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Rust Cohle Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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. This website has recruited more than 3 million volunteers to rate characters on descriptive adjectives and other properties, which can be aggregated to create profiles that users can be matched to as part of a personality test. For more information about how the ratings were collected and how they are used, see the documentation.

Aggregated ratings for 400 descriptions

The table shows the average rating the character received for each descriptive item on a 1 to 100 scale and what that character's rank for the description is among all 2,000 characters in the database. It also shows the standard deviation of the ratings and how many different individuals submitted a rating for that description.

ItemAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
perceptive (not unobservant)96.3107.514
traumatized (not flourishing)95.367.412
frank (not sugarcoated)94.6178.911
pro (not noob)92.01019.514
gloomy (not sunny)91.7198.519
reclusive (not social)91.3199.831
workaholic (not slacker)91.012213.639
high IQ (not low IQ)90.620111.1215
sorrowful (not cheery)89.91712.6275
persistent (not quitter)89.933110.523
complicated (not simple)89.55515.1259
deep (not shallow)89.21811.329
freelance (not corporate)89.1799.415
haunted (not blissful)88.96015.314
sad (not happy)88.82412.5279
rebellious (not obedient)88.717311.9217
goth (not flower child)88.43520.711
genius (not dunce)88.011212.0307
street-smart (not sheltered)88.012217.4182
unorthodox (not traditional)87.69316.528
miserable (not joyful)87.45616.425
cynical (not gullible)87.48818.314
night owl (not morning lark)87.09215.9149
individualist (not communal)87.08115.830
competent (not incompetent)86.731515.4245
confidential (not gossiping)86.714814.3241
serious (not playful)86.514517.1291
dramatic (not comedic)86.58815.619
work-first (not family-first)86.412918.2246
arcane (not mainstream)86.23017.9266
weird (not normal)86.111415.2296
independent (not codependent)86.013619.1229
conspiracist (not sheeple)85.97417.0153
knowledgeable (not ignorant)85.824118.216
important (not irrelevant)85.536422.352
edgy (not politically correct)85.48614.5264
diligent (not lazy)85.359916.5257
pessimistic (not optimistic)84.94719.2273
chosen one (not everyman)84.63717.920
private (not gregarious)84.510517.1253
mysterious (not unambiguous)84.57719.7201
badass (not weakass)84.543423.717
introspective (not not introspective)84.14922.734
suspicious (not trusting)84.018918.4305
master (not apprentice)84.029716.361
paranoid (not naive)84.04114.224
wooden (not plastic)83.95213.913
👽 (not 🤡)83.93016.027
extraordinary (not mundane)83.622717.8258
bitter (not sweet)83.515815.7256
extreme (not moderate)83.528217.9236
distant (not touchy-feely)83.512618.520
opinionated (not jealous)83.39219.116
wild (not tame)83.127816.1197
introvert (not extrovert)83.08320.3294
interesting (not tiresome)83.019017.3274
atheist (not theist)82.97918.631
prideful (not envious)82.97212.718
quarrelsome (not warm)82.820216.8255
backdoor (not official)82.610919.1211
🥾 (not 👟)82.411921.925
opinionated (not neutral)82.252718.515
masculine (not feminine)82.143216.4264
vintage (not trendy)82.02358.510
rock (not rap)81.920518.425
creative (not conventional)81.618219.0257
obsessed (not aloof)81.416221.8266
anarchist (not statist)81.49920.334
radical (not centrist)81.38129.213
outsider (not insider)81.25926.6152
stubborn (not accommodating)81.043719.515
depressed (not bright)80.87622.1221
hard (not soft)80.821520.231
mad (not glad)80.718914.819
resolute (not wavering)80.620823.218
guarded (not open)80.643521.9247
💀 (not 🎃)80.513727.020
queen (not princess)80.429420.119
minimalist (not pack rat)80.44721.320
🦇 (not 🐿)80.112716.017
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)80.139915.217
western (not eastern)80.07325.837
intense (not lighthearted)80.041325.421
freak (not normie)80.019021.723
dominant (not submissive)79.852417.6255
frugal (not lavish)79.88921.9251
utilitarian (not decorative)79.711924.732
tense (not relaxed)79.648222.4282
worldly (not innocent)79.440920.7259
hard (not soft)79.326419.9261
cold (not warm)79.220920.7222
explorer (not builder)79.115319.2228
gendered (not androgynous)79.166025.163
punk rock (not preppy)78.922320.121
believable (not poorly-written)78.843919.814
pointed (not random)78.847828.912
deviant (not average)78.727820.8139
decisive (not hesitant)78.644919.0240
metaphorical (not literal)78.53623.2263
main character (not side character)78.542027.58
🤠 (not 🤑)78.322521.820
😭 (not 😀)78.28622.824
legit (not scrub)78.241318.137
wise (not foolish)78.127218.6291
philosophical (not real)78.03627.1165
driven (not unambitious)77.992523.1216
contrarian (not yes-man)77.919222.319
coordinated (not clumsy)77.954424.4250
alpha (not beta)77.851821.8219
scruffy (not manicured)77.722420.9228
zany (not regular)77.726525.621
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)77.76023.929
profound (not ironic)77.56321.014
intellectual (not physical)77.348518.5266
open to new experinces (not uncreative)77.154122.8281
🧢 (not 🎩)77.024226.814
reserved (not chatty)76.927623.5280
self-destructive (not self-improving)76.925027.915
fire (not water)76.942027.415
moody (not stable)76.845824.9267
works hard (not plays hard)76.549423.9288
demanding (not unchallenging)76.468526.319
cryptic (not straightforward)76.34427.0293
indie (not pop)76.128528.915
tall (not short)76.032816.1292
mischievous (not well behaved)75.953420.5288
attractive (not repulsive)75.877420.4266
assertive (not passive)75.862522.4229
salacious (not wholesome)75.825221.412
🤺 (not 🏌)75.654120.822
analysis (not common sense)75.625525.811
secretive (not open-book)75.449229.216
chortling (not giggling)75.322920.122
rough (not smooth)75.221623.4255
mighty (not puny)75.056419.0267
cocky (not timid)74.968220.818
quiet (not loud)74.826922.9249
love-focused (not money-focused)74.868521.118
bold (not shy)74.7103623.1281
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)74.719825.1248
active (not slothful)74.490922.7255
triggered (not trolling)74.321631.212
stoic (not expressive)74.219625.8264
brave (not careful)74.146023.8279
rural (not urban)74.113927.745
spicy (not mild)74.051022.7266
child free (not pronatalist)73.934928.3213
natural-talent (not hard-work)73.98220.416
rhythmic (not stuttering)73.959922.710
captain (not first-mate)73.847925.9195
🧠 (not 💪)73.471126.630
feisty (not gracious)73.259822.1205
straight (not queer)73.276925.149
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)73.153426.1225
entitled (not grateful)73.141923.617
egalitarian (not racist)73.1110521.422
one-faced (not two-faced)73.161125.511
alert (not oblivious)73.064629.326
spelunker (not claustrophobic)72.923125.515
frenzied (not sleepy)72.965227.215
confident (not insecure)72.967325.0270
studious (not goof-off)72.876429.927
heroic (not villainous)72.687519.9296
mature (not juvenile)72.650327.334
rugged (not refined)72.534022.3288
suspicious (not awkward)72.451926.3263
OCD (not ADHD)72.447926.312
angry (not good-humored)72.326022.2250
non-gamer (not gamer)72.048828.614
deep (not epic)71.99525.010
🙃 (not 🥰)71.727829.142
charismatic (not uninspiring)71.686224.9219
cool (not dorky)71.546530.123
treasure (not trash)71.5103426.331
beautiful (not ugly)71.3108925.128
💔 (not 💝)71.327635.533
poor (not rich)71.329017.4242
bookish (not sporty)71.372622.9233
ferocious (not pacifist)71.161722.9275
dispassionate (not romantic)71.014830.721
winter (not summer)71.037031.78
scandalous (not proper)70.948824.5163
🐮 (not 🐷)70.613127.627
low-tech (not high-tech)70.537723.0253
bossy (not meek)70.484021.2250
devoted (not unfaithful)70.3121325.217
penny-pincher (not overspender)70.231222.744
🥴 (not 🥳)70.230329.524
thin (not thick)70.147027.0145
kinky (not vanilla)70.041421.8256
dry (not moist)69.925721.614
blacksmith (not tailor)69.829323.412
specialist (not generalist)69.738526.531
psychopath (not empath)69.734425.114
loyal (not traitorous)69.6116022.6283
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)69.540626.8242
🐘 (not 🐀)69.527927.932
transient (not permanent)69.413127.575
equitable (not hypocritical)69.341121.038
sage (not whippersnapper)69.322326.810
overachiever (not underachiever)69.1103123.914
logical (not emotional)69.135927.0287
arrogant (not humble)69.062024.2279
insulting (not complimentary)69.040128.631
open-minded (not close-minded)68.954627.8233
folksy (not presidential)68.937228.910
compersive (not jealous)68.834020.9185
English (not German)68.8107926.912
unlucky (not fortunate)68.741024.3278
rude (not respectful)68.735322.1283
resourceful (not helpless)68.5119029.219
sturdy (not flimsy)68.578721.513
realist (not idealist)68.241032.639
hunter (not gatherer)68.263125.512
factual (not exaggerating)68.146028.917
chaotic (not orderly)68.053028.7255
slow-talking (not fast-talking)68.017929.624
self-assured (not self-conscious)67.974730.5231
competitive (not cooperative)67.977625.5270
vengeful (not forgiving)67.655323.3269
😈 (not 😇)67.448625.118
macho (not metrosexual)67.430521.414
thinker (not doer)67.420526.217
skeptical (not spiritual)67.389032.8296
crazy (not sane)67.351628.026
curious (not apathetic)67.279130.7257
armoured (not vulnerable)67.272729.1216
experimental (not reliable)67.240630.116
go-getter (not slugabed)66.8123425.935
sickly (not healthy)66.619924.7272
heathen (not devout)66.435228.3231
geriatric (not vibrant)66.416522.414
direct (not roundabout)66.389031.8291
circular (not linear)66.323628.925
libertarian (not socialist)66.126228.1229
emancipated (not enslaved)65.979929.9245
indulgent (not sober)65.961029.8275
outlaw (not sheriff)65.864424.4262
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)65.832732.528
interested (not bored)65.894434.319
disreputable (not prestigious)65.728526.1164
deliberate (not spontaneous)65.583529.3276
unpatriotic (not patriotic)65.213830.224
🤐 (not 😜)65.256333.923
quirky (not predictable)65.248431.912
resistant (not resigned)65.198629.5234
humorless (not funny)65.035627.4249
inspiring (not cringeworthy)65.070627.932
imaginative (not practical)64.938028.0237
nonpolitical (not political)64.831531.2252
autistic (not neurotypical)64.79927.1230
liberal (not conservative)64.576631.921
efficient (not overprepared)64.581137.511
soulful (not soulless)64.3118933.923
jaded (not innocent)64.392831.315
charming (not trusting)64.159323.9284
luddite (not technophile)64.141625.6230
hoarder (not unprepared)64.068124.9166
🐒 (not 🐩)63.945628.415
debased (not pure)63.855526.2235
slovenly (not stylish)63.734722.3261
giving (not receiving)63.786225.914
Russian (not French)63.628522.18
Coke (not Pepsi)63.625540.012
Swedish (not Italian)63.443327.39
pensive (not serene)63.3104633.910
picky (not always down)63.265334.818
industrial (not domestic)63.150532.024
avant-garde (not classical)63.139931.527
fast (not slow)62.9106127.2253
machiavellian (not transparent)62.956734.115
historical (not modern)62.854525.3135
🤔 (not 🤫)62.760939.029
🧗 (not 🛌)62.793030.249
Greek (not Roman)62.718031.015
rational (not whimsical)62.479229.2273
poisonous (not nurturing)62.251323.966
chic (not cheesy)62.253916.56
oxymoron (not tautology)62.140624.18
self-disciplined (not disorganized)62.0116231.6270
expressive (not monotone)61.990526.816
provincial (not cosmopolitan)61.845629.9205
theoretical (not empirical)61.716930.5241
nerd (not jock)61.789125.4270
generous (not stingy)61.791217.99
hipster (not basic)61.638528.4221
🧐 (not 😎)61.655735.927
🐴 (not 🦄)61.676532.428
messy (not neat)61.550729.8143
varied (not repetitive)61.527729.863
judgemental (not accepting)61.469931.5146
prudish (not flirtatious)61.351629.815
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)61.238223.225
thick-skinned (not sensitive)61.171030.3245
🐐 (not 🦒)60.984528.939
methodical (not astonishing)60.886931.5250
instinctual (not reasoned)60.482630.6266
abstract (not concrete)60.347232.624
unfixable (not fixable)60.143224.013
exhibitionist (not bashful)60.189829.715
focused on the present (not focused on the future)59.959229.9261
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)59.998331.110
precise (not vague)59.8105833.4152
🌟 (not 💩)59.8130836.225
modest (not flamboyant)59.683728.6269
shy (not playful)59.630426.6235
high standards (not desperate)59.693633.122
never cries (not often crying)59.588231.712
fighter (not lover)59.472925.915
realistic (not fantastical)59.289032.311
realistic (not ambitious)59.246336.615
strict (not lenient)59.184427.8236
impulsive (not cautious)59.178029.4282
demonic (not angelic)59.060221.6273
tactful (not indiscreet)59.0100932.321
earth (not air)59.099131.521
lewd (not tasteful)58.942125.3265
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)58.853931.622
reassuring (not fearmongering)58.892332.06
serious (not bold)58.760831.6279
stinky (not fresh)58.541325.741
rigid (not flexible)58.482829.8249
remote (not involved)58.220435.0251
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)58.276234.723
subdued (not exuberant)58.251535.215
motivated (not unmotivated)58.2170134.011
off-key (not musical)58.177834.117
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)57.973734.124
dog person (not cat person)57.575938.524
barbaric (not civilized)57.346624.4262
good-cook (not bad-cook)57.368030.918
tardy (not on-time)57.351232.513
🧕 (not 💃)57.142928.739
attentive (not interrupting)57.184036.911
awkward (not charming)57.054928.7273
feminist (not sexist)57.0121526.035
highbrow (not lowbrow)56.8106330.0277
altruistic (not selfish)56.899226.4270
nihilist (not existentialist)56.836335.323
head@clouds (not down2earth)56.772134.3248
pretentious (not unassuming)56.694230.218
thrifty (not extravagant)56.683235.89
spontaneous (not scheduled)56.573432.3285
literary (not mathematical)56.0105330.3242
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)56.0128230.724
anxious (not calm)55.8104631.2259
sexual (not asexual)55.7123234.110
chivalrous (not businesslike)55.781431.111
unemotional (not emotional)55.739032.110
clean (not perverted)55.6121026.217
long-winded (not concise)55.668030.312
purple (not orange)55.577231.5200
hedonist (not monastic)55.191133.319
scientific (not artistic)54.891829.8279
genocidal (not not genocidal)54.844534.210
antagonist (not protagonist)54.741837.111
demure (not vain)54.582826.9230
monochrome (not multicolored)54.586539.221
ludicrous (not sensible)54.467028.9254
eloquent (not unpolished)54.4114432.4193
crafty (not scholarly)54.1110529.8226
tight (not loose)54.0124030.422
leisurely (not hurried)53.962628.9224
patient (not impatient)53.962830.363
intimate (not formal)53.892133.936
offended (not chill)53.8104732.823
📉 (not 📈)53.441835.530
consistent (not variable)53.4115231.715
🥵 (not 🥶)53.4104332.915
stoic (not hypochondriac)53.4113734.015
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')53.364829.6176
proactive (not reactive)53.370030.715
factual (not poetic)53.2107333.218
disarming (not creepy)53.1140329.250
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)53.194232.632
😏 (not 😬)53.1107734.028
cunning (not honorable)53.073132.0287
deranged (not reasonable)53.075332.326
👻 (not 🤖)52.997135.921
narcissistic (not low self esteem)52.7112627.413
kind (not cruel)52.6141722.5245
muddy (not washed)52.665134.116
🤣 (not 😊)52.469129.927
melee (not ranged)52.464223.512
cultured (not rustic)52.4121928.017
impartial (not biased)52.333529.2246
🎨 (not 🏀)52.3118231.415
human (not animalistic)51.8145628.7245
vegan (not cannibal)51.8103728.813
twitchy (not still)51.8119530.021
subjective (not objective)51.398831.824
punchable (not loveable)51.366434.115
genuine (not sarcastic)51.1103731.5256
no-nonsense (not dramatic)51.190531.653
drop out (not valedictorian)50.170035.125
authoritarian (not democratic)50.387430.4245
old (not young)50.374420.6278
chaste (not lustful)50.683626.4294
enlightened (not lost)50.491130.111
privileged (not oppressed)50.6132227.114
white knight (not bad boy)50.6118027.715

The lowest rating for any description in the table is 50.0 despite a 1 to 100 scale being used. This is because descriptions that had values lower than the midpoint were reversed. For example, a score of 1/100 for "hot (not cold)" is equivalent to a score of 100/100 for "cold (not hot)". This was done so that all the traits that are most distinctive for a character are at the top of the table.

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. Jughead Jones (0.792)
  2. John Locke (0.776)
  3. Alastor Moody (0.76)
  4. Max Rockatansky (0.756)
  5. Dom Cobb (0.756)
  6. Kat Stratford (0.755)
  7. Sherlock Holmes (0.754)
  8. Maeve Wiley (0.743)
  9. Mr. Robot (0.735)
  10. Scar (0.734)
  1. Karen Smith (-0.507)
  2. Josh Chan (-0.492)
  3. Glenn Sturgis (-0.475)
  4. Choi Yeon-gyo (-0.474)
  5. Charles Bingley (-0.467)
  6. Bianca Stratford (-0.456)
  7. Aaron Samuels (-0.447)
  8. Flounder (-0.441)
  9. Jerry Gergich (-0.439)
  10. Tom Scavo (-0.436)

Personality types

Users who took the quiz were asked to self-identify their Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types. We can look at the average match scores of these different groups of users with Rust Cohle to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Rust Cohle is described identify as.

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


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