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River Tam Descriptive Personality Statistics

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 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
extraordinary (not mundane)96.027.6231
high IQ (not low IQ)95.8328.8254
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)94.5289.032
genius (not dunce)94.41110.6342
chosen one (not everyman)94.029.924
weird (not normal)92.91411.4372
unorthodox (not traditional)92.91210.9114
haunted (not blissful)92.498.794
mysterious (not unambiguous)92.3512.3348
perceptive (not unobservant)92.35916.738
complicated (not simple)92.01415.6213
frank (not sugarcoated)91.83111.023
important (not irrelevant)91.7779.325
freelance (not corporate)91.53311.831
🤺 (not 🏌)91.3328.426
radical (not centrist)91.349.823
🌟 (not 💩)90.75819.018
freak (not normie)90.71810.984
badass (not weakass)90.616915.088
outsider (not insider)90.6714.1199
extreme (not moderate)90.36510.5250
beautiful (not ugly)90.222012.8121
love-focused (not money-focused)90.09913.121
moody (not stable)89.55513.4371
mighty (not puny)89.55313.9310
wild (not tame)89.58213.2339
fast (not slow)89.43816.2307
arcane (not mainstream)89.4615.8234
indie (not pop)88.92212.719
coordinated (not clumsy)88.712718.1296
secretive (not open-book)88.79315.535
legit (not scrub)88.45014.324
cryptic (not straightforward)88.1719.9307
chaotic (not orderly)88.08116.9376
creative (not conventional)88.05717.4336
traumatized (not flourishing)87.93916.639
natural-talent (not hard-work)87.5415.485
reclusive (not social)87.23914.624
efficient (not overprepared)87.1219.535
variable (not consistent)87.1517.230
young (not old)86.511915.6322
interesting (not tiresome)86.57316.5263
attractive (not repulsive)86.025515.9365
treasure (not trash)85.720115.950
rebellious (not obedient)85.623415.2218
backdoor (not official)85.36618.1324
confidential (not gossiping)85.217620.1329
punk rock (not preppy)85.110816.828
👽 (not 🤡)85.0209.722
deviant (not average)84.89215.7212
edgy (not politically correct)84.79215.5315
thin (not thick)84.72919.6203
spontaneous (not scheduled)84.513522.6309
egalitarian (not racist)84.438819.021
distant (not touchy-feely)84.49311.217
active (not slothful)84.132219.2255
abstract (not concrete)84.12925.018
competent (not incompetent)84.038117.5246
pro (not noob)83.933318.927
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.920819.4248
guarded (not open)83.825621.1288
autistic (not neurotypical)83.8320.7299
wooden (not plastic)83.8467.55
head@clouds (not down2earth)83.79422.3282
outlaw (not sheriff)83.617119.1252
feminist (not sexist)83.629618.424
reserved (not chatty)83.512120.7336
opinionated (not jealous)83.47616.324
contrarian (not yes-man)83.46313.334
hunter (not gatherer)83.416913.136
zany (not regular)83.310826.922
diligent (not lazy)83.165316.7314
overachiever (not underachiever)83.133025.589
instinctual (not reasoned)83.19421.3297
dramatic (not comedic)83.117016.371
air (not earth)83.11018.471
deep (not shallow)83.09117.447
mischievous (not well behaved)82.829316.6294
child free (not pronatalist)82.87421.4200
vibrant (not geriatric)82.818317.344
devoted (not unfaithful)82.650712.520
resistant (not resigned)82.67721.7288
introvert (not extrovert)82.57121.8297
experimental (not reliable)82.49520.938
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.213318.2183
private (not gregarious)82.114021.4302
curious (not apathetic)81.814521.3340
crazy (not sane)81.813620.711
stubborn (not accommodating)81.637217.781
fantastical (not realistic)81.511423.674
profound (not ironic)81.32318.886
intense (not lighthearted)81.033321.537
motivated (not unmotivated)80.776823.127
quiet (not loud)80.612622.0302
minimalist (not pack rat)80.43621.618
loyal (not traitorous)80.364519.5328
spicy (not mild)80.328118.1236
🤠 (not 🤑)80.213314.519
fighter (not lover)80.212622.580
prideful (not envious)80.113810.47
brave (not careful)80.021322.5339
open to new experinces (not uncreative)80.035620.9263
persistent (not quitter)79.993118.412
quirky (not predictable)79.910626.418
ferocious (not pacifist)79.830620.8340
feisty (not gracious)79.531219.4241
atheist (not theist)79.515626.978
avant-garde (not classical)79.55820.081
suspicious (not trusting)79.125923.7336
frenzied (not sleepy)79.126722.831
impulsive (not cautious)79.026724.3351
rock (not rap)79.030925.317
resourceful (not helpless)78.862821.6110
awkward (not charming)78.89821.9343
alpha (not beta)78.644423.0228
demanding (not unchallenging)78.652521.979
💀 (not 🎃)78.416121.369
go-getter (not slugabed)78.354620.117
explorer (not builder)78.215321.8296
master (not apprentice)78.045721.3126
fearmongering (not reassuring)78.017314.423
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)77.811624.125
family-first (not work-first)77.726324.3320
anarchist (not statist)77.714726.729
transient (not permanent)77.53120.8123
studious (not goof-off)77.550524.417
heroic (not villainous)77.159219.3332
individualist (not communal)77.129525.099
tense (not relaxed)77.052424.1317
chic (not cheesy)76.813118.331
night owl (not morning lark)76.831618.8164
equitable (not hypocritical)76.614421.2116
analysis (not common sense)76.120726.229
mathematical (not literary)76.010423.0296
specialist (not generalist)76.013627.8116
🦄 (not 🐴)76.018127.721
🧗 (not 🛌)76.037925.321
protagonist (not antagonist)75.652424.321
varied (not repetitive)75.52722.9116
liberal (not conservative)75.331424.425
driven (not unambitious)75.393224.5216
one-faced (not two-faced)75.345932.648
cold (not warm)74.925620.2267
sad (not happy)74.727417.6244
knowledgeable (not ignorant)74.460625.833
remote (not involved)74.32325.9236
bad-cook (not good-cook)74.318627.858
valedictorian (not drop out)74.259234.121
chaste (not lustful)73.910521.8308
decisive (not hesitant)73.955626.5277
asexual (not sexual)73.912026.591
alert (not oblivious)73.953228.217
rhythmic (not stuttering)73.852329.631
vengeful (not forgiving)73.738222.4334
circular (not linear)73.77028.935
open-minded (not close-minded)73.729226.5324
twitchy (not still)73.434628.591
sorrowful (not cheery)73.334319.6329
genuine (not sarcastic)72.731326.7221
innocent (not worldly)72.612324.4324
concise (not long-winded)72.614929.428
hard (not soft)72.541923.4128
astonishing (not methodical)72.412730.1282
inspiring (not cringeworthy)72.437923.0125
queen (not princess)72.251033.621
anxious (not calm)71.841625.9281
🤐 (not 😜)71.729527.025
melee (not ranged)71.66630.420
triggered (not trolling)71.629323.037
pure (not debased)71.436924.8289
demure (not vain)71.419718.6222
resolute (not wavering)71.351130.222
folksy (not presidential)71.227123.433
assertive (not passive)71.171726.3205
hipster (not basic)71.014224.9268
oppressed (not privileged)71.018022.932
introspective (not not introspective)70.841526.629
clean (not perverted)70.564027.482
stoic (not hypochondriac)70.531326.430
kinky (not vanilla)70.436225.9230
industrial (not domestic)70.222125.6103
mad (not glad)70.243918.925
dominant (not submissive)70.172624.2330
feminine (not masculine)69.944821.6345
Russian (not French)69.914023.631
soulful (not soulless)69.685026.3106
wise (not foolish)69.546223.4339
quarrelsome (not warm)69.349723.0261
modern (not historical)69.343226.9184
altruistic (not selfish)69.349724.9290
heathen (not devout)69.025624.5266
utilitarian (not decorative)69.047728.0113
technophile (not luddite)68.627328.4249
multicolored (not monochrome)68.434533.3110
scandalous (not proper)68.348025.4298
😊 (not 🤣)68.152724.920
compersive (not jealous)68.030125.2193
monotone (not expressive)68.019527.724
metrosexual (not macho)67.949824.133
thrifty (not extravagant)67.935319.111
hard (not soft)67.952626.2226
sturdy (not flimsy)67.970426.637
loveable (not punchable)67.960223.843
high-tech (not low-tech)67.840031.1245
cunning (not honorable)67.735827.7327
imaginative (not practical)67.729930.2221
highbrow (not lowbrow)67.650624.6285
😭 (not 😀)67.429329.821
📈 (not 📉)67.251327.115
charismatic (not uninspiring)67.194125.3239
overspender (not penny-pincher)67.134321.413
muddy (not washed)67.024126.623
random (not pointed)66.918832.084
animalistic (not human)66.817124.6240
fresh (not stinky)66.781624.934
generous (not stingy)66.763823.167
deranged (not reasonable)66.338024.419
workaholic (not slacker)66.2103723.897
😬 (not 😏)66.225626.922
low self esteem (not narcissistic)66.124922.634
short (not tall)66.035223.3283
lost (not enlightened)65.843427.137
ludicrous (not sensible)65.734829.5285
bad boy (not white knight)65.541326.832
dispassionate (not romantic)65.320027.427
nerd (not jock)65.269725.7328
unlucky (not fortunate)65.044128.8319
barbaric (not civilized)64.927422.7280
messy (not neat)64.838726.9180
whimsical (not rational)64.740632.5284
prudish (not flirtatious)64.735325.225
believable (not poorly-written)64.5124124.039
nonpolitical (not political)64.429832.9293
angry (not good-humored)64.242023.3218
oxymoron (not tautology)64.127926.722
impatient (not patient)64.074828.0118
purple (not orange)63.935629.6222
🙃 (not 🥰)63.941535.629
spontaneous (not deliberate)63.837834.4286
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)63.849628.4245
🦒 (not 🐐)63.68931.619
ambitious (not realistic)63.667631.378
gloomy (not sunny)63.561825.737
🎨 (not 🏀)63.580030.766
juvenile (not mature)63.447424.0111
sober (not indulgent)63.340528.7261
sheltered (not street-smart)63.237032.3297
cat person (not dog person)63.247131.623
tasteful (not lewd)63.078624.1320
frugal (not lavish)63.057024.2231
kind (not cruel)62.9101122.1303
sensitive (not thick-skinned)62.947030.9255
vintage (not trendy)62.991527.380
wholesome (not salacious)62.770627.28
timid (not cocky)62.622025.825
flexible (not rigid)62.536531.8253
queer (not straight)62.419522.2117
scruffy (not manicured)62.344327.8324
rude (not respectful)62.144025.7320
unpatriotic (not patriotic)62.116228.015
giggling (not chortling)62.128230.735
doer (not thinker)62.178234.074
direct (not roundabout)62.092636.8280
high standards (not desperate)62.075028.959
blacksmith (not tailor)61.739022.322
reactive (not proactive)61.645336.923
🦇 (not 🐿)61.546035.824
charming (not trusting)61.461723.6266
pessimistic (not optimistic)61.455026.5217
self-assured (not self-conscious)61.489830.6229
🐒 (not 🐩)61.347728.412
English (not German)61.2130424.318
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)61.244126.720
rough (not smooth)61.052828.7271
genocidal (not not genocidal)61.030528.626
gamer (not non-gamer)60.938631.659
Greek (not Roman)60.621530.725
shy (not playful)60.524329.1282
crafty (not scholarly)60.577029.5302
miserable (not joyful)60.577018.617
competitive (not cooperative)60.486628.6282
unassuming (not pretentious)60.438032.523
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)60.466532.023
😈 (not 😇)60.260524.023
picky (not always down)60.267425.612
armoured (not vulnerable)60.185128.2227
chivalrous (not businesslike)60.056128.212
🥾 (not 👟)59.854833.513
factual (not exaggerating)59.861333.272
bold (not serious)59.669232.2269
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)59.668629.420
💃 (not 🧕)59.591531.623
works hard (not plays hard)59.496827.6238
goth (not flower child)59.442337.419
emancipated (not enslaved)59.398130.4248
tardy (not on-time)59.041532.283
rugged (not refined)58.857027.9341
musical (not off-key)58.846733.330
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)58.889232.218
insulting (not complimentary)58.360024.4109
vegan (not cannibal)58.370630.738
philosophical (not real)58.228634.2202
indiscreet (not tactful)58.234437.023
stylish (not slovenly)58.192927.9272
cool (not dorky)58.079726.520
unpolished (not eloquent)57.849030.9244
aloof (not obsessed)57.619931.7260
confident (not insecure)57.6106630.3297
fire (not water)57.690736.590
interested (not bored)57.3112132.571
humorless (not funny)57.250028.0261
paranoid (not naive)57.286528.621
serious (not playful)56.991328.3337
opinionated (not neutral)56.8144232.876
innocent (not jaded)56.740827.122
depressed (not bright)56.663931.0234
nihilist (not existentialist)56.631630.186
grateful (not entitled)56.569725.866
machiavellian (not transparent)56.568629.720
😎 (not 🧐)56.477930.817
🐮 (not 🐷)56.485321.119
stoic (not expressive)56.356534.8305
🧠 (not 💪)56.2111527.621
spelunker (not claustrophobic)56.289833.331
winter (not summer)56.170737.717
🥴 (not 🥳)56.079627.513
strict (not lenient)55.982127.4285
dramatic (not no-nonsense)55.979132.4139
vague (not precise)55.736535.9208
poisonous (not nurturing)55.756225.8114
cynical (not gullible)55.798829.122
realist (not idealist)55.675732.4100
moist (not dry)55.665731.127
cultured (not rustic)55.697234.214
offended (not chill)55.486328.826
unprepared (not hoarder)55.347927.0268
tight (not loose)55.3105134.740
bold (not shy)55.2141130.3329
artistic (not scientific)55.274530.1308
emotional (not logical)55.184832.5316
whippersnapper (not sage)55.169927.227
gendered (not androgynous)55.0151131.8136
interrupting (not attentive)55.068933.478
libertarian (not socialist)54.981132.3220
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)54.841231.113
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)54.679431.9204
epic (not deep)54.671634.664
creepy (not disarming)54.538128.5127
modest (not flamboyant)54.387331.2329
awkward (not suspicious)54.350632.0302
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)54.3114829.725
impartial (not biased)54.222631.3224
💔 (not 💝)54.268628.112
OCD (not ADHD)54.2101434.874
sickly (not healthy)54.035826.9264
monastic (not hedonist)54.054428.024
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)54.061935.115
metaphorical (not literal)53.945337.0228
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)53.987432.399
emotional (not unemotional)53.9117433.019
skeptical (not spiritual)53.6120434.1293
exhibitionist (not bashful)53.5106733.574
Pepsi (not Coke)53.556234.358
poetic (not factual)53.463436.645
psychopath (not empath)53.258532.287
democratic (not authoritarian)53.190032.3232
exuberant (not subdued)53.199831.535
urban (not rural)53.0120929.419
self-destructive (not self-improving)53.088329.430
slow-talking (not fast-talking)52.953232.043
hurried (not leisurely)52.898429.1304
unfixable (not fixable)52.856532.134
sweet (not bitter)52.784326.5251
first-mate (not captain)52.682734.0298
intimate (not formal)52.584129.323
disorganized (not self-disciplined)52.346934.3283
🧢 (not 🎩)52.378538.512
accepting (not judgemental)52.277931.3193
rich (not poor)52.1102532.7236
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')52.170831.4162
demonic (not angelic)52.069321.6288
eastern (not western)52.029432.820
subjective (not objective)51.984032.1102
Swedish (not Italian)51.976527.922
often crying (not never cries)51.971229.130
focused on the present (not focused on the future)51.890631.9257
bookish (not sporty)51.8105828.5240
arrogant (not humble)51.696126.5301
physical (not intellectual)51.559628.2316
bossy (not meek)51.5122325.0259
giving (not receiving)51.5105431.016
prestigious (not disreputable)51.4111028.5261
👻 (not 🤖)51.491136.814
🥵 (not 🥶)51.398632.265
theoretical (not empirical)51.159832.8242
🐘 (not 🐀)51.187236.028
codependent (not independent)50.961233.9321
🤫 (not 🤔)50.762234.813
pensive (not serene)50.6149432.374
provincial (not cosmopolitan)50.580030.2198

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 (0.822)
  2. Kimiko Miyashiro (0.748)
  3. Arya Stark (0.701)
  4. Rust Cohle (0.692)
  5. Fox Mulder (0.67)
  6. Mystique (0.67)
  7. Maeve Wiley (0.67)
  8. Wyldstyle (0.668)
  9. Darlene (0.66)
  10. Katniss Everdeen (0.659)
  1. Mark Brendanawicz (-0.396)
  2. Tom Scavo (-0.377)
  3. Jerry Gergich (-0.376)
  4. Aaron Samuels (-0.363)
  5. Principal Skinner (-0.361)
  6. Harry Crane (-0.352)
  7. Niko Polastri (-0.348)
  8. Matt Donovan (-0.341)
  9. Mr. William Collins (-0.34)
  10. James Taggart (-0.337)

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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