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Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding Personality Statistics

Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is a character from The Shawshank Redemption. 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
important (not irrelevant)93.92914.028
perceptive (not unobservant)93.4397.635
pro (not noob)92.3649.630
treasure (not trash)91.53311.740
knowledgeable (not ignorant)91.46510.540
loyal (not traitorous)90.914811.743
reasonable (not deranged)90.31010.235
soulful (not soulless)90.16210.540
reliable (not experimental)90.01810.442
street-smart (not sheltered)89.76615.434
egalitarian (not racist)89.39411.945
inspiring (not cringeworthy)89.2169.241
alert (not oblivious)88.85110.236
competent (not incompetent)88.517213.046
stable (not moody)87.939.625
oppressed (not privileged)87.71815.944
resourceful (not helpless)87.518318.745
human (not animalistic)87.46312.038
introspective (not not introspective)87.41413.440
charming (not awkward)87.26811.233
sturdy (not flimsy)87.08213.142
coordinated (not clumsy)86.915711.832
masculine (not feminine)86.718311.332
intellectual (not physical)86.711814.841
mature (not juvenile)86.67614.936
English (not German)86.45318.031
loveable (not punchable)86.26416.443
believable (not poorly-written)86.16213.743
diligent (not lazy)85.84009.631
heroic (not villainous)85.721315.037
interesting (not tiresome)85.58014.841
kind (not cruel)85.421812.134
down2earth (not head@clouds)85.24519.133
deep (not shallow)85.14114.952
cool (not dorky)84.87014.332
🌟 (not 💩)84.617815.736
wise (not foolish)84.57716.152
calm (not anxious)83.92916.434
rhythmic (not stuttering)83.811511.342
fixable (not unfixable)83.71316.635
good-humored (not angry)83.510811.941
charismatic (not uninspiring)83.521919.924
civilized (not barbaric)83.319813.537
tasteful (not lewd)83.27513.637
patient (not impatient)82.93815.929
efficient (not overprepared)82.92118.141
self-disciplined (not disorganized)82.532616.930
no-nonsense (not dramatic)82.55516.932
cautious (not impulsive)82.46011.336
disarming (not creepy)82.38013.134
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)82.311321.132
sensible (not ludicrous)82.28612.346
high IQ (not low IQ)82.241314.747
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)82.024420.548
respectful (not rude)81.815915.740
leisurely (not hurried)81.63913.249
master (not apprentice)81.327920.243
nurturing (not poisonous)81.118411.334
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)80.911625.434
thick-skinned (not sensitive)80.96318.836
consistent (not variable)80.77419.736
sane (not crazy)80.65220.735
self-improving (not self-destructive)80.35321.644
equitable (not hypocritical)80.26713.845
mighty (not puny)80.126919.050
compersive (not jealous)79.84718.633
confidential (not gossiping)79.627721.648
enlightened (not lost)79.66216.441
gendered (not androgynous)79.548419.330
deliberate (not spontaneous)79.226020.435
honorable (not cunning)79.015919.532
altruistic (not selfish)78.916615.844
tall (not short)78.916516.128
🧠 (not 💪)78.830317.139
forgiving (not vengeful)78.614725.535
chill (not offended)78.66518.936
humble (not arrogant)78.511918.338
sage (not whippersnapper)78.45626.932
orderly (not chaotic)78.220620.335
persistent (not quitter)78.178217.835
wholesome (not salacious)77.722119.937
legit (not scrub)77.633120.725
worldly (not innocent)77.533520.135
quiet (not loud)77.113117.939
utilitarian (not decorative)77.116121.037
beautiful (not ugly)77.056822.641
direct (not roundabout)76.932023.332
tactful (not indiscreet)76.816126.035
freelance (not corporate)76.728225.037
realist (not idealist)76.411621.341
complimentary (not insulting)76.417824.320
independent (not codependent)76.332221.135
🥾 (not 👟)76.314825.831
modest (not flamboyant)76.219519.240
angelic (not demonic)76.223220.629
arcane (not mainstream)76.115021.829
old (not young)76.118317.733
neurotypical (not autistic)76.130217.932
confident (not insecure)75.441420.141
bold (not shy)75.370618.933
pacifist (not ferocious)75.210718.235
accepting (not judgemental)75.116617.538
alpha (not beta)75.041523.836
penny-pincher (not overspender)75.011720.730
cooperative (not competitive)74.913819.034
genius (not dunce)74.835218.639
📈 (not 📉)74.613825.338
straight (not queer)74.556222.029
attractive (not repulsive)74.352119.037
😏 (not 😬)74.218719.737
resolute (not wavering)74.231020.434
healthy (not sickly)73.846317.334
guarded (not open)73.748817.537
funny (not humorless)73.630920.347
armoured (not vulnerable)73.534619.440
poor (not rich)73.415926.632
historical (not modern)73.219023.635
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)73.117728.439
unassuming (not pretentious)73.09126.642
warm (not quarrelsome)72.919315.338
gatherer (not hunter)72.922323.833
open to new experinces (not uncreative)72.746223.546
minimalist (not pack rat)72.714125.328
neat (not messy)72.543318.445
studious (not goof-off)72.553518.438
open-minded (not close-minded)72.426119.037
warm (not cold)72.132720.137
rational (not whimsical)71.736023.140
outlaw (not sheriff)71.533923.628
🐘 (not 🐀)71.318625.532
go-getter (not slugabed)71.267622.133
demure (not vain)71.117423.844
😇 (not 😈)71.030521.047
democratic (not authoritarian)70.924824.427
normal (not weird)70.712724.442
liberal (not conservative)70.733019.135
scheduled (not spontaneous)70.542828.244
precise (not vague)70.442122.643
🐴 (not 🦄)70.427133.637
slow-talking (not fast-talking)70.410326.137
🧢 (not 🎩)70.328330.339
frugal (not lavish)70.227922.232
active (not slothful)70.273021.633
chaste (not lustful)69.915222.532
hoarder (not unprepared)69.824224.422
fresh (not stinky)69.852923.126
🤠 (not 🤑)69.634924.934
musical (not off-key)69.517023.639
poetic (not factual)69.318126.942
reasoned (not instinctual)68.817930.433
logical (not emotional)68.724225.947
methodical (not astonishing)68.636724.836
decisive (not hesitant)68.559627.533
extraordinary (not mundane)68.454426.152
self-assured (not self-conscious)68.155531.543
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)68.112723.543
genuine (not sarcastic)68.034823.642
suspicious (not awkward)67.852121.039
classical (not avant-garde)67.632526.633
provincial (not cosmopolitan)67.420229.634
tame (not wild)67.422926.353
relaxed (not tense)67.210324.027
lenient (not strict)67.128424.936
stoic (not expressive)66.824526.643
🥰 (not 🙃)66.728930.543
😊 (not 🤣)66.642826.537
workaholic (not slacker)66.579119.846
permanent (not transient)66.431527.729
backdoor (not official)66.039631.636
concrete (not abstract)65.937833.126
family-first (not work-first)65.939824.136
secretive (not open-book)65.953226.950
trusting (not suspicious)65.827830.534
purple (not orange)65.823228.740
involved (not remote)65.762628.439
rural (not urban)65.718325.646
theist (not atheist)65.520826.325
punk rock (not preppy)65.532924.935
private (not gregarious)65.349526.149
🐮 (not 🐷)65.323524.619
works hard (not plays hard)65.264221.327
bookish (not sporty)65.059227.544
insider (not outsider)64.722333.236
🤐 (not 😜)64.737529.842
vegan (not cannibal)64.737326.237
moderate (not extreme)64.620222.933
devout (not heathen)64.538723.526
literary (not mathematical)64.544428.526
feminist (not sexist)64.566016.324
macho (not metrosexual)64.527225.739
unlucky (not fortunate)64.335828.243
smooth (not rough)64.334428.137
🏌 (not 🤺)64.29930.446
specialist (not generalist)64.044630.134
curious (not apathetic)63.964026.730
pure (not debased)63.944425.524
luddite (not technophile)63.931630.89
low-tech (not high-tech)63.941032.332
eloquent (not unpolished)63.960125.524
impartial (not biased)63.85323.440
French (not Russian)63.842420.329
glad (not mad)63.529823.126
practical (not imaginative)63.258926.943
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)63.054423.222
mysterious (not unambiguous)63.036529.633
proper (not scandalous)63.043729.432
vibrant (not geriatric)62.767225.840
driven (not unambitious)62.6105027.133
serious (not playful)62.461221.334
child free (not pronatalist)62.458434.029
😎 (not 🧐)62.348533.246
gracious (not feisty)62.217126.253
flexible (not rigid)61.928625.435
reserved (not chatty)61.844227.622
circular (not linear)61.829125.638
👽 (not 🤡)61.743225.035
Italian (not Swedish)61.743316.831
bright (not depressed)61.643329.142
thick (not thin)61.431124.241
sober (not indulgent)61.236530.446
conspiracist (not sheeple)61.165828.530
objective (not subjective)60.926823.731
romantic (not dispassionate)60.971323.852
aloof (not obsessed)60.810221.431
sweet (not bitter)60.846825.636
libertarian (not socialist)60.439332.138
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)60.452831.726
chortling (not giggling)60.363129.341
dominant (not submissive)60.174924.423
existentialist (not nihilist)59.658126.930
focused on the present (not focused on the future)59.541932.137
sorrowful (not cheery)59.262222.234
💝 (not 💔)59.148733.036
👻 (not 🤖)58.846927.629
bossy (not meek)58.782321.833
nonpolitical (not political)58.734228.237
skeptical (not spiritual)58.481729.344
sleepy (not frenzied)58.47223.137
trusting (not charming)58.337428.129
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)58.380530.537
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)58.350332.727
western (not eastern)58.269731.829
subdued (not exuberant)58.234030.236
theoretical (not empirical)58.119732.743
careful (not brave)58.028626.732
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)58.030227.338
😀 (not 😭)58.044428.241
🦒 (not 🐐)58.017830.425
artistic (not scientific)57.750424.934
straightforward (not cryptic)57.781631.751
deviant (not average)57.766824.336
first-mate (not captain)57.755435.026
joyful (not miserable)57.438724.543
spelunker (not claustrophobic)57.268126.930
nerd (not jock)57.167026.029
well behaved (not mischievous)57.044332.135
ranged (not melee)57.054727.830
resigned (not resistant)56.611628.844
hipster (not basic)56.533927.723
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)56.552428.424
crafty (not scholarly)56.469032.738
regular (not zany)56.438329.228
fast (not slow)56.285326.143
rebellious (not obedient)56.272327.829
real (not philosophical)56.179035.632
unorthodox (not traditional)56.163430.429
statist (not anarchist)56.157525.928
playful (not shy)56.086325.939
scruffy (not manicured)56.042329.141
industrial (not domestic)55.957625.522
trolling (not triggered)55.930824.933
🧗 (not 🛌)55.875127.828
prestigious (not disreputable)55.774828.731
loose (not tight)55.634721.135
social (not reclusive)55.564030.937
morning lark (not night owl)55.439430.436
drop out (not valedictorian)55.139028.233
politically correct (not edgy)55.044428.133
lighthearted (not intense)55.033023.744
serious (not bold)54.948232.334
varied (not repetitive)54.933228.538
🐩 (not 🐒)54.860630.529
complicated (not simple)54.582532.430
communal (not individualist)54.539728.542
🤫 (not 🤔)54.035028.327
tailor (not blacksmith)53.977831.236
sad (not happy)53.875321.934
monastic (not hedonist)53.742129.722
vanilla (not kinky)53.559227.427
refined (not rugged)53.471227.952
creative (not conventional)53.466730.843
moist (not dry)53.358322.835
builder (not explorer)53.259230.334
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.137927.722
🥳 (not 🥴)53.049324.537
gloomy (not sunny)52.870623.748
metaphorical (not literal)52.736634.040
monochrome (not multicolored)52.760931.426
passive (not assertive)52.631825.726
formal (not intimate)52.462128.828
enslaved (not emancipated)52.231028.427
unpatriotic (not patriotic)52.125625.532
spicy (not mild)51.883127.829
pessimistic (not optimistic)51.864323.630
introvert (not extrovert)51.750529.345
low self esteem (not narcissistic)51.645819.539
🐿 (not 🦇)51.572730.937
folksy (not presidential)51.558232.224
traumatized (not flourishing)51.486629.139
stylish (not slovenly)51.383928.326
soft (not hard)51.256522.841
Roman (not Greek)51.267028.924
🧕 (not 💃)51.144025.236
highbrow (not lowbrow)51.086727.522
soft (not hard)50.956526.138

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 Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Lester Freamon (0.837)
  2. Hakoda (0.826)
  3. Obi-Wan Kenobi (0.822)
  4. Derrial Book (0.818)
  5. Davos Seaworth (0.809)
  1. Joffrey Baratheon (-0.716)
  2. Jonah Ryan (-0.689)
  3. Prince John (-0.682)
  4. Arturo Roman (-0.655)
  5. James Taggart (-0.651)

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: ESTJ (r = 0.59)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.53)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.45)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.44)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.37)
  6. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.35)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.3)
  8. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.26)
  9. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.22)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.21)
  11. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.21)
  12. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.19)
  13. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.17)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.16)
  15. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.16)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.05)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.01)
  18. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.01)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.06)
  20. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.06)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.1)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.16)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.19)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.24)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.32)


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