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Dr. Hannibal Lecter Personality Statistics

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character from The Silence of the Lambs. 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
cannibal (not vegan)98.136.4149
coordinated (not clumsy)96.146.2120
high IQ (not low IQ)95.4378.0123
perceptive (not unobservant)95.31513.5133
master (not apprentice)94.21910.6135
persistent (not quitter)94.0729.5118
genius (not dunce)93.31510.4149
narcissistic (not low self esteem)93.02712.2127
dominant (not submissive)92.46612.998
bookish (not sporty)91.95011.0138
diligent (not lazy)91.913311.9105
resourceful (not helpless)91.76715.6139
😈 (not 😇)91.73711.7119
pro (not noob)91.68116.4113
deviant (not average)91.41613.1125
alert (not oblivious)91.22315.6119
weird (not normal)91.13313.692
driven (not unambitious)90.814213.8109
intense (not lighthearted)90.86114.5146
studious (not goof-off)90.76113.7141
complicated (not simple)90.51915.9116
individualist (not communal)90.42412.6128
confident (not insecure)90.24215.4118
self-disciplined (not disorganized)89.912314.199
intellectual (not physical)89.67112.3109
knowledgeable (not ignorant)89.69716.0158
unfixable (not fixable)89.61415.5133
kinky (not vanilla)89.42015.0137
independent (not codependent)89.44120.5106
bold (not shy)89.322415.0120
interesting (not tiresome)89.23013.2111
🧠 (not 💪)89.27015.3129
decisive (not hesitant)89.05515.5113
rhythmic (not stuttering)89.03215.7146
alpha (not beta)88.612413.297
demonic (not angelic)88.54118.2117
worldly (not innocent)88.35711.5133
important (not irrelevant)88.015016.5130
hunter (not gatherer)87.78022.7134
🦇 (not 🐿)87.62119.099
extraordinary (not mundane)87.58416.9133
extreme (not moderate)87.412217.9102
armoured (not vulnerable)87.34315.2106
outlaw (not sheriff)87.27723.1108
debased (not pure)86.85818.4129
work-first (not family-first)86.88718.7103
self-assured (not self-conscious)86.74224.7139
captain (not first-mate)86.313820.4132
mysterious (not unambiguous)86.33117.8119
cunning (not honorable)86.28021.7141
wise (not foolish)86.15518.6118
believable (not poorly-written)86.16014.8150
logical (not emotional)85.93421.1136
calm (not anxious)85.82022.1120
eloquent (not unpolished)85.811021.7109
open to new experinces (not uncreative)85.213218.9124
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)85.117821.2148
rebellious (not obedient)85.019517.1118
spicy (not mild)84.713120.3117
poisonous (not nurturing)84.410219.6118
playful (not shy)83.821017.2121
mischievous (not well behaved)83.723625.391
obsessed (not aloof)83.68319.8106
salacious (not wholesome)83.49018.7103
cruel (not kind)83.48120.3101
neat (not messy)83.416724.1128
competent (not incompetent)83.331826.4108
creative (not conventional)83.210421.6131
cryptic (not straightforward)83.11723.0128
charismatic (not uninspiring)82.524319.4115
valedictorian (not drop out)82.525825.392
workaholic (not slacker)82.339116.6111
tactful (not indiscreet)82.36624.0132
arcane (not mainstream)82.16920.8112
vengeful (not forgiving)82.018417.6121
ferocious (not pacifist)81.920722.0133
leisurely (not hurried)81.83618.8125
villainous (not heroic)81.79419.199
charming (not awkward)81.417321.6123
crazy (not sane)81.112224.893
zany (not regular)81.112921.5114
cold (not warm)81.112824.9128
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)81.011926.0128
deep (not shallow)80.811023.1161
atheist (not theist)80.710724.5126
hard (not soft)80.616522.394
old (not young)80.612814.2106
introspective (not not introspective)80.58422.6111
sturdy (not flimsy)80.324420.1139
suspicious (not awkward)80.217224.3107
animalistic (not human)80.22420.8122
hard (not soft)80.217221.6136
patient (not impatient)80.26626.5119
nerd (not jock)80.125518.6119
street-smart (not sheltered)80.025825.2109
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)79.623123.0107
specialist (not generalist)79.67123.299
charming (not trusting)79.310819.4115
deranged (not reasonable)79.211825.6110
conspiracist (not sheeple)79.115321.989
hoarder (not unprepared)79.15016.8112
unorthodox (not traditional)79.018827.5121
arrogant (not humble)78.727423.3123
mighty (not puny)78.730620.7113
deliberate (not spontaneous)78.627426.997
go-getter (not slugabed)78.243821.1110
anarchist (not statist)78.010225.1123
manicured (not scruffy)77.743525.9112
scheduled (not spontaneous)77.628227.5124
🎩 (not 🧢)77.525626.9103
assertive (not passive)77.442423.5106
soulless (not soulful)77.410226.9101
methodical (not astonishing)77.016128.4150
heathen (not devout)76.99924.7103
🙃 (not 🥰)76.912629.1123
resolute (not wavering)76.922827.1110
quiet (not loud)76.813221.1123
creepy (not disarming)76.86929.5106
refined (not rugged)76.723126.8134
wild (not tame)76.731626.8126
🤺 (not 🏌)76.633826.5124
bossy (not meek)76.545421.2104
hedonist (not monastic)76.38725.177
💔 (not 💝)76.213128.3110
legit (not scrub)76.237426.198
frenzied (not sleepy)75.833019.0138
pretentious (not unassuming)75.224627.0112
enlightened (not lost)74.912226.7154
vain (not demure)74.625426.8111
thick-skinned (not sensitive)74.516826.8109
night owl (not morning lark)74.530028.2142
suspicious (not trusting)74.430027.0101
bitter (not sweet)74.423524.8107
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)74.49729.7125
trolling (not triggered)74.36128.3139
child free (not pronatalist)74.223527.8120
experimental (not reliable)73.918328.6136
authoritarian (not democratic)73.823130.383
efficient (not overprepared)73.621230.7177
repulsive (not attractive)73.59027.6116
freelance (not corporate)73.433630.5124
selfish (not altruistic)73.425827.9125
highbrow (not lowbrow)73.225828.492
active (not slothful)73.163725.1118
edgy (not politically correct)72.831228.0123
🧐 (not 😎)72.816930.3109
🤫 (not 🤔)72.82530.6111
masculine (not feminine)72.645422.6102
mature (not juvenile)72.634128.6131
cautious (not impulsive)72.421330.3115
historical (not modern)72.420423.2112
quarrelsome (not warm)72.135225.8139
👽 (not 🤡)72.117427.3112
metaphorical (not literal)71.75829.3133
unpatriotic (not patriotic)71.63826.3109
tight (not loose)71.540828.0149
📈 (not 📉)71.423527.7104
secretive (not open-book)71.341029.1166
fast (not slow)71.046429.9107
strict (not lenient)70.734523.6130
indulgent (not sober)70.732927.4155
abstract (not concrete)70.516631.0111
gloomy (not sunny)70.234226.8137
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)70.125631.4120
competitive (not cooperative)69.651329.290
🥾 (not 👟)69.424630.098
lustful (not chaste)69.135928.293
minimalist (not pack rat)68.822429.198
egalitarian (not racist)68.581224.3108
spelunker (not claustrophobic)68.530626.4128
rich (not poor)68.347626.5101
resistant (not resigned)68.353829.1129
musical (not off-key)67.620831.5135
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)67.327531.4113
sage (not whippersnapper)67.321430.9121
curious (not apathetic)67.151929.8116
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)67.160026.4133
privileged (not oppressed)67.059628.1146
guarded (not open)66.865528.3115
careful (not brave)66.515529.3117
fortunate (not unlucky)66.522426.299
🐷 (not 🐮)66.515530.1119
presidential (not folksy)66.339827.0127
dramatic (not no-nonsense)66.140231.8119
exuberant (not subdued)66.144729.2138
skeptical (not spiritual)66.065229.6131
confidential (not gossiping)66.061031.9137
chortling (not giggling)66.047528.4121
gendered (not androgynous)65.893032.287
precise (not vague)65.753831.7128
slow-talking (not fast-talking)65.617028.9141
smooth (not rough)65.432033.097
philosophical (not real)65.412028.7137
punchable (not loveable)65.325830.0158
mad (not glad)65.146529.8142
🥴 (not 🥳)65.133229.9111
cool (not dorky)65.045628.7123
sarcastic (not genuine)64.938330.2123
funny (not humorless)64.547825.9140
outsider (not insider)64.538335.5119
barbaric (not civilized)63.423632.8125
ugly (not beautiful)63.313428.1121
tailor (not blacksmith)63.357932.4123
🐐 (not 🦒)63.146930.2103
private (not gregarious)63.053928.4120
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)62.742432.980
lavish (not frugal)62.638331.096
open-minded (not close-minded)62.651628.8111
flamboyant (not modest)62.442734.1110
Roman (not Greek)62.326929.7103
ludicrous (not sensible)62.035131.4113
sickly (not healthy)61.917831.7104
judgemental (not accepting)61.648331.4125
prestigious (not disreputable)61.662435.2114
consistent (not variable)61.453232.1135
relaxed (not tense)61.115532.5129
reclusive (not social)61.036931.5115
moody (not stable)60.767332.8131
involved (not remote)60.778331.3105
sexist (not feminist)60.729730.497
bold (not serious)60.651732.3148
feisty (not gracious)60.575432.0121
treasure (not trash)60.589432.2147
🧗 (not 🛌)60.562931.697
stoic (not expressive)60.235631.9102
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)60.232534.490
romantic (not dispassionate)60.173530.7152
good-humored (not angry)59.754629.4120
permanent (not transient)59.751430.3103
reasoned (not instinctual)59.634834.5101
hipster (not basic)59.527130.793
rigid (not flexible)59.553730.1105
cosmopolitan (not provincial)59.247232.690
chill (not offended)59.232730.5146
literary (not mathematical)59.161032.2107
stylish (not slovenly)59.167831.696
bright (not depressed)59.049129.9100
realist (not idealist)59.049033.0142
poetic (not factual)59.035730.6133
melee (not ranged)58.927334.1117
respectful (not rude)58.861829.0111
metrosexual (not macho)58.863128.7130
🤐 (not 😜)58.651234.992
vibrant (not geriatric)58.676629.5124
emancipated (not enslaved)58.276934.9122
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')58.215431.478
introvert (not extrovert)58.136332.1134
varied (not repetitive)57.925129.6115
chatty (not reserved)57.855731.9107
classical (not avant-garde)57.758934.5100
self-destructive (not self-improving)57.755032.0139
imaginative (not practical)57.436233.5148
monochrome (not multicolored)57.349436.1118
😀 (not 😭)57.346433.2124
traumatized (not flourishing)57.371132.3142
orderly (not chaotic)57.060734.7134
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)57.051031.4106
scientific (not artistic)56.958128.6103
compersive (not jealous)56.848027.6102
high-tech (not low-tech)56.651034.9101
thick (not thin)56.539425.1103
nihilist (not existentialist)56.329032.7105
inspiring (not cringeworthy)56.266629.486
urban (not rural)56.282031.0101
scandalous (not proper)56.156435.2109
English (not German)55.9105733.5153
rational (not whimsical)55.670533.4127
explorer (not builder)55.555732.4105
equitable (not hypocritical)55.560531.9152
utilitarian (not decorative)55.476731.397
💃 (not 🧕)55.474731.7105
Russian (not French)55.436131.0118
punk rock (not preppy)55.246734.5133
traitorous (not loyal)55.125430.6124
purple (not orange)55.150833.8102
playful (not serious)54.944929.292
industrial (not domestic)54.859629.6100
🤠 (not 🤑)54.871333.098
libertarian (not socialist)54.766533.7105
sad (not happy)54.772625.3123
roundabout (not direct)54.528435.0105
backdoor (not official)54.562333.9105
🐀 (not 🐘)54.552037.7110
🤣 (not 😊)54.144230.2112
moist (not dry)54.055233.2135
circular (not linear)53.951732.5138
focused on the future (not focused on the present)53.549631.9123
complimentary (not insulting)53.564929.3103
🐒 (not 🐩)53.553437.0100
intimate (not formal)53.258833.5103
neurotypical (not autistic)53.1106233.1109
impartial (not biased)53.020432.698
💩 (not 🌟)53.030536.994
western (not eastern)52.992632.986
plays hard (not works hard)52.838733.1117
objective (not subjective)52.453435.7114
joyful (not miserable)52.346026.8116
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)52.390831.781
straight (not queer)51.9105031.6114
sorrowful (not cheery)51.877126.6107
tasteful (not lewd)51.884632.2125
optimistic (not pessimistic)51.761732.2124
penny-pincher (not overspender)51.771629.583
technophile (not luddite)51.559030.575
fresh (not stinky)51.588935.2101
down2earth (not head@clouds)51.371133.6108
🦄 (not 🐴)51.256238.2101
Italian (not Swedish)51.168632.097
😬 (not 😏)51.054637.1105
nonpolitical (not political)50.254233.1106
conservative (not liberal)50.245829.9116
short (not tall)50.754122.7114
crafty (not scholarly)50.379934.0137
theoretical (not empirical)50.445932.7105
👻 (not 🤖)50.569135.2121

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 Dr. Hannibal Lecter based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter (0.9)
  2. Robert Ford (0.858)
  3. Rowan Pope (0.812)
  4. Amy Elliott Dunne (0.807)
  5. Elim Garak (0.792)
  1. William Mason (-0.547)
  2. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.537)
  3. Nelson Bighetti (-0.53)
  4. Rex (-0.529)
  5. Tom Scavo (-0.526)

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: ISFJ (r = 0.62)
  2. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.58)
  3. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.56)
  4. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.49)
  5. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.47)
  6. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.46)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.45)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.44)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.39)
  10. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.36)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.29)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.25)
  13. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.25)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.18)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.15)
  16. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.09)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.01)
  18. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.04)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.23)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = -0.24)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.32)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.35)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = -0.47)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.57)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.6)


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