Open-Source Psychometrics Project
( home · about )

Malcolm Reynolds Descriptive Personality Statistics

Reference picture of Malcolm Reynolds

Malcolm Reynolds is a character from Firefly + Serenity.

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
captain (not first-mate)98.127.2386
freelance (not corporate)97.326.080
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)97.047.575
main character (not side character)95.26011.9111
street-smart (not sheltered)95.058.6348
rebellious (not obedient)94.4298.8297
resourceful (not helpless)93.64510.2171
persistent (not quitter)93.61218.975
charismatic (not uninspiring)93.02810.2279
cocky (not timid)93.05811.988
bold (not shy)92.812111.4391
🥾 (not 👟)91.91615.478
badass (not weakass)91.914710.2100
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)90.81813.7333
assertive (not passive)90.56611.3299
western (not eastern)89.9611.374
backdoor (not official)89.71415.5355
emancipated (not enslaved)89.41316.2279
loyal (not traitorous)89.428515.8362
alpha (not beta)89.413013.4268
frank (not sugarcoated)89.38515.483
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)89.011918.1263
bossy (not meek)88.817412.7346
worldly (not innocent)88.57214.7365
decisive (not hesitant)88.49012.8314
masculine (not feminine)88.220911.6393
rugged (not refined)88.14212.2377
healthy (not sickly)88.17612.8310
contrarian (not yes-man)88.12218.479
crafty (not scholarly)87.82112.9374
attractive (not repulsive)87.621114.0376
pro (not noob)87.425714.0122
opinionated (not neutral)87.326718.5104
rock (not rap)87.35910.8107
gendered (not androgynous)86.817718.9149
anarchist (not statist)86.83515.8112
mischievous (not well behaved)86.720517.2363
spelunker (not claustrophobic)86.61118.4107
dominant (not submissive)86.526914.3340
🤺 (not 🏌)86.414120.0119
😎 (not 🧐)86.29217.8120
🧗 (not 🛌)86.115515.8105
brave (not careful)86.07115.9390
skeptical (not spiritual)85.810115.5390
resistant (not resigned)85.83920.5322
driven (not unambitious)85.744817.5279
resolute (not wavering)85.78416.6117
master (not apprentice)85.625114.0193
🤠 (not 🤑)85.66020.889
self-assured (not self-conscious)85.37616.3285
explorer (not builder)85.25118.9357
stubborn (not accommodating)85.228318.6120
confident (not insecure)85.119415.6309
protagonist (not antagonist)85.118818.894
disarming (not creepy)85.15312.6135
jaded (not innocent)85.017716.3103
playful (not shy)84.927316.5360
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)84.93722.5260
demanding (not unchallenging)84.930316.8114
motivated (not unmotivated)84.962619.1119
active (not slothful)84.834415.9284
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)84.62920.288
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)84.311413.888
🐒 (not 🐩)84.13617.198
charming (not trusting)84.04815.7338
outsider (not insider)83.83018.4222
important (not irrelevant)83.844621.9124
mighty (not puny)83.523116.1285
wild (not tame)83.526815.3340
edgy (not politically correct)83.312617.1312
sexual (not asexual)83.327818.6118
doer (not thinker)83.212416.6118
atheist (not theist)82.97920.8127
sturdy (not flimsy)82.923517.570
child free (not pronatalist)82.78822.0237
competent (not incompetent)82.751316.3286
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.713614.3219
funny (not humorless)82.620120.1328
sporty (not bookish)82.614015.8291
charming (not awkward)82.520617.9383
indie (not pop)82.510816.893
flirtatious (not prudish)82.220317.689
interesting (not tiresome)82.121818.8297
heroic (not villainous)81.847315.1367
beautiful (not ugly)81.868316.5148
devoted (not unfaithful)81.864019.578
unorthodox (not traditional)81.722718.3151
😏 (not 😬)81.69725.0121
not genocidal (not genocidal)81.636223.7118
scruffy (not manicured)81.316418.0360
stoic (not hypochondriac)81.39023.176
fast (not slow)81.126716.5328
🌟 (not 💩)81.145420.388
straight (not queer)81.039721.8167
punk rock (not preppy)81.018518.681
vintage (not trendy)81.028821.596
radical (not centrist)80.98621.8100
guarded (not open)80.841917.1357
extraordinary (not mundane)80.833219.9302
soulful (not soulless)80.849017.7144
rustic (not cultured)80.84717.680
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)80.719518.4105
feisty (not gracious)80.630417.8242
💃 (not 🧕)80.431022.497
🏀 (not 🎨)80.318919.6104
blacksmith (not tailor)80.38119.9116
prideful (not envious)80.314414.985
cynical (not gullible)80.229919.991
inspiring (not cringeworthy)80.217319.3121
egalitarian (not racist)79.972621.289
spicy (not mild)79.733018.3273
outlaw (not sheriff)79.629422.1299
spontaneous (not scheduled)79.425620.7294
ferocious (not pacifist)79.136917.0335
bold (not serious)79.021718.7344
armoured (not vulnerable)79.027719.5292
believable (not poorly-written)79.042321.486
go-getter (not slugabed)78.960721.9105
direct (not roundabout)78.836723.2326
drop out (not valedictorian)78.713822.285
one-faced (not two-faced)78.739726.6130
hunter (not gatherer)78.732224.982
haunted (not blissful)78.734520.4116
straightforward (not cryptic)78.418624.0305
efficient (not overprepared)78.39919.691
instinctual (not reasoned)78.322419.7335
dog person (not cat person)78.216325.595
creative (not conventional)77.827121.2368
scandalous (not proper)77.731120.2331
open to new experinces (not uncreative)77.651022.4334
deviant (not average)77.631418.1241
real (not philosophical)77.417121.4267
muddy (not washed)77.49918.4107
arrogant (not humble)76.941118.0370
English (not German)76.752621.491
independent (not codependent)76.745525.8360
utilitarian (not decorative)76.721224.4137
diligent (not lazy)76.6109721.1361
never cries (not often crying)76.635122.580
jock (not nerd)76.525218.8323
fire (not water)76.543224.5115
🐐 (not 🦒)76.410124.075
🧢 (not 🎩)76.027526.8121
romantic (not dispassionate)76.047121.584
concrete (not abstract)75.920924.793
epic (not deep)75.99021.7109
🐴 (not 🦄)75.826429.679
poor (not rich)75.720117.4278
perceptive (not unobservant)75.587219.681
heathen (not devout)75.413624.8320
vibrant (not geriatric)75.448019.791
suspicious (not trusting)75.039222.0383
chortling (not giggling)74.824924.383
impulsive (not cautious)74.639122.9396
fast-talking (not slow-talking)74.539123.780
common sense (not analysis)74.33625.796
neurotypical (not autistic)74.148522.5287
😜 (not 🤐)74.134227.0112
goof-off (not studious)74.024921.9117
lowbrow (not highbrow)73.97122.3305
impatient (not patient)73.752019.6157
focused on the present (not focused on the future)73.713023.9340
narcissistic (not low self esteem)73.643921.794
physical (not intellectual)73.522518.6380
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)73.518923.9115
queen (not princess)73.453229.665
rhythmic (not stuttering)73.462224.769
tall (not short)73.341916.5387
night owl (not morning lark)73.349422.6210
extrovert (not introvert)73.146726.1321
sarcastic (not genuine)73.136025.1297
suspicious (not awkward)73.049522.8334
exhibitionist (not bashful)73.038524.396
paranoid (not naive)73.033221.2116
kind (not cruel)72.983318.0317
human (not animalistic)72.976023.4287
confidential (not gossiping)72.869725.1324
extreme (not moderate)72.563721.4258
reassuring (not fearmongering)72.439919.581
disreputable (not prestigious)72.317925.3345
interrupting (not attentive)72.232222.388
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)72.116522.469
rural (not urban)72.016928.6102
liberal (not conservative)71.747526.9107
treasure (not trash)71.6103226.359
pensive (not serene)71.447522.098
biased (not impartial)71.450923.7277
folksy (not presidential)71.430424.7114
loud (not quiet)71.255525.0319
provincial (not cosmopolitan)71.217527.8289
traumatized (not flourishing)71.156824.680
frugal (not lavish)70.934924.2303
high IQ (not low IQ)70.8113418.7283
involved (not remote)70.863927.5298
exaggerating (not factual)70.646725.4110
alert (not oblivious)70.473424.176
chaotic (not orderly)70.048823.7356
astonishing (not methodical)69.920525.8309
vain (not demure)69.943022.8291
unpolished (not eloquent)69.727025.1280
workaholic (not slacker)69.7107526.0135
libertarian (not socialist)69.617331.2271
messy (not neat)69.635722.8219
curious (not apathetic)69.568725.8367
🥵 (not 🥶)69.535922.582
quirky (not predictable)69.335525.583
hedonist (not monastic)69.230324.572
quarrelsome (not warm)69.056523.3305
orange (not purple)68.923826.8229
macho (not metrosexual)68.927722.471
industrial (not domestic)68.729026.8117
arcane (not mainstream)68.643723.9274
rough (not smooth)68.439723.8273
competitive (not cooperative)68.475926.6364
down2earth (not head@clouds)68.450529.1334
self-destructive (not self-improving)68.347728.182
fighter (not lover)68.245921.9115
complicated (not simple)68.178927.2288
cheesy (not chic)68.046423.9120
everyman (not chosen one)67.930028.696
bad-cook (not good-cook)67.837625.296
pointed (not random)67.696626.185
🐘 (not 🐀)67.334929.196
varied (not repetitive)67.014026.3171
frenzied (not sleepy)67.0102822.676
coordinated (not clumsy)66.893024.6295
hard (not soft)66.463521.3145
empirical (not theoretical)66.327829.0318
intimate (not formal)66.347326.0102
lustful (not chaste)66.160023.3368
insulting (not complimentary)66.147023.8153
spontaneous (not deliberate)66.038928.8323
💪 (not 🧠)66.029724.086
interested (not bored)66.093726.7100
oppressed (not privileged)65.930922.787
chivalrous (not businesslike)65.945426.167
political (not nonpolitical)65.758132.3304
family-first (not work-first)65.761028.9394
thrifty (not extravagant)65.748030.9118
wooden (not plastic)65.781126.089
expressive (not monotone)65.777527.8147
trolling (not triggered)65.619728.579
😀 (not 😭)65.545424.874
comedic (not dramatic)65.427223.1126
ADHD (not OCD)65.338326.1120
ironic (not profound)65.238027.4104
indiscreet (not tactful)65.123631.493
tardy (not on-time)65.136528.2115
hard (not soft)65.069621.3292
flamboyant (not modest)64.956728.0379
secretive (not open-book)64.886626.0133
distant (not touchy-feely)64.466824.6107
thick-skinned (not sensitive)64.458225.9278
cool (not dorky)64.470027.677
zany (not regular)64.369625.074
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)64.362332.8104
genius (not dunce)64.297019.9374
historical (not modern)64.251826.2201
cannibal (not vegan)64.253820.963
good-humored (not angry)64.172624.2303
transient (not permanent)64.126632.3160
opinionated (not jealous)64.1108929.496
literal (not metaphorical)64.068127.8275
nurturing (not poisonous)64.084322.3159
exuberant (not subdued)63.969928.476
rude (not respectful)63.445723.2373
penny-pincher (not overspender)63.463128.6108
gloomy (not sunny)63.173423.384
realistic (not fantastical)63.175831.1120
😈 (not 😇)62.961621.3107
moody (not stable)62.695825.5378
🤡 (not 👽)62.536826.368
Roman (not Greek)62.535530.698
🤣 (not 😊)62.142431.1139
knowledgeable (not ignorant)62.1115222.394
vengeful (not forgiving)61.770825.9338
equitable (not hypocritical)61.770927.9161
jealous (not compersive)61.661125.0242
ranged (not melee)61.650929.978
lewd (not tasteful)61.536824.3379
mad (not glad)61.577723.570
emotional (not unemotional)61.4113126.877
bitter (not sweet)61.366722.9292
miserable (not joyful)61.385920.288
legit (not scrub)61.2123631.1112
altruistic (not selfish)61.186623.8327
generalist (not specialist)61.122529.9133
calm (not anxious)61.046826.6345
low-tech (not high-tech)60.967623.6284
gamer (not non-gamer)60.943431.690
generous (not stingy)60.795327.4125
high standards (not desperate)60.689428.5107
emotional (not logical)60.479025.5322
🤔 (not 🤫)60.474831.790
📈 (not 📉)60.499330.679
oxymoron (not tautology)60.453130.093
not introspective (not introspective)59.929229.3104
👻 (not 🤖)59.969429.377
🐮 (not 🐷)59.775530.483
empath (not psychopath)59.7104923.1133
kinky (not vanilla)59.372325.8336
stylish (not slovenly)59.3101426.2352
no-nonsense (not dramatic)59.065131.2193
loose (not tight)58.942829.279
luddite (not technophile)58.864924.7249
flexible (not rigid)58.855428.7310
deep (not shallow)58.8103725.390
always down (not picky)58.841029.378
subjective (not objective)58.756431.6141
Italian (not Swedish)58.772226.960
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)58.754528.3127
debased (not pure)58.470526.3317
whippersnapper (not sage)58.464028.875
playful (not serious)58.259825.4353
fortunate (not unlucky)58.260729.2360
thick (not thin)58.253422.0209
juvenile (not mature)58.267625.2137
warm (not cold)58.189223.3277
works hard (not plays hard)58.0114924.2327
crazy (not sane)58.077924.173
practical (not imaginative)57.6106130.0255
weird (not normal)57.399824.4383
self-disciplined (not disorganized)57.2128729.7371
leisurely (not hurried)57.151426.7378
unfixable (not fixable)56.951027.668
Coke (not Pepsi)56.961834.192
sad (not happy)56.7106422.0279
dry (not moist)56.773330.063
freak (not normie)56.789725.7114
loveable (not punchable)56.6111223.179
circular (not linear)56.661331.285
indulgent (not sober)56.588128.2339
individualist (not communal)56.5102432.5139
overachiever (not underachiever)56.4146729.5120
chatty (not reserved)56.385331.4393
stoic (not expressive)56.265029.7327
reliable (not experimental)56.292231.391
tense (not relaxed)56.1144727.3341
multicolored (not monochrome)56.176333.5132
hard-work (not natural-talent)55.9113028.3113
giving (not receiving)55.9111027.281
reasonable (not deranged)55.8101725.3111
private (not gregarious)55.7112931.3348
bright (not depressed)55.782827.7255
off-key (not musical)55.790030.083
🎃 (not 💀)55.676430.876
artistic (not scientific)55.483326.3367
lost (not enlightened)55.289627.984
barbaric (not civilized)54.851922.1342
💔 (not 💝)54.875132.781
nihilist (not existentialist)54.546532.4126
French (not Russian)54.5112426.580
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')54.443527.5202
authoritarian (not democratic)54.374630.6331
literary (not mathematical)54.3113425.8326
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)54.349629.3104
social (not reclusive)54.199031.9101
young (not old)54.0118617.8318
salacious (not wholesome)54.073927.579
grateful (not entitled)53.989726.691
strict (not lenient)53.799925.7381
transparent (not machiavellian)53.689030.984
hoarder (not unprepared)53.1118425.0278
unassuming (not pretentious)53.173429.8115
sorrowful (not cheery)53.0114824.7314
air (not earth)53.050636.7119
concise (not long-winded)53.093033.871
basic (not hipster)52.9115728.3283
open-minded (not close-minded)52.8119325.7376
wise (not foolish)52.7110222.7409
summer (not winter)52.795033.465
intense (not lighthearted)52.6133429.994
goth (not flower child)52.668425.898
consistent (not variable)52.5118733.1100
unpatriotic (not patriotic)52.443935.9103
rational (not whimsical)52.3115627.7317
idealist (not realist)52.388132.8166
clean (not perverted)52.3129828.394
poetic (not factual)52.276830.289
accepting (not judgemental)52.190629.1201
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)52.171733.080
sexist (not feminist)51.957726.1120
avant-garde (not classical)51.877131.8133
proactive (not reactive)51.878634.774
honorable (not cunning)51.5117827.5393
obsessed (not aloof)51.3146527.8339
chill (not offended)51.378326.798
precise (not vague)51.2138227.2225
minimalist (not pack rat)51.2111828.4102
money-focused (not love-focused)51.262727.7113
unambiguous (not mysterious)51.1107931.9364
bad boy (not white knight)51.179525.2111
🙃 (not 🥰)51.089436.072
stinky (not fresh)51.058230.475
realistic (not ambitious)51.071633.7107
pessimistic (not optimistic)50.997831.5273
🥳 (not 🥴)50.183328.966
demonic (not angelic)50.283220.1323
🐿 (not 🦇)50.7116133.475
still (not twitchy)50.775031.1111
sensible (not ludicrous)50.4122727.4314

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Dean Winchester (0.869)
  2. John McClane (0.856)
  3. Tallahassee (0.852)
  4. Han Solo (0.848)
  5. Jack O'Neill (0.847)
  6. Indiana Jones (0.845)
  7. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (0.837)
  8. Ygritte (0.832)
  9. Owen Grady (0.819)
  10. Wynonna Earp (0.817)
  1. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.505)
  2. Peter (-0.494)
  3. Cyril Figgis (-0.474)
  4. Choi Yeon-gyo (-0.466)
  5. Alan Harper (-0.452)
  6. Waylon Smithers (-0.444)
  7. Kif Kroker (-0.438)
  8. George Michael Bluth (-0.43)
  9. Stu (-0.407)
  10. Caleb Prior (-0.407)

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

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


  Updated: 02 December 2022
  Copyright: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
  Privacy policy