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Ron Swanson Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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. 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
frank (not sugarcoated)98.424.547
masculine (not feminine)97.966.01114
distant (not touchy-feely)97.019.349
private (not gregarious)96.029.4934
sturdy (not flimsy)96.046.9127
wooden (not plastic)96.017.7129
badass (not weakass)95.92710.8128
direct (not roundabout)95.7710.4921
independent (not codependent)95.7212.21192
master (not apprentice)95.6128.0451
confident (not insecure)95.459.9921
confidential (not gossiping)95.3310.41152
guarded (not open)95.1410.2930
straight (not queer)95.0713.0422
reserved (not chatty)94.969.61114
alpha (not beta)94.71511.0897
self-disciplined (not disorganized)94.44012.0961
practical (not imaginative)94.4311.4946
gendered (not androgynous)94.31116.2391
resourceful (not helpless)94.03215.4643
no-nonsense (not dramatic)93.9414.5428
hunter (not gatherer)93.61514.794
self-assured (not self-conscious)93.6313.7897
stoic (not expressive)93.5413.51098
low-tech (not high-tech)93.5212.3918
armoured (not vulnerable)93.5110.9910
consistent (not variable)93.528.490
realistic (not ambitious)93.4110.2106
🥾 (not 👟)93.4915.6273
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)93.21014.5294
never cries (not often crying)93.21412.252
cynical (not gullible)92.71113.238
decisive (not hesitant)92.51514.0913
reclusive (not social)92.41512.5434
individualist (not communal)92.3916.0634
cannibal (not vegan)92.31312.3108
mighty (not puny)92.12713.3925
macho (not metrosexual)92.1415.1109
blacksmith (not tailor)92.0211.6105
vintage (not trendy)91.81413.1118
dominant (not submissive)91.610014.41137
stubborn (not accommodating)91.66915.6151
skeptical (not spiritual)91.31814.21125
earth (not air)91.3616.0131
utilitarian (not decorative)91.1415.8624
monotone (not expressive)91.1517.137
opinionated (not jealous)91.139.947
captain (not first-mate)90.98118.61164
secretive (not open-book)90.95620.3140
realistic (not fantastical)90.81518.9144
pointed (not random)90.83615.3119
libertarian (not socialist)90.7222.4902
rigid (not flexible)90.72613.1895
one-faced (not two-faced)90.63519.4148
non-gamer (not gamer)90.51718.2114
serious (not playful)90.46014.01118
deliberate (not spontaneous)90.44216.0933
loyal (not traitorous)90.423315.41080
down2earth (not head@clouds)90.3817.5918
concise (not long-winded)90.1520.036
pro (not noob)89.916316.7280
luddite (not technophile)89.9118.8874
competent (not incompetent)89.819216.3903
historical (not modern)89.7912.9709
opinionated (not neutral)89.717118.7154
frugal (not lavish)89.5516.5905
permanent (not transient)89.4516.0382
rural (not urban)89.41417.8362
concrete (not abstract)89.3917.5266
resolute (not wavering)89.23318.5246
coordinated (not clumsy)89.114213.9890
intense (not lighthearted)89.112414.2112
still (not twitchy)88.9916.2127
penny-pincher (not overspender)88.7416.4390
rational (not whimsical)88.62519.1937
🐴 (not 🦄)88.61822.9247
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)88.616220.9115
queen (not princess)88.69520.342
thick-skinned (not sensitive)88.3516.91094
remote (not involved)88.2215.9955
logical (not emotional)88.02918.61145
literal (not metaphorical)88.01419.8927
jaded (not innocent)87.81109.936
important (not irrelevant)87.625716.8360
unemotional (not emotional)87.6914.954
provincial (not cosmopolitan)87.6716.1889
monochrome (not multicolored)87.52217.8590
🤐 (not 😜)87.32320.6229
builder (not explorer)87.2317.91173
realist (not idealist)87.12023.0676
dog person (not cat person)87.13326.049
introvert (not extrovert)87.03416.7952
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)87.03615.1279
legit (not scrub)86.98218.7350
emancipated (not enslaved)86.83519.4868
tight (not loose)86.87218.0109
alert (not oblivious)86.712619.5253
stoic (not hypochondriac)86.71922.031
treasure (not trash)86.422119.1296
reliable (not experimental)86.35420.4106
indie (not pop)86.35116.141
modest (not flamboyant)86.23621.01141
wise (not foolish)86.28617.11106
high standards (not desperate)86.28119.1138
assertive (not passive)86.119620.7944
rhythmic (not stuttering)86.08420.597
conspiracist (not sheeple)85.97420.0765
prideful (not envious)85.92717.8167
factual (not poetic)85.73721.1126
on-time (not tardy)85.723723.1136
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.615320.0956
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)85.65920.9948
knowledgeable (not ignorant)85.325718.795
suspicious (not trusting)85.215422.61111
calm (not anxious)85.13719.6909
arcane (not mainstream)84.94521.3913
bold (not shy)84.756319.71119
hard (not soft)84.713618.6941
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)84.44027.6225
contrarian (not yes-man)84.46024.243
hard (not soft)84.414819.7600
classical (not avant-garde)84.12822.9602
rock (not rap)84.014517.536
paranoid (not naive)84.04117.044
neat (not messy)83.921418.9707
high IQ (not low IQ)83.850513.91010
linear (not circular)83.3722.6109
bossy (not meek)83.138917.8908
🐐 (not 🦒)82.91623.2333
suspicious (not awkward)82.814820.6868
close-minded (not open-minded)82.78718.71197
mature (not juvenile)82.621021.0621
competitive (not cooperative)82.536719.71080
pessimistic (not optimistic)82.48018.3914
straightforward (not cryptic)82.39528.0968
uncreative (not open to new experinces)82.23320.5957
thrifty (not extravagant)82.23423.2112
methodical (not astonishing)82.09023.1927
believable (not poorly-written)82.023415.899
🐘 (not 🐀)81.93925.0371
western (not eastern)81.84425.3341
factual (not exaggerating)81.312927.0121
genius (not dunce)81.331315.81152
rustic (not cultured)81.34326.242
street-smart (not sheltered)81.232323.3984
persistent (not quitter)81.199026.3243
minimalist (not pack rat)81.13625.3237
devoted (not unfaithful)81.167521.240
hoarder (not unprepared)81.14718.0939
cocky (not timid)81.145220.643
healthy (not sickly)80.730522.3949
real (not philosophical)80.79525.6760
🤠 (not 🤑)80.415726.0233
apathetic (not curious)80.3622.31099
thick (not thin)80.311414.9745
doer (not thinker)80.219527.4155
strict (not lenient)80.223723.61065
serious (not bold)80.15825.4970
studious (not goof-off)80.147725.0247
enlightened (not lost)80.17519.9102
rugged (not refined)80.016225.41110
repetitive (not varied)79.84824.1388
formal (not intimate)79.814525.7366
gloomy (not sunny)79.622318.0108
freelance (not corporate)79.433731.5109
orderly (not chaotic)79.424825.81087
narcissistic (not low self esteem)79.330217.3119
cautious (not impulsive)79.216523.11024
winter (not summer)79.218222.231
picky (not always down)79.115721.945
honorable (not cunning)78.922725.51181
leisurely (not hurried)78.87922.11129
good-cook (not bad-cook)78.88624.1144
sexual (not asexual)78.844026.3132
subdued (not exuberant)78.63127.5112
rich (not poor)78.543719.9853
resistant (not resigned)78.523227.8952
cool (not dorky)78.026625.3272
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)78.011625.1227
mad (not glad)77.925319.8239
quiet (not loud)77.820223.1959
perceptive (not unobservant)77.876528.8107
efficient (not overprepared)77.711129.9100
interesting (not tiresome)77.542123.91000
patriotic (not unpatriotic)77.530232.0260
dry (not moist)77.49123.9125
worldly (not innocent)77.349322.11095
slow-talking (not fast-talking)77.26322.1103
ferocious (not pacifist)77.143223.71095
Russian (not French)77.17224.195
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)77.015628.3804
judgemental (not accepting)76.931625.5750
quarrelsome (not warm)76.835822.0916
fire (not water)76.842227.9125
traditional (not unorthodox)76.716031.5613
egalitarian (not racist)76.690825.6236
privileged (not oppressed)76.550323.494
conventional (not creative)76.316428.81099
common sense (not analysis)76.22229.949
inspiring (not cringeworthy)76.029422.3624
rough (not smooth)75.920025.9931
atheist (not theist)75.929029.3552
crafty (not scholarly)75.734126.91130
insulting (not complimentary)75.726922.3619
diligent (not lazy)75.4115328.31086
OCD (not ADHD)75.435019.4103
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)75.412926.4115
empirical (not theoretical)75.34928.9848
fortunate (not unlucky)75.112119.01060
💀 (not 🎃)75.026927.5109
cold (not warm)74.729321.9947
heroic (not villainous)74.778622.41047
bored (not interested)74.53126.9124
compersive (not jealous)74.418124.3765
precise (not vague)74.444830.7758
old (not young)74.229213.8915
rebellious (not obedient)73.961929.6914
focused on the present (not focused on the future)73.912326.4877
clean (not perverted)73.961927.3121
edgy (not politically correct)73.838425.1915
outsider (not insider)73.821029.7720
🤖 (not 👻)73.615226.9239
sensible (not ludicrous)73.441429.1901
prestigious (not disreputable)73.443825.6960
Roman (not Greek)73.37429.388
sage (not whippersnapper)73.313233.0112
hard-work (not natural-talent)72.936431.9150
deep (not shallow)72.845926.9300
🏀 (not 🎨)72.833230.3113
proper (not scandalous)72.636926.3953
Coke (not Pepsi)72.35832.8118
equitable (not hypocritical)71.931328.7638
anarchist (not statist)71.929631.7352
conservative (not liberal)71.819831.3239
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)71.723927.7930
orange (not purple)71.517727.4787
bitter (not sweet)70.840623.1908
brave (not careful)70.760229.41026
beautiful (not ugly)70.7110524.0629
demanding (not unchallenging)70.496829.3151
extreme (not moderate)70.071431.6958
🥴 (not 🥳)69.831727.1260
attractive (not repulsive)69.6100322.91110
fresh (not stinky)69.682727.7361
scientific (not artistic)69.553428.51045
simple (not complicated)69.412632.2942
money-focused (not love-focused)69.130528.644
basic (not hipster)69.049132.4840
tactful (not indiscreet)69.053730.8225
🌟 (not 💩)68.9103030.7239
objective (not subjective)68.714033.4557
jock (not nerd)68.641525.1858
geriatric (not vibrant)68.612422.6113
vengeful (not forgiving)68.553224.51056
impatient (not patient)68.569929.9409
feisty (not gracious)68.178725.21035
sleepy (not frenzied)68.03124.688
pensive (not serene)68.072828.7119
prudish (not flirtatious)68.031727.145
tense (not relaxed)67.8105129.41081
nihilist (not existentialist)67.89431.3495
stable (not moody)67.719331.51136
morning lark (not night owl)67.727630.8582
tasteful (not lewd)67.669727.01071
child free (not pronatalist)67.364629.7852
sorrowful (not cheery)67.165820.71029
reasonable (not deranged)67.065927.8224
miserable (not joyful)66.865324.1270
👽 (not 🤡)66.442525.7218
loveable (not punchable)66.175328.595
goth (not flower child)66.034024.934
biased (not impartial)65.978933.4859
🙃 (not 🥰)65.742433.3335
😈 (not 😇)65.754025.3220
🥶 (not 🥵)65.729333.2100
angry (not good-humored)65.644224.5894
stingy (not generous)65.638831.2136
tall (not short)65.570020.0940
family-first (not work-first)65.162432.61127
chortling (not giggling)65.073637.683
predictable (not quirky)64.936634.451
sporty (not bookish)64.846328.3881
businesslike (not chivalrous)64.752932.4112
authoritarian (not democratic)64.648734.9928
psychopath (not empath)64.542623.7131
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)64.238732.8119
aloof (not obsessed)64.08532.0839
trolling (not triggered)63.922732.799
spelunker (not claustrophobic)63.765733.094
industrial (not domestic)63.548635.9551
📈 (not 📉)63.482133.1220
neurotypical (not autistic)63.2111529.5817
disarming (not creepy)63.1107326.1401
self-improving (not self-destructive)63.048729.2108
🐮 (not 🐷)62.952433.5356
demure (not vain)62.851129.0822
slow (not fast)62.720827.9841
genocidal (not not genocidal)62.531331.245
🧕 (not 💃)62.427331.3305
scruffy (not manicured)62.350932.91182
deviant (not average)62.285529.0701
haunted (not blissful)62.2101228.0133
charismatic (not uninspiring)61.7131829.6999
weird (not normal)61.683727.21081
works hard (not plays hard)61.6104533.0903
chic (not cheesy)61.655728.649
animalistic (not human)61.528528.5903
mysterious (not unambiguous)61.360037.01162
punk rock (not preppy)61.357328.093
mathematical (not literary)61.242031.1872
🧢 (not 🎩)61.267136.7261
😏 (not 😬)60.976431.1219
physical (not intellectual)60.847828.51090
🧗 (not 🛌)60.599835.4381
charming (not awkward)60.497328.11083
reasoned (not instinctual)60.448034.9920
fighter (not lover)60.370631.7141
flourishing (not traumatized)60.231229.896
musical (not off-key)60.249838.3116
🐒 (not 🐩)60.158032.7204
🐿 (not 🦇)60.085336.3215
fearmongering (not reassuring)60.053632.947
💪 (not 🧠)59.941029.5244
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)59.998331.932
sane (not crazy)59.767929.4246
kinky (not vanilla)59.571933.7926
driven (not unambitious)59.3166930.8932
unfixable (not fixable)59.345133.498
epic (not deep)59.359031.5102
active (not slothful)59.2152229.6961
underachiever (not overachiever)58.923831.0112
kind (not cruel)58.7130223.5921
melee (not ranged)58.738035.175
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)58.664433.9324
comedic (not dramatic)58.641530.3117
machiavellian (not transparent)58.171139.230
shy (not playful)57.834323.7892
selfish (not altruistic)57.468627.7904
specialist (not generalist)57.397634.9587
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)57.375832.5258
unassuming (not pretentious)57.257331.8226
radical (not centrist)56.983437.639
eloquent (not unpolished)56.6107831.6985
backdoor (not official)56.688034.71075
Swedish (not Italian)56.568929.276
proactive (not reactive)56.352335.237
English (not German)56.1164937.595
main character (not side character)56.084836.415
demonic (not angelic)55.968822.8851
pure (not debased)55.893331.4848
feminist (not sexist)55.8125830.8299
exhibitionist (not bashful)55.8109632.4104
wholesome (not salacious)55.7101432.2247
barbaric (not civilized)55.551127.8939
lustful (not chaste)55.496530.11028
protagonist (not antagonist)55.4138830.349
arrogant (not humble)55.398230.31025
introspective (not not introspective)55.2123534.0313
💝 (not 💔)55.192133.2341
soulful (not soulless)54.9144430.6632
🤺 (not 🏌)54.9139635.6228
muddy (not washed)54.958134.835
nonpolitical (not political)54.865639.9936
depressed (not bright)54.681326.3852
extraordinary (not mundane)54.3132233.3944
chill (not offended)54.366533.1106
🤣 (not 😊)54.263331.4227
profound (not ironic)54.180533.7133
grateful (not entitled)54.089528.9134
monastic (not hedonist)53.964431.1175
lowbrow (not highbrow)53.853830.1802
regular (not zany)53.873233.1227
humorless (not funny)53.769032.5914
tautology (not oxymoron)53.743533.126
happy (not sad)53.663221.6879
charming (not trusting)53.197929.6816
folksy (not presidential)53.083935.4102
nurturing (not poisonous)52.9117926.5377
attentive (not interrupting)52.999236.1105
sober (not indulgent)52.885633.9929
valedictorian (not drop out)52.6125929.5210
🧐 (not 😎)52.684436.0287
slovenly (not stylish)52.564329.3932
unmotivated (not motivated)52.415733.554
🤔 (not 🤫)52.3117538.1213
mischievous (not well behaved)52.2111231.7928
freak (not normie)52.1106631.6132
wild (not tame)51.9117332.11027
workaholic (not slacker)51.5151231.0607
everyman (not chosen one)51.583335.633
respectful (not rude)51.4121128.51120
bad boy (not white knight)51.478929.541
heathen (not devout)51.385732.0852
😭 (not 😀)51.397124.6249
genuine (not sarcastic)51.2103336.9935
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.282937.1740
dispassionate (not romantic)51.154732.491
sheriff (not outlaw)50.1100035.4902
go-getter (not slugabed)50.9175331.8222
mild (not spicy)50.870933.0843
receiving (not giving)50.476030.643

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Mike Ehrmantraut (0.861)
  2. Mike Ehrmantraut (0.837)
  3. Henry Spencer (0.837)
  4. Leroy Jethro Gibbs (0.829)
  5. John Dutton (0.821)
  6. Red Forman (0.795)
  7. Roy Kent (0.783)
  8. Bill Tench (0.778)
  9. Jet Black (0.77)
  10. Rip Wheeler (0.769)
  1. Tobias Funke (-0.633)
  2. Craig Pelton (-0.601)
  3. Karen Smith (-0.57)
  4. Denny (-0.564)
  5. John Michael Dorian (-0.544)
  6. Midge Pinciotti (-0.525)
  7. Fez (-0.523)
  8. Andy Bernard (-0.521)
  9. Gretchen Wieners (-0.519)
  10. Lorna Morello (-0.516)

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

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


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