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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)93.51211.8598
beautiful (not ugly)92.79912.1449
straight (not queer)92.63015.3335
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)92.21616.7203
sexual (not asexual)92.16111.661
high IQ (not low IQ)91.714410.0530
motivated (not unmotivated)90.620615.043
privileged (not oppressed)90.68913.757
driven (not unambitious)90.514713.0541
master (not apprentice)90.59115.0334
pro (not noob)90.411814.9171
overachiever (not underachiever)90.28611.969
rich (not poor)90.114511.2587
competent (not incompetent)89.915913.8452
confident (not insecure)89.66214.1592
charismatic (not uninspiring)89.57516.7523
attractive (not repulsive)89.311317.4642
coordinated (not clumsy)89.111315.7546
valedictorian (not drop out)89.112816.8216
diligent (not lazy)89.030812.1561
important (not irrelevant)88.316619.7230
dog person (not cat person)87.62421.033
flirtatious (not prudish)87.68414.447
prestigious (not disreputable)87.34414.9476
masculine (not feminine)86.922314.8634
playful (not shy)86.916813.2575
bold (not shy)86.540613.8614
neurotypical (not autistic)86.41116.3520
romantic (not dispassionate)86.39014.146
persistent (not quitter)86.252218.5190
active (not slothful)85.623013.6511
genius (not dunce)85.513917.3638
fresh (not stinky)85.313118.7236
gendered (not androgynous)85.023821.8269
workaholic (not slacker)84.834915.6453
😏 (not 😬)84.34721.1173
alpha (not beta)84.126218.5500
rhythmic (not stuttering)84.110918.845
pointed (not random)84.021417.748
self-assured (not self-conscious)83.910320.4537
resourceful (not helpless)83.936818.7443
specialist (not generalist)83.82618.9396
captain (not first-mate)83.719721.4550
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)83.44022.0172
🌟 (not 💩)83.025825.0152
extrovert (not introvert)82.918617.6530
healthy (not sickly)82.621721.0513
heroic (not villainous)82.436217.6589
charming (not trusting)82.47319.6527
go-getter (not slugabed)81.834621.2164
prideful (not envious)81.89817.868
egalitarian (not racist)81.750120.0170
eloquent (not unpolished)81.623420.0476
scientific (not artistic)81.317919.7615
civilized (not barbaric)81.329318.6572
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)81.211123.1188
social (not reclusive)81.117321.8263
rock (not rap)81.123120.143
disarming (not creepy)81.014718.1301
narcissistic (not low self esteem)80.722914.553
soulful (not soulless)80.440520.0428
dominant (not submissive)80.443718.8586
🥰 (not 🙃)80.35525.2250
stylish (not slovenly)80.325318.7581
extraordinary (not mundane)80.228521.7560
human (not animalistic)80.229817.8436
🥵 (not 🥶)80.25126.365
🧠 (not 💪)80.034223.4195
mighty (not puny)79.831719.9506
high-tech (not low-tech)79.816619.0483
interested (not bored)79.319121.356
💃 (not 🧕)79.028019.2251
precise (not vague)78.625022.0420
self-disciplined (not disorganized)78.552721.3571
calm (not anxious)78.47920.5566
kind (not cruel)78.347220.3593
bright (not depressed)78.311620.1463
cocky (not timid)78.347620.837
English (not German)78.233120.942
not genocidal (not genocidal)78.237127.432
vibrant (not geriatric)78.229822.944
legit (not scrub)78.135224.6239
fast (not slow)78.031318.2540
open to new experinces (not uncreative)78.036821.3540
high standards (not desperate)77.925223.393
lustful (not chaste)77.822220.4534
Italian (not Swedish)77.812625.732
efficient (not overprepared)77.89424.747
good-humored (not angry)77.525220.3475
reassuring (not fearmongering)77.418118.752
knowledgeable (not ignorant)77.447226.748
joyful (not miserable)77.212720.6157
protagonist (not antagonist)77.141316.533
highbrow (not lowbrow)76.918720.0470
warm (not cold)76.927621.0508
preppy (not punk rock)76.830424.443
exhibitionist (not bashful)76.621719.555
love-focused (not money-focused)76.647319.832
involved (not remote)76.629821.8523
😎 (not 🧐)76.522827.0147
treasure (not trash)76.462326.5173
expressive (not monotone)76.433818.947
smooth (not rough)76.411222.7524
inspiring (not cringeworthy)76.422923.7436
optimistic (not pessimistic)76.319923.8530
normal (not weird)76.27421.6562
🧗 (not 🛌)76.134127.0265
assertive (not passive)76.053022.5465
sunny (not gloomy)76.021520.134
patriotic (not unpatriotic)75.930822.0177
flower child (not goth)75.835017.936
🏌 (not 🤺)75.73129.5198
French (not Russian)75.712424.234
washed (not muddy)75.627927.038
decisive (not hesitant)75.547024.0592
demanding (not unchallenging)75.562724.368
emancipated (not enslaved)75.029720.8473
😜 (not 🤐)75.026825.0158
funny (not humorless)74.734119.9565
extravagant (not thrifty)74.629025.667
generous (not stingy)74.235320.177
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)74.240423.5476
chosen one (not everyman)73.923029.452
brave (not careful)73.838523.9579
😊 (not 🤣)73.826927.4184
pronatalist (not child free)73.79723.7474
worldly (not innocent)73.654022.0583
bossy (not meek)73.562221.9548
interesting (not tiresome)73.249425.4556
happy (not sad)73.214920.8544
cheery (not sorrowful)73.119820.2620
insider (not outsider)73.110028.8430
perceptive (not unobservant)73.179824.840
loveable (not punchable)73.037530.748
angelic (not demonic)72.835921.8536
💝 (not 💔)72.824432.1228
neat (not messy)72.752124.5433
empath (not psychopath)72.547823.773
stoic (not hypochondriac)72.523127.429
tasteful (not lewd)72.437021.8592
complimentary (not insulting)72.430821.0427
competitive (not cooperative)72.356025.7572
spelunker (not claustrophobic)72.321019.821
queen (not princess)72.347931.047
intellectual (not physical)72.254923.8604
reasonable (not deranged)72.138924.8178
tall (not short)72.036717.6516
glad (not mad)72.020623.7173
badass (not weakass)71.873630.971
emotional (not unemotional)71.758522.542
curious (not apathetic)71.743725.2587
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)71.653427.5159
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)71.327724.3421
normie (not freak)71.320423.468
chatty (not reserved)71.241924.7596
ambitious (not realistic)71.240627.863
still (not twitchy)71.015228.366
cool (not dorky)70.939224.9169
touchy-feely (not distant)70.924524.454
sweet (not bitter)70.833322.3540
fast-talking (not slow-talking)70.743021.854
exuberant (not subdued)70.739621.542
🏀 (not 🎨)70.730127.649
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)70.531829.2538
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)70.417529.1209
doer (not thinker)70.447129.463
wise (not foolish)70.439523.5610
🐘 (not 🐀)70.322028.0234
believable (not poorly-written)70.384628.347
lover (not fighter)70.330824.664
Greek (not Roman)70.03627.626
respectful (not rude)69.950223.5619
trusting (not suspicious)69.724025.9562
honorable (not cunning)69.643327.2648
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)69.530730.537
warm (not quarrelsome)69.029825.5577
technophile (not luddite)68.827025.1415
OCD (not ADHD)68.855231.250
nurturing (not poisonous)68.755624.9305
🥳 (not 🥴)68.717327.8184
sturdy (not flimsy)68.763521.330
loyal (not traitorous)68.694126.1576
existentialist (not nihilist)68.526424.4284
intimate (not formal)68.529625.7264
on-time (not tardy)68.569624.971
manicured (not scruffy)68.371627.0570
presidential (not folksy)68.343427.943
modern (not historical)68.242225.5441
forgiving (not vengeful)68.039325.4531
alert (not oblivious)68.065126.3170
confidential (not gossiping)67.968225.8531
pretentious (not unassuming)67.945826.9191
tailor (not blacksmith)67.952931.234
mathematical (not literary)67.821628.2525
wholesome (not salacious)67.850927.4179
scholarly (not crafty)67.626129.3548
📈 (not 📉)67.246732.4180
orderly (not chaotic)67.151325.9571
good-cook (not bad-cook)67.025024.741
stubborn (not accommodating)67.082229.565
official (not backdoor)66.929727.9522
😀 (not 😭)66.833733.0191
cosmopolitan (not provincial)66.735327.0491
complicated (not simple)66.768328.7468
arrogant (not humble)66.657625.2599
concise (not long-winded)66.527627.626
works hard (not plays hard)66.471824.3606
basic (not hipster)66.349926.7544
bold (not serious)66.247126.0610
opinionated (not neutral)66.0108131.079
expressive (not stoic)65.758125.9578
introspective (not not introspective)65.757628.4245
lavish (not frugal)65.639925.7548
sensible (not ludicrous)65.457924.7568
spicy (not mild)65.465827.7533
Coke (not Pepsi)65.217235.352
creative (not conventional)65.149428.4599
🐩 (not 🐒)65.144731.2152
resolute (not wavering)64.972028.2136
sane (not crazy)64.840225.1152
direct (not roundabout)64.578427.8523
mainstream (not arcane)64.522627.5499
jaded (not innocent)64.574026.031
😇 (not 😈)64.451929.7183
tactful (not indiscreet)64.361727.9186
vain (not demure)64.252625.6544
entitled (not grateful)64.052729.464
factual (not poetic)63.954528.940
biased (not impartial)63.874426.9486
wooden (not plastic)63.873229.558
relaxed (not tense)63.715824.8564
genuine (not sarcastic)63.748727.4548
rebellious (not obedient)63.771925.5479
🥾 (not 👟)63.542734.0162
clean (not perverted)63.577329.967
refined (not rugged)63.363825.4608
frenzied (not sleepy)63.3101821.239
devoted (not unfaithful)63.3112529.742
skeptical (not spiritual)63.186527.5595
hoarder (not unprepared)63.059522.1454
resistant (not resigned)62.988826.2506
hunter (not gatherer)62.962032.140
sheriff (not outlaw)62.753228.1536
factual (not exaggerating)62.750126.964
deep (not shallow)62.667128.0189
corporate (not freelance)62.641432.139
vintage (not trendy)62.585031.752
proactive (not reactive)62.523328.641
obsessed (not aloof)62.468825.6569
white knight (not bad boy)62.366429.937
suspicious (not awkward)62.278320.9494
hedonist (not monastic)62.048527.6124
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)61.953128.870
frank (not sugarcoated)61.895027.049
independent (not codependent)61.778532.1554
individualist (not communal)61.766029.8428
moist (not dry)61.739233.937
mature (not juvenile)61.667325.9422
🐮 (not 🐷)61.645527.5202
atheist (not theist)61.465826.6324
overspender (not penny-pincher)61.442625.0228
open-minded (not close-minded)61.366727.1547
chivalrous (not businesslike)61.348027.864
permanent (not transient)61.156229.2279
straightforward (not cryptic)61.085128.4574
politically correct (not edgy)61.043727.0565
giving (not receiving)61.075631.132
indulgent (not sober)60.860726.1560
analysis (not common sense)60.760532.430
leisurely (not hurried)60.635925.2544
studious (not goof-off)60.591227.5184
fixable (not unfixable)60.566829.154
🤑 (not 🤠)60.344732.5166
cultured (not rustic)60.373625.737
natural-talent (not hard-work)60.227730.874
never cries (not often crying)60.269228.240
gregarious (not private)60.140927.6551
patient (not impatient)60.136529.1317
pop (not indie)60.029131.641
playful (not serious)59.944321.9585
rational (not whimsical)59.972628.2585
loud (not quiet)59.967425.1521
liberal (not conservative)59.974030.2170
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)59.692032.3187
fantastical (not realistic)59.648431.452
summer (not winter)59.660333.637
soft (not hard)59.550725.1411
utilitarian (not decorative)59.577827.8382
chill (not offended)59.438426.145
👻 (not 🤖)59.057230.7158
jock (not nerd)58.951528.0589
flamboyant (not modest)58.757429.8597
real (not philosophical)58.586927.7428
macho (not metrosexual)58.542630.637
attentive (not interrupting)58.561731.268
impulsive (not cautious)58.264428.6584
down2earth (not head@clouds)58.270631.2536
scandalous (not proper)58.165428.8490
idealist (not realist)58.154730.6446
triggered (not trolling)58.189626.837
devout (not heathen)58.065827.0453
non-gamer (not gamer)58.080034.648
mischievous (not well behaved)57.978426.7580
statist (not anarchist)57.962427.1189
secretive (not open-book)57.887428.453
logical (not emotional)57.754727.4576
extreme (not moderate)57.786827.0465
feminist (not sexist)57.692627.2190
lighthearted (not intense)57.636227.646
soft (not hard)57.555825.3546
multicolored (not monochrome)57.556430.9393
cynical (not gullible)57.585929.654
opinionated (not jealous)57.4109030.342
accepting (not judgemental)57.357029.0399
domestic (not industrial)57.151128.5423
objective (not subjective)57.146429.8377
blissful (not haunted)57.133931.095
water (not fire)57.144135.861
armoured (not vulnerable)57.085826.5451
minimalist (not pack rat)57.065729.4153
enlightened (not lost)57.055430.841
concrete (not abstract)56.978631.6174
wild (not tame)56.685125.9508
consistent (not variable)56.483733.552
profound (not ironic)56.454030.552
deviant (not average)56.284926.8416
predictable (not quirky)56.258929.453
libertarian (not socialist)56.169929.9432
open (not guarded)56.028728.3553
classical (not avant-garde)55.976330.4421
morning lark (not night owl)55.848032.0392
pensive (not serene)55.8120027.649
picky (not always down)55.878529.852
🐐 (not 🦒)55.793533.5257
🐿 (not 🦇)55.779032.9147
sheeple (not conspiracist)55.528326.5371
spontaneous (not scheduled)55.459229.0564
gracious (not feisty)55.333026.9500
purple (not orange)55.261530.5447
altruistic (not selfish)54.979928.7604
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)54.890129.551
one-faced (not two-faced)54.796432.473
pure (not debased)54.675626.6521
spontaneous (not deliberate)54.548629.7577
tautology (not oxymoron)54.332429.424
empirical (not theoretical)54.280030.8484
🧢 (not 🎩)54.268034.0154
musical (not off-key)54.253531.350
contrarian (not yes-man)54.291629.338
cheesy (not chic)53.977532.043
mysterious (not unambiguous)53.861828.7571
circular (not linear)53.861029.739
vanilla (not kinky)53.770629.1535
flexible (not rigid)53.756625.4481
repetitive (not varied)53.790827.1293
focused on the future (not focused on the present)53.660129.9573
🤫 (not 🤔)53.644334.4150
political (not nonpolitical)53.586128.2505
centrist (not radical)53.557727.833
rural (not urban)53.439231.3263
regular (not zany)53.457527.8144
reliable (not experimental)53.482334.954
sage (not whippersnapper)53.365132.926
street-smart (not sheltered)53.297028.5476
💀 (not 🎃)53.079437.558
fortunate (not unlucky)52.966132.3611
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')52.953331.5423
self-improving (not self-destructive)52.965027.046
flourishing (not traumatized)52.945125.232
stable (not moody)52.844628.3586
chortling (not giggling)52.898730.840
cannibal (not vegan)52.573027.142
strict (not lenient)52.486124.8618
methodical (not astonishing)52.494532.3557
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)52.471528.850
dramatic (not no-nonsense)52.380929.3321
sporty (not bookish)52.257927.5513
imaginative (not practical)52.253131.8503
authoritarian (not democratic)52.168830.8501
🦄 (not 🐴)52.162737.7158
dramatic (not comedic)52.0108430.470
earth (not air)52.0107334.562
jealous (not compersive)51.978228.7514
thin (not thick)51.893825.1406
equitable (not hypocritical)51.783130.0407
epic (not deep)51.780027.050
melee (not ranged)51.654230.924
literal (not metaphorical)51.1107428.2477
builder (not explorer)51.177531.5543
machiavellian (not transparent)51.179024.238
eastern (not western)51.031334.5224
pacifist (not ferocious)50.159728.6507
work-first (not family-first)50.179327.2582
unorthodox (not traditional)50.989228.9418
paranoid (not naive)50.1106529.049
sensitive (not thick-skinned)50.869726.6535
instinctual (not reasoned)50.793330.5554
tight (not loose)50.3109826.447
old (not young)50.462020.3607
🤡 (not 👽)50.467530.0169

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. Rafael Solano (0.796)
  2. Sam Seaborn (0.791)
  3. Derek Morgan (0.784)
  4. Nick Young (0.78)
  5. Nala (0.773)
  6. Abbey Bartlet (0.761)
  7. William Riker (0.758)
  8. Nick Stokes (0.757)
  9. Brian O'Conner (0.756)
  10. Phil Coulson (0.754)
  1. Kermit (-0.642)
  2. Stuart Bloom (-0.586)
  3. Theon Greyjoy (-0.501)
  4. Moe Szyslak (-0.48)
  5. Pete Hornberger (-0.479)
  6. Sam Healy (-0.478)
  7. Barney Gumble (-0.468)
  8. Dennis Nedry (-0.462)
  9. A.J. Soprano (-0.459)
  10. Mike McLintock (-0.453)

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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