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Donald Cragen Personality Statistics

Donald Cragen 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
gendered (not androgynous)90.55215.0111
mature (not juvenile)90.53514.662
captain (not first-mate)90.47114.8342
straight (not queer)89.58217.4110
non-gamer (not gamer)89.23217.729
masculine (not feminine)89.016412.7302
prudish (not flirtatious)89.089.111
sheriff (not outlaw)88.94213.3355
devoted (not unfaithful)88.91859.59
realistic (not fantastical)88.22518.532
rational (not whimsical)87.93412.0322
pointed (not random)87.69221.124
diligent (not lazy)87.439013.0293
master (not apprentice)87.117612.4129
workaholic (not slacker)86.727616.879
loyal (not traitorous)86.636414.1315
on-time (not tardy)86.617514.235
deliberate (not spontaneous)86.68312.3337
confidential (not gossiping)86.512513.8376
studious (not goof-off)86.416513.982
serious (not playful)85.813012.6346
basic (not hipster)85.63715.7321
motivated (not unmotivated)85.447719.919
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.213015.2341
works hard (not plays hard)85.212714.8320
practical (not imaginative)85.27712.9335
competent (not incompetent)85.230616.8310
modest (not flamboyant)84.74615.7327
old (not young)84.710312.4354
civilized (not barbaric)84.620213.8326
orderly (not chaotic)84.410114.6311
down2earth (not head@clouds)84.45918.2315
self-disciplined (not disorganized)84.232715.5310
human (not animalistic)83.718214.5292
resourceful (not helpless)83.638814.469
sensible (not ludicrous)83.66216.1277
no-nonsense (not dramatic)83.36118.7136
straightforward (not cryptic)83.16419.9302
reassuring (not fearmongering)83.16514.88
businesslike (not chivalrous)83.09621.529
pro (not noob)82.934120.374
wise (not foolish)82.912516.4332
honorable (not cunning)82.89716.5351
direct (not roundabout)82.719117.7324
perceptive (not unobservant)82.742112.719
hard-work (not natural-talent)82.75813.531
never cries (not often crying)82.516016.815
coordinated (not clumsy)82.131916.1282
persistent (not quitter)81.876919.178
distant (not touchy-feely)81.713315.321
vintage (not trendy)81.322616.123
high standards (not desperate)81.117822.027
heroic (not villainous)80.942117.4328
scientific (not artistic)80.719215.1295
cautious (not impulsive)80.510815.9306
conventional (not creative)80.49317.0274
official (not backdoor)80.16118.4300
privileged (not oppressed)80.032718.422
tight (not loose)80.019713.226
one-faced (not two-faced)80.028425.647
opinionated (not jealous)79.819815.918
neurotypical (not autistic)79.715517.4298
precise (not vague)79.622417.1234
private (not gregarious)79.517714.9310
valedictorian (not drop out)79.340419.776
knowledgeable (not ignorant)79.341418.334
frank (not sugarcoated)79.333226.314
methodical (not astonishing)79.212017.8284
rock (not rap)79.131213.113
well behaved (not mischievous)78.911019.8313
driven (not unambitious)78.970419.7327
serious (not bold)78.86618.8335
chortling (not giggling)78.812020.418
factual (not poetic)78.716015.024
patriotic (not unpatriotic)78.622719.681
formal (not intimate)78.513619.6130
respectful (not rude)78.429718.1329
concrete (not abstract)78.410919.497
assertive (not passive)78.345420.0306
tactful (not indiscreet)78.215318.663
high IQ (not low IQ)77.865215.2279
sturdy (not flimsy)77.834523.619
clean (not perverted)77.837425.432
prestigious (not disreputable)77.625319.8267
proper (not scandalous)77.619519.5273
presidential (not folksy)77.619512.622
tasteful (not lewd)77.320819.6314
vanilla (not kinky)77.313622.9267
realist (not idealist)77.214123.770
permanent (not transient)77.210121.996
corporate (not freelance)77.116824.317
tame (not wild)77.011117.3274
monochrome (not multicolored)76.713722.532
🐴 (not 🦄)76.717125.770
logical (not emotional)76.515518.9310
gloomy (not sunny)76.524710.324
decisive (not hesitant)76.344522.2313
bossy (not meek)76.255717.9311
egalitarian (not racist)76.173722.075
reliable (not experimental)76.123724.722
intellectual (not physical)76.044120.1304
tense (not relaxed)76.054317.3277
reserved (not chatty)76.021817.7306
bookish (not sporty)76.047319.4311
literal (not metaphorical)75.914419.0316
🧐 (not 😎)75.913422.486
low-tech (not high-tech)75.817916.3305
normal (not weird)75.67819.4305
work-first (not family-first)75.630121.1322
compersive (not jealous)75.512317.6259
average (not deviant)75.35120.6240
consistent (not variable)75.222322.520
predictable (not quirky)75.19528.013
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)75.050120.867
🤐 (not 😜)75.019720.161
stoic (not hypochondriac)75.017215.911
regular (not zany)74.97120.670
traditional (not unorthodox)74.917721.658
alert (not oblivious)74.946924.467
gatherer (not hunter)74.821224.813
statist (not anarchist)74.714221.072
altruistic (not selfish)74.631217.0313
classical (not avant-garde)74.519822.035
fixable (not unfixable)74.514114.219
sane (not crazy)74.418321.974
mighty (not puny)74.450017.7318
thick-skinned (not sensitive)74.221122.4349
armoured (not vulnerable)73.938820.1321
dominant (not submissive)73.958521.3311
demanding (not unchallenging)73.967525.441
concise (not long-winded)73.911823.414
reasoned (not instinctual)73.812621.9312
important (not irrelevant)73.875925.9134
worldly (not innocent)73.853521.8286
builder (not explorer)73.713618.3282
realistic (not ambitious)73.78026.834
confident (not insecure)73.752823.0323
legit (not scrub)73.656323.8123
kind (not cruel)73.663517.8320
neat (not messy)73.550220.2245
treasure (not trash)73.574321.088
🧠 (not 💪)73.456823.880
skeptical (not spiritual)73.351921.4298
🥶 (not 🥵)73.310923.124
guarded (not open)73.161417.7321
wooden (not plastic)73.036223.729
alpha (not beta)72.955424.3320
real (not philosophical)72.829122.3239
devout (not heathen)72.722118.8275
empath (not psychopath)72.746921.723
independent (not codependent)72.649627.0289
bold (not shy)72.691420.2326
reasonable (not deranged)72.538021.690
washed (not muddy)72.437418.810
obedient (not rebellious)72.019922.3310
🤔 (not 🤫)72.015021.250
not genocidal (not genocidal)72.060435.813
chaste (not lustful)71.913519.9303
sober (not indulgent)71.917325.0305
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)71.919917.8330
queen (not princess)71.949029.010
stoic (not expressive)71.918522.7318
normie (not freak)71.719325.329
historical (not modern)71.625719.2243
prideful (not envious)71.651316.637
frugal (not lavish)71.526517.8283
go-getter (not slugabed)71.580721.671
self-assured (not self-conscious)71.451623.9284
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)71.428024.775
earth (not air)71.233526.033
politically correct (not edgy)70.821721.5307
luddite (not technophile)70.816219.6262
white knight (not bad boy)70.745823.517
resolute (not wavering)70.749221.964
scholarly (not crafty)70.620823.1333
😬 (not 😏)70.517124.170
subdued (not exuberant)70.411522.722
cynical (not gullible)70.448821.213
strict (not lenient)70.442219.5324
penny-pincher (not overspender)70.427121.197
forgiving (not vengeful)70.233320.7289
stable (not moody)70.112025.0308
nurturing (not poisonous)70.152219.8113
still (not twitchy)70.116326.145
insider (not outsider)70.013921.8253
mad (not glad)69.941820.477
dry (not moist)69.822718.826
OCD (not ADHD)69.653218.630
rhythmic (not stuttering)69.564226.929
sorrowful (not cheery)69.246715.4316
moderate (not extreme)69.116321.5303
soulful (not soulless)69.178723.652
inspiring (not cringeworthy)69.043626.552
dramatic (not comedic)68.964522.636
factual (not exaggerating)68.835926.821
giving (not receiving)68.753222.315
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)68.665523.476
street-smart (not sheltered)68.559922.9252
utilitarian (not decorative)68.449125.356
🤖 (not 👻)68.424824.362
mild (not spicy)68.321524.0312
intense (not lighthearted)68.267826.131
winter (not summer)68.035623.621
demure (not vain)67.927220.3305
paranoid (not naive)67.844014.016
deep (not shallow)67.552422.092
fresh (not stinky)67.571524.297
genius (not dunce)67.467618.3300
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)67.341226.3301
picky (not always down)67.341419.815
off-key (not musical)67.131724.623
disarming (not creepy)66.970922.0109
enlightened (not lost)66.729820.729
efficient (not overprepared)66.754719.826
eloquent (not unpolished)66.564024.3284
reclusive (not social)66.434321.0128
geriatric (not vibrant)66.413819.423
haunted (not blissful)66.468124.934
rigid (not flexible)66.346821.3326
trusting (not charming)66.223421.8315
wholesome (not salacious)66.254726.980
believable (not poorly-written)66.2104229.526
unambiguous (not mysterious)66.143526.4320
sage (not whippersnapper)66.125731.112
profound (not ironic)66.123423.532
repetitive (not varied)65.939425.6102
overachiever (not underachiever)65.892227.742
empirical (not theoretical)65.626627.2297
angelic (not demonic)65.655319.4288
linear (not circular)65.523428.432
asexual (not sexual)65.523525.131
🏀 (not 🎨)65.537427.037
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)65.441828.527
centrist (not radical)65.419422.421
genuine (not sarcastic)65.245327.0302
miserable (not joyful)65.258220.270
badass (not weakass)65.189728.240
healthy (not sickly)65.083621.2333
pensive (not serene)65.079023.926
transparent (not machiavellian)64.933625.120
introspective (not not introspective)64.862027.687
hard (not soft)64.758821.4313
objective (not subjective)64.322323.935
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)64.234227.978
🏌 (not 🤺)64.112328.983
involved (not remote)63.984325.6304
hoarder (not unprepared)63.956017.6250
cooperative (not competitive)63.831227.5295
English (not German)63.8109732.426
🐘 (not 🐀)63.738729.894
generous (not stingy)63.764924.732
😇 (not 😈)63.553724.780
deep (not epic)63.525324.626
equitable (not hypocritical)63.451128.379
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)63.328824.623
ranged (not melee)63.334723.915
political (not nonpolitical)63.256026.4273
calm (not anxious)63.232925.0340
nerd (not jock)63.268524.5292
emancipated (not enslaved)63.274627.0255
attentive (not interrupting)63.050030.334
humble (not arrogant)62.941523.2310
hurried (not leisurely)62.952723.3310
manicured (not scruffy)62.981225.2302
thick (not thin)62.836719.1198
🤠 (not 🤑)62.766325.171
🐩 (not 🐒)62.750928.563
rustic (not cultured)62.730730.815
humorless (not funny)62.635023.8318
📈 (not 📉)62.667526.866
triggered (not trolling)62.668523.723
protagonist (not antagonist)62.589530.511
focused on the present (not focused on the future)62.439726.0254
provincial (not cosmopolitan)62.336726.3255
😊 (not 🤣)62.366724.677
suspicious (not awkward)62.278323.8297
hard (not soft)62.263224.950
slow-talking (not fast-talking)62.124324.926
thrifty (not extravagant)62.149722.730
everyman (not chosen one)62.138929.326
Italian (not Swedish)62.050627.820
active (not slothful)61.9113524.9310
complimentary (not insulting)61.959521.456
conservative (not liberal)61.832327.974
monastic (not hedonist)61.823823.854
🐐 (not 🦒)61.862429.696
secretive (not open-book)61.777822.829
unemotional (not emotional)61.724128.822
impartial (not biased)61.68724.3309
macho (not metrosexual)61.636423.620
sad (not happy)61.568916.2282
urban (not rural)61.588328.0117
🥴 (not 🥳)61.553226.661
🧕 (not 💃)61.522228.3104
🐿 (not 🦇)61.562028.859
orange (not purple)61.340026.9244
jaded (not innocent)61.283130.316
refined (not rugged)61.168427.1306
libertarian (not socialist)60.943624.9247
feminist (not sexist)60.885825.079
monotone (not expressive)60.831932.317
frenzied (not sleepy)60.7111522.122
🌟 (not 💩)60.699328.783
rich (not poor)60.575317.6299
uncreative (not open to new experinces)60.324324.8311
mundane (not extraordinary)60.124326.2345
pure (not debased)60.061523.1261
pessimistic (not optimistic)60.055722.8306
offended (not chill)59.966725.827
🙃 (not 🥰)59.752430.0106
stubborn (not accommodating)59.6102630.741
pretentious (not unassuming)59.568922.375
🛌 (not 🧗)59.335226.9112
fighter (not lover)59.260525.427
morning lark (not night owl)59.140130.8198
French (not Russian)59.069328.815
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)59.039231.428
highbrow (not lowbrow)58.779924.0271
charismatic (not uninspiring)58.7112227.1317
water (not fire)58.740426.521
💀 (not 🎃)58.564630.326
communal (not individualist)58.433929.754
analysis (not common sense)58.467232.432
indie (not pop)58.281132.512
careful (not brave)58.034926.6292
introvert (not extrovert)57.846724.5288
minimalist (not pack rat)57.862426.362
bashful (not exhibitionist)57.530826.622
dog person (not cat person)57.462232.416
curious (not apathetic)57.3101025.8292
child free (not pronatalist)57.188727.5236
🎩 (not 🧢)57.171334.164
self-improving (not self-destructive)57.153122.827
authoritarian (not democratic)57.056727.2322
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)57.065727.0245
🥾 (not 👟)57.059331.869
mathematical (not literary)56.944928.7253
depressed (not bright)56.955924.0305
cocky (not timid)56.9106926.311
👽 (not 🤡)56.869428.669
flower child (not goth)56.886121.812
slovenly (not stylish)56.742425.3298
quiet (not loud)56.658524.9324
fortunate (not unlucky)56.356723.9251
sheeple (not conspiracist)56.325524.1192
shy (not playful)56.128620.4252
punchable (not loveable)56.147224.620
claustrophobic (not spelunker)56.035726.424
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)55.871025.865
Coke (not Pepsi)55.857833.137
opinionated (not neutral)55.8134232.039
contrarian (not yes-man)55.885326.518
theist (not atheist)55.746626.435
specialist (not generalist)55.786129.548
obsessed (not aloof)55.699323.5282
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)55.153129.469
mainstream (not arcane)54.651830.0281
ugly (not beautiful)54.626826.076
preppy (not punk rock)54.586324.315
thinker (not doer)54.539732.139
angry (not good-humored)54.462322.3314
existentialist (not nihilist)54.494224.946
😭 (not 😀)54.466125.769
gracious (not feisty)54.235325.7296
💔 (not 💝)54.263827.7113
tautology (not oxymoron)54.232921.115
dispassionate (not romantic)54.138726.619
suspicious (not trusting)54.082228.4317
tall (not short)53.785123.9311
bitter (not sweet)53.673622.5321
🐷 (not 🐮)53.544531.697
tailor (not blacksmith)53.593428.622
cold (not warm)53.466124.1319
love-focused (not money-focused)53.3102828.924
good-cook (not bad-cook)53.267824.126
grateful (not entitled)53.271028.830
repulsive (not attractive)53.035022.2287
rough (not smooth)53.072225.6312
slow (not fast)52.935822.4289
open-minded (not close-minded)52.993825.4313
traumatized (not flourishing)52.9100224.922
interesting (not tiresome)52.7116125.9334
cannibal (not vegan)52.772120.522
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)52.793634.316
industrial (not domestic)52.678028.646
complicated (not simple)52.5108229.1339
patient (not impatient)52.553228.6113
quarrelsome (not warm)52.384923.3300
reactive (not proactive)52.380737.210
ferocious (not pacifist)52.197224.6262
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.060529.6238
cheesy (not chic)52.082130.823
awkward (not charming)51.854424.6291
narcissistic (not low self esteem)51.497719.331
interested (not bored)51.2122729.227
resigned (not resistant)51.025027.2299
cool (not dorky)51.088727.261
western (not eastern)51.0124631.075
accepting (not judgemental)50.375824.9245
Roman (not Greek)50.586931.922

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. George S. Hammond (0.902)
  2. Capt. Oliver Queenan (0.897)
  3. Aaron Hotchner (0.895)
  4. Captain Jim Brass (0.89)
  5. Harold Cooper (0.889)
  6. Leo McGarry (0.874)
  7. Charlie Carson (0.869)
  8. Walter Skinner (0.863)
  9. Karen Vick (0.862)
  10. Richard Webber (0.862)
  1. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.659)
  2. George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (-0.637)
  3. Cheryl Tunt (-0.634)
  4. Michael Kelso (-0.631)
  5. Jeff Portnoy (-0.609)
  6. Alan (-0.6)
  7. F. Tony Scarapiducci (-0.586)
  8. Klaus Hargreeves (-0.585)
  9. Lydia Bennet (-0.584)
  10. Myrtle Wilson (-0.576)

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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