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Derek Shepherd Personality Statistics

Derek Shepherd is a character from Grey's Anatomy. 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
charming (not awkward)93.41311.8592
straight (not queer)92.63015.3340
beautiful (not ugly)92.410212.8450
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)92.31416.8199
sexual (not asexual)91.96411.556
high IQ (not low IQ)91.714010.0530
privileged (not oppressed)91.37212.652
motivated (not unmotivated)91.31619.836
driven (not unambitious)90.614712.8547
master (not apprentice)90.59614.9343
pro (not noob)90.412214.9171
overachiever (not underachiever)90.18912.063
rich (not poor)89.914511.3591
competent (not incompetent)89.815513.9461
charismatic (not uninspiring)89.67216.6531
confident (not insecure)89.47114.3599
valedictorian (not drop out)89.211716.4214
diligent (not lazy)89.030612.1562
attractive (not repulsive)89.011517.6638
coordinated (not clumsy)89.012115.9551
important (not irrelevant)88.118220.0227
flirtatious (not prudish)87.98014.143
prestigious (not disreputable)87.24215.5485
dog person (not cat person)86.93820.834
playful (not shy)86.817613.4575
masculine (not feminine)86.722814.8637
bold (not shy)86.440713.8612
neurotypical (not autistic)86.11416.4526
persistent (not quitter)86.053018.8182
pointed (not random)85.815215.639
genius (not dunce)85.713817.1650
active (not slothful)85.722513.5512
romantic (not dispassionate)85.411214.343
fresh (not stinky)85.312718.7233
gendered (not androgynous)85.024321.8274
workaholic (not slacker)84.835215.6455
😏 (not 😬)84.64720.7173
alpha (not beta)84.126818.4507
self-assured (not self-conscious)84.19920.1542
captain (not first-mate)83.920021.4556
resourceful (not helpless)83.738518.7449
specialist (not generalist)83.62718.8396
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)83.14422.2170
🌟 (not 💩)83.025825.0155
extrovert (not introvert)82.919017.8532
prideful (not envious)82.87816.062
cocky (not timid)82.833217.733
go-getter (not slugabed)82.631420.4161
heroic (not villainous)82.535717.6588
healthy (not sickly)82.521820.9512
charming (not trusting)82.27919.6536
efficient (not overprepared)82.23421.238
egalitarian (not racist)81.750019.8171
eloquent (not unpolished)81.623020.0480
scientific (not artistic)81.218519.9613
civilized (not barbaric)81.229818.5580
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)81.211422.7185
rhythmic (not stuttering)80.820622.339
interested (not bored)80.814921.646
disarming (not creepy)80.616918.2299
stylish (not slovenly)80.425718.6585
rock (not rap)80.425218.238
dominant (not submissive)80.443818.8595
social (not reclusive)80.418121.9261
extraordinary (not mundane)80.327421.7571
soulful (not soulless)80.340020.1428
human (not animalistic)80.130317.8439
🥰 (not 🙃)80.15625.0247
🧠 (not 💪)79.933523.4194
high-tech (not low-tech)79.916518.9491
mighty (not puny)79.831919.8518
narcissistic (not low self esteem)79.525314.748
Italian (not Swedish)79.410923.730
💃 (not 🧕)79.326918.7254
love-focused (not money-focused)78.940914.227
high standards (not desperate)78.823021.790
self-disciplined (not disorganized)78.852121.0572
joyful (not miserable)78.511018.8150
precise (not vague)78.426522.0418
calm (not anxious)78.47720.5574
kind (not cruel)78.347120.2607
not genocidal (not genocidal)78.336825.436
protagonist (not antagonist)78.236017.222
bright (not depressed)78.112020.2462
fast (not slow)78.031018.6548
legit (not scrub)78.036925.0232
knowledgeable (not ignorant)78.045827.342
lustful (not chaste)77.922220.1543
open to new experinces (not uncreative)77.837821.3557
🥵 (not 🥶)77.77827.954
good-humored (not angry)77.325420.5484
highbrow (not lowbrow)77.118519.9478
treasure (not trash)76.960526.4169
washed (not muddy)76.922926.133
warm (not cold)76.727721.2509
smooth (not rough)76.610622.4525
😎 (not 🧐)76.523527.0147
involved (not remote)76.429922.0538
flower child (not goth)76.434018.434
🧗 (not 🛌)76.433626.8270
normal (not weird)76.37421.4575
optimistic (not pessimistic)76.119823.8537
assertive (not passive)76.052922.8471
patriotic (not unpatriotic)75.831222.0176
vibrant (not geriatric)75.837024.137
expressive (not monotone)75.834917.938
preppy (not punk rock)75.734725.542
inspiring (not cringeworthy)75.624424.1440
decisive (not hesitant)75.647323.8603
😜 (not 🤐)75.325424.7153
🏌 (not 🤺)75.23429.5191
funny (not humorless)74.833819.7574
French (not Russian)74.714525.131
sunny (not gloomy)74.723320.726
emancipated (not enslaved)74.631820.9481
English (not German)74.651623.439
reassuring (not fearmongering)74.525719.551
exhibitionist (not bashful)74.430022.952
extravagant (not thrifty)74.330125.062
demanding (not unchallenging)74.167324.864
perceptive (not unobservant)74.075824.635
generous (not stingy)74.034720.375
😊 (not 🤣)73.927227.2186
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)73.941123.8481
brave (not careful)73.838223.9582
bossy (not meek)73.861722.0554
stoic (not hypochondriac)73.722027.720
worldly (not innocent)73.653822.0584
pronatalist (not child free)73.411424.1475
cheery (not sorrowful)73.119620.2622
interesting (not tiresome)73.049525.7565
insider (not outsider)73.09628.9428
Greek (not Roman)73.02524.122
happy (not sad)72.915620.9535
neat (not messy)72.850724.6437
angelic (not demonic)72.635321.8541
badass (not weakass)72.671231.268
reasonable (not deranged)72.637924.4174
💝 (not 💔)72.624032.1222
tasteful (not lewd)72.536521.8597
normie (not freak)72.516722.562
complimentary (not insulting)72.330821.2432
glad (not mad)72.319623.7171
chosen one (not everyman)72.327431.943
queen (not princess)72.248629.943
intellectual (not physical)72.255023.8608
competitive (not cooperative)72.256225.6589
tall (not short)71.937817.8524
curious (not apathetic)71.743425.2592
empath (not psychopath)71.749023.869
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)71.327424.1427
OCD (not ADHD)71.248828.645
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)71.155428.0154
believable (not poorly-written)71.179829.339
ambitious (not realistic)71.141928.456
sweet (not bitter)71.133422.2551
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)71.116528.6215
chatty (not reserved)71.042124.8602
loveable (not punchable)70.944530.642
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)70.732129.2541
🏀 (not 🎨)70.630529.351
lover (not fighter)70.630125.158
doer (not thinker)70.547230.060
still (not twitchy)70.416628.761
wise (not foolish)70.340123.5615
exuberant (not subdued)70.340821.635
cool (not dorky)70.241324.9167
trusting (not suspicious)70.023925.7569
respectful (not rude)70.049123.6619
honorable (not cunning)69.842227.0651
emotional (not unemotional)69.863024.736
🐘 (not 🐀)69.724328.4231
nurturing (not poisonous)69.653824.1305
fast-talking (not slow-talking)69.347423.250
existentialist (not nihilist)69.123824.3290
pretentious (not unassuming)69.142826.1197
intimate (not formal)68.929325.1263
alert (not oblivious)68.963526.3165
technophile (not luddite)68.826825.0424
loyal (not traitorous)68.694426.1580
spelunker (not claustrophobic)68.634920.720
warm (not quarrelsome)68.531325.6579
🥳 (not 🥴)68.416727.9181
manicured (not scruffy)68.371226.9577
forgiving (not vengeful)68.238625.1543
modern (not historical)68.242725.3441
mathematical (not literary)68.121328.1526
sturdy (not flimsy)68.166220.629
on-time (not tardy)68.171224.762
touchy-feely (not distant)67.929724.946
tailor (not blacksmith)67.754031.531
scholarly (not crafty)67.625929.3549
confidential (not gossiping)67.669026.0539
wholesome (not salacious)67.351627.6176
good-cook (not bad-cook)67.324925.938
📈 (not 📉)67.246432.2184
stubborn (not accommodating)67.281429.464
cosmopolitan (not provincial)67.035727.0499
😀 (not 😭)66.933733.0186
orderly (not chaotic)66.951226.1578
presidential (not folksy)66.847228.333
complicated (not simple)66.767728.7485
works hard (not plays hard)66.571624.1617
official (not backdoor)66.530427.9526
bold (not serious)66.346925.9630
arrogant (not humble)66.257925.5610
basic (not hipster)66.251326.7551
introspective (not not introspective)66.154328.2249
🐩 (not 🐒)66.043430.7148
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)66.034832.727
jaded (not innocent)65.969623.927
opinionated (not jealous)65.779527.631
factual (not exaggerating)65.643826.853
clean (not perverted)65.672428.958
Coke (not Pepsi)65.616234.148
lavish (not frugal)65.640025.8552
expressive (not stoic)65.557425.9585
sensible (not ludicrous)65.457024.8570
opinionated (not neutral)65.2111231.776
corporate (not freelance)65.136431.132
spicy (not mild)65.066827.9535
resolute (not wavering)65.071827.8132
😇 (not 😈)64.950229.5184
creative (not conventional)64.949628.7605
tactful (not indiscreet)64.960427.7184
sane (not crazy)64.841125.3149
vintage (not trendy)64.877830.648
mainstream (not arcane)64.623127.5499
factual (not poetic)64.552529.037
direct (not roundabout)64.377827.9526
vain (not demure)64.351925.5546
frenzied (not sleepy)64.397021.235
biased (not impartial)64.272626.8487
🥾 (not 👟)64.042033.6157
relaxed (not tense)63.616324.8570
genuine (not sarcastic)63.649627.4559
white knight (not bad boy)63.564230.434
proactive (not reactive)63.521827.037
rebellious (not obedient)63.472525.7483
resistant (not resigned)63.288126.2506
refined (not rugged)63.163925.3617
skeptical (not spiritual)63.186827.4604
moist (not dry)63.134432.737
hoarder (not unprepared)62.959322.1463
sheriff (not outlaw)62.753128.0542
obsessed (not aloof)62.667925.5573
devoted (not unfaithful)62.6113630.341
suspicious (not awkward)62.377620.8501
deep (not shallow)62.268927.7188
hunter (not gatherer)62.262831.631
frank (not sugarcoated)62.293227.643
individualist (not communal)61.964229.8434
independent (not codependent)61.878231.9558
natural-talent (not hard-work)61.725230.866
mature (not juvenile)61.667325.8427
entitled (not grateful)61.657829.960
chivalrous (not businesslike)61.646927.063
non-gamer (not gamer)61.569734.541
analysis (not common sense)61.556330.629
open-minded (not close-minded)61.467326.9550
atheist (not theist)61.366626.4323
🐮 (not 🐷)61.347027.2196
wooden (not plastic)61.384030.052
summer (not winter)61.357733.334
overspender (not penny-pincher)61.142924.9226
hedonist (not monastic)61.151727.9121
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)60.956228.662
politically correct (not edgy)60.743827.0571
permanent (not transient)60.758529.4281
straightforward (not cryptic)60.587928.4578
chill (not offended)60.535826.041
indulgent (not sober)60.462326.2579
liberal (not conservative)60.372930.2167
studious (not goof-off)60.291527.3185
cultured (not rustic)60.275124.737
concise (not long-winded)60.245728.322
leisurely (not hurried)60.137225.4559
playful (not serious)59.944021.8595
loud (not quiet)59.867325.1533
🤑 (not 🤠)59.845232.6165
fixable (not unfixable)59.869829.843
gregarious (not private)59.742627.6562
patient (not impatient)59.738429.1313
cynical (not gullible)59.780629.851
pensive (not serene)59.6106926.846
rational (not whimsical)59.574628.3595
soft (not hard)59.551125.2415
utilitarian (not decorative)59.578827.7382
water (not fire)59.538334.353
lighthearted (not intense)59.432525.739
👻 (not 🤖)59.257330.4154
fantastical (not realistic)59.249231.144
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)59.094132.4181
jock (not nerd)58.952128.0592
real (not philosophical)58.985927.5429
flamboyant (not modest)58.657929.8602
statist (not anarchist)58.661327.0192
triggered (not trolling)58.685227.128
down2earth (not head@clouds)58.569431.1544
devout (not heathen)58.464327.1460
minimalist (not pack rat)58.361128.7151
idealist (not realist)58.253630.6449
consistent (not variable)58.278131.842
secretive (not open-book)58.287427.347
impulsive (not cautious)58.164528.4593
circular (not linear)58.144528.929
mischievous (not well behaved)57.978726.5587
macho (not metrosexual)57.944730.631
blissful (not haunted)57.932331.190
tautology (not oxymoron)57.921428.022
extreme (not moderate)57.886926.9469
logical (not emotional)57.754327.3584
multicolored (not monochrome)57.756430.8394
scandalous (not proper)57.666228.8494
never cries (not often crying)57.575326.336
soft (not hard)57.455225.2547
objective (not subjective)57.444629.9378
enlightened (not lost)57.453931.637
profound (not ironic)57.350631.551
domestic (not industrial)57.150228.6425
picky (not always down)57.074830.042
accepting (not judgemental)56.958728.9402
feminist (not sexist)56.993827.3190
wild (not tame)56.784525.8514
cheesy (not chic)56.769633.637
🐐 (not 🦒)56.688533.4267
armoured (not vulnerable)56.586926.6460
concrete (not abstract)56.480331.0179
musical (not off-key)56.248831.046
one-faced (not two-faced)56.193432.869
libertarian (not socialist)56.071629.8436
open (not guarded)56.029428.2560
deviant (not average)56.085026.9414
ranged (not melee)56.071029.420
contrarian (not yes-man)55.986431.233
morning lark (not night owl)55.847532.0392
sheeple (not conspiracist)55.728226.4377
flourishing (not traumatized)55.638323.327
🐿 (not 🦇)55.479232.7146
chortling (not giggling)55.392332.633
classical (not avant-garde)55.278930.4427
gracious (not feisty)55.133926.7498
predictable (not quirky)55.062530.044
altruistic (not selfish)54.980528.7613
pop (not indie)54.942531.637
centrist (not radical)54.952827.132
spontaneous (not deliberate)54.847829.5570
spontaneous (not scheduled)54.859629.0574
attentive (not interrupting)54.869930.954
sage (not whippersnapper)54.761632.525
purple (not orange)54.665130.6454
giving (not receiving)54.688632.428
pure (not debased)54.575326.4525
empirical (not theoretical)54.179230.6493
flexible (not rigid)54.155525.4487
self-improving (not self-destructive)54.160627.637
mysterious (not unambiguous)53.961728.6588
repetitive (not varied)53.891127.1295
🧢 (not 🎩)53.868533.6149
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)53.892628.244
vanilla (not kinky)53.770929.1539
political (not nonpolitical)53.785128.1505
💀 (not 🎃)53.576737.551
focused on the future (not focused on the present)53.460930.0589
rural (not urban)53.339131.6263
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')53.250131.7427
street-smart (not sheltered)53.297528.2477
reliable (not experimental)53.282634.541
fortunate (not unlucky)53.066932.2615
earth (not air)52.9105134.955
dramatic (not no-nonsense)52.880229.2321
stable (not moody)52.745728.3599
naive (not paranoid)52.747729.240
methodical (not astonishing)52.494732.3570
equitable (not hypocritical)52.481530.0416
regular (not zany)52.360027.7139
dramatic (not comedic)52.3107930.261
deep (not epic)52.369327.044
strict (not lenient)52.287024.8625
imaginative (not practical)52.253431.6510
jealous (not compersive)52.177228.7518
transparent (not machiavellian)52.174025.231
authoritarian (not democratic)51.968930.9509
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)51.973428.742
sporty (not bookish)51.859427.5520
🤫 (not 🤔)51.850335.1146
thin (not thick)51.594925.0410
builder (not explorer)51.476131.2549
👽 (not 🤡)51.487629.9159
🦄 (not 🐴)51.465837.3157
instinctual (not reasoned)51.291130.6562
unorthodox (not traditional)51.289029.0429
eastern (not western)50.932334.6221
cannibal (not vegan)50.976427.535
old (not young)50.263120.2609
literal (not metaphorical)50.8107828.2478
tight (not loose)50.3109527.041
pacifist (not ferocious)50.658528.6518
sensitive (not thick-skinned)50.670026.6542
work-first (not family-first)50.678327.5587

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Sam Seaborn (0.796)
  2. Rafael Solano (0.787)
  3. Derek Morgan (0.781)
  4. Nick Young (0.778)
  5. Nala (0.773)
  6. Abbey Bartlet (0.764)
  7. Phil Coulson (0.756)
  8. Nick Stokes (0.754)
  9. William Riker (0.754)
  10. Josiah Bartlet (0.753)
  1. Kermit (-0.635)
  2. Stuart Bloom (-0.581)
  3. Theon Greyjoy (-0.505)
  4. Moe Szyslak (-0.473)
  5. Sam Healy (-0.473)
  6. Barney Gumble (-0.464)
  7. Pete Hornberger (-0.46)
  8. A.J. Soprano (-0.459)
  9. Dennis Nedry (-0.458)
  10. Mike McLintock (-0.454)

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: ENFP (r = 0.73)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.72)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.66)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.63)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.43)
  6. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.37)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.24)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.22)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.17)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.08)
  11. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.07)
  12. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.03)
  13. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.02)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = -0.01)
  15. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.02)
  16. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.08)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.16)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.2)
  19. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.23)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.28)
  21. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.33)
  22. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.4)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.45)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.61)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.72)


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