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Phil Coulson Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Phil Coulson is a character from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

This page summarizes crowd sourced ratings of their personality collected from users of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz. This website has recruited more than 3 million volunteers to rate characters on descriptive adjectives and other properties, which can be aggregated to create profiles that users can be matched to as part of a personality test. For more information about how the ratings were collected and how they are used, see the documentation.

Aggregated ratings for 400 descriptions

The table shows the average rating the character received for each descriptive item on a 1 to 100 scale and what that character's rank for the description is among all 2,000 characters in the database. It also shows the standard deviation of the ratings and how many different individuals submitted a rating for that description.

ItemAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
loyal (not traitorous)94.74414.640
workaholic (not slacker)92.96911.037
resourceful (not helpless)92.85912.843
important (not irrelevant)92.47112.445
motivated (not unmotivated)89.035417.332
competent (not incompetent)87.926915.235
devoted (not unfaithful)87.829015.926
active (not slothful)87.022911.837
pro (not noob)87.026921.540
driven (not unambitious)86.341318.247
diligent (not lazy)86.155118.335
persistent (not quitter)86.065119.842
knowledgeable (not ignorant)85.425315.747
wise (not foolish)85.110913.350
heroic (not villainous)85.033423.038
protagonist (not antagonist)85.019223.030
patriotic (not unpatriotic)84.99718.852
civilized (not barbaric)84.624318.630
self-disciplined (not disorganized)84.638021.840
legit (not scrub)84.514914.639
manicured (not scruffy)84.333515.144
perceptive (not unobservant)84.142018.141
💝 (not 💔)83.96823.241
reassuring (not fearmongering)83.97016.131
overachiever (not underachiever)83.835518.857
compersive (not jealous)83.72114.832
vintage (not trendy)83.716716.965
high IQ (not low IQ)83.552517.030
badass (not weakass)83.447620.760
clean (not perverted)83.425518.758
bold (not shy)82.866116.644
captain (not first-mate)82.826625.650
confidential (not gossiping)82.531121.234
English (not German)82.518219.836
on-time (not tardy)82.536521.767
good-humored (not angry)82.218715.145
opinionated (not jealous)82.213811.634
confident (not insecure)82.031619.334
loveable (not punchable)81.919521.251
coordinated (not clumsy)81.840618.443
eloquent (not unpolished)81.826019.041
soulful (not soulless)81.743921.835
treasure (not trash)81.746819.535
🌟 (not 💩)81.742423.450
charismatic (not uninspiring)81.539822.137
egalitarian (not racist)81.463723.435
rich (not poor)81.437120.034
altruistic (not selfish)81.218120.134
mature (not juvenile)81.025621.146
😇 (not 😈)80.917519.243
human (not animalistic)80.834522.044
gendered (not androgynous)80.755220.235
neat (not messy)80.332723.038
prestigious (not disreputable)80.219721.832
empath (not psychopath)80.129419.955
respectful (not rude)79.930822.934
complimentary (not insulting)79.318220.351
valedictorian (not drop out)79.348623.643
honorable (not cunning)79.022125.462
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)78.96821.539
queen (not princess)78.833626.539
😀 (not 😭)78.712618.432
interesting (not tiresome)78.536422.449
not genocidal (not genocidal)78.551227.324
generous (not stingy)78.428720.664
open to new experinces (not uncreative)78.347227.130
kind (not cruel)78.359625.348
nurturing (not poisonous)78.236121.940
reliable (not experimental)78.220720.642
sunny (not gloomy)78.223818.940
😎 (not 🧐)77.627625.845
decisive (not hesitant)77.648020.542
resolute (not wavering)77.532322.544
masculine (not feminine)77.458720.538
inspiring (not cringeworthy)77.325827.243
stable (not moody)77.25722.647
secretive (not open-book)77.243225.345
believable (not poorly-written)77.153822.449
interested (not bored)77.133724.254
white knight (not bad boy)77.134720.430
genius (not dunce)77.043416.842
smooth (not rough)76.812219.129
tasteful (not lewd)76.826616.738
disarming (not creepy)76.837622.033
go-getter (not slugabed)76.872725.440
prideful (not envious)76.830423.0110
main character (not side character)76.446129.517
curious (not apathetic)76.237123.635
funny (not humorless)76.138125.941
playful (not shy)75.958523.945
hoarder (not unprepared)75.416414.237
feminist (not sexist)75.466821.646
calm (not anxious)75.113625.137
attentive (not interrupting)75.123624.957
brave (not careful)74.942725.541
existentialist (not nihilist)74.87719.822
works hard (not plays hard)74.756922.643
optimistic (not pessimistic)74.728124.333
love-focused (not money-focused)74.769121.827
high standards (not desperate)74.640422.266
sweet (not bitter)74.634023.840
giving (not receiving)74.342227.927
romantic (not dispassionate)74.253622.843
patient (not impatient)74.216425.647
forgiving (not vengeful)74.134726.546
presidential (not folksy)74.134023.335
pointed (not random)74.169722.868
old (not young)74.029614.848
open-minded (not close-minded)74.033118.243
wholesome (not salacious)74.040125.244
dominant (not submissive)73.969522.640
factual (not exaggerating)73.929823.755
rock (not rap)73.870325.441
tactful (not indiscreet)73.731925.739
🧠 (not 💪)73.670215.534
complicated (not simple)73.557927.533
neurotypical (not autistic)73.254124.229
master (not apprentice)73.268124.427
alert (not oblivious)73.064622.449
never cries (not often crying)73.047623.930
reasonable (not deranged)72.944125.042
intellectual (not physical)72.962519.737
fast (not slow)72.864618.351
formal (not intimate)72.830025.142
🧗 (not 🛌)72.857926.543
mighty (not puny)72.766620.532
beautiful (not ugly)72.7103628.936
cheery (not sorrowful)72.626422.732
🥰 (not 🙃)72.627326.032
warm (not quarrelsome)72.629121.945
accepting (not judgemental)72.430022.333
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)72.463623.940
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)72.356327.544
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)72.331125.842
glad (not mad)72.324423.244
mysterious (not unambiguous)72.231926.644
refined (not rugged)72.147220.231
nerd (not jock)72.160120.435
chaste (not lustful)72.116720.930
stylish (not slovenly)72.059327.938
deep (not shallow)72.049224.449
grateful (not entitled)71.933026.174
sturdy (not flimsy)71.964823.039
politically correct (not edgy)71.823525.439
conspiracist (not sheeple)71.849421.933
washed (not muddy)71.851924.925
permanent (not transient)71.625624.634
worldly (not innocent)71.574720.935
involved (not remote)71.560429.739
private (not gregarious)71.456024.542
warm (not cold)71.352623.945
assertive (not passive)71.279824.342
bossy (not meek)71.181322.638
analysis (not common sense)71.137826.419
orderly (not chaotic)71.051625.847
chill (not offended)71.019225.539
rhythmic (not stuttering)71.072426.441
demanding (not unchallenging)71.094124.067
bookish (not sporty)70.974023.648
fresh (not stinky)70.877927.937
enlightened (not lost)70.824720.737
summer (not winter)70.744730.535
alpha (not beta)70.573128.838
introspective (not not introspective)70.549822.833
still (not twitchy)70.419823.767
technophile (not luddite)70.326822.532
flower child (not goth)70.362220.726
emancipated (not enslaved)70.159526.626
efficient (not overprepared)69.845428.630
scientific (not artistic)69.752525.450
extraordinary (not mundane)69.675625.546
classical (not avant-garde)69.538325.543
humble (not arrogant)69.438325.538
rational (not whimsical)69.456125.235
devout (not heathen)69.138725.541
😊 (not 🤣)69.157829.745
angelic (not demonic)69.058124.642
OCD (not ADHD)69.063427.452
cooperative (not competitive)68.828627.941
👽 (not 🤡)68.735226.847
official (not backdoor)68.630427.937
privileged (not oppressed)68.580723.832
cocky (not timid)68.490422.731
stoic (not hypochondriac)68.346628.830
💃 (not 🧕)68.273527.543
preppy (not punk rock)68.268524.243
self-assured (not self-conscious)67.974723.034
direct (not roundabout)67.982624.748
📈 (not 📉)67.956731.132
sheriff (not outlaw)67.652527.756
bright (not depressed)67.541026.253
precise (not vague)67.174931.838
charming (not awkward)67.076427.833
🐮 (not 🐷)67.027223.837
joyful (not miserable)66.935423.545
down2earth (not head@clouds)66.656830.947
high-tech (not low-tech)66.651429.848
urban (not rural)66.588124.932
sensible (not ludicrous)66.467726.840
modest (not flamboyant)66.463427.244
resistant (not resigned)66.391425.445
🐐 (not 🦒)66.351728.741
hard-work (not natural-talent)66.366031.058
statist (not anarchist)66.244027.532
independent (not codependent)66.182529.544
consistent (not variable)66.159926.236
pure (not debased)65.760927.738
equitable (not hypocritical)65.655731.841
trusting (not suspicious)65.541630.846
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)65.594228.236
😏 (not 😬)65.458226.136
profound (not ironic)65.232925.546
obsessed (not aloof)65.071523.760
water (not fire)64.939527.463
liberal (not conservative)64.975323.235
tailor (not blacksmith)64.976627.429
asexual (not sexual)64.831125.935
good-cook (not bad-cook)64.739926.564
frenzied (not sleepy)64.6116320.631
🐿 (not 🦇)64.569227.532
armoured (not vulnerable)64.481922.948
deliberate (not spontaneous)64.387429.446
🤠 (not 🤑)64.381029.640
French (not Russian)64.360628.523
chortling (not giggling)64.376026.238
proper (not scandalous)64.261531.836
corporate (not freelance)64.244233.141
scheduled (not spontaneous)64.179427.354
guarded (not open)64.1110625.739
paranoid (not naive)64.170227.535
builder (not explorer)63.945927.439
extravagant (not thrifty)63.958831.846
highbrow (not lowbrow)63.775224.633
fast-talking (not slow-talking)63.781127.536
Coke (not Pepsi)63.625532.252
dog person (not cat person)63.455933.724
specialist (not generalist)63.268131.942
ranged (not melee)63.242525.332
comedic (not dramatic)63.231227.579
thick-skinned (not sensitive)63.163126.838
utilitarian (not decorative)63.081729.328
wooden (not plastic)63.096832.156
extrovert (not introvert)62.977726.038
earth (not air)62.980033.461
soft (not hard)62.856322.644
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)62.758729.536
straight (not queer)62.6120533.932
haunted (not blissful)62.699729.777
logical (not emotional)62.453324.330
happy (not sad)62.440024.436
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)62.493926.344
frank (not sugarcoated)62.4118721.222
objective (not subjective)62.235226.737
gracious (not feisty)62.127122.343
trusting (not charming)62.044628.746
🎃 (not 💀)62.051333.229
vanilla (not kinky)61.961624.938
quiet (not loud)61.962626.446
demure (not vain)61.955327.328
🐘 (not 🐀)61.854029.543
lover (not fighter)61.862226.763
studious (not goof-off)61.7110530.457
🤖 (not 👻)61.750230.141
basic (not hipster)61.676426.534
opinionated (not neutral)61.6149225.981
quirky (not predictable)61.660427.323
political (not nonpolitical)61.572730.138
biased (not impartial)61.3103523.230
one-faced (not two-faced)61.3104330.358
skeptical (not spiritual)61.2113830.239
practical (not imaginative)61.194629.836
no-nonsense (not dramatic)61.058129.742
normie (not freak)61.053426.173
fixable (not unfixable)60.884128.624
social (not reclusive)60.776127.543
insider (not outsider)60.544929.733
factual (not poetic)60.479128.636
chosen one (not everyman)60.176038.021
vegan (not cannibal)60.076828.938
🎩 (not 🧢)59.980733.634
self-improving (not self-destructive)59.959431.543
street-smart (not sheltered)59.8102031.944
communal (not individualist)59.840129.333
spelunker (not claustrophobic)59.686527.924
sage (not whippersnapper)59.655829.937
centrist (not radical)59.644428.231
conventional (not creative)59.460825.943
ambitious (not realistic)59.493630.866
attractive (not repulsive)59.2133126.140
businesslike (not chivalrous)59.272729.971
well behaved (not mischievous)59.164029.247
focused on the future (not focused on the present)59.151828.238
hurried (not leisurely)58.983626.331
methodical (not astonishing)58.894132.049
traumatized (not flourishing)58.7107832.036
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)58.571622.225
short (not tall)58.260822.868
trolling (not triggered)58.233926.624
jaded (not innocent)58.1113728.228
cosmopolitan (not provincial)58.076121.433
historical (not modern)57.967029.535
🎨 (not 🏀)57.8105529.171
pacifist (not ferocious)57.756821.846
narcissistic (not low self esteem)57.794923.154
varied (not repetitive)57.541825.738
western (not eastern)57.5119533.730
🐩 (not 🐒)57.383330.935
cheesy (not chic)57.283831.725
soft (not hard)57.171724.841
healthy (not sickly)57.0129927.645
🥳 (not 🥴)57.055930.243
scholarly (not crafty)56.959731.434
doer (not thinker)56.9111729.464
hedonist (not monastic)56.882130.022
pack rat (not minimalist)56.759531.739
genuine (not sarcastic)56.686629.237
work-first (not family-first)56.682130.549
dry (not moist)56.375526.531
proactive (not reactive)56.352334.731
straightforward (not cryptic)56.2127629.448
🏌 (not 🤺)56.229132.143
weird (not normal)56.0104328.047
cautious (not impulsive)55.783430.538
unorthodox (not traditional)55.798230.947
gamer (not non-gamer)55.656532.863
relaxed (not tense)55.532926.946
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)55.589732.733
thick (not thin)55.559527.932
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')55.445426.129
linear (not circular)55.477433.746
cultured (not rustic)55.4110230.323
concise (not long-winded)55.482825.031
touchy-feely (not distant)55.372626.833
serious (not bold)55.272226.839
lighthearted (not intense)55.250126.835
epic (not deep)55.178930.570
metrosexual (not macho)55.0109325.935
flexible (not rigid)54.969326.140
frugal (not lavish)54.698831.425
tame (not wild)54.669030.048
mathematical (not literary)54.461729.835
overspender (not penny-pincher)54.473723.625
realistic (not fantastical)54.4105631.064
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)54.497825.458
🤫 (not 🤔)54.353433.441
cynical (not gullible)54.3118430.636
deviant (not average)54.2115430.344
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)54.2114730.421
concrete (not abstract)54.0108429.344
🥵 (not 🥶)54.0101430.030
picky (not always down)54.0104129.531
pretentious (not unassuming)53.9103629.144
tautology (not oxymoron)53.842526.025
machiavellian (not transparent)53.885127.840
strict (not lenient)53.799928.154
🤐 (not 😜)53.794336.246
👟 (not 🥾)53.592131.640
domestic (not industrial)53.481730.143
Swedish (not Italian)53.481533.024
atheist (not theist)53.3114624.435
🦄 (not 🐴)53.374137.240
vibrant (not geriatric)53.3136428.642
serious (not playful)53.2112824.838
socialist (not libertarian)53.254129.840
suspicious (not awkward)53.2122030.536
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)53.287929.745
unlucky (not fortunate)53.099328.740
Roman (not Greek)52.991428.940
expressive (not monotone)52.9119830.133
pop (not indie)52.855428.633
literal (not metaphorical)52.7125427.450
moderate (not extreme)52.766430.034
realist (not idealist)52.797531.738
regular (not zany)52.678029.739
yes-man (not contrarian)52.662033.337
mainstream (not arcane)52.572031.637
rebellious (not obedient)52.4121130.254
emotional (not unemotional)52.4141626.828
philosophical (not real)52.352830.647
subdued (not exuberant)52.173129.821
purple (not orange)52.094928.038
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)52.098728.738
off-key (not musical)52.0107930.933
democratic (not authoritarian)51.9109632.948
exhibitionist (not bashful)51.8126727.553
prudish (not flirtatious)51.884530.926
night owl (not morning lark)51.7118931.032
sober (not indulgent)51.589930.533
crazy (not sane)51.597526.146
cool (not dorky)51.4112230.842
expressive (not stoic)51.3116931.046
reasoned (not instinctual)51.379530.146
gatherer (not hunter)51.387733.932
spicy (not mild)51.2126127.951
pronatalist (not child free)51.261130.327
monochrome (not multicolored)51.2100135.234
tight (not loose)51.2133627.537
theoretical (not empirical)51.169327.332
reserved (not chatty)50.998830.648
pensive (not serene)50.7168929.144
accommodating (not stubborn)50.447632.545

The lowest rating for any description in the table is 50.0 despite a 1 to 100 scale being used. This is because descriptions that had values lower than the midpoint were reversed. For example, a score of 1/100 for "hot (not cold)" is equivalent to a score of 100/100 for "cold (not hot)". This was done so that all the traits that are most distinctive for a character are at the top of the table.

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Lucius Fox (0.854)
  2. Dale Cooper (0.84)
  3. Peggy Carter (0.834)
  4. Obi-Wan Kenobi (0.831)
  5. Josiah Bartlet (0.831)
  6. Carlisle Cullen (0.828)
  7. Benjamin Sisko (0.823)
  8. Jean-Luc Picard (0.823)
  9. Samantha Carter (0.822)
  10. Jennifer Jareau (0.819)
  1. The Deep (-0.622)
  2. Arturo Roman (-0.597)
  3. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.589)
  4. A.J. Soprano (-0.586)
  5. Dennis Nedry (-0.575)
  6. Theon Greyjoy (-0.565)
  7. Jonah Ryan (-0.545)
  8. Joffrey Baratheon (-0.544)
  9. Barney Gumble (-0.525)
  10. George Costanza (-0.523)

Personality types

Users who took the quiz were asked to self-identify their Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types. We can look at the average match scores of these different groups of users with Phil Coulson to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Phil Coulson is described identify as.

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


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