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Tom Buchanan Personality Statistics

Tom Buchanan is a character from The Great Gatsby. 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
privileged (not oppressed)96.01712.666
punchable (not loveable)95.0158.464
sexist (not feminist)94.1109.9241
competitive (not cooperative)92.86310.6710
arrogant (not humble)92.07212.2701
opinionated (not neutral)91.88110.770
masculine (not feminine)91.59815.5705
unfaithful (not devoted)91.5218.330
entitled (not grateful)91.46713.959
😈 (not 😇)91.14411.7179
cocky (not timid)90.99718.635
rich (not poor)90.913116.7706
conservative (not liberal)90.11115.9182
stubborn (not accommodating)90.010217.274
selfish (not altruistic)89.97713.2763
💩 (not 🌟)89.91916.8184
close-minded (not open-minded)89.82514.0727
impatient (not patient)89.85913.0428
judgemental (not accepting)89.57915.9620
cannibal (not vegan)89.42912.156
dominant (not submissive)89.414917.1747
salacious (not wholesome)89.33115.3162
jock (not nerd)89.23217.5722
quarrelsome (not warm)89.08812.8706
bossy (not meek)88.915217.2754
offended (not chill)88.33518.046
authoritarian (not democratic)88.16416.6688
shallow (not deep)87.81917.2217
🏀 (not 🎨)87.84720.853
gendered (not androgynous)87.711523.3426
mad (not glad)87.74214.7187
pretentious (not unassuming)87.65519.6193
unfixable (not fixable)87.62418.043
bold (not shy)87.536714.5730
poisonous (not nurturing)87.59115.5431
jealous (not compersive)87.43116.0696
hard (not soft)87.37916.2701
vengeful (not forgiving)87.212917.1726
bitter (not sweet)87.08613.4645
conventional (not creative)86.82516.1671
assertive (not passive)86.815118.8704
interrupting (not attentive)86.85418.962
hypocritical (not equitable)86.74015.0545
demanding (not unchallenging)86.621321.076
dramatic (not comedic)86.48115.174
ferocious (not pacifist)86.212218.8698
vain (not demure)86.26816.5708
trash (not treasure)86.12121.5216
corporate (not freelance)86.03920.845
antagonist (not protagonist)86.05218.038
preppy (not punk rock)85.99222.052
receiving (not giving)85.98322.039
rude (not respectful)85.97316.8692
loud (not quiet)85.816717.1682
🤑 (not 🤠)85.76221.9184
debased (not pure)85.69115.5731
hard (not soft)85.510719.1581
insulting (not complimentary)85.57815.6541
🐴 (not 🦄)85.54823.3163
jaded (not innocent)85.514511.440
🙃 (not 🥰)85.44519.8267
cruel (not kind)85.47715.1733
moody (not stable)85.216116.8730
biased (not impartial)85.27319.0701
racist (not egalitarian)85.12018.9199
cringeworthy (not inspiring)85.14415.3523
rigid (not flexible)85.07515.4706
💪 (not 🧠)85.04318.5219
intense (not lighthearted)85.020921.366
angry (not good-humored)84.95516.5763
💔 (not 💝)84.94120.6293
hunter (not gatherer)84.813721.753
suspicious (not trusting)84.714716.9712
psychopath (not empath)84.711114.462
stingy (not generous)84.78519.459
demonic (not angelic)84.69413.5681
cold (not warm)84.611317.2677
tense (not relaxed)84.323116.4706
straight (not queer)84.323624.1458
🐷 (not 🐮)84.31623.5287
villainous (not heroic)83.99016.1721
bad-cook (not good-cook)83.95118.450
🎩 (not 🧢)83.616224.6165
suspicious (not awkward)83.611917.0705
strict (not lenient)83.514019.2744
🤡 (not 👽)83.41224.0198
feisty (not gracious)83.218116.4893
concrete (not abstract)83.23820.8184
soulless (not soulful)83.17018.0542
miserable (not joyful)83.110316.8181
predictable (not quirky)83.11323.934
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)83.022824.4210
basic (not hipster)82.98120.1687
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)82.94724.3191
fire (not water)82.920617.261
monochrome (not multicolored)82.75220.3518
skeptical (not spiritual)82.418818.0673
money-focused (not love-focused)82.412222.729
sporty (not bookish)82.312322.7674
work-first (not family-first)82.219219.3725
fearmongering (not reassuring)81.810718.223
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)81.79726.7621
deranged (not reasonable)81.710618.4175
genocidal (not not genocidal)81.67115.137
traitorous (not loyal)81.67420.8658
businesslike (not chivalrous)81.512822.252
uncreative (not open to new experinces)81.33822.6721
practical (not imaginative)81.316620.7635
political (not nonpolitical)81.215121.3624
indulgent (not sober)81.116922.9691
cunning (not honorable)81.015918.2760
ignorant (not knowledgeable)80.85219.264
physical (not intellectual)80.59423.2773
off-key (not musical)80.54417.356
lavish (not frugal)80.414724.4699
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)80.413029.2717
lustful (not chaste)80.317723.9641
extreme (not moderate)79.935321.3702
not introspective (not introspective)79.92826.3226
narcissistic (not low self esteem)79.625331.361
chortling (not giggling)79.310424.255
alpha (not beta)79.141626.5730
humorless (not funny)79.18519.1679
factual (not poetic)79.115021.656
tiresome (not interesting)78.92121.5686
macho (not metrosexual)78.88830.957
two-faced (not one-faced)78.814028.776
tight (not loose)78.824328.266
worldly (not innocent)78.739020.7715
crazy (not sane)78.619321.2195
sarcastic (not genuine)78.420320.9696
extravagant (not thrifty)78.422626.749
bad boy (not white knight)78.317424.241
fighter (not lover)78.314724.058
mischievous (not well behaved)78.140424.4652
repetitive (not varied)78.16920.9440
decisive (not hesitant)78.139622.9693
💀 (not 🎃)78.015927.747
extrovert (not introvert)77.829122.3634
serious (not playful)77.836923.0695
dry (not moist)77.87927.949
cynical (not gullible)77.832424.034
foolish (not wise)77.713319.9711
guarded (not open)77.748021.9672
traditional (not unorthodox)77.612727.8527
pack rat (not minimalist)77.66224.4166
armoured (not vulnerable)77.528824.1702
perverted (not clean)77.514721.158
dog person (not cat person)77.315728.941
self-destructive (not self-improving)77.221625.346
impulsive (not cautious)77.029125.7662
pointed (not random)76.850025.343
everyman (not chosen one)76.08024.642
formal (not intimate)75.819324.1272
animalistic (not human)75.85822.8689
presidential (not folksy)75.625125.559
literal (not metaphorical)75.515024.3633
😬 (not 😏)75.39329.9150
rough (not smooth)75.218524.5709
dunce (not genius)75.27919.1774
lost (not enlightened)75.216625.363
lewd (not tasteful)75.012422.4680
doer (not thinker)75.031026.672
never cries (not often crying)74.935326.135
overspender (not penny-pincher)74.718129.7277
patriotic (not unpatriotic)74.635228.0188
ironic (not profound)74.69122.141
pessimistic (not optimistic)74.619324.2658
scientific (not artistic)74.533619.7616
haunted (not blissful)74.544825.158
exhibitionist (not bashful)74.329727.167
scrub (not legit)74.36928.1247
heathen (not devout)74.215124.4666
distant (not touchy-feely)74.231127.946
captain (not first-mate)74.139127.3654
picky (not always down)74.124029.038
frenzied (not sleepy)74.151123.454
ugly (not beautiful)73.96424.6510
gloomy (not sunny)73.933725.451
pensive (not serene)73.929320.952
master (not apprentice)73.856026.1471
machiavellian (not transparent)73.725529.443
playful (not shy)73.658221.3622
repulsive (not attractive)73.612026.7724
exaggerating (not factual)73.633727.650
persistent (not quitter)73.5117527.8199
secretive (not open-book)73.246728.259
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)73.225121.231
mundane (not extraordinary)73.17825.2667
resistant (not resigned)72.844327.0705
😭 (not 😀)72.716029.4168
sexual (not asexual)72.756330.171
dispassionate (not romantic)72.610925.049
instinctual (not reasoned)72.636127.8694
urban (not rural)72.651330.0266
manicured (not scruffy)72.564928.2749
🥶 (not 🥵)72.512830.261
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)72.419426.5691
direct (not roundabout)72.454827.7627
creepy (not disarming)72.412925.8447
historical (not modern)72.026525.4578
anxious (not calm)71.939223.0657
apathetic (not curious)71.84626.8708
unambiguous (not mysterious)71.727227.4727
ludicrous (not sensible)71.724225.9680
individualist (not communal)71.640932.8500
driven (not unambitious)71.6106725.4684
fast-talking (not slow-talking)71.641628.841
libertarian (not socialist)71.511831.3602
neurotypical (not autistic)71.559125.6561
vintage (not trendy)71.560131.556
exuberant (not subdued)71.438128.845
juvenile (not mature)71.130426.1562
hedonist (not monastic)70.922829.1147
sad (not happy)70.739621.0674
linear (not circular)70.710428.764
classical (not avant-garde)70.630328.2440
charming (not trusting)70.533920.7656
jealous (not opinionated)70.26933.739
empirical (not theoretical)70.013727.0610
frank (not sugarcoated)70.071029.242
builder (not explorer)69.923525.7635
tall (not short)69.945523.9618
self-assured (not self-conscious)69.759332.7700
stinky (not fresh)69.716031.7262
whippersnapper (not sage)69.718630.831
reactive (not proactive)69.418729.130
paranoid (not naive)69.339329.143
🥴 (not 🥳)69.227930.2165
🤣 (not 😊)69.222825.0133
🧐 (not 😎)69.129629.3191
insider (not outsider)68.916730.9607
🐀 (not 🐘)68.622836.4274
flamboyant (not modest)68.542030.6746
real (not philosophical)68.547927.6549
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)68.523833.257
mainstream (not arcane)68.214730.8680
wild (not tame)68.262627.6610
triggered (not trolling)68.144731.156
deliberate (not spontaneous)68.066529.1686
thick (not thin)68.028024.4638
bored (not interested)68.07228.262
motivated (not unmotivated)67.9121428.839
obsessed (not aloof)67.850929.6675
scheduled (not spontaneous)67.861329.5705
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)67.825134.154
scandalous (not proper)67.748329.7687
🦇 (not 🐿)67.731231.8155
melee (not ranged)67.512031.732
barbaric (not civilized)67.322926.9728
realistic (not fantastical)67.252530.351
🤐 (not 😜)67.139931.5169
Italian (not Swedish)67.036431.544
plays hard (not works hard)66.926529.2667
depressed (not bright)66.830321.9653
straightforward (not cryptic)66.761831.2685
fortunate (not unlucky)66.328930.2660
old (not young)66.340118.4697
sorrowful (not cheery)65.959523.2692
highbrow (not lowbrow)65.956631.9652
Roman (not Greek)65.920626.240
geriatric (not vibrant)65.915827.144
believable (not poorly-written)65.5115926.141
contrarian (not yes-man)65.457334.036
overachiever (not underachiever)65.499235.454
pop (not indie)65.320429.336
tailor (not blacksmith)65.264834.547
flirtatious (not prudish)65.255932.132
industrial (not domestic)65.136431.7500
stylish (not slovenly)64.872427.4667
methodical (not astonishing)64.759227.7625
twitchy (not still)64.662530.559
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)64.232332.242
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)63.955932.8146
traumatized (not flourishing)63.971731.345
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)63.825434.0168
weakass (not badass)63.820431.452
active (not slothful)63.7115329.0627
📉 (not 📈)63.714035.5177
experimental (not reliable)63.743229.544
incompetent (not competent)63.516829.1655
luddite (not technophile)63.438729.0582
cosmopolitan (not provincial)63.345833.1649
deviant (not average)63.368830.6639
low IQ (not high IQ)63.214225.5960
realist (not idealist)63.250431.5543
indiscreet (not tactful)63.223232.4153
Russian (not French)63.226336.033
healthy (not sickly)63.195429.1653
edgy (not politically correct)63.064030.8694
🤖 (not 👻)62.938433.0164
mathematical (not literary)62.831628.9580
unemotional (not emotional)62.622434.941
sturdy (not flimsy)62.586334.244
social (not reclusive)62.459728.3263
emotional (not logical)62.361731.6687
🐐 (not 🦒)62.363134.3261
unobservant (not perceptive)62.314831.158
conspiracist (not sheeple)62.176731.3535
uninspiring (not charismatic)61.913731.2954
coordinated (not clumsy)61.890629.0666
non-gamer (not gamer)61.874837.042
rebellious (not obedient)61.781330.7628
utilitarian (not decorative)61.575233.1468
workaholic (not slacker)61.5112729.6510
winter (not summer)61.453434.437
hurried (not leisurely)61.359629.8666
generalist (not specialist)61.217730.9399
resolute (not wavering)61.292532.7139
valedictorian (not drop out)61.289633.9168
consistent (not variable)61.169034.847
epic (not deep)61.146524.446
gossiping (not confidential)60.538131.4699
orange (not purple)60.445732.7608
noob (not pro)60.423732.6149
nihilist (not existentialist)60.023228.4363
emancipated (not enslaved)59.892532.2611
chatty (not reserved)59.766529.4655
princess (not queen)59.541533.431
long-winded (not concise)59.545827.218
💃 (not 🧕)59.488433.2245
gregarious (not private)59.244030.8663
spicy (not mild)59.286630.7706
sheltered (not street-smart)59.243131.4619
charming (not awkward)58.987127.1713
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)58.753729.8205
rational (not whimsical)58.380031.7720
precise (not vague)58.396729.3547
earth (not air)58.387834.967
ambitious (not realistic)58.284531.466
chaotic (not orderly)58.163331.4678
rock (not rap)58.0133826.941
resourceful (not helpless)57.8128431.1458
studious (not goof-off)57.8102833.6177
focused on the present (not focused on the future)57.759332.7646
low-tech (not high-tech)57.568229.6558
normal (not weird)57.249130.3631
head@clouds (not down2earth)57.258933.7652
diligent (not lazy)56.7140228.0678
self-disciplined (not disorganized)56.7111032.3650
stoic (not hypochondriac)56.782727.723
simple (not complicated)56.334633.4729
brave (not careful)56.294729.2655
mighty (not puny)56.2110031.4676
child free (not pronatalist)56.097331.3526
rustic (not cultured)55.946733.328
🏌 (not 🤺)55.725736.6175
expressive (not monotone)55.793135.431
sheriff (not outlaw)55.673732.6655
hard-work (not natural-talent)55.698231.759
plastic (not wooden)55.527838.162
prideful (not envious)55.4129138.188
cool (not dorky)55.384230.2154
oblivious (not alert)55.344930.6192
hoarder (not unprepared)55.291929.3551
night owl (not morning lark)54.894932.9508
fast (not slow)54.6114529.6644
thick-skinned (not sensitive)54.680633.2994
cheesy (not chic)54.680031.831
English (not German)54.5145835.645
tautology (not oxymoron)54.334335.322
vanilla (not kinky)54.174933.3652
rhythmic (not stuttering)54.1119732.442
overprepared (not efficient)53.927628.945
stoic (not expressive)53.859831.6617
serious (not bold)53.766133.6729
irrelevant (not important)53.720631.0303
neat (not messy)53.5100130.3563
western (not eastern)53.2123337.9243
permanent (not transient)53.189932.4412
statist (not anarchist)53.181435.4229
tardy (not on-time)53.151731.657
OCD (not ADHD)53.0103135.633
🐩 (not 🐒)52.984038.6186
remote (not involved)52.829130.9628
spelunker (not claustrophobic)52.7104533.744
Pepsi (not Coke)52.660838.741
goth (not flower child)52.657030.730
refined (not rugged)52.592731.7694
backdoor (not official)52.389433.9619
dramatic (not no-nonsense)52.287535.7458
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)52.277229.8147
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.161533.7506
zany (not regular)52.194633.2172
disreputable (not prestigious)52.056234.2564
muddy (not washed)52.057535.329
confident (not insecure)51.8116535.1749
crafty (not scholarly)51.899031.2722
codependent (not independent)51.657034.6730
eloquent (not unpolished)51.5103930.9901
slugabed (not go-getter)51.520232.7136
atheist (not theist)51.4101631.7420
🥾 (not 👟)51.480637.5169
🤫 (not 🤔)51.356137.3172
common sense (not analysis)51.264632.434
subjective (not objective)51.185036.0456
high standards (not desperate)51.1108337.680
centrist (not radical)50.773334.123
🛌 (not 🧗)50.460633.2255
normie (not freak)50.574833.869

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Cal Hockley (0.934)
  2. Byron Hadley (0.881)
  3. Prince Humperdinck (0.866)
  4. Hans (0.865)
  5. King Claudius (0.863)
  6. Gaston (0.862)
  7. Lord Business (0.854)
  8. Topper (0.851)
  9. Sheriff of Nottingham (0.85)
  10. Sal Maroni (0.846)
  1. Chien-Po (-0.767)
  2. Beth March (-0.741)
  3. Hilda Spellman (-0.711)
  4. Mamá Coco (-0.694)
  5. Luna Lovegood (-0.694)
  6. William H. 'Shakespeare' Hill (-0.676)
  7. Penny (-0.675)
  8. Charlie Bucket (-0.673)
  9. Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (-0.672)
  10. Samwell Tarly (-0.671)

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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