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Simon Tam Personality Statistics

Simon 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. 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
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)97.616.720
🧠 (not 💪)96.195.524
manicured (not scruffy)94.4308.4332
bookish (not sporty)94.2288.6259
valedictorian (not drop out)94.22910.219
devoted (not unfaithful)94.2348.517
high IQ (not low IQ)93.9809.2245
civilized (not barbaric)93.889.8298
on-time (not tardy)93.8358.279
intellectual (not physical)93.12810.0331
neat (not messy)93.12410.3215
diligent (not lazy)92.812510.9325
preppy (not punk rock)91.7239.827
nerd (not jock)91.68712.1297
🎩 (not 🧢)91.4328.916
motivated (not unmotivated)91.316910.524
scientific (not artistic)91.12510.8339
self-disciplined (not disorganized)90.812413.0280
overachiever (not underachiever)90.67613.076
refined (not rugged)90.51411.4350
highbrow (not lowbrow)90.4812.0283
washed (not muddy)90.4916.023
eloquent (not unpolished)90.44312.6227
persistent (not quitter)90.32619.227
scholarly (not crafty)90.1813.8305
clean (not perverted)90.05014.491
workaholic (not slacker)89.616611.3103
rational (not whimsical)89.51612.1274
driven (not unambitious)89.518614.6232
human (not animalistic)89.43210.3217
scheduled (not spontaneous)88.86512.6259
white knight (not bad boy)88.82110.621
tasteful (not lewd)88.71913.0312
works hard (not plays hard)88.75011.7296
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)88.33716.1282
orderly (not chaotic)88.15114.7331
proper (not scandalous)87.83315.4304
studious (not goof-off)87.712016.014
cultured (not rustic)87.72915.321
metrosexual (not macho)87.41611.930
privileged (not oppressed)87.215716.843
stylish (not slovenly)86.99814.6274
precise (not vague)86.96415.1176
tense (not relaxed)86.815513.0342
deliberate (not spontaneous)86.87713.8273
pointed (not random)86.810915.966
sheltered (not street-smart)86.72214.8299
genius (not dunce)86.312215.9368
tight (not loose)86.27712.229
rich (not poor)86.123418.6243
concrete (not abstract)85.92018.915
competent (not incompetent)85.628517.4222
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)85.35622.512
formal (not intimate)85.24611.325
gatherer (not hunter)85.23813.222
prideful (not envious)85.23915.210
family-first (not work-first)85.110520.0308
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)85.15120.5206
guarded (not open)84.920215.1279
urban (not rural)84.98317.524
serious (not playful)84.815614.8334
methodical (not astonishing)84.84115.5263
private (not gregarious)84.77112.9254
sensible (not ludicrous)84.74516.5265
OCD (not ADHD)84.57017.982
quiet (not loud)84.15414.5302
reasoned (not instinctual)84.01918.3305
🎨 (not 🏀)83.918918.862
factual (not exaggerating)83.96520.375
sober (not indulgent)83.82316.6279
🤐 (not 😜)83.8409.29
high-tech (not low-tech)83.711919.1268
🧐 (not 😎)83.63819.319
confidential (not gossiping)83.521518.5305
vegan (not cannibal)83.34313.728
skeptical (not spiritual)83.215218.0316
vanilla (not kinky)83.24318.2290
smooth (not rough)83.23114.9257
😊 (not 🤣)83.05216.014
healthy (not sickly)82.921118.2227
tame (not wild)82.93417.5302
fresh (not stinky)82.820523.435
picky (not always down)82.77515.225
specialist (not generalist)82.64017.8116
reasonable (not deranged)82.213213.422
kind (not cruel)82.037616.8285
🤖 (not 👻)82.03215.925
loyal (not traitorous)81.952318.5318
well behaved (not mischievous)81.77018.5294
serious (not bold)81.63617.1298
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)81.626820.724
practical (not imaginative)81.217118.9217
prestigious (not disreputable)81.115218.9272
analysis (not common sense)81.010016.625
claustrophobic (not spelunker)80.92314.836
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)80.815816.813
intense (not lighthearted)80.533116.334
classical (not avant-garde)80.46720.4113
politically correct (not edgy)80.35318.5256
beautiful (not ugly)80.357515.9104
go-getter (not slugabed)80.242220.219
attractive (not repulsive)80.143316.3317
prudish (not flirtatious)80.15017.617
mild (not spicy)80.15618.3252
pensive (not serene)80.18316.369
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)80.08316.7254
nurturing (not poisonous)80.024019.2114
haunted (not blissful)79.725118.966
resolute (not wavering)79.619220.926
cautious (not impulsive)79.512820.6344
first-mate (not captain)79.520019.9339
dorky (not cool)79.312117.319
subdued (not exuberant)79.32017.126
heroic (not villainous)79.146817.2344
dramatic (not comedic)79.130214.489
cosmopolitan (not provincial)78.911526.6231
respectful (not rude)78.828222.2320
chaste (not lustful)78.74217.1294
water (not fire)78.67816.174
not genocidal (not genocidal)78.635526.122
introvert (not extrovert)78.510716.9265
shy (not playful)78.52814.9315
regular (not zany)78.53518.126
technophile (not luddite)78.212822.3216
believable (not poorly-written)78.137318.439
pacifist (not ferocious)78.18619.0344
presidential (not folksy)78.018719.837
tailor (not blacksmith)78.017521.327
traditional (not unorthodox)77.911521.796
sane (not crazy)77.811623.615
realistic (not fantastical)77.718523.076
reserved (not chatty)77.517920.1317
empath (not psychopath)77.433420.459
active (not slothful)77.259419.0223
🧕 (not 💃)77.02516.418
🌟 (not 💩)76.953216.114
atheist (not theist)76.821223.7104
pure (not debased)76.421517.2295
thinker (not doer)76.46520.070
ranged (not melee)76.34223.236
bashful (not exhibitionist)76.32923.169
linear (not circular)76.23925.018
legit (not scrub)76.144620.521
rigid (not flexible)76.121819.6261
monochrome (not multicolored)75.915419.9125
offended (not chill)75.826315.037
literal (not metaphorical)75.714922.3247
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)75.79129.623
opinionated (not neutral)75.775124.080
love-focused (not money-focused)75.751026.819
introspective (not not introspective)75.521722.324
sensitive (not thick-skinned)75.216518.3234
secretive (not open-book)75.238820.332
attentive (not interrupting)75.118624.279
treasure (not trash)74.968720.245
young (not old)74.947317.8314
🐩 (not 🐒)74.924222.722
knowledgeable (not ignorant)74.953923.842
monastic (not hedonist)74.84018.316
lover (not fighter)74.722621.885
repetitive (not varied)74.413618.6103
egalitarian (not racist)74.282026.225
🤔 (not 🤫)73.99427.723
logical (not emotional)73.719622.2339
giving (not receiving)73.737523.023
strict (not lenient)73.633520.9285
angelic (not demonic)73.633517.1260
deep (not epic)73.64719.881
rock (not rap)73.661018.419
modest (not flamboyant)73.529923.8334
😇 (not 😈)73.530626.223
curious (not apathetic)73.338423.8321
sorrowful (not cheery)73.332717.4343
distant (not touchy-feely)73.332422.823
traumatized (not flourishing)73.037720.828
gloomy (not sunny)72.934417.936
hurried (not leisurely)72.320721.9305
gracious (not feisty)72.17219.8251
beta (not alpha)71.922923.0195
conventional (not creative)71.721926.6298
English (not German)71.668930.430
predictable (not quirky)71.517221.417
wholesome (not salacious)71.441227.917
cat person (not dog person)71.125925.014
consistent (not variable)71.034428.342
reliable (not experimental)71.036428.436
thin (not thick)70.932820.8181
tactful (not indiscreet)70.937531.810
protagonist (not antagonist)70.864330.118
moderate (not extreme)70.613723.1213
honorable (not cunning)70.540523.6340
soulful (not soulless)70.573122.793
French (not Russian)70.326921.526
stoic (not expressive)70.221923.6331
perceptive (not unobservant)70.288328.428
mathematical (not literary)70.118126.7303
official (not backdoor)70.022827.7355
😬 (not 😏)69.918328.418
triggered (not trolling)69.635219.121
shy (not bold)69.57822.2315
mature (not juvenile)69.547724.6135
🐴 (not 🦄)69.536734.017
resourceful (not helpless)69.393924.0100
anxious (not calm)69.245226.1292
complicated (not simple)69.260326.5231
normie (not freak)69.223725.960
demanding (not unchallenging)69.285226.275
dry (not moist)69.124023.130
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)69.154027.614
sad (not happy)69.045016.3233
factual (not poetic)69.040329.831
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)68.912724.431
high standards (not desperate)68.950331.180
reassuring (not fearmongering)68.842724.031
minimalist (not pack rat)68.425822.69
humorless (not funny)68.322421.7299
reclusive (not social)68.330326.427
altruistic (not selfish)68.149025.4262
vintage (not trendy)68.166827.761
devout (not heathen)67.934324.7248
soft (not hard)67.635224.5253
soft (not hard)67.236022.4104
miserable (not joyful)67.151324.716
opinionated (not jealous)67.173931.915
flower child (not goth)66.858620.518
suspicious (not trusting)66.654126.6345
profound (not ironic)66.622122.163
coordinated (not clumsy)66.376327.0280
one-faced (not two-faced)65.971926.776
centrist (not radical)65.718332.323
careful (not brave)65.620325.3327
genuine (not sarcastic)65.644726.6275
patient (not impatient)65.526126.4123
disarming (not creepy)65.576023.0112
overprepared (not efficient)65.58828.430
submissive (not dominant)65.427221.8301
stubborn (not accommodating)65.387627.475
tall (not short)65.255818.8254
morning lark (not night owl)65.226626.0156
princess (not queen)65.128129.424
non-gamer (not gamer)65.060332.960
outsider (not insider)64.941727.0195
😭 (not 😀)64.933719.531
objective (not subjective)64.721226.5104
interested (not bored)64.677727.368
arrogant (not humble)64.562025.4344
🐮 (not 🐷)64.133222.313
uncreative (not open to new experinces)64.019224.3241
biased (not impartial)64.073026.2244
empirical (not theoretical)63.932732.6288
no-nonsense (not dramatic)63.941227.0136
🐿 (not 🦇)63.956023.712
awkward (not charming)63.830724.8361
judgemental (not accepting)63.754526.2192
master (not apprentice)63.678829.4139
innocent (not worldly)63.522825.2319
utilitarian (not decorative)63.564926.8103
political (not nonpolitical)63.455528.6243
awkward (not suspicious)63.129327.1307
builder (not explorer)63.142426.2310
conservative (not liberal)62.931026.920
statist (not anarchist)62.847828.725
important (not irrelevant)62.8110224.227
western (not eastern)62.861030.823
deep (not shallow)62.866224.651
monotone (not expressive)62.727525.532
puny (not mighty)62.421821.1288
👟 (not 🥾)62.447733.616
entitled (not grateful)62.356323.269
straight (not queer)62.0105426.8137
permanent (not transient)61.953227.7125
gendered (not androgynous)61.9123926.0142
unpatriotic (not patriotic)61.914126.712
weakass (not badass)61.923223.369
down2earth (not head@clouds)61.861430.0261
average (not deviant)61.829227.1185
👽 (not 🤡)61.850721.913
obsessed (not aloof)61.671429.7282
romantic (not dispassionate)61.683730.432
earth (not air)61.571730.977
winter (not summer)61.549429.626
hoarder (not unprepared)61.465223.8263
📉 (not 📈)60.917833.217
conspiracist (not sheeple)60.879126.7173
generous (not stingy)60.772326.677
feminist (not sexist)60.686626.314
codependent (not independent)60.537629.4320
oblivious (not alert)60.532226.115
🤑 (not 🤠)60.543932.021
straightforward (not cryptic)60.487529.9285
normal (not weird)60.339828.3348
passive (not assertive)60.324424.5202
🐀 (not 🐘)60.342729.216
timid (not cocky)60.324626.123
pretentious (not unassuming)60.267437.09
indie (not pop)60.274130.527
cooperative (not competitive)60.038029.5306
extraordinary (not mundane)59.890528.2252
🥶 (not 🥵)59.740123.863
Pepsi (not Coke)59.722133.241
hard-work (not natural-talent)59.780229.280
stuttering (not rhythmic)59.625026.437
stoic (not hypochondriac)59.666237.313
masculine (not feminine)59.382319.4343
wise (not foolish)59.371223.6356
sweet (not bitter)59.361124.0217
penny-pincher (not overspender)59.165626.121
meek (not bossy)58.831825.3300
chortling (not giggling)58.881929.424
resistant (not resigned)58.7108029.5283
💀 (not 🎃)58.664426.954
democratic (not authoritarian)58.567328.6271
charming (not trusting)58.564226.3288
emotional (not unemotional)58.595629.616
mainstream (not arcane)58.340530.7212
pro (not noob)58.3106227.010
machiavellian (not transparent)58.360030.921
Swedish (not Italian)57.847826.625
tautology (not oxymoron)57.719726.019
basic (not hipster)57.581230.2284
neurotypical (not autistic)57.4116029.0280
pessimistic (not optimistic)57.263228.4237
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')57.122536.7186
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)57.145233.026
existentialist (not nihilist)57.083427.368
complimentary (not insulting)56.969625.9101
corporate (not freelance)56.952533.436
everyman (not chosen one)56.953026.423
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)56.849130.212
fixable (not unfixable)56.881227.924
extravagant (not thrifty)56.863029.615
plastic (not wooden)56.824720.85
bright (not depressed)56.665827.8233
asexual (not sexual)56.636929.159
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)56.650226.767
close-minded (not open-minded)56.446425.6331
sheriff (not outlaw)56.168328.4241
hesitant (not decisive)56.032927.5293
idealist (not realist)56.059932.4125
equitable (not hypocritical)56.070126.5112
twitchy (not still)55.783931.468
philosophical (not real)55.631632.1176
forgiving (not vengeful)55.568324.5328
warm (not quarrelsome)55.558627.0297
punchable (not loveable)55.548427.332
whippersnapper (not sage)55.563827.835
focused on the future (not focused on the present)55.453729.8273
good-cook (not bad-cook)55.460133.942
cold (not warm)55.362726.9231
Greek (not Roman)55.345032.424
frenzied (not sleepy)55.3130125.035
🤺 (not 🏌)55.2110428.711
slow-talking (not fast-talking)55.140325.026
ambitious (not realistic)55.189031.989
🥴 (not 🥳)54.977022.717
contrarian (not yes-man)54.889325.221
child free (not pronatalist)54.796230.7195
lavish (not frugal)54.562829.6256
orange (not purple)54.564828.3216
self-conscious (not self-assured)54.535628.1211
domestic (not industrial)54.262330.994
glad (not mad)54.258026.022
musical (not off-key)54.253528.427
emancipated (not enslaved)54.1107527.5229
🙃 (not 🥰)54.166825.122
geriatric (not vibrant)54.135027.129
long-winded (not concise)54.162128.917
interesting (not tiresome)54.0113125.9277
narcissistic (not low self esteem)54.089925.233
💝 (not 💔)53.875028.824
often crying (not never cries)53.859926.918
stable (not moody)53.742728.5332
insecure (not confident)53.739026.0284
vain (not demure)53.674327.5229
🐐 (not 🦒)53.6101733.120
unlucky (not fortunate)53.576227.5306
fast (not slow)53.5110126.5270
self-improving (not self-destructive)53.563032.136
good-humored (not angry)53.482423.9241
individualist (not communal)53.391330.1115
chivalrous (not businesslike)52.771236.310
unambiguous (not mysterious)52.586030.9330
chic (not cheesy)52.568330.424
obedient (not rebellious)52.356329.0207
vulnerable (not armoured)52.253028.9221
🛌 (not 🧗)52.253429.226
lost (not enlightened)52.182231.829
cynical (not gullible)52.199025.524
compersive (not jealous)52.073227.5205
jaded (not innocent)51.9106725.517
cringeworthy (not inspiring)51.860624.897
proactive (not reactive)51.864830.425
remote (not involved)51.730027.7228
direct (not roundabout)51.6113629.5259
sturdy (not flimsy)51.6110526.328
frank (not sugarcoated)51.4123030.220
socialist (not libertarian)50.951528.9212
historical (not modern)50.170232.2194
paranoid (not naive)50.2105932.028
uninspiring (not charismatic)50.730626.9216

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Chidi Anagonye (0.808)
  2. Caitlin Snow (0.798)
  3. Ben Wyatt (0.793)
  4. Felix Gaeta (0.789)
  5. Bernard Lowe (0.786)
  6. Randall Pearson (0.783)
  7. Rupert Giles (0.781)
  8. David Rosen (0.778)
  9. Elizabeth (0.776)
  10. Dr. Allison Cameron (0.775)
  1. Meredith Palmer (-0.689)
  2. Homer Simpson (-0.64)
  3. Pamela Poovey (-0.64)
  4. Frank Gallagher (-0.62)
  5. Bart Simpson (-0.614)
  6. Erlich Bachman (-0.609)
  7. Noah Puckerman (-0.608)
  8. Tuco (-0.606)
  9. Ed (-0.604)
  10. Gavin 'Spinner' Mason (-0.589)

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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