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Phil Coulson Descriptive Personality Statistics

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 1,750 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)96.6147.037
workaholic (not slacker)92.96411.234
resourceful (not helpless)92.85412.843
important (not irrelevant)92.84612.344
competent (not incompetent)88.321815.234
motivated (not unmotivated)88.333118.029
pro (not noob)87.023421.540
active (not slothful)86.819111.936
devoted (not unfaithful)86.829616.523
driven (not unambitious)86.336018.344
diligent (not lazy)85.950218.534
legit (not scrub)85.410513.836
knowledgeable (not ignorant)85.422715.747
persistent (not quitter)85.360620.339
protagonist (not antagonist)85.015623.030
wise (not foolish)84.89513.249
heroic (not villainous)84.828823.237
manicured (not scruffy)84.829214.943
patriotic (not unpatriotic)84.69319.050
perceptive (not unobservant)84.136818.141
compersive (not jealous)83.71915.031
self-disciplined (not disorganized)83.637322.337
civilized (not barbaric)83.524318.828
high IQ (not low IQ)83.546517.229
overachiever (not underachiever)83.532118.856
vintage (not trendy)83.415916.964
badass (not weakass)83.442920.760
clean (not perverted)83.420918.758
💝 (not 💔)83.36823.639
captain (not first-mate)82.823225.650
treasure (not trash)82.834118.634
bold (not shy)82.460616.643
reassuring (not fearmongering)82.48317.124
confident (not insecure)82.425819.533
on-time (not tardy)82.332321.866
good-humored (not angry)82.215915.344
loveable (not punchable)82.217019.946
English (not German)82.117420.134
opinionated (not jealous)82.112111.833
confidential (not gossiping)82.028421.333
coordinated (not clumsy)81.835218.642
🌟 (not 💩)81.735423.450
egalitarian (not racist)81.556224.831
eloquent (not unpolished)81.424319.439
charismatic (not uninspiring)81.336322.436
gendered (not androgynous)81.146520.334
soulful (not soulless)81.141621.934
giving (not receiving)80.918522.923
rich (not poor)80.835120.033
human (not animalistic)80.830222.044
altruistic (not selfish)80.817320.732
mature (not juvenile)80.622321.145
neat (not messy)80.229323.236
prestigious (not disreputable)80.217621.832
empath (not psychopath)80.125619.955
😇 (not 😈)80.115719.341
not genocidal (not genocidal)79.935626.521
respectful (not rude)79.229323.332
complimentary (not insulting)79.116220.450
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)78.94922.037
valedictorian (not drop out)78.843624.041
😀 (not 😭)78.710718.432
stable (not moody)78.53921.243
interesting (not tiresome)78.532522.748
generous (not stingy)78.425420.763
rock (not rap)78.434417.436
nurturing (not poisonous)78.230921.940
reliable (not experimental)78.218520.642
honorable (not cunning)78.121525.659
tasteful (not lewd)77.919715.636
go-getter (not slugabed)77.957625.337
open to new experinces (not uncreative)77.942027.529
believable (not poorly-written)77.643922.348
secretive (not open-book)77.635825.143
decisive (not hesitant)77.642220.542
disarming (not creepy)77.629922.431
queen (not princess)77.534427.731
masculine (not feminine)77.451020.538
resolute (not wavering)77.428423.042
kind (not cruel)77.156125.745
interested (not bored)77.128524.254
genius (not dunce)77.038316.842
inspiring (not cringeworthy)77.023327.841
white knight (not bad boy)76.929420.928
sunny (not gloomy)76.822618.837
prideful (not envious)76.728423.1109
😎 (not 🧐)76.426626.242
curious (not apathetic)76.132124.034
funny (not humorless)76.134125.941
works hard (not plays hard)75.845521.742
attentive (not interrupting)75.718625.453
cheery (not sorrowful)75.617020.030
smooth (not rough)75.613219.127
hoarder (not unprepared)75.613514.336
forgiving (not vengeful)75.325925.942
playful (not shy)75.154123.435
old (not young)74.925112.245
brave (not careful)74.936925.541
feminist (not sexist)74.960021.545
existentialist (not nihilist)74.86919.822
optimistic (not pessimistic)74.624524.732
factual (not exaggerating)74.624523.454
high standards (not desperate)74.636322.465
sweet (not bitter)74.529324.038
romantic (not dispassionate)74.247822.843
patient (not impatient)74.214326.344
dominant (not submissive)74.161422.438
calm (not anxious)74.113325.435
presidential (not folksy)74.130123.335
pointed (not random)74.162323.067
tactful (not indiscreet)74.027527.035
wholesome (not salacious)74.035325.244
washed (not muddy)73.937224.122
🧠 (not 💪)73.861415.733
open-minded (not close-minded)73.729218.639
never cries (not often crying)73.738424.026
complicated (not simple)73.549927.533
reasonable (not deranged)73.438025.738
summer (not winter)73.433328.830
chaste (not lustful)73.211420.329
neurotypical (not autistic)73.250724.229
master (not apprentice)73.259124.427
love-focused (not money-focused)73.264221.925
warm (not quarrelsome)73.024121.443
mysterious (not unambiguous)73.026525.642
fast (not slow)72.856018.351
mighty (not puny)72.758620.532
🥰 (not 🙃)72.623226.032
🧗 (not 🛌)72.646926.842
alert (not oblivious)72.557522.348
accepting (not judgemental)72.425222.333
beautiful (not ugly)72.491329.235
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)72.326525.842
grateful (not entitled)72.327025.969
conspiracist (not sheeple)72.241622.631
intellectual (not physical)72.257520.035
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)72.257224.438
deep (not shallow)72.143124.748
rhythmic (not stuttering)72.057926.040
warm (not cold)71.844724.044
formal (not intimate)71.828525.340
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)71.750727.643
sturdy (not flimsy)71.757123.338
alpha (not beta)71.661926.736
refined (not rugged)71.344820.030
orderly (not chaotic)71.345526.044
politically correct (not edgy)71.321025.638
efficient (not overprepared)71.333227.929
worldly (not innocent)71.367121.132
permanent (not transient)71.223524.833
bossy (not meek)71.173322.638
glad (not mad)71.123423.840
involved (not remote)71.056930.038
assertive (not passive)71.072124.541
urban (not rural)71.060118.528
chill (not offended)71.016525.539
bookish (not sporty)70.864723.947
enlightened (not lost)70.821920.737
stylish (not slovenly)70.756328.136
nerd (not jock)70.757820.133
private (not gregarious)70.550024.638
fresh (not stinky)70.571028.236
flower child (not goth)70.355920.726
demanding (not unchallenging)70.287823.965
emancipated (not enslaved)69.854027.125
scientific (not artistic)69.745425.450
classical (not avant-garde)69.633825.141
still (not twitchy)69.518423.565
stoic (not hypochondriac)69.535126.420
introspective (not not introspective)69.348123.031
humble (not arrogant)69.333025.835
angelic (not demonic)69.249724.841
rational (not whimsical)68.750225.334
👽 (not 🤡)68.730626.847
OCD (not ADHD)68.757227.651
official (not backdoor)68.626927.937
extraordinary (not mundane)68.669225.544
technophile (not luddite)68.627322.229
cooperative (not competitive)68.524828.240
devout (not heathen)68.535026.038
paranoid (not naive)68.543524.927
😊 (not 🤣)68.451529.744
sheriff (not outlaw)68.342627.854
analysis (not common sense)68.140528.215
independent (not codependent)68.067528.942
preppy (not punk rock)68.062624.542
self-assured (not self-conscious)67.968023.034
privileged (not oppressed)67.973223.931
direct (not roundabout)67.972124.748
💃 (not 🧕)67.866327.842
🐮 (not 🐷)67.720623.836
bright (not depressed)67.437026.751
French (not Russian)67.142225.722
modest (not flamboyant)67.052527.339
📈 (not 📉)67.052031.231
joyful (not miserable)66.931723.545
precise (not vague)66.867632.237
cocky (not timid)66.784123.225
sensible (not ludicrous)66.458926.840
trusting (not suspicious)66.334530.744
🐐 (not 🦒)66.343228.741
hard-work (not natural-talent)66.358331.058
chosen one (not everyman)66.247535.017
charming (not awkward)66.170028.031
high-tech (not low-tech)66.044629.847
equitable (not hypocritical)66.046132.140
obsessed (not aloof)65.858824.452
down2earth (not head@clouds)65.852531.145
😏 (not 😬)65.451326.136
pure (not debased)65.353328.037
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)65.384328.635
resistant (not resigned)65.286425.543
statist (not anarchist)65.242728.529
profound (not ironic)65.228225.546
liberal (not conservative)65.065123.534
water (not fire)64.932227.463
consistent (not variable)64.857426.234
asexual (not sexual)64.825625.935
good-cook (not bad-cook)64.634526.763
frenzied (not sleepy)64.6104520.631
🐿 (not 🦇)64.560627.532
specialist (not generalist)64.355231.541
proper (not scandalous)64.253531.836
deliberate (not spontaneous)64.178430.242
guarded (not open)64.197625.739
tailor (not blacksmith)64.072028.227
armoured (not vulnerable)63.973523.245
extravagant (not thrifty)63.950531.846
highbrow (not lowbrow)63.866325.032
fast-talking (not slow-talking)63.870927.934
corporate (not freelance)63.540833.140
chortling (not giggling)63.570626.237
comedic (not dramatic)63.525627.578
scheduled (not spontaneous)63.472627.452
builder (not explorer)63.443227.638
🤠 (not 🤑)63.470829.439
happy (not sad)63.332724.235
dog person (not cat person)63.350234.119
thick-skinned (not sensitive)63.155627.435
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)63.180526.343
wooden (not plastic)63.084432.156
extrovert (not introvert)62.969126.038
logical (not emotional)62.844124.629
quiet (not loud)62.850425.945
soft (not hard)62.849322.342
🐘 (not 🐀)62.845329.142
objective (not subjective)62.729425.834
straight (not queer)62.6110333.932
ranged (not melee)62.638625.431
haunted (not blissful)62.687429.575
earth (not air)62.672333.659
lover (not fighter)62.554026.462
vanilla (not kinky)61.954524.938
demure (not vain)61.947927.328
trusting (not charming)61.839928.643
political (not nonpolitical)61.663530.537
no-nonsense (not dramatic)61.648429.840
studious (not goof-off)61.696730.756
Coke (not Pepsi)61.630032.149
frank (not sugarcoated)61.6104921.521
🎃 (not 💀)61.547933.728
basic (not hipster)61.469925.231
gracious (not feisty)61.424822.541
social (not reclusive)61.365827.742
one-faced (not two-faced)61.391630.358
practical (not imaginative)61.182129.836
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)61.155929.534
🤖 (not 👻)61.045430.539
opinionated (not neutral)61.0133926.079
street-smart (not sheltered)60.986531.543
utilitarian (not decorative)60.880130.125
fixable (not unfixable)60.873828.624
centrist (not radical)60.635226.127
normie (not freak)60.349625.670
focused on the future (not focused on the present)60.141027.937
conventional (not creative)60.051125.942
factual (not poetic)60.071428.935
communal (not individualist)59.832129.333
trolling (not triggered)59.826325.422
insider (not outsider)59.743029.832
spelunker (not claustrophobic)59.675427.924
vegan (not cannibal)59.566529.237
skeptical (not spiritual)59.4104530.037
attractive (not repulsive)59.4114326.838
ambitious (not realistic)59.483330.866
well behaved (not mischievous)59.155529.247
🎩 (not 🧢)58.972933.733
hurried (not leisurely)58.773226.429
jaded (not innocent)58.798529.322
self-improving (not self-destructive)58.653431.239
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)58.562822.225
sage (not whippersnapper)58.551528.931
short (not tall)58.353823.641
scholarly (not crafty)58.350731.132
cultured (not rustic)58.388328.715
businesslike (not chivalrous)58.268230.168
traumatized (not flourishing)58.094032.834
genuine (not sarcastic)57.970628.536
straightforward (not cryptic)57.8104428.746
narcissistic (not low self esteem)57.885323.452
pacifist (not ferocious)57.748421.846
varied (not repetitive)57.735825.934
🎨 (not 🏀)57.792329.468
methodical (not astonishing)57.585932.047
🐩 (not 🐒)57.372730.935
western (not eastern)57.2103234.229
linear (not circular)56.958733.744
exuberant (not subdued)56.986227.315
touchy-feely (not distant)56.861326.229
biased (not impartial)56.7114023.424
pack rat (not minimalist)56.754231.739
picky (not always down)56.782428.429
cosmopolitan (not provincial)56.674021.431
🥳 (not 🥴)56.650430.940
hedonist (not monastic)56.574326.317
machiavellian (not transparent)56.568627.526
concise (not long-winded)56.466224.826
dry (not moist)56.366126.531
🏌 (not 🤺)56.226232.143
realistic (not fantastical)56.287030.661
doer (not thinker)56.299429.163
weird (not normal)56.091828.047
soft (not hard)56.065724.939
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')56.034226.427
proactive (not reactive)55.849234.529
healthy (not sickly)55.7118927.542
work-first (not family-first)55.773830.148
gamer (not non-gamer)55.649232.863
serious (not bold)55.263226.839
flexible (not rigid)55.258826.439
historical (not modern)55.262429.332
vibrant (not geriatric)55.1114128.934
unorthodox (not traditional)54.987830.846
🤫 (not 🤔)54.944233.640
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)54.781333.631
suspicious (not awkward)54.7103829.635
cautious (not impulsive)54.676530.237
tame (not wild)54.659730.048
domestic (not industrial)54.667330.239
epic (not deep)54.671630.469
relaxed (not tense)54.530627.144
🤐 (not 😜)54.578735.843
mathematical (not literary)54.454029.835
overspender (not penny-pincher)54.465623.625
metrosexual (not macho)54.497426.034
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)54.485925.458
deviant (not average)54.3100030.743
off-key (not musical)54.385131.028
thick (not thin)54.255928.230
lighthearted (not intense)54.245227.233
pretentious (not unassuming)54.191229.442
serious (not playful)54.097024.737
concrete (not abstract)54.095329.344
🥵 (not 🥶)54.087130.030
cheesy (not chic)54.083630.923
strict (not lenient)53.589128.353
👟 (not 🥾)53.581831.640
rebellious (not obedient)53.4103829.952
Swedish (not Italian)53.470333.024
🦄 (not 🐴)53.364037.240
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)53.277428.543
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)53.2102430.820
prudish (not flirtatious)53.266831.921
quirky (not predictable)53.183527.816
unlucky (not fortunate)53.086128.740
stubborn (not accommodating)52.9128231.443
pop (not indie)52.851728.633
socialist (not libertarian)52.746930.334
literal (not metaphorical)52.7111227.450
moderate (not extreme)52.758030.034
realist (not idealist)52.785031.738
atheist (not theist)52.7101224.534
cool (not dorky)52.694330.241
frugal (not lavish)52.591431.723
emotional (not unemotional)52.5122125.626
expressive (not stoic)52.498829.542
pensive (not serene)52.4142629.240
yes-man (not contrarian)52.254732.633
reasoned (not instinctual)52.167530.544
spicy (not mild)52.1107627.847
tautology (not oxymoron)52.145426.520
purple (not orange)52.082528.038
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)52.087228.738
democratic (not authoritarian)51.994032.948
mainstream (not arcane)51.966631.836
cynical (not gullible)51.8109229.529
night owl (not morning lark)51.7104231.032
crazy (not sane)51.786526.544
monotone (not expressive)51.760730.427
Roman (not Greek)51.687929.138
sober (not indulgent)51.577630.533
real (not philosophical)51.4120130.543
regular (not zany)51.469429.038
monochrome (not multicolored)51.385835.733
exhibitionist (not bashful)51.3113327.251
pronatalist (not child free)51.254630.327
tight (not loose)51.2116527.537
theoretical (not empirical)50.961527.530
reserved (not chatty)50.686330.947
gatherer (not hunter)50.680334.231

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 (0.855)
  2. Peggy Carter (0.837)
  3. Dale Cooper (0.836)
  4. Carlisle Cullen (0.833)
  5. Josiah Bartlet (0.83)
  6. Jennifer Jareau (0.822)
  7. Samantha Carter (0.822)
  8. Benjamin Sisko (0.82)
  9. Jean-Luc Picard (0.819)
  10. Olivia Benson (0.817)
  1. The Deep (-0.601)
  2. Arturo Roman (-0.594)
  3. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.585)
  4. A.J. Soprano (-0.583)
  5. Dennis Nedry (-0.578)
  6. Theon Greyjoy (-0.564)
  7. Jonah Ryan (-0.543)
  8. Joffrey Baratheon (-0.543)
  9. George Costanza (-0.523)
  10. Barney Gumble (-0.521)

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.



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