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Sherlock Holmes Descriptive Personality Statistics

Reference picture of Sherlock Holmes

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 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
high IQ (not low IQ)97.877.71156
stubborn (not accommodating)95.1169.7115
main character (not side character)95.16213.746
perceptive (not unobservant)94.92314.477
skeptical (not spiritual)94.6310.71031
genius (not dunce)94.51412.61086
analysis (not common sense)94.1310.681
extraordinary (not mundane)93.61311.41057
🧠 (not 💪)93.53613.6247
master (not apprentice)93.43510.6488
persistent (not quitter)93.115012.7196
arrogant (not humble)92.96411.3956
intellectual (not physical)92.83012.1993
pro (not noob)92.58912.3206
narcissistic (not low self esteem)92.13513.786
bossy (not meek)92.07812.9976
rebellious (not obedient)92.08712.41019
workaholic (not slacker)92.09515.2319
fast (not slow)91.91311.3994
competitive (not cooperative)91.69913.3960
complicated (not simple)91.42116.41036
important (not irrelevant)90.912214.8314
extreme (not moderate)90.56914.11011
atheist (not theist)90.5717.8311
resourceful (not helpless)90.014916.7291
decisive (not hesitant)89.96014.5975
weird (not normal)89.84713.41035
logical (not emotional)89.81817.51009
freelance (not corporate)89.86819.681
assertive (not passive)89.78215.81058
captain (not first-mate)89.710418.3813
reclusive (not social)89.63014.6327
individualist (not communal)89.43716.8298
overachiever (not underachiever)89.411816.685
unorthodox (not traditional)89.26415.8307
fast-talking (not slow-talking)89.14318.788
tall (not short)88.95511.61072
demanding (not unchallenging)88.814721.6100
distant (not touchy-feely)88.83515.064
bookish (not sporty)88.717415.91033
contrarian (not yes-man)88.71916.871
work-first (not family-first)88.59218.9856
chosen one (not everyman)88.41114.195
nerd (not jock)88.117317.21093
secretive (not open-book)88.013015.177
quarrelsome (not warm)87.811314.2993
deviant (not average)87.74315.6689
competent (not incompetent)87.628219.71043
prideful (not envious)87.41317.6122
knowledgeable (not ignorant)87.319320.284
driven (not unambitious)87.235820.11101
cynical (not gullible)86.99417.866
guarded (not open)86.619217.61004
frenzied (not sleepy)86.64918.089
🎨 (not 🏀)86.516814.296
cocky (not timid)86.525320.982
dominant (not submissive)86.427119.2957
bold (not shy)86.347119.0965
child free (not pronatalist)86.33122.9892
arcane (not mainstream)86.23018.81017
factual (not poetic)86.23222.072
impatient (not patient)86.114720.8401
alpha (not beta)85.725620.7973
suspicious (not trusting)85.614320.4971
mischievous (not well behaved)85.524318.2997
cold (not warm)85.212116.4962
zany (not regular)85.28519.8163
English (not German)85.29428.082
wild (not tame)85.121017.3698
entitled (not grateful)85.017218.088
self-assured (not self-conscious)84.68824.7996
pretentious (not unassuming)84.512719.7190
rude (not respectful)84.410916.11043
high standards (not desperate)84.413124.5143
intense (not lighthearted)84.327221.684
night owl (not morning lark)84.216118.8671
moody (not stable)84.122021.21030
precise (not vague)84.112824.3681
freak (not normie)84.010719.3125
quirky (not predictable)84.07021.072
never cries (not often crying)84.014720.372
🎩 (not 🧢)83.919122.8172
frank (not sugarcoated)83.922726.189
scientific (not artistic)83.815520.5979
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)83.89824.0185
badass (not weakass)83.846119.387
🤺 (not 🏌)83.623221.1184
creative (not conventional)83.513624.3948
alert (not oblivious)83.323524.2164
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.225122.5960
👽 (not 🤡)83.13917.1173
winter (not summer)83.19819.961
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)82.733421.183
edgy (not politically correct)82.414820.8975
direct (not roundabout)82.324028.1970
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.314521.4663
confident (not insecure)82.230524.41041
rhythmic (not stuttering)82.218521.171
picky (not always down)82.19421.298
🌟 (not 💩)82.139422.9205
flamboyant (not modest)82.017523.3965
gloomy (not sunny)81.916213.991
judgemental (not accepting)81.922323.3704
psychopath (not empath)81.817118.693
pointed (not random)81.634322.667
opinionated (not neutral)81.456928.0102
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)81.433219.6190
interesting (not tiresome)81.224924.4979
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)81.218116.2171
feisty (not gracious)81.128420.11088
self-destructive (not self-improving)81.115826.469
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)81.12923.083
protagonist (not antagonist)81.035820.776
mysterious (not unambiguous)80.814424.3838
egalitarian (not racist)80.868016.6167
opinionated (not jealous)80.820626.081
treasure (not trash)80.754324.1239
backdoor (not official)80.514825.2813
explorer (not builder)80.512122.6739
insulting (not complimentary)80.517722.2302
haunted (not blissful)80.528321.088
resistant (not resigned)80.415323.3960
resolute (not wavering)80.421523.7185
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)80.316223.6178
highbrow (not lowbrow)80.311722.6898
go-getter (not slugabed)80.152023.4148
private (not gregarious)80.023623.8967
beautiful (not ugly)80.076020.4317
coordinated (not clumsy)79.947223.1951
legit (not scrub)79.536222.3246
natural-talent (not hard-work)79.52522.6121
vain (not demure)79.419623.8993
realist (not idealist)79.212027.8317
sarcastic (not genuine)79.121326.11047
asexual (not sexual)79.18725.788
traumatized (not flourishing)78.827924.194
paranoid (not naive)78.713022.685
studious (not goof-off)78.753026.6196
active (not slothful)78.669022.6943
urban (not rural)78.630125.2268
indie (not pop)78.522221.389
tense (not relaxed)77.856223.6967
rational (not whimsical)77.729429.21013
introvert (not extrovert)77.316826.11015
armoured (not vulnerable)77.333824.91024
objective (not subjective)77.22928.9288
heathen (not devout)77.011425.2910
mathematical (not literary)77.011123.9994
extravagant (not thrifty)77.029327.177
spicy (not mild)76.843024.2972
metrosexual (not macho)76.818121.082
diligent (not lazy)76.7109026.2952
experimental (not reliable)76.721127.778
hard (not soft)76.433723.5310
bitter (not sweet)76.129520.4996
impulsive (not cautious)76.035526.8971
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)76.023025.5851
🤖 (not 👻)76.011527.4182
machiavellian (not transparent)75.923730.683
authoritarian (not democratic)75.826226.2912
privileged (not oppressed)75.752524.690
🤔 (not 🤫)75.78330.6163
hoarder (not unprepared)75.615922.2680
open to new experinces (not uncreative)75.561127.2997
obsessed (not aloof)75.432529.81025
pensive (not serene)75.426125.480
hard (not soft)75.438123.2964
dispassionate (not romantic)75.29627.2100
charismatic (not uninspiring)75.070425.81063
efficient (not overprepared)75.021029.579
curious (not apathetic)74.942730.21017
thinker (not doer)74.99826.4129
loyal (not traitorous)74.898924.3967
pessimistic (not optimistic)74.822023.11023
emancipated (not enslaved)74.637726.0936
selfish (not altruistic)74.434424.11048
mighty (not puny)74.161021.7904
hunter (not gatherer)74.144128.767
crazy (not sane)74.034224.5173
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)74.027726.192
💀 (not 🎃)73.930327.079
ferocious (not pacifist)73.954722.1925
goth (not flower child)73.919622.378
sad (not happy)73.834817.4975
📈 (not 📉)73.724131.0158
factual (not exaggerating)73.730132.292
nonpolitical (not political)73.611728.2977
dramatic (not comedic)73.658627.8130
autistic (not neurotypical)73.53629.3973
worldly (not innocent)73.465326.21002
outsider (not insider)73.422034.1686
fighter (not lover)73.429722.891
wooden (not plastic)73.441125.890
cunning (not honorable)73.430727.3997
vintage (not trendy)73.162825.986
queen (not princess)73.154233.876
🧐 (not 😎)73.024532.4184
sorrowful (not cheery)72.941620.0955
specialist (not generalist)72.926831.4293
introspective (not not introspective)72.938630.2259
exhibitionist (not bashful)72.939128.094
unemotional (not emotional)72.911227.697
motivated (not unmotivated)72.9127431.176
purple (not orange)72.819426.7834
chaotic (not orderly)72.742430.1951
brave (not careful)72.652426.4967
formal (not intimate)72.630931.4295
literal (not metaphorical)72.625331.01046
jaded (not innocent)72.663424.064
attractive (not repulsive)72.589225.5946
believable (not poorly-written)72.390525.089
vengeful (not forgiving)72.345920.9964
cultured (not rustic)72.242831.565
scandalous (not proper)72.145426.9704
utilitarian (not decorative)72.041029.2265
confidential (not gossiping)71.973728.8881
outlaw (not sheriff)71.949025.2974
musical (not off-key)71.920732.891
chic (not cheesy)71.926525.180
eloquent (not unpolished)71.761329.61071
exuberant (not subdued)71.743628.383
wise (not foolish)71.644225.0987
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)71.430726.787
devoted (not unfaithful)71.4117026.685
dry (not moist)71.322127.475
miserable (not joyful)71.248222.1178
inspiring (not cringeworthy)71.147226.2300
mad (not glad)71.047421.7191
hurried (not leisurely)70.929728.7832
strict (not lenient)70.849128.2951
presidential (not folksy)70.744727.469
reasoned (not instinctual)70.721133.01014
thin (not thick)70.744528.5617
poisonous (not nurturing)70.635120.9398
interrupting (not attentive)70.436335.093
charming (not trusting)70.240424.4905
cosmopolitan (not provincial)70.232529.0841
sturdy (not flimsy)70.272228.364
fortunate (not unlucky)69.924224.0944
🦇 (not 🐿)69.932829.7166
fearmongering (not reassuring)69.833228.081
rigid (not flexible)69.745029.9975
messy (not neat)69.535929.8720
liberal (not conservative)69.457126.5169
rich (not poor)69.366622.9914
kinky (not vanilla)69.243628.6929
hipster (not basic)69.221726.0903
twitchy (not still)69.254130.2119
cat person (not dog person)69.139033.285
radical (not centrist)69.036829.578
deep (not shallow)68.861530.9224
😏 (not 😬)68.845629.7167
rock (not rap)68.6109224.989
fresh (not stinky)68.586928.1294
street-smart (not sheltered)68.471929.0660
bad-cook (not good-cook)68.037132.989
heroic (not villainous)67.7103520.1977
stylish (not slovenly)67.773225.5983
vibrant (not geriatric)67.779127.481
unfixable (not fixable)67.627330.274
realistic (not fantastical)67.559436.096
indulgent (not sober)67.356832.3949
high-tech (not low-tech)67.348828.6989
chaste (not lustful)67.130428.3928
serious (not playful)67.079128.4972
🥾 (not 👟)67.044632.0159
tailor (not blacksmith)66.867928.470
stingy (not generous)66.836225.0102
spontaneous (not scheduled)66.752433.71064
receiving (not giving)66.740129.676
works hard (not plays hard)66.587731.41045
trolling (not triggered)66.518230.378
chortling (not giggling)66.366930.377
masculine (not feminine)66.189420.0977
enlightened (not lost)66.037429.588
demonic (not angelic)65.844319.91006
methodical (not astonishing)65.665834.7972
unpatriotic (not patriotic)65.613327.5162
tight (not loose)65.684433.089
stoic (not expressive)65.538732.2932
🤠 (not 🤑)65.574929.7147
dramatic (not no-nonsense)65.360334.9410
prudish (not flirtatious)65.139030.774
depressed (not bright)65.043128.5959
thick-skinned (not sensitive)65.055630.51191
head@clouds (not down2earth)64.949133.5955
offended (not chill)64.867131.184
reserved (not chatty)64.761129.91001
businesslike (not chivalrous)64.752930.397
libertarian (not socialist)64.632429.7734
🥴 (not 🥳)64.454730.0168
fire (not water)64.482232.087
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)64.353429.8878
🐮 (not 🐷)64.145127.1250
western (not eastern)63.974231.8245
varied (not repetitive)63.720829.8441
awkward (not charming)63.637030.1969
cryptic (not straightforward)63.620336.6989
playful (not shy)63.6102128.2955
nihilist (not existentialist)63.617034.4249
hedonist (not monastic)63.652029.8127
debased (not pure)63.256927.6891
ludicrous (not sensible)63.144730.8950
Swedish (not Italian)63.144227.960
anarchist (not statist)62.852732.0236
😈 (not 😇)62.861926.0210
deliberate (not spontaneous)62.791435.2971
prestigious (not disreputable)62.490529.1670
technophile (not luddite)62.347430.4869
focused on the present (not focused on the future)62.150430.9998
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')62.111336.0749
🙃 (not 🥰)62.153135.7300
cruel (not kind)61.635121.61007
variable (not consistent)61.635233.574
refined (not rugged)61.582928.7987
impartial (not biased)61.511831.5991
queer (not straight)61.426729.2385
soulless (not soulful)61.430828.0277
oxymoron (not tautology)61.247029.764
deranged (not reasonable)61.053830.7194
🧗 (not 🛌)61.098433.9283
stoic (not hypochondriac)61.080031.878
feminist (not sexist)60.9111027.9201
valedictorian (not drop out)60.8106236.0180
sage (not whippersnapper)60.851433.369
juvenile (not mature)60.760927.6289
clean (not perverted)60.7107029.393
independent (not codependent)60.5101035.3786
loud (not quiet)60.180830.1984
avant-garde (not classical)60.149232.0282
young (not old)60.0105419.6960
industrial (not domestic)59.963430.5218
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)59.949536.3171
💔 (not 💝)59.859635.5268
French (not Russian)59.884630.376
punchable (not loveable)59.848331.690
Coke (not Pepsi)59.842734.3105
rough (not smooth)59.766129.5923
🐩 (not 🐒)59.674933.4175
air (not earth)59.330535.989
empirical (not theoretical)59.263936.6940
🦄 (not 🐴)59.155637.4167
angry (not good-humored)58.863425.8907
jealous (not compersive)58.171229.7906
bored (not interested)58.121636.2101
one-faced (not two-faced)58.1112835.2113
scholarly (not crafty)58.056831.9779
🦒 (not 🐐)57.724934.2260
ranged (not melee)57.577031.871
bold (not serious)57.487132.1978
transient (not permanent)57.051631.9350
remote (not involved)56.922534.6866
spelunker (not claustrophobic)56.9101235.370
anxious (not calm)56.6102032.4985
minimalist (not pack rat)56.683534.0156
disarming (not creepy)56.5131629.2405
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)56.572435.4257
suspicious (not awkward)56.2112532.9937
cannibal (not vegan)56.275531.486
ironic (not profound)56.276633.887
overspender (not penny-pincher)56.168228.8249
salacious (not wholesome)56.168831.2171
🥶 (not 🥵)56.160033.571
concise (not long-winded)56.079034.769
hypocritical (not equitable)55.570632.4322
lavish (not frugal)55.273629.0941
real (not philosophical)55.2119336.0703
Greek (not Roman)55.256329.863
sickly (not healthy)55.040027.6989
human (not animalistic)55.0136430.0919
open-minded (not close-minded)55.0110732.2792
washed (not muddy)54.9114128.177
😊 (not 🤣)54.8113630.6179
monotone (not expressive)54.758936.578
practical (not imaginative)54.6115836.01043
💃 (not 🧕)54.6119931.6286
ambitious (not realistic)54.4112636.384
civilized (not barbaric)54.3128928.4981
😭 (not 😀)54.384225.9180
money-focused (not love-focused)54.156728.970
🤐 (not 😜)53.993633.8186
abstract (not concrete)53.870236.5172
humorless (not funny)53.669130.91027
non-gamer (not gamer)53.6117438.989
tardy (not on-time)53.659632.697
bad boy (not white knight)53.672325.587
manicured (not scruffy)53.5121930.4805
androgynous (not gendered)53.416730.7410
monochrome (not multicolored)53.092436.8263
preppy (not punk rock)52.9112229.871
🐘 (not 🐀)52.790335.0263
epic (not deep)52.591933.173
indiscreet (not tactful)52.359037.5175
self-disciplined (not disorganized)52.0138534.51008
genocidal (not not genocidal)51.949832.669
ADHD (not OCD)51.869738.582
tasteful (not lewd)51.5133229.3903
dorky (not cool)51.583733.0156
linear (not circular)51.598434.895
proactive (not reactive)51.580533.266
historical (not modern)50.885529.0660

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 (0.944)
  2. Dr. Gregory House (0.835)
  3. Beth Harmon (0.817)
  4. Dr. Harry Wells (0.781)
  5. Kaz Brekker (0.779)
  6. Cristina Yang (0.772)
  7. Annalise Keating (0.77)
  8. Light Yagami (0.764)
  9. Amy Elliott Dunne (0.759)
  10. Rick Sanchez (0.756)
  1. Jerry Gergich (-0.599)
  2. Tom Scavo (-0.515)
  3. Lenny (-0.514)
  4. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.497)
  5. William Mason (-0.49)
  6. Steve Brady (-0.489)
  7. Josh Chan (-0.484)
  8. Glenn Sturgis (-0.483)
  9. Denny Brosh (-0.48)
  10. Nelson Bighetti (-0.479)

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

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


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