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Polonius Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Polonius is a character from Hamlet.

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
political (not nonpolitical)89.94510.57
pretentious (not unassuming)87.85613.013
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)86.33817.220
old (not young)85.88912.015
judgemental (not accepting)85.516510.514
side character (not main character)85.19920.514
privileged (not oppressed)84.824417.622
theist (not atheist)83.73422.215
vintage (not trendy)83.716717.623
punchable (not loveable)83.512013.727
strict (not lenient)82.917818.818
sexist (not feminist)82.310620.120
🙃 (not 🥰)82.29422.713
traditional (not unorthodox)82.07917.717
close-minded (not open-minded)81.99521.610
🐀 (not 🐘)81.84723.017
repulsive (not attractive)81.25714.918
arrogant (not humble)81.131421.516
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)80.78918.414
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)80.77724.728
off-key (not musical)80.65315.020
mischievous (not well behaved)80.439722.417
historical (not modern)79.613320.511
deliberate (not spontaneous)79.533615.920
monochrome (not multicolored)79.310925.918
🥶 (not 🥵)79.25317.629
weakass (not badass)79.07127.124
prudish (not flirtatious)79.08421.024
quarrelsome (not warm)78.830416.618
suspicious (not trusting)78.829617.424
ugly (not beautiful)78.74425.413
offended (not chill)78.623218.820
🐴 (not 🦄)78.519325.926
workaholic (not slacker)78.475720.724
beta (not alpha)77.518023.025
luddite (not technophile)77.36226.526
involved (not remote)77.331621.118
cheesy (not chic)77.318315.420
salacious (not wholesome)77.222712.220
diligent (not lazy)77.1107323.713
bookish (not sporty)77.156024.112
tiresome (not interesting)76.73118.215
puny (not mighty)76.55917.918
first-mate (not captain)76.432220.720
preppy (not punk rock)76.438823.519
pronatalist (not child free)76.48217.214
basic (not hipster)76.124927.414
bitter (not sweet)75.930017.113
debased (not pure)75.828118.313
trash (not treasure)75.89920.326
conservative (not liberal)75.714423.213
unlucky (not fortunate)75.619019.411
tense (not relaxed)75.468012.115
money-focused (not love-focused)75.321325.220
💩 (not 🌟)75.113919.718
intense (not lighthearted)75.157915.216
corporate (not freelance)75.122821.718
roundabout (not direct)75.04023.618
pointed (not random)74.966513.217
dispassionate (not romantic)74.99921.517
impatient (not patient)74.848322.526
😬 (not 😏)74.511523.432
geriatric (not vibrant)74.54923.621
selfish (not altruistic)74.334618.120
arcane (not mainstream)74.324226.210
chortling (not giggling)74.328520.922
🥴 (not 🥳)74.118422.319
everyman (not chosen one)74.112623.028
💀 (not 🎃)74.029725.042
two-faced (not one-faced)73.824821.917
📉 (not 📈)73.82925.816
nerd (not jock)73.755522.324
repetitive (not varied)73.617618.219
🧐 (not 😎)73.622822.429
practical (not imaginative)73.547019.517
obedient (not rebellious)73.420927.114
cruel (not kind)73.322720.115
businesslike (not chivalrous)73.133123.722
masculine (not feminine)72.871718.126
mundane (not extraordinary)72.89414.521
scheduled (not spontaneous)72.653230.224
serious (not playful)72.561520.224
long-winded (not concise)72.513726.326
guarded (not open)72.478823.917
stingy (not generous)72.326923.518
worldly (not innocent)72.371025.420
statist (not anarchist)72.222827.618
stubborn (not accommodating)72.279824.213
rich (not poor)72.159023.317
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)72.131226.517
hypocritical (not equitable)72.129120.724
western (not eastern)72.027621.914
🎩 (not 🧢)71.951231.126
twitchy (not still)71.845422.424
careful (not brave)71.813618.120
anxious (not calm)71.745914.615
incompetent (not competent)71.710618.623
asexual (not sexual)71.718123.529
persistent (not quitter)71.7146024.117
serious (not bold)71.622029.019
exhibitionist (not bashful)71.644318.424
transient (not permanent)71.68618.717
bad-cook (not good-cook)71.627119.514
biased (not impartial)71.550531.511
neat (not messy)71.564433.211
tight (not loose)71.559627.422
🤺 (not 🏌)71.471927.514
miserable (not joyful)71.347523.519
🛌 (not 🧗)71.217925.731
fearmongering (not reassuring)71.130726.925
dorky (not cool)71.131121.212
Pepsi (not Coke)71.14736.013
vanilla (not kinky)71.031827.516
🤡 (not 👽)71.017928.725
opinionated (not neutral)70.9113323.428
shallow (not deep)70.719925.514
entitled (not grateful)70.746525.920
intellectual (not physical)70.670225.917
💔 (not 💝)70.529226.423
insider (not outsider)70.314521.818
soulless (not soulful)70.321423.223
studious (not goof-off)70.385023.218
sheriff (not outlaw)70.244229.318
secretive (not open-book)70.166823.135
non-gamer (not gamer)69.957129.812
vain (not demure)69.943026.020
dunce (not genius)69.717520.018
🐐 (not 🦒)69.534423.518
dramatic (not comedic)69.577628.628
🧕 (not 💃)69.412529.923
chatty (not reserved)69.454125.611
uncreative (not open to new experinces)69.315824.212
pro (not noob)69.396418.012
sickly (not healthy)69.216623.818
monastic (not hedonist)69.112526.018
presidential (not folksy)69.050827.424
sad (not happy)68.956914.426
classical (not avant-garde)68.941225.412
formal (not intimate)68.743020.219
antagonist (not protagonist)68.722325.726
rigid (not flexible)68.648821.021
cold (not warm)68.543726.226
winter (not summer)68.543325.726
goth (not flower child)68.428825.614
foolish (not wise)68.332228.918
poisonous (not nurturing)68.239324.017
hard-work (not natural-talent)68.256018.719
slow (not fast)68.012524.418
motivated (not unmotivated)68.0144429.924
French (not Russian)67.944627.116
narcissistic (not low self esteem)67.958730.732
😈 (not 😇)67.648325.721
suspicious (not awkward)67.673127.917
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)67.588320.520
disreputable (not prestigious)67.326126.816
mad (not glad)67.259224.619
realistic (not fantastical)67.161128.021
sorrowful (not cheery)67.165824.512
short (not tall)67.137526.030
codependent (not independent)67.029127.620
weird (not normal)66.866131.215
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)66.746624.320
cannibal (not vegan)66.746833.016
refined (not rugged)66.665520.818
confident (not insecure)66.590228.715
deranged (not reasonable)66.442523.124
awkward (not charming)66.330918.313
pensive (not serene)66.383921.217
low-tech (not high-tech)66.251025.318
racist (not egalitarian)66.215126.113
straight (not queer)66.1106132.115
tailor (not blacksmith)66.171431.515
hurried (not leisurely)65.949828.516
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)65.932331.124
pack rat (not minimalist)65.831132.822
interested (not bored)65.894423.321
libertarian (not socialist)65.727833.516
patriotic (not unpatriotic)65.780732.217
reactive (not proactive)65.535028.231
villainous (not heroic)65.329419.721
neurotypical (not autistic)65.3100322.215
gendered (not androgynous)65.3141035.510
urban (not rural)65.393126.511
enslaved (not emancipated)65.214826.421
monotone (not expressive)65.229427.026
unfixable (not fixable)65.132823.920
bold (not shy)65.0135820.913
decisive (not hesitant)64.995919.319
self-destructive (not self-improving)64.957127.021
picky (not always down)64.959727.434
pessimistic (not optimistic)64.851027.024
prideful (not envious)64.8103332.933
sheltered (not street-smart)64.738023.910
resourceful (not helpless)64.6132024.416
authoritarian (not democratic)64.549230.915
genocidal (not not genocidal)64.528627.219
go-getter (not slugabed)64.3134923.111
whippersnapper (not sage)64.340629.418
🧠 (not 💪)64.2102526.717
🐷 (not 🐮)64.224032.917
domestic (not industrial)64.137624.912
cocky (not timid)64.1107428.039
stinky (not fresh)64.030528.923
dramatic (not no-nonsense)63.963632.612
overachiever (not underachiever)63.9123425.518
gloomy (not sunny)63.870920.824
work-first (not family-first)63.565628.016
linear (not circular)63.535435.628
cunning (not honorable)63.448825.621
gossiping (not confidential)63.438935.724
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)63.455425.517
🤐 (not 😜)63.463132.317
paranoid (not naive)63.473329.931
ludicrous (not sensible)63.344130.612
perverted (not clean)63.338427.519
jaded (not innocent)63.396925.122
yes-man (not contrarian)63.227429.025
logical (not emotional)63.150631.433
plays hard (not works hard)63.137427.211
rock (not rap)63.0141220.420
nihilist (not existentialist)62.919126.818
focused on the future (not focused on the present)62.837631.415
angry (not good-humored)62.852123.411
distant (not touchy-feely)62.771625.626
never cries (not often crying)62.777526.839
sober (not indulgent)62.650430.29
generalist (not specialist)62.618125.816
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)62.643428.323
creepy (not disarming)62.529128.015
bad boy (not white knight)62.553324.120
feisty (not gracious)62.4101830.825
exaggerating (not factual)62.466527.924
vengeful (not forgiving)62.369124.220
jealous (not compersive)62.359032.814
moody (not stable)62.098028.017
obsessed (not aloof)62.088226.729
low IQ (not high IQ)62.017030.019
insulting (not complimentary)62.057529.221
predictable (not quirky)62.046430.934
🤑 (not 🤠)61.948834.022
factual (not poetic)61.773426.931
ironic (not profound)61.751726.925
🤣 (not 😊)61.643434.630
haunted (not blissful)61.6103028.624
traitorous (not loyal)61.429029.318
cultured (not rustic)61.487231.817
🥾 (not 👟)61.361633.726
scientific (not artistic)61.276034.79
gregarious (not private)61.145730.119
flamboyant (not modest)60.965934.112
mild (not spicy)60.943727.316
slovenly (not stylish)60.841923.116
unambiguous (not mysterious)60.770936.612
utilitarian (not decorative)60.792233.515
machiavellian (not transparent)60.663331.233
manicured (not scruffy)60.5105726.020
claustrophobic (not spelunker)60.431627.516
😭 (not 😀)60.358628.623
hard (not soft)60.283126.412
master (not apprentice)60.1105431.520
flimsy (not sturdy)60.133626.720
penny-pincher (not overspender)59.978035.216
thick (not thin)59.650328.315
ignorant (not knowledgeable)59.632627.534
concrete (not abstract)59.585931.019
consistent (not variable)59.589025.019
cringeworthy (not inspiring)59.353729.623
depressed (not bright)59.263522.917
English (not German)59.2153229.818
receiving (not giving)59.256026.033
reasoned (not instinctual)59.152732.318
lavish (not frugal)59.164529.619
humorless (not funny)59.152822.514
social (not reclusive)59.082526.714
driven (not unambitious)58.8168426.515
methodical (not astonishing)58.794726.516
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)58.757834.533
cryptic (not straightforward)58.628626.616
extreme (not moderate)58.6105023.313
stuttering (not rhythmic)58.531723.926
overprepared (not efficient)58.519830.920
interrupting (not attentive)58.568930.526
oxymoron (not tautology)58.568133.521
philosophical (not real)58.333330.618
🎨 (not 🏀)58.2104229.124
introspective (not not introspective)58.1110533.811
princess (not queen)58.152431.627
tame (not wild)58.058223.320
believable (not poorly-written)58.0171720.420
sugarcoated (not frank)57.923531.219
sensitive (not thick-skinned)57.867225.017
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)57.881629.224
muddy (not washed)57.849024.921
down2earth (not head@clouds)57.787029.920
bossy (not meek)57.3123824.419
builder (not explorer)57.369826.914
whimsical (not rational)57.064925.011
passive (not assertive)57.036929.916
cat person (not dog person)57.075932.622
hunter (not gatherer)56.892836.218
self-assured (not self-conscious)56.7122027.126
ambitious (not realistic)56.7102928.819
triggered (not trolling)56.5119830.724
literary (not mathematical)56.4104531.820
lost (not enlightened)56.485929.918
conventional (not creative)56.370532.116
demonic (not angelic)56.367626.915
juvenile (not mature)56.373528.115
indie (not pop)56.3112827.926
centrist (not radical)56.359030.130
metaphorical (not literal)56.242529.213
disorganized (not self-disciplined)56.047134.714
eloquent (not unpolished)56.0109724.417
unobservant (not perceptive)56.024734.516
rude (not respectful)55.862829.018
devout (not heathen)55.890234.412
👻 (not 🤖)55.885133.424
extravagant (not thrifty)55.877327.418
crazy (not sane)55.685727.822
traumatized (not flourishing)55.6118930.619
high standards (not desperate)55.5109230.219
chaste (not lustful)55.467037.514
civilized (not barbaric)55.4124732.615
indiscreet (not tactful)55.448329.011
frenzied (not sleepy)55.4160929.827
freak (not normie)55.494733.234
scrub (not legit)55.330828.024
official (not backdoor)55.173131.718
scholarly (not crafty)55.065229.716
analysis (not common sense)55.097830.827
cautious (not impulsive)54.986028.121
lewd (not tasteful)54.852426.013
oblivious (not alert)54.852933.623
opinionated (not jealous)54.8148034.723
extrovert (not introvert)54.7102324.712
deviant (not average)54.7112724.423
psychopath (not empath)54.762426.722
sarcastic (not genuine)54.681731.925
highbrow (not lowbrow)54.5116333.317
uninspiring (not charismatic)54.528133.619
important (not irrelevant)54.5161628.417
water (not fire)54.564732.325
on-time (not tardy)54.5123424.617
Roman (not Greek)54.480135.713
macho (not metrosexual)54.460332.823
purple (not orange)54.382729.523
charming (not trusting)54.393725.518
resistant (not resigned)54.3154224.914
communal (not individualist)54.359332.716
emotional (not unemotional)54.3136230.020
theoretical (not empirical)54.248734.316
armoured (not vulnerable)54.2114429.013
night owl (not morning lark)54.2111631.815
provincial (not cosmopolitan)54.176731.37
human (not animalistic)53.9139628.518
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)53.967828.727
conspiracist (not sheeple)53.8128531.118
regular (not zany)53.773726.216
OCD (not ADHD)53.6116430.426
pacifist (not ferocious)53.569730.220
curious (not apathetic)53.5144528.122
vague (not precise)53.148929.320
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)53.1131632.225
Italian (not Swedish)53.094033.512
drop out (not valedictorian)52.863728.124
fast-talking (not slow-talking)52.8121630.224
skeptical (not spiritual)52.7140832.514
simple (not complicated)52.548834.424
🤔 (not 🤫)52.5116233.825
ranged (not melee)52.5114131.913
stoic (not hypochondriac)52.5116630.624
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.465828.218
🐒 (not 🐩)52.384032.513
idealist (not realist)52.288335.616
devoted (not unfaithful)52.2165329.232
moist (not dry)52.192333.218
smooth (not rough)52.096223.112
loud (not quiet)51.8103033.724
objective (not subjective)51.787326.515
subdued (not exuberant)51.775030.226
submissive (not dominant)51.664133.314
unchallenging (not demanding)51.640234.719
coordinated (not clumsy)51.5132934.015
doer (not thinker)51.5133830.226
cynical (not gullible)51.5126533.626
expressive (not stoic)51.4116433.119
soft (not hard)51.487427.714
scandalous (not proper)51.499832.420
deep (not epic)51.493720.525
air (not earth)51.258531.121
active (not slothful)51.1170224.916
reliable (not experimental)51.1108729.314
playful (not shy)51.0143720.211
hoarder (not unprepared)51.0127329.514
lover (not fighter)51.098529.120
cooperative (not competitive)50.973929.915
edgy (not politically correct)50.1114826.122
wooden (not plastic)50.1153335.521
wavering (not resolute)50.348232.218
🐿 (not 🦇)50.3117229.323
chaotic (not orderly)50.494135.121

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Cornelius Fudge (0.785)
  2. Samuel Norton (0.748)
  3. Mr. William Collins (0.742)
  4. Dolores Umbridge (0.735)
  5. Frank Burns (0.727)
  6. Cal Hockley (0.718)
  7. Major Arnold Toht (0.718)
  8. Principal Vernon (0.712)
  9. Petunia Dursley (0.706)
  10. Chef Skinner (0.704)
  1. Bumblebee (-0.54)
  2. Jack Dawson (-0.528)
  3. Kaylee Frye (-0.516)
  4. Angela Montenegro (-0.496)
  5. Debora (-0.488)
  6. Helsinki (-0.487)
  7. Han Lue (-0.481)
  8. Sam Obisanya (-0.475)
  9. Luna Lovegood (-0.474)
  10. Troy Barnes (-0.47)

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 Polonius to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Polonius is described identify as.

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users
ISTJ48.1%1475
INTJ46.6%8827
ESTJ45.2%547
ISTP44.5%1950
ENTJ44.1%2286
INTP43.8%11992
ENTP41.9%5934
ESTP41.4%765
ISFJ40.5%1602
INFJ38.7%12519
ISFP38.5%1998
ESFJ38.3%592
INFP37.0%23344
ENFJ36.3%3842
ESFP36.2%1202
ENFP34.5%10817

Notes

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