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Dr. John Watson Personality Statistics

Dr. John Watson 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
loyal (not traitorous)94.8358.7957
heroic (not villainous)89.911211.9972
devoted (not unfaithful)89.117214.545
English (not German)87.83120.157
diligent (not lazy)87.041412.91024
love-focused (not money-focused)86.718813.960
kind (not cruel)86.122713.1985
empath (not psychopath)85.99313.678
modest (not flamboyant)85.73315.11006
human (not animalistic)85.612416.31060
treasure (not trash)85.321216.0229
honorable (not cunning)85.16116.3975
important (not irrelevant)84.830819.2307
civilized (not barbaric)84.421015.1986
soulful (not soulless)84.325216.0317
competent (not incompetent)84.234517.5957
self-disciplined (not disorganized)83.933817.7939
nurturing (not poisonous)83.716115.4355
egalitarian (not racist)83.638916.5142
protagonist (not antagonist)83.417317.666
down2earth (not head@clouds)83.37518.2964
one-faced (not two-faced)83.018522.5103
reasonable (not deranged)82.712219.1154
sensible (not ludicrous)82.69014.7965
works hard (not plays hard)82.322916.5950
straightforward (not cryptic)82.27819.8964
reliable (not experimental)82.010721.677
wholesome (not salacious)81.615618.5173
not genocidal (not genocidal)81.526624.048
on-time (not tardy)81.434223.5102
neat (not messy)81.324418.4732
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)81.312725.2172
workaholic (not slacker)81.152217.1309
practical (not imaginative)80.818316.6980
proper (not scandalous)80.812616.8710
mature (not juvenile)80.720416.9278
thrifty (not extravagant)80.73914.874
🌟 (not 💩)80.636718.4166
respectful (not rude)80.522917.3952
white knight (not bad boy)80.320518.670
persistent (not quitter)80.185219.1176
short (not tall)80.110415.2969
tense (not relaxed)80.038516.41003
altruistic (not selfish)80.018116.61056
patriotic (not unpatriotic)80.018918.9185
first-mate (not captain)79.919124.3774
pointed (not random)79.738516.261
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)79.125420.654
orderly (not chaotic)79.022419.8953
vintage (not trendy)78.931915.086
valedictorian (not drop out)78.842420.7165
gendered (not androgynous)78.856422.5381
disarming (not creepy)78.722515.5361
😇 (not 😈)78.418119.0154
earth (not air)78.413122.971
emotional (not unemotional)78.336919.571
Swedish (not Italian)78.25317.742
humble (not arrogant)78.014618.7948
frugal (not lavish)78.011017.8877
knowledgeable (not ignorant)78.045417.778
rational (not whimsical)77.825219.7982
realistic (not fantastical)77.618820.768
scientific (not artistic)77.626319.9946
basic (not hipster)77.518319.3951
confidential (not gossiping)77.540323.6851
clean (not perverted)77.438624.870
curious (not apathetic)77.324921.1955
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)77.328220.7154
high IQ (not low IQ)77.268315.81161
hard-work (not natural-talent)77.217921.2106
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)77.117021.1187
preppy (not punk rock)77.129218.863
legit (not scrub)76.941019.9256
tasteful (not lewd)76.822420.2922
traumatized (not flourishing)76.726419.855
permanent (not transient)76.611120.3340
angelic (not demonic)76.426417.4989
believable (not poorly-written)76.446821.178
deep (not shallow)76.324620.9179
involved (not remote)76.131320.6943
skeptical (not spiritual)75.743021.4948
subdued (not exuberant)75.65015.547
neurotypical (not autistic)75.439121.2888
realistic (not ambitious)75.46324.484
classical (not avant-garde)75.416719.9249
feminist (not sexist)75.452020.0219
sturdy (not flimsy)75.242220.746
🐿 (not 🦇)75.124021.3128
grateful (not entitled)75.020217.293
utilitarian (not decorative)74.924222.3271
penny-pincher (not overspender)74.913018.7264
giving (not receiving)74.934322.565
romantic (not dispassionate)74.840820.459
dorky (not cool)74.719619.9155
active (not slothful)74.769719.6985
tactful (not indiscreet)74.724423.0149
motivated (not unmotivated)74.695819.763
unambiguous (not mysterious)74.618421.8816
studious (not goof-off)74.557620.8159
attentive (not interrupting)74.421022.291
loveable (not punchable)74.234925.556
fresh (not stinky)74.151521.8279
cooperative (not competitive)73.916324.0974
vanilla (not kinky)73.920123.3871
low self esteem (not narcissistic)73.911516.273
prestigious (not disreputable)73.936520.0617
warm (not cold)73.835520.9960
tight (not loose)73.840821.972
demure (not vain)73.712818.4901
wooden (not plastic)73.633719.775
resourceful (not helpless)73.578624.4286
washed (not muddy)73.534122.655
complimentary (not insulting)73.428319.6271
methodical (not astonishing)73.329022.4919
concrete (not abstract)73.323223.9180
beta (not alpha)73.221423.11004
forgiving (not vengeful)73.227822.6918
private (not gregarious)73.136522.4915
well behaved (not mischievous)73.021523.5980
consistent (not variable)73.029528.575
sheriff (not outlaw)72.931222.51005
real (not philosophical)72.928122.6678
quiet (not loud)72.923920.0997
politically correct (not edgy)72.717221.0947
moderate (not extreme)72.710222.4986
democratic (not authoritarian)72.622923.1857
😊 (not 🤣)72.432023.1164
attractive (not repulsive)72.467219.5969
rock (not rap)72.368521.446
serious (not playful)72.251520.1945
🤠 (not 🤑)72.234622.0154
🤔 (not 🤫)72.214425.8141
conventional (not creative)72.120622.9959
mild (not spicy)71.915322.71078
🐐 (not 🦒)71.816025.4211
OCD (not ADHD)71.845024.074
generous (not stingy)71.741721.395
scheduled (not spontaneous)71.748124.5939
nerd (not jock)71.451424.2963
precise (not vague)71.348322.2651
masculine (not feminine)71.259520.3938
trusting (not charming)71.011323.1939
reassuring (not fearmongering)71.035027.647
predictable (not quirky)70.918523.263
fixable (not unfixable)70.926919.360
equitable (not hypocritical)70.827623.9338
cautious (not impulsive)70.732025.2935
literal (not metaphorical)70.728923.8886
wise (not foolish)70.738320.51011
haunted (not blissful)70.657024.882
guarded (not open)70.469723.4989
traditional (not unorthodox)70.425824.4266
submissive (not dominant)70.220421.41003
transparent (not machiavellian)70.120526.560
bookish (not sporty)70.160525.3966
go-getter (not slugabed)70.087123.8139
deliberate (not spontaneous)69.959826.0892
triggered (not trolling)69.933819.263
sane (not crazy)69.829023.5140
codependent (not independent)69.721623.9839
interested (not bored)69.656822.674
pure (not debased)69.538723.2942
minimalist (not pack rat)69.423223.4164
driven (not unambitious)69.3107623.6981
pensive (not serene)69.355221.355
centrist (not radical)69.39828.454
common sense (not analysis)69.28727.872
statist (not anarchist)69.028124.9239
beautiful (not ugly)68.990521.6304
introspective (not not introspective)68.745225.5231
non-gamer (not gamer)68.650328.579
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)68.538224.5944
tame (not wild)68.525124.5688
sober (not indulgent)68.426225.2939
devout (not heathen)68.333623.9841
normie (not freak)68.126025.4102
inspiring (not cringeworthy)67.845722.9304
resolute (not wavering)67.861025.9175
privileged (not oppressed)67.869221.265
domestic (not industrial)67.722224.9297
realist (not idealist)67.635129.6298
regular (not zany)67.517323.9149
flower child (not goth)67.557024.352
deep (not epic)67.315023.966
dog person (not cat person)66.937833.754
vegan (not cannibal)66.939222.856
normal (not weird)66.825125.0971
serious (not bold)66.828825.1973
repetitive (not varied)66.737124.3423
water (not fire)66.228130.280
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)65.837225.9852
no-nonsense (not dramatic)65.837327.8385
🤐 (not 😜)65.641328.0153
communal (not individualist)65.617026.8295
anxious (not calm)65.555624.9940
formal (not intimate)65.542526.1265
warm (not quarrelsome)65.238224.21003
interesting (not tiresome)65.276424.8993
scholarly (not crafty)65.231526.8811
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)65.130623.281
introvert (not extrovert)65.129624.3938
sage (not whippersnapper)65.028421.139
bashful (not exhibitionist)65.016225.581
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)64.832228.3259
monochrome (not multicolored)64.541127.8281
🥾 (not 👟)64.540930.6202
perceptive (not unobservant)64.5105125.363
healthy (not sickly)64.386123.51039
🧐 (not 😎)64.339828.8183
off-key (not musical)64.241722.753
apprentice (not master)63.930025.8422
pro (not noob)63.893626.7172
western (not eastern)63.856030.4208
chaste (not lustful)63.631823.8906
genius (not dunce)63.679419.41010
open-minded (not close-minded)63.659423.5804
🧠 (not 💪)63.682328.9218
unassuming (not pretentious)63.525927.1153
badass (not weakass)63.593527.872
overachiever (not underachiever)63.598728.074
straight (not queer)63.4101030.0385
timid (not cocky)63.419425.162
sad (not happy)63.164619.0986
existentialist (not nihilist)63.151926.0203
🐴 (not 🦄)63.154930.6169
gatherer (not hunter)63.146927.767
opinionated (not jealous)63.190725.061
morning lark (not night owl)63.031228.5662
self-conscious (not self-assured)62.821124.3901
hurried (not leisurely)62.853524.2799
metrosexual (not macho)62.762623.450
focused on the present (not focused on the future)62.638626.4907
average (not deviant)62.627026.2653
🐮 (not 🐷)62.639726.6241
accepting (not judgemental)62.447126.4651
open to new experinces (not uncreative)62.388627.21013
coordinated (not clumsy)62.385826.4950
📈 (not 📉)62.368628.9147
princess (not queen)62.334429.354
empirical (not theoretical)62.239929.2916
meek (not bossy)62.226623.4962
patient (not impatient)62.231828.7395
soft (not hard)62.245925.7316
official (not backdoor)62.139826.4725
funny (not humorless)62.065723.11006
trusting (not suspicious)61.941728.41006
mainstream (not arcane)61.930026.5859
cheesy (not chic)61.954724.952
opinionated (not neutral)61.8120328.7105
soft (not hard)61.748024.1953
alert (not oblivious)61.782427.6163
🎃 (not 💀)61.742428.264
emotional (not logical)61.659824.6962
prideful (not envious)61.698725.2106
obedient (not rebellious)61.539926.5947
French (not Russian)61.560226.646
dry (not moist)61.543927.949
shy (not playful)61.320422.6900
🥰 (not 🙃)61.351832.2262
efficient (not overprepared)61.282030.652
yes-man (not contrarian)61.027127.460
sorrowful (not cheery)60.970822.7958
reserved (not chatty)60.956426.3889
direct (not roundabout)60.789628.1963
everyman (not chosen one)60.742629.359
🥴 (not 🥳)60.656425.8177
brave (not careful)60.378128.2972
street-smart (not sheltered)60.281227.7698
provincial (not cosmopolitan)60.143126.5863
reasoned (not instinctual)60.040029.41025
twitchy (not still)60.073527.897
chivalrous (not businesslike)60.050931.176
charismatic (not uninspiring)59.9108725.81109
🧕 (not 💃)59.925627.7241
lost (not enlightened)59.959821.275
poor (not rich)59.743318.5944
depressed (not bright)59.747123.4968
miserable (not joyful)59.673622.9155
old (not young)59.549016.1978
eloquent (not unpolished)59.581425.81056
factual (not exaggerating)59.559027.272
low-tech (not high-tech)59.458524.4934
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)59.464030.6158
obsessed (not aloof)59.183823.2856
atheist (not theist)59.174129.4241
🐩 (not 🐒)59.160230.0149
tailor (not blacksmith)59.180029.159
prudish (not flirtatious)59.148625.155
intellectual (not physical)58.986826.1930
chortling (not giggling)58.881929.852
paranoid (not naive)58.874728.662
family-first (not work-first)58.764328.4797
good-cook (not bad-cook)58.748424.158
folksy (not presidential)58.651527.158
insecure (not confident)58.530423.3976
indie (not pop)58.480527.656
slovenly (not stylish)58.339323.8909
factual (not poetic)58.370529.867
literary (not mathematical)58.275628.7901
sweet (not bitter)58.163625.0966
🐀 (not 🐘)58.150628.8228
touchy-feely (not distant)58.151828.071
awkward (not suspicious)58.038225.9931
thin (not thick)58.075822.5657
hoarder (not unprepared)58.078222.5594
offended (not chill)58.072029.863
stoic (not hypochondriac)58.072230.240
compersive (not jealous)57.955826.0891
urban (not rural)57.995927.5261
claustrophobic (not spelunker)57.931428.740
frenzied (not sleepy)57.8122226.152
worldly (not innocent)57.7100427.4917
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)57.597026.2187
💝 (not 💔)57.563534.5242
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)57.557233.861
good-humored (not angry)57.473424.8949
🥵 (not 🥶)57.463926.864
🎨 (not 🏀)57.485031.478
doer (not thinker)57.288430.786
orange (not purple)57.055528.2719
reclusive (not social)56.954128.4291
geriatric (not vibrant)56.928824.059
sensitive (not thick-skinned)56.856526.81209
monastic (not hedonist)56.839624.0133
pacifist (not ferocious)56.745128.1985
sheeple (not conspiracist)56.724323.9652
concise (not long-winded)56.758928.544
passive (not assertive)56.630024.71060
mighty (not puny)56.5101324.4917
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)56.481228.7950
pronatalist (not child free)56.239629.9787
strict (not lenient)56.176227.1978
dramatic (not comedic)56.099827.790
🧗 (not 🛌)55.989231.6298
biased (not impartial)55.8107626.7957
gracious (not feisty)55.732426.81085
🤖 (not 👻)55.759127.6131
winter (not summer)55.665131.162
genuine (not sarcastic)55.570329.2957
manicured (not scruffy)55.595026.3780
awkward (not charming)55.446825.6983
mundane (not extraordinary)55.435327.41086
stoic (not expressive)55.353729.5921
lover (not fighter)55.365228.474
stuttering (not rhythmic)55.231028.351
frank (not sugarcoated)55.1113629.372
gullible (not cynical)55.046027.754
luddite (not technophile)54.965724.6821
pessimistic (not optimistic)54.771627.0976
historical (not modern)54.459626.4677
freelance (not corporate)54.483831.354
hesitant (not decisive)54.336627.41011
specialist (not generalist)54.392129.8258
rigid (not flexible)54.280826.4978
🤺 (not 🏌)54.1113632.6179
🎩 (not 🧢)54.077332.3167
unlucky (not fortunate)53.974725.4918
self-destructive (not self-improving)53.978828.865
Coke (not Pepsi)53.967832.680
jaded (not innocent)53.8101029.566
stable (not moody)53.642927.5923
socialist (not libertarian)53.635027.4719
Roman (not Greek)53.369927.055
emancipated (not enslaved)53.2110625.0846
insider (not outsider)53.263428.5666
😬 (not 😏)53.058632.1160
reactive (not proactive)53.078230.159
highbrow (not lowbrow)52.999124.5850
slow-talking (not fast-talking)52.946324.456
open-book (not secretive)52.948628.972
objective (not subjective)52.863928.1259
refined (not rugged)52.786726.5955
gloomy (not sunny)52.686127.560
stubborn (not accommodating)52.6118734.378
desperate (not high standards)52.652024.796
explorer (not builder)52.575229.2771
liberal (not conservative)52.597128.3154
linear (not circular)52.575232.164
always down (not picky)52.453030.366
lighthearted (not intense)52.245127.762
👽 (not 🤡)52.186426.1148
never cries (not often crying)52.088326.462
simple (not complicated)51.843529.7974
ironic (not profound)51.880227.981
resistant (not resigned)51.7130728.2945
oxymoron (not tautology)51.7100928.243
glad (not mad)51.564426.1158
sexual (not asexual)51.4109229.177
smooth (not rough)51.278025.0961
shy (not bold)51.121626.1953
armoured (not vulnerable)51.1100728.2976
cultured (not rustic)51.199526.750
melee (not ranged)51.056532.840
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)51.097930.654
unchallenging (not demanding)51.032127.9100
slow (not fast)50.941323.7858
😀 (not 😭)50.182328.1189
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')50.781329.3700
nonpolitical (not political)50.663627.4852
expressive (not monotone)50.5102328.373

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 Dr. John Watson based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Dr. James Wilson (0.847)
  2. James Gordon (0.835)
  3. Timothy McGee (0.814)
  4. Anna Bates (0.803)
  5. Beatrice 'Beadie' Russell (0.802)
  6. Pope (0.801)
  7. Davos Seaworth (0.796)
  8. Anita 'Needy' Lesnicki (0.792)
  9. David Rosen (0.789)
  10. Kevin Ryan (0.788)
  1. Erlich Bachman (-0.629)
  2. George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (-0.604)
  3. Krusty the Clown (-0.601)
  4. Eric Cartman (-0.598)
  5. Zapp Brannigan (-0.592)
  6. George Wickham (-0.577)
  7. Bender Bending Rodriguez (-0.569)
  8. Roman Roy (-0.568)
  9. Ernesto de la Cruz (-0.567)
  10. Charlie Harper (-0.562)

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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