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Howard Wolowitz Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Howard Wolowitz 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 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
nerd (not jock)94.73713.3450
bookish (not sporty)92.96011.9387
🧠 (not 💪)91.66911.6160
high-tech (not low-tech)90.55414.0421
dorky (not cool)88.42515.6145
technophile (not luddite)88.03119.8391
gamer (not non-gamer)87.62422.369
short (not tall)87.46315.7498
mathematical (not literary)87.22216.9417
codependent (not independent)86.62718.5497
chatty (not reserved)85.419117.2447
intellectual (not physical)85.220223.4442
high IQ (not low IQ)85.145117.1342
weird (not normal)85.113614.8498
lover (not fighter)85.06013.069
cheesy (not chic)84.94616.542
scientific (not artistic)84.813419.2422
desperate (not high standards)84.14118.682
thin (not thick)83.34821.1300
puny (not mighty)82.82116.7394
beta (not alpha)82.88519.5348
lustful (not chaste)82.514123.6452
awkward (not suspicious)82.55319.4420
🐀 (not 🐘)82.44118.7233
perverted (not clean)82.29123.573
gossiping (not confidential)81.910718.5498
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)81.914216.8135
playful (not serious)81.715417.1446
lewd (not tasteful)81.75420.0420
🎨 (not 🏀)81.535121.864
expressive (not stoic)80.724819.1443
sheltered (not street-smart)80.68020.6393
flamboyant (not modest)80.619920.7473
anxious (not calm)80.619317.1405
juvenile (not mature)80.515015.5142
awkward (not charming)80.47519.2479
soft (not hard)80.413317.4405
soft (not hard)80.114919.5121
zany (not regular)80.019719.4132
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)79.530523.451
sexual (not asexual)79.441630.867
dramatic (not no-nonsense)79.324120.3197
twitchy (not still)79.223014.967
cringeworthy (not inspiring)78.813122.8128
valedictorian (not drop out)78.750723.9165
sarcastic (not genuine)78.522622.3393
flower child (not goth)78.534123.743
tailor (not blacksmith)78.317922.448
emotional (not unemotional)78.346421.345
submissive (not dominant)78.113822.7467
often crying (not never cries)78.113420.853
first-mate (not captain)77.827722.3428
good-humored (not angry)77.431920.2359
fast-talking (not slow-talking)77.429020.947
vintage (not trendy)77.444121.476
gatherer (not hunter)77.218925.654
😜 (not 🤐)77.128524.4129
metrosexual (not macho)77.017524.044
preppy (not punk rock)76.638025.148
weakass (not badass)76.59022.673
folksy (not presidential)75.919320.549
clumsy (not coordinated)75.716820.7405
hypochondriac (not stoic)75.49122.436
mischievous (not well behaved)75.156024.6384
devoted (not unfaithful)75.1101225.445
expressive (not monotone)75.146430.058
sensitive (not thick-skinned)75.019323.5376
fantastical (not realistic)75.023326.369
ironic (not profound)75.08520.159
touchy-feely (not distant)74.820223.650
funny (not humorless)74.742324.3437
gregarious (not private)74.620023.0385
loud (not quiet)74.647724.5430
purple (not orange)74.614528.7344
vain (not demure)74.532223.9399
interrupting (not attentive)74.327824.762
love-focused (not money-focused)74.370522.049
unambiguous (not mysterious)74.322124.8487
freak (not normie)74.231622.773
princess (not queen)74.211625.144
impatient (not patient)74.150521.5181
flimsy (not sturdy)74.18921.058
arrogant (not humble)74.048123.4447
skeptical (not spiritual)73.760825.0467
playful (not shy)73.767825.5390
creepy (not disarming)73.613423.1192
head@clouds (not down2earth)73.629224.3392
manicured (not scruffy)73.472425.3503
🐿 (not 🦇)73.337429.8116
obsessed (not aloof)73.040926.5360
flirtatious (not prudish)72.844332.137
lenient (not strict)72.727922.3442
🎩 (not 🧢)72.549527.3144
bad-cook (not good-cook)72.524728.044
sunny (not gloomy)72.335022.844
🛌 (not 🧗)72.216327.9198
punchable (not loveable)71.925624.845
multicolored (not monochrome)71.830731.0111
cocky (not timid)71.879028.852
🤖 (not 👻)71.720330.6150
meek (not bossy)71.417324.6399
vulnerable (not armoured)71.320625.8345
🤣 (not 😊)71.121128.2138
kinky (not vanilla)71.038729.7345
open to new experinces (not uncreative)71.079626.1398
bold (not serious)70.745924.1451
scandalous (not proper)70.649726.2367
pack rat (not minimalist)70.618324.1127
💃 (not 🧕)70.565526.7225
curious (not apathetic)70.364524.0435
biased (not impartial)70.356723.6343
repulsive (not attractive)70.317021.7495
exaggerating (not factual)70.347728.364
traumatized (not flourishing)70.260826.456
whippersnapper (not sage)70.121325.443
exhibitionist (not bashful)70.150328.671
genius (not dunce)70.074022.9479
frenzied (not sleepy)70.083823.553
jealous (not compersive)69.937624.1388
🐐 (not 🦒)69.833027.3203
foolish (not wise)69.828421.9465
driven (not unambitious)69.1135324.0340
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)69.040329.0167
Pepsi (not Coke)69.06533.957
white knight (not bad boy)69.063728.241
cheery (not sorrowful)68.734024.2435
specialist (not generalist)68.743425.4121
feisty (not gracious)68.676324.6323
urban (not rural)68.678628.2228
debased (not pure)68.544326.7345
chivalrous (not businesslike)68.536624.962
competitive (not cooperative)68.475926.5426
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)68.330134.1229
ludicrous (not sensible)68.233327.4406
romantic (not dispassionate)68.279931.459
indulgent (not sober)68.154126.5395
pensive (not serene)68.171922.047
experimental (not reliable)67.939229.239
repetitive (not varied)67.837625.7184
selfish (not altruistic)67.747526.5411
pretentious (not unassuming)67.655025.4142
bold (not shy)67.5129230.1445
pacifist (not ferocious)67.532226.4399
warm (not cold)67.563723.5336
👟 (not 🥾)67.543031.4123
moody (not stable)67.477224.6436
persistent (not quitter)67.4160928.1130
edgy (not politically correct)67.162525.4383
open-book (not secretive)67.126726.148
involved (not remote)67.086323.7332
exuberant (not subdued)67.059826.847
opinionated (not neutral)67.0129429.773
epic (not deep)66.832322.355
analysis (not common sense)66.850927.251
extreme (not moderate)66.780626.3366
young (not old)66.689921.5407
oxymoron (not tautology)66.519426.233
indiscreet (not tactful)66.420429.7130
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)66.391228.1153
🤔 (not 🤫)66.341329.2128
oblivious (not alert)66.227424.6141
receiving (not giving)66.041730.043
intimate (not formal)65.849026.2209
hesitant (not decisive)65.720226.7379
shallow (not deep)65.627324.5163
ADHD (not OCD)65.438225.851
arcane (not mainstream)65.455528.3356
tense (not relaxed)65.3117626.4470
happy (not sad)65.333723.8394
enslaved (not emancipated)65.214828.0362
trolling (not triggered)65.220629.150
privileged (not oppressed)65.190729.747
overachiever (not underachiever)65.0118430.466
sexist (not feminist)64.934728.3189
crazy (not sane)64.958024.3152
motivated (not unmotivated)64.9154530.159
water (not fire)64.839829.959
passive (not assertive)64.722228.4317
fearmongering (not reassuring)64.744230.841
everyman (not chosen one)64.640128.760
rock (not rap)64.6131433.452
whimsical (not rational)64.445725.8368
backdoor (not official)64.461727.5381
loyal (not traitorous)64.4132127.7468
obedient (not rebellious)64.241928.2332
jaded (not innocent)64.293630.339
kind (not cruel)64.1112824.4383
🤺 (not 🏌)64.0104933.5137
permanent (not transient)63.956025.9127
careful (not brave)63.828629.5463
impulsive (not cautious)63.766131.3461
night owl (not morning lark)63.778427.9261
insulting (not complimentary)63.753930.198
random (not pointed)63.725328.569
🥶 (not 🥵)63.735027.160
pronatalist (not child free)63.629028.8307
family-first (not work-first)63.666727.1493
goof-off (not studious)63.643129.1160
salacious (not wholesome)63.451830.4130
outsider (not insider)63.357530.8296
statist (not anarchist)63.355227.1159
reactive (not proactive)63.146730.940
open (not guarded)63.023427.4384
insecure (not confident)63.029730.0395
Italian (not Swedish)63.055530.351
cunning (not honorable)62.849925.9489
unpolished (not eloquent)62.842727.7342
ugly (not beautiful)62.818425.9127
ambitious (not realistic)62.880028.774
democratic (not authoritarian)62.767928.1342
claustrophobic (not spelunker)62.725130.045
offended (not chill)62.773130.045
scholarly (not crafty)62.644830.1507
stuttering (not rhythmic)62.424730.950
moist (not dry)62.247132.063
rude (not respectful)62.148927.3472
extrovert (not introvert)62.180231.2416
entitled (not grateful)61.966730.759
avant-garde (not classical)61.844326.996
hard-work (not natural-talent)61.787725.969
hypocritical (not equitable)61.652726.0118
knowledgeable (not ignorant)61.5117327.250
precise (not vague)61.4100326.9308
🦄 (not 🐴)61.450431.9151
Greek (not Roman)61.423631.650
extraordinary (not mundane)61.3109527.4390
noob (not pro)61.325429.6135
gendered (not androgynous)61.2155028.4193
🧐 (not 😎)61.257332.4161
disorganized (not self-disciplined)61.137728.5372
😈 (not 😇)61.166029.0140
stingy (not generous)61.148828.576
competent (not incompetent)61.0138728.8384
side character (not main character)61.074328.247
refined (not rugged)60.984926.6418
idealist (not realist)60.959828.8145
wavering (not resolute)60.920127.8124
self-destructive (not self-improving)60.970723.662
methodical (not astonishing)60.787327.6360
real (not philosophical)60.794829.7301
💝 (not 💔)60.769431.2212
🐷 (not 🐮)60.732331.0199
picky (not always down)60.773930.245
straight (not queer)60.6126930.9212
chaotic (not orderly)60.570228.8438
deviant (not average)60.592828.0303
🤠 (not 🤑)60.594730.8117
fast (not slow)60.4116626.6350
hedonist (not monastic)60.465129.879
judgemental (not accepting)60.273829.2285
emotional (not logical)59.881426.5487
conspiracist (not sheeple)59.7100928.4239
glad (not mad)59.756626.8158
extravagant (not thrifty)59.767732.661
yes-man (not contrarian)59.736328.248
hipster (not basic)59.645430.4347
vibrant (not geriatric)59.6112027.852
lowbrow (not highbrow)59.533828.5317
🐒 (not 🐩)59.460733.2134
🥴 (not 🥳)59.378131.8149
patriotic (not unpatriotic)59.2113227.1122
comedic (not dramatic)59.239534.375
not genocidal (not genocidal)59.2125132.537
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)59.182231.6106
English (not German)59.1153730.342
egalitarian (not racist)59.0153826.5131
stubborn (not accommodating)59.0128732.076
straightforward (not cryptic)58.9114630.3369
sickly (not healthy)58.933226.7424
tiresome (not interesting)58.824029.4362
ranged (not melee)58.868928.346
deranged (not reasonable)58.758625.0130
🙃 (not 🥰)58.763132.6213
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)58.748929.552
gullible (not cynical)58.646831.852
nonpolitical (not political)58.553327.9340
demonic (not angelic)58.561624.1393
soulful (not soulless)58.4135329.8103
washed (not muddy)58.4103127.953
self-conscious (not self-assured)58.235533.1345
abstract (not concrete)58.252930.9150
😀 (not 😭)58.267630.6153
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)58.197329.9317
haunted (not blissful)57.7117628.160
liberal (not conservative)57.6103926.8126
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)57.664431.644
creative (not conventional)57.587430.1457
spontaneous (not deliberate)57.557029.6370
quirky (not predictable)57.576132.261
lavish (not frugal)57.467430.5365
modern (not historical)57.491830.2303
bright (not depressed)57.376725.4331
narcissistic (not low self esteem)57.396334.561
interested (not bored)57.3132228.656
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)57.073730.7349
factual (not poetic)57.093529.250
feminine (not masculine)56.971121.8461
plays hard (not works hard)56.948126.6428
neurotypical (not autistic)56.9139928.2402
neat (not messy)56.8107429.5302
air (not earth)56.837132.965
sweet (not bitter)56.785724.8420
stinky (not fresh)56.745028.7222
spontaneous (not scheduled)56.673131.7400
outlaw (not sheriff)56.685325.8390
resourceful (not helpless)56.6155929.2132
paranoid (not naive)56.6101629.357
important (not irrelevant)56.5156328.9252
psychopath (not empath)56.459525.167
scrub (not legit)55.930127.6187
transparent (not machiavellian)55.980835.055
resigned (not resistant)55.718229.2351
wild (not tame)55.7107330.4421
disreputable (not prestigious)55.652228.1332
consistent (not variable)55.6105631.055
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)55.579628.1285
builder (not explorer)55.576032.6403
demanding (not unchallenging)55.5144934.169
heathen (not devout)55.469328.3364
cosmopolitan (not provincial)55.487730.9311
slothful (not active)55.421128.5327
individualist (not communal)55.3107130.0127
unorthodox (not traditional)55.399132.9106
🌟 (not 💩)55.3142729.5133
doer (not thinker)55.3117234.365
spicy (not mild)55.2114529.6385
open-minded (not close-minded)55.2110027.5421
🎃 (not 💀)55.278036.256
roundabout (not direct)55.137932.6363
giggling (not chortling)55.148834.852
rich (not poor)55.0107122.4368
overprepared (not efficient)55.028130.458
imaginative (not practical)54.859930.9370
unfixable (not fixable)54.857130.059
long-winded (not concise)54.872028.533
nurturing (not poisonous)54.6112226.9186
slacker (not workaholic)54.637927.1108
western (not eastern)54.6138832.6199
one-faced (not two-faced)54.6122228.667
libertarian (not socialist)54.494028.1279
charismatic (not uninspiring)54.3156330.2320
protagonist (not antagonist)54.3141227.548
cultured (not rustic)54.3114728.150
hoarder (not unprepared)54.1115527.7325
off-key (not musical)54.196932.450
believable (not poorly-written)54.1181625.255
flexible (not rigid)54.072728.7318
joyful (not miserable)54.068424.4137
lost (not enlightened)54.094426.148
unobservant (not perceptive)53.928330.755
prideful (not envious)53.9157231.681
metaphorical (not literal)53.851331.1385
domestic (not industrial)53.879830.3109
subjective (not objective)53.884232.2100
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')53.760633.0272
leisurely (not hurried)53.763529.0452
📈 (not 📉)53.7133331.2117
jealous (not opinionated)53.731930.653
civilized (not barbaric)53.6131028.6411
existentialist (not nihilist)53.6124528.678
centrist (not radical)53.671531.552
slovenly (not stylish)53.561930.2368
go-getter (not slugabed)53.5169827.9119
tardy (not on-time)53.560031.964
decorative (not utilitarian)53.460130.697
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)53.473228.049
cannibal (not vegan)53.384232.844
heroic (not villainous)53.0143723.7436
overspender (not penny-pincher)53.078833.3181
🤡 (not 👽)52.973836.1138
indie (not pop)52.9127132.639
theoretical (not empirical)52.856934.3337
atheist (not theist)52.8116033.8118
Russian (not French)52.861231.143
quarrelsome (not warm)52.7101028.0381
intense (not lighthearted)52.7132933.839
simple (not complicated)52.648230.4347
frank (not sugarcoated)52.6153133.148
instinctual (not reasoned)52.5109530.7374
corporate (not freelance)52.576428.653
cat person (not dog person)52.593333.740
summer (not winter)52.595232.546
human (not animalistic)52.3144430.1348
apprentice (not master)52.163130.0216
treasure (not trash)52.1159129.4167
unlucky (not fortunate)51.9103830.7475
trusting (not suspicious)51.784028.7418
trusting (not charming)51.785426.5382
circular (not linear)51.787832.160
worldly (not innocent)51.6138429.6445
focused on the present (not focused on the future)51.5103129.7406
😬 (not 😏)51.377533.5153
smooth (not rough)51.299328.0356
not introspective (not introspective)51.254931.4199
lazy (not diligent)51.124427.6445
wooden (not plastic)50.9150431.954
reclusive (not social)50.888130.9216
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)50.896737.7146
pessimistic (not optimistic)50.798330.8381
tight (not loose)50.7135232.752
vengeful (not forgiving)50.498628.6431

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Vince Masuka (0.739)
  2. Fogell (McLovin) (0.69)
  3. Dinesh Chugtai (0.681)
  4. Craig Pelton (0.664)
  5. Andy Bernard (0.659)
  6. Lee Sizemore (0.645)
  7. Ling (0.624)
  8. Ian Duncan (0.619)
  9. Tobias Funke (0.614)
  10. Agt. Wendell Pleakley (0.612)
  1. Teal'c (-0.452)
  2. 'Chief' Bromden (-0.451)
  3. Blondie (-0.434)
  4. Dembe Zuma (-0.426)
  5. Mike Ehrmantraut (-0.423)
  6. Mike Ehrmantraut (-0.41)
  7. Aragorn (-0.399)
  8. Cobra Bubbles (-0.399)
  9. Ron Swanson (-0.397)
  10. Li Mu Bai (-0.395)

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 Howard Wolowitz to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Howard Wolowitz is described identify as.

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users
ENFP58.4%10817
ESFP57.9%1202
INFP56.7%23344
ENTP56.2%5934
ISFP55.9%1998
ESFJ54.7%592
ENFJ54.6%3842
ESTP54.5%765
INTP54.2%11992
INFJ53.2%12519
ISFJ52.4%1602
ISTP52.4%1950
ENTJ52.0%2286
ESTJ50.9%547
INTJ50.3%8827
ISTJ49.4%1475

Notes

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