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Gollum Personality Statistics

Gollum is a character from Lord of the Rings. 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
self-destructive (not self-improving)98.124.937
obsessed (not aloof)97.618.0509
scruffy (not manicured)96.917.7551
moody (not stable)96.827.7487
weird (not normal)95.649.6505
traumatized (not flourishing)95.118.041
sickly (not healthy)95.0210.5568
anxious (not calm)94.948.4532
mischievous (not well behaved)94.23310.7523
selfish (not altruistic)94.22511.1581
jealous (not compersive)94.1312.2513
repulsive (not attractive)93.9513.0529
extreme (not moderate)93.92811.2471
tense (not relaxed)93.71310.5499
slovenly (not stylish)93.7313.1504
crazy (not sane)93.7614.582
poor (not rich)93.4613.6491
outlaw (not sheriff)93.41412.8500
rugged (not refined)93.2413.2486
short (not tall)93.2149.9542
reclusive (not social)93.1512.0125
suspicious (not trusting)93.02213.2519
disreputable (not prestigious)93.0213.1480
vengeful (not forgiving)92.74411.6550
barbaric (not civilized)92.6612.1520
unpolished (not eloquent)92.5513.9416
cunning (not honorable)92.41212.1552
wild (not tame)92.33013.9536
persistent (not quitter)92.313514.695
stinky (not fresh)92.3416.1139
intense (not lighthearted)92.3408.535
chaotic (not orderly)92.22714.5519
quarrelsome (not warm)92.12911.7509
frenzied (not sleepy)92.1514.141
emotional (not logical)91.81413.0535
low-tech (not high-tech)91.8616.6554
messy (not neat)91.41516.2426
deviant (not average)91.41414.4410
poisonous (not nurturing)91.33515.5221
deranged (not reasonable)91.31315.589
offended (not chill)91.22010.338
dramatic (not no-nonsense)91.13015.2264
lost (not enlightened)91.1313.237
scandalous (not proper)90.82713.8457
bitter (not sweet)90.63914.8526
instinctual (not reasoned)90.5915.9537
night owl (not morning lark)90.32513.1413
individualist (not communal)90.22821.674
cannibal (not vegan)90.12515.042
backdoor (not official)90.01416.7561
punk rock (not preppy)89.94716.733
unlucky (not fortunate)89.8415.9528
old (not young)89.72417.4535
biased (not impartial)89.71919.4493
feisty (not gracious)89.63314.9438
zany (not regular)89.62917.063
oppressed (not privileged)89.61214.149
crafty (not scholarly)89.6714.0583
arcane (not mainstream)89.5815.5503
creepy (not disarming)89.41217.5208
driven (not unambitious)89.320718.2458
🐀 (not 🐘)88.9616.0175
awkward (not charming)88.81719.6553
mad (not glad)88.82312.896
enslaved (not emancipated)88.5119.9574
depressed (not bright)88.4516.7450
debased (not pure)88.34117.5511
angry (not good-humored)88.32515.8447
miserable (not joyful)88.33016.977
traitorous (not loyal)88.22218.9504
rough (not smooth)88.21617.9529
🐒 (not 🐩)88.11115.981
gloomy (not sunny)88.13916.740
edgy (not politically correct)88.03916.3444
thin (not thick)88.0823.8402
sad (not happy)87.81314.7541
guarded (not open)87.710315.9504
close-minded (not open-minded)87.63116.3579
sorrowful (not cheery)87.52316.1505
expressive (not stoic)87.46819.2513
drop out (not valedictorian)87.33522.862
outsider (not insider)86.9827.1392
competitive (not cooperative)86.916617.7483
luddite (not technophile)86.7321.7506
cold (not warm)86.77418.6466
demonic (not angelic)86.46414.0527
ugly (not beautiful)86.21122.483
ludicrous (not sensible)86.03720.7554
ferocious (not pacifist)85.812018.7515
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)85.73820.892
lewd (not tasteful)85.52616.9507
child free (not pronatalist)85.53024.3437
rude (not respectful)85.46818.5524
🥴 (not 🥳)85.31718.390
off-key (not musical)85.11721.539
experimental (not reliable)84.95824.130
insecure (not confident)84.82120.4495
judgemental (not accepting)84.513320.8359
authoritarian (not democratic)84.39921.8436
secretive (not open-book)84.115522.646
rural (not urban)83.82026.9122
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)83.84024.380
indulgent (not sober)83.210825.3504
villainous (not heroic)82.98315.8519
unorthodox (not traditional)82.913123.889
stuttering (not rhythmic)82.71319.139
hurried (not leisurely)82.53021.6585
provincial (not cosmopolitan)82.42523.8449
animalistic (not human)82.41621.0443
juvenile (not mature)82.39521.081
folksy (not presidential)82.16619.543
cryptic (not straightforward)82.12023.7496
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.110626.0383
historical (not modern)82.16719.2372
anarchist (not statist)81.85422.4116
lustful (not chaste)81.713428.9499
😈 (not 😇)81.715420.494
introvert (not extrovert)81.55625.5519
work-first (not family-first)81.417326.9521
salacious (not wholesome)81.211323.375
spicy (not mild)81.120921.7488
hypocritical (not equitable)81.18319.9115
impatient (not patient)80.821426.1237
whimsical (not rational)80.710222.4550
lowbrow (not highbrow)80.71925.2455
suspicious (not awkward)80.416728.0522
variable (not consistent)80.32224.936
unpatriotic (not patriotic)80.21227.498
kinky (not vanilla)80.212223.9452
cruel (not kind)80.210617.8530
head@clouds (not down2earth)80.110826.6459
unfixable (not fixable)79.96828.546
disorganized (not self-disciplined)79.98728.9499
😬 (not 😏)79.84327.470
puny (not mighty)79.82820.3490
💩 (not 🌟)79.47125.185
nonpolitical (not political)79.33229.8464
beta (not alpha)79.010226.6401
🐐 (not 🦒)79.03627.0127
🙃 (not 🥰)78.910526.8153
autistic (not neurotypical)78.8925.2476
💔 (not 💝)78.89626.9146
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)78.515028.3437
freelance (not corporate)78.424928.634
insulting (not complimentary)78.316719.875
penny-pincher (not overspender)78.17230.2121
pessimistic (not optimistic)77.912025.9500
cringeworthy (not inspiring)77.910623.487
spontaneous (not scheduled)77.820030.2523
chortling (not giggling)77.711728.040
foolish (not wise)77.410723.1495
focused on the present (not focused on the future)77.34830.3527
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)77.322624.470
😭 (not 😀)77.16227.092
libertarian (not socialist)76.84728.5436
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)76.719326.480
melee (not ranged)76.63630.247
extraordinary (not mundane)76.633726.2497
hoarder (not unprepared)76.69430.9498
important (not irrelevant)76.155623.8148
codependent (not independent)76.110734.9579
explorer (not builder)75.915623.6533
believable (not poorly-written)75.942522.638
hard (not soft)75.826925.068
nerd (not jock)75.635625.8461
scrub (not legit)75.64927.4131
sensitive (not thick-skinned)75.313027.2465
private (not gregarious)75.223230.6480
🤣 (not 😊)75.210122.376
arrogant (not humble)75.133625.9500
specialist (not generalist)75.114826.761
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)75.014431.3374
mysterious (not unambiguous)75.016829.1565
🐷 (not 🐮)75.06225.8130
subjective (not objective)74.73531.774
diligent (not lazy)74.579725.5468
punchable (not loveable)74.216625.643
apprentice (not master)74.211027.5229
🤑 (not 🤠)74.119932.174
sexist (not feminist)73.616925.994
👻 (not 🤖)73.611928.180
circular (not linear)73.66730.330
first-mate (not captain)73.428330.2501
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)73.415828.0110
frugal (not lavish)73.219932.3488
rebellious (not obedient)72.943128.3453
soulless (not soulful)72.713327.992
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)72.425824.081
vain (not demure)72.329429.0504
abstract (not concrete)72.314328.386
flimsy (not sturdy)72.39930.138
flamboyant (not modest)72.128729.2472
resistant (not resigned)72.139929.7564
complicated (not simple)72.142932.7457
heathen (not devout)71.916334.3523
impulsive (not cautious)71.533031.8481
hedonist (not monastic)71.518130.562
perceptive (not unobservant)71.570122.838
🤺 (not 🏌)71.349431.881
👽 (not 🤡)71.119931.972
idealist (not realist)70.721832.182
utilitarian (not decorative)70.736729.564
dorky (not cool)70.422830.068
hard (not soft)70.437728.5472
rigid (not flexible)70.230029.8523
creative (not conventional)70.032526.9491
uncreative (not open to new experinces)69.911931.2486
spelunker (not claustrophobic)69.727634.644
🧗 (not 🛌)69.642830.9130
strict (not lenient)69.537328.9462
Russian (not French)69.511231.436
self-conscious (not self-assured)69.010332.6426
repetitive (not varied)69.024332.1215
🧢 (not 🎩)68.731534.560
roundabout (not direct)68.57732.2494
physical (not intellectual)68.321531.5505
📉 (not 📈)68.36035.286
submissive (not dominant)68.220528.6494
monochrome (not multicolored)68.225733.977
gossiping (not confidential)68.023533.8558
moist (not dry)67.919135.650
careful (not brave)67.714428.7510
active (not slothful)67.780929.7464
alert (not oblivious)67.754829.583
exuberant (not subdued)67.740331.037
queer (not straight)67.59225.0175
intimate (not formal)67.427428.1114
fast (not slow)67.158526.3495
🦇 (not 🐿)67.028038.054
🥾 (not 👟)67.029931.573
curious (not apathetic)66.953830.8505
trash (not treasure)66.512333.4115
vague (not precise)66.411729.2409
street-smart (not sheltered)66.356334.2492
racist (not egalitarian)66.210929.975
geriatric (not vibrant)66.110928.949
artistic (not scientific)65.934225.8416
purple (not orange)65.723430.7415
metrosexual (not macho)65.744733.132
🧐 (not 😎)65.429832.472
triggered (not trolling)65.245631.048
remote (not involved)65.17334.5476
vulnerable (not armoured)65.022930.7448
androgynous (not gendered)64.73232.5227
goof-off (not studious)64.528832.790
worldly (not innocent)63.969730.9492
chatty (not reserved)63.946031.5528
🐴 (not 🦄)63.941137.088
clumsy (not coordinated)63.425831.0477
wavering (not resolute)63.211134.094
assertive (not passive)63.076331.0444
empirical (not theoretical)62.933032.3409
sarcastic (not genuine)62.841232.3529
imaginative (not practical)62.728932.9406
dispassionate (not romantic)62.718738.132
poetic (not factual)62.529826.830
low IQ (not high IQ)62.412228.6459
nihilist (not existentialist)61.917532.859
dunce (not genius)61.521625.8516
incompetent (not competent)61.415730.2471
ignorant (not knowledgeable)61.221229.747
pretentious (not unassuming)61.154235.272
transient (not permanent)60.924533.3202
avant-garde (not classical)60.932131.880
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)60.963136.931
uninspiring (not charismatic)60.712733.6416
whippersnapper (not sage)60.739229.033
skeptical (not spiritual)60.676835.3455
🤫 (not 🤔)60.418736.372
resourceful (not helpless)60.397534.182
indiscreet (not tactful)60.322535.066
hesitant (not decisive)60.121733.1464
literary (not mathematical)60.157728.3422
loud (not quiet)60.055032.0541
shallow (not deep)59.930034.099
Swedish (not Italian)59.935130.032
masculine (not feminine)59.867124.0453
🧕 (not 💃)59.724435.0125
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)59.541234.736
conservative (not liberal)57.634133.779
🤐 (not 😜)57.653636.674
Greek (not Roman)57.629232.028
🧠 (not 💪)57.581231.490
hunter (not gatherer)57.461135.948
workaholic (not slacker)57.393336.077
bold (not serious)57.061133.1494
charming (not trusting)56.659722.3437
English (not German)56.4106130.630
bold (not shy)56.2107531.5514
minimalist (not pack rat)56.256841.170
humorless (not funny)55.540731.7519
real (not philosophical)55.580533.7373
sporty (not bookish)54.844630.4404
basic (not hipster)54.676934.2427
narcissistic (not low self esteem)54.675137.149
metaphorical (not literal)54.432935.5545
go-getter (not slugabed)54.4109635.580
serious (not playful)54.374629.1496
domestic (not industrial)54.252036.764
not introspective (not introspective)54.132835.6130
astonishing (not methodical)53.941833.7496
efficient (not overprepared)53.895932.833
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)53.746033.6440
loose (not tight)53.438037.125
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.038831.4266
western (not eastern)53.093131.0110
atheist (not theist)52.276138.178
interesting (not tiresome)52.196533.5495
pro (not noob)51.997433.176
plays hard (not works hard)51.641232.7475
meek (not bossy)51.337231.4502
fast-talking (not slow-talking)51.284931.142
deliberate (not spontaneous)50.187135.8535
shy (not playful)50.734031.7516
blacksmith (not tailor)50.747632.029

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Pennsatucky Doggett (0.789)
  2. Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell (0.787)
  3. Sid Phillips (0.776)
  4. Cypher (0.755)
  5. Moaning Myrtle (0.752)
  1. Esme Cullen (-0.703)
  2. Nick Young (-0.685)
  3. Princess Celestia (-0.659)
  4. Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (-0.657)
  5. Jane Bennet (-0.63)

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 = 0.56)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.55)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.5)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.5)
  5. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.45)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.41)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.38)
  8. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.38)
  9. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.32)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.31)
  11. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.3)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.29)
  13. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.27)
  14. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.21)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.1)
  16. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.1)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.08)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.04)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.04)
  20. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.02)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.01)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.07)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.08)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.09)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.13)


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