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Buster Bluth Personality Statistics

Buster Bluth is a character from Arrested Development. 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
sheltered (not street-smart)97.215.448
nerd (not jock)96.5126.768
weird (not normal)96.026.558
codependent (not independent)96.0214.353
anxious (not calm)95.336.556
beta (not alpha)94.5312.454
soft (not hard)93.329.359
submissive (not dominant)93.289.451
dorky (not cool)93.2211.955
traumatized (not flourishing)93.149.023
clumsy (not coordinated)92.5611.060
awkward (not charming)92.4416.265
helpless (not resourceful)91.9111.870
juvenile (not mature)91.61813.867
insecure (not confident)91.3411.146
hesitant (not decisive)90.7311.757
awkward (not suspicious)90.6817.447
lost (not enlightened)90.649.621
sensitive (not thick-skinned)90.5415.163
soft (not hard)90.41215.465
oblivious (not alert)90.41217.845
vulnerable (not armoured)89.9515.369
apprentice (not master)89.6515.774
first-mate (not captain)89.61920.954
passive (not assertive)89.3515.858
tense (not relaxed)89.27814.965
zany (not regular)89.23112.747
meek (not bossy)89.1815.061
incompetent (not competent)89.11215.662
puny (not mighty)88.8316.464
foolish (not wise)88.41616.471
crazy (not sane)88.14010.036
head@clouds (not down2earth)88.14119.365
slow (not fast)87.8613.156
flimsy (not sturdy)87.8317.024
tight (not loose)87.65814.918
family-first (not work-first)87.36416.161
low self esteem (not narcissistic)87.11510.724
innocent (not worldly)86.91519.565
noob (not pro)85.9919.346
😬 (not 😏)85.81317.544
emotional (not logical)85.66020.267
enslaved (not emancipated)85.5518.056
dramatic (not no-nonsense)85.59222.661
metrosexual (not macho)85.52021.024
bookish (not sporty)85.420115.172
triggered (not trolling)85.3728.011
🛌 (not 🧗)85.22521.381
obedient (not rebellious)85.02619.466
moody (not stable)84.415513.154
dunce (not genius)84.31817.076
stuttering (not rhythmic)83.9918.719
whimsical (not rational)83.67422.469
preppy (not punk rock)83.312422.718
self-conscious (not self-assured)83.11822.470
🐀 (not 🐘)83.12821.675
frenzied (not sleepy)82.612219.217
trusting (not charming)82.5718.153
self-destructive (not self-improving)82.510222.426
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)82.54525.021
reclusive (not social)82.46121.866
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)82.38315.947
claustrophobic (not spelunker)82.21013.818
kind (not cruel)82.131715.647
domestic (not industrial)81.52923.968
🐿 (not 🦇)81.47718.635
autistic (not neurotypical)81.4623.660
shy (not bold)81.31318.966
gatherer (not hunter)81.39024.513
giggling (not chortling)81.11725.420
careful (not brave)81.12525.561
introvert (not extrovert)80.87121.361
unassuming (not pretentious)80.72723.942
arcane (not mainstream)80.68914.148
ignorant (not knowledgeable)80.24928.019
idealist (not realist)80.28823.765
cringeworthy (not inspiring)80.08825.456
wavering (not resolute)79.7624.235
nonpolitical (not political)79.53124.754
folksy (not presidential)79.510422.117
low IQ (not high IQ)79.32616.150
circular (not linear)79.22122.116
loyal (not traitorous)79.252423.653
ludicrous (not sensible)79.010825.059
variable (not consistent)79.02826.016
disorganized (not self-disciplined)78.99124.160
slacker (not workaholic)78.66519.464
outsider (not insider)78.48729.661
slovenly (not stylish)78.27419.442
imaginative (not practical)78.210621.352
indiscreet (not tactful)77.92918.336
😇 (not 😈)77.916922.643
pure (not debased)77.517019.760
unlucky (not fortunate)77.310925.261
sickly (not healthy)77.14616.963
deranged (not reasonable)76.814522.044
child free (not pronatalist)76.719128.251
tailor (not blacksmith)76.720020.516
genuine (not sarcastic)76.617724.672
unpolished (not eloquent)76.511922.559
devout (not heathen)76.411123.958
expressive (not stoic)76.325423.845
subjective (not objective)76.32528.650
🦄 (not 🐴)75.913628.637
mild (not spicy)75.88625.559
English (not German)75.636032.114
jealous (not compersive)75.518025.247
scrub (not legit)75.45024.349
pacifist (not ferocious)75.210729.368
roundabout (not direct)75.22827.754
cooperative (not competitive)75.013629.253
repulsive (not attractive)74.88018.855
trusting (not suspicious)74.413630.064
unambitious (not driven)74.31825.844
offended (not chill)74.326020.826
unprepared (not hoarder)74.25429.153
sweet (not bitter)73.922625.248
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)73.914320.443
unfixable (not fixable)73.912423.717
demure (not vain)73.811820.856
feminine (not masculine)73.728716.958
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)73.723028.349
playful (not serious)73.319125.459
rigid (not flexible)73.323426.353
🤠 (not 🤑)73.326127.341
instinctual (not reasoned)73.228225.653
📉 (not 📈)72.92528.645
abstract (not concrete)72.813732.053
plays hard (not works hard)72.515626.756
patriotic (not unpatriotic)72.535524.050
low-tech (not high-tech)72.423426.343
open-book (not secretive)72.112629.68
off-key (not musical)72.015826.421
warm (not cold)71.933022.647
whippersnapper (not sage)71.914729.118
explorer (not builder)71.722623.652
literal (not metaphorical)71.422630.467
biased (not impartial)71.438529.153
humble (not arrogant)71.223125.246
curious (not apathetic)71.238826.762
believable (not poorly-written)71.166321.819
sheeple (not conspiracist)70.94028.768
respectful (not rude)70.838722.072
slugabed (not go-getter)70.53228.446
chaotic (not orderly)70.431932.650
remote (not involved)70.43629.958
vague (not precise)70.47728.245
accepting (not judgemental)70.124126.564
backdoor (not official)70.030028.768
unorthodox (not traditional)70.036428.349
😭 (not 😀)70.018328.248
extreme (not moderate)69.950930.055
repetitive (not varied)69.921626.866
treasure (not trash)69.870026.066
🥴 (not 🥳)69.523331.648
morning lark (not night owl)69.216228.946
complimentary (not insulting)68.934825.748
slothful (not active)68.86023.157
romantic (not dispassionate)68.753025.921
young (not old)68.654324.250
shy (not playful)68.67931.959
angelic (not demonic)68.540722.246
🧐 (not 😎)68.524228.351
unobservant (not perceptive)68.57430.818
creepy (not disarming)68.414428.568
depressed (not bright)68.319822.042
👟 (not 🥾)68.126933.144
quitter (not persistent)68.0830.650
vegan (not cannibal)67.830724.417
experimental (not reliable)67.827329.026
communal (not individualist)67.612428.662
focused on the present (not focused on the future)67.321629.460
disreputable (not prestigious)67.318925.642
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)67.031432.953
wholesome (not salacious)66.944028.547
soulful (not soulless)66.771328.364
overprepared (not efficient)66.76522.823
tall (not short)66.442224.056
pack rat (not minimalist)66.221231.533
🐒 (not 🐩)66.228333.748
🤺 (not 🏌)66.264332.045
orange (not purple)66.021432.654
basic (not hipster)65.943931.659
historical (not modern)65.731427.656
lowbrow (not highbrow)65.615625.259
honorable (not cunning)65.544923.065
not introspective (not introspective)65.415031.552
provincial (not cosmopolitan)65.324527.359
luddite (not technophile)64.829327.235
rich (not poor)64.754427.059
funny (not humorless)64.548429.062
good-humored (not angry)64.246026.857
goof-off (not studious)64.129130.936
quiet (not loud)63.936030.377
resigned (not resistant)63.94329.379
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')63.85330.642
obsessed (not aloof)63.352035.366
manicured (not scruffy)63.267929.360
gossiping (not confidential)63.129429.971
avant-garde (not classical)63.127829.635
French (not Russian)63.145529.916
uninspiring (not charismatic)62.910529.659
drop out (not valedictorian)62.930033.450
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)62.738831.972
miserable (not joyful)62.654430.642
feminist (not sexist)62.569527.658
🙃 (not 🥰)62.336934.266
monastic (not hedonist)62.218326.325
democratic (not authoritarian)62.046429.353
literary (not mathematical)61.951028.940
queer (not straight)61.813328.863
vanilla (not kinky)61.741633.663
sad (not happy)61.757622.872
cautious (not impulsive)61.645534.163
chaste (not lustful)61.532627.558
monochrome (not multicolored)61.541236.143
western (not eastern)61.555332.667
egalitarian (not racist)61.596227.850
privileged (not oppressed)61.470934.314
flamboyant (not modest)61.344531.763
equitable (not hypocritical)61.347924.370
lenient (not strict)61.138132.869
statist (not anarchist)60.945029.848
stinky (not fresh)60.923826.565
tame (not wild)60.833533.066
theist (not atheist)60.730025.236
decorative (not utilitarian)60.725528.048
specialist (not generalist)60.754532.142
geriatric (not vibrant)60.718724.718
intimate (not formal)60.642332.050
creative (not conventional)60.451728.362
shallow (not deep)60.428728.658
🤣 (not 😊)60.432833.545
impatient (not patient)60.265230.677
philosophical (not real)60.118030.151
ugly (not beautiful)60.117129.468
slow-talking (not fast-talking)60.025630.219
moist (not dry)60.038433.925
uncreative (not open to new experinces)59.721431.462
lewd (not tasteful)59.431127.560
bold (not serious)59.455126.852
nurturing (not poisonous)59.365327.949
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)59.249028.139
overspender (not penny-pincher)59.139428.952
existentialist (not nihilist)59.060427.656
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)59.051429.548
simple (not complicated)58.624333.651
Greek (not Roman)58.625631.516
irrelevant (not important)58.412130.880
🤡 (not 👽)58.435537.058
🤔 (not 🤫)58.358934.544
🐷 (not 🐮)58.129334.171
heroic (not villainous)58.085418.665
🧠 (not 💪)57.880324.646
refined (not rugged)57.765129.354
thin (not thick)57.564832.457
crafty (not scholarly)57.467029.263
😜 (not 🤐)57.349033.144
animalistic (not human)57.226828.844
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)57.243735.714
lavish (not frugal)57.147829.754
lighthearted (not intense)56.930332.820
astonishing (not methodical)56.735933.951
civilized (not barbaric)56.781326.444
guarded (not open)56.689231.251
neat (not messy)56.673832.860
socialist (not libertarian)56.518527.047
scheduled (not spontaneous)56.369837.059
theoretical (not empirical)56.025131.753
glad (not mad)56.044428.442
sorrowful (not cheery)55.969730.664
artistic (not scientific)55.953827.337
conservative (not liberal)55.437227.135
melee (not ranged)55.437034.415
hurried (not leisurely)55.067532.059
close-minded (not open-minded)55.040228.852
🐐 (not 🦒)55.080137.172
forgiving (not vengeful)54.958532.758
diligent (not lazy)54.8110930.657
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)54.885835.043
urban (not rural)54.686929.472
unambiguous (not mysterious)54.566035.068
Swedish (not Italian)54.449032.617
🤖 (not 👻)54.352234.663
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)54.147438.151
freelance (not corporate)54.068734.617
poetic (not factual)54.044928.720
altruistic (not selfish)53.868131.164
loveable (not punchable)53.777534.613
spiritual (not skeptical)53.530730.751
cryptic (not straightforward)53.526932.060
deliberate (not spontaneous)53.482631.150
deviant (not average)53.377730.952
gloomy (not sunny)53.369627.615
reserved (not chatty)53.260228.642
private (not gregarious)53.078031.374
politically correct (not edgy)52.949529.351
mundane (not extraordinary)52.932934.547
gendered (not androgynous)52.9118231.251
tiresome (not interesting)52.528331.969
indulgent (not sober)52.268033.853
optimistic (not pessimistic)51.962130.053
🎩 (not 🧢)51.770633.546
warm (not quarrelsome)51.656830.063
💩 (not 🌟)51.631833.048
exuberant (not subdued)51.678129.827
smooth (not rough)51.564334.256
mischievous (not well behaved)51.478134.141
feisty (not gracious)51.195030.558
permanent (not transient)51.176229.459
💝 (not 💔)51.167632.656
sheriff (not outlaw)51.064829.749
💃 (not 🧕)51.086131.063
physical (not intellectual)50.847428.056
proper (not scandalous)50.465432.455

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Charlie Cheswick (0.794)
  2. The Cowardly Lion (0.753)
  3. Morty Smith (0.742)
  4. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (0.742)
  5. Billy Bibbit (0.741)
  1. Russell 'Stringer' Bell (-0.606)
  2. Zoe Washburne (-0.592)
  3. Blondie (-0.588)
  4. Olenna Tyrell (-0.585)
  5. Nick Fury (-0.572)

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: ENFP (r = 0.63)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.62)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.62)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.59)
  5. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.36)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.34)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.23)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.15)
  9. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.11)
  10. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.06)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.02)
  12. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.01)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.0)
  14. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.02)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.08)
  16. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.11)
  17. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.22)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.23)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.27)
  20. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.34)
  21. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.37)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.41)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.57)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.63)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.74)


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