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Sherlock Holmes Descriptive Personality Statistics

Sherlock Holmes is a character from Sherlock.

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
high IQ (not low IQ)97.847.71152
stubborn (not accommodating)95.0189.8111
perceptive (not unobservant)94.72014.871
skeptical (not spiritual)94.6210.71029
genius (not dunce)94.51012.61080
analysis (not common sense)94.1110.777
extraordinary (not mundane)93.61311.41052
🧠 (not 💪)93.52913.7242
master (not apprentice)93.43010.6486
persistent (not quitter)93.012212.9190
arrogant (not humble)92.95511.4947
intellectual (not physical)92.72812.1990
pro (not noob)92.56912.3203
workaholic (not slacker)92.18215.0316
bossy (not meek)92.06912.9974
fast (not slow)92.01211.3989
rebellious (not obedient)92.07312.41016
competitive (not cooperative)91.78713.0954
narcissistic (not low self esteem)91.73514.081
complicated (not simple)91.41616.41034
important (not irrelevant)91.09714.7309
extreme (not moderate)90.56114.11008
freelance (not corporate)90.54718.580
atheist (not theist)90.4417.9306
weird (not normal)90.04313.01028
decisive (not hesitant)90.04514.3970
resourceful (not helpless)89.914216.8287
logical (not emotional)89.81417.51006
assertive (not passive)89.87715.61055
captain (not first-mate)89.78918.3812
individualist (not communal)89.73316.1294
reclusive (not social)89.62014.8320
fast-talking (not slow-talking)89.53218.682
unorthodox (not traditional)89.25715.9305
overachiever (not underachiever)89.011116.882
tall (not short)88.84811.5977
contrarian (not yes-man)88.82415.260
bookish (not sporty)88.714815.91031
work-first (not family-first)88.67318.8850
distant (not touchy-feely)88.53115.361
demanding (not unchallenging)88.414322.095
nerd (not jock)88.115517.21089
chosen one (not everyman)88.11314.385
competent (not incompetent)87.922719.31035
quarrelsome (not warm)87.810414.2987
deviant (not average)87.74215.7680
prideful (not envious)87.71417.1115
🎨 (not 🏀)87.711012.690
cocky (not timid)87.420319.377
knowledgeable (not ignorant)87.316920.874
driven (not unambitious)87.230720.11098
secretive (not open-book)87.112215.471
frenzied (not sleepy)86.94017.476
guarded (not open)86.615717.61001
English (not German)86.55725.874
cynical (not gullible)86.59017.964
dominant (not submissive)86.424719.2953
bold (not shy)86.341819.0963
child free (not pronatalist)86.32822.9886
factual (not poetic)86.33122.058
arcane (not mainstream)86.22618.81014
impatient (not patient)85.914220.9395
alpha (not beta)85.722720.7969
suspicious (not trusting)85.612920.5959
mischievous (not well behaved)85.522018.2997
cold (not warm)85.211116.4957
wild (not tame)85.117917.3695
zany (not regular)85.17720.0158
quirky (not predictable)85.14819.369
entitled (not grateful)84.815818.186
freak (not normie)84.69518.7122
frank (not sugarcoated)84.616924.875
self-assured (not self-conscious)84.67824.7993
pretentious (not unassuming)84.411719.6185
rude (not respectful)84.49216.11041
intense (not lighthearted)84.422820.575
night owl (not morning lark)84.313018.6665
precise (not vague)84.310224.2677
🎩 (not 🧢)84.314722.3171
never cries (not often crying)84.213020.966
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)84.17323.4182
high standards (not desperate)84.112224.8138
moody (not stable)84.019221.31023
scientific (not artistic)83.813220.5978
🤺 (not 🏌)83.518721.2181
badass (not weakass)83.540319.485
creative (not conventional)83.412124.3947
alert (not oblivious)83.220424.3162
winter (not summer)83.28420.458
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.121922.5957
👽 (not 🤡)83.02817.2172
picky (not always down)82.57920.183
edgy (not politically correct)82.413120.9971
confident (not insecure)82.325324.41037
direct (not roundabout)82.320928.1966
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.313021.3657
🌟 (not 💩)82.230823.0202
flamboyant (not modest)82.015623.4956
gloomy (not sunny)82.013113.882
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)81.930921.379
judgemental (not accepting)81.918923.4700
psychopath (not empath)81.715518.792
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)81.329019.7187
interesting (not tiresome)81.321924.3972
egalitarian (not racist)81.255416.2160
treasure (not trash)81.242623.7232
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)81.215116.3167
haunted (not blissful)81.220919.485
opinionated (not neutral)81.150928.399
feisty (not gracious)81.025920.11086
pointed (not random)81.032723.163
mysterious (not unambiguous)80.911824.2832
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)80.92522.565
protagonist (not antagonist)80.830320.165
rhythmic (not stuttering)80.721122.460
backdoor (not official)80.613925.1812
explorer (not builder)80.510622.7730
insulting (not complimentary)80.516022.3296
highbrow (not lowbrow)80.411122.6889
resistant (not resigned)80.412423.3955
asexual (not sexual)80.25725.283
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)80.214824.1170
coordinated (not clumsy)80.041123.0948
self-destructive (not self-improving)80.016327.363
private (not gregarious)79.918523.8962
beautiful (not ugly)79.964520.4315
go-getter (not slugabed)79.844923.6143
opinionated (not jealous)79.721126.974
resolute (not wavering)79.720123.8178
vain (not demure)79.518123.7986
realist (not idealist)79.510027.5309
legit (not scrub)79.331122.4242
natural-talent (not hard-work)79.22722.8117
sarcastic (not genuine)79.118826.11045
active (not slothful)78.656922.6940
urban (not rural)78.525725.3262
studious (not goof-off)78.445926.7192
indie (not pop)78.418021.687
traumatized (not flourishing)78.322624.388
paranoid (not naive)78.112122.978
tense (not relaxed)77.946923.5963
cultured (not rustic)77.918127.254
rational (not whimsical)77.725229.21011
objective (not subjective)77.51928.9281
introvert (not extrovert)77.313626.01004
armoured (not vulnerable)77.329224.81020
experimental (not reliable)77.118028.764
heathen (not devout)77.110325.2907
mathematical (not literary)77.08723.9989
metrosexual (not macho)77.015321.463
diligent (not lazy)76.794026.2950
spicy (not mild)76.738124.3967
dispassionate (not romantic)76.76826.194
hard (not soft)76.529823.3302
extravagant (not thrifty)76.427227.574
impulsive (not cautious)76.130826.7968
bitter (not sweet)76.125320.3988
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)76.020025.4846
privileged (not oppressed)76.046224.277
🤖 (not 👻)75.99427.5181
authoritarian (not democratic)75.823626.2912
🤔 (not 🤫)75.76130.7162
hoarder (not unprepared)75.613122.2676
open to new experinces (not uncreative)75.550227.2992
efficient (not overprepared)75.515728.873
pensive (not serene)75.521325.776
obsessed (not aloof)75.426829.81019
hard (not soft)75.433723.2959
machiavellian (not transparent)75.222029.971
charismatic (not uninspiring)75.159325.71057
loyal (not traitorous)74.883224.2963
curious (not apathetic)74.836030.21010
pessimistic (not optimistic)74.818923.11022
queen (not princess)74.742433.169
emancipated (not enslaved)74.631226.0935
selfish (not altruistic)74.429624.11042
thinker (not doer)74.48726.8122
fighter (not lover)74.223322.185
wooden (not plastic)74.232425.688
mighty (not puny)74.252221.6901
crazy (not sane)74.129524.2167
💀 (not 🎃)73.925827.074
ferocious (not pacifist)73.847222.1920
sad (not happy)73.828617.4971
📈 (not 📉)73.818731.2155
factual (not exaggerating)73.825532.985
dramatic (not comedic)73.848728.0124
nonpolitical (not political)73.69828.2970
worldly (not innocent)73.456826.2995
cunning (not honorable)73.427427.3995
autistic (not neurotypical)73.42429.3969
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)73.424526.972
outsider (not insider)73.320034.2680
hunter (not gatherer)73.240529.058
goth (not flower child)73.216622.475
motivated (not unmotivated)73.2106231.571
introspective (not not introspective)73.131830.2255
exhibitionist (not bashful)73.133428.288
specialist (not generalist)72.922231.3289
sorrowful (not cheery)72.835420.0949
purple (not orange)72.815726.8831
vintage (not trendy)72.855226.284
chaotic (not orderly)72.736130.1944
🧐 (not 😎)72.721532.5182
jaded (not innocent)72.753525.052
devoted (not unfaithful)72.794226.468
musical (not off-key)72.616631.674
believable (not poorly-written)72.675825.082
brave (not careful)72.544026.4964
attractive (not repulsive)72.574025.5944
literal (not metaphorical)72.522731.01043
formal (not intimate)72.525731.3290
vengeful (not forgiving)72.439720.8958
dry (not moist)72.416926.667
unemotional (not emotional)72.410428.277
chic (not cheesy)72.420823.771
scandalous (not proper)72.238626.8699
outlaw (not sheriff)72.041825.1971
confidential (not gossiping)71.962028.8879
inspiring (not cringeworthy)71.937925.7295
utilitarian (not decorative)71.935829.3260
wise (not foolish)71.737724.9986
eloquent (not unpolished)71.653029.61067
mad (not glad)71.439321.7184
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)71.025727.381
hurried (not leisurely)70.925028.7825
strict (not lenient)70.842228.2947
reasoned (not instinctual)70.817432.91011
miserable (not joyful)70.842422.3172
thin (not thick)70.636228.5613
poisonous (not nurturing)70.629821.0394
interrupting (not attentive)70.633334.688
vibrant (not geriatric)70.557725.265
charming (not trusting)70.234724.3900
cosmopolitan (not provincial)70.227828.9838
fortunate (not unlucky)69.921124.0940
twitchy (not still)69.845830.2116
rigid (not flexible)69.739229.9973
🦇 (not 🐿)69.726730.2160
sturdy (not flimsy)69.663429.458
messy (not neat)69.531229.8716
presidential (not folksy)69.441228.061
rich (not poor)69.457022.9907
cat person (not dog person)69.431032.475
kinky (not vanilla)69.237528.6925
fearmongering (not reassuring)69.230126.467
hipster (not basic)69.116426.0901
liberal (not conservative)69.148426.5167
exuberant (not subdued)69.146329.269
radical (not centrist)69.129428.966
😏 (not 😬)68.838129.7164
fresh (not stinky)68.773528.1287
deep (not shallow)68.552531.0221
street-smart (not sheltered)68.462128.9657
rock (not rap)68.196725.377
heroic (not villainous)67.785920.1973
stylish (not slovenly)67.763125.5974
indulgent (not sober)67.647532.1945
stingy (not generous)67.431324.996
chaste (not lustful)67.224828.3926
high-tech (not low-tech)67.240828.6983
realistic (not fantastical)67.252535.892
serious (not playful)67.067628.3969
bad-cook (not good-cook)66.934933.979
🥾 (not 👟)66.936332.1158
tailor (not blacksmith)66.958428.558
spontaneous (not scheduled)66.744233.81055
works hard (not plays hard)66.574631.41043
enlightened (not lost)66.531230.179
unfixable (not fixable)66.326230.963
masculine (not feminine)66.174920.0975
🤠 (not 🤑)65.960029.6144
demonic (not angelic)65.838020.01001
methodical (not astonishing)65.755434.7965
offended (not chill)65.754230.572
stoic (not expressive)65.632332.2926
tight (not loose)65.673233.383
chortling (not giggling)65.660629.260
trolling (not triggered)65.517531.564
dramatic (not no-nonsense)65.352334.9406
prudish (not flirtatious)65.332830.272
depressed (not bright)65.135528.5955
thick-skinned (not sensitive)65.048530.61185
head@clouds (not down2earth)64.941333.5950
reserved (not chatty)64.851329.8996
unpatriotic (not patriotic)64.810727.7156
businesslike (not chivalrous)64.847230.493
fire (not water)64.670731.785
libertarian (not socialist)64.529729.7733
🥴 (not 🥳)64.346430.2166
receiving (not giving)64.339930.368
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)64.246229.8872
🐮 (not 🐷)64.037127.1249
awkward (not charming)63.831729.9962
varied (not repetitive)63.716329.7438
cryptic (not straightforward)63.617936.6987
nihilist (not existentialist)63.614634.4248
western (not eastern)63.661331.9239
playful (not shy)63.587428.1943
debased (not pure)63.250027.5888
hedonist (not monastic)63.245529.8125
😈 (not 😇)63.252726.0203
ludicrous (not sensible)63.140530.7945
anarchist (not statist)62.942732.0233
deliberate (not spontaneous)62.879535.2968
technophile (not luddite)62.440230.4866
prestigious (not disreputable)62.377629.1669
oxymoron (not tautology)62.336629.352
🙃 (not 🥰)62.246635.6298
focused on the present (not focused on the future)62.143230.9994
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')62.08636.0744
cruel (not kind)61.630421.6999
refined (not rugged)61.571728.8982
🧗 (not 🛌)61.578833.8278
Swedish (not Italian)61.539829.046
variable (not consistent)61.530033.064
impartial (not biased)61.49831.5985
soulless (not soulful)61.427128.0273
stoic (not hypochondriac)61.465331.068
queer (not straight)61.320629.3382
deranged (not reasonable)61.345530.4191
feminist (not sexist)61.292127.7199
clean (not perverted)61.189029.390
juvenile (not mature)60.652827.7286
💔 (not 💝)60.649535.3262
independent (not codependent)60.586535.3781
avant-garde (not classical)60.340931.9279
valedictorian (not drop out)60.391936.0174
loud (not quiet)60.169430.0982
Coke (not Pepsi)60.135734.4103
young (not old)59.988419.6956
air (not earth)59.924135.686
rough (not smooth)59.754829.5920
industrial (not domestic)59.754630.5213
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)59.742436.3167
🐩 (not 🐒)59.662833.2166
empirical (not theoretical)59.254836.6934
🦄 (not 🐴)59.046437.5164
angry (not good-humored)58.953325.7904
French (not Russian)58.776731.466
jealous (not compersive)58.161629.7906
spelunker (not claustrophobic)58.180035.254
scholarly (not crafty)58.050331.9772
ranged (not melee)58.063033.157
one-faced (not two-faced)57.896535.5108
🦒 (not 🐐)57.722234.1256
bored (not interested)57.720135.791
bold (not serious)57.473532.0973
sage (not whippersnapper)57.155133.655
cannibal (not vegan)57.064131.372
🥶 (not 🥵)57.050933.967
transient (not permanent)56.942831.9345
punchable (not loveable)56.947332.573
remote (not involved)56.819934.6862
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)56.759835.2253
anxious (not calm)56.687032.4976
minimalist (not pack rat)56.672133.9154
disarming (not creepy)56.5111129.2402
suspicious (not awkward)56.196232.9934
salacious (not wholesome)56.159031.2169
concise (not long-winded)55.965635.356
money-focused (not love-focused)55.847728.762
hypocritical (not equitable)55.759832.3320
overspender (not penny-pincher)55.758628.7245
ironic (not profound)55.370433.980
lavish (not frugal)55.164229.0938
human (not animalistic)55.1115130.0915
Greek (not Roman)55.146329.548
real (not philosophical)55.0102336.0700
open-minded (not close-minded)55.093432.1789
sickly (not healthy)54.932827.6985
💃 (not 🧕)54.9101431.5283
😊 (not 🤣)54.895530.8173
practical (not imaginative)54.698436.11041
civilized (not barbaric)54.3110128.4978
monotone (not expressive)54.251335.975
abstract (not concrete)54.160036.7168
🤐 (not 😜)54.178233.8182
ambitious (not realistic)54.197236.582
😭 (not 😀)54.072325.8172
humorless (not funny)53.758430.81024
manicured (not scruffy)53.6104330.4800
epic (not deep)53.674533.467
tardy (not on-time)53.550632.595
androgynous (not gendered)53.312630.8407
non-gamer (not gamer)53.1100239.682
washed (not muddy)53.1101228.763
bad boy (not white knight)52.963225.179
🐘 (not 🐀)52.878335.0257
monochrome (not multicolored)52.779036.7261
indiscreet (not tactful)52.748037.6173
preppy (not punk rock)52.795729.869
circular (not linear)52.670834.787
self-disciplined (not disorganized)52.1118034.51003
dorky (not cool)51.871133.1150
reactive (not proactive)51.890732.454
tasteful (not lewd)51.4113029.3898
ADHD (not OCD)51.458638.475
historical (not modern)50.972629.0658
not genocidal (not genocidal)50.2123631.563

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Sherlock Holmes (0.937)
  2. Dr. Gregory House (0.833)
  3. Beth Harmon (0.814)
  4. Dr. Harry Wells (0.781)
  5. Cristina Yang (0.77)
  6. Annalise Keating (0.768)
  7. Rick Sanchez (0.754)
  8. Amy Elliott Dunne (0.753)
  9. Kat Stratford (0.75)
  10. Walter White (0.749)
  1. Jerry Gergich (-0.594)
  2. Tom Scavo (-0.506)
  3. William Mason (-0.49)
  4. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.489)
  5. Steve Brady (-0.485)
  6. Josh Chan (-0.482)
  7. Nelson Bighetti (-0.474)
  8. Glenn Sturgis (-0.473)
  9. Chien-Po (-0.465)
  10. Kevin Malone (-0.464)

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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