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Samwell Tarly Personality Statistics

Samwell Tarly is a character from Game of Thrones. 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
kind (not cruel)97.915.1256
bookish (not sporty)97.436.6268
😇 (not 😈)97.314.629
loyal (not traitorous)97.047.4260
wholesome (not salacious)97.015.642
nerd (not jock)94.1279.2293
intellectual (not physical)93.71614.1291
humble (not arrogant)93.5110.1288
warm (not cold)93.2811.1244
soulful (not soulless)92.81410.074
respectful (not rude)92.6511.4273
cooperative (not competitive)92.3212.7248
complimentary (not insulting)91.7211.076
low self esteem (not narcissistic)91.638.219
human (not animalistic)91.2413.3256
angelic (not demonic)91.1711.4258
civilized (not barbaric)91.13011.6238
heroic (not villainous)90.75412.7275
gatherer (not hunter)90.7110.215
nurturing (not poisonous)90.51915.6123
🧠 (not 💪)90.33916.238
romantic (not dispassionate)90.31713.223
warm (not quarrelsome)89.8613.9262
sweet (not bitter)89.81513.9231
good-humored (not angry)89.82413.4223
forgiving (not vengeful)89.01714.1245
genuine (not sarcastic)88.91617.4235
egalitarian (not racist)88.97417.342
democratic (not authoritarian)88.9216.7248
altruistic (not selfish)88.41615.4254
accepting (not judgemental)88.41615.8194
thick (not thin)88.31716.0180
first-mate (not captain)88.22117.4249
pure (not debased)88.0915.5243
honorable (not cunning)87.92018.6269
demure (not vain)87.5115.8238
scholarly (not crafty)87.31319.2249
reliable (not experimental)87.02720.522
stuttering (not rhythmic)86.9212.918
soft (not hard)86.61616.7280
reasonable (not deranged)86.63319.543
meek (not bossy)86.41015.4298
feminist (not sexist)86.49517.044
beta (not alpha)86.22117.5216
modest (not flamboyant)85.83318.5287
literary (not mathematical)85.6819.5237
awkward (not suspicious)85.31814.2291
lighthearted (not intense)85.1720.024
deep (not shallow)84.73619.455
mild (not spicy)84.61218.0256
sensitive (not thick-skinned)84.62616.5256
tame (not wild)84.61416.0275
treasure (not trash)84.614120.163
trusting (not suspicious)84.41919.5260
equitable (not hypocritical)84.11415.793
pacifist (not ferocious)84.11719.6267
open-minded (not close-minded)84.03318.8262
vanilla (not kinky)83.72520.8261
works hard (not plays hard)83.612618.9249
curious (not apathetic)83.46322.6252
cautious (not impulsive)83.03720.5268
quiet (not loud)83.04719.2279
glad (not mad)82.83617.542
anxious (not calm)82.77421.0239
high IQ (not low IQ)82.730721.8218
well behaved (not mischievous)82.53221.9236
self-conscious (not self-assured)82.51821.6245
📈 (not 📉)82.51327.845
open-book (not secretive)82.52413.517
introvert (not extrovert)82.43718.6280
submissive (not dominant)82.33918.4267
sunny (not gloomy)82.15521.917
clumsy (not coordinated)82.04621.9265
sensible (not ludicrous)81.78318.9241
trusting (not charming)81.7721.4273
unambiguous (not mysterious)81.72719.8260
loveable (not punchable)81.710521.418
insecure (not confident)81.52920.2290
soft (not hard)81.55422.479
believable (not poorly-written)81.414119.225
perceptive (not unobservant)81.333217.324
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)81.1730.518
vegan (not cannibal)81.04923.822
vulnerable (not armoured)80.42920.0264
🤠 (not 🤑)80.27023.343
knowledgeable (not ignorant)79.925519.412
compersive (not jealous)79.73220.8253
reasoned (not instinctual)79.53025.1236
moderate (not extreme)79.51522.3233
slovenly (not stylish)79.44016.9243
devout (not heathen)79.35324.4237
introspective (not not introspective)79.37621.458
tense (not relaxed)79.125621.5257
passive (not assertive)79.13023.2246
domestic (not industrial)78.84123.281
diligent (not lazy)78.751020.6253
fixable (not unfixable)78.73124.714
unassuming (not pretentious)78.42923.636
disarming (not creepy)78.213720.1122
frugal (not lavish)78.17521.7240
proper (not scandalous)78.112122.4212
gracious (not feisty)78.01721.9220
politically correct (not edgy)77.94824.0283
funny (not humorless)77.714919.9249
hesitant (not decisive)77.52822.0256
shy (not playful)77.52022.2253
😊 (not 🤣)77.49525.439
subdued (not exuberant)77.22026.620
sane (not crazy)77.07926.044
sage (not whippersnapper)77.06320.322
English (not German)76.821728.419
scientific (not artistic)76.718028.4238
🐿 (not 🦇)76.711425.337
young (not old)76.725418.6261
patient (not impatient)76.77625.8121
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)76.68326.741
🛌 (not 🧗)76.66128.668
existentialist (not nihilist)76.52221.756
metrosexual (not macho)76.511422.019
French (not Russian)76.36225.421
💝 (not 💔)76.38329.255
codependent (not independent)76.17822.4289
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)75.914931.933
tasteful (not lewd)75.718324.6269
🥰 (not 🙃)75.36628.061
slow (not fast)75.22921.7280
persistent (not quitter)75.265724.238
innocent (not worldly)75.15224.0281
sheltered (not street-smart)75.19625.1258
resourceful (not helpless)75.146924.760
triggered (not trolling)75.19821.416
joyful (not miserable)75.08521.530
important (not irrelevant)74.743325.064
straightforward (not cryptic)74.420327.1259
studious (not goof-off)74.438226.228
orderly (not chaotic)74.123926.7265
genius (not dunce)74.127323.6266
historical (not modern)73.813827.4180
🌟 (not 💩)73.736827.043
legit (not scrub)73.735526.866
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)73.612832.733
pronatalist (not child free)73.47324.9197
shy (not bold)73.22624.1273
arcane (not mainstream)73.215326.1222
scheduled (not spontaneous)73.030428.0245
🏌 (not 🤺)73.02526.529
permanent (not transient)72.812924.0111
awkward (not charming)72.610926.4269
chaste (not lustful)72.48524.5253
optimistic (not pessimistic)72.316929.0247
wise (not foolish)72.123323.6286
penny-pincher (not overspender)71.614523.252
expressive (not stoic)71.622627.0258
patriotic (not unpatriotic)71.330624.147
roundabout (not direct)71.23825.3257
communal (not individualist)71.26029.272
statist (not anarchist)71.213927.470
consistent (not variable)71.222928.222
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)71.118432.052
workaholic (not slacker)70.652622.362
methodical (not astonishing)70.425928.5253
liberal (not conservative)70.424629.637
valedictorian (not drop out)70.342434.832
🤔 (not 🤫)70.312732.236
confidential (not gossiping)70.039428.3260
monastic (not hedonist)70.05031.223
lenient (not strict)69.917525.6254
precise (not vague)69.933829.2181
😀 (not 😭)69.914229.928
family-first (not work-first)69.722130.4263
scruffy (not manicured)69.719429.9272
moist (not dry)69.69924.318
claustrophobic (not spelunker)69.18023.320
deliberate (not spontaneous)68.943229.5246
outsider (not insider)68.919430.8164
chatty (not reserved)68.728829.5220
competent (not incompetent)68.657927.6215
sheriff (not outlaw)68.225527.0274
provincial (not cosmopolitan)67.814831.0228
gendered (not androgynous)67.770427.4122
🐐 (not 🦒)67.621630.855
focused on the future (not focused on the present)67.511626.6249
self-improving (not self-destructive)67.417730.229
cheery (not sorrowful)67.418126.9260
rural (not urban)67.313235.378
straight (not queer)67.061128.8115
idealist (not realist)66.920832.462
preppy (not punk rock)66.837424.121
open (not guarded)66.29130.0253
philosophical (not real)66.19131.0190
socialist (not libertarian)66.02530.3233
specialist (not generalist)65.829430.473
theoretical (not empirical)65.73332.0221
utilitarian (not decorative)65.739826.354
🥾 (not 👟)65.524334.037
🥳 (not 🥴)65.411327.234
stable (not moody)65.313527.4265
Swedish (not Italian)65.316633.114
simple (not complicated)65.211027.6247
average (not deviant)65.114629.0203
western (not eastern)64.830732.862
tailor (not blacksmith)64.842731.916
obedient (not rebellious)64.720229.4228
prestigious (not disreputable)64.740827.0220
rational (not whimsical)64.540930.1248
dorky (not cool)64.426134.741
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)64.325633.070
sober (not indulgent)64.225332.1227
bright (not depressed)64.227328.6263
intimate (not formal)63.925028.677
🧐 (not 😎)63.925237.431
open to new experinces (not uncreative)63.850328.8262
flexible (not rigid)63.717827.6266
weird (not normal)63.338426.0247
creative (not conventional)63.333329.9271
interesting (not tiresome)63.150128.2281
folksy (not presidential)63.126832.317
involved (not remote)63.053127.2252
giggling (not chortling)62.814631.914
slow-talking (not fast-talking)62.417531.314
slothful (not active)62.36927.2241
smooth (not rough)62.230830.8220
🦄 (not 🐴)62.123331.030
theist (not atheist)61.520732.761
enlightened (not lost)61.427429.521
😬 (not 😏)61.223035.334
apprentice (not master)61.122831.9122
happy (not sad)61.021026.5261
inspiring (not cringeworthy)61.041130.090
driven (not unambitious)60.979729.6226
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)60.635532.7222
careful (not brave)60.519631.5278
obsessed (not aloof)60.447227.2239
self-disciplined (not disorganized)60.462231.2252
high-tech (not low-tech)60.334032.5229
technophile (not luddite)60.128233.2242
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)60.027327.7237
🐷 (not 🐮)60.019831.460
musical (not off-key)59.925030.319
tight (not loose)59.755631.918
chill (not offended)59.623329.820
emancipated (not enslaved)59.554027.7228
traumatized (not flourishing)59.250632.019
concrete (not abstract)59.145732.942
short (not tall)58.729925.7259
go-getter (not slugabed)58.775026.719
oppressed (not privileged)58.722625.215
stinky (not fresh)58.620429.252
🧕 (not 💃)58.322631.562
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)58.327031.315
repetitive (not varied)58.146728.6107
refined (not rugged)58.049228.7253
🎩 (not 🧢)57.845933.929
night owl (not morning lark)57.751334.7177
serious (not bold)57.633030.8248
fortunate (not unlucky)57.433530.0292
nonpolitical (not political)57.427231.9232
flimsy (not sturdy)57.220727.117
dramatic (not no-nonsense)56.941430.1117
zany (not regular)56.847125.137
😜 (not 🤐)56.835635.137
emotional (not logical)56.747029.2304
classical (not avant-garde)56.648933.067
🤡 (not 👽)56.031626.232
sheeple (not conspiracist)55.919329.8177
minimalist (not pack rat)55.944328.330
skeptical (not spiritual)55.867031.2250
reclusive (not social)55.736632.265
🐘 (not 🐀)55.640531.563
private (not gregarious)55.554931.4254
leisurely (not hurried)55.433830.0257
autistic (not neurotypical)55.310827.9242
charismatic (not uninspiring)55.373530.3203
multicolored (not monochrome)55.138832.669
hoarder (not unprepared)54.955429.2209
repulsive (not attractive)54.821822.5261
purple (not orange)54.838931.2188
head@clouds (not down2earth)54.837234.0258
eloquent (not unpolished)54.857530.8232
feminine (not masculine)54.736320.2268
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')54.621933.7185
linear (not circular)54.641031.816
sleepy (not frenzied)54.69430.923
extraordinary (not mundane)54.564132.0249
puny (not mighty)54.322528.7279
basic (not hipster)54.261231.5258
mature (not juvenile)54.251426.777
ranged (not melee)54.250431.319
objective (not subjective)54.136034.164
healthy (not sickly)53.872224.2244
corporate (not freelance)53.739728.117
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)53.647835.5221
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)53.624431.338
noob (not pro)53.422235.339
imaginative (not practical)53.330133.5257
impartial (not biased)53.214531.3244
highbrow (not lowbrow)52.959830.9240
neat (not messy)52.862630.3199
tactful (not indiscreet)52.465930.924
Greek (not Roman)52.042731.416
explorer (not builder)51.848334.3253
beautiful (not ugly)51.676629.969
efficient (not overprepared)51.677237.113
poetic (not factual)51.637231.229
literal (not metaphorical)51.468431.4233
alert (not oblivious)51.365830.842
vibrant (not geriatric)51.170328.134
poor (not rich)51.037831.4243
unorthodox (not traditional)50.155834.080
🐒 (not 🐩)50.944635.152
serious (not playful)50.861428.6253
backdoor (not official)50.257130.8246
👻 (not 🤖)50.850932.530
resistant (not resigned)50.383528.0250
wavering (not resolute)50.524832.537

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. George O'Malley (0.866)
  2. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly (0.837)
  3. Jimmy Palmer (0.827)
  4. Cameron James (0.798)
  5. Peeta Mellark (0.792)
  1. Sal Maroni (-0.702)
  2. George Wickham (-0.675)
  3. Logan Delos (-0.674)
  4. Joey Donner (-0.673)
  5. Shane Walsh (-0.665)

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: ISTJ (r = 0.8)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.72)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.54)
  4. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.49)
  5. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.43)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.39)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.32)
  8. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.31)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.23)
  10. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.19)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.16)
  12. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.16)
  13. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.13)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.12)
  15. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.1)
  16. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.06)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.05)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.05)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.12)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.16)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.19)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.37)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.42)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.5)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.52)


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