Holly and Mika (both modern) have two very obviously distinct personalities, but both are very loving.
Mika is an "IN YOUR FACE", exhuberant clumsy goof that loves to sit on us. He's what I might call overly
loving, especially when he's waking you up at 6am on a Saturday by kissing your face for an hour! He talks (loudly) when he has something important to say, and will carry on full conversations about it. He will tolerate anything we do to him, from cuddling him like a baby, clipping his nails, and all sorts of things, with little fuss.
Holly is very demure, petite, and graceful. She has a tiny chirping voice which is completely opposite Mika. But, she does talk a lot. She's still quite timid but she still insists on pettings although she doesn't like to be picked up. Doesn't like her nails clipped at all. I think that's all an act, because she's more of a hellion too... she actually showed Mika how fun it was to get up on the counter (he never did before she came), and while Mika was a perfect gentleman while we were gone when he was a lone kitty, now we routinely come home to something strewn all over the house. She's been a bad influence on him!
I would say they are both very intelligent, far more than any other cat I've had, Mika in particular. His antics have had us just about floored before. Hubby agrees, he's never seen a smarter cat (of course!!)