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Malcolm Reynolds 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. People who take the quiz are asked if they would also be willing to volunteer to rate characters that they know. The ratings are made on a 100 point scale between two adjectives and then all averaged together into a composite. Because of the "law of large numbers" (a.k.a. wisdom of the crowds) this profile is very reliable. If you take one persons opinion of what a character is like and compare it to the opinion of another person about what that character is like, they could be very different. But if you compare the opinions of two groups, the difference gets smaller and smaller the larger the groups.

The table shows the average rating the character received for each trait in the survey. Because the questions are bipolar adjective pairs, they are reversible (i.e. a score of 25 on short<--->tall is the same as a score of 75 on tall<--->short). On this page, traits that had an average score below the midpoint have been reversed so they can be listed in order of most to least extreme for that character. The table also shows this character's relative rank on that trait compared to all other characters in the database. The standard deviation of ratings is shown, the basic idea here is that if the standard deviation is higher then that means there is less agreement between raters on that trait (the less agreement, the larger the sample size needed to get a reliable estimate). The number of raters is how many different individuals submitted a rating for that trait with this character; each rater rated only a random subset of traits for each character when they were surveyed.

TraitAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
captain (not first-mate)98.037.1360
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)96.61210.223
freelance (not corporate)95.958.432
🥾 (not 👟)95.635.78
persistent (not quitter)94.9419.014
street-smart (not sheltered)94.858.7332
rebellious (not obedient)94.3229.0277
resourceful (not helpless)93.8349.8134
charismatic (not uninspiring)93.12210.4256
bold (not shy)92.411611.9376
😎 (not 🧐)91.4811.217
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)90.71413.4310
assertive (not passive)90.36511.3260
loyal (not traitorous)89.918515.2343
backdoor (not official)89.61715.7346
alpha (not beta)89.510512.8249
emancipated (not enslaved)89.3916.4254
spelunker (not claustrophobic)88.9716.729
worldly (not innocent)88.84314.3336
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)88.78917.7252
important (not irrelevant)88.713618.830
bossy (not meek)88.613412.8332
western (not eastern)88.6510.621
🤺 (not 🏌)88.56511.913
healthy (not sickly)88.26012.8284
masculine (not feminine)88.114311.7370
rugged (not refined)87.83612.1352
decisive (not hesitant)87.87712.8295
crafty (not scholarly)87.82213.0356
go-getter (not slugabed)87.511520.88
attractive (not repulsive)87.413814.3362
😏 (not 😬)86.92424.217
mischievous (not well behaved)86.816417.5335
dominant (not submissive)86.719114.2332
gendered (not androgynous)86.716619.9120
disarming (not creepy)86.71510.9109
resistant (not resigned)86.52519.7294
master (not apprentice)86.516413.5165
pro (not noob)86.319311.715
🌟 (not 💩)86.312916.018
skeptical (not spiritual)85.97215.5377
self-assured (not self-conscious)85.86015.9275
🤠 (not 🤑)85.83215.822
brave (not careful)85.76315.9375
explorer (not builder)85.42918.7340
active (not slothful)85.321814.8261
driven (not unambitious)85.238618.0255
confident (not insecure)85.113815.4292
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)85.17211.321
playful (not shy)84.818415.6344
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)84.82222.7247
punk rock (not preppy)84.79616.433
outsider (not insider)84.52517.3213
charming (not trusting)84.13416.3317
resolute (not wavering)84.17522.720
🐒 (not 🐩)83.8319.46
atheist (not theist)83.75119.397
edgy (not politically correct)83.59717.2283
egalitarian (not racist)83.530914.222
sporty (not bookish)83.48815.3262
unorthodox (not traditional)83.213217.6136
interesting (not tiresome)83.112917.9266
mighty (not puny)83.018117.1279
competent (not incompetent)83.032516.3260
wild (not tame)83.019515.6317
charming (not awkward)82.714518.0349
funny (not humorless)82.613620.2309
sturdy (not flimsy)82.618918.739
straight (not queer)82.528719.8142
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.39814.2200
child free (not pronatalist)82.27722.2226
scruffy (not manicured)82.111317.3341
beautiful (not ugly)82.141816.3126
heroic (not villainous)81.731815.0340
extraordinary (not mundane)81.322119.3271
inspiring (not cringeworthy)81.19918.791
guarded (not open)80.927416.2328
fast (not slow)80.917616.2310
chortling (not giggling)80.66625.025
efficient (not overprepared)80.44814.732
direct (not roundabout)80.221821.4307
spicy (not mild)80.223118.2259
feisty (not gracious)80.224417.5232
soulful (not soulless)80.134418.2112
blacksmith (not tailor)79.87721.831
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)79.73924.217
ferocious (not pacifist)79.327916.9316
🧢 (not 🎩)79.113825.415
bold (not serious)79.015118.6327
armoured (not vulnerable)79.019619.9265
outlaw (not sheriff)78.721022.5268
🧗 (not 🛌)78.623122.819
believable (not poorly-written)78.529820.535
spontaneous (not scheduled)78.419321.3281
instinctual (not reasoned)78.216119.8311
creative (not conventional)78.018720.9348
open to new experinces (not uncreative)78.029922.3319
perceptive (not unobservant)77.952217.442
straightforward (not cryptic)77.814624.6286
drop out (not valedictorian)77.710914.115
scandalous (not proper)77.722519.6309
🐐 (not 🦒)77.65126.618
deviant (not average)77.425818.4211
jock (not nerd)77.316318.0301
real (not philosophical)76.813921.9241
diligent (not lazy)76.672121.0356
arrogant (not humble)76.530018.0352
anarchist (not statist)76.512223.217
independent (not codependent)76.431026.2346
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)76.47022.229
heathen (not devout)76.111923.6305
💃 (not 🧕)75.629924.729
English (not German)75.635817.529
suspicious (not trusting)75.427921.3363
fast-talking (not slow-talking)75.224619.431
hunter (not gatherer)75.228726.333
treasure (not trash)75.055620.929
impulsive (not cautious)74.727323.1382
lowbrow (not highbrow)74.65721.2277
utilitarian (not decorative)74.424725.4109
neurotypical (not autistic)74.337422.4278
impatient (not patient)74.036018.9127
alert (not oblivious)73.941419.517
poor (not rich)73.814819.1254
confidential (not gossiping)73.542724.7308
kind (not cruel)73.451917.4319
suspicious (not awkward)73.436222.9313
night owl (not morning lark)73.432021.7192
focused on the present (not focused on the future)73.410323.7324
physical (not intellectual)73.215518.7359
extreme (not moderate)73.243620.1245
human (not animalistic)73.148823.6262
tall (not short)72.928314.6284
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)72.826325.318
vibrant (not geriatric)72.740318.941
hedonist (not monastic)72.515818.010
rhythmic (not stuttering)72.444024.824
extrovert (not introvert)72.335526.2299
workaholic (not slacker)72.365724.0102
😀 (not 😭)72.316021.212
romantic (not dispassionate)72.342724.628
libertarian (not socialist)72.09529.7262
sarcastic (not genuine)71.926725.9258
🤣 (not 😊)71.713928.712
self-destructive (not self-improving)71.627727.028
loud (not quiet)71.438325.3289
folksy (not presidential)71.421926.020
disreputable (not prestigious)71.313525.5319
high IQ (not low IQ)71.173618.5271
biased (not impartial)70.939624.4253
📈 (not 📉)70.825119.611
traumatized (not flourishing)70.835623.231
unpolished (not eloquent)70.819824.0251
vain (not demure)70.731723.4274
frugal (not lavish)70.627023.5280
provincial (not cosmopolitan)70.414527.7260
curious (not apathetic)70.241025.4341
chaotic (not orderly)70.131823.8339
involved (not remote)70.046527.8293
frenzied (not sleepy)69.957121.329
🤔 (not 🤫)69.820627.812
astonishing (not methodical)69.813125.7287
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)69.816422.721
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)69.714424.621
arcane (not mainstream)69.727223.1252
messy (not neat)69.523321.9201
trolling (not triggered)69.412124.034
liberal (not conservative)69.336823.816
💪 (not 🧠)69.116522.818
complicated (not simple)68.948826.8262
quarrelsome (not warm)68.842123.6287
varied (not repetitive)68.77025.2147
competitive (not cooperative)68.653527.1351
rough (not smooth)68.625723.3261
orange (not purple)68.416627.1218
concrete (not abstract)68.232428.813
narcissistic (not low self esteem)68.143626.238
coordinated (not clumsy)67.959824.3280
down2earth (not head@clouds)67.736229.2305
knowledgeable (not ignorant)67.761420.537
secretive (not open-book)67.648622.532
hard (not soft)67.243421.1116
🐘 (not 🐀)67.026828.021
empirical (not theoretical)66.321929.1294
industrial (not domestic)66.228226.991
spontaneous (not deliberate)65.724628.6309
cool (not dorky)65.644024.618
lustful (not chaste)65.343323.2347
family-first (not work-first)65.340529.0375
insulting (not complimentary)65.334423.3126
flamboyant (not modest)65.237727.9358
genius (not dunce)65.259519.5357
political (not nonpolitical)65.141732.3281
legit (not scrub)65.171628.320
intimate (not formal)64.932925.921
fresh (not stinky)64.963930.022
rural (not urban)64.919034.223
reasonable (not deranged)64.748119.218
transient (not permanent)64.617431.0140
thick-skinned (not sensitive)64.540625.8268
nurturing (not poisonous)64.554522.2126
exuberant (not subdued)64.547732.832
mad (not glad)64.347627.315
hard (not soft)64.250221.2280
good-humored (not angry)64.146224.4283
cannibal (not vegan)64.137718.121
crazy (not sane)63.842321.815
macho (not metrosexual)63.528921.226
literal (not metaphorical)63.447328.0262
historical (not modern)63.134826.4179
moody (not stable)63.061325.5364
penny-pincher (not overspender)63.044024.422
unfixable (not fixable)62.826424.225
bitter (not sweet)62.743321.7261
rude (not respectful)62.534923.2351
jealous (not compersive)62.539824.8236
🐴 (not 🦄)62.544233.214
generalist (not specialist)61.914930.699
indiscreet (not tactful)61.920134.821
miserable (not joyful)61.955819.018
calm (not anxious)61.830826.0330
ranged (not melee)61.835227.825
lewd (not tasteful)61.527724.2361
altruistic (not selfish)61.552223.8301
whippersnapper (not sage)61.536627.633
vengeful (not forgiving)61.349826.2314
equitable (not hypocritical)61.148327.3148
🤡 (not 👽)61.127929.014
emotional (not logical)60.852525.4316
Italian (not Swedish)60.745828.221
low-tech (not high-tech)60.547323.9262
😜 (not 🤐)60.542537.016
kinky (not vanilla)60.246925.4317
circular (not linear)59.834926.921
stylish (not slovenly)59.567325.7322
multicolored (not monochrome)59.442432.1100
self-disciplined (not disorganized)59.081729.6343
not introspective (not introspective)58.722932.023
fortunate (not unlucky)58.641228.7336
gloomy (not sunny)58.657223.537
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)58.557933.523
luddite (not technophile)58.446324.5236
goof-off (not studious)58.433631.318
works hard (not plays hard)58.376224.3305
Roman (not Greek)58.339728.925
no-nonsense (not dramatic)58.245231.5159
oppressed (not privileged)58.131125.336
flexible (not rigid)58.036628.2289
warm (not cold)57.758623.4252
debased (not pure)57.449326.3290
thick (not thin)57.438321.3190
leisurely (not hurried)57.437726.6356
🐮 (not 🐷)57.059735.223
playful (not serious)56.940725.5342
practical (not imaginative)56.971230.0245
French (not Russian)56.965426.320
weird (not normal)56.867824.5358
bright (not depressed)56.654427.6220
social (not reclusive)56.661924.918
chatty (not reserved)56.457931.5363
indulgent (not sober)56.458128.4313
private (not gregarious)56.470131.1323
sad (not happy)56.468621.7259
loveable (not punchable)56.271923.029
consistent (not variable)56.068532.344
stoic (not expressive)55.944029.2317
dry (not moist)55.851932.127
subjective (not objective)55.749232.1118
deep (not shallow)55.772826.546
authoritarian (not democratic)55.549730.2300
juvenile (not mature)55.351724.2106
zany (not regular)55.266529.117
artistic (not scientific)55.155026.1340
individualist (not communal)55.069732.4116
tense (not relaxed)54.896827.6333
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')54.626627.1187
avant-garde (not classical)54.543831.5104
😈 (not 😇)54.554323.816
chill (not offended)54.442927.236
young (not old)54.274117.3298
strict (not lenient)54.167825.7355
literary (not mathematical)54.073725.6307
feminist (not sexist)54.083025.317
pack rat (not minimalist)53.947423.814
loose (not tight)53.936428.935
sorrowful (not cheery)53.872724.3297
barbaric (not civilized)53.835822.4317
musical (not off-key)53.847929.328
open-minded (not close-minded)53.575225.7349
🥴 (not 🥳)53.468526.214
🦇 (not 🐿)53.450427.27
intense (not lighthearted)53.485729.343
basic (not hipster)53.079728.2275
🥰 (not 🙃)53.061036.016
rational (not whimsical)52.777027.5288
enlightened (not lost)52.754129.630
wise (not foolish)52.572122.9380
hoarder (not unprepared)52.479524.8274
patriotic (not unpatriotic)52.198135.317
wholesome (not salacious)52.171329.018
accepting (not judgemental)52.057429.7187
obsessed (not aloof)51.793627.6323
nihilist (not existentialist)51.741331.8104
realist (not idealist)51.666133.6137
pretentious (not unassuming)51.476029.022
🤖 (not 👻)51.358732.712
honorable (not cunning)51.275627.8379
pessimistic (not optimistic)51.165231.5258
angelic (not demonic)51.075520.1311
unambiguous (not mysterious)51.073032.0345
sensible (not ludicrous)50.278227.3297
precise (not vague)50.891127.6213
💝 (not 💔)50.669031.220
reliable (not experimental)50.673034.030
factual (not poetic)50.578532.031

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. Han Solo (0.856)
  2. Dean Winchester (0.853)
  3. Indiana Jones (0.85)
  4. Tallahassee (0.845)
  5. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (0.844)
  1. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.549)
  2. Peter (-0.546)
  3. Alan Harper (-0.496)
  4. Cyril Figgis (-0.488)
  5. Choi Yeon-gyo (-0.468)

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.

  1. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.63)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.57)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.5)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.47)
  5. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.32)
  6. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.31)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.25)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.21)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.2)
  10. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.18)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.17)
  12. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.15)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.12)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.11)
  15. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.11)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.1)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.01)
  18. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.02)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.09)
  20. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.11)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.11)
  22. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.12)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.15)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.26)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.35)


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