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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)96.1268.2470
master (not apprentice)95.21912.8265
pro (not noob)94.92710.389
knowledgeable (not ignorant)94.52410.747
important (not irrelevant)94.42512.0164
old (not young)94.0911.3520
persistent (not quitter)94.0798.783
badass (not weakass)93.67212.650
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)93.5316.1138
mighty (not puny)93.41210.7519
wise (not foolish)93.31011.0555
loyal (not traitorous)93.38212.2511
competent (not incompetent)93.06912.2450
perceptive (not unobservant)93.05216.253
extraordinary (not mundane)92.82412.3606
resourceful (not helpless)92.46513.3105
motivated (not unmotivated)92.412410.423
heroic (not villainous)92.34812.2541
wooden (not plastic)92.0610.234
tall (not short)91.72110.8530
🌟 (not 💩)91.73813.9101
genius (not dunce)91.34512.3585
charismatic (not uninspiring)91.15012.0466
inspiring (not cringeworthy)90.91512.381
deep (not shallow)90.9911.9125
enlightened (not lost)90.8610.146
opinionated (not jealous)90.5159.623
alpha (not beta)90.010714.5463
mature (not juvenile)90.04517.196
diligent (not lazy)89.726714.0515
confident (not insecure)89.67114.0549
bold (not shy)89.126713.0491
treasure (not trash)89.110014.9115
intellectual (not physical)88.910112.0519
legit (not scrub)88.94417.7115
interesting (not tiresome)88.74214.0508
captain (not first-mate)88.412119.2633
independent (not codependent)87.87720.1569
queen (not princess)87.811124.027
clean (not perverted)87.710316.444
worldly (not innocent)87.48718.4516
dominant (not submissive)86.821415.0548
coordinated (not clumsy)86.817816.8523
arcane (not mainstream)86.71819.4487
mysterious (not unambiguous)86.73618.2651
complicated (not simple)86.68918.3500
bookish (not sporty)86.521017.4499
emancipated (not enslaved)86.44017.5539
soulful (not soulless)86.418518.289
street-smart (not sheltered)85.917220.0504
driven (not unambitious)85.838319.1481
prestigious (not disreputable)85.86818.6477
sage (not whippersnapper)85.81220.633
sturdy (not flimsy)85.512617.428
resolute (not wavering)85.19218.988
nurturing (not poisonous)85.112615.7243
confidential (not gossiping)85.016919.6628
rhythmic (not stuttering)85.09015.938
loveable (not punchable)85.010014.244
high standards (not desperate)84.811417.553
indie (not pop)84.76510.518
altruistic (not selfish)84.59617.7526
introspective (not not introspective)84.53920.7149
🎩 (not 🧢)84.514119.393
egalitarian (not racist)84.335419.386
open to new experinces (not uncreative)84.119718.1526
eloquent (not unpolished)84.016620.6443
vintage (not trendy)83.913419.832
asexual (not sexual)83.93124.728
🧠 (not 💪)83.723018.5121
overachiever (not underachiever)83.531220.352
compersive (not jealous)83.42014.6484
self-disciplined (not disorganized)83.336421.7509
tactful (not indiscreet)83.16421.680
alert (not oblivious)83.120321.975
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.021820.0432
freelance (not corporate)82.919020.542
🐘 (not 🐀)82.92922.4135
tasteful (not lewd)82.88818.6520
assertive (not passive)82.730618.1483
cool (not dorky)82.612219.167
believable (not poorly-written)82.517717.654
giving (not receiving)82.515119.332
self-assured (not self-conscious)82.315126.2484
interested (not bored)82.311917.951
civilized (not barbaric)82.227418.6540
decisive (not hesitant)82.125319.9503
go-getter (not slugabed)81.935319.370
studious (not goof-off)81.833820.385
kind (not cruel)81.638217.0509
historical (not modern)81.68122.2338
chosen one (not everyman)81.57622.120
rock (not rap)81.423716.817
never cries (not often crying)81.418619.718
demanding (not unchallenging)81.341619.863
protagonist (not antagonist)81.325917.819
stoic (not hypochondriac)81.39127.619
valedictorian (not drop out)81.234927.381
🎨 (not 🏀)80.830221.640
🦄 (not 🐴)80.711229.087
bossy (not meek)80.741618.3521
calm (not anxious)80.75620.2517
vegan (not cannibal)80.39518.336
deliberate (not spontaneous)80.326423.2559
workaholic (not slacker)79.756922.379
secretive (not open-book)79.727922.841
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)79.715925.424
chaste (not lustful)79.64922.8509
angelic (not demonic)79.518719.3559
pure (not debased)79.414621.3533
curious (not apathetic)79.319523.2478
generous (not stingy)79.220922.444
wholesome (not salacious)78.922222.475
📈 (not 📉)78.98123.485
profound (not ironic)78.84227.964
empath (not psychopath)78.629318.947
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)78.510221.039
armoured (not vulnerable)78.325720.1470
reasonable (not deranged)78.222520.778
prideful (not envious)78.221016.053
🐮 (not 🐷)78.11921.3125
spelunker (not claustrophobic)78.17719.948
active (not slothful)77.957523.2468
proactive (not reactive)77.93724.013
cautious (not impulsive)77.715820.3550
😇 (not 😈)77.620924.3100
cryptic (not straightforward)77.53923.3479
👽 (not 🤡)77.59319.896
charming (not awkward)77.233221.5540
metaphorical (not literal)77.23721.9523
open-minded (not close-minded)77.217622.2587
self-improving (not self-destructive)76.910219.845
creative (not conventional)76.724323.8549
human (not animalistic)76.745123.5454
logical (not emotional)76.415519.9571
playful (not shy)76.446518.0519
theist (not atheist)76.49327.078
attentive (not interrupting)76.217524.536
white knight (not bad boy)76.231928.620
sensible (not ludicrous)76.126725.0535
highbrow (not lowbrow)76.021024.4488
devout (not heathen)75.813423.9500
suspicious (not awkward)75.833618.8452
🤠 (not 🤑)75.725225.690
pointed (not random)75.754330.132
guarded (not open)75.553222.8520
winter (not summer)75.522829.817
disarming (not creepy)75.437319.3226
opinionated (not neutral)75.477121.436
masculine (not feminine)75.249919.0552
slow-talking (not fast-talking)75.26719.225
healthy (not sickly)75.148520.1567
philosophical (not real)75.05125.1368
nerd (not jock)74.843923.6525
🧗 (not 🛌)74.839427.9146
utilitarian (not decorative)74.626825.287
works hard (not plays hard)74.549624.0519
😊 (not 🤣)74.425423.996
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)74.446026.648
equitable (not hypocritical)74.318225.9114
💝 (not 💔)74.320825.8120
still (not twitchy)74.211328.140
not genocidal (not genocidal)74.254728.518
devoted (not unfaithful)74.184530.613
resistant (not resigned)74.138427.1503
frank (not sugarcoated)73.354924.320
privileged (not oppressed)73.353121.235
focused on the future (not focused on the present)73.112122.9577
fortunate (not unlucky)73.014922.3488
respectful (not rude)72.941924.5529
reasoned (not instinctual)72.913727.0549
scruffy (not manicured)72.826526.4605
thick-skinned (not sensitive)72.724024.0474
beautiful (not ugly)72.680124.099
rural (not urban)72.512527.9147
liberal (not conservative)72.535826.096
rebellious (not obedient)72.452925.7449
existentialist (not nihilist)72.413226.573
feminist (not sexist)72.458824.4112
cooperative (not competitive)72.218028.9518
zany (not regular)72.237927.174
factual (not exaggerating)72.128526.441
hoarder (not unprepared)72.022418.3471
patient (not impatient)72.016826.7242
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)71.832227.393
Swedish (not Italian)71.814023.436
efficient (not overprepared)71.731626.642
good-humored (not angry)71.639118.7482
reassuring (not fearmongering)71.636028.421
cocky (not timid)71.466624.522
forgiving (not vengeful)71.432024.4526
conspiracist (not sheeple)71.343022.8315
grateful (not entitled)71.228727.733
paranoid (not naive)71.233119.729
weird (not normal)71.043724.4540
contrarian (not yes-man)71.039728.017
optimistic (not pessimistic)70.830723.4523
quirky (not predictable)70.827227.618
gatherer (not hunter)70.830627.145
private (not gregarious)70.742925.3527
chortling (not giggling)70.638424.239
flourishing (not traumatized)70.29624.042
English (not German)70.077227.941
attractive (not repulsive)69.975020.9518
explorer (not builder)69.732228.9585
good-cook (not bad-cook)69.320222.640
child free (not pronatalist)69.143730.8403
warm (not cold)68.947222.6476
minimalist (not pack rat)68.925629.779
literary (not mathematical)68.834926.5486
genuine (not sarcastic)68.838427.1546
🥾 (not 👟)68.732531.883
stoic (not expressive)68.625326.2540
spiritual (not skeptical)68.413729.0525
hipster (not basic)68.416729.1439
😀 (not 😭)68.230024.665
deviant (not average)68.153526.7357
🤺 (not 🏌)68.071030.986
fantastical (not realistic)68.033433.929
reserved (not chatty)67.741025.5499
dramatic (not comedic)67.767527.547
ranged (not melee)67.520424.037
unorthodox (not traditional)67.349329.385
pensive (not serene)67.366228.737
reliable (not experimental)67.047432.045
funny (not humorless)66.853922.9541
demure (not vain)66.830726.2515
bright (not depressed)66.837425.0437
scholarly (not crafty)66.728128.2645
Greek (not Roman)66.67330.036
varied (not repetitive)66.611727.9237
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)66.623828.2101
jaded (not innocent)66.666127.219
👻 (not 🤖)66.432626.180
strict (not lenient)66.451923.9527
🤔 (not 🤫)66.434530.784
monastic (not hedonist)66.314727.479
spicy (not mild)66.263726.5529
distant (not touchy-feely)66.247729.320
frugal (not lavish)66.144627.6499
honorable (not cunning)66.153530.5542
analysis (not common sense)65.945932.419
rational (not whimsical)65.957327.7555
poetic (not factual)65.927528.642
warm (not quarrelsome)65.737924.8491
objective (not subjective)65.619828.777
trolling (not triggered)65.617327.234
haunted (not blissful)65.671532.236
metrosexual (not macho)65.455923.642
political (not nonpolitical)65.349431.7558
musical (not off-key)65.327427.741
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)65.246434.393
narcissistic (not low self esteem)65.258022.034
purple (not orange)65.029929.1380
work-first (not family-first)65.051730.5585
🐩 (not 🐒)65.047231.788
one-faced (not two-faced)65.074534.453
love-focused (not money-focused)64.877925.514
patriotic (not unpatriotic)64.772431.782
proper (not scandalous)64.648430.3474
chic (not cheesy)64.437024.729
specialist (not generalist)64.350628.981
sober (not indulgent)64.136729.3505
machiavellian (not transparent)64.144031.626
serious (not playful)64.070923.0510
down2earth (not head@clouds)64.054330.0540
involved (not remote)63.984229.2499
cultured (not rustic)63.964027.722
exuberant (not subdued)63.659326.641
freak (not normie)63.654431.651
🧐 (not 😎)63.441536.0100
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)63.245432.293
circular (not linear)63.228329.538
wild (not tame)63.171328.2522
gendered (not androgynous)62.9121632.2211
sane (not crazy)62.945427.872
neurotypical (not autistic)62.897928.9475
chill (not offended)62.830826.149
penny-pincher (not overspender)62.753227.2128
Coke (not Pepsi)62.725938.440
dry (not moist)62.442725.137
humble (not arrogant)62.242528.1519
thinker (not doer)62.123130.565
picky (not always down)62.158634.317
orderly (not chaotic)62.062130.0498
sheriff (not outlaw)62.054529.6521
🥳 (not 🥴)62.031127.381
formal (not intimate)61.951228.7142
brave (not careful)61.872328.8539
complimentary (not insulting)61.758424.075
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)61.552930.1532
unemotional (not emotional)61.524328.218
accepting (not judgemental)61.448329.1384
fresh (not stinky)61.287830.2136
🤐 (not 😜)61.154429.892
stable (not moody)61.027229.5469
flirtatious (not prudish)60.964628.325
socialist (not libertarian)60.812632.0428
stubborn (not accommodating)60.699429.145
classical (not avant-garde)60.562130.871
on-time (not tardy)60.588038.055
quiet (not loud)60.451326.0474
hard (not soft)60.469023.4537
dog person (not cat person)60.456834.313
🦇 (not 🐿)60.345529.591
OCD (not ADHD)60.380232.334
thin (not thick)60.269227.4377
🐐 (not 🦒)60.171034.7129
😏 (not 😬)60.161531.677
fixable (not unfixable)60.068631.641
joyful (not miserable)59.841622.083
oxymoron (not tautology)59.855227.816
🥰 (not 🙃)59.557034.2145
exhibitionist (not bashful)59.478830.230
hard (not soft)59.371421.684
punk rock (not preppy)59.349329.042
serious (not bold)59.047029.9521
extreme (not moderate)58.985529.0467
glad (not mad)58.946025.777
outsider (not insider)58.859034.2359
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)58.845128.936
leisurely (not hurried)58.740728.2571
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)58.796034.176
abstract (not concrete)58.544833.688
scientific (not artistic)58.467728.0464
mischievous (not well behaved)58.478530.1532
cynical (not gullible)58.483527.023
intense (not lighthearted)58.395228.150
monotone (not expressive)57.839225.421
radical (not centrist)57.465824.914
suspicious (not trusting)57.275029.5545
tense (not relaxed)56.9114427.4492
night owl (not morning lark)56.785531.3329
tight (not loose)56.694529.646
luddite (not technophile)56.559432.8437
sweet (not bitter)56.566923.2529
rich (not poor)56.385426.3490
western (not eastern)56.198131.4122
ferocious (not pacifist)55.688226.8487
monochrome (not multicolored)55.664436.769
consistent (not variable)55.586932.946
ambitious (not realistic)55.188934.344
reclusive (not social)54.958928.8134
air (not earth)54.934835.250
extravagant (not thrifty)54.967733.533
hard-work (not natural-talent)54.795433.052
vibrant (not geriatric)54.6106328.446
edgy (not politically correct)54.583830.5450
fighter (not lover)54.572431.649
fire (not water)54.492834.041
communal (not individualist)54.348532.187
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)54.273632.1402
gracious (not feisty)54.136228.6459
low-tech (not high-tech)54.073234.5490
no-nonsense (not dramatic)54.066732.9240
French (not Russian)54.091030.535
domestic (not industrial)53.961530.575
sorrowful (not cheery)53.888823.2542
frenzied (not sleepy)53.7134127.441
happy (not sad)53.652322.1521
romantic (not dispassionate)53.6106328.944
refined (not rugged)53.585129.0524
modest (not flamboyant)53.580531.4532
unassuming (not pretentious)53.556130.995
fast (not slow)53.4110329.2503
tailor (not blacksmith)53.494728.632
impartial (not biased)53.225330.4495
kinky (not vanilla)53.175430.5489
transient (not permanent)53.054835.4210
astonishing (not methodical)52.953334.5535
flexible (not rigid)52.860028.5520
imaginative (not practical)52.851530.7487
neat (not messy)52.696029.7462
official (not backdoor)52.664633.0557
concise (not long-winded)52.676139.616
smooth (not rough)52.574427.9526
gloomy (not sunny)52.287625.439
gamer (not non-gamer)52.254533.742
muddy (not washed)52.255832.329
goth (not flower child)52.157531.820
realist (not idealist)52.079832.3100
epic (not deep)52.078938.241
💀 (not 🎃)52.079731.740
direct (not roundabout)51.8112734.1529
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')51.865927.2356
authoritarian (not democratic)51.769732.3476
stylish (not slovenly)51.7101029.8500
vague (not precise)51.544232.3418
queer (not straight)51.530930.1229
extrovert (not introvert)51.493530.5508
scheduled (not spontaneous)51.391134.2523
businesslike (not chivalrous)51.381231.333
cosmopolitan (not provincial)51.281735.7476
💃 (not 🧕)51.2104932.3147
folksy (not presidential)51.170235.936
theoretical (not empirical)50.361231.1492
obsessed (not aloof)50.6119129.3534
trusting (not charming)50.672332.1500
statist (not anarchist)50.686031.3143
🥶 (not 🥵)50.471129.128

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 (0.911)
  2. Obi-Wan Kenobi (0.857)
  3. Morpheus (0.837)
  4. Dale Cooper (0.817)
  5. Minerva McGonagall (0.805)
  6. The Oracle (0.8)
  7. Jean-Luc Picard (0.797)
  8. Lester Freamon (0.792)
  9. Dr. Strange (0.787)
  10. Aragorn (0.782)
  1. James Taggart (-0.618)
  2. The Deep (-0.617)
  3. A.J. Soprano (-0.573)
  4. Arturo Roman (-0.563)
  5. George Costanza (-0.522)
  6. Dennis Nedry (-0.518)
  7. Joey Donner (-0.516)
  8. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.503)
  9. Topper (-0.483)
  10. Jonah Ryan (-0.482)

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: ESTJ (r = 0.61)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.48)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.31)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.27)
  5. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.26)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.22)
  7. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.17)
  8. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.17)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.15)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.13)
  11. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.12)
  12. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.09)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.04)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.03)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.11)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.12)
  17. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.13)
  18. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.15)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.16)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.19)
  21. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.21)
  22. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.25)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.27)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.44)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.53)


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