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Derek Shepherd Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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. 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 2,000 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
charming (not awkward)93.31012.0613
straight (not queer)92.32816.2351
sexual (not asexual)92.35911.173
beautiful (not ugly)92.214913.5471
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)92.21616.3216
high IQ (not low IQ)91.616710.2542
pro (not noob)90.513814.6183
master (not apprentice)90.311015.5346
rich (not poor)90.216511.2603
driven (not unambitious)89.920414.6562
overachiever (not underachiever)89.910311.984
motivated (not unmotivated)89.929214.356
competent (not incompetent)89.819214.1466
confident (not insecure)89.57814.5610
privileged (not oppressed)89.411713.775
charismatic (not uninspiring)89.39317.0542
attractive (not repulsive)89.215117.6668
coordinated (not clumsy)88.914716.0566
diligent (not lazy)88.638712.8582
important (not irrelevant)88.521419.1247
valedictorian (not drop out)88.515717.5232
flirtatious (not prudish)88.58215.374
prestigious (not disreputable)86.95515.6489
masculine (not feminine)86.825415.0656
playful (not shy)86.820513.2595
bold (not shy)86.347114.2639
persistent (not quitter)86.363118.4202
neurotypical (not autistic)86.21216.5537
dog person (not cat person)86.04320.060
genius (not dunce)85.717417.2653
fresh (not stinky)85.516718.4249
active (not slothful)85.430314.0533
workaholic (not slacker)84.741216.1471
gendered (not androgynous)84.629321.6287
😏 (not 😬)84.26621.0185
alpha (not beta)83.832218.8516
resourceful (not helpless)83.645019.3456
captain (not first-mate)83.525221.4564
self-assured (not self-conscious)83.412121.1561
extrovert (not introvert)83.121517.5539
specialist (not generalist)82.94120.2417
rhythmic (not stuttering)82.916219.157
romantic (not dispassionate)82.622320.868
healthy (not sickly)82.225221.4531
heroic (not villainous)82.245017.7604
charming (not trusting)82.28419.7542
🌟 (not 💩)82.139426.2170
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)82.07123.5187
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)81.813322.7204
go-getter (not slugabed)81.842221.1180
scientific (not artistic)81.520919.6633
eloquent (not unpolished)81.527020.0489
egalitarian (not racist)81.364520.6181
pointed (not random)81.236619.965
social (not reclusive)81.021421.9277
disarming (not creepy)80.718618.7318
narcissistic (not low self esteem)80.726315.263
main character (not side character)80.738627.342
civilized (not barbaric)80.639319.5593
stylish (not slovenly)80.331618.7599
prideful (not envious)80.314419.080
rock (not rap)80.327021.070
soulful (not soulless)80.251420.3442
interested (not bored)80.221020.470
dominant (not submissive)80.051519.1607
extraordinary (not mundane)79.736822.2575
🧠 (not 💪)79.744623.8206
mighty (not puny)79.737420.1515
🥵 (not 🥶)79.78826.480
human (not animalistic)79.640418.5450
high-tech (not low-tech)79.521419.1496
🥰 (not 🙃)79.211126.4264
💃 (not 🧕)79.135319.4263
self-disciplined (not disorganized)78.564321.4585
love-focused (not money-focused)78.553820.853
cocky (not timid)78.456021.257
calm (not anxious)78.49520.8581
precise (not vague)78.230822.3438
lustful (not chaste)78.025120.5549
fast (not slow)78.040018.4556
kind (not cruel)78.061920.7601
bright (not depressed)77.915220.6483
legit (not scrub)77.942924.3255
open to new experinces (not uncreative)77.750021.8556
good-humored (not angry)77.631020.3489
knowledgeable (not ignorant)77.357924.870
English (not German)77.248622.354
joyful (not miserable)77.116820.8172
high standards (not desperate)77.131523.6108
highbrow (not lowbrow)76.920920.2484
protagonist (not antagonist)76.956419.750
exhibitionist (not bashful)76.823718.770
involved (not remote)76.834121.9540
flower child (not goth)76.739918.952
warm (not cold)76.735621.0520
treasure (not trash)76.478026.6183
inspiring (not cringeworthy)76.328523.7456
washed (not muddy)76.235624.550
normal (not weird)76.17521.7577
😎 (not 🧐)76.132127.5164
🏌 (not 🤺)76.03829.3212
not genocidal (not genocidal)76.062829.945
smooth (not rough)75.915123.1539
optimistic (not pessimistic)75.924524.0553
assertive (not passive)75.962022.7481
patriotic (not unpatriotic)75.935621.5198
vibrant (not geriatric)75.945924.461
🧗 (not 🛌)75.846927.1279
efficient (not overprepared)75.618625.567
preppy (not punk rock)75.243524.858
emancipated (not enslaved)75.134920.8491
reassuring (not fearmongering)75.129722.473
decisive (not hesitant)74.959124.7617
demanding (not unchallenging)74.775323.887
funny (not humorless)74.642619.9590
sunny (not gloomy)74.529620.550
Italian (not Swedish)74.422825.548
perceptive (not unobservant)74.393123.960
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)74.050623.8489
expressive (not monotone)74.050422.968
generous (not stingy)73.945620.990
chosen one (not everyman)73.826328.364
brave (not careful)73.748124.0600
pronatalist (not child free)73.711724.1495
bossy (not meek)73.673221.9565
😊 (not 🤣)73.537627.7201
worldly (not innocent)73.465322.2594
cheery (not sorrowful)73.224520.1639
happy (not sad)73.118120.8556
interesting (not tiresome)73.064225.5571
loveable (not punchable)73.047730.169
badass (not weakass)73.087030.283
normie (not freak)72.918323.478
angelic (not demonic)72.745322.0550
insider (not outsider)72.710629.1444
competitive (not cooperative)72.664225.7597
😜 (not 🤐)72.637026.1175
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)72.563127.0176
French (not Russian)72.525025.060
extravagant (not thrifty)72.538627.180
neat (not messy)72.362024.4447
tasteful (not lewd)72.346321.9603
tall (not short)72.145918.2592
💝 (not 💔)72.032832.5251
intellectual (not physical)71.965823.9620
complimentary (not insulting)71.841821.7445
reasonable (not deranged)71.748225.0197
curious (not apathetic)71.558325.3598
queen (not princess)71.559731.365
glad (not mad)71.426523.9182
still (not twitchy)71.418428.174
chatty (not reserved)71.349324.6616
empath (not psychopath)71.265624.888
🏀 (not 🎨)71.136527.267
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)71.035724.3441
cool (not dorky)71.048325.0182
Greek (not Roman)71.02826.240
🐘 (not 🐀)70.625027.6251
exuberant (not subdued)70.647423.357
sweet (not bitter)70.643422.5556
ambitious (not realistic)70.551127.574
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)70.535030.855
wise (not foolish)70.448723.6622
believable (not poorly-written)70.4105526.662
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)70.336229.3554
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)70.224429.2225
lover (not fighter)70.239124.374
respectful (not rude)69.863723.7633
honorable (not cunning)69.556527.2664
trusting (not suspicious)69.331126.0579
warm (not quarrelsome)69.337825.3597
technophile (not luddite)69.030225.0424
fast-talking (not slow-talking)68.958922.467
emotional (not unemotional)68.986023.558
manicured (not scruffy)68.784227.0589
white knight (not bad boy)68.765127.059
stoic (not hypochondriac)68.744427.941
existentialist (not nihilist)68.533624.6294
pretentious (not unassuming)68.552126.7211
loyal (not traitorous)68.2121426.2595
opinionated (not neutral)68.2124030.2100
modern (not historical)68.152325.6463
intimate (not formal)68.140625.9276
confidential (not gossiping)67.987625.7549
🥳 (not 🥴)67.924028.4197
wholesome (not salacious)67.962027.5188
alert (not oblivious)67.982326.0184
presidential (not folksy)67.854527.561
doer (not thinker)67.865130.384
mathematical (not literary)67.625928.4531
forgiving (not vengeful)67.554025.8553
nurturing (not poisonous)67.573325.7328
OCD (not ADHD)67.469631.575
touchy-feely (not distant)67.040726.765
scholarly (not crafty)66.933829.7562
📈 (not 📉)66.962532.5189
complicated (not simple)66.884028.7480
arrogant (not humble)66.767725.1610
official (not backdoor)66.735328.0539
😀 (not 😭)66.742632.9199
orderly (not chaotic)66.663526.4594
cosmopolitan (not provincial)66.543327.2501
sturdy (not flimsy)66.585822.750
hunter (not gatherer)66.567031.452
works hard (not plays hard)66.389024.6617
basic (not hipster)66.358426.8564
bold (not serious)66.258925.9622
on-time (not tardy)66.291826.784
introspective (not not introspective)65.974928.5262
tailor (not blacksmith)65.971930.745
expressive (not stoic)65.871725.9590
lavish (not frugal)65.747925.7561
spicy (not mild)65.679827.6542
never cries (not often crying)65.569726.757
sensible (not ludicrous)65.372424.8582
tactful (not indiscreet)65.369427.4200
sane (not crazy)65.051225.1166
creative (not conventional)64.863928.6619
good-cook (not bad-cook)64.739927.859
stubborn (not accommodating)64.7107931.587
jaded (not innocent)64.791524.251
😇 (not 😈)64.565829.0199
resolute (not wavering)64.492428.5149
mainstream (not arcane)64.328527.7511
direct (not roundabout)64.196928.0544
vain (not demure)64.161625.6555
spelunker (not claustrophobic)64.163924.838
biased (not impartial)63.988826.9492
🐩 (not 🐒)63.961931.6169
genuine (not sarcastic)63.665427.4565
pop (not indie)63.626830.859
rebellious (not obedient)63.490325.5497
frenzied (not sleepy)63.4123422.953
giving (not receiving)63.486928.954
moist (not dry)63.342631.451
refined (not rugged)63.277925.6622
relaxed (not tense)63.220325.1585
skeptical (not spiritual)63.1106827.6614
resistant (not resigned)63.1109926.3517
wooden (not plastic)63.196230.171
devoted (not unfaithful)63.1142829.169
🥾 (not 👟)63.056634.1172
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)63.060528.780
hoarder (not unprepared)62.974122.3468
sheriff (not outlaw)62.866228.3550
corporate (not freelance)62.847831.250
obsessed (not aloof)62.485625.8584
clean (not perverted)62.4100729.879
Coke (not Pepsi)62.430236.571
suspicious (not awkward)62.292821.0515
atheist (not theist)62.281127.2343
entitled (not grateful)61.966729.976
individualist (not communal)61.882029.9446
hedonist (not monastic)61.858527.8128
independent (not codependent)61.697231.9577
mature (not juvenile)61.583425.8440
proactive (not reactive)61.531230.460
chivalrous (not businesslike)61.460228.582
summer (not winter)61.269632.648
politically correct (not edgy)61.153527.0581
studious (not goof-off)61.1111727.5206
overspender (not penny-pincher)61.152725.3242
natural-talent (not hard-work)61.132430.690
straightforward (not cryptic)61.0104028.5594
open-minded (not close-minded)60.989627.4568
permanent (not transient)60.966829.0293
deep (not shallow)60.895328.8206
leisurely (not hurried)60.741425.4563
fixable (not unfixable)60.685528.969
indulgent (not sober)60.475926.2575
analysis (not common sense)60.474131.645
factual (not exaggerating)60.270628.878
concise (not long-winded)60.061128.851
loud (not quiet)59.981325.2535
opinionated (not jealous)59.9127030.960
playful (not serious)59.856322.0595
rational (not whimsical)59.887728.3593
patient (not impatient)59.848229.4335
utilitarian (not decorative)59.896527.9398
🐮 (not 🐷)59.874728.1219
cynical (not gullible)59.899829.373
enlightened (not lost)59.757831.556
vintage (not trendy)59.7116731.564
soft (not hard)59.665124.9430
gregarious (not private)59.550127.9565
chill (not offended)59.548825.955
👻 (not 🤖)59.371730.5176
macho (not metrosexual)59.147429.355
flamboyant (not modest)58.970029.9611
jock (not nerd)58.864128.0613
lighthearted (not intense)58.741827.663
factual (not poetic)58.785931.052
🤑 (not 🤠)58.656732.8187
down2earth (not head@clouds)58.584331.3554
liberal (not conservative)58.5101030.0185
impulsive (not cautious)58.480128.5602
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)58.2117632.6198
real (not philosophical)58.0107227.9445
scandalous (not proper)57.981729.1513
secretive (not open-book)57.9110228.770
pensive (not serene)57.9136026.863
mischievous (not well behaved)57.897626.8598
extreme (not moderate)57.8107427.0476
logical (not emotional)57.768127.4593
idealist (not realist)57.771130.7467
devout (not heathen)57.682727.2468
non-gamer (not gamer)57.6103834.862
tautology (not oxymoron)57.624830.539
soft (not hard)57.470325.3569
statist (not anarchist)57.479627.4201
concrete (not abstract)57.495031.3191
attentive (not interrupting)57.383331.480
water (not fire)57.357135.281
fantastical (not realistic)57.265231.266
domestic (not industrial)57.165428.4441
objective (not subjective)57.156430.0395
multicolored (not monochrome)57.172730.8405
armoured (not vulnerable)57.0105926.6471
🐿 (not 🦇)57.093932.4159
predictable (not quirky)57.066528.371
minimalist (not pack rat)56.982129.7166
blissful (not haunted)56.943731.6106
feminist (not sexist)56.8122227.2203
picky (not always down)56.892229.567
accepting (not judgemental)56.676229.6428
deviant (not average)56.5106326.8441
wild (not tame)56.3105925.9524
frank (not sugarcoated)56.3140628.175
open (not guarded)56.034828.3567
morning lark (not night owl)56.058232.1408
libertarian (not socialist)55.982329.9446
classical (not avant-garde)55.895430.3431
musical (not off-key)55.863231.062
consistent (not variable)55.8104634.067
reliable (not experimental)55.893533.668
🐐 (not 🦒)55.7117133.6278
cultured (not rustic)55.6109229.249
purple (not orange)55.577230.8458
spontaneous (not scheduled)55.475429.0580
centrist (not radical)55.462928.645
gracious (not feisty)55.244527.0510
sheeple (not conspiracist)55.136726.8384
epic (not deep)55.178928.671
💀 (not 🎃)55.188738.269
pure (not debased)55.095126.8534
altruistic (not selfish)54.7105128.7615
spontaneous (not deliberate)54.663929.7589
chortling (not giggling)54.3118531.162
sage (not whippersnapper)54.379730.948
profound (not ironic)54.379231.065
cannibal (not vegan)54.281027.559
earth (not air)54.1123434.179
one-faced (not two-faced)54.1124232.188
focused on the future (not focused on the present)54.072429.9590
repetitive (not varied)53.9109227.2303
empirical (not theoretical)53.8102330.8498
political (not nonpolitical)53.8104928.2521
flexible (not rigid)53.873525.5496
mysterious (not unambiguous)53.880528.6592
rural (not urban)53.748531.5284
cheesy (not chic)53.795132.863
vanilla (not kinky)53.589929.3553
melee (not ranged)53.458929.740
circular (not linear)53.379428.256
triggered (not trolling)53.3133630.854
street-smart (not sheltered)53.2120228.7500
regular (not zany)53.176227.8154
🤫 (not 🤔)53.158734.6161
fortunate (not unlucky)52.882232.4624
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')52.870531.5441
dramatic (not no-nonsense)52.7101429.3335
stable (not moody)52.656128.4601
tight (not loose)52.6129129.369
flourishing (not traumatized)52.554428.055
self-destructive (not self-improving)52.4101728.662
methodical (not astonishing)52.3115432.3567
jealous (not compersive)52.392028.9528
sporty (not bookish)52.373427.4535
strict (not lenient)52.1105424.8631
imaginative (not practical)52.167632.0524
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)52.191028.571
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)52.1122730.067
authoritarian (not democratic)51.982430.8520
thin (not thick)51.8119025.5428
🧢 (not 🎩)51.891333.6173
dramatic (not comedic)51.8136531.082
🤡 (not 👽)51.679829.9185
contrarian (not yes-man)51.6126530.555
builder (not explorer)51.491231.4555
🦄 (not 🐴)51.479637.0174
literal (not metaphorical)51.2133328.2491
family-first (not work-first)51.2101927.4604
equitable (not hypocritical)51.1108130.2429
sensitive (not thick-skinned)51.089426.7548
eastern (not western)51.037334.6244
instinctual (not reasoned)50.9115930.7569
pacifist (not ferocious)50.378128.4524
machiavellian (not transparent)50.399427.056
old (not young)50.673820.3624
unorthodox (not traditional)50.5113329.0433
paranoid (not naive)50.5131529.066

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Sam Seaborn (0.799)
  2. Sam Carmichael (0.799)
  3. Rafael Solano (0.797)
  4. Derek Morgan (0.787)
  5. Nick Young (0.78)
  6. Nala (0.77)
  7. Phil Coulson (0.765)
  8. Abbey Bartlet (0.762)
  9. William Riker (0.761)
  10. Nick Stokes (0.761)
  1. Kermit (-0.651)
  2. Stuart Bloom (-0.597)
  3. Theon Greyjoy (-0.505)
  4. Moe Szyslak (-0.497)
  5. Barney Gumble (-0.481)
  6. Sam Healy (-0.479)
  7. Pete Hornberger (-0.473)
  8. Dennis Nedry (-0.469)
  9. A.J. Soprano (-0.461)
  10. Mike McLintock (-0.46)

Personality types

Users who took the quiz were asked to self-identify their Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types. We can look at the average match scores of these different groups of users with Derek Shepherd to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Derek Shepherd is described identify as.

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


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