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River Tam Descriptive Personality Statistics

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River Tam 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
extraordinary (not mundane)95.727.6267
high IQ (not low IQ)95.7378.9278
childlike (not parental)94.5308.114
genius (not dunce)94.01711.5374
weird (not normal)93.11611.2396
chosen one (not everyman)93.0412.694
haunted (not blissful)92.8119.5120
unorthodox (not traditional)92.51810.9135
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)92.57011.480
freelance (not corporate)92.42711.494
🤺 (not 🏌)92.42411.1108
mysterious (not unambiguous)92.1412.7377
perceptive (not unobservant)92.17015.0100
complicated (not simple)92.11815.1233
communist (not capitalist)92.0417.96
nonconformist (not social climber)91.7377.717
important (not irrelevant)91.69613.4100
manic (not mild)90.98412.521
traumatized (not flourishing)90.82713.589
frank (not sugarcoated)90.85613.087
freak (not normie)90.42411.4118
badass (not weakass)90.022316.0120
extreme (not moderate)89.98111.2268
insightful (not generic)89.96513.79
fast (not slow)89.83615.7334
arcane (not mainstream)89.8715.4260
outsider (not insider)89.8715.3227
beautiful (not ugly)89.629214.0142
moody (not stable)89.56413.7409
wild (not tame)89.59213.1366
radical (not centrist)89.3812.1102
strong identity (not social chameleon)89.113315.59
quirky (not predictable)89.01919.177
maverick (not conformist)89.010416.521
mighty (not puny)88.97014.3345
chaotic (not orderly)88.38716.6402
coordinated (not clumsy)88.217019.1329
indie (not pop)88.22417.695
mad-scientist (not lumberjack)88.19818.017
boundary breaking (not stereotypical)88.18612.712
cryptic (not straightforward)88.0620.5338
reclusive (not social)88.04314.699
unstable (not stable)88.01429.511
persistent (not quitter)87.950414.765
creative (not conventional)87.86517.3367
all-seeing (not blind)87.76417.522
variable (not consistent)87.4517.090
👽 (not 🤡)87.21212.795
punk rock (not preppy)87.29514.781
vibrant (not geriatric)86.89717.3100
divine (not earthly)86.81610.616
chronically single (not serial dater)86.617516.919
young (not old)86.513815.2361
🌟 (not 💩)86.421417.280
attractive (not repulsive)86.128115.8380
distant (not touchy-feely)86.18513.0105
backdoor (not official)85.96017.7351
intense (not lighthearted)85.922019.087
interesting (not tiresome)85.811117.6289
experimental (not reliable)85.85619.595
crazy (not sane)85.68017.278
natural-talent (not hard-work)85.6418.4110
rebellious (not obedient)85.527214.8246
confidential (not gossiping)85.518819.7348
anarchist (not statist)85.54819.8117
love-focused (not money-focused)85.426515.784
deep (not shallow)85.25715.0100
secretive (not open-book)85.218722.2129
zany (not regular)85.18824.373
legit (not scrub)85.112619.9113
real (not fake)85.129317.711
meaningful (not pointless)84.926513.917
thin (not thick)84.93519.2214
overachiever (not underachiever)84.930724.1128
edgy (not politically correct)84.89915.5330
contrarian (not yes-man)84.85114.398
insomniac (not slumbering)84.81327.713
spontaneous (not scheduled)84.714722.3337
deviant (not average)84.710315.4240
autistic (not neurotypical)84.6320.0341
abstract (not concrete)84.63024.474
air (not earth)84.41017.188
competent (not incompetent)84.342517.4276
outlaw (not sheriff)84.218118.8281
egalitarian (not racist)84.245518.399
entrepreneur (not employee)84.233220.116
treasure (not trash)84.032616.380
wolf (not bear)83.912216.621
active (not slothful)83.641319.5296
hunter (not gatherer)83.619018.0100
reserved (not chatty)83.614020.8358
instinctual (not reasoned)83.310221.3327
feminist (not sexist)83.335419.2112
head@clouds (not down2earth)83.211323.0311
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.225219.9271
pro (not noob)83.241222.4119
guarded (not open)83.131822.2319
mischievous (not well behaved)83.032516.2324
resistant (not resigned)82.98420.9329
diligent (not lazy)82.975716.8336
introvert (not extrovert)82.88821.5327
child free (not pronatalist)82.78821.4225
dramatic (not comedic)82.721216.188
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.613617.8204
private (not gregarious)82.216720.9327
devoted (not unfaithful)82.062519.275
stubborn (not accommodating)81.940818.9113
curious (not apathetic)81.817721.4356
analysis (not common sense)81.411522.299
activist (not nonpartisan)81.422727.611
liberal (not conservative)81.217119.9114
minimalist (not pack rat)81.23323.696
fantastical (not realistic)81.013623.9103
spartan (not glamorous)80.818817.120
profound (not ironic)80.73120.6110
efficient (not overprepared)80.75424.598
original (not cliché)80.711524.211
brave (not careful)80.422321.7378
ferocious (not pacifist)80.432120.4374
quiet (not loud)80.415121.9331
spicy (not mild)80.430418.5264
dolphin (not kangaroo)80.37224.116
open to new experinces (not uncreative)80.140420.5281
fighter (not lover)80.114121.4105
🦄 (not 🐴)80.014327.784
innovative (not routine)80.021926.614
awkward (not comfortable)79.915919.913
loyal (not traitorous)79.877819.8352
progressive (not old-fashioned)79.819815.517
unpatriotic (not patriotic)79.51924.397
feisty (not gracious)79.434620.7273
impulsive (not cautious)79.328924.3383
alpha (not beta)79.346922.5252
atheist (not theist)79.318126.4104
resourceful (not helpless)79.169821.3125
suspicious (not trusting)79.128823.7372
awkward (not charming)79.010121.5373
cringing away (not welcoming experience)79.012824.27
demanding (not unchallenging)78.957123.5104
explorer (not builder)78.816121.2319
protagonist (not antagonist)78.449320.060
motivated (not unmotivated)78.4103022.6106
engineerial (not lawyerly)78.413220.814
family-first (not work-first)78.129324.2337
deranged (not reasonable)78.019818.1109
rock (not rap)78.041021.096
🤠 (not 🤑)77.825022.0105
tense (not relaxed)77.657423.8343
heroic (not villainous)77.368519.4356
transient (not permanent)77.33422.6154
go-getter (not slugabed)77.270523.2104
evolutionist (not creationist)77.120532.014
night owl (not morning lark)77.037019.7185
cat person (not dog person)77.018525.8104
🧗 (not 🛌)76.844026.399
master (not apprentice)76.855822.5144
circular (not linear)76.84027.8111
avant-garde (not classical)76.610022.9105
inappropriate (not seemly)76.524920.213
dystopian (not utopian)76.319218.29
varied (not repetitive)76.12623.4146
sad (not happy)76.028017.5268
frenzied (not sleepy)76.047126.181
mathematical (not literary)75.712723.2325
equitable (not hypocritical)75.620021.8133
introspective (not not introspective)75.628827.195
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)75.617726.0105
alert (not oblivious)75.555725.971
driven (not unambitious)75.4105324.1246
melee (not ranged)75.44828.187
💀 (not 🎃)75.226424.992
remote (not involved)75.12425.4263
main character (not side character)75.149224.396
mad (not glad)75.033619.781
bad-cook (not good-cook)75.018326.977
snoops (not minds-own-business)75.061920.611
decisive (not hesitant)74.660726.0307
individualist (not communal)74.539227.0122
asexual (not sexual)74.513926.6113
overthinker (not underthinker)74.365831.617
chaste (not lustful)74.312321.7324
cold (not warm)74.230420.8296
🦇 (not 🐿)74.222727.7104
sorrowful (not cheery)74.137119.5361
vengeful (not forgiving)74.141322.6358
specialist (not generalist)74.121729.2140
open-minded (not close-minded)74.033026.3348
knowledgeable (not ignorant)73.970027.4102
gloomy (not sunny)73.840323.786
🥾 (not 👟)73.728029.661
proud (not apologetic)73.784821.016
opinionated (not jealous)73.459423.288
fantasy-prone (not grounded)73.439731.033
resolute (not wavering)73.449725.2112
loveable (not punchable)73.446324.089
twitchy (not still)73.438728.8124
🐒 (not 🐩)73.120228.188
astonishing (not methodical)72.912729.9310
innocent (not worldly)72.813723.9355
fearful (not hopeful)72.813929.114
genuine (not sarcastic)72.039827.3246
Hates PDA (not Constant PDA)72.040814.110
inspiring (not cringeworthy)71.945122.6154
hipster (not basic)71.816524.8296
📈 (not 📉)71.833028.978
demure (not vain)71.721318.5242
creator (not consumer)71.747023.211
anxious (not calm)71.646426.6313
triggered (not trolling)71.634927.090
multicolored (not monochrome)71.331631.8134
withdrawn (not outgoing)71.227823.713
rejected (not popular)71.240825.220
kinky (not vanilla)71.138525.8247
pure (not debased)71.043224.8317
accurate (not off target)71.068933.912
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)70.820629.083
unfulfilled (not fulfilled)70.755723.414
valedictorian (not drop out)70.777833.170
oppressed (not privileged)70.622522.578
fearmongering (not reassuring)70.631524.568
concise (not long-winded)70.621330.095
dominant (not submissive)70.480623.8357
assertive (not passive)70.484026.5232
hard (not soft)70.452824.5158
feminine (not masculine)70.350521.9375
industrial (not domestic)70.224725.5123
sassy (not chill)70.278427.011
utilitarian (not decorative)70.050127.4134
🙃 (not 🥰)69.931231.785
soulful (not soulless)69.798326.6129
Russian (not French)69.616326.383
wise (not foolish)69.552023.4360
quarrelsome (not warm)69.554723.1289
modern (not historical)69.447026.9211
studious (not goof-off)69.487628.496
🥴 (not 🥳)69.433228.463
heathen (not devout)69.327424.6291
fussy (not sloppy)69.381524.917
technophile (not luddite)69.030127.9282
rhythmic (not stuttering)69.082332.395
clean (not perverted)69.078728.5106
wired (not tired)68.954227.921
cursed (not blessed)68.968325.914
bad boy (not white knight)68.840825.2100
things-person (not people-person)68.839228.014
😊 (not 🤣)68.759225.0117
physicist (not photographer)68.743228.321
one-faced (not two-faced)68.682234.875
scandalous (not proper)68.554925.6335
energetic (not mellow)68.555524.616
high-tech (not low-tech)68.446031.2262
🤐 (not 😜)68.445431.6118
chic (not cheesy)68.435425.1105
handy (not can't-fix-anything)68.281732.117
compersive (not jealous)68.135625.1212
highbrow (not lowbrow)68.053924.4305
sturdy (not flimsy)68.080127.875
altruistic (not selfish)67.962225.8314
bad-manners (not good-manners)67.934022.711
cunning (not honorable)67.938928.0360
hard (not soft)67.959626.2259
unassuming (not pretentious)67.824429.4111
folksy (not presidential)67.740126.4111
reactive (not proactive)67.728231.482
charismatic (not uninspiring)67.6106325.0267
short (not tall)67.237023.5392
random (not pointed)67.020132.1114
lion (not zebra)66.877234.113
animalistic (not human)66.718624.5266
imaginative (not practical)66.634431.0239
naughty (not nice)66.260721.111
💃 (not 🧕)66.180729.698
small-vocabulary (not big-vocabulary)66.127832.914
stoic (not hypochondriac)66.057828.990
😭 (not 😀)65.937830.667
whimsical (not rational)65.742832.2313
messy (not neat)65.742226.6205
indiscreet (not tactful)65.522834.776
miserable (not joyful)65.571020.885
spirited (not lifeless)65.5113627.112
unlucky (not fortunate)65.449928.6349
lost (not enlightened)65.350327.493
nerd (not jock)65.079626.1359
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)65.064031.0101
musical (not off-key)65.035733.397
generous (not stingy)65.079923.796
world traveler (not homebody)65.068425.517
ludicrous (not sensible)64.940329.7309
💔 (not 💝)64.942229.472
intuitive (not analytical)64.956534.721
spontaneous (not deliberate)64.841234.2313
queer (not straight)64.822322.2146
gamer (not non-gamer)64.834630.779
disturbing (not enchanting)64.842723.512
barbaric (not civilized)64.731522.9304
impatient (not patient)64.780727.9151
overspender (not penny-pincher)64.743523.550
monotone (not expressive)64.731033.0117
unfriendly (not friendly)64.738821.115
repressed (not forward)64.629233.116
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)64.552228.5268
juvenile (not mature)64.549824.2141
workaholic (not slacker)64.4125524.6119
angry (not good-humored)64.347723.4242
oxymoron (not tautology)64.129929.285
unfrivolous (not goofy)64.082827.823
giggling (not chortling)63.927629.880
intimate (not formal)63.855326.990
feeler (not thinker)63.874732.113
monastic (not hedonist)63.724428.069
purple (not orange)63.643429.6235
sensitive (not thick-skinned)63.650430.4284
😎 (not 🧐)63.569731.293
supportive (not catty)63.587329.411
dispassionate (not romantic)63.426430.770
fresh (not stinky)63.3103626.382
sheltered (not street-smart)63.241432.2313
absentminded (not focused)63.130234.117
innocent (not jaded)63.031428.4109
sober (not indulgent)62.849729.3286
frugal (not lavish)62.867424.6248
🤫 (not 🤔)62.822633.586
nonpolitical (not political)62.739333.5316
pessimistic (not optimistic)62.758525.8248
rude (not respectful)62.647625.4348
flawed (not perfect)62.5103418.715
self-assured (not self-conscious)62.497330.3255
believable (not poorly-written)62.3154125.4102
doer (not thinker)62.389133.599
tasteful (not lewd)62.294824.4346
scruffy (not manicured)62.251127.8343
English (not German)62.1142929.474
kind (not cruel)62.0119722.4324
queen (not princess)61.991636.157
junkie (not straight edge)61.836428.726
direct (not roundabout)61.7107137.0306
machiavellian (not transparent)61.760330.793
moderate (not gluttonous)61.788419.611
resentful (not euphoric)61.788427.415
flexible (not rigid)61.545732.1290
unstirring (not quivering)61.4101427.317
charming (not trusting)61.369023.3287
factual (not exaggerating)61.367932.796
ambitious (not realistic)61.386431.6106
leader (not follower)61.0106229.014
competitive (not cooperative)60.995228.8313
rough (not smooth)60.961628.6297
crafty (not scholarly)60.987829.6324
smug (not sheepish)60.9113727.314
noble (not jovial)60.992027.917
love shy (not cassanova)60.965032.914
shy (not playful)60.828329.0307
uptight (not easy)60.897027.615
prideful (not envious)60.7127023.667
bold (not serious)60.676331.6303
green thumb (not plant-neglecter)60.659028.414
🧠 (not 💪)60.5115727.780
goth (not flower child)60.545532.699
writer (not reader)60.558033.810
🐮 (not 🐷)60.470527.068
grumpy (not cheery)60.386421.919
wholesome (not salacious)60.289630.069
high standards (not desperate)60.290729.874
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)59.957828.575
armoured (not vulnerable)59.599528.6264
🎨 (not 🏀)59.5101231.988
works hard (not plays hard)59.4111127.4255
philosophical (not real)59.230233.3231
vintage (not trendy)59.0119528.5107
tardy (not on-time)59.047132.2110
unpolished (not eloquent)58.954030.7273
insulting (not complimentary)58.965224.4132
aloof (not obsessed)58.819531.6292
rugged (not refined)58.667327.8363
emancipated (not enslaved)58.6117530.4277
urban (not rural)58.6117728.776
🐀 (not 🐘)58.662433.789
interrupting (not attentive)58.469433.3100
muddy (not washed)58.447629.095
clinical (not heartfelt)58.358132.19
stylish (not slovenly)58.1105227.9298
fire (not water)58.1100336.7112
questioning (not believing)58.1106336.814
picky (not always down)57.887930.061
savory (not sweet)57.893432.419
cynical (not gullible)57.7106531.066
confident (not insecure)57.6120730.3315
low self esteem (not narcissistic)57.653227.567
cool (not dorky)57.591628.177
metrosexual (not macho)57.5101329.177
prudish (not flirtatious)57.565524.692
self-destructive (not self-improving)57.481728.982
stoic (not expressive)57.362234.6347
gendered (not androgynous)57.2166131.4176
poisonous (not nurturing)57.160126.1138
Greek (not Roman)57.142230.8101
serious (not playful)57.0105128.4358
😬 (not 😏)57.056032.9116
interested (not bored)57.0132933.095
tight (not loose)56.9114634.887
moist (not dry)56.969331.762
humorless (not funny)56.859028.4297
👻 (not 🤖)56.880734.8119
vague (not precise)56.737635.7230
nihilist (not existentialist)56.736930.7110
creepy (not disarming)56.639029.2150
unfixable (not fixable)56.651930.498
cultured (not rustic)56.6106033.559
eastern (not western)56.521131.064
depressed (not bright)56.374731.4263
grateful (not entitled)56.382826.492
🧢 (not 🎩)56.280432.1106
offended (not chill)56.295129.466
paranoid (not naive)56.2104031.3108
OCD (not ADHD)56.1108834.994
artistic (not scientific)56.081830.4330
dramatic (not no-nonsense)56.089433.6165
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)56.0124429.3129
😈 (not 😇)55.979727.9112
foodie (not unenthusiastic about food)55.997629.27
emotional (not logical)55.795132.8348
pensive (not serene)55.7147531.7105
wooden (not plastic)55.7131929.883
winter (not summer)55.781735.463
strict (not lenient)55.694427.6306
indoorsy (not outdoorsy)55.699831.87
positive (not negative)55.497427.319
subjective (not objective)55.374532.6125
sickly (not healthy)55.239527.0297
realist (not idealist)55.288933.1115
metaphorical (not literal)55.146336.5251
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)55.147433.073
unprepared (not hoarder)55.055727.0290
slow-talking (not fast-talking)55.054131.981
annoying (not unannoying)55.086824.418
bold (not shy)54.8161830.3357
claustrophobic (not spelunker)54.848533.297
blacksmith (not tailor)54.864029.672
opinionated (not neutral)54.7168932.3104
libertarian (not socialist)54.493632.4236
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)54.493732.1227
emotional (not unemotional)54.4135334.576
often crying (not never cries)54.472629.891
harsh (not gentle)54.490929.122
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)54.292429.877
impartial (not biased)54.126331.3250
poetic (not factual)54.071135.093
modest (not flamboyant)53.9100531.7364
hygienic (not gross)53.8148926.117
skeptical (not spiritual)53.7137334.0322
accepting (not judgemental)53.685831.0219
eager (not reluctant)53.6125024.015
experince-oriented (not goal-oriented)53.669039.212
whippersnapper (not sage)53.589428.268
timid (not cocky)53.542327.489
democratic (not authoritarian)53.4103532.4255
disorganized (not self-disciplined)53.451234.5312
awkward (not suspicious)53.461832.3339
epic (not deep)53.487436.090
blue (not red)53.495828.520
sincere (not irreverent)53.3132134.913
hurried (not leisurely)53.2110529.1338
exhibitionist (not bashful)53.1121431.6100
Pepsi (not Coke)53.068233.578
businesslike (not chivalrous)53.092131.968
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')52.969531.7178
first-mate (not captain)52.993433.8325
sweet (not bitter)52.896226.6279
🐐 (not 🦒)52.8132933.184
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)52.8104832.7125
psychopath (not empath)52.667731.3110
physical (not intellectual)52.565527.9345
genocidal (not not genocidal)52.549033.0104
prankster (not anti-prank)52.476534.616
problematic (not woke)52.195331.013
bookish (not sporty)52.0120328.8268
Swedish (not Italian)51.988528.572
subdued (not exuberant)51.973830.690
rich (not poor)51.8116132.6251
giving (not receiving)51.8121226.465
focused on the present (not focused on the future)51.7101832.1273
bossy (not meek)51.7137825.5283
demonic (not angelic)51.779921.8314
unmeddlesome (not prying)51.742426.210
arrogant (not humble)51.6107726.5330
handshakes (not hugs)51.6119433.38
buffoon (not charmer)51.654026.514
theoretical (not empirical)51.566232.9257
🥵 (not 🥶)51.5113832.694
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)51.473335.057
delicate (not coarse)51.472523.514
vegan (not cannibal)51.3105331.596
codependent (not independent)51.268534.1353
prestigious (not disreputable)51.2127328.6277
thrifty (not extravagant)51.2102329.279
hippie (not militaristic)51.276529.115
mechanical (not natural)51.286633.518
bubbly (not flat)51.193028.97
provincial (not cosmopolitan)51.090230.4228
resists change (not likes change)50.8141829.310

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Eleven (0.792)
  2. Kimiko Miyashiro (0.73)
  3. Darlene (0.674)
  4. Arya Stark (0.671)
  5. Mystique (0.671)
  6. Rust Cohle (0.666)
  7. Fox Mulder (0.661)
  8. Wanda Maximoff (0.66)
  9. Cassie Thomas (0.653)
  10. Elliot Alderson (0.653)
  1. Aaron Samuels (-0.423)
  2. Mark Brendanawicz (-0.396)
  3. Jerry Gergich (-0.39)
  4. Tom Scavo (-0.375)
  5. Ashley Wilkes (-0.351)
  6. Miguel Rivas (-0.34)
  7. Matt Donovan (-0.338)
  8. Niko Polastri (-0.333)
  9. Phyllis Lapin (-0.333)
  10. Ryan Cooper (-0.328)

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

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


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