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Ron Swanson Personality Statistics

Ron Swanson is a character from Parks and Recreation. 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
masculine (not feminine)97.926.11045
sturdy (not flimsy)96.217.172
private (not gregarious)95.919.4904
direct (not roundabout)95.7710.1893
independent (not codependent)95.7312.21152
confident (not insecure)95.529.6893
straight (not queer)95.2512.3409
confidential (not gossiping)95.1510.81121
master (not apprentice)95.0139.3422
reserved (not chatty)94.939.61077
guarded (not open)94.9310.5904
alpha (not beta)94.72511.0858
practical (not imaginative)94.5211.3933
gendered (not androgynous)94.51316.3368
self-disciplined (not disorganized)94.42912.0942
no-nonsense (not dramatic)94.2214.2402
hunter (not gatherer)94.11611.859
resourceful (not helpless)94.02915.3613
low-tech (not high-tech)93.6212.1876
self-assured (not self-conscious)93.6313.9880
stoic (not expressive)93.4213.61082
armoured (not vulnerable)93.2311.2883
macho (not metrosexual)92.9415.364
individualist (not communal)92.6515.2600
🥾 (not 👟)92.5917.7222
decisive (not hesitant)92.41113.7892
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)92.4615.9264
mighty (not puny)92.11913.3909
reclusive (not social)92.1812.7401
cannibal (not vegan)91.91510.453
consistent (not variable)91.9512.556
skeptical (not spiritual)91.4914.21102
dominant (not submissive)91.29215.21100
captain (not first-mate)91.06118.61140
utilitarian (not decorative)90.9416.0605
rigid (not flexible)90.82112.7874
blacksmith (not tailor)90.749.866
libertarian (not socialist)90.6122.4883
deliberate (not spontaneous)90.44016.3908
loyal (not traitorous)90.416715.71068
down2earth (not head@clouds)90.3917.3906
serious (not playful)90.14313.91081
luddite (not technophile)90.0118.9874
competent (not incompetent)90.012516.0872
rural (not urban)89.8717.2355
frugal (not lavish)89.7316.1882
secretive (not open-book)89.56922.982
historical (not modern)89.3813.1677
pro (not noob)89.214217.7246
permanent (not transient)89.1516.7372
concrete (not abstract)89.0617.7228
resolute (not wavering)89.02519.5225
coordinated (not clumsy)88.910014.1864
rational (not whimsical)88.62518.9901
thick-skinned (not sensitive)88.3616.71075
factual (not poetic)88.31217.779
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)88.312121.473
important (not irrelevant)88.214316.0329
penny-pincher (not overspender)88.2317.1367
🐴 (not 🦄)88.11623.2204
remote (not involved)88.0216.1952
logical (not emotional)87.92018.51112
intense (not lighthearted)87.911515.660
literal (not metaphorical)87.8920.1929
provincial (not cosmopolitan)87.6716.0879
legit (not scrub)87.26318.2303
reliable (not experimental)87.13519.763
builder (not explorer)87.0318.21156
introvert (not extrovert)86.92116.9948
monochrome (not multicolored)86.92218.7574
emancipated (not enslaved)86.82919.2848
realist (not idealist)86.81523.5664
treasure (not trash)86.813018.6251
🤐 (not 😜)86.8920.3192
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)86.73015.6238
tight (not loose)86.57419.070
wise (not foolish)86.35216.61064
alert (not oblivious)86.39119.7237
modest (not flamboyant)86.22821.01125
conspiracist (not sheeple)86.24419.9737
assertive (not passive)86.016720.8921
freelance (not corporate)85.810724.758
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)85.72625.5193
suspicious (not trusting)85.511422.01100
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.410319.9939
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)85.35721.0932
calm (not anxious)85.22419.6890
knowledgeable (not ignorant)85.118520.356
arcane (not mainstream)85.03621.1910
rhythmic (not stuttering)85.08821.352
hard (not soft)84.89919.0568
hard (not soft)84.710718.6917
bold (not shy)84.541119.81094
neat (not messy)84.315018.5701
classical (not avant-garde)84.32122.8578
linear (not circular)83.9521.267
high IQ (not low IQ)83.636514.0993
suspicious (not awkward)83.211220.0860
close-minded (not open-minded)82.87118.51195
straightforward (not cryptic)82.66027.6941
bossy (not meek)82.629418.0884
mature (not juvenile)82.513321.3584
enlightened (not lost)82.44114.856
competitive (not cooperative)82.426319.71080
uncreative (not open to new experinces)82.23020.5953
🐐 (not 🦒)82.11623.9313
methodical (not astonishing)82.07222.8907
narcissistic (not low self esteem)81.918315.263
pessimistic (not optimistic)81.77118.4865
minimalist (not pack rat)81.62124.9207
🐘 (not 🐀)81.43325.1352
genius (not dunce)81.221715.91139
healthy (not sickly)81.222821.8935
street-smart (not sheltered)81.223923.1969
hoarder (not unprepared)81.13217.7930
dry (not moist)81.14419.170
perceptive (not unobservant)81.043225.067
🤠 (not 🤑)80.610025.6204
real (not philosophical)80.57525.6751
western (not eastern)80.53926.1309
studious (not goof-off)80.332425.3210
repetitive (not varied)80.14024.1372
formal (not intimate)80.19324.8335
thick (not thin)80.18714.9716
rugged (not refined)80.011725.51099
apathetic (not curious)80.0522.61093
orderly (not chaotic)79.816525.41085
persistent (not quitter)79.871826.9216
strict (not lenient)79.718123.61047
serious (not bold)79.54225.7945
cautious (not impulsive)79.210923.01025
believable (not poorly-written)79.227715.158
resistant (not resigned)79.115427.2941
honorable (not cunning)79.015725.31174
leisurely (not hurried)78.95422.11116
rich (not poor)78.731519.7817
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)78.47724.6194
quiet (not loud)78.012222.6939
cool (not dorky)77.918425.8225
efficient (not overprepared)77.98631.057
slow-talking (not fast-talking)77.93721.859
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)77.410028.0795
interesting (not tiresome)77.327624.2968
mad (not glad)77.219020.5207
ferocious (not pacifist)77.032523.61097
worldly (not innocent)76.835622.51079
privileged (not oppressed)76.736823.457
judgemental (not accepting)76.623125.6728
patriotic (not unpatriotic)76.623632.5226
quarrelsome (not warm)76.526522.2904
traditional (not unorthodox)76.411531.5596
inspiring (not cringeworthy)76.020522.5608
egalitarian (not racist)76.062525.7208
subdued (not exuberant)76.04030.160
conventional (not creative)75.911228.71079
Russian (not French)75.95723.658
crafty (not scholarly)75.825126.81128
diligent (not lazy)75.775028.11067
empirical (not theoretical)75.63928.6834
atheist (not theist)75.620029.5531
insulting (not complimentary)75.620122.0601
rough (not smooth)75.514626.3915
gloomy (not sunny)75.224218.455
fortunate (not unlucky)75.18018.91054
heroic (not villainous)74.752022.21030
cold (not warm)74.421321.8910
compersive (not jealous)74.213024.3746
precise (not vague)74.232430.8735
rebellious (not obedient)74.039829.2888
old (not young)73.920813.8895
edgy (not politically correct)73.828825.0885
outsider (not insider)73.816029.7696
focused on the present (not focused on the future)73.79826.5879
sensible (not ludicrous)73.330828.9884
prestigious (not disreputable)73.233625.4943
🤖 (not 👻)73.012527.4213
deep (not shallow)72.630927.1274
proper (not scandalous)72.425626.3932
equitable (not hypocritical)72.021028.3609
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)71.916627.6924
orange (not purple)71.113327.7765
anarchist (not statist)71.019832.0323
🥴 (not 🥳)71.018627.2231
brave (not careful)70.739229.41001
beautiful (not ugly)70.769924.0626
tactful (not indiscreet)70.731829.7198
Roman (not Greek)70.510031.950
extreme (not moderate)70.249731.3935
bitter (not sweet)70.230723.4895
attractive (not repulsive)70.162122.61087
conservative (not liberal)69.916232.6213
simple (not complicated)69.88532.0925
fresh (not stinky)69.752927.3316
scientific (not artistic)69.236728.31025
🌟 (not 💩)69.063730.1211
basic (not hipster)68.836832.5827
geriatric (not vibrant)68.78221.470
objective (not subjective)68.610433.2528
jock (not nerd)68.627024.9833
reasonable (not deranged)68.639427.0197
sage (not whippersnapper)68.419934.558
sleepy (not frenzied)68.02225.657
vengeful (not forgiving)67.938824.41055
feisty (not gracious)67.956725.41021
morning lark (not night owl)67.817830.7572
impatient (not patient)67.750230.3383
nihilist (not existentialist)67.68331.1475
tasteful (not lewd)67.646526.91071
stable (not moody)67.613231.41126
tense (not relaxed)67.469929.31056
child free (not pronatalist)67.044729.6828
sorrowful (not cheery)66.842420.41009
👽 (not 🤡)66.530026.0197
musical (not off-key)66.123336.268
miserable (not joyful)66.144824.1235
biased (not impartial)65.756933.4846
angry (not good-humored)65.629024.4890
loveable (not punchable)65.549228.155
tall (not short)65.445519.5883
📈 (not 📉)65.444832.8180
🙃 (not 🥰)65.330733.1301
self-improving (not self-destructive)65.327228.371
family-first (not work-first)65.040832.61121
sporty (not bookish)64.930728.3881
authoritarian (not democratic)64.634534.8934
industrial (not domestic)64.633035.4533
spelunker (not claustrophobic)64.543731.764
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)64.427332.768
disarming (not creepy)64.367325.3371
melee (not ranged)64.118236.241
😈 (not 😇)64.039125.1193
aloof (not obsessed)63.86431.9815
🐮 (not 🐷)63.729832.8329
slow (not fast)63.114227.7825
flourishing (not traumatized)62.819729.457
neurotypical (not autistic)62.681629.6804
🧕 (not 💃)62.619331.3292
demure (not vain)62.535529.2814
scruffy (not manicured)62.433832.71175
charismatic (not uninspiring)62.284429.5989
😏 (not 😬)62.246230.8187
English (not German)62.291637.462
works hard (not plays hard)61.969432.9895
🐿 (not 🦇)61.949635.4185
trolling (not triggered)61.919932.267
deviant (not average)61.857329.2681
weird (not normal)61.757227.01074
mathematical (not literary)61.627131.1851
animalistic (not human)61.421428.3887
physical (not intellectual)61.131728.11070
mysterious (not unambiguous)60.839237.11154
🧢 (not 🎩)60.544636.9219
chortling (not giggling)60.561639.450
🐒 (not 🐩)60.440032.6189
charming (not awkward)60.365328.11066
reasoned (not instinctual)60.232934.8905
🧗 (not 🛌)60.263735.2344
punk rock (not preppy)59.939826.761
kinky (not vanilla)59.748233.7917
active (not slothful)59.698129.3943
kind (not cruel)59.082823.1889
driven (not unambitious)59.0109930.8921
sane (not crazy)58.945029.0214
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)58.548132.5236
💪 (not 🧠)58.430030.1217
specialist (not generalist)57.863634.6562
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)57.843233.5308
selfish (not altruistic)57.747327.6895
shy (not playful)57.521923.5898
wholesome (not salacious)57.361631.7220
backdoor (not official)56.858434.51066
feminist (not sexist)56.578431.0267
eloquent (not unpolished)56.471931.5980
unassuming (not pretentious)56.238731.4210
lustful (not chaste)56.163930.11008
Swedish (not Italian)56.043830.140
barbaric (not civilized)55.933027.5915
pure (not debased)55.959231.3823
chill (not offended)55.939532.566
arrogant (not humble)55.866730.21027
🤺 (not 🏌)55.591735.8202
soulful (not soulless)55.492130.2613
demonic (not angelic)55.247022.7819
nonpolitical (not political)54.942039.8919
regular (not zany)54.942433.4199
💝 (not 💔)54.958532.6324
lowbrow (not highbrow)54.736729.9793
🤣 (not 😊)54.743331.2191
extraordinary (not mundane)54.685633.1921
depressed (not bright)54.350226.3827
introspective (not not introspective)54.280733.7301
humorless (not funny)53.945132.3913
unfixable (not fixable)53.841434.863
happy (not sad)53.742721.4859
valedictorian (not drop out)53.582729.1194
sober (not indulgent)53.453433.8915
charming (not trusting)53.366929.4785
nurturing (not poisonous)53.374826.1348
🧐 (not 😎)53.254835.3243
slovenly (not stylish)52.543229.3914
mischievous (not well behaved)52.475231.6910
monastic (not hedonist)52.446830.7148
workaholic (not slacker)52.298931.3581
wild (not tame)51.877832.11013
dispassionate (not romantic)51.736433.256
genuine (not sarcastic)51.666537.0909
go-getter (not slugabed)51.5113131.4197
respectful (not rude)51.476728.41108
mild (not spicy)51.244432.8825
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.258237.0733
🤔 (not 🤫)51.182938.6184
heathen (not devout)51.056732.1830
😭 (not 😀)51.064624.7222
presidential (not folksy)51.071135.669
sheriff (not outlaw)50.265635.3882

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Mike Ehrmantraut (0.863)
  2. Leroy Jethro Gibbs (0.834)
  3. Blondie (0.775)
  4. Red Forman (0.775)
  5. Jet Black (0.758)
  1. Tobias Funke (-0.653)
  2. Craig Pelton (-0.614)
  3. Denny (-0.572)
  4. Karen Smith (-0.554)
  5. Andy Bernard (-0.542)

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: INTJ (r = 0.47)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.42)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.36)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.3)
  5. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.21)
  6. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.2)
  7. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.17)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.04)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.01)
  10. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.01)
  11. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.01)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.02)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.05)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.09)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.09)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.13)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.13)
  18. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.17)
  19. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.2)
  20. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.22)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.29)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.4)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.43)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.43)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.47)


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