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Walter White Personality Statistics

Walter White is a character from Breaking Bad. 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
high IQ (not low IQ)93.5849.9366
driven (not unambitious)93.17412.5371
persistent (not quitter)92.711813.560
diligent (not lazy)91.813810.6383
important (not irrelevant)91.57214.9130
master (not apprentice)91.46212.7143
workaholic (not slacker)91.3899.565
scientific (not artistic)90.92315.4390
bookish (not sporty)90.87713.0406
🧠 (not 💪)90.84612.768
secretive (not open-book)90.74521.424
perceptive (not unobservant)90.79610.818
intellectual (not physical)90.06613.9379
studious (not goof-off)90.07518.865
resourceful (not helpless)89.214012.854
self-destructive (not self-improving)89.23011.230
straight (not queer)88.98517.6111
guarded (not open)88.87912.9339
competitive (not cooperative)88.712716.6371
captain (not first-mate)88.69919.5359
vengeful (not forgiving)88.48815.3384
outlaw (not sheriff)88.46416.8402
skeptical (not spiritual)88.33213.4388
genius (not dunce)88.28116.9411
narcissistic (not low self esteem)88.18817.822
mathematical (not literary)88.01115.1391
serious (not playful)87.97913.7359
bossy (not meek)87.315416.4334
obsessed (not aloof)86.94819.3411
extreme (not moderate)86.913114.5416
dominant (not submissive)86.818817.4373
nerd (not jock)86.714118.5345
go-getter (not slugabed)86.714816.052
confidential (not gossiping)86.411519.7377
knowledgeable (not ignorant)86.315918.128
precise (not vague)86.07020.3264
authoritarian (not democratic)85.98019.8363
complicated (not simple)85.88221.2395
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)85.816317.931
intense (not lighthearted)85.616224.819
atheist (not theist)85.53220.433
competent (not incompetent)85.425220.3397
tense (not relaxed)85.316216.8375
arrogant (not humble)85.018220.0368
rebellious (not obedient)84.919918.9360
hard (not soft)84.810616.8373
masculine (not feminine)84.622415.4403
sickly (not healthy)84.52117.4365
active (not slothful)84.524717.3343
ferocious (not pacifist)84.315819.0403
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)84.36122.272
alpha (not beta)84.222218.4380
gendered (not androgynous)84.227224.3115
methodical (not astonishing)84.14620.7387
individualist (not communal)83.910621.860
valedictorian (not drop out)83.623525.246
deviant (not average)83.611116.8266
suspicious (not trusting)83.414920.7381
extraordinary (not mundane)83.416720.5359
strict (not lenient)83.412619.3388
miserable (not joyful)83.08816.260
bitter (not sweet)82.911816.7351
specialist (not generalist)82.63516.448
frenzied (not sleepy)82.612316.225
bold (not shy)82.248519.1343
open to new experinces (not uncreative)82.120720.2394
works hard (not plays hard)82.020623.4387
sorrowful (not cheery)81.87915.5396
alert (not oblivious)81.719617.751
🎩 (not 🧢)81.617923.250
private (not gregarious)81.611221.1371
self-disciplined (not disorganized)81.635623.0381
assertive (not passive)81.429920.8380
mad (not glad)81.012416.654
🤐 (not 😜)80.96725.550
ranged (not melee)80.51818.921
cold (not warm)80.213919.3354
cannibal (not vegan)80.212317.835
hard (not soft)80.117822.360
deliberate (not spontaneous)80.023426.0350
resistant (not resigned)79.912623.8411
gloomy (not sunny)79.813920.723
decisive (not hesitant)79.729520.7333
dry (not moist)79.65525.318
worldly (not innocent)79.528419.1355
mischievous (not well behaved)79.529925.3343
sad (not happy)79.511918.3364
pro (not noob)79.537125.647
cunning (not honorable)79.415924.8441
debased (not pure)79.415522.4366
selfish (not altruistic)79.318524.2403
offended (not chill)79.317221.320
believable (not poorly-written)79.327125.129
quarrelsome (not warm)79.122119.5370
coordinated (not clumsy)78.836024.4338
poisonous (not nurturing)78.815022.296
😈 (not 😇)78.818023.350
reserved (not chatty)78.514320.8366
angry (not good-humored)78.110220.5388
demonic (not angelic)78.015320.0348
conspiracist (not sheeple)77.917921.7252
rhythmic (not stuttering)77.927819.521
creative (not conventional)77.819024.3384
tactful (not indiscreet)77.814024.066
hunter (not gatherer)77.623822.531
old (not young)77.616013.9392
utilitarian (not decorative)77.515421.057
libertarian (not socialist)77.24225.9329
legit (not scrub)77.234126.294
backdoor (not official)77.016127.6349
judgemental (not accepting)76.922425.0251
wild (not tame)76.632123.2337
feisty (not gracious)76.235821.8338
interesting (not tiresome)75.931926.4343
mighty (not puny)75.838222.6366
rational (not whimsical)75.725126.4347
neat (not messy)75.734326.3313
reclusive (not social)75.413620.6121
egalitarian (not racist)75.464618.562
🧗 (not 🛌)75.231026.1109
tight (not loose)75.132326.021
hurried (not leisurely)74.811422.5318
suspicious (not awkward)74.733525.6365
cruel (not kind)74.715420.1368
resolute (not wavering)74.629527.657
spicy (not mild)74.536022.9380
macho (not metrosexual)74.312226.423
rigid (not flexible)74.220727.0392
unorthodox (not traditional)74.228128.766
arcane (not mainstream)74.218124.0364
armoured (not vulnerable)73.932825.9390
moody (not stable)73.936824.6372
mysterious (not unambiguous)73.818128.1354
industrial (not domestic)73.712324.440
pronatalist (not child free)73.79023.0314
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)73.624328.648
independent (not codependent)73.537630.6354
self-assured (not self-conscious)73.340329.1371
factual (not poetic)73.123128.120
heathen (not devout)72.915225.7426
eloquent (not unpolished)72.840624.1373
builder (not explorer)72.813026.5365
blacksmith (not tailor)72.517626.823
charismatic (not uninspiring)72.355426.3365
edgy (not politically correct)72.232923.9346
🤑 (not 🤠)72.221631.763
hoarder (not unprepared)72.117323.1271
🤺 (not 🏌)71.548027.964
vain (not demure)71.430427.5326
high-tech (not low-tech)70.825527.2357
scandalous (not proper)70.833628.1293
penny-pincher (not overspender)70.821825.5106
biased (not impartial)70.640228.6367
freelance (not corporate)70.639434.821
confident (not insecure)70.552428.9353
presidential (not folksy)70.231027.622
scheduled (not spontaneous)70.243828.1371
fast (not slow)69.749924.7345
👽 (not 🤡)69.722527.451
🦇 (not 🐿)69.523030.860
unfixable (not fixable)69.517633.021
logical (not emotional)69.422828.8339
salacious (not wholesome)69.427426.456
anarchist (not statist)69.322429.498
mature (not juvenile)69.339825.364
direct (not roundabout)69.252728.7361
introspective (not not introspective)69.235129.491
western (not eastern)69.122630.292
🐴 (not 🦄)69.129534.257
hypocritical (not equitable)69.124627.891
experimental (not reliable)68.925430.620
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)68.743928.1376
rich (not poor)68.547427.5361
focused on the future (not focused on the present)68.414832.0420
🐐 (not 🦒)68.226432.978
villainous (not heroic)67.717525.9401
🙃 (not 🥰)67.426032.592
🌟 (not 💩)67.467733.150
crazy (not sane)67.435524.563
English (not German)67.271830.417
weird (not normal)66.945225.3370
introvert (not extrovert)66.521627.0406
jealous (not compersive)66.532730.2330
hedonist (not monastic)66.429627.347
quiet (not loud)66.331826.8402
orange (not purple)66.320630.4294
empirical (not theoretical)66.122533.4336
pretentious (not unassuming)66.142531.555
objective (not subjective)65.815131.354
rough (not smooth)65.732028.5355
tall (not short)65.345718.2356
charming (not trusting)65.338324.5379
traitorous (not loyal)65.116230.7390
🥴 (not 🥳)65.033627.256
stoic (not expressive)64.828129.2363
outsider (not insider)64.837232.2284
🥾 (not 👟)64.733230.168
emancipated (not enslaved)64.456931.9393
chortling (not giggling)64.452131.021
deep (not shallow)64.450331.878
humorless (not funny)64.224725.5402
involved (not remote)64.267132.7359
reasoned (not instinctual)64.125931.7395
inspiring (not cringeworthy)64.145927.654
lost (not enlightened)64.137935.221
highbrow (not lowbrow)64.149727.9349
night owl (not morning lark)63.951330.5236
concrete (not abstract)63.942832.247
😭 (not 😀)63.830529.055
nihilist (not existentialist)63.713233.541
Roman (not Greek)63.623529.77
street-smart (not sheltered)63.559928.2277
treasure (not trash)63.484829.192
barbaric (not civilized)63.323827.5382
formal (not intimate)63.239030.998
depressed (not bright)63.131029.2400
cool (not dorky)62.750229.152
neurotypical (not autistic)62.681528.9343
zany (not regular)62.552230.557
thick-skinned (not sensitive)62.446229.9422
💔 (not 💝)62.435633.6107
real (not philosophical)62.160929.6256
curious (not apathetic)62.070131.5360
cryptic (not straightforward)62.016931.3381
insulting (not complimentary)62.040322.343
provincial (not cosmopolitan)61.731427.8299
lustful (not chaste)61.551529.1360
pessimistic (not optimistic)61.243130.1398
impatient (not patient)61.163233.5125
sturdy (not flimsy)61.172730.217
no-nonsense (not dramatic)61.039434.4128
wise (not foolish)60.853928.8360
work-first (not family-first)60.752032.4369
🤫 (not 🤔)60.618336.556
🐘 (not 🐀)60.640634.484
triggered (not trolling)60.662731.023
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)60.375731.960
📈 (not 📉)60.264032.668
traumatized (not flourishing)60.263033.422
technophile (not luddite)60.137329.6339
efficient (not overprepared)59.873936.329
practical (not imaginative)59.765932.3415
🤖 (not 👻)59.340235.154
slow-talking (not fast-talking)59.327324.524
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)59.234736.361
🐮 (not 🐷)58.752331.383
animalistic (not human)58.625028.7367
literal (not metaphorical)58.565430.3387
basic (not hipster)58.366030.3328
punchable (not loveable)58.335030.721
privileged (not oppressed)58.275927.320
rude (not respectful)58.039928.4395
🐒 (not 🐩)58.045132.347
spelunker (not claustrophobic)57.965028.324
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)57.852230.3369
multicolored (not monochrome)57.846534.741
Swedish (not Italian)57.241033.514
Russian (not French)57.032429.916
dispassionate (not romantic)57.026932.924
sarcastic (not genuine)56.950631.2388
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')56.819935.3284
frugal (not lavish)56.659430.5368
cautious (not impulsive)56.454732.0404
🧐 (not 😎)56.348537.564
scruffy (not manicured)56.141829.9318
sexist (not feminist)56.134524.686
soulless (not soulful)55.626830.750
avant-garde (not classical)55.642331.940
😊 (not 🤣)55.670230.153
musical (not off-key)55.544431.118
anxious (not calm)55.369230.4388
shy (not playful)55.325825.6363
realist (not idealist)55.358935.869
geriatric (not vibrant)55.326229.725
disreputable (not prestigious)55.237132.1280
sage (not whippersnapper)55.249327.727
nonpolitical (not political)55.141233.1374
bold (not serious)55.063932.4373
punk rock (not preppy)55.047028.628
repulsive (not attractive)54.926925.3372
slovenly (not stylish)54.938827.2362
varied (not repetitive)54.932731.5127
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)54.784923.572
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)54.356331.927
minimalist (not pack rat)54.261632.046
tasteful (not lewd)53.980727.8334
rural (not urban)53.932128.9100
brave (not careful)53.778931.3375
orderly (not chaotic)53.667034.4374
scholarly (not crafty)53.646430.9361
ugly (not beautiful)53.423424.155
indulgent (not sober)53.364336.5396
disarming (not creepy)53.092226.3107
ludicrous (not sensible)52.949129.7403
rugged (not refined)52.852828.8398
liberal (not conservative)52.880529.763
close-minded (not open-minded)52.645731.6335
💃 (not 🧕)52.581233.1102
deranged (not reasonable)52.451632.255
patriotic (not unpatriotic)52.497030.042
modest (not flamboyant)52.368532.3425
unlucky (not fortunate)52.164330.5388
head@clouds (not down2earth)52.155132.5344
circular (not linear)52.158433.318
subdued (not exuberant)52.146832.317
kinky (not vanilla)51.964129.6317
😏 (not 😬)51.671833.463
charming (not awkward)51.383828.2361
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)51.161731.9324
permanent (not transient)51.175433.6106
historical (not modern)51.055929.6269
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)50.162033.3111
fresh (not stinky)50.890230.2114
thick (not thin)50.351327.8231
variable (not consistent)50.448339.132

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Dr. Harry Wells (0.849)
  2. Rowan Pope (0.844)
  3. Man in Black (0.818)
  4. Annalise Keating (0.817)
  5. Magneto (0.813)
  1. Nelson Bighetti (-0.627)
  2. Karen Smith (-0.595)
  3. Flounder (-0.582)
  4. Rex (-0.571)
  5. Josh Chan (-0.564)

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: ENTP (r = 0.35)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.33)
  3. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.21)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.2)
  5. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.15)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.14)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.13)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.13)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.02)
  10. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.01)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.03)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.05)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.07)
  14. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.11)
  15. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.12)
  16. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.14)
  17. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.15)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.17)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.24)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.25)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.25)
  22. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.32)
  23. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.34)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.43)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.49)

Notes

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