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Rust Cohle Personality Statistics

Rust Cohle is a character from True Detective. 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
perceptive (not unobservant)95.7137.912
traumatized (not flourishing)94.535.74
efficient (not overprepared)94.016.76
reclusive (not social)90.7129.731
pro (not noob)90.511110.011
high IQ (not low IQ)90.414910.9228
gloomy (not sunny)90.3229.015
sorrowful (not cheery)89.8912.1281
freelance (not corporate)89.4579.010
complicated (not simple)89.33315.1262
workaholic (not slacker)89.314914.734
sad (not happy)88.81012.5283
rebellious (not obedient)88.312912.1216
miserable (not joyful)88.23116.326
deep (not shallow)88.01610.928
genius (not dunce)87.58912.2318
street-smart (not sheltered)87.411717.8187
important (not irrelevant)87.019018.950
unorthodox (not traditional)86.67718.021
introspective (not not introspective)86.52120.031
night owl (not morning lark)86.47717.0150
work-first (not family-first)86.49518.0258
confidential (not gossiping)86.311614.4239
individualist (not communal)86.17516.427
punk rock (not preppy)86.18310.913
arcane (not mainstream)86.02618.0265
serious (not playful)85.912117.6282
weird (not normal)85.98915.2301
competent (not incompetent)85.823216.1247
conspiracist (not sheeple)85.75316.9157
diligent (not lazy)85.441316.4260
edgy (not politically correct)85.37014.7267
independent (not codependent)85.111619.6231
pessimistic (not optimistic)84.44619.4278
suspicious (not trusting)84.213517.8312
mysterious (not unambiguous)84.15619.6209
persistent (not quitter)84.153421.720
master (not apprentice)84.120815.961
private (not gregarious)83.96717.5265
extreme (not moderate)83.818917.7240
interesting (not tiresome)83.412216.1278
👽 (not 🤡)83.22317.119
🥾 (not 👟)83.27218.020
bitter (not sweet)83.111516.0261
extraordinary (not mundane)83.117417.7260
wild (not tame)82.919615.7191
quarrelsome (not warm)82.715916.6259
backdoor (not official)82.78718.9216
knowledgeable (not ignorant)82.724621.210
introvert (not extrovert)82.44720.8305
secretive (not open-book)82.117612.58
resolute (not wavering)81.811819.215
hard (not soft)81.614720.027
masculine (not feminine)81.429416.4269
creative (not conventional)81.213018.9270
outsider (not insider)80.84926.4155
guarded (not open)80.728721.8250
obsessed (not aloof)80.612722.2272
depressed (not bright)80.53922.7229
anarchist (not statist)80.46621.129
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)79.93821.116
frugal (not lavish)79.87121.5261
Swedish (not Italian)79.8278.74
tense (not relaxed)79.533222.1288
worldly (not innocent)79.428720.4260
western (not eastern)79.44727.033
believable (not poorly-written)79.227623.89
dominant (not submissive)79.139217.6258
explorer (not builder)79.110118.9229
hard (not soft)79.019620.1259
mad (not glad)79.016114.419
decisive (not hesitant)78.732218.3250
driven (not unambitious)78.662422.8217
coordinated (not clumsy)78.537123.4251
atheist (not theist)78.515218.924
🤠 (not 🤑)78.513319.614
metaphorical (not literal)78.22723.5268
utilitarian (not decorative)78.213326.126
cold (not warm)78.116021.7224
gendered (not androgynous)77.856525.760
philosophical (not real)77.72326.8166
alpha (not beta)77.635722.0216
scruffy (not manicured)77.616720.9230
moody (not stable)77.528724.0276
deviant (not average)77.226121.2146
wise (not foolish)77.220318.8295
🥴 (not 🥳)77.28821.116
minimalist (not pack rat)77.16521.218
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)77.034117.810
self-destructive (not self-improving)76.919329.211
open to new experinces (not uncreative)76.733823.2288
intellectual (not physical)76.633818.8273
assertive (not passive)76.644521.0226
intense (not lighthearted)76.637524.514
reserved (not chatty)76.318424.3286
cryptic (not straightforward)76.23926.9301
works hard (not plays hard)76.235823.9291
🦇 (not 🐿)76.112720.314
mischievous (not well behaved)75.837220.5296
attractive (not repulsive)75.748620.0278
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)75.513224.7245
legit (not scrub)75.539820.633
blacksmith (not tailor)75.413419.58
tall (not short)75.323116.2285
rural (not urban)75.38424.737
hunter (not gatherer)75.128922.59
salacious (not wholesome)75.120423.89
child free (not pronatalist)74.822427.6219
mighty (not puny)74.641619.5269
😭 (not 😀)74.69523.421
rough (not smooth)74.616323.7254
bold (not shy)74.571623.2289
specialist (not generalist)74.516223.126
studious (not goof-off)74.548730.524
sage (not whippersnapper)74.59721.44
active (not slothful)74.459922.1265
brave (not careful)74.331023.5288
zany (not regular)74.326628.819
straight (not queer)74.257325.047
quiet (not loud)74.117823.0251
treasure (not trash)74.159525.227
spicy (not mild)74.036822.9265
captain (not first-mate)74.030525.6200
🤺 (not 🏌)73.941520.918
confident (not insecure)73.446324.4272
stoic (not expressive)73.315126.2268
feisty (not gracious)73.243722.3211
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)73.135425.9231
heroic (not villainous)72.756719.9309
rugged (not refined)72.624622.1301
suspicious (not awkward)72.239526.2271
alert (not oblivious)72.145631.422
🐘 (not 🐀)72.116227.825
frenzied (not sleepy)72.147523.39
angry (not good-humored)72.018122.1248
charismatic (not uninspiring)71.956324.6219
dispassionate (not romantic)71.78833.313
egalitarian (not racist)71.474921.919
🐮 (not 🐷)71.47528.022
poor (not rich)71.218717.7247
bookish (not sporty)71.246422.6243
beautiful (not ugly)71.068425.126
low-tech (not high-tech)70.925822.7258
bossy (not meek)70.957120.7261
penny-pincher (not overspender)70.821823.540
🙃 (not 🥰)70.721029.835
spelunker (not claustrophobic)70.724422.17
😈 (not 😇)70.328822.815
ferocious (not pacifist)70.147123.5289
triggered (not trolling)70.127731.010
🧠 (not 💪)69.855027.724
kinky (not vanilla)69.730122.1258
thin (not thick)69.732127.5145
scandalous (not proper)69.735025.9173
resourceful (not helpless)69.677131.317
💔 (not 💝)69.622336.830
open-minded (not close-minded)69.433327.5234
loyal (not traitorous)69.376223.1288
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)69.330526.3254
circular (not linear)69.312732.112
mature (not juvenile)69.140729.127
transient (not permanent)68.910427.972
unlucky (not fortunate)68.827024.2281
logical (not emotional)68.624227.3283
rude (not respectful)68.526022.3296
crazy (not sane)68.533126.919
arrogant (not humble)68.345524.5292
self-assured (not self-conscious)68.254830.2235
chortling (not giggling)68.239323.113
competitive (not cooperative)68.154724.9282
vengeful (not forgiving)68.038322.6266
chaotic (not orderly)67.935428.5262
🧢 (not 🎩)67.832526.613
skeptical (not spiritual)67.560432.5300
realist (not idealist)67.427831.235
armoured (not vulnerable)67.349128.7223
compersive (not jealous)67.125022.1189
curious (not apathetic)67.052430.8265
inspiring (not cringeworthy)67.040025.227
🧗 (not 🛌)67.048028.140
insulting (not complimentary)66.831228.731
sickly (not healthy)66.712924.4282
Russian (not French)66.715523.16
macho (not metrosexual)66.523422.810
indulgent (not sober)66.141129.4287
libertarian (not socialist)66.120728.1233
heathen (not devout)66.125228.9234
emancipated (not enslaved)66.152630.1255
geriatric (not vibrant)66.011124.410
English (not German)65.977623.88
equitable (not hypocritical)65.736621.428
deliberate (not spontaneous)65.658929.4279
outlaw (not sheriff)65.342324.7266
direct (not roundabout)65.163031.8291
luddite (not technophile)65.128624.9231
dry (not moist)65.128419.97
resistant (not resigned)65.065229.7245
🤔 (not 🤫)65.034138.520
rhythmic (not stuttering)65.065724.35
imaginative (not practical)64.925827.9241
humorless (not funny)64.823527.4252
go-getter (not slugabed)64.886625.430
🌟 (not 💩)64.873633.724
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)64.824933.420
autistic (not neurotypical)64.75926.9239
disreputable (not prestigious)64.721726.4170
nonpolitical (not political)64.622731.0259
charming (not trusting)64.440023.7292
unpatriotic (not patriotic)64.27929.221
liberal (not conservative)64.151132.115
slow-talking (not fast-talking)64.118730.614
avant-garde (not classical)64.125832.224
slovenly (not stylish)64.022522.0265
debased (not pure)63.938925.9239
Greek (not Roman)63.510332.910
hoarder (not unprepared)63.446725.4167
tight (not loose)63.364925.011
historical (not modern)63.035025.1138
folksy (not presidential)63.035432.57
punchable (not loveable)62.928534.08
rational (not whimsical)62.754628.8284
theoretical (not empirical)62.79430.3247
fast (not slow)62.767527.3269
cool (not dorky)62.650834.019
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)62.338332.618
varied (not repetitive)62.215129.466
self-disciplined (not disorganized)62.077631.8278
industrial (not domestic)62.038734.121
experimental (not reliable)61.938134.38
tactful (not indiscreet)61.859234.116
provincial (not cosmopolitan)61.631729.5207
nerd (not jock)61.559025.8282
hipster (not basic)61.423328.1225
🤐 (not 😜)61.345133.518
thick-skinned (not sensitive)61.248630.1252
judgemental (not accepting)61.249531.0145
messy (not neat)60.834529.7144
soulful (not soulless)60.683534.118
🐴 (not 🦄)60.649331.720
unfixable (not fixable)60.429924.89
methodical (not astonishing)60.358331.5253
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)60.326822.922
instinctual (not reasoned)60.156030.5270
abstract (not concrete)60.133534.616
sturdy (not flimsy)60.074920.49
focused on the present (not focused on the future)59.840429.9270
poisonous (not nurturing)59.836424.965
shy (not playful)59.719226.4235
impulsive (not cautious)59.550929.4289
🐒 (not 🐩)59.441925.313
stinky (not fresh)59.325626.038
demonic (not angelic)59.239821.3275
off-key (not musical)59.248631.110
modest (not flamboyant)59.155228.7271
🧕 (not 💃)59.125727.038
🧐 (not 😎)59.042736.121
feminist (not sexist)58.974725.232
precise (not vague)58.873033.7159
pretentious (not unassuming)58.858631.918
👻 (not 🤖)58.846735.812
serious (not bold)58.739231.6284
strict (not lenient)58.660027.8243
remote (not involved)58.313434.7254
lewd (not tasteful)58.232125.2278
valedictorian (not drop out)58.275230.219
rigid (not flexible)58.058529.4256
head@clouds (not down2earth)57.944633.9258
spontaneous (not scheduled)57.544832.4288
nihilist (not existentialist)57.525633.918
altruistic (not selfish)57.460126.2266
highbrow (not lowbrow)57.368429.7279
awkward (not charming)57.135428.7276
deranged (not reasonable)57.042931.121
barbaric (not civilized)56.832124.4264
📉 (not 📈)56.623235.622
disarming (not creepy)56.386328.348
offended (not chill)55.965931.917
literary (not mathematical)55.669730.3253
melee (not ranged)55.636521.78
monochrome (not multicolored)55.553240.219
demure (not vain)55.450927.4239
anxious (not calm)55.269631.1261
purple (not orange)55.150831.5204
scientific (not artistic)54.961029.6287
ludicrous (not sensible)54.347028.4264
enlightened (not lost)54.350032.56
cunning (not honorable)53.749131.6294
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)53.757536.015
subdued (not exuberant)53.743637.69
crafty (not scholarly)53.674629.7227
eloquent (not unpolished)53.576132.3199
monastic (not hedonist)53.542931.913
leisurely (not hurried)53.447428.6233
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')53.339129.1178
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)53.255131.726
intimate (not formal)53.159132.132
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)53.189229.723
kind (not cruel)52.790922.5255
human (not animalistic)52.192828.6247
oppressed (not privileged)52.140227.112
poetic (not factual)52.149030.711
objective (not subjective)52.054930.023
🐐 (not 🦒)51.691231.827
impartial (not biased)51.524229.3253
variable (not consistent)51.545831.313
cannibal (not vegan)51.461932.68
low self esteem (not narcissistic)51.046729.78
authoritarian (not democratic)50.958930.1257
genuine (not sarcastic)50.967631.4260
no-nonsense (not dramatic)50.161631.757
impatient (not patient)50.184929.964
😏 (not 😬)50.974230.922
old (not young)50.252120.5278
😊 (not 🤣)50.681229.621
chaste (not lustful)50.554026.4301

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Alastor Moody (0.791)
  2. John Locke (0.789)
  3. Jughead Jones (0.78)
  4. Dom Cobb (0.762)
  5. Max Rockatansky (0.761)
  1. Choi Yeon-gyo (-0.496)
  2. Charles Bingley (-0.494)
  3. Bianca Stratford (-0.488)
  4. Karen Smith (-0.488)
  5. Josh Chan (-0.478)

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: ENTJ (r = 0.58)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.57)
  3. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.53)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.52)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.42)
  6. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.36)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.32)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.32)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.31)
  10. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.31)
  11. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.24)
  12. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.23)
  13. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.23)
  14. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.23)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.18)
  16. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.08)
  17. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.02)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.12)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.15)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.22)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.29)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.29)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.32)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.39)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.44)


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