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Alan Harper Personality Statistics

Alan Harper is a character from Two and Half Men. 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
dorky (not cool)93.228.197
beta (not alpha)92.999.5139
submissive (not dominant)91.71212.3121
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)91.4610.136
bookish (not sporty)91.36113.7104
nerd (not jock)90.78617.0106
anxious (not calm)89.92510.3129
careful (not brave)89.2413.3121
basic (not hipster)88.91014.6124
obedient (not rebellious)88.61613.7109
😬 (not 😏)88.6510.879
insecure (not confident)87.11515.1138
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)87.02615.4142
sensitive (not thick-skinned)86.72716.0119
tense (not relaxed)86.613312.1116
first-mate (not captain)86.16216.7128
preppy (not punk rock)86.18312.232
awkward (not charming)86.02616.5111
soft (not hard)85.93518.8135
mild (not spicy)85.71019.1132
hesitant (not decisive)85.51113.8122
morning lark (not night owl)85.31114.6126
tame (not wild)85.31217.5145
🧠 (not 💪)85.314515.2101
cringeworthy (not inspiring)85.13318.0136
awkward (not suspicious)85.03119.1129
low self esteem (not narcissistic)85.02423.933
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)84.93816.187
scheduled (not spontaneous)84.712122.2115
unambiguous (not mysterious)84.41618.8122
sheltered (not street-smart)84.33916.7106
passive (not assertive)83.81019.4128
conventional (not creative)83.65118.6119
intellectual (not physical)83.021519.6112
puny (not mighty)83.01816.8118
vulnerable (not armoured)82.92822.0132
self-conscious (not self-assured)82.72020.8107
codependent (not independent)82.35523.1111
tailor (not blacksmith)81.97418.731
traditional (not unorthodox)81.86324.6137
unlucky (not fortunate)81.64620.1127
pacifist (not ferocious)81.45220.9126
civilized (not barbaric)81.325117.0108
stuttering (not rhythmic)81.31925.227
repetitive (not varied)81.13318.3145
manicured (not scruffy)80.934122.3117
traumatized (not flourishing)80.811920.126
🐿 (not 🦇)80.89426.682
neat (not messy)80.622826.9159
metrosexual (not macho)80.57120.825
penny-pincher (not overspender)80.43723.8129
🐀 (not 🐘)80.33623.9147
sheriff (not outlaw)80.114321.4117
soft (not hard)80.09624.2104
offended (not chill)79.815920.027
English (not German)79.620820.119
average (not deviant)79.31723.7123
kind (not cruel)79.337221.5115
overprepared (not efficient)79.21126.222
noob (not pro)79.02124.592
deliberate (not spontaneous)78.827323.4115
tight (not loose)78.721627.233
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)78.615524.988
lost (not enlightened)78.58818.039
dramatic (not no-nonsense)78.418424.9131
statist (not anarchist)78.35523.5140
gatherer (not hunter)78.312623.428
🧐 (not 😎)78.18620.975
triggered (not trolling)78.07822.536
domestic (not industrial)77.86524.8122
weird (not normal)77.821820.0131
claustrophobic (not spelunker)77.73419.719
cautious (not impulsive)77.413626.3119
human (not animalistic)77.433723.1126
classical (not avant-garde)77.310723.894
French (not Russian)77.19422.326
self-destructive (not self-improving)77.018926.324
enslaved (not emancipated)76.72424.9122
apprentice (not master)76.68623.5125
miserable (not joyful)76.320821.677
pronatalist (not child free)76.17121.0106
mundane (not extraordinary)75.94326.3113
family-first (not work-first)75.924521.7126
methodical (not astonishing)75.220025.2107
slovenly (not stylish)75.210125.0105
thin (not thick)75.216622.7118
meek (not bossy)75.18628.0114
poor (not rich)75.013223.8115
politically correct (not edgy)74.910026.5113
💔 (not 💝)74.914631.0136
corporate (not freelance)74.816824.818
frugal (not lavish)74.716625.6112
orderly (not chaotic)74.429627.6107
romantic (not dispassionate)74.237623.333
valedictorian (not drop out)74.247229.884
vegan (not cannibal)74.118227.932
rigid (not flexible)74.121124.7101
scientific (not artistic)74.027022.9106
subdued (not exuberant)73.95629.723
scholarly (not crafty)73.812025.9128
introvert (not extrovert)73.813423.9119
vanilla (not kinky)73.518129.3130
short (not tall)73.416420.7116
roundabout (not direct)73.24125.5113
🥴 (not 🥳)73.215023.497
moody (not stable)73.139125.1128
respectful (not rude)73.133525.8140
hurried (not leisurely)73.115924.2108
flimsy (not sturdy)73.18631.918
serious (not bold)73.011724.5121
works hard (not plays hard)72.846726.8146
trusting (not charming)72.77323.590
practical (not imaginative)72.634329.7134
diligent (not lazy)72.583627.1131
🤡 (not 👽)72.410529.380
loyal (not traitorous)72.470125.6120
sensible (not ludicrous)72.232927.1116
involved (not remote)72.238625.1124
skeptical (not spiritual)72.146425.0105
jealous (not compersive)72.024623.0109
egalitarian (not racist)72.074518.464
😇 (not 😈)71.729727.296
shy (not bold)71.55023.1131
old (not young)71.324818.7132
uncreative (not open to new experinces)71.310325.0134
historical (not modern)71.023423.7120
🛌 (not 🧗)70.913131.5139
tiresome (not interesting)70.96923.9138
ugly (not beautiful)70.87623.5116
well behaved (not mischievous)70.721128.1125
chatty (not reserved)70.537229.8106
reclusive (not social)70.321924.4138
refined (not rugged)70.239829.0111
linear (not circular)70.111931.334
feminine (not masculine)70.033719.5118
proper (not scandalous)70.030031.8109
monochrome (not multicolored)70.022229.989
clumsy (not coordinated)69.918229.4112
precise (not vague)69.942931.2115
😭 (not 😀)69.918424.791
repulsive (not attractive)69.813022.9116
🤖 (not 👻)69.718428.788
reasoned (not instinctual)69.616428.5117
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)69.626428.281
formal (not intimate)69.328127.9141
slow (not fast)68.98625.1120
off-key (not musical)68.722524.624
obsessed (not aloof)68.638230.4113
fast-talking (not slow-talking)68.541128.636
punchable (not loveable)68.222527.830
warm (not cold)68.140823.7112
expressive (not stoic)68.041929.4119
innocent (not worldly)67.915224.1133
patriotic (not unpatriotic)67.949625.796
soulful (not soulless)67.768725.4119
helpless (not resourceful)67.75729.2142
👟 (not 🥾)67.728135.4106
believable (not poorly-written)67.482627.930
studious (not goof-off)67.263429.793
giggling (not chortling)66.915131.535
depressed (not bright)66.822425.0130
permanent (not transient)66.830730.492
angelic (not demonic)66.645022.9113
sad (not happy)66.545126.7113
devout (not heathen)66.433626.0105
foolish (not wise)66.326627.9125
shy (not playful)66.210126.8111
🤐 (not 😜)65.934030.774
serious (not playful)65.855827.0139
wavering (not resolute)65.87632.173
moderate (not extreme)65.418831.8146
emotional (not logical)65.243032.1147
low-tech (not high-tech)65.238328.2110
🏌 (not 🤺)65.28832.791
open-book (not secretive)65.221228.934
creepy (not disarming)64.918326.9114
biased (not impartial)64.561630.9109
concrete (not abstract)64.541430.788
wholesome (not salacious)64.447430.267
dunce (not genius)64.318025.5146
🐐 (not 🦒)64.341933.2140
complimentary (not insulting)64.144428.0122
whippersnapper (not sage)64.130928.626
theoretical (not empirical)64.17830.5110
close-minded (not open-minded)64.026127.9141
sheeple (not conspiracist)63.710230.6112
gossiping (not confidential)63.728730.3109
intense (not lighthearted)63.767532.637
💩 (not 🌟)63.018529.996
pessimistic (not optimistic)62.939532.6108
urban (not rural)62.568132.6134
factual (not poetic)62.448031.634
political (not nonpolitical)62.349128.8107
uninspiring (not charismatic)62.311230.1134
resigned (not resistant)62.25932.0130
orange (not purple)62.131332.1117
gendered (not androgynous)62.1103231.198
self-disciplined (not disorganized)61.978633.6104
hypocritical (not equitable)61.935028.5140
conservative (not liberal)61.926632.579
feminist (not sexist)61.970330.5110
communal (not individualist)61.822231.5109
forgiving (not vengeful)61.646230.1102
frenzied (not sleepy)61.588827.130
sober (not indulgent)61.336130.7136
high IQ (not low IQ)61.394128.0133
introspective (not not introspective)61.361032.1119
literal (not metaphorical)61.156829.2125
shallow (not deep)61.127531.5123
workaholic (not slacker)61.089132.1132
folksy (not presidential)61.039030.529
heroic (not villainous)60.780525.2103
nurturing (not poisonous)60.762127.4104
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)60.774032.8110
cooperative (not competitive)60.630831.9124
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)60.432334.084
humble (not arrogant)60.338627.9124
pretentious (not unassuming)60.355834.190
mainstream (not arcane)60.227932.1104
existentialist (not nihilist)60.255631.097
guarded (not open)60.182631.2121
sorrowful (not cheery)59.960527.0137
strict (not lenient)59.457830.1131
smooth (not rough)59.446132.2120
outsider (not insider)59.349736.2128
regular (not zany)59.230132.291
judgemental (not accepting)59.153829.9112
builder (not explorer)59.145628.995
democratic (not authoritarian)58.954330.091
incompetent (not competent)58.917531.5120
reasonable (not deranged)58.960631.881
dry (not moist)58.943833.633
luddite (not technophile)58.845729.399
slugabed (not go-getter)58.610033.080
🙃 (not 🥰)58.546533.6130
modest (not flamboyant)58.457631.1114
rational (not whimsical)58.464833.6134
trusting (not suspicious)58.340633.4122
consistent (not variable)58.263834.134
🤔 (not 🤫)58.159632.787
reliable (not experimental)57.959433.436
subjective (not objective)57.841033.5130
impatient (not patient)57.769228.9113
privileged (not oppressed)57.777134.743
eloquent (not unpolished)57.570630.7118
focused on the future (not focused on the present)57.438630.9111
oblivious (not alert)57.433032.586
pure (not debased)57.357426.8105
unambitious (not driven)57.38028.5104
fresh (not stinky)57.379732.6145
📉 (not 📈)57.122932.2109
demure (not vain)57.049028.5104
mature (not juvenile)57.062731.9131
honorable (not cunning)56.964127.8144
gracious (not feisty)56.825429.2122
geriatric (not vibrant)56.525031.824
libertarian (not socialist)56.358930.2109
crazy (not sane)56.257928.877
chaste (not lustful)55.943029.0119
provincial (not cosmopolitan)55.946532.0115
straightforward (not cryptic)55.687330.8115
healthy (not sickly)55.692128.4117
🐩 (not 🐒)55.458835.973
neurotypical (not autistic)55.3102630.293
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)55.355235.545
ranged (not melee)55.063136.426
unfixable (not fixable)54.940030.237
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')54.829932.776
scrub (not legit)54.822630.6106
backdoor (not official)54.762834.8107
🐴 (not 🦄)54.765636.185
🧕 (not 💃)54.735531.9138
western (not eastern)54.586033.7106
lewd (not tasteful)54.438030.6113
good-humored (not angry)54.465126.2126
🤠 (not 🤑)54.472832.4101
mathematical (not literary)54.342731.999
monastic (not hedonist)54.339932.272
🐷 (not 🐮)54.337434.6114
philosophical (not real)53.929729.7103
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)53.863631.595
sweet (not bitter)53.859628.5107
down2earth (not head@clouds)53.666734.2113
important (not irrelevant)53.6107032.3176
treasure (not trash)53.5101329.7103
😊 (not 🤣)53.574832.389
hoarder (not unprepared)53.477933.6114
selfish (not altruistic)53.354730.9137
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)53.264332.4111
slothful (not active)52.916829.8139
private (not gregarious)52.678930.8122
queer (not straight)52.623528.9126
sunny (not gloomy)52.653532.717
minimalist (not pack rat)52.568233.677
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)52.258332.8112
🎩 (not 🧢)52.170135.696
perceptive (not unobservant)52.0105832.225
genuine (not sarcastic)51.865930.8110
utilitarian (not decorative)51.884830.9110
generalist (not specialist)51.840731.9104
humorless (not funny)51.750027.7120
mad (not glad)51.775128.190
indiscreet (not tactful)51.741132.992
quiet (not loud)51.458329.599
warm (not quarrelsome)51.457530.2138
Italian (not Swedish)51.468430.233
complicated (not simple)51.291033.5106
atheist (not theist)51.279132.796
ignorant (not knowledgeable)51.135331.728
idealist (not realist)51.061034.1145
apathetic (not curious)50.131829.9126
disreputable (not prestigious)50.148831.7102
quitter (not persistent)50.16734.993
highbrow (not lowbrow)50.288930.388
Roman (not Greek)50.571234.622

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Cyril Figgis (0.864)
  2. Milhouse Van Houten (0.851)
  3. Ross Geller (0.79)
  4. George Michael Bluth (0.789)
  5. Eric Forman (0.779)
  1. Patrick Verona (-0.667)
  2. Tyler Durden (-0.661)
  3. Han Solo (-0.619)
  4. Rhett Butler (-0.618)
  5. Bronn (-0.618)

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 = 0.57)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.36)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.32)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.26)
  5. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.21)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.06)
  7. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.03)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.01)
  9. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.03)
  10. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.03)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.04)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.08)
  13. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.15)
  14. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.17)
  15. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.17)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.24)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.25)
  18. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.34)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.36)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.4)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.45)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.49)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.55)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.56)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.64)

Notes

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