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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)96.1278.2464
master (not apprentice)95.21713.0256
pro (not noob)95.2179.492
important (not irrelevant)94.82411.8165
knowledgeable (not ignorant)94.42810.650
persistent (not quitter)94.1748.486
old (not young)94.0911.4522
mighty (not puny)93.6910.6503
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)93.6416.2132
badass (not weakass)93.67912.650
wise (not foolish)93.5910.8546
loyal (not traitorous)93.57112.2506
extraordinary (not mundane)93.12111.8594
competent (not incompetent)92.97112.3446
perceptive (not unobservant)92.85216.054
heroic (not villainous)92.35112.2528
resourceful (not helpless)92.17113.5101
🌟 (not 💩)91.94113.6107
tall (not short)91.91910.6525
genius (not dunce)91.44512.3582
motivated (not unmotivated)91.316912.838
inspiring (not cringeworthy)91.11012.380
charismatic (not uninspiring)91.04312.5454
wooden (not plastic)90.9711.438
deep (not shallow)90.6912.2125
enlightened (not lost)90.6310.249
mature (not juvenile)90.34016.8102
opinionated (not jealous)90.2710.128
alpha (not beta)90.010114.2459
diligent (not lazy)89.628214.2502
confident (not insecure)89.46914.1537
bold (not shy)89.127612.9486
intellectual (not physical)88.910011.9512
interesting (not tiresome)88.83514.1487
legit (not scrub)88.74217.7117
captain (not first-mate)88.411719.4619
treasure (not trash)88.111816.4118
independent (not codependent)87.98019.7553
queen (not princess)87.111221.733
worldly (not innocent)87.09118.5505
dominant (not submissive)87.022015.0535
complicated (not simple)86.98517.9483
mysterious (not unambiguous)86.83118.1640
coordinated (not clumsy)86.717816.9503
emancipated (not enslaved)86.63517.4517
bookish (not sporty)86.620217.1492
street-smart (not sheltered)86.615219.2485
arcane (not mainstream)86.52120.1482
soulful (not soulless)86.418518.096
sturdy (not flimsy)86.410314.632
prestigious (not disreputable)86.25918.2458
driven (not unambitious)86.135918.4460
vintage (not trendy)85.98019.932
clean (not perverted)85.814618.145
rhythmic (not stuttering)85.48416.039
high standards (not desperate)85.210616.960
loveable (not punchable)85.09714.345
confidential (not gossiping)84.917119.7615
nurturing (not poisonous)84.913416.3241
resolute (not wavering)84.87819.384
altruistic (not selfish)84.79217.5496
freelance (not corporate)84.715018.842
overachiever (not underachiever)84.726817.657
🎩 (not 🧢)84.614019.099
open to new experinces (not uncreative)84.518917.7510
sage (not whippersnapper)84.41520.138
eloquent (not unpolished)84.414820.2435
introspective (not not introspective)84.43020.7148
🧠 (not 💪)84.322018.5123
egalitarian (not racist)84.235919.386
compersive (not jealous)83.41914.6482
asexual (not sexual)83.33222.933
self-disciplined (not disorganized)83.036722.0486
giving (not receiving)83.012118.042
assertive (not passive)82.929118.0470
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)82.921020.2419
🐘 (not 🐀)82.82322.2124
🦄 (not 🐴)82.59227.886
tasteful (not lewd)82.49119.0502
civilized (not barbaric)82.426018.6529
cool (not dorky)82.412319.266
decisive (not hesitant)82.224519.9494
self-assured (not self-conscious)82.215126.2477
tactful (not indiscreet)82.16422.581
indie (not pop)82.19718.427
historical (not modern)82.07122.1331
studious (not goof-off)82.031619.989
believable (not poorly-written)81.820418.956
protagonist (not antagonist)81.822916.425
devoted (not unfaithful)81.851423.728
kind (not cruel)81.838316.9503
interested (not bored)81.612418.050
rock (not rap)81.620714.625
go-getter (not slugabed)81.536419.773
alert (not oblivious)81.425824.277
never cries (not often crying)81.118419.021
bossy (not meek)81.041018.5502
stoic (not hypochondriac)80.97525.629
🎨 (not 🏀)80.829422.138
demanding (not unchallenging)80.744021.062
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)80.713524.726
calm (not anxious)80.45720.4502
valedictorian (not drop out)80.237527.584
vegan (not cannibal)80.29618.239
prideful (not envious)80.113915.452
chaste (not lustful)80.03422.5486
deliberate (not spontaneous)79.926623.5539
secretive (not open-book)79.728423.745
empath (not psychopath)79.725319.356
angelic (not demonic)79.618119.3546
curious (not apathetic)79.319623.3462
pure (not debased)79.314821.4514
spelunker (not claustrophobic)79.36320.354
workaholic (not slacker)79.159622.579
wholesome (not salacious)78.922922.281
📈 (not 📉)78.87323.485
generous (not stingy)78.622721.947
armoured (not vulnerable)78.524820.0470
reasonable (not deranged)78.322920.679
self-improving (not self-destructive)78.18619.848
cautious (not impulsive)77.915420.2535
active (not slothful)77.956623.3460
🐮 (not 🐷)77.81121.4126
cryptic (not straightforward)77.83423.2465
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)77.811423.240
chosen one (not everyman)77.813024.026
white knight (not bad boy)77.826027.023
profound (not ironic)77.74728.467
metaphorical (not literal)77.33521.8508
open-minded (not close-minded)77.316622.3567
charming (not awkward)77.232621.4519
👽 (not 🤡)77.19719.391
playful (not shy)77.044917.7506
😇 (not 😈)77.021824.699
creative (not conventional)76.823423.7533
logical (not emotional)76.615319.9570
sensible (not ludicrous)76.524424.7518
human (not animalistic)76.445923.6439
philosophical (not real)76.14324.6362
💝 (not 💔)76.018425.1123
highbrow (not lowbrow)75.822024.8472
still (not twitchy)75.88226.747
pointed (not random)75.753929.633
🧗 (not 🛌)75.635527.0146
disarming (not creepy)75.634918.9222
suspicious (not awkward)75.535619.1432
devout (not heathen)75.413624.4482
utilitarian (not decorative)75.323224.888
guarded (not open)75.353422.8507
masculine (not feminine)75.151319.0537
🤠 (not 🤑)75.125826.492
healthy (not sickly)75.048420.0547
frank (not sugarcoated)74.949724.828
nerd (not jock)74.843823.7507
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)74.844826.150
proactive (not reactive)74.73322.221
attentive (not interrupting)74.520726.541
works hard (not plays hard)74.449724.2502
theist (not atheist)74.411628.582
existentialist (not nihilist)74.18625.871
reassuring (not fearmongering)74.025826.628
equitable (not hypocritical)73.919026.2120
respectful (not rude)73.841024.3520
resistant (not resigned)73.738827.2500
Swedish (not Italian)73.710823.439
privileged (not oppressed)73.552621.036
😊 (not 🤣)73.428223.899
opinionated (not neutral)73.483121.937
slow-talking (not fast-talking)73.48722.025
fortunate (not unlucky)73.214322.4477
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)73.228326.689
focused on the future (not focused on the present)73.111322.7563
scruffy (not manicured)73.026326.2577
reasoned (not instinctual)72.914027.1533
beautiful (not ugly)72.979323.9104
rural (not urban)72.812627.6142
efficient (not overprepared)72.725926.045
thick-skinned (not sensitive)72.624824.0455
rebellious (not obedient)72.552625.8430
not genocidal (not genocidal)72.458930.124
winter (not summer)72.327631.125
cooperative (not competitive)72.217728.8497
patient (not impatient)72.115427.0235
hoarder (not unprepared)72.122518.1462
feminist (not sexist)72.059924.1115
forgiving (not vengeful)71.929724.2512
zany (not regular)71.938528.473
jaded (not innocent)71.853622.128
weird (not normal)71.642524.0517
good-humored (not angry)71.639518.7468
liberal (not conservative)71.537826.996
conspiracist (not sheeple)71.342922.9310
optimistic (not pessimistic)71.229023.4517
gatherer (not hunter)70.331327.944
paranoid (not naive)70.334821.040
private (not gregarious)70.245525.5503
love-focused (not money-focused)70.164725.419
English (not German)70.077528.840
😀 (not 😭)69.926524.869
chortling (not giggling)69.939525.241
attractive (not repulsive)69.876021.1495
child free (not pronatalist)69.543430.9388
factual (not exaggerating)69.534228.339
explorer (not builder)69.433329.0571
good-cook (not bad-cook)69.419924.044
minimalist (not pack rat)69.323530.174
flourishing (not traumatized)69.310524.345
grateful (not entitled)69.133827.638
literary (not mathematical)68.835426.3467
genuine (not sarcastic)68.738226.8529
contrarian (not yes-man)68.742928.225
stoic (not expressive)68.624026.5521
analysis (not common sense)68.636729.527
warm (not cold)68.548022.7465
distant (not touchy-feely)68.443328.027
hipster (not basic)68.416629.3431
quirky (not predictable)68.330026.826
spiritual (not skeptical)68.214629.1509
Greek (not Roman)68.14729.437
fantastical (not realistic)67.733533.432
reserved (not chatty)67.641025.6485
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)67.622326.9100
👻 (not 🤖)67.629825.779
objective (not subjective)67.514428.278
dramatic (not comedic)67.568027.545
funny (not humorless)67.452222.5519
🤺 (not 🏌)67.471731.184
deviant (not average)67.354927.3353
monastic (not hedonist)67.213127.378
bright (not depressed)67.037024.9431
scholarly (not crafty)67.027628.1623
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)66.940333.994
🥾 (not 👟)66.834832.276
demure (not vain)66.730326.1496
varied (not repetitive)66.711727.9237
unorthodox (not traditional)66.650729.385
reliable (not experimental)66.647330.944
metrosexual (not macho)66.550823.445
ranged (not melee)66.422822.939
spicy (not mild)66.462826.3527
narcissistic (not low self esteem)66.453723.045
strict (not lenient)66.352223.8508
honorable (not cunning)66.252630.7532
haunted (not blissful)65.970031.037
warm (not quarrelsome)65.836224.6475
trolling (not triggered)65.817126.935
rational (not whimsical)65.757627.7540
frugal (not lavish)65.743927.7479
political (not nonpolitical)65.549231.6546
proper (not scandalous)65.447330.2468
machiavellian (not transparent)65.440430.828
work-first (not family-first)65.350230.7563
poetic (not factual)65.327429.243
musical (not off-key)65.127427.543
specialist (not generalist)65.048429.481
🐩 (not 🐒)64.945332.088
purple (not orange)64.731129.2366
🤔 (not 🤫)64.342232.290
pensive (not serene)64.382431.240
one-faced (not two-faced)64.276234.956
sober (not indulgent)64.036129.0486
chill (not offended)64.029325.553
chic (not cheesy)64.037926.434
serious (not playful)63.772423.0496
involved (not remote)63.785129.2485
cocky (not timid)63.689427.831
down2earth (not head@clouds)63.555730.1515
sane (not crazy)63.543327.369
patriotic (not unpatriotic)63.476532.185
cynical (not gullible)63.470429.730
wild (not tame)63.370528.3516
gendered (not androgynous)63.3119632.1207
OCD (not ADHD)63.373031.736
complimentary (not insulting)63.056424.877
humble (not arrogant)62.841828.1505
thinker (not doer)62.622331.062
neurotypical (not autistic)62.598629.0462
on-time (not tardy)62.582737.558
penny-pincher (not overspender)62.355727.3127
freak (not normie)62.358331.350
orderly (not chaotic)62.262130.1480
brave (not careful)62.272328.7541
exuberant (not subdued)62.264527.842
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)61.851130.1517
sheriff (not outlaw)61.754829.7512
🧐 (not 😎)61.746836.5102
circular (not linear)61.731930.437
unemotional (not emotional)61.724126.924
formal (not intimate)61.651128.8143
accepting (not judgemental)61.449029.1369
fresh (not stinky)61.487230.5134
🥰 (not 🙃)61.351834.1146
stable (not moody)61.027229.4451
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)61.052032.893
punk rock (not preppy)61.045728.945
😏 (not 😬)60.759631.374
🦇 (not 🐿)60.644329.394
socialist (not libertarian)60.511732.3421
hard (not soft)60.568823.5534
exhibitionist (not bashful)60.475327.938
thin (not thick)60.368327.4370
stubborn (not accommodating)60.3101630.346
cultured (not rustic)60.373632.330
🥳 (not 🥴)60.136127.983
🐐 (not 🦒)60.171035.3126
fixable (not unfixable)60.168331.944
dry (not moist)60.148726.142
classical (not avant-garde)60.063231.370
joyful (not miserable)60.041622.880
quiet (not loud)59.852326.1466
hard (not soft)59.870221.784
Coke (not Pepsi)59.636438.844
picky (not always down)59.366831.425
leisurely (not hurried)59.139728.0542
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)59.094834.475
serious (not bold)58.948329.9515
outsider (not insider)58.959034.2352
glad (not mad)58.846724.375
🤐 (not 😜)58.861130.195
extreme (not moderate)58.684829.1450
intense (not lighthearted)58.594327.055
scientific (not artistic)58.468928.2464
mischievous (not well behaved)58.377430.5518
consistent (not variable)58.077432.846
western (not eastern)57.888230.7121
tense (not relaxed)57.3114027.4481
suspicious (not trusting)57.275829.4534
night owl (not morning lark)56.884831.1316
hard-work (not natural-talent)56.889532.149
tight (not loose)56.793629.448
sweet (not bitter)56.667123.3511
abstract (not concrete)56.648033.894
oxymoron (not tautology)56.471828.217
luddite (not technophile)56.359932.9421
monochrome (not multicolored)56.363336.073
ferocious (not pacifist)56.286826.4466
rich (not poor)56.285726.7474
fighter (not lover)55.668833.146
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)55.360928.938
communal (not individualist)54.945632.586
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)54.573332.1385
gracious (not feisty)54.434828.6455
edgy (not politically correct)54.382430.5440
romantic (not dispassionate)54.3105127.853
fire (not water)54.393035.539
vibrant (not geriatric)54.1106728.351
air (not earth)54.136434.550
low-tech (not high-tech)54.071934.3481
reclusive (not social)54.059928.2135
frenzied (not sleepy)54.0133427.242
radical (not centrist)54.077828.824
ambitious (not realistic)53.993534.649
happy (not sad)53.851222.1507
sorrowful (not cheery)53.689123.2526
tailor (not blacksmith)53.693029.630
gamer (not non-gamer)53.652032.845
kinky (not vanilla)53.574030.4474
no-nonsense (not dramatic)53.566732.8226
refined (not rugged)53.385729.3516
modest (not flamboyant)53.381431.6514
impartial (not biased)53.125130.4485
transient (not permanent)53.154235.6210
gloomy (not sunny)53.184526.847
flexible (not rigid)53.058628.4491
domestic (not industrial)53.066430.673
fast (not slow)52.9111729.2494
extravagant (not thrifty)52.972533.135
official (not backdoor)52.864732.8546
French (not Russian)52.794430.637
imaginative (not practical)52.652430.7477
neat (not messy)52.696229.7454
monotone (not expressive)52.652526.431
smooth (not rough)52.574627.8510
🥶 (not 🥵)52.563231.931
long-winded (not concise)52.568237.324
unassuming (not pretentious)52.360130.891
epic (not deep)52.277537.843
cat person (not dog person)52.273036.921
stylish (not slovenly)52.199830.0491
flower child (not goth)52.097931.735
astonishing (not methodical)51.855534.4523
direct (not roundabout)51.8113234.1515
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')51.865427.3345
vague (not precise)51.842732.2405
💃 (not 🧕)51.7103432.7144
muddy (not washed)51.756530.139
statist (not anarchist)51.682331.3139
realist (not idealist)51.581632.3100
trusting (not charming)51.469232.4487
scheduled (not spontaneous)51.390334.2513
authoritarian (not democratic)51.370332.4461
extrovert (not introvert)51.392830.8492
chivalrous (not businesslike)51.375031.635
cosmopolitan (not provincial)51.283035.7463
folksy (not presidential)51.270135.636
flirtatious (not prudish)51.288230.934
empirical (not theoretical)51.196331.1481
queer (not straight)51.031829.8223
obsessed (not aloof)50.2122629.2521
💀 (not 🎃)50.885332.741

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 (0.917)
  2. Obi-Wan Kenobi (0.862)
  3. Morpheus (0.837)
  4. Dale Cooper (0.82)
  5. Minerva McGonagall (0.817)
  6. The Oracle (0.806)
  7. Jean-Luc Picard (0.798)
  8. Lester Freamon (0.795)
  9. Dr. Strange (0.791)
  10. Aragorn (0.783)
  1. The Deep (-0.631)
  2. James Taggart (-0.625)
  3. A.J. Soprano (-0.578)
  4. Arturo Roman (-0.565)
  5. Joey Donner (-0.525)
  6. George Costanza (-0.524)
  7. Dennis Nedry (-0.519)
  8. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.512)
  9. Topper (-0.497)
  10. Jonah Ryan (-0.489)

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.



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