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Penny Descriptive 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. 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
sexual (not asexual)95.1228.461
extrovert (not introvert)93.2299.0405
💃 (not 🧕)93.01912.5232
chatty (not reserved)92.94311.1456
playful (not shy)91.6679.8400
social (not reclusive)90.82914.2253
trendy (not vintage)90.8813.168
beautiful (not ugly)90.520711.2122
attractive (not repulsive)90.38513.0510
modern (not historical)90.11412.5308
summer (not winter)90.13113.442
spontaneous (not scheduled)90.05313.0397
bold (not shy)89.826110.4448
😎 (not 🧐)88.74313.3144
artistic (not scientific)87.85613.0441
loud (not quiet)87.713313.0422
expressive (not stoic)87.39415.5462
😜 (not 🤐)87.37918.3144
spontaneous (not deliberate)87.03413.7383
disorganized (not self-disciplined)86.94115.5426
impulsive (not cautious)86.610915.5466
flirtatious (not prudish)86.210916.346
messy (not neat)85.96817.9364
playful (not serious)85.96914.0464
indulgent (not sober)85.78914.0384
night owl (not morning lark)85.710318.1312
doer (not thinker)85.66014.661
chaotic (not orderly)85.412814.7485
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)85.38319.2161
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)85.017917.3359
open to new experinces (not uncreative)84.920418.0373
sporty (not bookish)84.89615.0376
gossiping (not confidential)84.57518.2514
tardy (not on-time)84.45718.368
multicolored (not monochrome)84.37720.4106
crafty (not scholarly)84.26414.3501
gendered (not androgynous)84.227823.3183
vibrant (not geriatric)84.015216.951
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)83.927021.348
goof-off (not studious)83.89619.2176
emotional (not logical)83.711617.7467
rebellious (not obedient)83.429115.5369
lustful (not chaste)83.112316.3458
physical (not intellectual)83.16816.2501
jock (not nerd)83.010617.1403
wild (not tame)82.725814.0419
freelance (not corporate)82.720621.347
instinctual (not reasoned)82.510819.5401
🌟 (not 💩)82.531018.5147
exuberant (not subdued)82.512015.937
bad-cook (not good-cook)82.55822.255
real (not philosophical)82.45820.3305
funny (not humorless)82.418718.8370
mainstream (not arcane)82.12021.4409
bold (not serious)82.012715.5432
drop out (not valedictorian)81.98524.8141
young (not old)81.927015.6394
emotional (not unemotional)81.728622.338
loose (not tight)81.36521.548
gregarious (not private)81.28517.3403
cheery (not sorrowful)81.19317.0488
straight (not queer)81.137722.9216
nonpolitical (not political)81.12122.1361
badass (not weakass)80.951323.154
disarming (not creepy)80.816416.7198
lenient (not strict)80.611121.0446
ADHD (not OCD)80.59921.448
👻 (not 🤖)80.44520.4146
charming (not awkward)80.325320.5480
street-smart (not sheltered)79.932623.8436
pop (not indie)79.94422.569
flower child (not goth)79.927122.943
sunny (not gloomy)79.816820.741
healthy (not sickly)79.533621.7412
intimate (not formal)79.57417.0232
expressive (not monotone)79.528624.844
😏 (not 😬)79.313723.2135
flexible (not rigid)79.26118.9379
dominant (not submissive)79.150521.3487
charismatic (not uninspiring)79.146022.5318
astonishing (not methodical)79.04617.7389
feminine (not masculine)78.929923.9467
mischievous (not well behaved)78.840219.8398
scandalous (not proper)78.825616.6412
whimsical (not rational)78.714820.4396
🥵 (not 🥶)78.77120.057
💪 (not 🧠)78.69719.3157
liberal (not conservative)77.924724.7124
outlaw (not sheriff)77.828420.9393
protagonist (not antagonist)77.844323.533
stylish (not slovenly)77.734823.4396
flamboyant (not modest)77.623920.2492
common sense (not analysis)77.51723.843
spicy (not mild)77.437321.9381
bossy (not meek)77.354020.6368
🥳 (not 🥴)77.36627.4118
open-minded (not close-minded)77.119521.0480
neurotypical (not autistic)76.929325.0372
manicured (not scruffy)76.956225.4446
brave (not careful)76.830819.0452
literary (not mathematical)76.717417.5376
straightforward (not cryptic)76.621424.1410
decorative (not utilitarian)76.68423.1107
important (not irrelevant)76.173923.9240
fast-talking (not slow-talking)76.129021.953
involved (not remote)76.032321.9385
lost (not enlightened)76.016219.232
cocky (not timid)75.956320.139
warm (not cold)75.932621.8361
explorer (not builder)75.920322.3403
unprepared (not hoarder)75.85223.7406
child free (not pronatalist)75.825123.9337
vain (not demure)75.627418.7350
exaggerating (not factual)75.529420.956
overspender (not penny-pincher)75.417726.7202
privileged (not oppressed)75.250024.345
rustic (not cultured)75.110919.737
alpha (not beta)75.053427.8332
non-gamer (not gamer)74.734331.181
feisty (not gracious)74.648722.5350
cool (not dorky)74.631923.9125
fresh (not stinky)74.656123.6244
leisurely (not hurried)74.511525.6483
👟 (not 🥾)74.520027.7130
generalist (not specialist)74.3821.997
soulful (not soulless)74.369922.8106
low-tech (not high-tech)74.224023.5423
loyal (not traitorous)74.286720.8399
hedonist (not monastic)74.113524.092
egalitarian (not racist)74.191224.1133
moody (not stable)73.949222.5460
plays hard (not works hard)73.617822.5420
good-humored (not angry)73.638322.1369
treasure (not trash)73.682523.7162
assertive (not passive)73.563225.9329
open (not guarded)73.39925.0384
happy (not sad)73.315220.9395
blissful (not haunted)73.211220.367
feminist (not sexist)73.264524.1196
emancipated (not enslaved)73.139323.9370
pack rat (not minimalist)73.111623.4117
unambiguous (not mysterious)73.023925.2426
slacker (not workaholic)73.013322.0126
ironic (not profound)73.012124.955
normie (not freak)73.016427.073
epic (not deep)72.814621.756
jaded (not innocent)72.854922.342
empath (not psychopath)72.752122.454
charming (not trusting)72.629725.1398
🐩 (not 🐒)72.631429.0123
🦄 (not 🐴)72.522727.3117
🧢 (not 🎩)72.532529.3133
dramatic (not no-nonsense)72.433926.5174
bad boy (not white knight)72.229928.455
juvenile (not mature)72.028321.6126
English (not German)72.076830.844
lavish (not frugal)71.931025.5384
opinionated (not neutral)71.995726.786
🎃 (not 💀)71.922630.364
focused on the present (not focused on the future)71.816227.4414
vague (not precise)71.77523.1306
naive (not paranoid)71.712423.341
fire (not water)71.651526.868
lazy (not diligent)71.46420.6456
backdoor (not official)71.435026.5390
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)71.428730.0133
worldly (not innocent)71.367127.3445
moist (not dry)71.215822.045
clumsy (not coordinated)71.122324.8362
poor (not rich)70.825123.6386
😀 (not 😭)70.825825.9142
kind (not cruel)70.779521.3372
folksy (not presidential)70.628426.736
competitive (not cooperative)70.563926.5457
western (not eastern)70.526930.5176
🥰 (not 🙃)70.529027.0217
open-book (not secretive)70.417624.845
long-winded (not concise)70.416522.730
joyful (not miserable)70.425824.0136
ferocious (not pacifist)70.357322.7444
dunce (not genius)70.314919.6472
edgy (not politically correct)70.345722.3400
relaxed (not tense)70.110725.0464
sarcastic (not genuine)70.038025.5423
impatient (not patient)69.957726.8168
demanding (not unchallenging)69.988926.354
rhythmic (not stuttering)69.867423.351
bright (not depressed)69.731423.7377
tailor (not blacksmith)69.649627.244
cosmopolitan (not provincial)69.231628.3378
normal (not weird)69.120724.6476
heathen (not devout)69.025623.0325
Swedish (not Italian)69.022328.343
romantic (not dispassionate)68.868725.055
variable (not consistent)68.717325.553
whippersnapper (not sage)68.621227.034
human (not animalistic)68.582027.7344
unpolished (not eloquent)68.526324.5345
kinky (not vanilla)68.340225.7375
random (not pointed)68.316827.054
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)68.241927.4152
giggling (not chortling)68.016329.544
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)67.833027.4226
loveable (not punchable)67.860429.457
receiving (not giving)67.834028.853
🛌 (not 🧗)67.720231.2210
fixable (not unfixable)67.744128.145
🤡 (not 👽)67.621026.2129
exhibitionist (not bashful)67.553528.056
not introspective (not introspective)67.115328.0200
mighty (not puny)67.078427.5413
sweet (not bitter)67.047724.5395
twitchy (not still)67.057027.565
indiscreet (not tactful)66.917226.9122
air (not earth)66.912429.160
debased (not pure)66.942723.4372
transparent (not machiavellian)66.930329.449
foolish (not wise)66.832221.7497
love-focused (not money-focused)66.881424.734
head@clouds (not down2earth)66.739130.7385
oblivious (not alert)66.624325.7144
biased (not impartial)66.367827.2399
flourishing (not traumatized)66.315730.846
resistant (not resigned)66.279326.1388
thin (not thick)66.253925.4336
subjective (not objective)66.218430.193
hunter (not gatherer)66.260028.255
imaginative (not practical)66.032829.8335
🐿 (not 🦇)66.055630.9111
spelunker (not claustrophobic)66.046725.438
chill (not offended)66.026726.243
empirical (not theoretical)65.927330.8353
optimistic (not pessimistic)65.944226.8368
low IQ (not high IQ)65.812820.4317
not genocidal (not genocidal)65.691333.435
atheist (not theist)65.557628.793
luddite (not technophile)65.433627.9364
interrupting (not attentive)65.245229.664
circular (not linear)65.123227.258
basic (not hipster)65.056230.7382
ambitious (not realistic)64.862930.653
confident (not insecure)64.784428.6427
direct (not roundabout)64.783431.4424
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)64.748830.2407
sheeple (not conspiracist)64.711028.1262
nurturing (not poisonous)64.572924.7190
extreme (not moderate)64.476826.0343
disreputable (not prestigious)64.428723.6369
stubborn (not accommodating)64.496331.268
ignorant (not knowledgeable)64.322122.844
washed (not muddy)64.372430.743
opinionated (not jealous)63.995330.150
underachiever (not overachiever)63.615727.661
family-first (not work-first)63.558529.1460
unorthodox (not traditional)63.563429.5119
creative (not conventional)63.459128.3481
literal (not metaphorical)63.463232.3408
fantastical (not realistic)63.444630.361
reassuring (not fearmongering)63.464624.641
ludicrous (not sensible)63.340526.2398
experimental (not reliable)63.246029.753
interesting (not tiresome)63.193627.4383
shallow (not deep)63.129625.4155
legit (not scrub)63.1103926.2197
heroic (not villainous)62.9102324.0460
often crying (not never cries)62.943029.736
self-assured (not self-conscious)62.885530.1384
💝 (not 💔)62.853231.1211
plastic (not wooden)62.818025.859
touchy-feely (not distant)62.845028.743
trusting (not suspicious)62.644227.5460
idealist (not realist)62.448031.6117
off-key (not musical)62.253126.548
curious (not apathetic)62.092829.1457
tall (not short)62.071523.3347
rugged (not refined)61.951326.8440
avant-garde (not classical)61.739028.3110
perverted (not clean)61.538624.759
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)61.582637.152
extravagant (not thrifty)61.355431.261
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)61.299529.7142
urban (not rural)61.197232.8211
self-destructive (not self-improving)61.161726.960
sleepy (not frenzied)61.16031.556
chivalrous (not businesslike)61.153128.366
metrosexual (not macho)60.777127.748
gullible (not cynical)60.736730.840
lighthearted (not intense)60.632030.569
🏀 (not 🎨)60.648035.667
apprentice (not master)60.538529.5188
patriotic (not unpatriotic)60.593526.3125
😈 (not 😇)60.559726.2168
🤺 (not 🏌)60.5102631.5151
reactive (not proactive)60.550333.040
lowbrow (not highbrow)60.327927.9339
existentialist (not nihilist)60.275229.673
chic (not cheesy)60.152930.044
prideful (not envious)60.0114928.169
quirky (not predictable)60.057730.063
devoted (not unfaithful)59.9129529.338
abstract (not concrete)59.843331.0129
📈 (not 📉)59.887131.8136
believable (not poorly-written)59.7143130.850
efficient (not overprepared)59.699027.728
anarchist (not statist)59.453627.9179
poetic (not factual)59.148131.849
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)59.064231.3280
arrogant (not humble)58.977324.1439
fortunate (not unlucky)58.851928.3409
glad (not mad)58.751728.0123
🐘 (not 🐀)58.758631.7196
melee (not ranged)58.632331.431
selfish (not altruistic)58.359525.3410
dog person (not cat person)58.365032.556
wavering (not resolute)58.223327.8115
Greek (not Roman)58.132430.946
oxymoron (not tautology)58.066929.230
narcissistic (not low self esteem)57.984730.252
cannibal (not vegan)57.863532.741
crazy (not sane)57.769727.8142
suspicious (not awkward)57.695224.8353
generous (not stingy)57.691428.084
aloof (not obsessed)57.320829.6391
resourceful (not helpless)57.2133728.7122
rude (not respectful)57.152822.5458
captain (not first-mate)57.174733.7445
persistent (not quitter)57.1158830.1139
lewd (not tasteful)56.943027.5457
one-faced (not two-faced)56.9101330.365
hard-work (not natural-talent)56.696929.272
motivated (not unmotivated)56.6151531.340
desperate (not high standards)56.547226.984
incompetent (not competent)56.424827.0347
🤠 (not 🤑)56.491831.8140
warm (not quarrelsome)56.363228.1421
jealous (not compersive)56.368826.6352
insider (not outsider)56.355434.7314
salacious (not wholesome)56.160329.2128
active (not slothful)55.9138828.5393
fighter (not lover)55.973030.063
trolling (not triggered)55.835832.244
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)55.665130.439
always down (not picky)55.645428.244
contrarian (not yes-man)55.495432.044
deviant (not average)55.396329.8310
deranged (not reasonable)55.261426.2125
comedic (not dramatic)55.242630.671
thick-skinned (not sensitive)54.881629.5350
democratic (not authoritarian)54.786029.7365
armoured (not vulnerable)54.799129.2332
noob (not pro)54.735030.7127
🐷 (not 🐮)54.644429.9199
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)54.684824.453
queen (not princess)54.399539.042
spiritual (not skeptical)54.237031.3420
extraordinary (not mundane)54.2114429.6401
everyman (not chosen one)54.263330.553
anxious (not calm)54.196828.1359
simple (not complicated)54.140031.1359
independent (not codependent)54.1104233.7454
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.843535.0283
🤫 (not 🤔)53.847933.8126
transient (not permanent)53.656630.4161
go-getter (not slugabed)53.5147429.0125
driven (not unambitious)53.4154528.3343
Russian (not French)53.452031.746
hesitant (not decisive)53.343230.4383
rock (not rap)53.3148331.647
frank (not sugarcoated)53.3130431.249
zany (not regular)53.193729.2121
slow (not fast)53.038028.6353
soft (not hard)52.873330.6117
🦒 (not 🐐)52.839231.7174
bored (not interested)52.732729.261
Pepsi (not Coke)52.761638.158
complimentary (not insulting)52.691528.9121
cunning (not honorable)52.566727.6447
domestic (not industrial)52.476730.189
repetitive (not varied)52.3103429.4219
flimsy (not sturdy)52.147431.651
stoic (not hypochondriac)52.1102730.338
hypocritical (not equitable)52.073527.9127
preppy (not punk rock)51.7100632.449
forgiving (not vengeful)51.684526.8468
smooth (not rough)51.685328.9364
inspiring (not cringeworthy)51.3103928.4134
centrist (not radical)51.370427.744
soft (not hard)51.276529.1406
communal (not individualist)51.260833.884
demonic (not angelic)51.170922.6393
accepting (not judgemental)51.180831.5300
unobservant (not perceptive)51.129430.536
libertarian (not socialist)51.0108232.3299
civilized (not barbaric)51.0120226.1412
pensive (not serene)51.0148126.740
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)50.252632.3168
grateful (not entitled)50.884824.859
purple (not orange)50.587533.8303
pretentious (not unassuming)50.5102629.4141
😊 (not 🤣)50.5109434.3154

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Haley Dunphy (0.862)
  2. Joey Tribbiani (0.817)
  3. Manny Santos (0.799)
  4. Xiomara Villanueva (0.795)
  5. Peter Jason Quill (0.779)
  6. Alexis Rose (0.778)
  7. Jake Peralta (0.775)
  8. Lorelai Gilmore (0.774)
  9. Rachel Green (0.773)
  10. Michael Kelso (0.771)
  1. Thufir Hawat (-0.633)
  2. Count Alexei Karenin (-0.63)
  3. Peter (-0.622)
  4. Brandon Stark (-0.568)
  5. Ash (-0.564)
  6. Bernard Lowe (-0.548)
  7. Dale Harding (-0.54)
  8. Caleb Prior (-0.534)
  9. Lane Pryce (-0.53)
  10. Jack Crawford (-0.528)

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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