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Penny Personality Statistics

Penny is a character from The Big Bang Theory. 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
chatty (not reserved)93.03310.7447
extrovert (not introvert)92.62710.6388
💃 (not 🧕)92.42313.6229
playful (not shy)91.36110.8397
social (not reclusive)91.23012.9239
beautiful (not ugly)91.010910.1104
attractive (not repulsive)90.26112.7493
spontaneous (not scheduled)90.14813.0395
modern (not historical)90.01512.5305
bold (not shy)89.322411.0446
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)88.212417.426
😎 (not 🧐)88.14013.5130
artistic (not scientific)87.83913.1445
expressive (not stoic)87.56715.5479
spontaneous (not deliberate)87.42813.3387
disorganized (not self-disciplined)87.12514.7419
loud (not quiet)87.111813.4428
impulsive (not cautious)87.09615.0467
😜 (not 🤐)86.96418.8129
night owl (not morning lark)86.27917.2300
messy (not neat)85.95517.6350
playful (not serious)85.85313.9463
indulgent (not sober)85.47814.6385
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)85.313917.3353
chaotic (not orderly)84.910215.1485
open to new experinces (not uncreative)84.913618.0382
sporty (not bookish)84.87515.2384
gendered (not androgynous)84.823923.1168
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)84.86619.1159
gossiping (not confidential)84.26918.5502
crafty (not scholarly)83.97214.8499
emotional (not logical)83.99217.7480
exuberant (not subdued)83.88616.426
real (not philosophical)83.73019.1297
multicolored (not monochrome)83.76119.886
rebellious (not obedient)83.622715.0367
goof-off (not studious)83.58619.6153
straight (not queer)83.425720.0197
instinctual (not reasoned)83.27118.7401
physical (not intellectual)83.05616.4509
🌟 (not 💩)83.021917.3130
jock (not nerd)82.98516.8400
freelance (not corporate)82.917221.635
wild (not tame)82.919613.2402
lustful (not chaste)82.811216.1464
young (not old)82.419314.8381
funny (not humorless)82.414218.9366
sunny (not gloomy)82.09118.123
fast-talking (not slow-talking)82.012718.536
drop out (not valedictorian)81.96823.3125
mainstream (not arcane)81.81321.5400
gregarious (not private)81.66917.3401
bold (not serious)81.611315.4422
vibrant (not geriatric)81.517318.332
cheery (not sorrowful)81.17217.3482
nonpolitical (not political)80.72622.3358
disarming (not creepy)80.712916.5181
loose (not tight)80.55719.126
lenient (not strict)80.48520.6440
healthy (not sickly)80.125821.0405
intimate (not formal)80.15315.9217
street-smart (not sheltered)79.926023.6435
charming (not awkward)79.920020.9489
flexible (not rigid)79.84718.5378
astonishing (not methodical)79.73517.0370
👻 (not 🤖)79.64121.0129
feminine (not masculine)79.521323.3449
whimsical (not rational)79.411819.5398
mischievous (not well behaved)79.430119.3382
dominant (not submissive)79.039521.3485
charismatic (not uninspiring)79.034922.3319
scandalous (not proper)78.321516.6407
liberal (not conservative)78.316824.1117
😏 (not 😬)78.111524.4119
💪 (not 🧠)78.07820.0137
flamboyant (not modest)77.519919.9479
stylish (not slovenly)77.528023.3397
decorative (not utilitarian)77.56122.292
spicy (not mild)77.429621.7371
straightforward (not cryptic)77.116123.8404
open-minded (not close-minded)77.114620.8479
🥳 (not 🥴)77.14426.7100
bossy (not meek)77.043820.7366
outlaw (not sheriff)77.023121.4392
brave (not careful)76.824419.1451
neurotypical (not autistic)76.726625.5371
manicured (not scruffy)76.745025.8453
literary (not mathematical)76.312717.8377
unprepared (not hoarder)76.14323.9406
child free (not pronatalist)76.119923.7337
important (not irrelevant)76.055323.9229
slacker (not workaholic)75.97519.8109
warm (not cold)75.924821.7353
involved (not remote)75.825922.1390
explorer (not builder)75.715822.3409
alpha (not beta)75.639827.5323
leisurely (not hurried)75.59024.6499
lost (not enlightened)75.513423.422
overspender (not penny-pincher)75.413826.0185
feisty (not gracious)75.438422.0333
whippersnapper (not sage)75.38621.719
egalitarian (not racist)75.365022.4125
vain (not demure)75.124819.4359
soulful (not soulless)75.049522.597
giggling (not chortling)74.86122.322
fresh (not stinky)74.840224.0232
variable (not consistent)74.86622.933
low-tech (not high-tech)74.419223.6415
loyal (not traitorous)74.464920.8405
treasure (not trash)74.159522.6150
🧢 (not 🎩)74.121728.9119
hedonist (not monastic)74.012224.184
open (not guarded)73.97124.7386
cool (not dorky)73.925725.2112
generalist (not specialist)73.8923.581
moody (not stable)73.737322.6465
juvenile (not mature)73.721221.097
assertive (not passive)73.651725.7333
good-humored (not angry)73.628422.1355
emancipated (not enslaved)73.530023.3361
feminist (not sexist)73.545423.8179
happy (not sad)73.411921.0387
pack rat (not minimalist)73.39423.0109
👟 (not 🥾)73.216827.9118
moist (not dry)73.29822.028
unambiguous (not mysterious)73.119525.6434
plays hard (not works hard)72.915323.0426
charming (not trusting)72.922824.9397
vague (not precise)72.06022.9310
lavish (not frugal)71.924925.4383
focused on the present (not focused on the future)71.813327.4433
lazy (not diligent)71.75220.2450
kind (not cruel)71.557221.3363
folksy (not presidential)71.421924.327
dramatic (not no-nonsense)71.229726.3162
🥰 (not 🙃)71.119726.8208
edgy (not politically correct)71.135522.0385
poor (not rich)71.119123.2385
🦄 (not 🐴)71.019827.3104
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)70.825629.3118
clumsy (not coordinated)70.617624.9352
backdoor (not official)70.628227.2382
privileged (not oppressed)70.652327.525
joyful (not miserable)70.520323.9120
worldly (not innocent)70.454527.7424
relaxed (not tense)70.47724.6466
impatient (not patient)70.444225.5160
competitive (not cooperative)70.449926.8469
dunce (not genius)70.411319.4480
🐩 (not 🐒)70.327629.8107
open-book (not secretive)70.314326.822
western (not eastern)70.119130.5174
😀 (not 😭)70.119926.4121
chill (not offended)70.115322.428
circular (not linear)69.911623.639
ferocious (not pacifist)69.947623.0454
bright (not depressed)69.825323.4370
normal (not weird)69.515524.5477
Swedish (not Italian)69.414727.725
heathen (not devout)69.220522.6313
romantic (not dispassionate)69.251227.531
unpolished (not eloquent)68.923124.6339
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)68.931627.4132
sarcastic (not genuine)68.531925.8415
human (not animalistic)68.560927.9340
oblivious (not alert)68.317624.6131
🛌 (not 🧗)67.915830.7203
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)67.825827.2213
kinky (not vanilla)67.732525.9364
loveable (not punchable)67.544927.437
cosmopolitan (not provincial)67.428129.0386
hunter (not gatherer)67.444327.437
debased (not pure)67.333723.3362
sweet (not bitter)67.234524.4388
English (not German)67.172032.031
head@clouds (not down2earth)67.028730.6384
fixable (not unfixable)67.036327.626
foolish (not wise)66.925522.0498
rhythmic (not stuttering)66.960525.034
biased (not impartial)66.853426.9398
mighty (not puny)66.760727.8414
thin (not thick)66.640425.3336
not introspective (not introspective)66.613027.8191
nurturing (not poisonous)66.550124.5168
🤡 (not 👽)66.517427.3119
indiscreet (not tactful)66.213227.5111
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)65.737830.0400
resistant (not resigned)65.762226.3379
low IQ (not high IQ)65.79320.1317
melee (not ranged)65.615528.621
atheist (not theist)65.642328.487
optimistic (not pessimistic)65.535426.9365
imaginative (not practical)65.525030.0330
empirical (not theoretical)65.424131.0349
luddite (not technophile)65.428128.1370
direct (not roundabout)65.063431.3417
basic (not hipster)64.746930.9374
sheeple (not conspiracist)64.78928.1255
extreme (not moderate)64.659225.3330
avant-garde (not classical)64.624526.399
🐿 (not 🦇)64.444030.699
family-first (not work-first)64.042828.6444
metrosexual (not macho)63.850527.932
disreputable (not prestigious)63.722923.8363
idealist (not realist)63.734031.4101
subjective (not objective)63.721331.180
flourishing (not traumatized)63.717729.023
confident (not insecure)63.568228.6425
literal (not metaphorical)63.447332.2404
shallow (not deep)63.423825.3150
spelunker (not claustrophobic)63.447625.823
ludicrous (not sensible)63.332226.0401
interesting (not tiresome)63.369027.3379
self-assured (not self-conscious)63.366029.6397
unorthodox (not traditional)63.348229.7107
creative (not conventional)63.145828.5484
legit (not scrub)63.177626.0188
trusting (not suspicious)62.932127.5465
heroic (not villainous)62.975924.0452
self-destructive (not self-improving)62.744726.935
narcissistic (not low self esteem)62.756229.430
tailor (not blacksmith)62.460329.320
lighthearted (not intense)62.122530.548
ignorant (not knowledgeable)62.119923.328
💝 (not 💔)61.841531.1193
rugged (not refined)61.740927.0449
curious (not apathetic)61.770728.9451
lowbrow (not highbrow)61.621727.4328
tall (not short)61.554023.4345
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)61.273329.2127
patriotic (not unpatriotic)61.170425.9124
urban (not rural)60.970633.5199
😈 (not 😇)60.844625.1140
off-key (not musical)60.843226.931
apprentice (not master)60.529729.3178
experimental (not reliable)60.240931.232
🤺 (not 🏌)59.980331.9134
abstract (not concrete)59.833930.5107
efficient (not overprepared)59.873925.622
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)59.748031.3282
fortunate (not unlucky)59.339628.0406
anarchist (not statist)59.239927.3163
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)59.236530.931
poetic (not factual)59.235030.728
wavering (not resolute)59.116527.8102
🐘 (not 🐀)58.744631.6186
📈 (not 📉)58.769032.0118
arrogant (not humble)58.561324.2437
existentialist (not nihilist)58.262529.262
glad (not mad)57.939627.3110
trolling (not triggered)57.826928.830
selfish (not altruistic)57.747325.7401
crazy (not sane)57.753926.7123
resourceful (not helpless)57.5100529.2109
persistent (not quitter)57.3119530.7125
aloof (not obsessed)57.217729.9384
insider (not outsider)57.241334.5312
lewd (not tasteful)57.033027.3465
rude (not respectful)57.041522.5458
jealous (not compersive)56.951926.3342
cannibal (not vegan)56.850034.226
suspicious (not awkward)56.775524.7350
noob (not pro)56.524530.4112
warm (not quarrelsome)56.446727.8422
captain (not first-mate)56.455433.9443
active (not slothful)56.3103728.2390
salacious (not wholesome)56.347828.7115
incompetent (not competent)56.219226.9344
transient (not permanent)55.838830.4148
🤠 (not 🤑)54.871332.1128
simple (not complicated)54.731330.9351
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')54.726335.1281
unobservant (not perceptive)54.718628.818
extraordinary (not mundane)54.685329.7394
deranged (not reasonable)54.647826.1110
complimentary (not insulting)54.463028.398
🐷 (not 🐮)54.436529.6190
believable (not poorly-written)54.4118430.531
anxious (not calm)54.371528.2352
deviant (not average)54.374030.1301
thick-skinned (not sensitive)54.264929.7343
zany (not regular)54.268529.9116
democratic (not authoritarian)54.164229.8359
spiritual (not skeptical)54.029531.3417
independent (not codependent)53.776733.9453
domestic (not industrial)53.753328.573
go-getter (not slugabed)53.4110229.5110
armoured (not vulnerable)53.279729.5320
hesitant (not decisive)53.132430.5381
cunning (not honorable)53.050527.3450
Greek (not Roman)53.050631.233
flimsy (not sturdy)53.033732.637
driven (not unambitious)52.8116328.4332
communal (not individualist)52.843033.072
sleepy (not frenzied)52.714230.732
preppy (not punk rock)52.573832.835
slow (not fast)52.431528.6350
🤫 (not 🤔)52.438933.5102
repetitive (not varied)52.280329.3213
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)52.288532.9162
soft (not hard)52.054628.8400
🦒 (not 🐐)51.932231.8165
unassuming (not pretentious)51.850529.1121
soft (not hard)51.754231.2102
😊 (not 🤣)51.778534.6138
orange (not purple)51.660933.6302
libertarian (not socialist)51.482432.4300
forgiving (not vengeful)51.263526.5466
hypocritical (not equitable)51.256428.2114
civilized (not barbaric)51.190726.0409
accepting (not judgemental)51.160031.3298
cringeworthy (not inspiring)50.252528.1128
Russian (not French)50.248433.425
rough (not smooth)50.364929.1363
demonic (not angelic)50.454822.7384

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Joey Tribbiani (0.831)
  2. Peter Jason Quill (0.81)
  3. Jake Peralta (0.79)
  4. Flaca Gonzales (0.787)
  5. Michael Kelso (0.786)
  1. Peter (-0.651)
  2. Count Alexei Karenin (-0.65)
  3. Thufir Hawat (-0.642)
  4. Ash (-0.591)
  5. Dale Harding (-0.583)

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: INTJ (r = 0.53)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.49)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.46)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.4)
  5. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.33)
  6. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.25)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.2)
  8. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.2)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.18)
  10. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.13)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.12)
  12. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.09)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.08)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.07)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.03)
  16. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.01)
  17. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.03)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.04)
  19. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.06)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.07)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.17)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.24)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.25)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.26)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.28)


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