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Gandalf Personality Statistics

Gandalf 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
high IQ (not low IQ)96.1188.2446
master (not apprentice)95.5311.8241
pro (not noob)95.01311.172
important (not irrelevant)94.41712.3154
persistent (not quitter)94.4408.578
old (not young)94.0411.4510
mighty (not puny)93.4210.0499
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)93.4116.3134
wise (not foolish)93.3611.0536
loyal (not traitorous)93.35312.3503
competent (not incompetent)93.05712.3444
extraordinary (not mundane)92.91612.2580
heroic (not villainous)92.43412.1526
mature (not juvenile)92.21312.674
resourceful (not helpless)92.04814.284
tall (not short)91.81510.7518
genius (not dunce)91.42512.4540
deep (not shallow)91.2510.381
🌟 (not 💩)91.12814.489
charismatic (not uninspiring)91.02612.0456
inspiring (not cringeworthy)90.4812.674
alpha (not beta)90.06614.5454
diligent (not lazy)89.617814.1503
confident (not insecure)89.54114.1536
bold (not shy)89.116713.0475
treasure (not trash)88.95814.670
intellectual (not physical)88.96812.0513
interesting (not tiresome)88.81814.0499
legit (not scrub)88.63818.0111
captain (not first-mate)88.57319.0619
independent (not codependent)87.74520.2561
worldly (not innocent)87.35018.6496
dominant (not submissive)86.813115.1531
coordinated (not clumsy)86.712016.8519
mysterious (not unambiguous)86.72118.3645
arcane (not mainstream)86.61519.6476
complicated (not simple)86.64418.4494
bookish (not sporty)86.412717.2480
emancipated (not enslaved)86.32817.6524
soulful (not soulless)86.211318.880
street-smart (not sheltered)86.111319.7497
driven (not unambitious)86.025318.7468
prestigious (not disreputable)85.95018.4470
nurturing (not poisonous)85.37215.7234
🧠 (not 💪)85.111217.686
confidential (not gossiping)85.011319.6602
resolute (not wavering)84.94819.481
🎩 (not 🧢)84.58319.288
altruistic (not selfish)84.46817.7513
introspective (not not introspective)84.32520.6137
eloquent (not unpolished)84.210820.5432
egalitarian (not racist)84.219719.168
open to new experinces (not uncreative)84.110318.3505
go-getter (not slugabed)83.915716.064
compersive (not jealous)83.4914.6481
self-disciplined (not disorganized)83.323221.8502
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.210819.8424
tactful (not indiscreet)83.04122.371
cool (not dorky)82.97019.554
studious (not goof-off)82.920419.064
🐘 (not 🐀)82.91322.6133
tasteful (not lewd)82.85918.7498
assertive (not passive)82.621418.1481
alert (not oblivious)82.613622.667
self-assured (not self-conscious)82.611325.9473
civilized (not barbaric)82.417018.6535
decisive (not hesitant)82.116320.0490
kind (not cruel)81.822716.7500
historical (not modern)81.55222.3332
valedictorian (not drop out)81.222027.573
🦄 (not 🐴)80.96228.283
calm (not anxious)80.74120.1512
bossy (not meek)80.625418.4504
workaholic (not slacker)80.434421.565
deliberate (not spontaneous)80.317823.2554
📈 (not 📉)79.94422.371
chaste (not lustful)79.62722.9506
pure (not debased)79.69121.3508
curious (not apathetic)79.510923.0473
angelic (not demonic)79.311419.3553
wholesome (not salacious)79.313922.967
😇 (not 😈)79.010023.781
armoured (not vulnerable)78.415720.2459
active (not slothful)78.333322.8455
🐮 (not 🐷)78.3621.3123
👽 (not 🤡)78.24818.488
reasonable (not deranged)78.014920.976
cryptic (not straightforward)77.92422.8465
cautious (not impulsive)77.710120.2543
charming (not awkward)77.718921.0519
theist (not atheist)77.45525.070
creative (not conventional)77.213923.3534
metaphorical (not literal)77.22621.9506
open-minded (not close-minded)77.29822.1580
human (not animalistic)76.827623.5442
logical (not emotional)76.510419.9552
playful (not shy)76.427117.8515
sensible (not ludicrous)76.217525.1525
highbrow (not lowbrow)76.213324.1479
equitable (not hypocritical)76.110425.076
disarming (not creepy)75.919918.5213
devout (not heathen)75.810624.0494
🤠 (not 🤑)75.713326.281
guarded (not open)75.633122.5511
suspicious (not awkward)75.623218.8444
masculine (not feminine)75.231418.9540
🧗 (not 🛌)75.220827.3130
philosophical (not real)75.03024.9357
healthy (not sickly)74.931520.1551
utilitarian (not decorative)74.818524.966
💝 (not 💔)74.810525.7115
nerd (not jock)74.727623.7512
works hard (not plays hard)74.632123.9505
resistant (not resigned)74.122227.1476
focused on the future (not focused on the present)73.65522.7552
😊 (not 🤣)73.417323.281
fortunate (not unlucky)73.08122.4476
reasoned (not instinctual)72.910027.1546
scruffy (not manicured)72.817326.5599
respectful (not rude)72.825924.6527
thick-skinned (not sensitive)72.714923.9466
rebellious (not obedient)72.431225.7444
rural (not urban)72.28928.4136
cooperative (not competitive)72.112929.0507
hoarder (not unprepared)71.913218.0463
liberal (not conservative)71.921326.281
feminist (not sexist)71.935424.6108
patient (not impatient)71.811926.9234
😀 (not 😭)71.811922.047
good-humored (not angry)71.723818.7477
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)71.721126.777
forgiving (not vengeful)71.618424.2512
existentialist (not nihilist)71.68926.657
conspiracist (not sheeple)71.526222.6308
zany (not regular)71.324027.764
beautiful (not ugly)71.248324.585
optimistic (not pessimistic)71.118323.3511
weird (not normal)70.826124.4537
private (not gregarious)70.629025.2510
minimalist (not pack rat)70.014429.172
attractive (not repulsive)69.845620.7502
explorer (not builder)69.818728.7576
child free (not pronatalist)69.728430.3378
genuine (not sarcastic)69.025327.1521
warm (not cold)69.028622.6463
literary (not mathematical)68.921626.3474
stoic (not expressive)68.618026.3532
spiritual (not skeptical)68.48728.8505
hipster (not basic)68.39029.1435
deviant (not average)68.333226.4348
🥾 (not 👟)68.319432.576
reserved (not chatty)67.825425.5494
🤺 (not 🏌)67.741929.660
varied (not repetitive)67.44927.1212
👻 (not 🤖)67.217626.660
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)67.114927.877
objective (not subjective)67.09429.063
demure (not vain)66.919326.0498
funny (not humorless)66.930722.8528
bright (not depressed)66.722825.0428
scholarly (not crafty)66.616828.2625
strict (not lenient)66.532523.9516
honorable (not cunning)66.531930.1506
unorthodox (not traditional)66.530929.066
🤔 (not 🤫)66.420031.081
frugal (not lavish)66.129427.6490
spicy (not mild)66.139226.6515
warm (not quarrelsome)66.022024.8470
🐩 (not 🐒)65.827132.181
rational (not whimsical)65.738127.8535
political (not nonpolitical)65.329731.6547
purple (not orange)65.216829.0360
specialist (not generalist)65.130128.878
work-first (not family-first)64.736630.6578
proper (not scandalous)64.530930.3472
patriotic (not unpatriotic)64.544931.366
sober (not indulgent)64.125129.0490
monastic (not hedonist)64.110227.966
down2earth (not head@clouds)64.034429.9528
involved (not remote)64.049929.2493
serious (not playful)63.845323.0502
wild (not tame)63.840927.7499
🥳 (not 🥴)63.415127.266
complimentary (not insulting)63.033224.066
neurotypical (not autistic)62.860828.9471
gendered (not androgynous)62.875832.3206
penny-pincher (not overspender)62.834727.3120
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)62.633535.579
sane (not crazy)62.428528.068
humble (not arrogant)62.226028.2507
sheriff (not outlaw)62.133729.6513
orderly (not chaotic)61.939730.0482
brave (not careful)61.844428.6518
formal (not intimate)61.833228.8134
accepting (not judgemental)61.628529.0377
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)61.435030.2521
🥰 (not 🙃)61.430333.7121
😏 (not 😬)61.335930.772
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)61.231631.372
socialist (not libertarian)61.16131.7413
🐐 (not 🦒)61.141934.4119
stable (not moody)60.919029.5461
classical (not avant-garde)60.938531.062
🦇 (not 🐿)60.928029.885
hard (not soft)60.743923.3521
🤐 (not 😜)60.737930.385
thin (not thick)60.643227.0356
fresh (not stinky)60.652330.3133
🧐 (not 😎)60.530136.673
quiet (not loud)60.433526.0461
joyful (not miserable)60.322821.774
hard (not soft)60.143521.575
outsider (not insider)59.835733.6345
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)59.359033.571
serious (not bold)59.129929.6500
extreme (not moderate)59.051528.9459
leisurely (not hurried)58.828628.1551
mischievous (not well behaved)58.648730.1525
abstract (not concrete)58.626134.576
glad (not mad)58.128925.866
suspicious (not trusting)58.048929.1524
scientific (not artistic)58.044628.0455
night owl (not morning lark)57.451130.9317
tense (not relaxed)56.770027.3488
rich (not poor)56.751526.2483
sweet (not bitter)56.640023.2520
luddite (not technophile)56.540932.8428
domestic (not industrial)56.133829.461
monochrome (not multicolored)55.940235.962
western (not eastern)55.860931.4119
communal (not individualist)55.728332.167
ferocious (not pacifist)55.455326.9476
reclusive (not social)54.738428.5126
edgy (not politically correct)54.552430.4444
no-nonsense (not dramatic)54.243133.0226
low-tech (not high-tech)54.146534.5479
sorrowful (not cheery)53.955623.3531
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)53.946932.4377
gracious (not feisty)53.921028.3439
modest (not flamboyant)53.650131.4516
unassuming (not pretentious)53.632331.372
kinky (not vanilla)53.545930.2481
impartial (not biased)53.415030.4486
happy (not sad)53.430422.2502
astonishing (not methodical)53.229434.5508
imaginative (not practical)53.230330.4474
fast (not slow)53.166729.2495
refined (not rugged)52.954329.1507
flexible (not rigid)52.636128.2504
neat (not messy)52.662329.7435
transient (not permanent)52.634935.7201
smooth (not rough)52.546427.8518
official (not backdoor)52.438233.0543
direct (not roundabout)52.168634.1514
realist (not idealist)52.150132.381
stylish (not slovenly)52.061929.7495
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')51.937827.3352
vague (not precise)51.927532.4401
queer (not straight)51.916330.1222
statist (not anarchist)51.852131.2136
cosmopolitan (not provincial)51.749935.6458
authoritarian (not democratic)51.644032.3475
extrovert (not introvert)51.556630.4497
scheduled (not spontaneous)51.258334.3506
empirical (not theoretical)51.065431.1475
trusting (not charming)50.342432.1491
obsessed (not aloof)50.673929.3531
🧕 (not 💃)50.435932.7131

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Albus Dumbledore (0.929)
  2. Obi-Wan Kenobi (0.876)
  3. Morpheus (0.853)
  4. Dale Cooper (0.833)
  5. The Oracle (0.826)
  1. James Taggart (-0.644)
  2. A.J. Soprano (-0.605)
  3. George Costanza (-0.58)
  4. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.57)
  5. Dennis Nedry (-0.558)

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 = 0.55)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.39)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.2)
  4. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.17)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.14)
  6. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.12)
  7. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.0)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.06)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.07)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = -0.11)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.15)
  12. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.16)
  13. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.2)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.21)
  15. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.22)
  16. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.26)
  17. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.32)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.42)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.44)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.53)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.54)
  22. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.56)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.61)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.72)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.77)


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