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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)91.04014.5107
mature (not juvenile)90.72615.749
captain (not first-mate)90.66414.7348
straight (not queer)90.55414.9103
sheriff (not outlaw)88.83413.5362
masculine (not feminine)88.613313.1286
rational (not whimsical)88.02712.0321
diligent (not lazy)87.134413.3291
confidential (not gossiping)87.010213.1362
master (not apprentice)87.015812.4130
loyal (not traitorous)86.927413.7303
studious (not goof-off)86.913913.881
deliberate (not spontaneous)86.77812.4337
basic (not hipster)85.72715.7323
workaholic (not slacker)85.726117.672
modest (not flamboyant)85.63314.1323
competent (not incompetent)85.623716.1307
serious (not playful)85.513212.7340
practical (not imaginative)85.26412.6323
works hard (not plays hard)85.011415.0324
scheduled (not spontaneous)84.911615.6342
civilized (not barbaric)84.616813.9318
down2earth (not head@clouds)84.45118.1320
orderly (not chaotic)84.38315.1304
resourceful (not helpless)84.328814.461
old (not young)84.18912.7341
sensible (not ludicrous)84.05615.9284
self-disciplined (not disorganized)84.028215.9301
perceptive (not unobservant)83.632913.117
no-nonsense (not dramatic)83.63818.7132
human (not animalistic)83.516515.3288
straightforward (not cryptic)83.35220.0296
wise (not foolish)83.29715.9323
pro (not noob)82.927419.668
honorable (not cunning)82.68916.5348
direct (not roundabout)82.517517.7321
privileged (not oppressed)82.423914.117
coordinated (not clumsy)82.326716.0275
valedictorian (not drop out)81.727415.365
knowledgeable (not ignorant)81.627916.121
heroic (not villainous)81.133917.0318
cautious (not impulsive)80.88215.9307
scientific (not artistic)80.715515.1285
official (not backdoor)80.35818.9295
gatherer (not hunter)80.310416.712
conventional (not creative)80.27817.2270
precise (not vague)79.719216.9235
persistent (not quitter)79.772019.967
neurotypical (not autistic)79.614117.9298
concrete (not abstract)79.67717.092
private (not gregarious)79.515214.5322
reliable (not experimental)79.512326.112
methodical (not astonishing)79.310517.2285
patriotic (not unpatriotic)79.018520.870
formal (not intimate)78.812119.4128
well behaved (not mischievous)78.710220.0312
driven (not unambitious)78.762119.9328
factual (not poetic)78.611917.214
tight (not loose)78.422112.920
prestigious (not disreputable)78.419619.4279
respectful (not rude)78.224017.9322
serious (not bold)78.05519.7327
consistent (not variable)78.012918.312
assertive (not passive)77.940820.2304
tasteful (not lewd)77.718119.1311
realist (not idealist)77.79623.860
proper (not scandalous)77.416519.4263
high IQ (not low IQ)77.454915.0279
tactful (not indiscreet)77.414318.760
tame (not wild)77.28416.9259
permanent (not transient)77.19022.397
logical (not emotional)76.812218.5303
vanilla (not kinky)76.812523.3269
traditional (not unorthodox)76.711320.247
decisive (not hesitant)76.637322.3321
regular (not zany)76.53419.068
reserved (not chatty)76.418217.9305
bossy (not meek)76.346017.6304
average (not deviant)76.33520.1240
presidential (not folksy)76.31959.617
normal (not weird)76.25219.3299
low-tech (not high-tech)75.816216.5307
bookish (not sporty)75.838019.6300
gloomy (not sunny)75.82229.815
literal (not metaphorical)75.712019.4326
intellectual (not physical)75.736020.0299
compersive (not jealous)75.611217.4258
work-first (not family-first)75.626021.0317
alert (not oblivious)75.537323.864
🤐 (not 😜)75.315220.158
egalitarian (not racist)75.265322.866
🧐 (not 😎)75.213222.981
tense (not relaxed)75.246717.8273
🐴 (not 🦄)74.816226.563
confident (not insecure)74.742822.2321
mighty (not puny)74.641617.4312
altruistic (not selfish)74.625116.7313
sane (not crazy)74.614322.569
chortling (not giggling)74.619722.812
monochrome (not multicolored)74.413922.831
treasure (not trash)74.458521.379
reasoned (not instinctual)74.39521.4312
thick-skinned (not sensitive)74.317322.1351
skeptical (not spiritual)74.340020.5295
🧠 (not 💪)74.342624.076
worldly (not innocent)74.242721.2283
statist (not anarchist)74.212120.964
classical (not avant-garde)74.017123.131
legit (not scrub)74.046024.0112
dominant (not submissive)73.949921.4296
sturdy (not flimsy)73.939724.815
armoured (not vulnerable)73.833520.0316
intense (not lighthearted)73.744021.123
reasonable (not deranged)73.627921.178
kind (not cruel)73.551717.9311
neat (not messy)73.540120.0235
important (not irrelevant)73.364225.6124
resolute (not wavering)73.333320.558
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)73.320723.367
guarded (not open)73.249317.8319
builder (not explorer)73.111619.3285
real (not philosophical)73.023021.9241
fixable (not unfixable)72.916611.214
devout (not heathen)72.720118.8279
stoic (not expressive)72.616422.5319
bold (not shy)72.575920.0321
dry (not moist)72.514719.818
sober (not indulgent)72.414224.8309
alpha (not beta)72.446224.7315
chaste (not lustful)72.211920.0299
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)72.249421.359
obedient (not rebellious)72.115522.2311
self-assured (not self-conscious)72.043922.9288
historical (not modern)71.921618.5234
frugal (not lavish)71.923217.0286
luddite (not technophile)71.814118.3258
corporate (not freelance)71.820722.210
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)71.717218.0326
go-getter (not slugabed)71.765121.762
🤔 (not 🤫)71.714623.046
independent (not codependent)71.642126.9288
efficient (not overprepared)71.329617.718
penny-pincher (not overspender)70.821821.390
strict (not lenient)70.534919.1311
politically correct (not edgy)70.516821.6310
scholarly (not crafty)70.516422.8329
mad (not glad)70.433720.468
stable (not moody)70.210324.9317
subdued (not exuberant)70.210421.518
forgiving (not vengeful)70.228721.1293
insider (not outsider)70.012621.8252
nurturing (not poisonous)70.043318.9111
street-smart (not sheltered)69.946122.2250
utilitarian (not decorative)69.837925.447
macho (not metrosexual)69.818422.214
sorrowful (not cheery)69.436314.9314
😬 (not 😏)69.016225.068
moderate (not extreme)68.913421.4295
rhythmic (not stuttering)68.656229.324
mild (not spicy)68.316923.7307
demure (not vain)68.323120.1308
disarming (not creepy)68.355120.9107
inspiring (not cringeworthy)68.137025.648
🤖 (not 👻)68.122124.357
soulful (not soulless)68.067124.347
fresh (not stinky)67.957124.395
off-key (not musical)67.924526.117
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)67.955423.275
genius (not dunce)67.753618.2294
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)67.334626.2298
deep (not shallow)67.043522.585
reclusive (not social)66.628020.3123
🏌 (not 🤺)66.67927.779
sage (not whippersnapper)66.622528.49
trusting (not charming)66.517421.9314
secretive (not open-book)66.551324.015
eloquent (not unpolished)66.454324.2285
unambiguous (not mysterious)66.234826.5320
introspective (not not introspective)66.145126.783
enlightened (not lost)66.125418.921
empirical (not theoretical)65.922727.4298
rigid (not flexible)65.838821.4322
hard (not soft)65.846422.343
angelic (not demonic)65.647019.3291
English (not German)65.678733.919
believable (not poorly-written)65.490030.319
linear (not circular)65.422828.024
objective (not subjective)65.316324.230
equitable (not hypocritical)65.138327.975
genuine (not sarcastic)64.739527.0294
wholesome (not salacious)64.746827.272
🐘 (not 🐀)64.630829.695
healthy (not sickly)64.671921.2327
miserable (not joyful)64.649420.765
hard (not soft)64.549821.3316
self-improving (not self-destructive)64.529020.016
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)64.427027.879
hoarder (not unprepared)64.243117.4244
repetitive (not varied)64.238626.399
humble (not arrogant)64.132422.9308
involved (not remote)63.868725.8313
cooperative (not competitive)63.626127.7292
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)63.623825.815
🧕 (not 💃)63.318026.999
🐩 (not 🐒)63.241928.057
hurried (not leisurely)63.141223.4314
calm (not anxious)63.029024.9345
nerd (not jock)63.056724.8295
thick (not thin)62.929119.2197
humorless (not funny)62.827822.9316
political (not nonpolitical)62.747626.6276
emancipated (not enslaved)62.762426.9248
geriatric (not vibrant)62.715919.917
🐐 (not 🦒)62.649529.394
provincial (not cosmopolitan)62.529826.1252
sad (not happy)62.255815.9280
manicured (not scruffy)62.169225.2304
🌟 (not 💩)62.178828.468
😇 (not 😈)62.146723.367
suspicious (not awkward)62.065523.5295
focused on the present (not focused on the future)61.935025.9262
impartial (not biased)61.96924.5312
triggered (not trolling)61.957120.215
libertarian (not socialist)61.733724.6248
conservative (not liberal)61.726326.966
active (not slothful)61.494525.0305
refined (not rugged)61.358026.7304
French (not Russian)61.351128.311
😊 (not 🤣)61.257524.876
🥴 (not 🥳)61.144926.957
rich (not poor)60.960217.3292
🐿 (not 🦇)60.951229.152
orange (not purple)60.834027.1242
complimentary (not insulting)60.850219.949
urban (not rural)60.771827.7116
Italian (not Swedish)60.646227.316
ranged (not melee)60.639122.514
🤠 (not 🤑)60.558924.061
slow-talking (not fast-talking)60.524625.118
pure (not debased)60.450822.9267
feminist (not sexist)60.472425.673
uncreative (not open to new experinces)60.320624.7320
pessimistic (not optimistic)60.245022.7295
communal (not individualist)60.225730.052
mundane (not extraordinary)60.120126.1342
pretentious (not unassuming)60.055421.775
🙃 (not 🥰)60.042929.5104
📈 (not 📉)59.964927.862
monastic (not hedonist)59.824725.944
🛌 (not 🧗)59.228227.1110
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)59.132229.322
morning lark (not night owl)58.632730.8199
careful (not brave)58.427826.4293
introvert (not extrovert)58.435724.5297
charismatic (not uninspiring)58.392927.1313
curious (not apathetic)58.281325.4294
authoritarian (not democratic)58.045826.7321
highbrow (not lowbrow)57.867524.4276
cannibal (not vegan)57.749016.720
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)57.553327.2247
minimalist (not pack rat)57.452827.657
theist (not atheist)57.337425.333
dispassionate (not romantic)57.226521.613
quiet (not loud)57.147324.6322
specialist (not generalist)57.166127.040
depressed (not bright)57.044023.7301
child free (not pronatalist)56.974127.6228
mathematical (not literary)56.637228.6252
slovenly (not stylish)56.635025.4295
shy (not playful)56.523820.4248
sheeple (not conspiracist)56.423123.9187
fortunate (not unlucky)56.146923.7258
👽 (not 🤡)56.158328.463
🎩 (not 🧢)55.863033.056
🥾 (not 👟)55.751232.359
punchable (not loveable)55.639120.911
mainstream (not arcane)55.239230.0282
obsessed (not aloof)55.181423.4292
ugly (not beautiful)55.021325.271
angry (not good-humored)54.949922.3318
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)54.960926.462
suspicious (not trusting)54.867028.2319
frenzied (not sleepy)54.8106220.913
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)54.545428.668
😭 (not 😀)54.356726.166
bitter (not sweet)54.061022.7322
🐷 (not 🐮)53.937830.993
tall (not short)53.770024.0314
gracious (not feisty)53.331026.2286
open-minded (not close-minded)53.375625.4309
offended (not chill)53.372025.121
cold (not warm)53.055323.5319
existentialist (not nihilist)53.080422.940
💔 (not 💝)53.055827.2101
patient (not impatient)52.942928.4104
ferocious (not pacifist)52.878724.4257
slow (not fast)52.830721.7280
interesting (not tiresome)52.794126.0331
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.543929.8239
low self esteem (not narcissistic)52.543517.920
repulsive (not attractive)52.329422.0286
complicated (not simple)52.387228.9336
industrial (not domestic)52.267129.341
rough (not smooth)52.160525.3302
Roman (not Greek)52.161628.816
quarrelsome (not warm)52.070123.1305
tailor (not blacksmith)51.882126.119
preppy (not punk rock)51.774923.09
awkward (not charming)51.644424.4303
eastern (not western)51.427130.871
judgemental (not accepting)51.368525.1241
resigned (not resistant)51.220327.2299
dorky (not cool)50.857127.460
flourishing (not traumatized)50.244226.218
spelunker (not claustrophobic)50.784927.713

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 (0.914)
  2. Capt. Oliver Queenan (0.902)
  3. Captain Jim Brass (0.897)
  4. Charlie Carson (0.879)
  5. Leo McGarry (0.875)
  1. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.691)
  2. Cheryl Tunt (-0.652)
  3. George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (-0.646)
  4. Michael Kelso (-0.642)
  5. Klaus Hargreeves (-0.624)

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: ISTJ (r = 0.67)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.61)
  3. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.45)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.39)
  5. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.35)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.33)
  7. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.24)
  8. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.24)
  9. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.23)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.21)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.18)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.13)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.04)
  14. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.04)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.01)
  16. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.03)
  17. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.03)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.14)
  19. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.2)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.25)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.26)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.33)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.36)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.49)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.53)


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