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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)93.4811.9560
straight (not queer)92.52015.4333
beautiful (not ugly)92.47512.8430
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)92.31116.9190
high IQ (not low IQ)91.711510.0516
privileged (not oppressed)90.97812.742
pro (not noob)90.710415.1158
driven (not unambitious)90.615312.7529
master (not apprentice)90.47915.0331
rich (not poor)89.813011.3566
competent (not incompetent)89.713614.0448
charismatic (not uninspiring)89.56816.8510
confident (not insecure)89.26014.4575
diligent (not lazy)89.026412.1545
attractive (not repulsive)89.010317.5620
coordinated (not clumsy)89.09815.7539
valedictorian (not drop out)88.612716.9194
important (not irrelevant)87.716720.3219
prestigious (not disreputable)87.44315.5476
playful (not shy)86.913913.2563
bold (not shy)86.435013.9590
masculine (not feminine)86.219715.0601
neurotypical (not autistic)86.01616.5506
active (not slothful)85.820013.6493
persistent (not quitter)85.845819.0175
genius (not dunce)85.712017.2623
fresh (not stinky)85.59618.3227
gendered (not androgynous)85.023121.9268
workaholic (not slacker)84.830015.8441
romantic (not dispassionate)84.512116.526
😏 (not 😬)84.43921.0158
self-assured (not self-conscious)84.09920.3530
alpha (not beta)84.023218.5477
captain (not first-mate)83.917121.4544
resourceful (not helpless)83.731718.8445
specialist (not generalist)83.62719.0380
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)83.24221.9164
efficient (not overprepared)82.82321.029
extrovert (not introvert)82.716017.9518
🌟 (not 💩)82.722525.5142
healthy (not sickly)82.519221.0504
go-getter (not slugabed)82.428220.5150
heroic (not villainous)82.329917.7574
charming (not trusting)82.16419.5519
Italian (not Swedish)81.86620.922
rhythmic (not stuttering)81.815520.329
eloquent (not unpolished)81.720319.8471
knowledgeable (not ignorant)81.429023.027
scientific (not artistic)81.215719.6576
civilized (not barbaric)81.125818.6564
egalitarian (not racist)81.144420.1157
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)81.010023.1177
disarming (not creepy)80.613518.3294
stylish (not slovenly)80.422018.5572
dominant (not submissive)80.336518.5582
soulful (not soulless)80.233820.2415
human (not animalistic)80.224517.8426
extraordinary (not mundane)80.025621.8552
mighty (not puny)79.927519.6501
high-tech (not low-tech)79.914018.8478
🥰 (not 🙃)79.75525.2240
social (not reclusive)79.615922.5239
💃 (not 🧕)79.521918.4250
🧠 (not 💪)79.428723.3179
narcissistic (not low self esteem)79.122215.930
joyful (not miserable)78.88819.1135
legit (not scrub)78.828024.1224
self-disciplined (not disorganized)78.844521.0562
calm (not anxious)78.47620.4567
bright (not depressed)78.210420.2452
vibrant (not geriatric)78.226121.929
kind (not cruel)78.141320.2583
precise (not vague)78.122422.2404
fast (not slow)78.024518.6538
lustful (not chaste)77.920020.1536
open to new experinces (not uncreative)77.930721.3546
sunny (not gloomy)77.415919.416
good-humored (not angry)77.221420.3467
treasure (not trash)77.249225.5159
highbrow (not lowbrow)77.116419.8463
English (not German)77.030621.834
warm (not cold)76.822521.1495
smooth (not rough)76.79422.4516
🧗 (not 🛌)76.628526.3257
patriotic (not unpatriotic)76.424621.1168
involved (not remote)76.325222.0532
normal (not weird)76.25321.4561
😎 (not 🧐)76.119627.4140
decisive (not hesitant)75.939123.8587
😜 (not 🤐)75.920423.5142
optimistic (not pessimistic)75.917524.0518
assertive (not passive)75.947322.8463
inspiring (not cringeworthy)75.521724.0430
French (not Russian)75.312024.425
🏌 (not 🤺)75.22629.8181
emancipated (not enslaved)74.826920.8471
funny (not humorless)74.728819.8563
Greek (not Roman)74.31222.919
😊 (not 🤣)74.222127.3178
brave (not careful)74.232023.5559
perceptive (not unobservant)74.063423.926
preppy (not punk rock)73.934526.530
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)73.834824.0467
pronatalist (not child free)73.69023.7461
worldly (not innocent)73.645021.8563
bossy (not meek)73.552622.0537
insider (not outsider)73.38328.5418
tailor (not blacksmith)73.131828.227
cheery (not sorrowful)73.016920.3607
happy (not sad)73.012620.9520
interesting (not tiresome)72.841225.8552
angelic (not demonic)72.530921.8524
neat (not messy)72.543324.6424
complimentary (not insulting)72.425121.2417
tasteful (not lewd)72.233722.0579
reasonable (not deranged)72.232124.5168
intellectual (not physical)72.245423.8597
competitive (not cooperative)72.247325.5579
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)72.012027.9207
curious (not apathetic)71.836525.3575
tall (not short)71.831017.8513
glad (not mad)71.817723.7167
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)71.424023.9421
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)71.227328.9525
💝 (not 💔)71.022232.4204
sweet (not bitter)70.927822.3537
chatty (not reserved)70.836925.0589
exuberant (not subdued)70.733622.124
wise (not foolish)70.532823.3583
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)70.448928.4145
cool (not dorky)70.334324.7160
trusting (not suspicious)70.020725.4554
nurturing (not poisonous)70.043723.8288
respectful (not rude)69.940323.6601
🐘 (not 🐀)69.921028.1225
honorable (not cunning)69.835427.0630
spelunker (not claustrophobic)69.727623.016
loveable (not punchable)69.739931.435
technophile (not luddite)69.221124.9413
believable (not poorly-written)69.275131.827
existentialist (not nihilist)69.022124.3288
alert (not oblivious)69.052126.6153
intimate (not formal)69.024724.7241
pretentious (not unassuming)68.936426.1185
loyal (not traitorous)68.678426.0568
warm (not quarrelsome)68.427325.6569
manicured (not scruffy)68.460026.8563
fast-talking (not slow-talking)68.441422.440
forgiving (not vengeful)68.333425.1523
🥳 (not 🥴)68.314827.9168
mathematical (not literary)68.217728.0517
sturdy (not flimsy)68.055921.621
modern (not historical)67.836925.4427
scholarly (not crafty)67.820629.2537
wholesome (not salacious)67.841727.6158
confidential (not gossiping)67.757626.1508
📈 (not 📉)67.439031.9175
😀 (not 😭)67.226532.5170
cosmopolitan (not provincial)67.129126.9491
orderly (not chaotic)67.042925.9564
corporate (not freelance)67.026731.725
works hard (not plays hard)66.760124.0606
🐩 (not 🐒)66.734830.6143
complicated (not simple)66.555328.8470
introspective (not not introspective)66.544728.0243
bold (not serious)66.438725.8608
official (not backdoor)66.426128.0514
arrogant (not humble)66.249825.4602
basic (not hipster)66.243526.7540
presidential (not folksy)65.941329.330
lavish (not frugal)65.533625.8541
😇 (not 😈)65.441329.1175
expressive (not stoic)65.348025.9571
sensible (not ludicrous)65.347624.8560
creative (not conventional)65.141928.5595
sane (not crazy)64.832925.5138
resolute (not wavering)64.860527.8131
circular (not linear)64.821527.321
spicy (not mild)64.658127.9503
mainstream (not arcane)64.617627.6482
tactful (not indiscreet)64.351027.9173
vain (not demure)64.243225.5527
frenzied (not sleepy)64.279117.421
direct (not roundabout)64.166227.9519
biased (not impartial)64.163026.7480
moist (not dry)64.026533.130
genuine (not sarcastic)63.841627.3538
relaxed (not tense)63.713224.8563
rebellious (not obedient)63.459625.6471
🥾 (not 👟)63.337033.8153
skeptical (not spiritual)63.171827.1585
resistant (not resigned)63.173626.2499
triggered (not trolling)62.954926.124
refined (not rugged)62.855525.3604
hoarder (not unprepared)62.749822.1446
obsessed (not aloof)62.555125.7562
mature (not juvenile)62.552825.4406
suspicious (not awkward)62.365220.8485
sheriff (not outlaw)62.144728.1528
deep (not shallow)61.957227.6176
independent (not codependent)61.863631.9550
individualist (not communal)61.853829.9422
atheist (not theist)61.653126.3316
overspender (not penny-pincher)61.634924.8211
open-minded (not close-minded)61.356026.9542
hedonist (not monastic)61.343127.8112
🐮 (not 🐷)61.141927.1190
politically correct (not edgy)60.834326.9550
permanent (not transient)60.847629.0270
liberal (not conservative)60.661130.3155
sage (not whippersnapper)60.636530.719
straightforward (not cryptic)60.572728.5569
secretive (not open-book)60.467728.130
factual (not poetic)60.352627.826
indulgent (not sober)60.251326.2569
patient (not impatient)60.231529.1301
🤑 (not 🤠)60.138632.7158
studious (not goof-off)60.076227.3168
leisurely (not hurried)59.932425.3547
hunter (not gatherer)59.957333.027
musical (not off-key)59.834729.640
lighthearted (not intense)59.826125.326
loud (not quiet)59.755425.1524
soft (not hard)59.742125.2407
playful (not serious)59.636421.9574
gregarious (not private)59.635827.6556
rational (not whimsical)59.562828.4587
utilitarian (not decorative)59.565627.8374
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)59.377332.6168
jock (not nerd)59.142728.0579
statist (not anarchist)59.049627.1185
down2earth (not head@clouds)58.855531.0535
real (not philosophical)58.671627.5420
👻 (not 🤖)58.547630.2149
flamboyant (not modest)58.448129.9579
mischievous (not well behaved)58.466926.2561
devout (not heathen)58.454727.0449
idealist (not realist)58.345330.7441
flourishing (not traumatized)58.227722.516
chill (not offended)58.234526.634
extreme (not moderate)57.973626.8453
multicolored (not monochrome)57.846830.9389
impulsive (not cautious)57.754728.4581
logical (not emotional)57.444627.4566
scandalous (not proper)57.455229.0482
minimalist (not pack rat)57.453428.8140
soft (not hard)57.346725.2533
objective (not subjective)57.336829.8371
wild (not tame)57.069025.7496
fixable (not unfixable)57.066329.835
feminist (not sexist)56.978827.1184
domestic (not industrial)56.843828.4411
accepting (not judgemental)56.649028.9391
chortling (not giggling)56.672134.324
🐐 (not 🦒)56.475133.7250
armoured (not vulnerable)56.373426.6447
ranged (not melee)56.358130.219
libertarian (not socialist)56.259629.8427
open (not guarded)56.123728.2552
morning lark (not night owl)56.038432.0387
deviant (not average)56.070226.8395
macho (not metrosexual)56.039830.021
consistent (not variable)55.969932.934
sheeple (not conspiracist)55.625426.5373
altruistic (not selfish)55.265028.5593
classical (not avant-garde)55.265630.4414
gracious (not feisty)55.128526.7478
concrete (not abstract)55.169030.8162
spontaneous (not deliberate)55.038429.4558
spontaneous (not scheduled)55.048829.0561
purple (not orange)54.753230.4438
empirical (not theoretical)54.666730.6482
🐿 (not 🦇)54.565732.4137
pure (not debased)54.362626.4501
flexible (not rigid)54.246625.4478
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')54.034731.6410
cannibal (not vegan)54.057327.025
vanilla (not kinky)53.958628.9530
mysterious (not unambiguous)53.951128.6578
repetitive (not varied)53.876427.1288
loose (not tight)53.737727.830
political (not nonpolitical)53.570028.1496
🧢 (not 🎩)53.556433.8138
street-smart (not sheltered)53.380628.3470
fortunate (not unlucky)53.254932.2605
focused on the future (not focused on the present)53.250629.9577
enlightened (not lost)53.153831.431
rural (not urban)53.033231.6254
reliable (not experimental)52.969234.833
dramatic (not no-nonsense)52.666829.3318
equitable (not hypocritical)52.667830.0402
stable (not moody)52.538328.3590
jealous (not compersive)52.562828.5506
regular (not zany)52.449228.0133
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)52.377528.036
strict (not lenient)52.273324.8599
imaginative (not practical)52.243331.5496
🤫 (not 🤔)52.240235.3137
thin (not thick)52.177524.8399
methodical (not astonishing)52.080432.4544
self-improving (not self-destructive)52.055128.530
instinctual (not reasoned)51.874030.5547
authoritarian (not democratic)51.757830.8492
sporty (not bookish)51.748727.4510
👽 (not 🤡)51.770929.9152
builder (not explorer)51.563931.2541
🦄 (not 🐴)51.555837.3148
unorthodox (not traditional)51.372729.0422
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)51.361230.127
eastern (not western)50.929034.7212
old (not young)50.252420.3598
literal (not metaphorical)50.889928.0466
work-first (not family-first)50.766527.4564
pacifist (not ferocious)50.648828.7507
sensitive (not thick-skinned)50.657426.5534

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 (0.81)
  2. Nick Young (0.802)
  3. Rafael Solano (0.787)
  4. Nala (0.781)
  5. Abbey Bartlet (0.766)
  1. Kermit (-0.599)
  2. Stuart Bloom (-0.574)
  3. Theon Greyjoy (-0.544)
  4. Sam Healy (-0.519)
  5. Moe Szyslak (-0.501)

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 4 (r = 0.38)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.32)
  3. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.3)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.29)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.26)
  6. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.22)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.2)
  8. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.19)
  9. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.17)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.14)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.11)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.1)
  13. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.08)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.07)
  15. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.03)
  16. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.03)
  17. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.04)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.06)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.09)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.12)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = -0.13)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.34)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.35)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = -0.35)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.35)


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