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Olivia Benson Personality Statistics

Olivia Benson is a character from Law & Order: SVU. 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
persistent (not quitter)97.367.0107
diligent (not lazy)95.8206.7332
competent (not incompetent)94.13612.1320
heroic (not villainous)94.01611.8353
driven (not unambitious)93.85612.5372
important (not irrelevant)93.73211.2107
pro (not noob)92.96014.082
loyal (not traitorous)92.78611.1307
workaholic (not slacker)92.7578.959
feminist (not sexist)92.42712.295
resourceful (not helpless)92.3539.555
go-getter (not slugabed)92.03113.672
active (not slothful)91.8458.5341
alert (not oblivious)91.42010.485
legit (not scrub)91.11914.2115
knowledgeable (not ignorant)91.17210.016
treasure (not trash)90.84913.886
master (not apprentice)90.77212.3141
egalitarian (not racist)90.75612.778
beautiful (not ugly)90.114116.060
mature (not juvenile)89.93811.136
attractive (not repulsive)89.87013.4351
works hard (not plays hard)89.82614.0375
confidential (not gossiping)89.65112.3332
bold (not shy)89.322411.5359
kind (not cruel)89.211412.4375
deep (not shallow)89.2913.894
involved (not remote)89.11314.2326
mighty (not puny)89.05212.9325
🌟 (not 💩)88.97315.065
human (not animalistic)88.64012.4338
studious (not goof-off)88.69714.278
perceptive (not unobservant)88.41628.921
coordinated (not clumsy)88.311312.1363
soulful (not soulless)88.010511.843
assertive (not passive)87.911013.0370
self-disciplined (not disorganized)87.618213.5325
high IQ (not low IQ)87.224112.7309
inspiring (not cringeworthy)87.23621.662
alpha (not beta)87.115016.2357
believable (not poorly-written)86.84412.714
healthy (not sickly)86.58913.2348
down2earth (not head@clouds)86.33115.2332
street-smart (not sheltered)86.314214.5318
fresh (not stinky)86.28419.1119
valedictorian (not drop out)86.018019.272
nurturing (not poisonous)85.79913.6117
disarming (not creepy)85.72213.4115
reasonable (not deranged)85.75116.767
tactful (not indiscreet)85.72817.472
tasteful (not lewd)85.54816.5319
wise (not foolish)85.56215.2339
independent (not codependent)85.311119.9344
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)85.214517.487
dominant (not submissive)85.024314.1343
captain (not first-mate)84.915620.7334
prestigious (not disreputable)84.87817.2278
direct (not roundabout)84.712918.2351
precise (not vague)84.79217.3230
permanent (not transient)84.71522.0120
altruistic (not selfish)84.57917.7356
loveable (not punchable)84.310918.126
straightforward (not cryptic)84.23718.6347
charismatic (not uninspiring)84.219415.6304
rhythmic (not stuttering)84.110711.522
sensible (not ludicrous)84.05617.5337
neurotypical (not autistic)83.44116.3296
confident (not insecure)83.218916.8319
genius (not dunce)82.917112.1352
civilized (not barbaric)82.920616.5359
brave (not careful)82.512917.8363
rational (not whimsical)82.510816.4374
🧗 (not 🛌)82.516321.2140
sturdy (not flimsy)82.319617.518
honorable (not cunning)81.99820.7360
consistent (not variable)81.95822.420
respectful (not rude)81.316618.9330
sheriff (not outlaw)81.212222.2345
charming (not awkward)81.217917.6346
eloquent (not unpolished)81.121917.0311
interesting (not tiresome)81.117518.9350
decisive (not hesitant)80.926217.9365
extraordinary (not mundane)80.823619.5352
emancipated (not enslaved)80.512120.6313
curious (not apathetic)80.215424.8309
🤺 (not 🏌)80.223621.286
bossy (not meek)79.836015.8323
🐘 (not 🐀)79.83820.3111
wholesome (not salacious)79.618321.672
equitable (not hypocritical)79.57022.264
stylish (not slovenly)79.424218.9365
genuine (not sarcastic)79.313621.0338
manicured (not scruffy)78.939920.9342
fast (not slow)78.922117.5357
angelic (not demonic)78.916618.0347
neat (not messy)78.827318.0266
worldly (not innocent)78.730821.1321
complicated (not simple)78.425219.6332
presidential (not folksy)78.215927.117
straight (not queer)78.043627.2110
modest (not flamboyant)77.716317.9357
📈 (not 📉)77.68226.492
intense (not lighthearted)77.634518.718
real (not philosophical)77.612221.4246
serious (not playful)77.431315.2293
specialist (not generalist)77.410223.248
open-minded (not close-minded)77.413819.9367
cool (not dorky)77.019421.474
😇 (not 😈)76.918721.779
liberal (not conservative)76.819221.067
hunter (not gatherer)76.626122.319
reliable (not experimental)76.319029.819
suspicious (not awkward)76.228017.3312
self-assured (not self-conscious)76.230322.6344
introspective (not not introspective)76.117024.5113
no-nonsense (not dramatic)76.012624.0135
😊 (not 🤣)75.817822.271
frenzied (not sleepy)75.434116.318
orderly (not chaotic)75.327123.1321
sane (not crazy)75.112922.987
compersive (not jealous)74.812518.9281
guarded (not open)74.744721.6366
private (not gregarious)74.724520.4365
tense (not relaxed)74.748217.8330
ferocious (not pacifist)74.737622.2351
resolute (not wavering)74.729024.368
obsessed (not aloof)74.523921.3296
urban (not rural)74.235026.9117
modern (not historical)74.220920.5240
utilitarian (not decorative)74.225522.752
patriotic (not unpatriotic)74.230221.768
complimentary (not insulting)74.121422.655
scientific (not artistic)74.026518.2327
practical (not imaginative)74.030523.4350
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)74.018332.572
deliberate (not spontaneous)73.839526.2310
normal (not weird)73.78021.8347
🥰 (not 🙃)73.516630.2111
warm (not cold)73.430022.0366
sober (not indulgent)72.912623.4333
efficient (not overprepared)72.824130.125
vibrant (not geriatric)72.839918.111
resistant (not resigned)72.836623.8379
hurried (not leisurely)72.616820.2361
armoured (not vulnerable)72.538023.6329
accepting (not judgemental)72.021028.3273
🤔 (not 🤫)72.013430.965
Italian (not Swedish)72.021418.822
tight (not loose)71.839817.419
open to new experinces (not uncreative)71.748121.3330
proper (not scandalous)71.427122.7324
🐩 (not 🐒)71.325926.268
pure (not debased)71.130121.9317
demure (not vain)71.117819.5312
English (not German)71.156923.516
literal (not metaphorical)70.724021.8315
official (not backdoor)70.519026.4334
👽 (not 🤡)70.521121.966
spicy (not mild)69.646722.4331
factual (not poetic)69.431230.421
gendered (not androgynous)69.284928.3113
romantic (not dispassionate)69.251227.713
devout (not heathen)69.227222.8308
basic (not hipster)69.036020.9308
statist (not anarchist)69.023724.2130
triggered (not trolling)68.932416.716
intellectual (not physical)68.950420.5329
thick-skinned (not sensitive)68.929325.1347
humble (not arrogant)68.826524.6329
realist (not idealist)68.326326.662
self-improving (not self-destructive)67.823524.522
skeptical (not spiritual)67.660123.4326
minimalist (not pack rat)67.524823.967
🧠 (not 💪)67.559326.299
focused on the present (not focused on the future)67.321225.0325
feisty (not gracious)67.258625.0310
existentialist (not nihilist)67.227621.448
optimistic (not pessimistic)67.132724.7321
tall (not short)67.040818.7351
classical (not avant-garde)67.033825.847
objective (not subjective)66.913527.241
corporate (not freelance)66.727632.130
night owl (not morning lark)66.645726.6235
chortling (not giggling)66.545224.48
frugal (not lavish)66.336819.8301
strict (not lenient)66.143124.6327
patient (not impatient)66.121627.7113
refined (not rugged)65.948325.5315
methodical (not astonishing)65.943428.3307
warm (not quarrelsome)65.831024.8396
highbrow (not lowbrow)65.845022.0297
work-first (not family-first)65.843325.8374
insider (not outsider)65.720426.0233
Greek (not Roman)65.67030.813
😀 (not 😭)65.629926.268
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)65.341429.690
regular (not zany)64.918526.876
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)64.826230.2113
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)64.751526.5331
scheduled (not spontaneous)64.555026.9375
calm (not anxious)64.527525.0370
playful (not shy)64.566420.6314
rebellious (not obedient)64.457123.4354
stable (not moody)64.317725.2326
🧐 (not 😎)64.331133.281
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)64.334031.372
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)64.040725.1324
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)63.937625.4275
concrete (not abstract)63.842930.478
fixable (not unfixable)63.744725.213
political (not nonpolitical)63.645529.4335
hoarder (not unprepared)63.645517.8257
😏 (not 😬)63.642030.173
sage (not whippersnapper)63.628929.121
moist (not dry)63.627825.322
feminine (not masculine)63.539720.7325
well behaved (not mischievous)63.332826.0315
💝 (not 💔)63.337733.2122
sweet (not bitter)63.243222.5337
hard (not soft)62.753420.6354
🐮 (not 🐷)62.734027.390
fast-talking (not slow-talking)62.755824.723
bright (not depressed)62.640724.5348
blacksmith (not tailor)62.528832.419
penny-pincher (not overspender)62.446221.6109
democratic (not authoritarian)62.146428.9290
pronatalist (not child free)61.724429.4322
🤖 (not 👻)61.735526.963
chaste (not lustful)61.432420.7313
reserved (not chatty)61.244324.8310
spelunker (not claustrophobic)61.152831.311
secretive (not open-book)61.163923.331
rich (not poor)61.060117.0324
🥳 (not 🥴)60.529128.269
🤐 (not 😜)60.248131.284
socialist (not libertarian)59.911126.7267
traumatized (not flourishing)59.963725.327
🦄 (not 🐴)59.737535.060
forgiving (not vengeful)59.650027.7338
empirical (not theoretical)59.644628.8293
hard (not soft)59.658524.063
loud (not quiet)59.555122.7328
politically correct (not edgy)59.037028.7342
mainstream (not arcane)58.931426.9292
high-tech (not low-tech)58.747323.9311
extrovert (not introvert)58.661827.7340
formal (not intimate)58.647930.8103
instinctual (not reasoned)58.458728.6339
technophile (not luddite)58.141922.2236
exuberant (not subdued)58.062924.320
smooth (not rough)57.948627.7337
theist (not atheist)57.935924.039
individualist (not communal)57.962229.854
🤠 (not 🤑)57.964731.668
cosmopolitan (not provincial)57.751629.9277
vegan (not cannibal)57.551718.911
enlightened (not lost)57.444326.17
eastern (not western)57.314335.9118
linear (not circular)57.145534.915
purple (not orange)57.045928.8265
multicolored (not monochrome)57.048429.043
unorthodox (not traditional)57.061126.557
vanilla (not kinky)56.950826.5296
cautious (not impulsive)56.854028.2353
social (not reclusive)56.661929.5126
off-key (not musical)56.258326.218
trusting (not charming)55.944031.2336
scholarly (not crafty)55.642428.6358
privileged (not oppressed)55.580825.818
good-humored (not angry)55.463022.8330
👟 (not 🥾)55.456332.665
industrial (not domestic)55.357930.652
expressive (not stoic)55.268229.7342
💃 (not 🧕)55.076225.8112
cooperative (not competitive)54.940832.1358
conspiracist (not sheeple)54.980725.0211
explorer (not builder)54.857632.1327
sorrowful (not cheery)54.770822.6348
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)54.755531.921
thick (not thin)54.542723.4246
joyful (not miserable)54.542721.577
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)54.443733.223
average (not deviant)54.338226.7243
suspicious (not trusting)54.269032.4339
🎩 (not 🧢)54.265430.265
bookish (not sporty)53.876026.9347
extreme (not moderate)53.879826.9322
narcissistic (not low self esteem)53.875217.119
preppy (not punk rock)53.372628.029
sad (not happy)53.276320.8336
literary (not mathematical)53.075828.2318
Russian (not French)52.941530.522
emotional (not logical)52.868926.2334
nerd (not jock)52.774125.6359
tame (not wild)52.747726.2303
🐐 (not 🦒)52.787235.5106
ranged (not melee)52.772230.816
conventional (not creative)52.454528.5306
young (not old)52.476619.3323
unambiguous (not mysterious)52.470429.5330
bold (not serious)52.269430.6337
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.247929.5223
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)52.135534.780
repetitive (not varied)51.881128.3129
pretentious (not unassuming)51.874729.589
glad (not mad)51.753024.861
funny (not humorless)51.376123.8366
fortunate (not unlucky)51.160926.8304
sunny (not gloomy)51.156029.216
impartial (not biased)50.925728.1322
metrosexual (not macho)50.981229.022
monastic (not hedonist)50.254126.145
chill (not offended)50.850828.219
🐿 (not 🦇)50.474833.956
rigid (not flexible)50.576026.3306

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Peggy Carter (0.913)
  2. Kate Beckett (0.899)
  3. Benjamin Sisko (0.891)
  4. Chloe Decker (0.889)
  5. Melinda Warner (0.885)
  1. A.J. Soprano (-0.595)
  2. Barney Gumble (-0.592)
  3. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.584)
  4. Oscar Bluth (-0.584)
  5. Dennis Nedry (-0.583)

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 = 0.22)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.21)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.2)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.15)
  5. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.07)
  6. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.07)
  7. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.0)
  8. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.03)
  9. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.04)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.06)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.06)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.07)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.07)
  14. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.07)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.09)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.11)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.13)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.2)
  19. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.21)
  20. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.22)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.24)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.27)
  23. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.29)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.35)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.42)


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