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James 'Sawyer' Ford Personality Statistics

James 'Sawyer' Ford is a character from LOST. 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
rebellious (not obedient)95.0128.2228
masculine (not feminine)93.42710.0251
bold (not shy)93.24610.0254
street-smart (not sheltered)92.61511.7211
mischievous (not well behaved)91.74611.7305
individualist (not communal)91.11212.898
dominant (not submissive)90.86310.8238
charming (not awkward)90.62213.1270
edgy (not politically correct)90.41811.6289
competitive (not cooperative)90.37811.5273
scruffy (not manicured)90.22015.1204
playful (not shy)89.95213.0285
wild (not tame)89.93812.7223
spicy (not mild)89.82210.9249
scandalous (not proper)89.52911.6216
rugged (not refined)89.31813.9290
assertive (not passive)89.06816.7230
lustful (not chaste)88.92014.9275
charismatic (not uninspiring)88.75515.2199
gendered (not androgynous)88.76121.298
straight (not queer)88.68117.4127
🥾 (not 👟)88.31517.421
arrogant (not humble)87.710115.3256
💃 (not 🧕)87.25518.218
🧢 (not 🎩)87.11914.925
important (not irrelevant)87.013416.521
charming (not trusting)86.91714.0268
bossy (not meek)86.812415.8310
spontaneous (not scheduled)86.75416.0290
chaotic (not orderly)86.66613.8247
backdoor (not official)86.63821.1234
skeptical (not spiritual)86.45115.3241
anarchist (not statist)86.21714.935
alpha (not beta)86.013618.2217
outlaw (not sheriff)85.97418.6258
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)85.77818.9223
feisty (not gracious)85.77117.8205
suspicious (not trusting)85.49415.4281
funny (not humorless)85.17214.9279
jock (not nerd)85.14017.6238
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)85.14723.026
crafty (not scholarly)85.03215.6226
ferocious (not pacifist)84.910517.2263
hedonist (not monastic)84.91315.611
beautiful (not ugly)84.821417.3107
suspicious (not awkward)84.66213.2276
tall (not short)84.35712.1249
brave (not careful)84.25818.3243
🧗 (not 🛌)84.09720.322
worldly (not innocent)83.911117.8264
guarded (not open)83.814519.5272
independent (not codependent)83.710823.0239
attractive (not repulsive)83.617220.8252
deviant (not average)83.67916.1188
extreme (not moderate)83.413613.7223
sarcastic (not genuine)83.46320.3268
kinky (not vanilla)83.35716.8268
rude (not respectful)83.26514.8268
moody (not stable)83.112816.4249
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)83.06823.2280
resistant (not resigned)83.04422.3240
impulsive (not cautious)82.810219.7267
impatient (not patient)82.812017.8112
resourceful (not helpless)82.826220.8119
indulgent (not sober)82.78620.0283
bold (not serious)82.76618.7283
cool (not dorky)82.67423.518
western (not eastern)82.51623.027
decisive (not hesitant)81.916718.4290
unorthodox (not traditional)81.910819.8103
self-assured (not self-conscious)81.513823.2224
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)81.57516.024
instinctual (not reasoned)81.37120.2264
conspiracist (not sheeple)81.38617.5153
💪 (not 🧠)81.03726.422
😏 (not 😬)81.05118.830
treasure (not trash)80.327418.920
😎 (not 🧐)80.28026.021
quarrelsome (not warm)80.115120.5280
🤺 (not 🏌)80.116530.124
outsider (not insider)80.04324.4176
drop out (not valedictorian)79.96320.635
vengeful (not forgiving)79.716021.3261
mysterious (not unambiguous)79.79122.4231
mighty (not puny)79.620519.5270
confident (not insecure)79.522625.3260
disreputable (not prestigious)79.54719.5210
atheist (not theist)79.59420.9113
heathen (not devout)79.05719.4268
lewd (not tasteful)78.95719.0236
pessimistic (not optimistic)78.88922.3260
intimate (not formal)78.84320.632
vain (not demure)78.713720.3225
messy (not neat)78.310218.9162
insulting (not complimentary)78.212619.7130
armoured (not vulnerable)78.116323.6245
complicated (not simple)77.919723.9229
leisurely (not hurried)77.95622.8211
child free (not pronatalist)77.813523.4211
libertarian (not socialist)77.63525.4237
flamboyant (not modest)77.215124.6252
loud (not quiet)77.018825.4308
interesting (not tiresome)77.019222.6264
physical (not intellectual)76.98422.5255
jealous (not compersive)76.911720.0239
hard (not soft)76.419020.7304
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)76.26217.114
unpolished (not eloquent)76.19926.9185
night owl (not morning lark)75.921221.7138
pro (not noob)75.935025.934
persistent (not quitter)75.862223.231
😈 (not 😇)75.816120.925
sexist (not feminist)75.810822.225
👻 (not 🤖)75.55523.420
master (not apprentice)75.431921.5126
playful (not serious)75.311323.3279
biased (not impartial)75.320524.2266
hard (not soft)75.220720.6137
multicolored (not monochrome)75.29628.3111
selfish (not altruistic)75.117721.9275
realist (not idealist)75.110626.3114
low-tech (not high-tech)75.014721.1242
real (not philosophical)74.814324.0165
extraordinary (not mundane)74.726922.2272
fast (not slow)74.525423.9272
barbaric (not civilized)74.47217.4289
debased (not pure)74.317321.9267
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)74.211728.4204
cunning (not honorable)74.116324.0272
🐒 (not 🐩)73.69929.721
neurotypical (not autistic)73.530623.9249
healthy (not sickly)73.534724.4277
direct (not roundabout)73.431630.3285
open to new experinces (not uncreative)73.330226.3309
creative (not conventional)73.018925.2250
coordinated (not clumsy)73.039325.1272
plays hard (not works hard)72.911521.2236
rough (not smooth)72.813227.0270
🐴 (not 🦄)72.715028.626
lowbrow (not highbrow)72.56426.3240
poor (not rich)72.412021.4239
emancipated (not enslaved)72.424126.3238
alert (not oblivious)72.434326.423
salacious (not wholesome)71.718123.823
focused on the present (not focused on the future)71.211927.3271
competent (not incompetent)71.252023.6223
juvenile (not mature)71.218522.2102
zany (not regular)71.024220.212
transient (not permanent)70.95229.6107
luddite (not technophile)70.813021.5219
rural (not urban)70.710024.826
🦇 (not 🐿)70.715231.215
literary (not mathematical)70.517824.6270
📈 (not 📉)70.219028.422
extrovert (not introvert)70.128429.9274
slacker (not workaholic)70.110023.3111
disarming (not creepy)70.035222.495
judgemental (not accepting)69.926628.3168
artistic (not scientific)68.719023.5243
authoritarian (not democratic)68.722127.0286
sad (not happy)68.728222.4245
empirical (not theoretical)68.612729.0226
active (not slothful)68.656129.1224
avant-garde (not classical)68.612325.198
industrial (not domestic)68.418128.889
down2earth (not head@clouds)68.327729.1266
😜 (not 🤐)68.220333.521
mad (not glad)68.129524.729
sporty (not bookish)67.820628.8201
racist (not egalitarian)67.77517.713
🤠 (not 🤑)67.728932.616
lenient (not strict)67.320626.8252
driven (not unambitious)67.368629.5237
explorer (not builder)67.122427.9216
nonpolitical (not political)66.913630.7263
thick-skinned (not sensitive)66.726127.0235
poisonous (not nurturing)66.721525.5106
bitter (not sweet)66.429524.6255
young (not old)66.342917.3256
crazy (not sane)66.128030.416
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)65.816230.818
ludicrous (not sensible)65.620525.9262
nihilist (not existentialist)65.68530.0102
animalistic (not human)65.511525.5209
hoarder (not unprepared)65.529330.7180
astonishing (not methodical)65.314727.5247
hypocritical (not equitable)65.323026.1102
🥰 (not 🙃)65.322431.622
demonic (not angelic)65.222820.3331
🤫 (not 🤔)64.87932.129
orange (not purple)64.518129.1190
provincial (not cosmopolitan)64.321130.6216
utilitarian (not decorative)64.241629.7104
emotional (not logical)64.032829.1259
high IQ (not low IQ)63.767523.7233
vague (not precise)63.711727.6179
pretentious (not unassuming)63.637024.616
miserable (not joyful)63.640125.825
unlucky (not fortunate)63.228127.6230
spontaneous (not deliberate)63.218432.8264
arcane (not mainstream)63.232728.9232
soulful (not soulless)62.358726.298
calm (not anxious)61.823826.9287
practical (not imaginative)61.448530.7199
chatty (not reserved)61.037132.6255
work-first (not family-first)60.541930.9210
varied (not repetitive)60.211829.9115
close-minded (not open-minded)59.923928.5220
subjective (not objective)59.727232.489
sorrowful (not cheery)59.646125.8260
whimsical (not rational)59.627231.3265
modern (not historical)59.441426.7138
overspender (not penny-pincher)59.328327.030
resolute (not wavering)59.356834.811
cold (not warm)59.035727.5233
😀 (not 😭)59.030930.524
legit (not scrub)59.063732.534
thick (not thin)58.825327.0143
🐘 (not 🐀)58.732932.034
aloof (not obsessed)58.411429.9265
expressive (not stoic)58.343531.4259
🤣 (not 😊)58.326831.119
foolish (not wise)58.230024.7259
relaxed (not tense)58.114631.1250
private (not gregarious)58.150132.9256
hipster (not basic)58.120728.0248
not introspective (not introspective)58.117332.129
depressed (not bright)57.832128.3218
disorganized (not self-disciplined)57.721431.4254
genius (not dunce)57.658723.0246
remote (not involved)57.612131.1243
🌟 (not 💩)57.663927.216
goof-off (not studious)57.424930.57
conservative (not liberal)57.426034.322
curious (not apathetic)57.363230.7276
🐐 (not 🦒)56.954234.622
flexible (not rigid)56.829231.6258
captain (not first-mate)56.840034.0217
weird (not normal)56.651025.7268
🥴 (not 🥳)56.543933.919
go-getter (not slugabed)56.277030.623
lavish (not frugal)56.136330.7254
deranged (not reasonable)56.032828.922
tactful (not indiscreet)55.858331.317
confidential (not gossiping)55.758333.7195
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)55.441829.216
unpatriotic (not patriotic)55.314232.518
straightforward (not cryptic)55.265834.4276
👽 (not 🤡)55.046830.721
angry (not good-humored)54.839528.8218
social (not reclusive)54.746437.120
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)54.749935.720
deep (not shallow)54.656727.116
dramatic (not no-nonsense)54.445832.9140
stinky (not fresh)54.427034.433
heroic (not villainous)54.068123.7231
traitorous (not loyal)53.920729.2251
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.821828.7141
literal (not metaphorical)53.462930.8242
slovenly (not stylish)52.831728.7259
inspiring (not cringeworthy)52.155530.4109
🐮 (not 🐷)51.958829.335
generalist (not specialist)51.829430.695
💔 (not 💝)51.745336.341
pack rat (not minimalist)51.640335.616
cruel (not kind)51.127921.9280
lazy (not diligent)50.614526.9255
concrete (not abstract)50.559626.420

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 James 'Sawyer' Ford based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Han Solo (0.89)
  2. John Bender (0.863)
  3. Bronn (0.861)
  4. Tim Riggins (0.856)
  5. Randle Patrick McMurphy (0.847)
  1. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.677)
  2. George Michael Bluth (-0.666)
  3. Waylon Smithers (-0.663)
  4. Billy Keikeya (-0.66)
  5. Alan Harper (-0.621)

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: INFJ (r = 0.8)
  2. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.78)
  3. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.78)
  4. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.78)
  5. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.77)
  6. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.76)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.71)
  8. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.71)
  9. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.68)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.54)
  11. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.54)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.53)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.53)
  14. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.51)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.5)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.43)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.41)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.36)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.29)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.24)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.21)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.2)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.15)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.01)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.03)


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