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Merry Brandybuck Personality Statistics

Merry Brandybuck 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
short (not tall)92.02214.3519
loyal (not traitorous)90.317313.5469
kind (not cruel)90.09211.8514
good-humored (not angry)89.83513.1467
playful (not shy)89.19912.0528
warm (not cold)89.13911.1471
chatty (not reserved)88.19613.7535
funny (not humorless)87.87114.3510
joyful (not miserable)87.72712.172
cheery (not sorrowful)87.52713.2522
soulful (not soulless)87.213115.784
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)86.43017.285
heroic (not villainous)86.320015.1534
social (not reclusive)86.06916.0145
playful (not serious)85.85216.3527
expressive (not stoic)85.79716.5491
extrovert (not introvert)85.610617.2473
rural (not urban)85.61620.4143
folksy (not presidential)85.52817.629
happy (not sad)85.32313.3502
vibrant (not geriatric)85.29913.532
curious (not apathetic)84.77216.8543
fast-talking (not slow-talking)84.09916.034
lighthearted (not intense)83.92522.731
😜 (not 🤐)83.89618.770
open to new experinces (not uncreative)83.617017.4520
bright (not depressed)83.53116.1474
apprentice (not master)83.22514.9255
gregarious (not private)83.05715.8459
young (not old)83.017614.9456
optimistic (not pessimistic)83.07317.2500
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)82.717718.8450
open-book (not secretive)82.64117.343
healthy (not sickly)82.419616.6476
lenient (not strict)82.17117.8465
family-first (not work-first)82.012918.0505
sweet (not bitter)81.610816.3513
sunny (not gloomy)81.410019.543
spontaneous (not scheduled)81.215521.8502
loveable (not punchable)81.115421.543
unambiguous (not mysterious)81.14719.2553
indulgent (not sober)81.014918.8490
😀 (not 😭)80.85320.8103
first-mate (not captain)80.414421.6569
🤡 (not 👽)80.32819.669
glad (not mad)80.17717.966
💃 (not 🧕)79.721119.8132
exuberant (not subdued)79.716523.638
plays hard (not works hard)79.59019.7520
goof-off (not studious)79.511721.977
loud (not quiet)79.425019.2505
mischievous (not well behaved)79.330722.9501
straightforward (not cryptic)79.311920.6480
orange (not purple)79.35820.8476
nurturing (not poisonous)79.322916.8193
🐿 (not 🦇)79.312120.480
spontaneous (not deliberate)79.19921.7488
freelance (not corporate)79.123121.741
relaxed (not tense)78.93220.2472
forgiving (not vengeful)78.814219.3458
charismatic (not uninspiring)78.836120.9394
metrosexual (not macho)78.79817.435
romantic (not dispassionate)78.526418.333
crafty (not scholarly)78.319817.7558
open (not guarded)78.24519.2454
democratic (not authoritarian)78.17919.4453
gatherer (not hunter)78.113021.941
impulsive (not cautious)77.723023.0525
leisurely (not hurried)77.76423.8594
🐒 (not 🐩)77.58821.372
💝 (not 💔)77.412722.2121
flexible (not rigid)77.26119.7487
explorer (not builder)77.214119.0576
persistent (not quitter)77.281823.179
accepting (not judgemental)76.914122.0351
chill (not offended)76.88123.142
juvenile (not mature)76.716619.077
multicolored (not monochrome)76.713221.963
trolling (not triggered)76.64520.241
trusting (not suspicious)76.511022.0516
bold (not serious)76.519817.6552
low-tech (not high-tech)76.515522.9461
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)76.42720.438
chaotic (not orderly)76.323221.6487
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)76.213426.377
whimsical (not rational)76.015922.4477
dorky (not cool)76.014620.276
🤠 (not 🤑)76.018823.668
disorganized (not self-disciplined)75.812422.1488
involved (not remote)75.826121.5489
bold (not shy)75.769721.9497
human (not animalistic)75.740523.1427
simple (not complicated)75.74721.1453
whippersnapper (not sage)75.68219.133
soft (not hard)75.614919.5534
domestic (not industrial)75.58220.065
slacker (not workaholic)75.58222.295
loose (not tight)75.510818.534
provincial (not cosmopolitan)75.49825.7512
soft (not hard)75.415918.483
disarming (not creepy)75.331121.2219
treasure (not trash)75.355023.3102
👻 (not 🤖)75.38522.679
🐐 (not 🦒)75.28126.796
artistic (not scientific)75.118619.2463
pure (not debased)75.121121.8532
emancipated (not enslaved)75.026321.6485
gossiping (not confidential)75.016322.4561
🌟 (not 💩)75.048127.460
egalitarian (not racist)74.967322.575
warm (not quarrelsome)74.716421.0491
wholesome (not salacious)74.527827.974
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)74.334121.564
patriotic (not unpatriotic)74.130420.966
messy (not neat)74.018720.4349
backdoor (not official)74.021322.5496
emotional (not logical)73.526523.3488
innocent (not worldly)73.29724.3528
brave (not careful)73.234023.1491
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)73.223125.5518
believable (not poorly-written)73.156219.939
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)72.826623.784
imaginative (not practical)72.716924.7454
literary (not mathematical)72.522019.2409
musical (not off-key)72.413322.951
open-minded (not close-minded)72.326421.4545
clumsy (not coordinated)72.316122.1516
noob (not pro)72.27224.566
😎 (not 🧐)72.226524.282
tailor (not blacksmith)72.135621.833
nonpolitical (not political)72.010625.4442
impatient (not patient)71.741026.2218
vulnerable (not armoured)71.513921.8411
rebellious (not obedient)71.546525.0461
instinctual (not reasoned)71.332825.1464
creative (not conventional)71.130023.6457
luddite (not technophile)70.915723.6422
liberal (not conservative)70.932226.0109
focused on the present (not focused on the future)70.815126.3479
beautiful (not ugly)70.870123.189
foolish (not wise)70.819021.9497
codependent (not independent)70.618026.2566
🥳 (not 🥴)70.611226.580
zany (not regular)70.534123.484
decorative (not utilitarian)70.412621.065
astonishing (not methodical)70.312821.3423
angelic (not demonic)70.236023.3534
generalist (not specialist)70.23622.048
moist (not dry)70.114419.447
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)69.831024.790
flamboyant (not modest)69.731724.5501
communal (not individualist)69.69530.581
lowbrow (not highbrow)69.511022.8456
wild (not tame)69.546724.4495
melee (not ranged)69.210528.121
complimentary (not insulting)69.133921.072
spelunker (not claustrophobic)69.129124.034
awkward (not suspicious)68.818522.0477
overspender (not penny-pincher)68.823826.2134
drop out (not valedictorian)68.722622.464
unpolished (not eloquent)68.224324.7419
beta (not alpha)68.124126.0432
head@clouds (not down2earth)68.027530.4506
interesting (not tiresome)68.054724.3487
outlaw (not sheriff)67.939624.1510
feminist (not sexist)67.958322.098
intimate (not formal)67.826726.2121
civilized (not barbaric)67.658724.7520
Swedish (not Italian)67.318429.726
ignorant (not knowledgeable)67.315220.940
fortunate (not unlucky)66.921925.0500
unassuming (not pretentious)66.917628.496
scandalous (not proper)66.840626.9508
French (not Russian)66.634228.639
altruistic (not selfish)66.644024.5549
oblivious (not alert)66.619924.277
lavish (not frugal)66.532025.6435
honorable (not cunning)66.443627.9518
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)66.431930.5361
child free (not pronatalist)66.347829.1381
self-assured (not self-conscious)66.360826.2421
dramatic (not no-nonsense)66.339725.0218
equitable (not hypocritical)66.135525.392
confident (not insecure)65.863825.6485
🐷 (not 🐮)65.716527.0131
attractive (not repulsive)65.674122.4485
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)65.455830.251
unprepared (not hoarder)65.416226.1447
hedonist (not monastic)65.433027.166
charming (not awkward)65.354625.8512
dunce (not genius)65.316820.8521
resistant (not resigned)64.966225.4489
scruffy (not manicured)64.931825.6550
abstract (not concrete)64.924826.073
ludicrous (not sensible)64.830226.2508
real (not philosophical)64.851227.9366
sporty (not bookish)64.631827.6498
Greek (not Roman)64.39028.426
🐀 (not 🐘)64.226628.8112
🦄 (not 🐴)64.129532.060
pack rat (not minimalist)64.025825.881
vegan (not cannibal)64.038027.133
flourishing (not traumatized)63.817222.538
indiscreet (not tactful)63.418329.376
idealist (not realist)63.334829.388
vague (not precise)63.215923.1305
feisty (not gracious)63.169526.8384
giggling (not chortling)63.120130.741
📈 (not 📉)63.054230.570
biased (not impartial)62.967325.1497
genuine (not sarcastic)62.943028.7492
🥰 (not 🙃)62.538631.2145
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)62.439429.8122
😏 (not 😬)62.346127.164
legit (not scrub)62.279928.1113
poetic (not factual)62.230426.044
😇 (not 😈)61.947630.186
existentialist (not nihilist)61.749024.762
western (not eastern)61.754929.4108
weird (not normal)61.657324.2475
frenzied (not sleepy)61.688527.134
physical (not intellectual)61.531226.8468
cooperative (not competitive)61.529628.8500
rhythmic (not stuttering)61.476326.340
compersive (not jealous)61.339024.0399
theist (not atheist)61.229225.858
fixable (not unfixable)61.252527.126
pacifist (not ferocious)61.031427.4478
submissive (not dominant)60.930326.0522
not introspective (not introspective)60.719630.4140
privileged (not oppressed)60.572425.033
subjective (not objective)60.332727.076
rugged (not refined)60.243524.8515
circular (not linear)60.033725.833
lazy (not diligent)59.910926.3484
extraordinary (not mundane)59.875427.1495
gendered (not androgynous)59.8107828.2206
socialist (not libertarian)59.711129.8394
resourceful (not helpless)59.798226.675
important (not irrelevant)59.797528.8146
poor (not rich)59.538024.1466
edgy (not politically correct)59.459424.3439
efficient (not overprepared)59.476821.339
active (not slothful)59.399629.2456
deviant (not average)59.363326.8377
anarchist (not statist)59.140730.1125
nerd (not jock)59.064128.4485
disreputable (not prestigious)59.031624.4418
inspiring (not cringeworthy)59.060827.574
unobservant (not perceptive)59.014634.033
🥾 (not 👟)58.845730.772
smooth (not rough)58.647825.7513
neurotypical (not autistic)58.593826.4426
aloof (not obsessed)58.415527.1459
literal (not metaphorical)58.367329.4472
insider (not outsider)58.138628.8361
spicy (not mild)57.871527.2509
morning lark (not night owl)57.835230.9353
🤣 (not 😊)57.637234.293
unorthodox (not traditional)57.561031.570
narcissistic (not low self esteem)57.568721.637
decisive (not hesitant)57.384726.7491
low IQ (not high IQ)57.316922.6417
humble (not arrogant)57.143527.2510
fast (not slow)57.183425.9452
variable (not consistent)57.132030.539
sheeple (not conspiracist)57.021927.1319
anxious (not calm)56.767425.3487
lost (not enlightened)56.657329.430
puny (not mighty)56.527525.5495
resolute (not wavering)56.585429.971
incompetent (not competent)56.319625.9450
meek (not bossy)56.130726.6494
historical (not modern)56.146128.9357
flimsy (not sturdy)56.128728.243
lustful (not chaste)55.964926.6448
sensitive (not thick-skinned)55.949225.7437
crazy (not sane)55.958724.988
mainstream (not arcane)55.837728.0435
lewd (not tasteful)55.636026.5447
🧠 (not 💪)55.284926.9105
🧢 (not 🎩)55.152532.258
spiritual (not skeptical)54.928527.4416
respectful (not rude)54.970725.7477
self-improving (not self-destructive)54.949329.333
hipster (not basic)54.836428.3462
extreme (not moderate)54.778827.2409
devout (not heathen)54.564929.4450
masculine (not feminine)54.274822.0489
🤔 (not 🤫)54.273630.773
queer (not straight)54.121130.0191
varied (not repetitive)53.736927.2230
🛌 (not 🧗)53.641332.4116
driven (not unambitious)53.4116828.2404
assertive (not passive)53.294527.5465
shallow (not deep)53.141524.6119
reasonable (not deranged)53.072127.968
🤺 (not 🏌)53.098531.582
charming (not trusting)52.968030.6472
experimental (not reliable)52.954733.037
punk rock (not preppy)52.951133.243
direct (not roundabout)52.792429.8444
go-getter (not slugabed)52.6112427.072
vanilla (not kinky)52.261629.2421
thin (not thick)52.177523.6368
classical (not avant-garde)51.974228.568
stable (not moody)51.839526.9438
empirical (not theoretical)51.680829.7420
transient (not permanent)51.351929.0184
stinky (not fresh)51.339428.9120
demure (not vain)51.160925.9464
English (not German)51.1115833.931
slovenly (not stylish)51.046325.7474
street-smart (not sheltered)50.784331.4465
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')50.664929.2321

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Pippin Took (0.965)
  2. Pumbaa (0.873)
  3. Olaf (0.866)
  4. Troy Barnes (0.833)
  5. Pinkie Pie (0.819)
  1. Ash (-0.676)
  2. Alexander Conklin (-0.653)
  3. Nurse Mildred Ratched (-0.639)
  4. Count Alexei Karenin (-0.637)
  5. Thomas Matthews (-0.636)

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: ESTP (r = 0.52)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.49)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.38)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.38)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.36)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.27)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.23)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.14)
  9. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.06)
  10. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.08)
  11. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.28)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.32)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.33)
  14. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.33)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.36)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.36)
  17. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.39)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.44)
  19. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.47)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.48)
  21. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.48)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.5)
  23. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.52)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.54)
  25. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.54)


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