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Malcolm Reynolds Descriptive Personality Statistics

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 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
captain (not first-mate)98.226.5350
freelance (not corporate)97.325.534
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)96.859.825
street-smart (not sheltered)94.868.8318
persistent (not quitter)94.76610.120
rebellious (not obedient)94.3328.8264
resourceful (not helpless)93.8409.8137
charismatic (not uninspiring)93.42310.3247
😎 (not 🧐)93.349.523
bold (not shy)92.713211.6369
cocky (not timid)92.2709.227
badass (not weakass)92.113910.774
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)90.91613.3303
assertive (not passive)90.27611.6264
pro (not noob)90.015811.122
backdoor (not official)89.91915.0328
emancipated (not enslaved)89.81115.8241
spelunker (not claustrophobic)89.8516.332
loyal (not traitorous)89.726715.8335
alpha (not beta)89.612712.9237
western (not eastern)89.6610.020
😏 (not 😬)89.31520.126
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)89.211117.5244
🥾 (not 👟)89.23119.014
worldly (not innocent)89.05213.9334
bossy (not meek)88.816912.9314
frank (not sugarcoated)88.69217.420
masculine (not feminine)88.220711.8366
decisive (not hesitant)88.29212.8284
healthy (not sickly)88.17312.9281
rugged (not refined)88.04612.1347
important (not irrelevant)87.823618.532
🐒 (not 🐩)87.81511.512
crafty (not scholarly)87.72113.0347
opinionated (not neutral)87.624819.482
attractive (not repulsive)87.521114.2349
flirtatious (not prudish)87.59513.427
stubborn (not accommodating)87.319218.182
🤠 (not 🤑)87.24015.423
rock (not rap)87.26910.825
mischievous (not well behaved)86.920417.2328
resolute (not wavering)86.76320.423
🤺 (not 🏌)86.713219.923
dominant (not submissive)86.627214.4322
gendered (not androgynous)86.517920.0123
master (not apprentice)86.422913.5161
resistant (not resigned)86.33120.2289
🌟 (not 💩)86.221614.726
disarming (not creepy)86.13710.9111
brave (not careful)86.06815.9363
driven (not unambitious)86.041416.7245
indie (not pop)86.05013.923
jaded (not innocent)85.915811.432
skeptical (not spiritual)85.710915.8358
demanding (not unchallenging)85.726015.591
self-assured (not self-conscious)85.67216.2257
active (not slothful)85.528814.8254
explorer (not builder)85.54718.7331
confident (not insecure)85.318615.5287
playful (not shy)85.027015.4334
devoted (not unfaithful)85.043716.223
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)84.93122.7238
motivated (not unmotivated)84.861723.123
sturdy (not flimsy)84.218618.244
contrarian (not yes-man)84.25724.623
charming (not trusting)84.14916.0309
outsider (not insider)84.12818.0207
punk rock (not preppy)84.014016.438
queen (not princess)83.721422.023
mighty (not puny)83.623016.5265
prideful (not envious)83.56311.311
wild (not tame)83.327015.6309
edgy (not politically correct)83.212517.1277
protagonist (not antagonist)83.224623.129
sporty (not bookish)83.112815.8254
sexual (not asexual)83.128818.892
charming (not awkward)83.018717.8346
interesting (not tiresome)83.019417.9263
conspiracist (not sheeple)83.013213.7191
doer (not thinker)83.012717.890
stoic (not hypochondriac)83.05420.126
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)82.914413.122
competent (not incompetent)82.949616.3260
atheist (not theist)82.88120.799
dog person (not cat person)82.88520.928
funny (not humorless)82.619720.3295
egalitarian (not racist)82.655612.828
anarchist (not statist)82.57519.122
chivalrous (not businesslike)82.33118.411
child free (not pronatalist)82.39822.4218
straight (not queer)82.233021.2143
🐐 (not 🦒)82.22022.218
beautiful (not ugly)82.165616.4125
unorthodox (not traditional)82.120718.3134
heroic (not villainous)82.045814.9336
scruffy (not manicured)81.714817.4330
inspiring (not cringeworthy)81.613718.389
extraordinary (not mundane)81.330819.2271
🏀 (not 🎨)81.216018.983
guarded (not open)80.741216.8323
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)80.75123.020
cynical (not gullible)80.726415.831
fast (not slow)80.727916.4300
soulful (not soulless)80.649118.0117
🧗 (not 🛌)80.531222.022
feisty (not gracious)80.331817.8227
efficient (not overprepared)80.16016.939
direct (not roundabout)80.031321.8289
spicy (not mild)79.832318.3252
never cries (not often crying)79.824416.321
haunted (not blissful)79.529720.591
chortling (not giggling)79.211423.529
ferocious (not pacifist)79.035717.1310
armoured (not vulnerable)78.927420.0264
vintage (not trendy)78.937222.462
believable (not poorly-written)78.942019.836
spontaneous (not scheduled)78.826221.0269
bold (not serious)78.821319.2311
not genocidal (not genocidal)78.745526.021
outlaw (not sheriff)78.730222.7262
straightforward (not cryptic)78.317624.3280
instinctual (not reasoned)78.322419.8302
🧢 (not 🎩)78.220427.322
treasure (not trash)77.969419.834
scandalous (not proper)77.630020.2311
blacksmith (not tailor)77.612524.438
open to new experinces (not uncreative)77.550322.7308
deviant (not average)77.531318.0206
jock (not nerd)77.422518.0287
creative (not conventional)77.427221.6337
perceptive (not unobservant)77.477216.340
hunter (not gatherer)77.035325.836
real (not philosophical)76.918321.9236
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)76.97422.733
diligent (not lazy)76.8107221.0339
independent (not codependent)76.845425.7332
arrogant (not humble)76.741018.0342
English (not German)76.651818.627
epic (not deep)76.48821.787
one-faced (not two-faced)76.248028.399
fire (not water)76.144324.685
heathen (not devout)75.913124.0291
go-getter (not slugabed)75.975927.910
alert (not oblivious)75.653317.523
suspicious (not trusting)75.337921.8350
romantic (not dispassionate)75.348422.235
poor (not rich)75.220017.7248
liberal (not conservative)75.135722.620
hedonist (not monastic)75.012818.911
impulsive (not cautious)74.937923.0372
rustic (not cultured)74.612121.226
neurotypical (not autistic)74.447422.3268
impatient (not patient)74.447918.0130
lowbrow (not highbrow)74.46321.3276
utilitarian (not decorative)74.429525.6112
💃 (not 🧕)73.951926.330
night owl (not morning lark)73.847022.0189
vibrant (not geriatric)73.754219.341
focused on the present (not focused on the future)73.612823.8319
physical (not intellectual)73.522218.6356
reassuring (not fearmongering)73.533524.323
tall (not short)73.341114.5276
suspicious (not awkward)73.348622.7307
human (not animalistic)73.270423.6259
muddy (not washed)73.016224.026
extreme (not moderate)72.961120.6240
confidential (not gossiping)72.967325.1299
fast-talking (not slow-talking)72.943121.735
kind (not cruel)72.781118.1297
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)72.739325.221
sarcastic (not genuine)72.636925.1258
wooden (not plastic)72.445324.312
rhythmic (not stuttering)72.364425.527
provincial (not cosmopolitan)72.215327.1253
interrupting (not attentive)72.132623.567
extrovert (not introvert)72.049526.4292
🤣 (not 😊)71.919227.218
frugal (not lavish)71.829723.2268
😀 (not 😭)71.527621.520
libertarian (not socialist)71.312630.2252
high IQ (not low IQ)71.3108218.4259
exhibitionist (not bashful)71.345624.978
loud (not quiet)71.354525.1290
disreputable (not prestigious)71.318525.8309
exaggerating (not factual)71.343926.082
secretive (not open-book)71.063321.743
opinionated (not jealous)71.072424.124
workaholic (not slacker)70.9102125.3108
unpolished (not eloquent)70.724624.7255
quirky (not predictable)70.730528.826
involved (not remote)70.564927.6277
biased (not impartial)70.454924.4244
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)70.223021.823
🐘 (not 🐀)70.225227.929
curious (not apathetic)70.163325.6334
messy (not neat)70.033321.9195
chaotic (not orderly)69.947123.8327
vain (not demure)69.942623.3258
self-destructive (not self-improving)69.842227.335
astonishing (not methodical)69.819725.7283
frenzied (not sleepy)69.883821.929
pensive (not serene)69.758824.170
arcane (not mainstream)69.538523.3243
folksy (not presidential)69.533529.324
traumatized (not flourishing)69.362024.137
common sense (not analysis)69.39127.625
quarrelsome (not warm)69.155223.4270
rural (not urban)68.720433.726
concrete (not abstract)68.742929.623
radical (not centrist)68.635931.222
rough (not smooth)68.639023.7251
expressive (not monotone)68.666326.633
🤔 (not 🤫)68.530030.818
narcissistic (not low self esteem)68.555525.742
paranoid (not naive)68.548720.733
competitive (not cooperative)68.474526.8336
orange (not purple)68.423827.0212
drop out (not valedictorian)68.332025.321
complicated (not simple)68.277327.2264
down2earth (not head@clouds)68.149928.9305
fighter (not lover)68.145621.592
varied (not repetitive)68.012725.7144
😜 (not 🤐)67.847034.821
🥵 (not 🥶)67.839523.961
macho (not metrosexual)67.729322.632
knowledgeable (not ignorant)67.691920.941
industrial (not domestic)67.432826.589
intimate (not formal)67.341622.931
bad-cook (not good-cook)67.338025.867
coordinated (not clumsy)67.289424.5270
💪 (not 🧠)67.127324.220
hard (not soft)67.060321.0122
📈 (not 📉)66.861226.517
trolling (not triggered)66.617827.235
cool (not dorky)66.563924.021
everyman (not chosen one)66.132227.827
empirical (not theoretical)66.029729.2295
political (not nonpolitical)65.956432.0275
family-first (not work-first)65.859228.8364
interested (not bored)65.891727.868
insulting (not complimentary)65.747323.4125
lustful (not chaste)65.659523.4341
miserable (not joyful)65.667819.123
spontaneous (not deliberate)65.538728.7293
🤡 (not 👽)65.428123.520
flamboyant (not modest)65.354028.0351
legit (not scrub)65.3105728.024
comedic (not dramatic)65.226322.886
thick-skinned (not sensitive)65.054425.6257
reasonable (not deranged)65.072223.123
genius (not dunce)64.892219.6345
hard (not soft)64.769121.2269
transient (not permanent)64.624431.1136
good-humored (not angry)64.569424.2269
pointed (not random)64.5106926.860
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)64.429228.027
nurturing (not poisonous)64.181922.4128
literal (not metaphorical)64.066227.8248
tardy (not on-time)64.036629.287
cannibal (not vegan)63.954418.121
oxymoron (not tautology)63.933128.617
historical (not modern)63.850626.2181
exuberant (not subdued)63.869232.836
realistic (not fantastical)63.771930.995
penny-pincher (not overspender)63.559325.627
ADHD (not OCD)63.341226.990
rude (not respectful)63.045723.3342
ranged (not melee)62.842729.928
oppressed (not privileged)62.737224.741
moody (not stable)62.692625.5345
bitter (not sweet)62.562222.3261
gamer (not non-gamer)62.440130.665
ironic (not profound)62.149428.176
altruistic (not selfish)62.080823.8298
crazy (not sane)62.066122.817
Roman (not Greek)61.937229.627
empath (not psychopath)61.994622.7100
jealous (not compersive)61.859624.9225
lewd (not tasteful)61.735224.1351
vengeful (not forgiving)61.669126.0314
machiavellian (not transparent)61.559529.121
fresh (not stinky)61.4107229.527
cheesy (not chic)61.367125.419
calm (not anxious)61.245526.2320
generalist (not specialist)61.120530.997
equitable (not hypocritical)61.171527.2143
thrifty (not extravagant)61.164230.616
low-tech (not high-tech)61.064823.6257
high standards (not desperate)60.986628.486
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)60.872832.226
emotional (not logical)60.675325.6307
🐮 (not 🐷)60.270432.929
indiscreet (not tactful)60.133434.124
kinky (not vanilla)60.068225.6311
generous (not stingy)59.994428.099
stylish (not slovenly)59.797925.9314
whippersnapper (not sage)59.557628.337
no-nonsense (not dramatic)59.262431.1158
summer (not winter)59.273633.923
unfixable (not fixable)59.144526.328
mad (not glad)59.083026.321
Italian (not Swedish)59.068629.622
luddite (not technophile)58.861624.6230
multicolored (not monochrome)58.865332.5101
French (not Russian)58.886825.822
self-disciplined (not disorganized)58.7121729.5338
fortunate (not unlucky)58.658328.7327
hard-work (not natural-talent)58.5100128.491
goof-off (not studious)58.449430.821
works hard (not plays hard)58.3111224.6300
distant (not touchy-feely)58.286122.226
debased (not pure)58.170126.3290
flexible (not rigid)58.155328.5280
circular (not linear)58.153429.528
😈 (not 😇)58.072926.923
gloomy (not sunny)57.986823.439
warm (not cold)57.587523.5247
Coke (not Pepsi)57.455735.172
practical (not imaginative)57.3103930.1235
giving (not receiving)57.3102227.526
thick (not thin)57.254121.5187
grateful (not entitled)57.276525.868
playful (not serious)57.060425.6324
weird (not normal)57.098524.6350
chatty (not reserved)57.081031.3355
freak (not normie)57.086624.590
deep (not shallow)56.9108626.245
loveable (not punchable)56.9107423.934
social (not reclusive)56.787927.523
goth (not flower child)56.754128.221
bright (not depressed)56.676827.8219
subjective (not objective)56.664031.9124
zany (not regular)56.692529.223
leisurely (not hurried)56.552627.0347
individualist (not communal)56.499432.7115
feminist (not sexist)56.4120924.620
stoic (not expressive)56.362729.5299
indulgent (not sober)56.385728.6310
consistent (not variable)56.399832.448
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)56.263028.4100
private (not gregarious)56.1108131.2317
sad (not happy)56.1104421.9257
minimalist (not pack rat)56.184926.820
🥳 (not 🥴)56.157430.017
🐴 (not 🦄)55.993536.018
authoritarian (not democratic)55.870030.5301
overachiever (not underachiever)55.7144827.788
juvenile (not mature)55.573425.1111
tense (not relaxed)55.4142027.1322
artistic (not scientific)55.380526.3334
not introspective (not introspective)54.942331.227
🥰 (not 🙃)54.889637.021
barbaric (not civilized)54.750822.2310
young (not old)54.5113817.6292
intense (not lighthearted)54.5123628.745
dry (not moist)54.581631.231
🎃 (not 💀)54.379231.054
literary (not mathematical)54.1109625.7304
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')54.146827.2190
enlightened (not lost)54.175029.537
strict (not lenient)54.097325.9346
avant-garde (not classical)54.067231.2104
still (not twitchy)53.863231.183
chill (not offended)53.766626.740
picky (not always down)53.7103425.819
reactive (not proactive)53.792634.013
sorrowful (not cheery)53.6108924.3283
wholesome (not salacious)53.5104432.820
bad boy (not white knight)53.570425.531
open-minded (not close-minded)53.4113125.8344
musical (not off-key)53.371729.331
rational (not whimsical)53.1110227.6285
loose (not tight)53.155729.140
reliable (not experimental)52.999134.737
clean (not perverted)52.9124127.372
wise (not foolish)52.8107923.0373
air (not earth)52.849537.495
hoarder (not unprepared)52.7116825.0261
accepting (not judgemental)52.586029.6182
nihilist (not existentialist)52.550631.899
love-focused (not money-focused)52.3128031.026
basic (not hipster)51.9116628.0262
👻 (not 🤖)51.997633.216
obsessed (not aloof)51.8139527.8314
poetic (not factual)51.874431.433
patriotic (not unpatriotic)51.6141536.221
realistic (not ambitious)51.666633.778
pessimistic (not optimistic)51.594531.7250
🐿 (not 🦇)51.5109830.710
emotional (not unemotional)51.5138726.919
angelic (not demonic)51.1112020.1301
unambiguous (not mysterious)51.1104231.9337
honorable (not cunning)51.0114327.4365
ludicrous (not sensible)51.074727.3288
pretentious (not unassuming)50.9112627.426
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)50.1120432.922
💝 (not 💔)50.8102831.727
precise (not vague)50.6137927.3207
long-winded (not concise)50.491436.422
realist (not idealist)50.5101733.4137

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 (0.868)
  2. Indiana Jones (0.854)
  3. John McClane (0.849)
  4. Tallahassee (0.848)
  5. Han Solo (0.845)
  6. Jack O'Neill (0.838)
  7. Ygritte (0.835)
  8. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (0.829)
  9. Wynonna Earp (0.814)
  10. Poe Dameron (0.813)
  1. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.507)
  2. Peter (-0.496)
  3. Cyril Figgis (-0.468)
  4. Choi Yeon-gyo (-0.458)
  5. Alan Harper (-0.457)
  6. Waylon Smithers (-0.43)
  7. George Michael Bluth (-0.429)
  8. Kif Kroker (-0.426)
  9. Stu (-0.407)
  10. Caleb Prior (-0.399)

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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