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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
manicured (not scruffy)94.4328.4345
bookish (not sporty)94.3188.4265
high IQ (not low IQ)93.9759.2246
valedictorian (not drop out)93.93411.313
civilized (not barbaric)93.7119.8299
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)93.6713.615
preppy (not punk rock)93.6148.827
intellectual (not physical)93.02710.0340
diligent (not lazy)92.810210.8330
neat (not messy)92.72410.5217
🧠 (not 💪)92.03316.021
nerd (not jock)91.67012.0300
studious (not goof-off)91.45210.911
scientific (not artistic)91.21810.8349
self-disciplined (not disorganized)90.711212.9281
highbrow (not lowbrow)90.5611.9296
refined (not rugged)90.41611.5367
persistent (not quitter)90.32279.123
eloquent (not unpolished)90.14912.7236
scholarly (not crafty)89.9713.7315
rational (not whimsical)89.81612.0284
🎩 (not 🧢)89.85110.613
driven (not unambitious)89.419514.5240
workaholic (not slacker)89.314911.3104
human (not animalistic)89.03410.6224
scheduled (not spontaneous)88.95612.6262
privileged (not oppressed)88.811213.738
works hard (not plays hard)88.74111.6297
metrosexual (not macho)88.71212.128
tasteful (not lewd)88.42513.0320
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)88.33616.1286
orderly (not chaotic)87.84214.7330
proper (not scandalous)87.52916.2317
precise (not vague)87.15915.0174
deliberate (not spontaneous)86.97513.7285
tense (not relaxed)86.912412.9345
tight (not loose)86.77412.327
stylish (not slovenly)86.310215.3285
sheltered (not street-smart)86.22315.3314
genius (not dunce)86.111116.3374
🤐 (not 😜)85.81510.65
rich (not poor)85.620619.4244
competent (not incompetent)85.325417.6223
formal (not intimate)85.34612.123
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)85.24520.4207
guarded (not open)85.116114.6285
sensible (not ludicrous)85.04016.3268
family-first (not work-first)85.08720.2315
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)85.05624.310
serious (not playful)84.914414.6339
urban (not rural)84.88018.221
methodical (not astonishing)84.73915.3279
gatherer (not hunter)84.64113.422
private (not gregarious)84.36513.4261
quiet (not loud)83.94714.5308
reasoned (not instinctual)83.81818.3315
confidential (not gossiping)83.518418.5303
vanilla (not kinky)83.43418.0299
smooth (not rough)83.33114.8269
sober (not indulgent)83.22417.5285
specialist (not generalist)83.23017.4115
high-tech (not low-tech)83.110119.8266
vegan (not cannibal)82.93613.727
skeptical (not spiritual)82.813418.3332
tame (not wild)82.72917.6306
healthy (not sickly)82.618918.6236
concrete (not abstract)82.53919.712
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)82.421419.718
loyal (not traitorous)82.142718.2320
introspective (not not introspective)82.16115.118
kind (not cruel)81.832016.7288
fresh (not stinky)81.720324.329
well behaved (not mischievous)81.66118.4301
go-getter (not slugabed)81.630417.917
🧐 (not 😎)81.64419.517
claustrophobic (not spelunker)81.51414.937
😊 (not 🤣)81.46613.58
serious (not bold)81.13017.3301
practical (not imaginative)80.814219.2211
prestigious (not disreputable)80.715219.2285
reasonable (not deranged)80.614412.821
mild (not spicy)80.54318.0256
beautiful (not ugly)80.546515.9105
classical (not avant-garde)80.36220.4115
politically correct (not edgy)80.23718.4261
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)80.214018.011
nurturing (not poisonous)80.120518.9118
attractive (not repulsive)80.035916.5327
regular (not zany)80.01918.123
sane (not crazy)79.95824.613
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)79.87516.5267
🤖 (not 👻)79.64417.417
intense (not lighthearted)79.630317.033
heroic (not villainous)79.338517.4351
first-mate (not captain)79.317720.1347
cautious (not impulsive)79.210720.6352
dorky (not cool)78.910118.514
monastic (not hedonist)78.91417.514
respectful (not rude)78.822122.0332
introvert (not extrovert)78.78116.4275
shy (not playful)78.42115.2321
chaste (not lustful)78.35017.5302
pacifist (not ferocious)78.27619.2360
cosmopolitan (not provincial)78.211127.0234
traditional (not unorthodox)78.19321.698
tailor (not blacksmith)78.016821.327
active (not slothful)77.748418.2230
offended (not chill)77.719814.334
reserved (not chatty)77.615519.9332
technophile (not luddite)77.610122.7221
subdued (not exuberant)77.32316.426
presidential (not folksy)77.317620.135
🧕 (not 💃)77.02218.713
believable (not poorly-written)76.936619.337
rigid (not flexible)76.118119.5264
pure (not debased)75.920217.7301
knowledgeable (not ignorant)75.941223.738
monochrome (not multicolored)75.512519.9125
literal (not metaphorical)75.412622.7253
🌟 (not 💩)75.445815.912
ranged (not melee)75.45422.338
repetitive (not varied)75.310217.6105
sensitive (not thick-skinned)75.313018.1243
linear (not circular)75.15525.317
secretive (not open-book)75.132520.929
🐩 (not 🐒)75.021522.722
atheist (not theist)74.921826.1103
egalitarian (not racist)74.966524.822
resolute (not wavering)74.928625.522
treasure (not trash)74.856920.642
young (not old)74.539917.6324
😇 (not 😈)74.324121.819
legit (not scrub)74.244621.817
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)73.79731.120
strict (not lenient)73.629420.9289
curious (not apathetic)73.631423.6337
angelic (not demonic)73.628917.1268
sorrowful (not cheery)73.524817.0359
traumatized (not flourishing)73.429315.723
modest (not flamboyant)73.327123.5354
logical (not emotional)73.217522.4347
perceptive (not unobservant)72.865625.429
English (not German)72.649329.229
wholesome (not salacious)72.332128.417
conventional (not creative)72.316726.3307
beta (not alpha)72.119522.8207
hurried (not leisurely)72.118021.7313
gracious (not feisty)71.77120.2253
gloomy (not sunny)71.631218.934
consistent (not variable)71.527428.043
thin (not thick)71.227521.1180
reliable (not experimental)71.029428.829
honorable (not cunning)70.533223.8346
😬 (not 😏)70.514029.414
soulful (not soulless)70.261322.792
French (not Russian)70.224421.526
stoic (not expressive)70.019523.7339
reclusive (not social)70.022126.721
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)69.99524.130
moderate (not extreme)69.712223.8221
official (not backdoor)69.620228.0366
complicated (not simple)69.448226.3234
mathematical (not literary)69.315727.0314
anxious (not calm)69.236626.3304
shy (not bold)69.26122.3333
🤔 (not 🤫)69.221930.317
sad (not happy)68.936115.9242
mature (not juvenile)68.741824.4132
dry (not moist)68.720823.528
minimalist (not pack rat)68.522921.410
altruistic (not selfish)68.240025.2278
humorless (not funny)68.218721.8312
triggered (not trolling)68.235220.218
resourceful (not helpless)68.080524.5103
devout (not heathen)67.630725.1256
🤺 (not 🏌)67.559522.28
soft (not hard)67.429224.9257
soft (not hard)67.228622.3106
overprepared (not efficient)67.06328.631
coordinated (not clumsy)66.363226.8287
suspicious (not trusting)66.147527.0357
outsider (not insider)65.833526.7209
objective (not subjective)65.715626.4104
🐴 (not 🦄)65.637335.314
morning lark (not night owl)65.520526.1157
romantic (not dispassionate)65.461528.730
genuine (not sarcastic)65.238626.6284
tactful (not indiscreet)65.248232.58
tall (not short)65.146418.6259
careful (not brave)65.017525.6334
disarming (not creepy)65.064323.2112
submissive (not dominant)64.923522.4309
arrogant (not humble)64.951125.3349
patient (not impatient)64.624126.4118
miserable (not joyful)64.449926.118
🤑 (not 🤠)64.432128.316
deep (not shallow)64.250923.953
factual (not poetic)64.042829.227
uncreative (not open to new experinces)63.916524.6252
biased (not impartial)63.963326.4247
👟 (not 🥾)63.936734.614
awkward (not suspicious)63.823827.0315
statist (not anarchist)63.737128.324
penny-pincher (not overspender)63.741923.915
oblivious (not alert)63.723721.913
awkward (not charming)63.625225.1376
empirical (not theoretical)63.630132.5298
👽 (not 🤡)63.637322.08
builder (not explorer)63.533826.2312
utilitarian (not decorative)63.555026.9106
🐮 (not 🐷)63.530222.013
no-nonsense (not dramatic)63.434127.2141
permanent (not transient)63.338627.5125
master (not apprentice)63.365529.2141
innocent (not worldly)63.221225.3330
judgemental (not accepting)63.245226.6199
stuttering (not rhythmic)63.216324.236
political (not nonpolitical)63.146628.5251
important (not irrelevant)62.890224.227
down2earth (not head@clouds)62.647630.1271
straight (not queer)62.488026.5142
gendered (not androgynous)62.3101626.1147
western (not eastern)62.351631.119
obsessed (not aloof)62.156729.4285
average (not deviant)61.824226.8196
puny (not mighty)61.718521.4291
hoarder (not unprepared)61.553623.8268
😭 (not 😀)61.536920.924
pretentious (not unassuming)61.353336.511
conservative (not liberal)60.927527.618
conspiracist (not sheeple)60.865326.3182
cooperative (not competitive)60.730329.1312
🐿 (not 🦇)60.651721.911
normal (not weird)60.331928.4348
straightforward (not cryptic)60.372829.9296
codependent (not independent)60.232029.3324
unpatriotic (not patriotic)59.813328.710
extraordinary (not mundane)59.774928.3262
resistant (not resigned)59.486429.4287
passive (not assertive)59.422124.9205
masculine (not feminine)59.367319.5351
wise (not foolish)59.357723.7365
sweet (not bitter)59.050524.0224
meek (not bossy)58.826525.1306
charming (not trusting)58.854226.1304
democratic (not authoritarian)58.555329.1285
🐀 (not 🐘)58.540131.413
basic (not hipster)58.366030.0290
feminist (not sexist)58.276025.814
fixable (not unfixable)58.162228.622
musical (not off-key)57.938826.928
neurotypical (not autistic)57.895328.9285
pessimistic (not optimistic)57.851128.3241
pro (not noob)57.785827.59
mainstream (not arcane)57.335331.1219
idealist (not realist)57.048231.4129
punchable (not loveable)56.836927.830
existentialist (not nihilist)56.767326.766
narcissistic (not low self esteem)56.769824.930
sheriff (not outlaw)56.654728.8246
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')56.521436.7189
Greek (not Roman)56.534432.122
hesitant (not decisive)56.427327.3308
philosophical (not real)56.424532.1175
complimentary (not insulting)56.459025.9103
equitable (not hypocritical)56.458526.6113
forgiving (not vengeful)56.056524.7336
warm (not quarrelsome)55.947926.8303
Swedish (not Italian)55.944127.822
close-minded (not open-minded)55.738525.5339
🐐 (not 🦒)55.776732.819
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)55.740932.925
cold (not warm)55.650826.9236
glad (not mad)55.644724.918
focused on the future (not focused on the present)55.543429.7279
corporate (not freelance)55.546533.732
bright (not depressed)55.457727.6239
📉 (not 📈)55.425134.014
slow-talking (not fast-talking)55.234124.926
individualist (not communal)54.970030.0120
child free (not pronatalist)54.880330.3205
domestic (not industrial)54.550830.796
geriatric (not vibrant)54.427827.529
stable (not moody)54.234228.4339
orange (not purple)54.153128.2219
💝 (not 💔)54.160527.818
lavish (not frugal)54.052529.7270
emancipated (not enslaved)54.088627.6230
self-conscious (not self-assured)54.028427.9215
interesting (not tiresome)53.891525.8279
lost (not enlightened)53.864330.827
unlucky (not fortunate)53.760027.5315
good-humored (not angry)53.765423.8246
fast (not slow)53.689326.4271
vain (not demure)53.662727.0241
🛌 (not 🧗)53.640930.123
chortling (not giggling)53.580430.022
frenzied (not sleepy)53.4109324.138
whippersnapper (not sage)53.360029.233
insecure (not confident)53.232526.2297
vulnerable (not armoured)52.342628.8226
obedient (not rebellious)52.345429.2216
unambiguous (not mysterious)52.270630.6334
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)52.075825.95
direct (not roundabout)51.893229.6269
🥳 (not 🥴)51.852120.312
compersive (not jealous)51.761727.3210
remote (not involved)51.624628.1227
modern (not historical)51.471932.2199
cringeworthy (not inspiring)51.350925.8103
🙃 (not 🥰)51.261425.719
socialist (not libertarian)51.041129.1220
uninspiring (not charismatic)50.825127.1220
self-improving (not self-destructive)50.757832.533
flimsy (not sturdy)50.339124.927

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. Felix Gaeta (0.81)
  2. Caitlin Snow (0.806)
  3. Chidi Anagonye (0.806)
  4. Randall Pearson (0.792)
  5. Dr. Allison Cameron (0.787)
  1. Meredith Palmer (-0.719)
  2. Homer Simpson (-0.672)
  3. Frank Gallagher (-0.646)
  4. Pamela Poovey (-0.644)
  5. Erlich Bachman (-0.636)

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. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.52)
  2. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.38)
  3. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.34)
  4. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.27)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.24)
  6. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.22)
  7. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.21)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.19)
  9. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.16)
  10. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.13)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.11)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.1)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.08)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.08)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.07)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.03)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.02)
  18. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.02)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.01)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.04)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.05)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.06)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.06)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.1)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.15)


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