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Gandalf Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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. 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
high IQ (not low IQ)96.0328.2469
pro (not noob)95.0259.5105
master (not apprentice)94.91713.0270
important (not irrelevant)94.73011.7171
knowledgeable (not ignorant)94.52510.260
old (not young)93.91511.5534
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)93.8615.7144
badass (not weakass)93.87711.861
loyal (not traitorous)93.58212.2509
mighty (not puny)93.5810.8514
wise (not foolish)93.41110.8554
persistent (not quitter)93.413210.992
extraordinary (not mundane)93.02112.0603
perceptive (not unobservant)93.05614.966
competent (not incompetent)92.98412.3450
heroic (not villainous)92.35412.1539
tall (not short)91.82210.9584
motivated (not unmotivated)91.520312.649
genius (not dunce)91.45612.3589
🌟 (not 💩)91.45613.6114
charismatic (not uninspiring)90.95812.6466
inspiring (not cringeworthy)90.81712.187
deep (not shallow)90.8712.0132
resourceful (not helpless)90.712417.2111
alpha (not beta)90.111414.1470
enlightened (not lost)90.1510.157
wooden (not plastic)89.9714.957
opinionated (not jealous)89.969.940
mature (not juvenile)89.85217.7109
diligent (not lazy)89.632314.2507
confident (not insecure)89.38214.5540
bold (not shy)89.132113.0492
intellectual (not physical)89.011411.9519
legit (not scrub)89.04017.5124
interesting (not tiresome)88.84014.0496
captain (not first-mate)88.413919.4627
independent (not codependent)87.99219.7565
treasure (not trash)87.815316.3123
queen (not princess)87.212420.842
worldly (not innocent)87.010718.5512
dominant (not submissive)87.025314.9541
complicated (not simple)86.911117.9486
vintage (not trendy)86.97118.641
mysterious (not unambiguous)86.93818.0653
bookish (not sporty)86.724717.1501
devoted (not unfaithful)86.735020.345
coordinated (not clumsy)86.622816.9510
emancipated (not enslaved)86.53817.5525
street-smart (not sheltered)86.517319.4491
arcane (not mainstream)86.42620.3489
prestigious (not disreputable)86.07018.1472
driven (not unambitious)85.943718.7471
soulful (not soulless)85.625317.8108
sage (not whippersnapper)85.61719.841
rhythmic (not stuttering)85.010216.747
overachiever (not underachiever)84.831017.366
altruistic (not selfish)84.710417.5501
nurturing (not poisonous)84.715216.2247
clean (not perverted)84.620219.251
confidential (not gossiping)84.622720.1623
open to new experinces (not uncreative)84.525217.7520
🎩 (not 🧢)84.517818.6104
🧠 (not 💪)84.427818.3135
eloquent (not unpolished)84.317120.4443
introspective (not not introspective)84.34620.5163
egalitarian (not racist)84.344919.193
resolute (not wavering)83.712819.793
freelance (not corporate)83.621319.847
compersive (not jealous)83.52214.6487
asexual (not sexual)83.34624.940
studious (not goof-off)83.233719.795
sturdy (not flimsy)83.221819.737
indie (not pop)83.29417.136
self-disciplined (not disorganized)83.144621.8499
giving (not receiving)83.014517.060
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)82.926120.2423
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)82.911823.442
high standards (not desperate)82.816719.166
assertive (not passive)82.734118.2474
believable (not poorly-written)82.620318.362
tasteful (not lewd)82.411118.9507
civilized (not barbaric)82.432818.5536
tactful (not indiscreet)82.46822.086
decisive (not hesitant)82.328919.8505
cool (not dorky)82.215019.771
alert (not oblivious)82.128223.584
🐘 (not 🐀)82.13822.8131
loveable (not punchable)82.118618.557
historical (not modern)82.18822.1343
self-assured (not self-conscious)82.016826.2484
kind (not cruel)81.946516.8513
protagonist (not antagonist)81.633017.332
stoic (not hypochondriac)81.68724.647
valedictorian (not drop out)81.440327.090
go-getter (not slugabed)81.246019.777
🦄 (not 🐴)81.113329.489
bossy (not meek)81.046818.4509
demanding (not unchallenging)81.048421.168
never cries (not often crying)80.721918.929
calm (not anxious)80.46920.4507
🎨 (not 🏀)80.338523.449
chaste (not lustful)80.04722.4491
deliberate (not spontaneous)80.031123.4545
generous (not stingy)79.923820.955
📈 (not 📉)79.67223.090
angelic (not demonic)79.523619.4553
interested (not bored)79.523520.462
spelunker (not claustrophobic)79.47019.561
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)79.211222.846
curious (not apathetic)79.126323.4475
pure (not debased)79.118321.5525
empath (not psychopath)78.835920.865
prideful (not envious)78.620916.758
workaholic (not slacker)78.575022.489
vegan (not cannibal)78.515521.047
armoured (not vulnerable)78.429920.1476
reasonable (not deranged)78.226320.585
white knight (not bad boy)78.230925.035
wholesome (not salacious)78.029222.588
secretive (not open-book)78.041224.552
active (not slothful)77.973323.2466
cautious (not impulsive)77.819320.2545
self-improving (not self-destructive)77.89819.552
profound (not ironic)77.85928.378
🐮 (not 🐷)77.71321.5135
cryptic (not straightforward)77.63623.2471
chosen one (not everyman)77.616522.731
metaphorical (not literal)77.34521.7514
charming (not awkward)77.238121.3526
open-minded (not close-minded)77.222722.5572
😇 (not 😈)77.127324.3108
playful (not shy)76.854717.9513
slow-talking (not fast-talking)76.76821.437
creative (not conventional)76.629823.8539
logical (not emotional)76.619719.8576
proactive (not reactive)76.42122.137
human (not animalistic)76.258923.7448
philosophical (not real)76.24924.6372
sensible (not ludicrous)76.131324.9529
👽 (not 🤡)76.014720.6100
highbrow (not lowbrow)75.824425.0481
🧗 (not 🛌)75.747626.7151
suspicious (not awkward)75.539519.1440
utilitarian (not decorative)75.525524.789
pointed (not random)75.464528.345
🤠 (not 🤑)75.333825.9101
disarming (not creepy)75.246019.1229
💝 (not 💔)75.223925.7131
still (not twitchy)75.211727.554
reassuring (not fearmongering)75.229524.542
devout (not heathen)75.116824.8485
Swedish (not Italian)75.111822.148
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)75.155425.858
masculine (not feminine)75.064619.0543
guarded (not open)75.067823.1518
nerd (not jock)75.051423.6517
healthy (not sickly)74.960120.1557
privileged (not oppressed)74.756920.844
attentive (not interrupting)74.625027.349
works hard (not plays hard)74.558124.0512
existentialist (not nihilist)74.39825.772
main character (not side character)74.250524.930
theist (not atheist)73.813229.793
respectful (not rude)73.750724.3526
resistant (not resigned)73.746727.3508
equitable (not hypocritical)73.725526.3126
fortunate (not unlucky)73.415822.4483
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)73.432826.397
focused on the future (not focused on the present)73.212622.7572
beautiful (not ugly)73.2101323.7112
😊 (not 🤣)73.139423.9111
rock (not rap)72.978323.743
reasoned (not instinctual)72.818027.3539
rural (not urban)72.815827.4145
scruffy (not manicured)72.732126.5584
thick-skinned (not sensitive)72.629124.0462
patient (not impatient)72.619026.8245
contrarian (not yes-man)72.538027.150
cooperative (not competitive)72.422728.7505
not genocidal (not genocidal)72.480029.150
zany (not regular)72.342728.578
hoarder (not unprepared)72.227718.1469
frank (not sugarcoated)72.275725.949
rebellious (not obedient)72.167126.2443
forgiving (not vengeful)72.040324.3523
love-focused (not money-focused)72.078526.132
weird (not normal)71.551624.1519
good-humored (not angry)71.450318.8479
feminist (not sexist)71.380223.9123
English (not German)71.390127.647
optimistic (not pessimistic)71.236623.4526
conspiracist (not sheeple)71.152623.1319
opinionated (not neutral)71.0112824.445
winter (not summer)70.638032.838
chortling (not giggling)70.545325.249
😀 (not 😭)70.431223.780
efficient (not overprepared)70.342827.753
private (not gregarious)70.160425.5512
minimalist (not pack rat)70.027029.180
paranoid (not naive)70.044120.053
cynical (not gullible)69.864427.644
attractive (not repulsive)69.799821.4502
jaded (not innocent)69.674524.250
distant (not touchy-feely)69.649729.334
explorer (not builder)69.343129.1580
liberal (not conservative)69.357828.0107
child free (not pronatalist)69.353930.9391
literary (not mathematical)68.947826.2478
genuine (not sarcastic)68.850526.9535
good-cook (not bad-cook)68.726225.958
warm (not cold)68.661022.6476
hipster (not basic)68.523029.2439
analysis (not common sense)68.544327.234
👻 (not 🤖)68.435425.592
stoic (not expressive)68.431826.5530
spiritual (not skeptical)68.418529.2515
objective (not subjective)68.314928.387
🤺 (not 🏌)68.086731.391
gatherer (not hunter)67.943530.352
🥾 (not 👟)67.941631.780
trolling (not triggered)67.817125.842
factual (not exaggerating)67.847329.948
chic (not cheesy)67.836926.350
funny (not humorless)67.564122.5525
reserved (not chatty)67.453025.8493
deviant (not average)67.466727.2363
monastic (not hedonist)67.315727.188
unorthodox (not traditional)67.263629.092
flourishing (not traumatized)67.215325.249
pensive (not serene)67.278130.051
machiavellian (not transparent)67.244627.541
bright (not depressed)67.043224.8438
scholarly (not crafty)67.033428.1628
demure (not vain)66.837026.2500
dramatic (not comedic)66.888126.555
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)66.729526.9115
narcissistic (not low self esteem)66.663322.647
spicy (not mild)66.577226.3530
grateful (not entitled)66.450427.246
fantastical (not realistic)66.343233.344
strict (not lenient)66.262923.9517
honorable (not cunning)66.268230.7537
ranged (not melee)66.227325.355
rational (not whimsical)66.067327.8549
varied (not repetitive)66.016428.3246
proper (not scandalous)65.957030.1484
frugal (not lavish)65.853427.7487
warm (not quarrelsome)65.747224.9484
political (not nonpolitical)65.658431.5555
specialist (not generalist)65.657829.686
cat person (not dog person)65.549234.840
work-first (not family-first)65.460930.6567
quirky (not predictable)65.447731.345
purple (not orange)65.039128.9377
musical (not off-key)65.035726.557
chill (not offended)64.934625.258
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)64.859834.899
patriotic (not unpatriotic)64.786131.495
metrosexual (not macho)64.271927.654
serious (not playful)64.187423.0511
Greek (not Roman)64.013429.647
haunted (not blissful)64.094531.042
sober (not indulgent)63.946628.9497
involved (not remote)63.7103829.3496
reliable (not experimental)63.767632.551
freak (not normie)63.667130.754
down2earth (not head@clouds)63.567130.1526
wild (not tame)63.487528.2525
poetic (not factual)63.441829.952
on-time (not tardy)63.499737.867
complimentary (not insulting)63.272124.681
gendered (not androgynous)63.0149931.9214
🐩 (not 🐒)62.965432.899
humble (not arrogant)62.654928.1510
neurotypical (not autistic)62.5114329.0470
penny-pincher (not overspender)62.566927.5136
orderly (not chaotic)62.376030.0484
thinker (not doer)62.329932.367
brave (not careful)62.291928.7544
🧐 (not 😎)62.254436.8110
intense (not lighthearted)62.2103628.163
one-faced (not two-faced)62.2101133.765
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)62.061532.5106
OCD (not ADHD)62.091131.142
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)61.958930.2524
sheriff (not outlaw)61.869129.6521
sane (not crazy)61.861327.679
😏 (not 😬)61.873031.382
🤔 (not 🤫)61.667033.495
exhibitionist (not bashful)61.683427.544
accepting (not judgemental)61.362429.0378
cocky (not timid)61.3116127.844
formal (not intimate)61.264028.4153
fresh (not stinky)61.2110130.4138
hard (not soft)61.180321.791
stable (not moody)61.032929.4461
🥰 (not 🙃)60.869734.6154
dry (not moist)60.856425.153
joyful (not miserable)60.750622.886
hard (not soft)60.583323.5541
punk rock (not preppy)60.559729.057
thin (not thick)60.388327.3374
socialist (not libertarian)60.218032.5429
quiet (not loud)59.868426.1470
glad (not mad)59.756624.385
🤐 (not 😜)59.675530.099
circular (not linear)59.647030.943
stubborn (not accommodating)59.6125931.753
classical (not avant-garde)59.482631.377
fixable (not unfixable)59.392432.252
🐐 (not 🦒)59.195235.8133
serious (not bold)59.059329.8519
leisurely (not hurried)59.045828.1549
🥳 (not 🥴)58.849327.992
fighter (not lover)58.875432.457
🦇 (not 🐿)58.660129.6101
scientific (not artistic)58.582928.2473
extreme (not moderate)58.4105529.2460
outsider (not insider)58.475834.0362
mischievous (not well behaved)58.395830.5523
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)58.0123034.981
unemotional (not emotional)57.933226.743
exuberant (not subdued)57.695428.352
tight (not loose)57.6112528.457
western (not eastern)57.5119530.5124
tense (not relaxed)57.4141427.3489
Coke (not Pepsi)57.358139.050
cultured (not rustic)57.3102730.846
suspicious (not trusting)57.092329.5539
night owl (not morning lark)56.9101931.2328
monochrome (not multicolored)56.976136.279
abstract (not concrete)56.957933.2106
consistent (not variable)56.8100332.856
sweet (not bitter)56.785723.3516
luddite (not technophile)56.673633.0426
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)56.669128.945
rich (not poor)56.4102126.7480
frenzied (not sleepy)56.3157726.352
ferocious (not pacifist)56.1107426.4470
romantic (not dispassionate)56.1127228.260
hard-work (not natural-talent)55.8114132.453
tautology (not oxymoron)55.732028.726
communal (not individualist)55.356232.296
air (not earth)54.743934.060
radical (not centrist)54.694927.437
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)54.593632.0390
edgy (not politically correct)54.4101830.5447
gracious (not feisty)54.446828.5460
flower child (not goth)54.3116529.348
low-tech (not high-tech)53.989534.4487
reclusive (not social)53.977228.4143
prudish (not flirtatious)53.978131.454
happy (not sad)53.862222.1512
kinky (not vanilla)53.790130.5486
extravagant (not thrifty)53.783832.948
sorrowful (not cheery)53.5113523.3532
refined (not rugged)53.5106129.3521
transient (not permanent)53.566235.8220
modest (not flamboyant)53.3102331.5519
no-nonsense (not dramatic)53.384433.0233
vibrant (not geriatric)53.2136728.765
🥶 (not 🥵)53.270431.341
gloomy (not sunny)53.1105925.962
impartial (not biased)53.030530.5493
gamer (not non-gamer)53.064933.252
chivalrous (not businesslike)53.091432.146
fast (not slow)52.9141629.2498
official (not backdoor)52.981632.8550
domestic (not industrial)52.984030.478
smooth (not rough)52.892627.7519
flexible (not rigid)52.877028.3501
imaginative (not practical)52.865930.7482
neat (not messy)52.6118829.8459
unassuming (not pretentious)52.675330.4100
fire (not water)52.6117535.347
folksy (not presidential)52.485235.540
expressive (not monotone)52.4121728.944
muddy (not washed)52.465530.048
epic (not deep)52.293238.155
vague (not precise)52.152232.3414
realist (not idealist)52.199932.2106
stylish (not slovenly)52.0125830.0499
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')51.984427.3352
queer (not straight)51.943130.0232
🎃 (not 💀)51.990431.746
astonishing (not methodical)51.872834.5528
direct (not roundabout)51.7143034.3522
ambitious (not realistic)51.7122834.057
trusting (not charming)51.686232.4492
French (not Russian)51.5124530.745
authoritarian (not democratic)51.483532.4470
extrovert (not introvert)51.3112430.7498
💃 (not 🧕)51.3130832.6153
scheduled (not spontaneous)51.1111634.3518
empirical (not theoretical)51.1120931.1494
cosmopolitan (not provincial)51.1104735.6472
obsessed (not aloof)50.3151929.2526
statist (not anarchist)50.7105131.5147
blacksmith (not tailor)50.474531.235
long-winded (not concise)50.693934.738
always down (not picky)50.576230.940

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Albus Dumbledore (0.919)
  2. Obi-Wan Kenobi (0.864)
  3. Morpheus (0.841)
  4. Yoda (0.838)
  5. Dale Cooper (0.821)
  6. Minerva McGonagall (0.819)
  7. Moiraine Damodred (0.807)
  8. The Oracle (0.805)
  9. Jean-Luc Picard (0.799)
  10. Lester Freamon (0.795)
  1. The Deep (-0.64)
  2. James Taggart (-0.624)
  3. A.J. Soprano (-0.589)
  4. Arturo Roman (-0.567)
  5. George Costanza (-0.533)
  6. Joey Donner (-0.529)
  7. Linda Montag (-0.529)
  8. Dennis Nedry (-0.525)
  9. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.517)
  10. Nick Dunne (-0.509)

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

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


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