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Benjamin Linus Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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 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
two-faced (not one-faced)94.71012.956
nerd (not jock)92.18512.0252
bookish (not sporty)92.1799.9220
intellectual (not physical)91.26214.3254
suspicious (not trusting)91.24511.4269
perceptive (not unobservant)90.612717.437
high IQ (not low IQ)90.520812.6222
complicated (not simple)90.33513.6214
deliberate (not spontaneous)90.14614.9273
secretive (not open-book)89.87414.731
guarded (not open)89.68214.0254
demanding (not unchallenging)89.413018.356
diligent (not lazy)89.135212.4237
cryptic (not straightforward)89.1316.0276
psychopath (not empath)89.17216.033
machiavellian (not transparent)89.12419.127
punchable (not loveable)89.06616.243
intense (not lighthearted)88.912716.534
driven (not unambitious)88.727217.3215
obsessed (not aloof)88.63517.4254
freak (not normie)88.34613.056
cunning (not honorable)88.25715.8282
workaholic (not slacker)88.223216.5109
antagonist (not protagonist)88.13916.818
extreme (not moderate)88.013014.7223
🧠 (not 💪)87.915317.866
mischievous (not well behaved)87.917615.8264
cold (not warm)87.87513.8234
strict (not lenient)87.78414.6246
competitive (not cooperative)87.721016.3253
opinionated (not neutral)87.724919.459
authoritarian (not democratic)87.67516.5244
mysterious (not unambiguous)87.53119.0218
weird (not normal)87.48613.4273
poisonous (not nurturing)87.410416.1108
vengeful (not forgiving)87.314713.6234
bitter (not sweet)87.19112.8272
self-disciplined (not disorganized)87.127917.2254
salacious (not wholesome)87.16618.625
asexual (not sexual)86.92311.040
deviant (not average)86.86014.9144
quarrelsome (not warm)86.713215.9272
arrogant (not humble)86.320517.3240
conspiracist (not sheeple)86.26816.9157
utilitarian (not decorative)85.82716.2101
zany (not regular)85.57710.821
political (not nonpolitical)85.410121.0285
paranoid (not naive)85.13014.123
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.016520.6273
on-time (not tardy)84.926418.649
demonic (not angelic)84.611212.7268
vintage (not trendy)84.513817.230
traitorous (not loyal)84.46219.0237
fearmongering (not reassuring)84.39518.021
haunted (not blissful)84.017220.843
🐀 (not 🐘)83.93524.654
creepy (not disarming)83.62919.7104
worldly (not innocent)83.622416.2257
scientific (not artistic)83.615716.6269
tense (not relaxed)83.430921.0260
arcane (not mainstream)83.36716.8252
judgemental (not accepting)83.319320.3147
businesslike (not chivalrous)83.39918.847
debased (not pure)83.114218.9281
stubborn (not accommodating)83.136822.152
🧐 (not 😎)83.15621.347
methodical (not astonishing)83.07419.6277
private (not gregarious)83.014219.1213
work-first (not family-first)83.020920.8218
motivated (not unmotivated)83.075521.922
jaded (not innocent)82.826320.717
genius (not dunce)82.427319.4251
cruel (not kind)82.211914.7231
alert (not oblivious)82.028519.927
selfish (not altruistic)81.722223.6246
entitled (not grateful)81.623819.136
dorky (not cool)81.69613.529
🙃 (not 🥰)81.610517.956
😈 (not 😇)81.521122.244
contrarian (not yes-man)81.312022.112
crazy (not sane)81.217320.430
studious (not goof-off)81.243525.222
villainous (not heroic)81.112516.8232
twitchy (not still)81.017020.446
🥶 (not 🥵)80.84324.955
💔 (not 💝)80.710722.863
decisive (not hesitant)80.537423.7235
hypocritical (not equitable)80.212919.5156
distant (not touchy-feely)80.218722.235
biased (not impartial)80.118623.0246
offended (not chill)80.119422.633
repulsive (not attractive)80.16619.8268
miserable (not joyful)80.019222.829
frenzied (not sleepy)80.025818.740
indie (not pop)80.017616.624
cynical (not gullible)80.030727.327
stingy (not generous)79.816421.167
genocidal (not not genocidal)79.89523.425
serious (not playful)79.735922.4250
analysis (not common sense)79.715224.930
💀 (not 🎃)79.515129.856
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)79.424716.941
self-destructive (not self-improving)79.318825.532
traumatized (not flourishing)79.326517.939
tight (not loose)79.228323.233
overachiever (not underachiever)79.158325.934
OCD (not ADHD)79.019926.227
privileged (not oppressed)78.941927.036
mad (not glad)78.922423.334
short (not tall)78.715417.0295
soulless (not soulful)78.712722.9115
sad (not happy)78.520917.7219
eloquent (not unpolished)78.536624.6201
hoarder (not unprepared)78.59421.5203
receiving (not giving)78.519424.720
unorthodox (not traditional)78.430724.7100
master (not apprentice)78.250722.792
coordinated (not clumsy)78.053624.7235
bad boy (not white knight)78.020226.626
cocky (not timid)77.958524.615
ferocious (not pacifist)77.940923.2223
dominant (not submissive)77.959126.5244
high-tech (not low-tech)77.924120.4198
philosophical (not real)77.93821.8152
armoured (not vulnerable)77.832425.9216
jealous (not compersive)77.521023.5210
experimental (not reliable)77.519423.136
🎨 (not 🏀)77.451025.058
competent (not incompetent)77.376625.8242
deranged (not reasonable)77.321723.924
highbrow (not lowbrow)77.319424.8244
ugly (not beautiful)77.25121.192
reclusive (not social)77.219322.144
cat person (not dog person)77.218225.131
dramatic (not comedic)77.043324.332
gamer (not non-gamer)76.814926.026
focused on the future (not focused on the present)76.88022.6244
sorrowful (not cheery)76.726318.5236
hard (not soft)76.534424.8228
rigid (not flexible)76.523926.1237
go-getter (not slugabed)76.573827.826
perverted (not clean)76.417821.136
hard (not soft)76.433725.894
suspicious (not awkward)76.236527.0246
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)76.28519.123
sarcastic (not genuine)76.128124.6247
pensive (not serene)76.122421.122
fighter (not lover)75.524420.332
historical (not modern)75.423221.6147
cringeworthy (not inspiring)75.418822.1134
assertive (not passive)75.464226.0199
resourceful (not helpless)75.488825.895
works hard (not plays hard)75.255127.3273
bossy (not meek)75.267725.7258
backdoor (not official)74.926727.3181
gloomy (not sunny)74.936922.136
Pepsi (not Coke)74.92029.053
🤐 (not 😜)74.728330.355
creative (not conventional)74.635724.4234
feisty (not gracious)74.653422.8185
logical (not emotional)74.622827.8226
winter (not summer)74.627624.916
charming (not trusting)74.327218.5249
pointed (not random)74.368932.236
stinky (not fresh)74.212926.533
active (not slothful)74.192624.3223
🥴 (not 🥳)74.118423.647
insulting (not complimentary)74.030025.2101
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)73.627626.1244
unfixable (not fixable)73.416927.327
vain (not demure)73.235325.4207
angry (not good-humored)73.223822.4225
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)73.230628.049
knowledgeable (not ignorant)73.173229.030
outsider (not insider)73.123233.6139
interested (not bored)73.154426.636
resistant (not resigned)73.051427.5266
moody (not stable)72.959128.4238
🐐 (not 🦒)72.818627.546
edgy (not politically correct)72.842025.6258
trash (not treasure)72.712026.753
sickly (not healthy)72.611620.0213
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)72.418525.650
unemotional (not emotional)72.411721.915
bold (not shy)72.2112926.9212
wild (not tame)72.260926.5235
valedictorian (not drop out)72.173929.819
ambitious (not realistic)72.145930.438
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)72.036829.843
reasoned (not instinctual)71.719729.3248
extraordinary (not mundane)71.468626.3242
careful (not brave)71.315126.1239
sexist (not feminist)71.326020.120
💩 (not 🌟)71.217128.647
metrosexual (not macho)71.040125.241
cheesy (not chic)70.937025.526
awkward (not charming)70.822327.4265
prudish (not flirtatious)70.724828.020
exhibitionist (not bashful)70.648529.433
quiet (not loud)70.539127.0236
off-key (not musical)70.528527.620
radical (not centrist)70.533329.824
introspective (not not introspective)70.450424.525
thinker (not doer)70.315227.249
disreputable (not prestigious)70.321429.2197
neat (not messy)70.169428.8146
🐷 (not 🐮)70.015332.558
cannibal (not vegan)70.039123.324
chortling (not giggling)69.848130.431
specialist (not generalist)69.738528.592
persistent (not quitter)69.7153430.919
😬 (not 😏)69.622235.544
money-focused (not love-focused)69.629832.020
street-smart (not sheltered)69.568529.3174
rich (not poor)69.366624.7200
pretentious (not unassuming)69.349627.326
roundabout (not direct)69.28931.6261
tailor (not blacksmith)69.257330.631
picky (not always down)69.243028.027
scandalous (not proper)69.152530.8183
pessimistic (not optimistic)69.036927.8211
🧕 (not 💃)69.013227.448
cautious (not impulsive)68.843229.4241
metaphorical (not literal)68.813828.3240
fast-talking (not slow-talking)68.859529.636
narcissistic (not low self esteem)68.656432.039
rude (not respectful)68.536027.1236
weakass (not badass)68.416728.729
abstract (not concrete)68.426434.524
self-assured (not self-conscious)68.373131.3194
industrial (not domestic)68.330623.575
😭 (not 😀)68.329530.348
queen (not princess)68.370930.217
Swedish (not Italian)68.229228.332
important (not irrelevant)68.1119831.527
presidential (not folksy)68.053830.630
corporate (not freelance)68.036628.434
🐴 (not 🦄)67.854435.439
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)67.743228.5165
quirky (not predictable)67.640629.620
captain (not first-mate)67.464133.9198
🐒 (not 🐩)67.235734.743
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)67.242230.743
formal (not intimate)67.148330.729
🦇 (not 🐿)67.139137.648
scrub (not legit)67.013729.833
fantastical (not realistic)66.941534.831
idealist (not realist)66.842832.999
open to new experinces (not uncreative)66.597229.2217
independent (not codependent)66.581732.2228
interesting (not tiresome)66.490631.3206
technophile (not luddite)66.436427.9208
animalistic (not human)66.419227.3215
circular (not linear)66.423330.027
refined (not rugged)66.466326.5240
thin (not thick)66.461427.2131
oxymoron (not tautology)65.921523.418
fast (not slow)65.893827.6264
introvert (not extrovert)65.837929.9251
charismatic (not uninspiring)65.7113929.5188
rock (not rap)65.7125728.017
rational (not whimsical)65.669130.9252
conservative (not liberal)65.630131.918
variable (not consistent)65.525731.832
muddy (not washed)65.531629.120
old (not young)65.447515.5237
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)65.481829.033
mathematical (not literary)65.131929.6235
penny-pincher (not overspender)64.956426.032
curious (not apathetic)64.891730.5252
tactful (not indiscreet)64.672335.925
hurried (not leisurely)64.655629.4212
wise (not foolish)64.470027.4233
builder (not explorer)64.245429.9219
pro (not noob)64.2113531.628
autistic (not neurotypical)63.911028.9236
🤖 (not 👻)63.843037.836
precise (not vague)63.392434.3157
dry (not moist)63.247335.439
dispassionate (not romantic)63.127329.344
fire (not water)63.186334.737
barbaric (not civilized)63.035127.7269
dramatic (not no-nonsense)62.967633.998
slovenly (not stylish)62.837126.6220
ludicrous (not sensible)62.745830.8271
close-minded (not open-minded)62.740829.1215
🤣 (not 😊)62.740931.144
frugal (not lavish)62.668328.8234
involved (not remote)62.6110133.1241
spicy (not mild)62.490430.0224
humorless (not funny)62.143829.0266
outlaw (not sheriff)62.074032.8268
rebellious (not obedient)61.994233.2177
interrupting (not attentive)61.959229.629
cultured (not rustic)61.986029.521
🎩 (not 🧢)61.875534.249
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)61.845936.139
hard-work (not natural-talent)61.886928.154
desperate (not high standards)61.840135.351
frank (not sugarcoated)61.8121431.318
chosen one (not everyman)61.770529.921
unlucky (not fortunate)61.363828.1223
queer (not straight)61.227232.3103
kinky (not vanilla)61.166730.3236
confident (not insecure)61.0109333.9290
sober (not indulgent)60.855932.6260
basic (not hipster)60.879329.8234
stuttering (not rhythmic)60.827732.535
stoic (not expressive)60.751130.0220
orange (not purple)60.553231.0205
hunter (not gatherer)60.184533.035
crafty (not scholarly)60.090533.5189
manicured (not scruffy)60.0107229.8175
thick-skinned (not sensitive)59.974530.8203
proactive (not reactive)59.937035.625
racist (not egalitarian)59.820432.518
minimalist (not pack rat)59.770034.923
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)59.645737.837
confidential (not gossiping)59.4114336.3229
night owl (not morning lark)59.293930.3131
serious (not bold)59.159232.6244
🧗 (not 🛌)58.7106530.460
theist (not atheist)58.649333.080
head@clouds (not down2earth)58.566532.5249
subdued (not exuberant)58.550629.328
lost (not enlightened)58.478232.927
whippersnapper (not sage)58.464032.237
🥾 (not 👟)58.370934.945
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')58.224934.4154
deep (not epic)58.259427.726
alpha (not beta)58.1107433.5203
German (not English)58.010830.730
Roman (not Greek)57.959033.325
spelunker (not claustrophobic)57.995136.226
opinionated (not jealous)57.8136337.321
individualist (not communal)57.797034.6101
eastern (not western)57.718528.625
hedonist (not monastic)57.777737.124
poetic (not factual)57.759236.329
mature (not juvenile)57.694730.4126
unfaithful (not devoted)57.521737.524
chaste (not lustful)57.161429.8212
deep (not shallow)57.0111631.862
thrifty (not extravagant)57.081533.744
resolute (not wavering)56.7128932.323
anarchist (not statist)56.672535.532
👽 (not 🤡)56.586839.758
ranged (not melee)56.584231.924
puny (not mighty)56.040627.8229
child free (not pronatalist)56.0116132.3172
triggered (not trolling)55.8123230.537
patient (not impatient)55.758636.2107
nihilist (not existentialist)55.541333.293
bad-cook (not good-cook)55.580931.122
believable (not poorly-written)55.4178423.433
playful (not shy)55.3130328.1250
lewd (not tasteful)55.251128.5224
anxious (not calm)55.0107233.3273
envious (not prideful)54.922935.848
transient (not permanent)54.860230.991
gendered (not androgynous)54.8171131.891
main character (not side character)54.887235.210
plastic (not wooden)54.634234.356
flamboyant (not modest)54.580031.8216
patriotic (not unpatriotic)54.5133934.332
reserved (not chatty)54.490032.0246
devout (not heathen)54.497033.7260
preppy (not punk rock)54.3108533.032
flimsy (not sturdy)53.948433.131
libertarian (not socialist)53.898734.5185
hypochondriac (not stoic)53.762029.830
masculine (not feminine)53.3114523.2252
objective (not subjective)53.377633.8102
ironic (not profound)53.390331.332
orderly (not chaotic)53.299036.0251
earth (not air)53.1127135.725
📉 (not 📈)53.043336.146
provincial (not cosmopolitan)52.982732.8185
overprepared (not efficient)52.835736.732
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)52.471632.4191
repetitive (not varied)52.4116831.990
🏌 (not 🤺)52.439533.147
spiritual (not skeptical)52.347534.1235
practical (not imaginative)52.3122033.5212
multicolored (not monochrome)52.290835.1107
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)52.2133833.127
goth (not flower child)52.269427.112
geriatric (not vibrant)51.850333.519
exaggerating (not factual)51.897033.426
empirical (not theoretical)51.7116434.4247
monotone (not expressive)51.769532.022
French (not Russian)51.6123833.029
long-winded (not concise)51.687727.311
rough (not smooth)51.494931.4246
enslaved (not emancipated)51.147731.7204
🤠 (not 🤑)50.2125335.357
🤫 (not 🤔)50.870539.847
urban (not rural)50.3144034.926
often crying (not never cries)50.782437.416
bright (not depressed)50.6102330.6197
avant-garde (not classical)50.481832.482

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 (0.84)
  2. Red John (0.83)
  3. Palpatine (0.83)
  4. Mr. Gold (0.829)
  5. Hunter Aloysius Percy (0.823)
  6. Lord Voldemort (0.821)
  7. Major Arnold Toht (0.819)
  8. Howard Payne (0.808)
  9. Petyr Baelish (0.807)
  10. Cyrus Beene (0.806)
  1. Sam Evans (-0.61)
  2. Josh Chan (-0.61)
  3. Little John (-0.604)
  4. Chien-Po (-0.595)
  5. Aaron Samuels (-0.584)
  6. Charles Bingley (-0.573)
  7. Mayuri Shiina (-0.567)
  8. Flounder (-0.554)
  9. Finn Hudson (-0.551)
  10. Pumbaa (-0.538)

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

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


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