I live in the country and have 4 outside cats - a mom, 2 boys and a girl.
The two boys are aloof. They'll let you pet them some, but don't want to be held much. They'd rather snake between your legs as you walk and then flop on your feet.
The girl cat you can pick up and hold like a rag-doll. She'll lay there and let you pet her for as long as you want, and then go off to kill. I mean, DESTROY mice and birds - it often looks like a bird exploded on our back porch.
The mom goes back and forth. Some times she's a lover, other times she doesn't want to be bothered. A lot of the times she just smacks the boys around when they try to play with her.
It almost hurts to watch the boy cats play as they tackle each other on the pavement. A minute or two of "viscous" biting, then some grooming, then relax, stare down, pounce and repeat.
They try to get their sister involved but she usually hops on top of something and gives them a smack down.
Seriously, my back porch is more interesting than most reality TV shows.