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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 500 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
big-vocabulary (not small-vocabulary)99.212.29
perceptive (not unobservant)96.497.028
smug (not sheepish)95.7186.812
boundary breaking (not stereotypical)95.4127.511
competent (not incompetent)95.2269.824
high IQ (not low IQ)95.1567.122
main character (not side character)94.96714.483
thinker (not feeler)94.947.214
overthinker (not underthinker)94.42310.19
persistent (not quitter)94.3878.626
genius (not dunce)94.11612.327
skeptical (not spiritual)93.589.222
cynical (not gullible)93.4109.842
nonconformist (not social climber)93.41715.010
prying (not unmeddlesome)93.4197.911
mad-scientist (not lumberjack)93.2237.713
logical (not emotional)92.9510.934
handshakes (not hugs)92.61009.711
insomniac (not slumbering)92.5138.414
leader (not follower)92.21659.211
demanding (not unchallenging)92.1707.220
evolutionist (not creationist)92.11210.410
entrepreneur (not employee)91.711511.512
extraordinary (not mundane)91.63920.223
rebellious (not obedient)91.69711.627
important (not irrelevant)91.410716.016
freelance (not corporate)91.14716.337
intellectual (not physical)91.07311.826
🧠 (not 💪)90.88714.231
fast (not slow)90.62610.514
frank (not sugarcoated)90.56920.133
strong identity (not social chameleon)90.59322.718
Hates PDA (not Constant PDA)90.22819.611
complicated (not simple)90.04211.723
unorthodox (not traditional)89.94620.423
analysis (not common sense)89.9159.441
opinionated (not neutral)89.817419.624
weird (not normal)89.75217.219
maverick (not conformist)89.79224.29
arrogant (not humble)89.513611.222
atheist (not theist)89.51114.715
fast-talking (not slow-talking)89.53810.526
direct (not roundabout)89.47017.025
master (not apprentice)89.314623.822
insightful (not generic)89.15818.411
🤺 (not 🏌)89.08515.621
overachiever (not underachiever)89.014116.121
driven (not unambitious)88.826816.621
precise (not vague)88.83818.653
contrarian (not yes-man)88.42316.542
focused (not absentminded)88.330821.410
nerd (not jock)88.217916.524
secretive (not open-book)88.113014.943
chosen one (not everyman)88.01514.841
questioning (not believing)88.05029.310
pro (not noob)87.82449.617
impatient (not patient)87.710912.432
pensive (not serene)87.7616.518
individualist (not communal)87.66710.623
resourceful (not helpless)87.427723.048
knowledgeable (not ignorant)87.419724.523
work-first (not family-first)87.211516.225
analytical (not intuitive)87.25520.712
creative (not conventional)87.07820.135
distant (not touchy-feely)86.96819.636
guarded (not open)86.818811.043
assertive (not passive)86.817816.320
egalitarian (not racist)86.532913.627
worldly (not innocent)86.313413.028
indoorsy (not outdoorsy)86.211911.99
tense (not relaxed)85.920313.316
badass (not weakass)85.939012.727
traumatized (not flourishing)85.79516.219
intense (not lighthearted)85.723514.332
alert (not oblivious)85.616219.123
diligent (not lazy)85.560916.919
extreme (not moderate)85.422716.139
bold (not shy)85.354119.025
decisive (not hesitant)85.317812.420
snoops (not minds-own-business)85.323425.616
spicy (not mild)85.016613.525
annoying (not unannoying)85.09715.513
kinky (not vanilla)84.9969.617
confident (not insecure)84.920513.921
bossy (not meek)84.833718.344
competitive (not cooperative)84.631017.233
moody (not stable)84.621313.123
resists change (not likes change)84.61508.011
quirky (not predictable)84.56521.045
savory (not sweet)84.510810.112
cocky (not timid)84.235919.149
workaholic (not slacker)84.147027.719
harsh (not gentle)84.119910.510
scientific (not artistic)83.915517.622
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.924019.023
stubborn (not accommodating)83.935525.033
captain (not first-mate)83.725326.126
objective (not subjective)83.6619.623
manic (not mild)83.624320.912
meaningful (not pointless)83.531026.411
jaded (not innocent)83.425113.330
bookish (not sporty)83.337018.127
introspective (not not introspective)83.26525.922
confidential (not gossiping)83.129220.233
insulting (not complimentary)82.914020.019
believable (not poorly-written)82.919617.928
freak (not normie)82.914127.422
inappropriate (not seemly)82.813920.310
narcissistic (not low self esteem)82.622120.029
grumpy (not cheery)82.521223.110
motivated (not unmotivated)82.483021.844
wild (not tame)82.331522.727
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)82.330420.320
private (not gregarious)82.316823.537
physicist (not photographer)82.31369.210
child free (not pronatalist)82.210616.726
accurate (not off target)82.225927.810
factual (not exaggerating)82.111624.134
💀 (not 🎃)82.011420.034
reclusive (not social)81.912120.731
opinionated (not jealous)81.916324.441
studious (not goof-off)81.841121.455
rational (not whimsical)81.618624.615
interesting (not tiresome)81.424730.320
self-destructive (not self-improving)81.216417.039
🎩 (not 🧢)81.127723.930
twitchy (not still)81.117725.319
night owl (not morning lark)81.124624.028
resistant (not resigned)80.914211.014
exhibitionist (not bashful)80.913622.228
conspiracist (not sheeple)80.719720.939
creator (not consumer)80.720727.910
specialist (not generalist)80.48822.523
rock (not rap)80.428116.733
mischievous (not well behaved)80.141924.930
sad (not happy)79.918016.619
clinical (not heartfelt)79.816324.413
sorrowful (not cheery)79.817915.230
wise (not foolish)79.622620.830
deep (not shallow)79.520519.424
winter (not summer)79.517916.145
picky (not always down)79.515520.943
engineerial (not lawyerly)79.410821.39
explorer (not builder)79.315623.138
proud (not apologetic)79.363726.311
active (not slothful)79.168325.126
urban (not rural)79.129024.934
frenzied (not sleepy)79.131325.129
haunted (not blissful)79.034723.733
heathen (not devout)78.99420.133
backdoor (not official)78.818925.925
curious (not apathetic)78.729425.035
innovative (not routine)78.725729.09
never cries (not often crying)78.628926.631
wooden (not plastic)78.617822.229
sassy (not chill)78.546028.210
arcane (not mainstream)78.415225.938
rich (not poor)78.246017.420
bitter (not sweet)78.225518.532
emancipated (not enslaved)78.025826.424
🧐 (not 😎)78.013224.722
realistic (not fantastical)78.023425.721
things-person (not people-person)78.019122.59
communist (not capitalist)77.99419.59
dominant (not submissive)77.960624.323
coordinated (not clumsy)77.856222.835
prideful (not envious)77.825622.136
alpha (not beta)77.753429.231
🤔 (not 🤫)77.66525.027
high-tech (not low-tech)77.326119.721
utilitarian (not decorative)77.319523.943
goth (not flower child)77.315119.324
paranoid (not naive)77.318321.144
quarrelsome (not warm)77.234627.022
English (not German)77.151231.728
machiavellian (not transparent)77.121024.343
crazy (not sane)77.026922.022
factual (not poetic)77.023822.422
pretentious (not unassuming)76.929528.722
salacious (not wholesome)76.924513.617
progressive (not old-fashioned)76.727720.510
cat person (not dog person)76.719823.532
deviant (not average)76.535828.523
feisty (not gracious)76.348525.330
obsessed (not aloof)76.329926.116
anarchist (not statist)76.021718.117
exuberant (not subdued)76.032230.824
treasure (not trash)75.983222.018
self-assured (not self-conscious)75.640130.825
liberal (not conservative)75.536825.450
miserable (not joyful)75.531717.322
nihilist (not existentialist)75.42327.320
coarse (not delicate)75.242125.410
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)75.229019.123
hoarder (not unprepared)75.117621.118
negative (not positive)75.125010.410
eloquent (not unpolished)75.051627.619
realist (not idealist)75.021226.326
🌟 (not 💩)74.981327.828
mad (not glad)74.934921.325
unfulfilled (not fulfilled)74.841219.910
prankster (not anti-prank)74.632825.116
highbrow (not lowbrow)74.630322.637
gloomy (not sunny)74.439122.722
thin (not thick)74.328621.137
👽 (not 🤡)74.318923.418
high standards (not desperate)74.343126.931
introvert (not extrovert)74.221627.121
cursed (not blessed)74.246426.510
loyal (not traitorous)74.1103824.924
sarcastic (not genuine)74.134524.422
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)74.129826.618
real (not fake)74.085930.112
vintage (not trendy)73.961126.028
unfriendly (not friendly)73.823111.610
heroic (not villainous)73.784220.530
resolute (not wavering)73.750329.315
dystopian (not utopian)73.723519.39
cosmopolitan (not provincial)73.623123.830
edgy (not politically correct)73.640926.223
natural-talent (not hard-work)73.58723.239
🙃 (not 🥰)73.426731.325
mysterious (not unambiguous)73.430431.615
unpatriotic (not patriotic)73.34927.224
🎨 (not 🏀)73.365323.832
vengeful (not forgiving)73.245820.947
queen (not princess)73.255331.338
unemotional (not emotional)73.210926.230
original (not cliché)73.229426.810
energetic (not mellow)73.241827.414
attractive (not repulsive)73.190019.720
hard (not soft)73.146428.121
entitled (not grateful)73.143621.558
cultured (not rustic)73.040428.628
hipster (not basic)72.916122.231
formal (not intimate)72.930829.552
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)72.962614.818
zany (not regular)72.842431.522
pointed (not random)72.877428.826
open to new experinces (not uncreative)72.775025.124
all-seeing (not blind)72.738628.69
masculine (not feminine)72.673927.720
outlaw (not sheriff)72.549027.928
beautiful (not ugly)72.0109520.135
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)72.020631.725
uptight (not easy)72.062726.69
flamboyant (not modest)71.941625.325
rhythmic (not stuttering)71.969627.123
vibrant (not geriatric)71.965620.020
chronically single (not serial dater)71.961433.111
goal-oriented (not experience-oriented)71.944434.114
chortling (not giggling)71.740721.450
rude (not respectful)71.730626.929
indie (not pop)71.748428.031
unstable (not stable)71.655019.210
go-getter (not slugabed)71.5105323.023
judgemental (not accepting)71.445833.818
street-smart (not sheltered)71.365527.721
tight (not loose)71.362726.337
cold (not warm)71.037628.027
legit (not scrub)71.084025.921
junkie (not straight edge)70.920427.510
musical (not off-key)70.824229.033
resentful (not euphoric)70.854521.910
armoured (not vulnerable)70.861325.225
mighty (not puny)70.676326.719
radical (not centrist)70.634129.530
pessimistic (not optimistic)70.534024.225
chaotic (not orderly)70.450333.420
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)70.434324.831
chic (not cheesy)70.431520.740
unstirring (not quivering)70.363128.311
childlike (not parental)70.249628.111
ferocious (not pacifist)70.067422.420
bad-manners (not good-manners)69.932321.914
vain (not demure)69.845328.219
privileged (not oppressed)69.878925.027
fighter (not lover)69.741623.932
sickly (not healthy)69.716015.319
hedonist (not monastic)69.431324.433
💃 (not 🧕)69.371534.615
🦇 (not 🐿)69.335125.125
disturbing (not enchanting)69.333327.015
dramatic (not comedic)69.380026.235
wired (not tired)69.351323.613
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)69.240226.236
🧗 (not 🛌)69.270230.325
dispassionate (not romantic)69.218526.424
protagonist (not antagonist)69.195026.337
methodical (not astonishing)69.053235.726
tall (not short)69.058421.1106
demonic (not angelic)69.039521.020
wolf (not bear)68.858025.610
hard (not soft)68.758625.720
rejected (not popular)68.647724.019
charismatic (not uninspiring)68.5104525.020
noble (not jovial)68.565120.910
interrupting (not attentive)68.343332.425
🐒 (not 🐩)68.035129.223
fussy (not sloppy)68.092332.913
playful (not shy)67.891128.514
punchable (not loveable)67.834630.931
scandalous (not proper)67.659026.218
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)67.641827.947
literal (not metaphorical)67.549529.315
outsider (not insider)67.541935.816
Greek (not Roman)67.56226.624
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)67.528226.627
withdrawn (not outgoing)67.436525.014
poisonous (not nurturing)67.342819.418
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)67.245930.424
flat (not bubbly)67.255531.114
selfish (not altruistic)67.051126.744
metrosexual (not macho)66.961428.221
presidential (not folksy)66.958226.618
writer (not reader)66.536827.715
western (not eastern)66.459830.224
serious (not playful)66.384026.819
businesslike (not chivalrous)66.350131.530
open-minded (not close-minded)66.268632.225
spirited (not lifeless)66.2115722.112
love-focused (not money-focused)66.1100923.731
flawed (not perfect)66.092731.010
realistic (not ambitious)65.927631.230
stoic (not expressive)65.739231.346
messy (not neat)65.743532.631
psychopath (not empath)65.542726.433
thick-skinned (not sensitive)65.455924.826
authoritarian (not democratic)65.348429.622
extravagant (not thrifty)65.356829.135
awkward (not comfortable)65.346628.411
🤠 (not 🤑)65.278529.418
autistic (not neurotypical)65.110235.024
independent (not codependent)65.089232.426
rigid (not flexible)64.961527.227
strict (not lenient)64.969127.319
📈 (not 📉)64.876429.940
fire (not water)64.882927.527
tailor (not blacksmith)64.680825.319
🤖 (not 👻)64.542235.323
fearful (not hopeful)64.331629.012
debased (not pure)64.256730.537
sage (not whippersnapper)64.239731.324
rough (not smooth)64.154323.119
nonpolitical (not political)64.035128.115
dry (not moist)64.045326.318
catty (not supportive)64.046630.910
hurried (not leisurely)63.961628.022
unfixable (not fixable)63.935726.319
suspicious (not trusting)63.874633.027
works hard (not plays hard)63.899229.524
💔 (not 💝)63.847330.620
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)63.792626.423
juvenile (not mature)63.654526.026
😈 (not 😇)63.661726.629
cryptic (not straightforward)63.521338.515
brave (not careful)63.489632.021
kangaroo (not dolphin)63.345628.510
Swedish (not Italian)63.246023.640
OCD (not ADHD)63.189132.530
experimental (not reliable)63.054233.321
devoted (not unfaithful)63.0147333.538
🥴 (not 🥳)62.962530.120
spelunker (not claustrophobic)62.971729.817
oxymoron (not tautology)62.937832.723
human (not animalistic)62.7118132.518
gendered (not androgynous)62.7154732.114
mechanical (not natural)62.752130.812
gross (not hygienic)62.725729.713
offended (not chill)62.675931.923
grounded (not fantasy-prone)62.670130.210
one-faced (not two-faced)62.3103733.022
mathematical (not literary)62.039526.215
naughty (not nice)62.071922.49
sturdy (not flimsy)61.7108126.928
fortunate (not unlucky)61.649725.220
fresh (not stinky)61.6112427.827
bad-cook (not good-cook)61.657622.021
soulless (not soulful)61.531923.016
angry (not good-humored)61.457225.130
forward (not repressed)61.389930.810
not genocidal (not genocidal)61.1124427.635
impartial (not biased)61.012634.026
indiscreet (not tactful)61.034835.921
impulsive (not cautious)60.975228.017
punk rock (not preppy)60.960934.121
anxious (not calm)60.889932.416
charming (not trusting)60.573527.219
🤣 (not 😊)60.547523.819
scruffy (not manicured)60.456227.821
handy (not can't-fix-anything)60.4106033.210
🤐 (not 😜)60.374631.933
gamer (not non-gamer)60.346428.823
charmer (not buffoon)60.3119032.69
funny (not humorless)60.291428.428
reasoned (not instinctual)60.151136.638
😭 (not 😀)60.162027.519
prudish (not flirtatious)60.157625.628
sincere (not irreverent)60.1115229.112
bold (not serious)60.081236.527
eager (not reluctant)60.0104925.010
cringing away (not welcoming experience)59.954732.510
hypocritical (not equitable)59.861230.937
dramatic (not no-nonsense)59.680229.017
varied (not repetitive)59.635732.346
🐮 (not 🐷)59.678727.426
bad boy (not white knight)59.661223.630
depressed (not bright)59.564223.427
French (not Russian)59.590127.939
interested (not bored)59.5127931.525
industrial (not domestic)59.467233.226
earthly (not divine)59.3107733.012
cruel (not kind)59.239322.530
multicolored (not monochrome)59.268139.425
feminist (not sexist)59.2119223.625
enlightened (not lost)59.261031.830
ludicrous (not sensible)59.157233.117
loud (not quiet)59.086231.825
spartan (not glamorous)59.091824.911
lustful (not chaste)58.986227.433
😏 (not 😬)58.986431.328
blue (not red)58.976928.59
technophile (not luddite)58.861626.935
libertarian (not socialist)58.765333.526
dorky (not cool)58.767324.518
trolling (not triggered)58.734128.247
activist (not nonpartisan)58.6106029.721
muddy (not washed)58.548329.943
focused on the present (not focused on the future)58.469326.540
stylish (not slovenly)58.4108428.634
Coke (not Pepsi)58.453831.429
purple (not orange)58.267934.434
cunning (not honorable)58.063033.727
green thumb (not plant-neglecter)58.066629.815
suspicious (not awkward)57.8110233.950
proactive (not reactive)57.847135.833
fearmongering (not reassuring)57.661426.134
lion (not zebra)57.6103824.010
avant-garde (not classical)57.559633.640
cannibal (not vegan)57.574029.128
overspender (not penny-pincher)57.465529.644
linear (not circular)57.468734.229
🐘 (not 🐀)57.372831.116
gluttonous (not moderate)57.363532.010
concrete (not abstract)57.298536.724
long-winded (not concise)57.163834.044
down2earth (not head@clouds)57.091936.229
unenthusiastic about food (not foodie)57.057727.110
practical (not imaginative)56.9111739.818
🥶 (not 🥵)56.959030.249
🐴 (not 🦄)56.897441.318
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)56.463934.219
thinker (not doer)56.346725.029
stoic (not hypochondriac)56.3102932.737
problematic (not woke)56.384225.19
expressive (not monotone)56.2113033.738
prestigious (not disreputable)55.9116327.123
minimalist (not pack rat)55.989637.315
reserved (not chatty)55.789533.639
frugal (not lavish)55.696726.322
cassanova (not love shy)55.487834.110
self-disciplined (not disorganized)55.3135434.116
efficient (not overprepared)55.3141537.426
old (not young)55.169319.747
inspiring (not cringeworthy)55.0109322.118
real (not philosophical)54.9123736.043
deliberate (not spontaneous)54.8117235.240
spontaneous (not scheduled)54.580135.354
historical (not modern)54.477432.514
perverted (not clean)54.360227.232
rugged (not refined)54.278130.216
🐐 (not 🦒)53.9130429.433
queer (not straight)53.540630.728
melee (not ranged)53.559927.222
generous (not stingy)53.5121525.419
jealous (not compersive)53.491132.938
permanent (not transient)53.4105834.414
homebody (not world traveler)53.185535.312
hippie (not militaristic)53.172927.414
involved (not remote)52.9154431.117
disarming (not creepy)52.7145730.428
variable (not consistent)52.768235.335
profound (not ironic)52.689031.425
gatherer (not hunter)52.385932.918
deranged (not reasonable)52.280831.519
indulgent (not sober)52.1104928.618
👟 (not 🥾)52.199432.725
theoretical (not empirical)51.965035.135
receiving (not giving)51.973734.139
valedictorian (not drop out)51.8131037.123
tardy (not on-time)51.666334.533
awkward (not charming)51.570827.723
crafty (not scholarly)51.5123633.313
unfrivolous (not goofy)51.4120723.310
civilized (not barbaric)51.3140429.724
sexual (not asexual)51.2140831.822
air (not earth)51.260436.026
deep (not epic)51.198136.225
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')50.9101332.025
tasteful (not lewd)50.4141031.316

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 (0.931)
  2. Dr. Gregory House (0.861)
  3. Beth Harmon (0.782)
  4. Rick Sanchez (0.775)
  5. Mr. Robot (0.772)
  6. Annalise Keating (0.768)
  7. Kaz Brekker (0.766)
  8. Dr. Harry Wells (0.765)
  9. Cristina Yang (0.758)
  10. Kat Stratford (0.757)
  1. Jerry Gergich (-0.561)
  2. Josh Chan (-0.505)
  3. William Mason (-0.494)
  4. Chien-Po (-0.486)
  5. Tom Scavo (-0.481)
  6. Nelson Bighetti (-0.48)
  7. Denny Brosh (-0.47)
  8. Karen Smith (-0.469)
  9. Glenn Sturgis (-0.468)
  10. Aaron Samuels (-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


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