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Leo McGarry Personality Statistics

Leo McGarry is a character from The West Wing. 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
workaholic (not slacker)95.8157.078
competent (not incompetent)94.1357.5221
loyal (not traitorous)93.95611.7272
diligent (not lazy)93.2958.9285
important (not irrelevant)92.8488.226
high IQ (not low IQ)92.11139.9283
high standards (not desperate)91.8206.911
knowledgeable (not ignorant)91.5638.010
master (not apprentice)91.46611.1100
resourceful (not helpless)91.38811.362
privileged (not oppressed)91.28111.113
political (not nonpolitical)91.13017.4284
pointed (not random)90.9398.112
sturdy (not flimsy)90.8329.913
driven (not unambitious)90.616112.8255
persistent (not quitter)90.323813.822
alert (not oblivious)90.3379.224
mature (not juvenile)90.23813.162
straight (not queer)90.06613.187
Roman (not Greek)90.039.25
wooden (not plastic)90.0110.01
confidential (not gossiping)89.55614.7255
studious (not goof-off)89.48811.113
work-first (not family-first)89.36313.8250
works hard (not plays hard)89.23813.6278
realistic (not fantastical)89.21710.88
vintage (not trendy)88.83513.510
on-time (not tardy)88.711511.89
perceptive (not unobservant)88.51627.08
valedictorian (not drop out)88.414512.733
go-getter (not slugabed)88.39610.422
statist (not anarchist)88.029.421
pro (not noob)87.916922.417
wise (not foolish)87.94213.1273
worldly (not innocent)87.87214.3272
resolute (not wavering)87.83710.726
rational (not whimsical)87.72812.8286
legit (not scrub)87.75715.028
deliberate (not spontaneous)87.66812.6279
sensible (not ludicrous)87.62213.0298
assertive (not passive)87.512313.2244
self-disciplined (not disorganized)87.419014.8284
down2earth (not head@clouds)87.42513.5264
gendered (not androgynous)87.214419.989
masculine (not feminine)87.119211.6291
scheduled (not spontaneous)87.19212.6302
direct (not roundabout)87.08513.4264
non-gamer (not gamer)86.96424.59
overachiever (not underachiever)86.916510.39
opinionated (not neutral)86.623413.713
classical (not avant-garde)86.5911.477
factual (not exaggerating)86.33523.66
bossy (not meek)86.219214.1255
insider (not outsider)86.2214.1138
normie (not freak)86.2710.96
intellectual (not physical)86.113314.5286
tight (not loose)86.1889.216
decisive (not hesitant)85.713614.1267
patriotic (not unpatriotic)85.66615.229
old (not young)85.57511.6246
mighty (not puny)85.313316.5292
believable (not poorly-written)85.17913.914
genius (not dunce)85.113913.5312
reliable (not experimental)85.15211.611
no-nonsense (not dramatic)84.73317.799
stubborn (not accommodating)84.623512.811
precise (not vague)84.010716.6150
🧠 (not 💪)84.018717.121
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)83.919314.515
reasonable (not deranged)83.7898.214
rich (not poor)83.325214.4227
confident (not insecure)83.220617.0276
earth (not air)83.26012.211
self-assured (not self-conscious)82.913116.1205
dominant (not submissive)82.832715.6285
thick-skinned (not sensitive)82.75017.0312
coordinated (not clumsy)82.627016.7277
permanent (not transient)82.53718.591
practical (not imaginative)82.411016.2216
orderly (not chaotic)82.311816.5278
bold (not shy)82.351216.4269
concrete (not abstract)82.34521.715
sage (not whippersnapper)82.32918.516
civilized (not barbaric)82.024418.0296
demanding (not unchallenging)81.836125.413
sheriff (not outlaw)81.512618.6303
enlightened (not lost)81.55217.58
serious (not playful)81.423015.9278
heroic (not villainous)81.434718.9304
basic (not hipster)81.210318.6274
dry (not moist)81.25011.711
prestigious (not disreputable)81.014819.5198
tactful (not indiscreet)81.08415.025
tasteful (not lewd)80.711418.4281
🐴 (not 🦄)80.59622.916
active (not slothful)80.143316.8224
deep (not shallow)80.112919.033
corporate (not freelance)80.112117.017
tense (not relaxed)79.236816.4327
builder (not explorer)79.15216.3238
🌟 (not 💩)79.137421.623
soulful (not soulless)79.039719.471
utilitarian (not decorative)78.911721.072
street-smart (not sheltered)78.830718.6232
🐘 (not 🐀)78.75221.824
OCD (not ADHD)78.61838.57
egalitarian (not racist)78.556518.822
neurotypical (not autistic)78.419319.1213
bashful (not exhibitionist)78.22110.35
stoic (not expressive)78.19319.6291
formal (not intimate)78.113323.718
guarded (not open)78.138716.4262
bookish (not sporty)78.135719.8229
armoured (not vulnerable)77.724321.2226
involved (not remote)77.623721.5243
private (not gregarious)77.420417.4269
chortling (not giggling)77.314214.312
low-tech (not high-tech)77.214716.4251
human (not animalistic)77.236521.0202
consistent (not variable)77.115923.614
secretive (not open-book)77.130211.113
intense (not lighthearted)76.939116.420
strict (not lenient)76.825316.5291
cautious (not impulsive)76.814918.3234
treasure (not trash)76.853026.927
subdued (not exuberant)76.82918.118
normal (not weird)76.65219.8267
scientific (not artistic)76.523617.3255
modest (not flamboyant)76.420021.7301
methodical (not astonishing)76.218621.7252
efficient (not overprepared)76.213225.717
straightforward (not cryptic)76.120524.0279
inspiring (not cringeworthy)76.121221.673
historical (not modern)76.115115.8154
eloquent (not unpolished)75.836424.6257
neat (not messy)75.537822.4167
presidential (not folksy)75.522227.116
interested (not bored)75.527018.511
interesting (not tiresome)75.235322.3249
altruistic (not selfish)75.125220.0288
fresh (not stinky)75.042226.616
linear (not circular)75.05919.58
factual (not poetic)75.020820.410
charismatic (not uninspiring)74.949720.7253
equitable (not hypocritical)74.915420.888
🎩 (not 🧢)74.832422.022
extraordinary (not mundane)74.640124.2242
alpha (not beta)74.444824.1270
tailor (not blacksmith)74.429715.710
ferocious (not pacifist)74.241118.9293
logical (not emotional)74.116420.6303
frenzied (not sleepy)74.143122.416
🤐 (not 😜)74.018522.522
luddite (not technophile)73.911018.7217
rhythmic (not stuttering)73.942821.38
respectful (not rude)73.834021.5320
gloomy (not sunny)73.630312.717
hard (not soft)73.434117.780
fixable (not unfixable)73.416023.214
charming (not awkward)73.339020.4283
highbrow (not lowbrow)73.226622.7245
complicated (not simple)73.242224.3234
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)73.241123.117
reasoned (not instinctual)73.112323.8257
kind (not cruel)73.156021.2295
stylish (not slovenly)73.040923.9268
traditional (not unorthodox)73.018918.570
vanilla (not kinky)72.820023.8233
sane (not crazy)72.818624.026
suspicious (not awkward)72.741318.0256
hard (not soft)72.636018.8259
preppy (not punk rock)72.440021.811
liberal (not conservative)72.430421.227
🐩 (not 🐒)72.426115.716
industrial (not domestic)72.316021.258
honorable (not cunning)72.231624.8320
empirical (not theoretical)72.19922.1277
macho (not metrosexual)72.117019.812
🧐 (not 😎)72.120326.321
conventional (not creative)72.017823.2278
skeptical (not spiritual)71.950221.4241
curious (not apathetic)71.837521.8274
asexual (not sexual)71.814727.98
one-faced (not two-faced)71.846226.68
emancipated (not enslaved)71.738623.6241
🐮 (not 🐷)71.58018.013
prideful (not envious)71.347115.617
disarming (not creepy)71.247520.080
haunted (not blissful)71.249423.613
serious (not bold)71.017024.2268
compersive (not jealous)70.919019.7221
badass (not weakass)70.867026.911
hurried (not leisurely)70.822522.8247
💀 (not 🎃)70.730325.59
independent (not codependent)70.747826.0218
Coke (not Pepsi)70.66621.09
reserved (not chatty)70.529922.6252
nurturing (not poisonous)70.544621.776
fighter (not lover)70.427918.78
realist (not idealist)70.025322.872
🥶 (not 🥵)69.816225.58
objective (not subjective)69.49825.468
proper (not scandalous)69.331823.6220
English (not German)69.368822.516
sober (not indulgent)69.021827.8273
literal (not metaphorical)68.931724.7244
rigid (not flexible)68.935721.7269
clean (not perverted)68.956822.58
hoarder (not unprepared)68.828615.7180
introspective (not not introspective)68.837925.024
📈 (not 📉)68.535621.612
real (not philosophical)68.340824.8145
hard-work (not natural-talent)68.043630.97
cannibal (not vegan)67.932824.513
nerd (not jock)67.452825.3267
regular (not zany)67.115026.512
thrifty (not extravagant)67.031425.35
profound (not ironic)66.920328.410
devout (not heathen)66.934322.3243
sorrowful (not cheery)66.846018.9279
attractive (not repulsive)66.875519.0249
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)66.725721.9216
calm (not anxious)66.624326.5251
ranged (not melee)66.621731.214
official (not backdoor)66.228227.5222
penny-pincher (not overspender)66.236324.920
chaste (not lustful)66.123323.1256
refined (not rugged)66.051227.0290
first-mate (not captain)65.844936.0201
monastic (not hedonist)65.712721.723
miserable (not joyful)65.550821.129
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)65.459722.711
attentive (not interrupting)65.238630.817
manicured (not scruffy)64.968727.7258
empath (not psychopath)64.960620.69
sad (not happy)64.753618.3231
🤔 (not 🤫)64.637029.419
feminist (not sexist)64.469922.820
offended (not chill)64.150320.517
unambiguous (not mysterious)64.142328.8221
🐐 (not 🦒)63.947128.825
😊 (not 🤣)63.952826.821
minimalist (not pack rat)63.638227.220
repetitive (not varied)63.443922.493
monochrome (not multicolored)63.339926.181
moderate (not extreme)62.824326.4246
resistant (not resigned)62.779625.4281
fast (not slow)62.573924.9221
obedient (not rebellious)62.432125.1197
obsessed (not aloof)62.360425.5261
night owl (not morning lark)62.260429.4123
urban (not rural)62.273725.516
geriatric (not vibrant)61.918119.27
still (not twitchy)61.929327.716
loveable (not punchable)61.562325.313
stable (not moody)61.422426.3286
forgiving (not vengeful)61.348924.4264
sickly (not healthy)61.319823.1264
👽 (not 🤡)61.147523.215
claustrophobic (not spelunker)61.121614.48
suspicious (not trusting)61.059523.9276
democratic (not authoritarian)61.051630.7270
pure (not debased)61.051023.2268
fast-talking (not slow-talking)61.066328.114
impatient (not patient)60.769427.486
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)60.738433.519
grateful (not entitled)60.746923.09
politically correct (not edgy)60.637426.4261
demure (not vain)60.642824.9259
pronatalist (not child free)60.627626.4181
realistic (not ambitious)60.427535.510
angelic (not demonic)60.360020.5241
playful (not shy)60.281521.0280
communal (not individualist)60.127225.860
western (not eastern)60.063934.928
traumatized (not flourishing)60.069121.814
pensive (not serene)60.092727.713
😇 (not 😈)59.954427.927
well behaved (not mischievous)59.741526.2274
🏀 (not 🎨)59.740824.311
cosmopolitan (not provincial)59.649331.3232
cool (not dorky)59.661828.316
tame (not wild)59.537324.9248
businesslike (not chivalrous)59.354335.611
frugal (not lavish)59.157826.8279
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)59.152827.3262
🙃 (not 🥰)59.147930.518
deep (not epic)59.136928.811
beautiful (not ugly)58.899723.576
🥴 (not 🥳)58.855330.326
dispassionate (not romantic)58.826322.519
dramatic (not comedic)58.783618.06
feisty (not gracious)58.586126.6233
fortunate (not unlucky)58.344826.3272
Russian (not French)58.332721.612
short (not tall)57.944323.9239
wholesome (not salacious)57.664628.733
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)57.553229.5196
brave (not careful)57.475329.0243
quarrelsome (not warm)57.466124.2278
generalist (not specialist)57.425932.359
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)57.260326.321
literary (not mathematical)57.170926.8272
conspiracist (not sheeple)56.881724.0137
generous (not stingy)56.772428.56
competitive (not cooperative)56.680228.0282
pessimistic (not optimistic)56.558226.5235
open-minded (not close-minded)56.074524.0246
uncreative (not open to new experinces)55.828723.9244
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)55.763524.617
doer (not thinker)55.784925.610
orange (not purple)55.652528.0197
Italian (not Swedish)55.564031.911
existentialist (not nihilist)55.477824.347
focused on the future (not focused on the present)55.149025.6288
mad (not glad)55.073921.420
💔 (not 💝)55.055328.932
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')54.931532.3182
bad-cook (not good-cook)54.662225.38
funny (not humorless)54.575324.1291
narcissistic (not low self esteem)54.579820.518
fire (not water)54.282227.513
biased (not impartial)54.1102026.3281
socialist (not libertarian)54.030023.7237
🤖 (not 👻)54.055927.411
triggered (not trolling)53.989520.610
charming (not trusting)53.870928.5229
spicy (not mild)53.884225.9276
scholarly (not crafty)53.849230.8240
unassuming (not pretentious)53.847328.624
🐿 (not 🦇)53.870627.921
😬 (not 😏)53.850430.331
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)53.760233.719
reclusive (not social)53.553529.228
depressed (not bright)53.456526.2241
loud (not quiet)53.371726.1262
introvert (not extrovert)53.350426.9272
rough (not smooth)53.361727.3264
🤠 (not 🤑)52.979128.515
😀 (not 😭)52.862422.816
gatherer (not hunter)52.860327.817
good-humored (not angry)52.772422.4224
humble (not arrogant)52.653925.8288
warm (not cold)52.572224.5230
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)52.467931.38
theist (not atheist)52.351226.347
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)52.354234.321
thick (not thin)52.251227.6140
bitter (not sweet)52.070223.5272
arcane (not mainstream)51.979228.9225
🏌 (not 🤺)51.929232.015
self-improving (not self-destructive)51.659322.811
average (not deviant)51.448925.1155
👟 (not 🥾)51.469630.527
judgemental (not accepting)51.373327.3148
🧗 (not 🛌)51.289231.930
💃 (not 🧕)51.191824.735
sarcastic (not genuine)51.066528.4258
insulting (not complimentary)51.065125.082
off-key (not musical)51.078329.29

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. William Adama (0.874)
  2. Donald Cragen (0.874)
  3. M (0.867)
  4. Richard Webber (0.853)
  5. Cedric Daniels (0.852)
  1. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.604)
  2. Denny (-0.59)
  3. Jake Harper (-0.586)
  4. Michael Kelso (-0.563)
  5. Oscar Bluth (-0.548)

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. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.57)
  2. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.53)
  3. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.5)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.47)
  5. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.47)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.46)
  7. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.43)
  8. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.41)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.38)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.38)
  11. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.38)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.37)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.37)
  14. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.36)
  15. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.34)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.33)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.3)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.24)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.24)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.18)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.16)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.13)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.09)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.01)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.09)


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