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Benjamin Linus Descriptive Personality Statistics

Benjamin Linus is a character from LOST.

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 1,750 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
two-faced (not one-faced)94.4913.253
nerd (not jock)92.17512.0252
bookish (not sporty)92.1619.9220
intellectual (not physical)91.25414.3252
suspicious (not trusting)91.23911.4268
perceptive (not unobservant)90.610917.735
high IQ (not low IQ)90.418312.6221
complicated (not simple)90.32613.7213
deliberate (not spontaneous)90.14014.9272
secretive (not open-book)89.86314.731
guarded (not open)89.66714.0254
psychopath (not empath)89.45816.431
diligent (not lazy)89.130412.4235
cryptic (not straightforward)89.1416.0276
punchable (not loveable)89.05516.243
demanding (not unchallenging)89.012718.554
intense (not lighthearted)88.910516.534
driven (not unambitious)88.722417.3215
obsessed (not aloof)88.52817.4253
cunning (not honorable)88.34815.8280
freak (not normie)88.34113.153
extreme (not moderate)88.211114.6220
workaholic (not slacker)88.220616.5109
contrarian (not yes-man)88.0299.18
mischievous (not well behaved)87.915715.8262
mysterious (not unambiguous)87.92018.2216
cold (not warm)87.86513.8234
strict (not lenient)87.77314.6246
opinionated (not neutral)87.721519.459
competitive (not cooperative)87.618516.4249
authoritarian (not democratic)87.66916.5243
asexual (not sexual)87.61110.738
poisonous (not nurturing)87.59116.2107
🧠 (not 💪)87.513918.064
weird (not normal)87.47213.4272
vengeful (not forgiving)87.312513.6233
self-disciplined (not disorganized)87.322817.0252
machiavellian (not transparent)87.23620.123
bitter (not sweet)87.18412.8272
deviant (not average)86.94914.9143
quarrelsome (not warm)86.712315.9272
zany (not regular)86.75510.215
arrogant (not humble)86.617716.8239
conspiracist (not sheeple)86.16117.0155
salacious (not wholesome)85.96919.422
utilitarian (not decorative)85.81916.3100
political (not nonpolitical)85.49521.0284
fearmongering (not reassuring)85.47118.619
on-time (not tardy)85.221318.847
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.013920.6273
antagonist (not protagonist)84.95919.711
paranoid (not naive)84.93014.422
jaded (not innocent)84.915911.811
traitorous (not loyal)84.55018.9235
demonic (not angelic)84.59612.7266
vintage (not trendy)84.511717.230
haunted (not blissful)83.614920.942
worldly (not innocent)83.619816.2257
scientific (not artistic)83.613516.6269
🐀 (not 🐘)83.53224.853
judgemental (not accepting)83.416920.3146
tense (not relaxed)83.326721.0259
debased (not pure)83.312118.8278
arcane (not mainstream)83.36016.8251
creepy (not disarming)83.32919.7102
businesslike (not chivalrous)83.29619.046
stubborn (not accommodating)83.130722.351
🧐 (not 😎)83.14321.347
methodical (not astonishing)83.07119.6277
private (not gregarious)83.011319.1213
work-first (not family-first)83.018320.9216
genius (not dunce)82.422219.4251
analysis (not common sense)82.37820.422
motivated (not unmotivated)82.265622.121
cruel (not kind)82.110214.7230
selfish (not altruistic)81.919323.3244
genocidal (not not genocidal)81.86923.919
🙃 (not 🥰)81.88118.055
dorky (not cool)81.58313.728
😈 (not 😇)81.120022.343
entitled (not grateful)81.121019.534
distant (not touchy-feely)81.114120.429
villainous (not heroic)81.011516.9230
twitchy (not still)81.015620.446
indie (not pop)81.012213.820
🥶 (not 🥵)80.74025.154
self-destructive (not self-improving)80.715024.831
💔 (not 💝)80.69023.062
decisive (not hesitant)80.631623.8234
crazy (not sane)80.416522.125
biased (not impartial)80.315922.8245
repulsive (not attractive)80.16019.9267
hypocritical (not equitable)80.110819.5155
alert (not oblivious)80.030720.823
offended (not chill)80.016923.231
frenzied (not sleepy)80.021718.939
miserable (not joyful)79.816923.127
serious (not playful)79.730222.4250
studious (not goof-off)79.740526.719
💀 (not 🎃)79.513130.055
stingy (not generous)79.515521.465
cynical (not gullible)79.527130.920
privileged (not oppressed)79.435727.634
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)79.321417.040
OCD (not ADHD)79.217726.726
traumatized (not flourishing)79.120818.138
tight (not loose)78.923923.532
mad (not glad)78.919423.334
reclusive (not social)78.812420.842
soulless (not soulful)78.711822.9115
short (not tall)78.612616.9277
hoarder (not unprepared)78.68121.1199
sad (not happy)78.517217.8217
eloquent (not unpolished)78.531924.6201
receiving (not giving)78.517524.720
overachiever (not underachiever)78.351526.532
unorthodox (not traditional)78.325524.899
master (not apprentice)78.144422.890
coordinated (not clumsy)78.046224.7235
gamer (not non-gamer)78.012224.324
ferocious (not pacifist)77.935423.3222
high-tech (not low-tech)77.919820.4198
dominant (not submissive)77.852126.5243
jealous (not compersive)77.816623.2209
armoured (not vulnerable)77.827425.9216
philosophical (not real)77.73121.9150
experimental (not reliable)77.517323.136
bad boy (not white knight)77.518927.025
competent (not incompetent)77.365925.8242
deranged (not reasonable)77.318523.924
highbrow (not lowbrow)77.318524.8243
cocky (not timid)77.352526.413
ugly (not beautiful)77.24521.192
hard (not soft)77.127524.992
sorrowful (not cheery)77.021118.2234
cat person (not dog person)76.915524.827
🎨 (not 🏀)76.843525.555
focused on the future (not focused on the present)76.76522.6242
money-focused (not love-focused)76.618523.110
rigid (not flexible)76.520726.1237
perverted (not clean)76.416521.136
hard (not soft)76.430924.9226
dramatic (not comedic)76.340725.030
suspicious (not awkward)76.232727.1244
sarcastic (not genuine)76.124324.6247
pensive (not serene)76.118821.122
cringeworthy (not inspiring)75.516922.2133
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)75.58019.721
fighter (not lover)75.520420.332
works hard (not plays hard)75.447427.1270
assertive (not passive)75.457026.1198
resourceful (not helpless)75.475225.895
historical (not modern)75.319721.7146
bossy (not meek)75.159425.8257
backdoor (not official)74.924527.3181
creative (not conventional)74.829524.3231
🤐 (not 😜)74.721930.355
prudish (not flirtatious)74.613726.814
go-getter (not slugabed)74.671529.422
gloomy (not sunny)74.631522.335
logical (not emotional)74.518827.8224
🥴 (not 🥳)74.515423.845
charming (not trusting)74.424018.5248
feisty (not gracious)74.448122.8184
active (not slothful)74.176624.3223
knowledgeable (not ignorant)74.159329.129
Pepsi (not Coke)74.01929.151
🐐 (not 🦒)73.812827.045
insulting (not complimentary)73.727225.2100
stinky (not fresh)73.611426.832
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)73.525326.1243
unfixable (not fixable)73.515227.826
pointed (not random)73.562832.435
vain (not demure)73.232125.5205
angry (not good-humored)73.119622.4224
outsider (not insider)73.120633.6139
resistant (not resigned)73.043027.5266
moody (not stable)72.950628.4238
edgy (not politically correct)72.836825.6258
sickly (not healthy)72.610920.0213
trash (not treasure)72.610727.251
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)72.626528.048
interested (not bored)72.348227.234
bold (not shy)72.296226.9212
wild (not tame)72.252126.5235
ambitious (not realistic)72.139030.438
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)72.032329.843
reasoned (not instinctual)71.616829.4245
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)71.617226.147
extraordinary (not mundane)71.458226.3242
careful (not brave)71.313726.1239
sexist (not feminist)71.323120.120
💩 (not 🌟)71.214928.647
cheesy (not chic)71.032324.722
thinker (not doer)70.811927.348
radical (not centrist)70.725728.118
awkward (not charming)70.620227.5262
quiet (not loud)70.531127.0236
valedictorian (not drop out)70.566729.818
off-key (not musical)70.523527.620
disreputable (not prestigious)70.319029.2197
metrosexual (not macho)70.337925.040
Swedish (not Italian)70.218427.130
neat (not messy)70.160228.9145
🐷 (not 🐮)70.013832.558
cannibal (not vegan)70.034523.823
chortling (not giggling)69.840830.431
oxymoron (not tautology)69.88823.313
persistent (not quitter)69.7130630.919
😬 (not 😏)69.619435.544
fast-talking (not slow-talking)69.648829.635
exhibitionist (not bashful)69.544829.831
street-smart (not sheltered)69.459729.4173
unemotional (not emotional)69.413720.88
roundabout (not direct)69.28631.6261
specialist (not generalist)69.234128.690
abstract (not concrete)69.221535.123
rich (not poor)69.157724.7198
fantastical (not realistic)69.132033.230
🧕 (not 💃)69.09527.448
pessimistic (not optimistic)68.932527.8210
scandalous (not proper)68.945531.0180
industrial (not domestic)68.824723.172
cautious (not impulsive)68.738029.4239
metaphorical (not literal)68.712028.4239
self-assured (not self-conscious)68.762631.0192
introspective (not not introspective)68.550624.922
weakass (not badass)68.414928.729
rude (not respectful)68.431627.2235
😭 (not 😀)68.326130.348
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)68.330931.141
important (not irrelevant)68.1101031.527
tailor (not blacksmith)68.153731.329
🐒 (not 🐩)68.129134.441
🐴 (not 🦄)68.044535.337
corporate (not freelance)68.031528.434
picky (not always down)68.041129.224
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)67.935528.5164
narcissistic (not low self esteem)67.852032.038
captain (not first-mate)67.653433.9197
frank (not sugarcoated)67.680227.916
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)67.662728.531
idealist (not realist)67.533632.498
winter (not summer)67.340026.17
formal (not intimate)67.140930.729
🦇 (not 🐿)67.132737.648
pretentious (not unassuming)67.149228.123
interesting (not tiresome)66.775131.2205
open to new experinces (not uncreative)66.680029.2216
animalistic (not human)66.616827.2213
presidential (not folksy)66.649131.028
technophile (not luddite)66.431427.9208
circular (not linear)66.419530.027
queen (not princess)66.467132.912
thin (not thick)66.451027.2131
refined (not rugged)66.358826.5239
independent (not codependent)66.370732.2227
fast (not slow)65.878927.6264
introvert (not extrovert)65.731630.0249
rational (not whimsical)65.660330.9252
conservative (not liberal)65.626531.918
scrub (not legit)65.413730.730
variable (not consistent)65.421731.830
charismatic (not uninspiring)65.498129.4186
old (not young)65.341715.6235
penny-pincher (not overspender)65.247426.029
mathematical (not literary)65.127429.6235
hurried (not leisurely)64.846529.3211
curious (not apathetic)64.777930.6250
dry (not moist)64.537134.938
wise (not foolish)64.459027.3230
opinionated (not jealous)64.192235.417
builder (not explorer)64.040529.9217
autistic (not neurotypical)63.88728.9235
dramatic (not no-nonsense)63.855533.796
🤖 (not 👻)63.836537.836
precise (not vague)63.479634.4156
pro (not noob)63.498131.927
interrupting (not attentive)63.448828.027
dispassionate (not romantic)63.322429.042
barbaric (not civilized)63.029627.7267
slovenly (not stylish)62.831526.6220
desperate (not high standards)62.831434.850
ludicrous (not sensible)62.741230.8270
tactful (not indiscreet)62.770236.823
🤣 (not 😊)62.736231.144
involved (not remote)62.693833.1241
close-minded (not open-minded)62.636229.1214
frugal (not lavish)62.557828.9233
fire (not water)62.576135.036
spicy (not mild)62.478130.0224
humorless (not funny)62.237029.0265
outlaw (not sheriff)62.262932.8267
hard-work (not natural-talent)62.075128.453
rebellious (not obedient)61.980233.2177
🎩 (not 🧢)61.864834.249
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)61.838836.139
rock (not rap)61.6124028.714
quirky (not predictable)61.451730.013
unlucky (not fortunate)61.352828.1223
queer (not straight)61.220832.3103
kinky (not vanilla)61.157130.3236
muddy (not washed)61.036628.917
stoic (not expressive)60.944329.8219
confident (not insecure)60.993933.9289
basic (not hipster)60.971029.8233
sober (not indulgent)60.747232.6259
orange (not purple)60.545531.0205
manicured (not scruffy)60.391129.6172
stuttering (not rhythmic)60.125432.834
hunter (not gatherer)60.170933.035
thick-skinned (not sensitive)59.964530.8203
crafty (not scholarly)59.877333.5186
racist (not egalitarian)59.618433.517
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)59.639937.837
confidential (not gossiping)59.396636.3228
minimalist (not pack rat)59.261235.622
spelunker (not claustrophobic)59.275236.425
theist (not atheist)59.141332.979
cultured (not rustic)59.183029.616
night owl (not morning lark)58.982330.4129
serious (not bold)58.851732.6242
head@clouds (not down2earth)58.555932.5249
subdued (not exuberant)58.542029.328
anarchist (not statist)58.455534.631
lost (not enlightened)58.466632.927
individualist (not communal)58.381634.3100
deep (not epic)58.248227.726
alpha (not beta)58.192533.5203
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')58.119734.5153
🧗 (not 🛌)58.088430.159
German (not English)58.08430.730
Roman (not Greek)57.948333.325
poetic (not factual)57.749936.329
mature (not juvenile)57.581430.6124
🥾 (not 👟)57.461734.744
goth (not flower child)57.446124.410
chaste (not lustful)57.349829.8211
whippersnapper (not sage)57.259931.936
👽 (not 🤡)57.170440.055
deep (not shallow)57.092931.862
thrifty (not extravagant)57.069933.744
eastern (not western)56.817228.824
chosen one (not everyman)56.877230.915
hedonist (not monastic)56.670735.313
proactive (not reactive)56.545838.312
unfaithful (not devoted)56.421139.614
puny (not mighty)56.035227.8229
child free (not pronatalist)56.097332.3172
patriotic (not unpatriotic)56.0110733.325
ironic (not profound)55.967930.530
nihilist (not existentialist)55.835333.392
bad-cook (not good-cook)55.570931.122
lewd (not tasteful)55.445428.4223
playful (not shy)55.3112128.1250
triggered (not trolling)55.0106230.536
patient (not impatient)54.951736.1105
flimsy (not sturdy)54.939732.529
anxious (not calm)54.891133.3271
transient (not permanent)54.850530.991
ranged (not melee)54.683131.323
plastic (not wooden)54.629434.354
often crying (not never cries)54.662839.511
flamboyant (not modest)54.567631.9215
devout (not heathen)54.581233.6258
long-winded (not concise)54.562427.010
reserved (not chatty)54.476132.0246
believable (not poorly-written)54.4153523.731
gendered (not androgynous)54.3148031.690
envious (not prideful)54.220035.947
monotone (not expressive)54.151530.821
libertarian (not socialist)53.887734.5185
orderly (not chaotic)53.784235.8248
resolute (not wavering)53.4120331.821
preppy (not punk rock)53.494033.131
objective (not subjective)53.364733.8102
masculine (not feminine)53.197623.1250
provincial (not cosmopolitan)53.070532.9184
🤑 (not 🤠)53.060235.653
📉 (not 📈)53.038436.146
overprepared (not efficient)52.930436.730
spiritual (not skeptical)52.639034.0234
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)52.6115533.625
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)52.461432.4191
repetitive (not varied)52.4100231.990
practical (not imaginative)52.1104533.3209
multicolored (not monochrome)51.978535.1106
🏌 (not 🤺)51.934833.346
geriatric (not vibrant)51.842633.519
exaggerating (not factual)51.884133.426
empirical (not theoretical)51.798634.4247
rough (not smooth)51.680031.4245
French (not Russian)51.6105433.628
🤔 (not 🤫)51.3105139.646
enslaved (not emancipated)51.041231.7203
avant-garde (not classical)50.170632.481
air (not earth)50.949535.623
stoic (not hypochondriac)50.9104128.823
bright (not depressed)50.888430.5196
urban (not rural)50.3123634.926

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Scorpius (0.834)
  2. Red John (0.823)
  3. Mr. Gold (0.822)
  4. Lord Voldemort (0.821)
  5. Major Arnold Toht (0.818)
  6. Howard Payne (0.806)
  7. Petyr Baelish (0.801)
  8. Cyrus Beene (0.798)
  9. Dean Armitage (0.797)
  10. Mr. Burns (0.795)
  1. Josh Chan (-0.605)
  2. Little John (-0.6)
  3. Chien-Po (-0.592)
  4. Aaron Samuels (-0.577)
  5. Charles Bingley (-0.573)
  6. Flounder (-0.552)
  7. Pumbaa (-0.536)
  8. Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (-0.526)
  9. Nelson Bighetti (-0.523)
  10. Troy Barnes (-0.522)

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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