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Hester Prynne Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Hester Prynne is a character from The Scarlet Letter.

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
unlucky (not fortunate)90.558.615
outlaw (not sheriff)89.2729.917
important (not irrelevant)88.621212.014
non-gamer (not gamer)88.34516.716
outsider (not insider)88.01116.718
human (not animalistic)86.411516.919
radical (not centrist)86.41913.211
main character (not side character)86.326721.1269
🎨 (not 🏀)86.018513.69
freelance (not corporate)85.915015.917
protagonist (not antagonist)85.617324.913
low-tech (not high-tech)84.94616.316
attractive (not repulsive)84.934512.510
sorrowful (not cheery)84.87312.114
literary (not mathematical)84.73920.911
independent (not codependent)83.821812.419
haunted (not blissful)83.617920.423
introspective (not not introspective)83.26117.313
wooden (not plastic)82.86916.916
scandalous (not proper)82.619223.819
studious (not goof-off)82.536418.010
giving (not receiving)81.519018.121
oppressed (not privileged)81.36116.815
perceptive (not unobservant)81.259222.112
feminist (not sexist)81.144212.622
poor (not rich)81.110717.015
reserved (not chatty)81.018613.519
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)80.88016.314
alert (not oblivious)80.335414.710
intense (not lighthearted)80.140924.814
bookish (not sporty)79.946810.710
attentive (not interrupting)79.910614.911
bold (not shy)79.383514.018
sturdy (not flimsy)79.235720.09
gloomy (not sunny)79.123918.817
gendered (not androgynous)79.066824.713
disreputable (not prestigious)78.98218.614
reclusive (not social)78.915716.817
indie (not pop)78.920915.712
pointed (not random)78.748214.915
tense (not relaxed)78.552712.113
open to new experinces (not uncreative)78.546518.814
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)78.511818.115
realistic (not fantastical)78.521422.315
workaholic (not slacker)78.475720.510
Coke (not Pepsi)78.41628.97
persistent (not quitter)78.2116314.513
sad (not happy)78.122016.522
serious (not playful)78.142420.216
historical (not modern)77.916220.016
feminine (not masculine)77.836325.014
theist (not atheist)77.68323.710
heroic (not villainous)77.567720.317
mysterious (not unambiguous)77.421318.617
🧠 (not 💪)77.255814.817
romantic (not dispassionate)77.142018.115
chic (not cheesy)77.014221.215
traumatized (not flourishing)76.834023.613
go-getter (not slugabed)76.474416.69
😊 (not 🤣)76.327811.318
dramatic (not comedic)76.246513.915
charismatic (not uninspiring)76.165519.215
unorthodox (not traditional)76.137922.822
opinionated (not jealous)76.044419.513
domestic (not industrial)75.510014.711
English (not German)75.461628.014
sexual (not asexual)75.456920.813
🌟 (not 💩)75.277220.510
democratic (not authoritarian)75.219124.312
not genocidal (not genocidal)75.166928.514
nurturing (not poisonous)74.949620.912
young (not old)74.862822.422
🤺 (not 🏌)74.858110.112
beautiful (not ugly)74.795430.216
works hard (not plays hard)74.657731.610
complicated (not simple)74.654025.724
cooperative (not competitive)74.519718.314
family-first (not work-first)74.338922.710
altruistic (not selfish)74.339322.012
contrarian (not yes-man)74.132221.115
enslaved (not emancipated)74.05323.313
💔 (not 💝)74.021827.223
earth (not air)73.728329.822
motivated (not unmotivated)73.7125117.59
gatherer (not hunter)73.628713.69
pronatalist (not child free)73.212727.113
depressed (not bright)73.120428.716
active (not slothful)73.197413.712
miserable (not joyful)73.140123.419
brave (not careful)72.951722.910
open-minded (not close-minded)72.938224.119
patient (not impatient)72.718615.812
oxymoron (not tautology)72.54914.110
humble (not arrogant)72.231321.419
grateful (not entitled)72.032920.621
on-time (not tardy)72.072125.410
purple (not orange)71.921324.48
confidential (not gossiping)71.973730.412
high IQ (not low IQ)71.9107412.617
🐐 (not 🦒)71.623319.413
soulful (not soulless)71.492116.215
deep (not shallow)71.351625.111
subdued (not exuberant)71.214120.017
low self esteem (not narcissistic)71.218720.117
minimalist (not pack rat)71.223526.011
nerd (not jock)71.162919.421
neurotypical (not autistic)70.869216.010
rebellious (not obedient)70.871524.919
tailor (not blacksmith)70.749932.311
anxious (not calm)70.550723.810
diligent (not lazy)70.4133425.99
mighty (not puny)70.475317.314
hard-work (not natural-talent)70.247523.313
luddite (not technophile)70.120418.913
loveable (not punchable)70.158427.416
stoic (not hypochondriac)70.038819.811
triggered (not trolling)69.943525.48
quiet (not loud)69.641428.619
bold (not serious)69.649031.411
intimate (not formal)69.635221.09
fresh (not stinky)69.682721.915
🤫 (not 🤔)69.58429.613
secretive (not open-book)69.568531.721
humorless (not funny)69.424620.110
metrosexual (not macho)69.448021.511
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)69.434625.914
western (not eastern)69.340525.015
down2earth (not head@clouds)69.247621.910
badass (not weakass)69.2100130.69
monastic (not hedonist)69.112528.58
rural (not urban)69.020723.99
artistic (not scientific)68.845821.615
arcane (not mainstream)68.843131.012
genuine (not sarcastic)68.850524.122
opinionated (not neutral)68.8122321.616
love-focused (not money-focused)68.888922.319
jaded (not innocent)68.777827.514
French (not Russian)68.640924.615
factual (not exaggerating)68.645122.413
bad boy (not white knight)68.641424.69
sensible (not ludicrous)68.658921.712
emotional (not unemotional)68.687131.910
guarded (not open)68.595814.815
coordinated (not clumsy)68.587824.114
vintage (not trendy)68.581825.710
knowledgeable (not ignorant)68.292722.410
prideful (not envious)68.282617.39
lustful (not chaste)68.153627.614
egalitarian (not racist)68.1129122.89
crafty (not scholarly)68.063927.716
frugal (not lavish)67.946529.715
inspiring (not cringeworthy)67.859933.810
astonishing (not methodical)67.526024.611
individualist (not communal)67.459927.214
frank (not sugarcoated)67.497424.414
reasonable (not deranged)67.364828.315
🐩 (not 🐒)67.351927.910
straight (not queer)66.9103233.316
driven (not unambitious)66.7144529.914
loyal (not traitorous)66.5126329.414
interesting (not tiresome)66.590427.821
treasure (not trash)66.5122629.318
fire (not water)66.474935.29
🤐 (not 😜)66.152531.610
😭 (not 😀)66.037328.89
freak (not normie)65.958822.618
accepting (not judgemental)65.850225.019
aloof (not obsessed)65.67121.013
equitable (not hypocritical)65.655723.616
compersive (not jealous)65.544827.611
tactful (not indiscreet)65.468722.016
thrifty (not extravagant)65.349229.712
🤠 (not 🤑)65.276816.414
precise (not vague)65.085525.113
sane (not crazy)64.951522.122
generous (not stingy)64.980619.915
folksy (not presidential)64.947424.213
muddy (not washed)64.833427.213
rational (not whimsical)64.771224.315
believable (not poorly-written)64.7142421.512
mischievous (not well behaved)64.682025.016
edgy (not politically correct)64.669031.417
cat person (not dog person)64.552527.413
unassuming (not pretentious)64.433030.514
slow-talking (not fast-talking)64.426019.014
decisive (not hesitant)64.399026.014
frenzied (not sleepy)64.3118418.96
reactive (not proactive)64.342031.716
kind (not cruel)64.1112824.114
suspicious (not trusting)63.972223.817
mad (not glad)63.969526.411
genius (not dunce)63.898314.313
😏 (not 😬)63.865133.69
respectful (not rude)63.783623.121
existentialist (not nihilist)63.663632.410
loose (not tight)63.634925.817
rock (not rap)63.4139126.812
ranged (not melee)63.341422.19
pensive (not serene)63.3104628.216
wild (not tame)63.188621.016
apprentice (not master)63.139524.113
winter (not summer)63.158027.59
modest (not flamboyant)63.072428.715
lowbrow (not highbrow)63.025127.918
extraordinary (not mundane)63.0103421.924
conspiracist (not sheeple)63.085629.212
dramatic (not no-nonsense)63.067233.912
provincial (not cosmopolitan)62.940625.611
competent (not incompetent)62.9133029.414
monochrome (not multicolored)62.956833.217
distant (not touchy-feely)62.871227.513
forgiving (not vengeful)62.768630.618
📈 (not 📉)62.786232.210
rough (not smooth)62.557323.915
neat (not messy)62.593032.413
cool (not dorky)62.476521.615
consistent (not variable)62.475831.914
self-disciplined (not disorganized)62.3115531.721
disarming (not creepy)62.3110529.58
complimentary (not insulting)62.274720.320
intellectual (not physical)62.199428.716
demure (not vain)62.154523.415
🥵 (not 🥶)62.164923.510
emotional (not logical)62.074123.918
thick-skinned (not sensitive)62.067630.814
👽 (not 🤡)62.062020.219
poetic (not factual)62.045522.413
civilized (not barbaric)61.7106831.311
deviant (not average)61.488729.319
deliberate (not spontaneous)61.394939.210
shy (not playful)61.227729.211
honorable (not cunning)61.186622.213
dominant (not submissive)61.1106627.411
rhythmic (not stuttering)61.0118223.49
pacifist (not ferocious)60.947719.016
resolute (not wavering)60.9109929.415
efficient (not overprepared)60.9103428.614
realistic (not ambitious)60.940831.918
chortling (not giggling)60.790828.411
libertarian (not socialist)60.650430.611
private (not gregarious)60.696430.515
🥴 (not 🥳)60.571727.513
🐮 (not 🐷)60.569630.710
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)60.598636.217
punk rock (not preppy)60.559735.68
eloquent (not unpolished)60.497521.713
profound (not ironic)60.452825.310
warm (not cold)60.282830.512
feisty (not gracious)60.2110528.518
vegan (not cannibal)60.276020.812
interested (not bored)60.2122127.817
flirtatious (not prudish)60.280326.114
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)60.178028.913
flower child (not goth)60.197828.817
healthy (not sickly)59.9121517.19
varied (not repetitive)59.933221.412
lenient (not strict)59.863623.517
experimental (not reliable)59.862930.411
creative (not conventional)59.779329.814
trusting (not charming)59.753823.518
backdoor (not official)59.778327.612
debased (not pure)59.567129.711
introvert (not extrovert)59.555924.311
permanent (not transient)59.573425.317
paranoid (not naive)59.588423.515
legit (not scrub)59.3130828.515
sage (not whippersnapper)59.356825.912
good-cook (not bad-cook)59.360132.313
lover (not fighter)59.371226.79
resourceful (not helpless)59.2148328.813
wise (not foolish)59.188825.910
angry (not good-humored)59.162724.215
generalist (not specialist)59.128731.812
innocent (not worldly)59.038227.116
soft (not hard)59.067229.19
🥾 (not 👟)58.968335.414
regular (not zany)58.852819.710
bitter (not sweet)58.774429.910
fixable (not unfixable)58.695533.410
reasoned (not instinctual)58.555524.815
street-smart (not sheltered)58.5105436.111
musical (not off-key)58.555122.113
mature (not juvenile)58.393024.89
🥰 (not 🙃)58.378427.916
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)58.381828.018
chivalrous (not businesslike)58.372019.113
spontaneous (not scheduled)57.970732.211
hipster (not basic)57.950026.813
underachiever (not overachiever)57.925627.414
moderate (not extreme)57.749826.718
vulnerable (not armoured)57.650034.411
scruffy (not manicured)57.660417.416
theoretical (not empirical)57.531527.611
self-destructive (not self-improving)57.581026.722
stoic (not expressive)57.461627.110
heathen (not devout)57.462425.523
awkward (not charming)57.354130.714
suspicious (not awkward)57.3108825.49
pro (not noob)57.3133923.49
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)57.3106734.819
spelunker (not claustrophobic)57.299732.613
chosen one (not everyman)57.288326.817
weird (not normal)57.1100225.713
hurried (not leisurely)57.192120.99
alpha (not beta)57.0110435.714
unprepared (not hoarder)57.047626.110
resistant (not resigned)56.9143123.214
😈 (not 😇)56.977220.812
🎩 (not 🧢)56.888932.213
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)56.7101929.815
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)56.780928.715
realist (not idealist)56.682831.122
rugged (not refined)56.572627.813
💀 (not 🎃)56.585528.110
clean (not perverted)56.5119127.721
captain (not first-mate)56.486530.021
one-faced (not two-faced)56.4117424.214
concise (not long-winded)56.378120.19
unpatriotic (not patriotic)56.233528.111
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)56.287628.810
timid (not cocky)56.236825.712
self-conscious (not self-assured)56.042330.313
🛌 (not 🧗)56.051734.810
chill (not offended)55.960727.010
quirky (not predictable)55.983021.615
impulsive (not cautious)55.887231.012
salacious (not wholesome)55.869821.012
🧕 (not 💃)55.847935.116
Swedish (not Italian)55.772833.59
moist (not dry)55.774824.515
hard (not soft)55.696522.115
explorer (not builder)55.689234.412
princess (not queen)55.659132.612
🐴 (not 🦄)55.398734.115
vanilla (not kinky)55.284231.816
subjective (not objective)55.275023.89
abstract (not concrete)55.265033.49
empath (not psychopath)55.2115529.211
rigid (not flexible)55.194121.615
angelic (not demonic)55.0104524.519
high standards (not desperate)55.0111130.19
penny-pincher (not overspender)54.997726.811
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)54.6131933.29
Greek (not Roman)54.659834.010
still (not twitchy)54.662229.88
stable (not moody)54.549726.18
liberal (not conservative)54.5116921.915
🐘 (not 🐀)54.582329.615
tasteful (not lewd)54.4124822.016
thin (not thick)54.4110427.919
🐿 (not 🦇)54.4102930.812
warm (not quarrelsome)54.280535.09
deep (not epic)54.179931.99
often crying (not never cries)54.073825.812
apathetic (not curious)53.834431.419
gullible (not cynical)53.859325.417
fast (not slow)53.7138620.314
unfaithful (not devoted)53.726625.79
always down (not picky)53.761825.313
chaotic (not orderly)53.686329.615
anarchist (not statist)53.682128.910
circular (not linear)53.678528.716
doer (not thinker)53.6126435.319
enlightened (not lost)53.379625.913
roundabout (not direct)53.243926.99
political (not nonpolitical)53.1108029.017
geriatric (not vibrant)53.146325.516
classical (not avant-garde)52.9107029.312
utilitarian (not decorative)52.9123025.816
passive (not assertive)52.747028.620
analysis (not common sense)52.7108828.514
impartial (not biased)52.532232.714
🧐 (not 😎)52.585027.68
tall (not short)52.4110627.718
metaphorical (not literal)52.455132.710
meek (not bossy)52.355523.017
demanding (not unchallenging)52.2154331.216
monotone (not expressive)52.268028.716
confident (not insecure)52.1135328.410
stubborn (not accommodating)52.1148926.510
👻 (not 🤖)52.0101834.19
reassuring (not fearmongering)51.8117227.018
machiavellian (not transparent)51.892331.49
spicy (not mild)51.6124229.616
spiritual (not skeptical)51.549928.015
valedictorian (not drop out)51.5128426.013
cultured (not rustic)51.5124627.717
morning lark (not night owl)51.474532.513
exhibitionist (not bashful)51.4128224.414
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)51.3103829.113
practical (not imaginative)51.1126023.816
focused on the present (not focused on the future)51.0106231.715
OCD (not ADHD)51.0124921.310
cryptic (not straightforward)50.150932.111
pessimistic (not optimistic)50.1100326.415
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')50.1112028.09
sober (not indulgent)50.293430.114
stylish (not slovenly)50.2130529.013
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)50.797623.013
involved (not remote)50.6158535.612
real (not philosophical)50.5140932.010

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Fantine (0.728)
  2. Marianne (0.68)
  3. Jean Valjean (0.663)
  4. Jane Eyre (0.643)
  5. Remus Lupin (0.623)
  6. Carol Peletier (0.621)
  7. Elisa Esposito (0.615)
  8. June Osborne (0.615)
  9. Juliana Crain (0.612)
  10. Fern (0.603)
  1. Joey Donner (-0.416)
  2. James Taggart (-0.4)
  3. Zapp Brannigan (-0.397)
  4. Sheriff of Nottingham (-0.356)
  5. Asher Millstone (-0.348)
  6. Captain Hammer (-0.346)
  7. Prince John (-0.337)
  8. Topper (-0.324)
  9. Joffrey Baratheon (-0.279)
  10. Arturo Roman (-0.278)

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

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


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