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Sherlock Holmes 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. 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
high IQ (not low IQ)97.647.91149
perceptive (not unobservant)95.21614.456
narcissistic (not low self esteem)94.6168.947
skeptical (not spiritual)94.3311.01041
genius (not dunce)94.3912.61078
extraordinary (not mundane)93.51611.61046
persistent (not quitter)93.58611.7163
master (not apprentice)93.03712.0462
arrogant (not humble)92.94511.2953
🧠 (not 💪)92.72515.0217
intellectual (not physical)92.53012.2992
bossy (not meek)92.06012.9976
rebellious (not obedient)92.06212.31012
pro (not noob)91.97313.0180
competitive (not cooperative)91.96112.5959
fast (not slow)91.81111.5977
workaholic (not slacker)91.77815.4296
complicated (not simple)91.31116.51028
freelance (not corporate)91.33819.257
important (not irrelevant)91.08414.3292
fast-talking (not slow-talking)90.72411.454
extreme (not moderate)90.55913.9992
atheist (not theist)90.2718.6294
decisive (not hesitant)90.14114.0956
weird (not normal)90.03812.51030
logical (not emotional)89.81017.1993
assertive (not passive)89.87515.31072
resourceful (not helpless)89.811616.7280
captain (not first-mate)89.78118.2815
individualist (not communal)89.73216.2285
unorthodox (not traditional)89.05215.2305
reclusive (not social)89.01915.3289
tall (not short)88.94211.4977
work-first (not family-first)88.86518.5865
bookish (not sporty)88.511816.21019
secretive (not open-book)88.18712.847
deviant (not average)88.04815.4688
nerd (not jock)87.912717.21080
knowledgeable (not ignorant)87.813019.749
quarrelsome (not warm)87.79414.6989
competent (not incompetent)87.719219.41036
driven (not unambitious)87.230420.31091
bold (not shy)86.235419.0960
dominant (not submissive)86.220619.5973
child free (not pronatalist)86.22622.6893
intense (not lighthearted)86.115018.852
guarded (not open)86.113918.11000
arcane (not mainstream)86.02619.01033
frenzied (not sleepy)86.04919.751
mischievous (not well behaved)85.918617.3989
alpha (not beta)85.818120.4952
suspicious (not trusting)85.611320.4947
zany (not regular)85.46120.2139
impatient (not patient)84.913721.6386
wild (not tame)84.915517.2701
cold (not warm)84.89416.7949
precise (not vague)84.59324.0684
factual (not poetic)84.54024.746
self-assured (not self-conscious)84.48824.71024
rude (not respectful)84.37416.01054
creative (not conventional)84.29223.5947
moody (not stable)84.015621.11035
English (not German)84.09428.353
night owl (not morning lark)83.811619.0665
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)83.86723.6172
🎩 (not 🧢)83.714221.3146
🤺 (not 🏌)83.615621.7164
scientific (not artistic)83.411220.5964
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.316622.5986
👽 (not 🤡)83.32216.8145
pretentious (not unassuming)83.210920.3173
🌟 (not 💩)83.221421.8174
alert (not oblivious)82.916624.0150
edgy (not politically correct)82.611421.0971
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.49621.2674
confident (not insecure)82.321224.51048
judgemental (not accepting)82.115723.0698
flamboyant (not modest)82.112823.2963
direct (not roundabout)81.918428.2982
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)81.923119.0173
gloomy (not sunny)81.810911.858
rhythmic (not stuttering)81.615724.740
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)81.63023.146
egalitarian (not racist)81.441115.8139
interesting (not tiresome)81.117524.4997
backdoor (not official)81.111024.4812
treasure (not trash)81.032824.2214
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)81.011716.2162
feisty (not gracious)80.823320.01103
mysterious (not unambiguous)80.610524.6844
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)80.627322.463
resistant (not resigned)80.511223.1992
highbrow (not lowbrow)80.39622.7892
privileged (not oppressed)80.327920.063
metrosexual (not macho)80.27619.445
explorer (not builder)80.28222.7728
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)80.113624.3156
insulting (not complimentary)79.813622.7284
coordinated (not clumsy)79.734323.2974
vain (not demure)79.616323.5990
beautiful (not ugly)79.648920.6301
traumatized (not flourishing)79.615021.655
private (not gregarious)79.615024.1977
resolute (not wavering)79.316423.8166
realist (not idealist)79.37727.6284
go-getter (not slugabed)79.239223.3133
legit (not scrub)79.226922.4229
studious (not goof-off)79.136326.1171
sarcastic (not genuine)78.816426.21052
self-destructive (not self-improving)78.715725.641
active (not slothful)78.545422.8959
rational (not whimsical)78.120128.71023
objective (not subjective)78.01629.0275
tense (not relaxed)77.837623.5968
urban (not rural)77.724025.7247
dispassionate (not romantic)77.64426.353
experimental (not reliable)77.514230.948
armoured (not vulnerable)77.423824.81013
introvert (not extrovert)77.09626.21006
heathen (not devout)77.09725.3925
diligent (not lazy)76.971825.8961
spicy (not mild)76.731124.3964
hard (not soft)76.525023.3305
mathematical (not literary)76.47924.0987
bitter (not sweet)76.420720.1970
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)76.218425.3877
impulsive (not cautious)76.125326.6979
authoritarian (not democratic)76.019326.0909
🤔 (not 🤫)76.07230.2148
crazy (not sane)75.919722.5138
obsessed (not aloof)75.822229.31012
open to new experinces (not uncreative)75.637427.31023
hard (not soft)75.327623.3967
hoarder (not unprepared)75.311522.2684
charismatic (not uninspiring)75.245225.61076
🤖 (not 👻)75.28727.1171
curious (not apathetic)74.828130.01024
efficient (not overprepared)74.817429.659
emancipated (not enslaved)74.726526.1954
loyal (not traitorous)74.564624.2995
pessimistic (not optimistic)74.516923.21014
mighty (not puny)74.342921.4915
selfish (not altruistic)74.024724.31048
📈 (not 📉)74.015031.0141
sad (not happy)73.921517.4978
ferocious (not pacifist)73.839522.3937
nonpolitical (not political)73.78528.0978
🧐 (not 😎)73.715333.2158
outsider (not insider)73.616533.9678
cunning (not honorable)73.323527.21000
introspective (not not introspective)73.323430.4240
autistic (not neurotypical)73.21729.1980
worldly (not innocent)73.146126.5993
unfixable (not fixable)73.113324.541
exuberant (not subdued)72.930125.246
sorrowful (not cheery)72.827120.0974
specialist (not generalist)72.820231.5276
chaotic (not orderly)72.728430.0956
formal (not intimate)72.721030.5264
brave (not careful)72.634526.4971
literal (not metaphorical)72.419331.01049
wise (not foolish)72.228924.6991
attractive (not repulsive)72.156525.4960
scandalous (not proper)72.131926.7699
mad (not glad)72.130321.1168
purple (not orange)72.112227.0836
vengeful (not forgiving)72.032621.1970
utilitarian (not decorative)71.932529.1256
confidential (not gossiping)71.747328.5854
eloquent (not unpolished)71.543229.71087
believable (not poorly-written)71.564226.864
outlaw (not sheriff)71.333925.3986
vibrant (not geriatric)71.343425.152
hurried (not leisurely)71.220328.5837
dry (not moist)71.016928.561
strict (not lenient)70.934028.2959
poisonous (not nurturing)70.823921.0392
inspiring (not cringeworthy)70.832026.0286
charming (not trusting)70.727224.1917
cosmopolitan (not provincial)70.621428.8856
thin (not thick)70.630028.2615
reasoned (not instinctual)70.314633.11049
fortunate (not unlucky)70.216323.8952
sturdy (not flimsy)70.249929.240
hunter (not gatherer)70.138731.346
miserable (not joyful)70.035922.4154
🦇 (not 🐿)69.922330.5147
rigid (not flexible)69.831329.6985
tailor (not blacksmith)69.543027.545
messy (not neat)69.423529.7724
rich (not poor)69.345323.1912
presidential (not folksy)69.333026.339
tight (not loose)69.348133.550
liberal (not conservative)69.236927.0164
kinky (not vanilla)69.131128.7944
hipster (not basic)69.111926.1922
trolling (not triggered)69.112330.647
street-smart (not sheltered)68.848528.6657
😏 (not 😬)68.330330.1147
fresh (not stinky)68.156028.2277
indulgent (not sober)67.937731.8970
heroic (not villainous)67.766420.21000
stylish (not slovenly)67.750525.7993
chaste (not lustful)67.419928.1950
deep (not shallow)67.442130.9206
🤠 (not 🤑)67.341728.4135
musical (not off-key)67.121632.234
high-tech (not low-tech)67.032128.81011
works hard (not plays hard)66.660031.31069
spontaneous (not scheduled)66.435033.61047
🥾 (not 👟)66.430632.0148
masculine (not feminine)66.256320.2979
serious (not playful)66.055028.5948
hedonist (not monastic)65.731629.7110
demonic (not angelic)65.530219.81003
methodical (not astonishing)65.445235.0975
stoic (not expressive)65.327532.3933
dramatic (not no-nonsense)65.042134.7402
head@clouds (not down2earth)64.833333.5974
depressed (not bright)64.727228.6978
thick-skinned (not sensitive)64.740230.71232
offended (not chill)64.745930.056
chortling (not giggling)64.651230.045
awkward (not charming)64.523929.6969
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)64.436729.8878
libertarian (not socialist)64.425429.9740
western (not eastern)64.143431.6231
reserved (not chatty)64.139129.81003
cryptic (not straightforward)64.014936.2999
🐮 (not 🐷)63.829327.5231
nihilist (not existentialist)63.713234.0240
varied (not repetitive)63.612629.5435
😈 (not 😇)63.540025.2181
ludicrous (not sensible)62.933130.8974
playful (not shy)62.969528.1957
anarchist (not statist)62.932931.5227
unpatriotic (not patriotic)62.99627.7132
deliberate (not spontaneous)62.864535.1971
🥴 (not 🥳)62.839031.0161
debased (not pure)62.641327.7883
technophile (not luddite)62.531630.3873
prestigious (not disreputable)62.560328.9672
🙃 (not 🥰)62.535935.1276
valedictorian (not drop out)62.269436.0151
focused on the present (not focused on the future)62.034630.91019
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')62.07836.0771
enlightened (not lost)62.033832.053
refined (not rugged)61.757328.6989
🧗 (not 🛌)61.760134.1260
cruel (not kind)61.624721.61010
punchable (not loveable)61.630230.349
impartial (not biased)61.57431.5999
💔 (not 💝)61.537535.0246
feminist (not sexist)61.271327.2185
soulless (not soulful)61.021127.9262
juvenile (not mature)60.942727.4280
variable (not consistent)60.924634.543
independent (not codependent)60.863735.1794
avant-garde (not classical)60.632731.6271
🦄 (not 🐴)60.336536.7153
loud (not quiet)60.253929.9992
queer (not straight)59.915229.2376
industrial (not domestic)59.844130.7190
empirical (not theoretical)59.644636.4946
young (not old)59.667119.6964
spelunker (not claustrophobic)59.658834.036
🐩 (not 🐒)59.549732.7154
Swedish (not Italian)59.535731.032
rough (not smooth)59.244129.7925
sage (not whippersnapper)59.139534.039
angry (not good-humored)59.041525.4917
🦒 (not 🐐)58.716433.8232
deranged (not reasonable)58.540730.5170
French (not Russian)58.361732.350
jealous (not compersive)57.849829.7913
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)57.837436.8160
scholarly (not crafty)57.538331.8774
bold (not serious)57.259532.1986
transient (not permanent)57.033731.6337
disarming (not creepy)56.985429.1393
remote (not involved)56.815734.5863
cannibal (not vegan)56.550232.858
salacious (not wholesome)56.248031.2144
anxious (not calm)56.168232.5998
minimalist (not pack rat)56.156634.2144
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)56.147335.2247
suspicious (not awkward)56.077532.8936
real (not philosophical)55.778635.7705
overspender (not penny-pincher)55.445529.2226
open-minded (not close-minded)55.271432.3810
hypocritical (not equitable)55.246832.6304
lavish (not frugal)55.150828.9948
💃 (not 🧕)54.976431.1273
sickly (not healthy)54.825027.61004
human (not animalistic)54.788429.9937
😭 (not 😀)54.755525.5159
civilized (not barbaric)54.584428.2980
Greek (not Roman)54.543730.437
humorless (not funny)54.343330.81048
🤐 (not 😜)54.259434.7153
😊 (not 🤣)54.272931.0164
manicured (not scruffy)53.681030.4815
practical (not imaginative)53.577235.91039
androgynous (not gendered)53.49730.7410
ranged (not melee)52.971433.637
🐘 (not 🐀)52.463234.6252
self-disciplined (not disorganized)52.291034.51003
dorky (not cool)52.254232.9130
abstract (not concrete)52.149836.6148
preppy (not punk rock)52.074430.245
linear (not circular)51.962338.154
monochrome (not multicolored)51.662937.2248
tactful (not indiscreet)51.586237.8156
tasteful (not lewd)51.485229.3920
historical (not modern)51.055929.2658

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. Dr. Gregory House (0.834)
  2. Annalise Keating (0.784)
  3. Dr. Harry Wells (0.772)
  4. Cristina Yang (0.768)
  5. Walter White (0.766)
  1. William Mason (-0.485)
  2. Tom Scavo (-0.483)
  3. Nelson Bighetti (-0.477)
  4. Chien-Po (-0.473)
  5. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.471)

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 = 0.28)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.26)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.22)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.14)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.02)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.0)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.02)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.03)
  9. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.04)
  10. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.16)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.21)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.25)
  13. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.27)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.28)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.3)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.34)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.34)
  18. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.35)
  19. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.39)
  20. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.39)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.47)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.5)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.53)
  24. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.6)
  25. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.66)


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