (not Roman)74.21324.413
sarcastic (not genuine)74.130124.422
outlaw (not sheriff)74.038029.922
street-smart (not sheltered)74.048426.518
vintage (not trendy)74.051223.624
🌟 (not 💩)73.772128.326
masculine (not feminine)73.660029.118
eloquent (not unpolished)73.648127.718
rhythmic (not stuttering)73.653326.422
indie (not pop)73.632225.529
punchable (not loveable)73.620926.025
mysterious (not unambiguous)73.425631.615
entitled (not grateful)73.337121.030
natural-talent (not hard-work)73.37924.733
attractive (not repulsive)73.175019.720
mad (not glad)73.035821.223
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)72.930520.214
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)72.952914.818
🎨 (not 🏀)72.757424.031
introvert (not extrovert)72.621028.618
heroic (not villainous)72.574520.728
chortling (not giggling)72.531322.930
thin (not thick)72.331322.515
unemotional (not emotional)72.211026.229
radical (not centrist)72.222128.629
rude (not respectful)72.126825.423
hard (not soft)72.142724.918
resolute (not wavering)72.147229.714
bitter (not sweet)71.633922.810
beautiful (not ugly)71.693819.718
vibrant (not geriatric)71.556920.419
dispassionate (not romantic)71.412724.422
cryptic (not straightforward)71.39436.211
go-getter (not slugabed)70.991923.322
legit (not scrub)70.872527.119
vengeful (not forgiving)70.743420.023
hipster (not basic)70.614825.022
ferocious (not pacifist)70.556724.416
armoured (not vulnerable)70.553626.822
tall (not short)70.445619.313
open-minded (not close-minded)70.441730.119
judgemental (not accepting)70.341934.511
chic (not cheesy)70.325920.939
dramatic (not comedic)70.164326.234
gendered (not androgynous)69.8109429.312
🙃 (not 🥰)69.827531.722
cold (not warm)69.735428.425
methodical (not astonishing)69.644035.424
rough (not smooth)69.632319.316
musical (not off-key)69.522029.331
tight (not loose)69.559528.231
chaotic (not orderly)69.443933.919
flamboyant (not modest)69.441524.923
🦇 (not 🐿)69.328325.125
🧗 (not 🛌)69.256530.325
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)69.135029.723
selfish (not altruistic)69.039624.424
unpatriotic (not patriotic)68.96630.117
fighter (not lover)68.937224.430
privileged (not oppressed)68.770924.726
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)68.733525.328
highbrow (not lowbrow)68.448024.617
impartial (not biased)68.33331.520
realistic (not ambitious)68.317331.027
interrupting (not attentive)68.238333.422
protagonist (not antagonist)68.281926.735
mighty (not puny)67.975329.814
📈 (not 📉)67.948129.235
debased (not pure)67.641430.117
sickly (not healthy)67.616114.217
literal (not metaphorical)67.542229.315
demonic (not angelic)67.336420.319
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)67.327932.521
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)67.335428.844
suspicious (not trusting)67.256131.925
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)67.026026.324
love-focused (not money-focused)67.080823.229
🤠 (not 🤑)66.957429.116
metrosexual (not macho)66.954728.221
presidential (not folksy)66.949626.618
poisonous (not nurturing)66.937519.817
😈 (not 😇)66.945024.422
charismatic (not uninspiring)66.895725.918
🐒 (not 🐩)66.832830.320
serious (not playful)66.371126.819
vain (not demure)66.249929.116
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)66.044130.819
fire (not water)65.969726.925
outsider (not insider)65.741636.315
hedonist (not monastic)65.539023.415
fresh (not stinky)65.585127.523
thick-skinned (not sensitive)65.447324.420
authoritarian (not democratic)65.342430.321
psychopath (not empath)65.337226.832
🤖 (not 👻)65.134333.317
nonpolitical (not political)65.127728.714
one-faced (not two-faced)65.182032.519
pessimistic (not optimistic)65.043825.918
messy (not neat)64.938532.028
hurried (not leisurely)64.847430.317
oxymoron (not tautology)64.826032.122
industrial (not domestic)64.738129.921
unfixable (not fixable)64.629626.918
scandalous (not proper)64.556828.811
businesslike (not chivalrous)64.448331.728
hypocritical (not equitable)64.341031.318
sturdy (not flimsy)64.383126.225
devoted (not unfaithful)64.2121233.535
works hard (not plays hard)64.183830.019
independent (not codependent)64.079333.524
bad-cook (not good-cook)64.042719.620
fortunate (not unlucky)63.836823.919
rigid (not flexible)63.755927.925
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)63.779227.022
brave (not careful)63.674632.418
dry (not moist)63.640527.017
stylish (not slovenly)63.577324.715
strict (not lenient)63.462926.516
sage (not whippersnapper)63.237231.120
🥴 (not 🥳)63.152029.018
tailor (not blacksmith)63.175325.118
real (not philosophical)62.974733.616
spelunker (not claustrophobic)62.960329.817
autistic (not neurotypical)62.710436.621
indiscreet (not tactful)62.624737.418
playful (not shy)62.592829.611
scruffy (not manicured)62.543726.820
experimental (not reliable)62.148633.920
mathematical (not literary)62.033926.215
💔 (not 💝)61.946131.416
juvenile (not mature)61.851526.324
soulless (not soulful)61.727420.714
charming (not trusting)61.660727.017
extravagant (not thrifty)61.654729.630
offended (not chill)61.567232.122
🥶 (not 🥵)61.537828.825
enlightened (not lost)61.446631.325
stoic (not expressive)61.244529.025
avant-garde (not classical)61.041235.425
angry (not good-humored)60.949525.429
anxious (not calm)60.876832.416
Swedish (not Italian)60.844124.221
prudish (not flirtatious)60.847325.526
🤣 (not 😊)60.541423.819
human (not animalistic)60.4105733.816
OCD (not ADHD)60.485435.418
interested (not bored)60.4102632.223
💃 (not 🧕)60.388737.99
not genocidal (not genocidal)60.3105827.533
😭 (not 😀)60.152227.519
rugged (not refined)60.055428.112
cosmopolitan (not provincial)59.761229.210
concrete (not abstract)59.675035.021
bad boy (not white knight)59.652023.630
😏 (not 😬)59.570231.526
French (not Russian)59.575429.824
trolling (not triggered)59.527225.629
varied (not repetitive)59.230333.021
cannibal (not vegan)59.260429.526
punk rock (not preppy)59.253734.120
ludicrous (not sensible)59.149233.117
bold (not serious)59.170737.225
prestigious (not disreputable)59.191224.420
efficient (not overprepared)58.8103436.824
dramatic (not no-nonsense)58.670629.616
cruel (not kind)58.535922.629
inspiring (not cringeworthy)58.382622.315
dorky (not cool)57.860027.014
🤐 (not 😜)57.869932.229
proactive (not reactive)57.841435.833
purple (not orange)57.559335.316
multicolored (not monochrome)57.563239.324
🐴 (not 🦄)57.577942.515
Coke (not Pepsi)57.551131.628
impulsive (not cautious)57.373427.615
overspender (not penny-pincher)57.356327.921
fearmongering (not reassuring)57.255226.433
expressive (not monotone)57.291733.637
down2earth (not head@clouds)57.078735.916
depressed (not bright)56.962626.019
thinker (not doer)56.738125.827
gamer (not non-gamer)56.547528.720
stoic (not hypochondriac)56.585332.935
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)56.454634.219
practical (not imaginative)56.396340.416
deranged (not reasonable)56.357630.917
linear (not circular)56.361634.226
🐘 (not 🐀)56.267132.614
long-winded (not concise)56.158333.743
muddy (not washed)56.148829.740
theoretical (not empirical)55.934333.620
suspicious (not awkward)55.999334.322
cunning (not honorable)55.759233.925
self-disciplined (not disorganized)55.7115835.215
frugal (not lavish)55.481427.918
technophile (not luddite)55.463526.318
🐮 (not 🐷)55.391226.614
involved (not remote)55.1124230.816
minimalist (not pack rat)54.980238.414
focused on the present (not focused on the future)54.875728.719
libertarian (not socialist)54.683034.722
loud (not quiet)54.684134.118
melee (not ranged)54.645226.318
old (not young)54.559720.427
funny (not humorless)54.595626.422
tasteful (not lewd)54.2108431.714
variable (not consistent)54.251834.734
lustful (not chaste)54.091029.517
barbaric (not civilized)54.047727.022
feminist (not sexist)53.9112824.617
perverted (not clean)53.854027.531
charming (not awkward)53.7105926.719
spontaneous (not scheduled)53.669233.029
profound (not ironic)53.571631.724
receiving (not giving)53.261033.536
spontaneous (not deliberate)52.559235.124
eastern (not western)52.427932.27
valedictorian (not drop out)52.0112135.721
👟 (not 🥾)52.086331.223
asexual (not sexual)51.947630.718
generous (not stingy)51.9106025.617
queer (not straight)51.834132.520
compersive (not jealous)51.682734.017
reserved (not chatty)51.584436.720
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.570230.620
historical (not modern)51.571831.913
crafty (not scholarly)51.5103633.313
permanent (not transient)51.598937.211
on-time (not tardy)51.3114434.627
epic (not deep)51.086837.022
disarming (not creepy)50.1129531.522
sober (not indulgent)50.281227.016
instinctual (not reasoned)50.2103737.318
air (not earth)50.254536.325
🦒 (not 🐐)50.748328.823
gatherer (not hunter)50.580833.713

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 (0.939)
  2. Dr. Gregory House (0.843)
  3. Beth Harmon (0.798)
  4. Annalise Keating (0.789)
  5. Dr. Harry Wells (0.782)
  6. Cristina Yang (0.773)
  7. Kat Stratford (0.773)
  8. Mr. Robot (0.757)
  9. Rick Sanchez (0.757)
  10. Walter White (0.756)
  1. Jerry Gergich (-0.556)
  2. Nelson Bighetti (-0.487)
  3. Glenn Sturgis (-0.48)
  4. Josh Chan (-0.477)
  5. Tom Scavo (-0.476)
  6. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.474)
  7. William Mason (-0.468)
  8. Kevin Malone (-0.462)
  9. Chien-Po (-0.456)
  10. Karen Smith (-0.432)

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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