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Red John Descriptive Personality Statistics

Red John is a character from The Mentalist.

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 1,750 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
psychopath (not empath)96.667.025
punchable (not loveable)96.196.824
suspicious (not trusting)93.998.434
vengeful (not forgiving)93.7339.342
individualist (not communal)92.31010.128
villainous (not heroic)92.03615.126
poisonous (not nurturing)91.74513.325
persistent (not quitter)91.321515.851
💩 (not 🌟)91.01113.337
cynical (not gullible)90.92711.715
rebellious (not obedient)90.810410.824
narcissistic (not low self esteem)90.45417.924
ugly (not beautiful)90.3313.841
freak (not normie)90.32113.429
hunter (not gatherer)90.05019.924
😈 (not 😇)89.96016.760
bitter (not sweet)89.85011.031
cruel (not kind)89.74715.534
deranged (not reasonable)89.72313.635
authoritarian (not democratic)89.25212.724
💔 (not 💝)89.01718.735
cold (not warm)88.95014.121
demonic (not angelic)88.84813.628
perceptive (not unobservant)88.717510.914
weird (not normal)88.55915.040
two-faced (not one-faced)88.54923.635
analysis (not common sense)88.41612.322
traumatized (not flourishing)88.23513.316
distant (not touchy-feely)87.94115.127
mischievous (not well behaved)87.916016.934
soulless (not soulful)87.93715.627
fire (not water)87.79521.124
never cries (not often crying)87.77017.420
perverted (not clean)87.44516.427
💀 (not 🎃)87.33820.519
haunted (not blissful)87.36719.131
arrogant (not humble)87.216716.940
🙃 (not 🥰)87.03019.541
jaded (not innocent)87.011318.019
receiving (not giving)86.87523.28
fearmongering (not reassuring)86.75621.316
cunning (not honorable)86.38019.249
creepy (not disarming)86.31619.229
entitled (not grateful)86.313818.319
fighter (not lover)86.34318.931
conspiracist (not sheeple)86.26212.637
contrarian (not yes-man)86.23812.312
secretive (not open-book)86.014819.025
motivated (not unmotivated)86.046323.626
coordinated (not clumsy)85.821117.528
🥴 (not 🥳)85.81621.441
machiavellian (not transparent)85.75417.823
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.613121.825
worldly (not innocent)85.513313.035
repulsive (not attractive)85.53219.132
outlaw (not sheriff)85.512826.830
deliberate (not spontaneous)85.411919.728
deviant (not average)85.47423.726
rock (not rap)85.410318.218
dominant (not submissive)85.429315.540
antagonist (not protagonist)85.35524.022
bad boy (not white knight)85.37720.123
hard (not soft)85.211721.153
selfish (not altruistic)85.014721.950
vintage (not trendy)84.910711.221
🥾 (not 👟)84.96519.151
crazy (not sane)84.88523.039
miserable (not joyful)84.87722.341
diligent (not lazy)84.557818.530
master (not apprentice)84.425119.634
competitive (not cooperative)84.427118.827
work-first (not family-first)84.315821.228
🐷 (not 🐮)84.31717.229
opinionated (not neutral)84.039426.231
mysterious (not unambiguous)83.97422.641
pensive (not serene)83.43419.723
salacious (not wholesome)83.310624.643
resolute (not wavering)83.311426.243
obsessed (not aloof)83.29923.330
bold (not shy)83.058219.230
scandalous (not proper)83.017019.432
decisive (not hesitant)82.823622.926
assertive (not passive)82.830521.823
intellectual (not physical)82.726621.922
quarrelsome (not warm)82.718624.126
unfixable (not fixable)82.66225.921
extreme (not moderate)82.528719.525
gloomy (not sunny)82.512622.126
stingy (not generous)82.511922.531
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)82.431024.913
high IQ (not low IQ)82.351221.332
genocidal (not not genocidal)82.36427.326
armoured (not vulnerable)82.215324.927
edgy (not politically correct)82.013922.328
arcane (not mainstream)81.87722.533
complicated (not simple)81.723923.632
backdoor (not official)81.612824.728
sexist (not feminist)81.411321.444
methodical (not astonishing)81.48924.439
driven (not unambitious)81.263724.227
sickly (not healthy)81.23317.840
idealist (not realist)81.110223.533
night owl (not morning lark)81.120918.338
debased (not pure)81.016526.732
alert (not oblivious)80.829224.745
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)80.76526.343
hard (not soft)80.720124.129
stinky (not fresh)80.65221.439
paranoid (not naive)80.67721.320
wild (not tame)80.431326.742
dramatic (not comedic)80.228328.121
intense (not lighthearted)80.036226.426
hoarder (not unprepared)79.95224.427
feisty (not gracious)79.929721.828
mad (not glad)79.818025.436
animalistic (not human)79.83125.128
old (not young)79.717211.034
studious (not goof-off)79.642223.437
rough (not smooth)79.610026.914
🦇 (not 🐿)79.411327.433
bossy (not meek)79.248326.228
😬 (not 😏)79.25929.443
guarded (not open)78.944422.936
🥶 (not 🥵)78.95232.519
resourceful (not helpless)78.862822.937
zany (not regular)78.821126.840
hedonist (not monastic)78.66424.147
ferocious (not pacifist)78.535030.725
barbaric (not civilized)78.58525.824
masculine (not feminine)78.448622.732
stubborn (not accommodating)78.449026.828
cocky (not timid)78.250023.220
orderly (not chaotic)78.225022.413
🧠 (not 💪)77.946121.059
strict (not lenient)77.626725.428
precise (not vague)77.628925.926
skeptical (not spiritual)77.538121.528
sarcastic (not genuine)77.522023.432
judgemental (not accepting)77.526527.015
ambitious (not realistic)77.426526.825
goth (not flower child)77.411517.826
on-time (not tardy)77.350129.222
queen (not princess)77.335531.518
ludicrous (not sensible)77.116628.934
🤐 (not 😜)77.017029.439
self-assured (not self-conscious)76.732127.444
trash (not treasure)76.48331.353
demanding (not unchallenging)76.361824.530
historical (not modern)76.218118.627
frenzied (not sleepy)76.240720.920
winter (not summer)76.221830.712
exhibitionist (not bashful)76.222928.630
radical (not centrist)76.015026.620
quirky (not predictable)76.017222.726
bookish (not sporty)75.852122.334
insulting (not complimentary)75.724727.726
jealous (not compersive)75.621531.714
competent (not incompetent)75.674228.037
OCD (not ADHD)75.531328.120
Roman (not Greek)75.44328.614
biased (not impartial)75.428827.629
pro (not noob)75.363829.336
close-minded (not open-minded)75.215628.724
🎨 (not 🏀)75.251320.922
kinky (not vanilla)75.225926.928
🐴 (not 🦄)75.223529.235
frank (not sugarcoated)75.152724.822
pointed (not random)75.059030.922
sorrowful (not cheery)74.829722.920
resistant (not resigned)74.836027.837
metaphorical (not literal)74.75630.528
self-disciplined (not disorganized)74.469629.926
🐒 (not 🐩)74.414330.045
spicy (not mild)74.445525.231
playful (not shy)74.356829.238
muddy (not washed)74.313123.825
atheist (not theist)74.330827.716
cautious (not impulsive)74.124428.542
knowledgeable (not ignorant)73.962025.818
picky (not always down)73.824919.516
logical (not emotional)73.521726.330
offended (not chill)73.532826.815
patient (not impatient)73.315530.043
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)73.119326.137
private (not gregarious)73.040831.738
dramatic (not no-nonsense)73.033326.821
reclusive (not social)72.724231.542
captain (not first-mate)72.743228.126
cannibal (not vegan)72.630128.520
moody (not stable)72.554230.030
important (not irrelevant)72.588933.459
dispassionate (not romantic)72.311731.928
traitorous (not loyal)72.315230.930
suspicious (not awkward)72.348531.526
genius (not dunce)72.156724.943
chosen one (not everyman)71.829828.719
libertarian (not socialist)71.313029.739
🐀 (not 🐘)71.017632.742
interested (not bored)70.955126.523
sturdy (not flimsy)70.860425.615
disreputable (not prestigious)70.818431.832
ranged (not melee)70.711832.512
confident (not insecure)70.765834.140
🤣 (not 😊)70.720028.346
specialist (not generalist)70.630728.830
sad (not happy)70.542221.024
angry (not good-humored)70.524926.623
independent (not codependent)70.459933.331
cat person (not dog person)69.930929.520
cryptic (not straightforward)69.711230.836
creative (not conventional)69.742232.235
philosophical (not real)69.69922.929
emancipated (not enslaved)69.655432.730
neat (not messy)69.563834.440
humorless (not funny)69.421029.136
tall (not short)69.448316.828
western (not eastern)69.332724.424
ironic (not profound)69.321027.618
flamboyant (not modest)69.342031.638
pretentious (not unassuming)69.244232.853
pessimistic (not optimistic)68.933731.236
nerd (not jock)68.961430.728
workaholic (not slacker)68.996026.824
tactful (not indiscreet)68.947731.037
🤠 (not 🤑)68.851228.243
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)68.773526.731
cheesy (not chic)68.739329.124
😭 (not 😀)68.626334.756
🐐 (not 🦒)68.632333.449
heathen (not devout)68.626034.425
careful (not brave)68.418824.630
off-key (not musical)68.230223.621
confidential (not gossiping)68.176331.536
hypocritical (not equitable)68.032726.534
money-focused (not love-focused)68.029828.421
slovenly (not stylish)67.922228.721
anarchist (not statist)67.733031.251
scrub (not legit)67.711933.823
tight (not loose)67.766431.817
freelance (not corporate)67.662831.325
chortling (not giggling)67.453228.323
rigid (not flexible)67.346832.124
repetitive (not varied)67.335430.235
vain (not demure)67.147032.725
open to new experinces (not uncreative)67.082127.727
utilitarian (not decorative)67.055536.323
thick-skinned (not sensitive)66.742133.524
unorthodox (not traditional)66.755533.229
🧐 (not 😎)66.736833.443
rude (not respectful)66.635629.027
🤺 (not 🏌)66.680132.442
extravagant (not thrifty)66.644935.728
lavish (not frugal)66.640429.624
scientific (not artistic)66.454123.328
straight (not queer)66.496430.029
deep (not shallow)66.461832.053
street-smart (not sheltered)66.370628.116
calm (not anxious)66.228930.227
overachiever (not underachiever)66.299535.920
leisurely (not hurried)66.025326.033
earth (not air)66.056832.517
Russian (not French)65.920526.228
prideful (not envious)65.887030.930
asexual (not sexual)65.823331.325
exaggerating (not factual)65.751532.336
permanent (not transient)65.643726.525
quiet (not loud)65.543726.222
fast (not slow)65.583130.222
crafty (not scholarly)65.563529.534
active (not slothful)65.4113631.724
jealous (not opinionated)65.411035.017
believable (not poorly-written)65.3120729.120
monochrome (not multicolored)65.241032.925
conservative (not liberal)65.227332.638
rhythmic (not stuttering)65.287126.213
bad-cook (not good-cook)65.239329.815
efficient (not overprepared)65.168435.130
blacksmith (not tailor)65.033429.416
introvert (not extrovert)64.835033.126
privileged (not oppressed)64.881636.612
macho (not metrosexual)64.732927.523
cringeworthy (not inspiring)64.636530.131
mathematical (not literary)64.528830.338
🤫 (not 🤔)64.515336.636
Swedish (not Italian)64.533630.417
consistent (not variable)64.459134.419
punk rock (not preppy)64.444831.121
high standards (not desperate)64.467432.130
fortunate (not unlucky)64.036028.034
indie (not pop)63.967926.715
alpha (not beta)63.882731.738
🧗 (not 🛌)63.874533.145
presidential (not folksy)63.859228.522
mighty (not puny)63.790932.831
go-getter (not slugabed)63.6121427.131
scruffy (not manicured)63.442129.030
industrial (not domestic)63.243630.818
tense (not relaxed)63.1109030.021
extraordinary (not mundane)63.089232.230
poetic (not factual)63.037429.820
exuberant (not subdued)62.966530.819
lewd (not tasteful)62.832228.221
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')62.88729.824
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)62.830823.433
wooden (not plastic)62.288930.530
gamer (not non-gamer)62.136238.630
stoic (not expressive)62.042434.025
gendered (not androgynous)61.9136632.535
experimental (not reliable)61.849334.517
trolling (not triggered)61.823335.825
provincial (not cosmopolitan)61.540731.219
depressed (not bright)61.446736.425
geriatric (not vibrant)61.321930.520
businesslike (not chivalrous)61.258432.726
📈 (not 📉)61.081734.644
unemotional (not emotional)60.926534.319
prudish (not flirtatious)60.946729.719
introspective (not not introspective)60.286929.530
German (not English)60.26733.316
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)59.844634.421
classical (not avant-garde)59.771031.332
pack rat (not minimalist)59.644336.434
autistic (not neurotypical)59.414331.640
abstract (not concrete)59.344432.942
stoic (not hypochondriac)59.374235.616
mature (not juvenile)59.279332.738
interrupting (not attentive)59.159329.518
apathetic (not curious)58.921035.829
reserved (not chatty)58.967833.424
👻 (not 🤖)58.764334.139
dry (not moist)58.757234.919
roundabout (not direct)58.625530.232
reasoned (not instinctual)58.548537.124
rural (not urban)58.534531.745
interesting (not tiresome)58.4111130.337
nihilist (not existentialist)58.427231.522
deep (not epic)58.350133.530
outsider (not insider)58.167835.222
subjective (not objective)58.051430.422
🤡 (not 👽)58.045838.549
poor (not rich)57.853028.126
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)57.686536.620
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)57.567229.235
charming (not trusting)57.372332.227
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)57.361436.236
fantastical (not realistic)57.358127.724
penny-pincher (not overspender)57.276931.130
badass (not weakass)57.0118732.228
rational (not whimsical)56.987030.439
self-destructive (not self-improving)56.874434.814
child free (not pronatalist)56.598536.425
builder (not explorer)56.564734.624
racist (not egalitarian)56.321934.630
intimate (not formal)56.371832.342
plays hard (not works hard)56.243932.132
doer (not thinker)56.299430.531
Pepsi (not Coke)56.141035.232
basic (not hipster)56.092332.021
unfaithful (not devoted)55.922034.919
unpatriotic (not patriotic)55.828832.232
linear (not circular)55.764937.019
imaginative (not practical)55.651336.125
lost (not enlightened)55.676529.422
highbrow (not lowbrow)55.499928.933
hard-work (not natural-talent)55.2101927.324
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)55.071035.329
slow-talking (not fast-talking)54.647328.114
oxymoron (not tautology)54.590333.116
head@clouds (not down2earth)54.369334.329
dorky (not cool)54.268231.935
concise (not long-winded)54.176637.716
remote (not involved)53.427933.428
still (not twitchy)53.458131.723
💃 (not 🧕)53.2109837.940
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)53.2102435.719
reactive (not proactive)53.285330.419
rugged (not refined)52.969532.723
wise (not foolish)52.996629.636
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)52.884133.116
lustful (not chaste)52.795833.518
thin (not thick)52.6101433.227
theoretical (not empirical)52.551832.741
drop out (not valedictorian)52.455934.040
purple (not orange)52.381334.925
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)52.378334.542
spelunker (not claustrophobic)52.0109937.113
awkward (not charming)51.959433.039
eloquent (not unpolished)51.9106634.915
sage (not whippersnapper)51.780131.014
luddite (not technophile)51.289033.428
low-tech (not high-tech)51.286928.436
🎩 (not 🧢)51.290737.637
rustic (not cultured)51.162029.118
sober (not indulgent)51.079933.031
political (not nonpolitical)51.0101832.426
serious (not playful)50.1104933.719
focused on the future (not focused on the present)50.179831.436
uninspiring (not charismatic)50.931529.229
bold (not serious)50.397233.844
expressive (not monotone)50.4111235.822

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Howard Payne (0.874)
  2. Lord Voldemort (0.87)
  3. Man in Black (0.862)
  4. Scar (0.858)
  5. Mr. Gold (0.843)
  6. Angel Eyes (0.83)
  7. Scorpius (0.829)
  8. Paul Spector (0.829)
  9. Benjamin Linus (0.825)
  10. Thanos (0.819)
  1. Charles Bingley (-0.673)
  2. Flounder (-0.655)
  3. Emmet Brickowski (-0.614)
  4. Chien-Po (-0.612)
  5. Rita Bennett (-0.606)
  6. William Mason (-0.577)
  7. Kelly Erin Hannon (-0.574)
  8. Jerry Gergich (-0.573)
  9. Rex (-0.565)
  10. Tracy Mills (-0.565)

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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