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Principal Vernon Personality Statistics

Principal Vernon is a character from The Breakfast Club. 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
strict (not lenient)95.277.760
competitive (not cooperative)93.63510.349
authoritarian (not democratic)93.02210.239
judgemental (not accepting)92.93410.840
serious (not playful)92.6208.929
monochrome (not multicolored)92.639.538
punchable (not loveable)92.62611.096
sheriff (not outlaw)92.5513.348
tense (not relaxed)92.42512.146
bitter (not sweet)92.4278.943
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)92.1614.537
arrogant (not humble)91.8669.942
close-minded (not open-minded)91.8910.045
bossy (not meek)91.77121.642
angry (not good-humored)91.7119.034
sexist (not feminist)91.7139.433
suspicious (not trusting)91.63410.957
rigid (not flexible)91.6159.343
impatient (not patient)91.33314.735
tight (not loose)91.31715.594
🐴 (not 🦄)91.2417.042
quarrelsome (not warm)91.1449.562
hard (not soft)90.72410.840
conventional (not creative)90.5915.759
scheduled (not spontaneous)90.53515.057
basic (not hipster)90.5410.035
cold (not warm)90.33312.844
cringeworthy (not inspiring)89.91111.228
insulting (not complimentary)89.92610.941
offended (not chill)89.82612.778
💔 (not 💝)89.51411.036
vengeful (not forgiving)89.47912.539
intense (not lighthearted)89.38512.387
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)89.31720.688
💩 (not 🌟)89.22218.740
gendered (not androgynous)88.310019.940
😬 (not 😏)88.3615.844
direct (not roundabout)88.17111.651
mad (not glad)88.13213.636
repetitive (not varied)87.9513.863
corporate (not freelance)87.82821.375
rude (not respectful)87.74414.445
soulless (not soulful)87.43613.740
debased (not pure)87.25614.444
skeptical (not spiritual)87.15316.656
loud (not quiet)87.111818.676
uncreative (not open to new experinces)86.71716.866
biased (not impartial)86.75119.655
🧐 (not 😎)86.71318.255
mundane (not extraordinary)86.6417.660
trash (not treasure)86.61813.568
pessimistic (not optimistic)86.62616.140
conservative (not liberal)86.53222.867
practical (not imaginative)86.34717.650
off-key (not musical)86.3915.358
gloomy (not sunny)86.35714.785
deliberate (not spontaneous)86.29115.629
pretentious (not unassuming)86.25920.458
miserable (not joyful)85.95411.438
😈 (not 😇)85.99016.851
uninspiring (not charismatic)85.5515.353
poisonous (not nurturing)85.59016.236
demonic (not angelic)85.46813.643
humorless (not funny)85.32819.672
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)85.32823.852
factual (not poetic)85.33115.9100
utilitarian (not decorative)85.02616.856
traditional (not unorthodox)85.03426.141
guarded (not open)84.916717.639
anxious (not calm)84.87515.637
hypocritical (not equitable)84.84913.9111
shallow (not deep)84.83316.076
🙃 (not 🥰)84.84421.066
cruel (not kind)84.67514.943
low-tech (not high-tech)84.63713.849
dry (not moist)84.41920.889
moody (not stable)84.315416.539
obsessed (not aloof)84.37520.127
privileged (not oppressed)84.320424.177
selfish (not altruistic)84.113518.774
masculine (not feminine)84.023623.637
serious (not bold)83.92021.465
salacious (not wholesome)83.88014.433
bold (not shy)83.743317.754
sad (not happy)83.74912.251
deranged (not reasonable)83.66517.442
unambiguous (not mysterious)83.62214.230
work-first (not family-first)83.514324.435
villainous (not heroic)83.47513.935
feisty (not gracious)83.216417.765
repulsive (not attractive)82.93918.960
ferocious (not pacifist)82.719319.642
concrete (not abstract)82.73721.153
vain (not demure)82.611516.165
suspicious (not awkward)82.213221.543
dispassionate (not romantic)82.22319.393
old (not young)82.011516.249
hard (not soft)82.015021.839
not introspective (not introspective)82.01823.548
🥴 (not 🥳)82.03219.449
obedient (not rebellious)81.84826.826
scientific (not artistic)81.714314.150
🤖 (not 👻)81.72417.450
tiresome (not interesting)81.5914.341
ugly (not beautiful)81.52714.555
dominant (not submissive)81.134322.955
preppy (not punk rock)81.116520.391
🤐 (not 😜)80.96722.032
chortling (not giggling)80.86423.275
rough (not smooth)80.78114.731
straight (not queer)80.634426.743
dunce (not genius)80.34217.892
formal (not intimate)80.19421.936
assertive (not passive)80.034624.839
self-destructive (not self-improving)80.013221.684
statist (not anarchist)79.84823.738
sorrowful (not cheery)79.711312.025
political (not nonpolitical)79.614823.438
historical (not modern)79.59821.343
penny-pincher (not overspender)79.45225.841
😭 (not 😀)79.24621.062
Italian (not Swedish)79.210219.680
cannibal (not vegan)79.014719.789
geriatric (not vibrant)78.92120.176
narcissistic (not low self esteem)78.922725.592
sarcastic (not genuine)78.816423.349
dorky (not cool)78.710621.650
neurotypical (not autistic)78.318720.242
apathetic (not curious)78.01024.937
ignorant (not knowledgeable)77.95822.3112
workaholic (not slacker)77.551827.051
persistent (not quitter)77.380227.246
extreme (not moderate)77.334320.948
stinky (not fresh)77.27118.532
patriotic (not unpatriotic)76.923326.346
triggered (not trolling)76.210828.8103
depressed (not bright)76.28421.635
cunning (not honorable)76.119323.480
methodical (not astonishing)76.118221.343
🐷 (not 🐮)75.95832.052
lost (not enlightened)75.712821.770
consistent (not variable)75.718324.785
armoured (not vulnerable)75.627920.130
hurried (not leisurely)75.69623.748
🤡 (not 👽)75.56231.640
secretive (not open-book)75.531725.982
morning lark (not night owl)75.19626.349
scrub (not legit)74.85024.542
luddite (not technophile)74.79623.230
straightforward (not cryptic)74.524427.162
scholarly (not crafty)74.411226.054
foolish (not wise)73.914823.063
jealous (not compersive)73.621726.331
noob (not pro)73.66028.440
worldly (not innocent)73.644324.468
awkward (not charming)73.513022.265
🤣 (not 😊)73.212128.954
studious (not goof-off)73.151832.055
barbaric (not civilized)72.612323.742
unobservant (not perceptive)72.54628.6101
🐀 (not 🐘)72.412230.146
valedictorian (not drop out)72.351134.228
oblivious (not alert)72.012927.143
🏌 (not 🤺)71.54534.653
incompetent (not competent)71.38027.041
creepy (not disarming)71.210729.457
hunter (not gatherer)71.236930.888
ludicrous (not sensible)71.119930.131
generalist (not specialist)71.12531.239
resolute (not wavering)70.642030.029
traumatized (not flourishing)70.636525.377
unfixable (not fixable)70.516527.671
realist (not idealist)70.122829.145
sheltered (not street-smart)69.919424.030
lewd (not tasteful)69.816527.153
fast-talking (not slow-talking)69.837323.579
presidential (not folksy)69.831828.473
builder (not explorer)69.719226.333
🎩 (not 🧢)69.740332.835
official (not backdoor)69.620228.247
orange (not purple)69.415531.455
racist (not egalitarian)69.48525.964
helpless (not resourceful)69.24627.160
instinctual (not reasoned)69.037326.544
literal (not metaphorical)69.028733.558
classical (not avant-garde)69.028528.722
macho (not metrosexual)68.820031.576
frenzied (not sleepy)68.760927.689
claustrophobic (not spelunker)68.610129.559
self-disciplined (not disorganized)68.566929.835
whippersnapper (not sage)68.321531.159
traitorous (not loyal)68.214730.325
master (not apprentice)68.256129.654
pack rat (not minimalist)68.217127.841
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)68.254330.121
linear (not circular)68.215930.873
enslaved (not emancipated)68.17928.237
vanilla (not kinky)68.128230.936
decisive (not hesitant)68.160530.555
careful (not brave)67.913928.344
low IQ (not high IQ)67.97925.847
orderly (not chaotic)67.941532.843
western (not eastern)67.926534.324
unlucky (not fortunate)67.828628.856
crazy (not sane)67.535328.743
tall (not short)67.240325.522
slovenly (not stylish)67.118025.739
industrial (not domestic)67.026332.547
empirical (not theoretical)66.621333.257
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)66.530730.539
slugabed (not go-getter)66.45027.837
sturdy (not flimsy)66.459729.590
real (not philosophical)66.246427.368
irrelevant (not important)66.25028.049
child free (not pronatalist)66.047929.944
🧕 (not 💃)65.914229.258
precise (not vague)65.853229.035
Roman (not Greek)65.519431.266
provincial (not cosmopolitan)65.423728.558
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)65.424730.934
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)65.334932.445
focused on the present (not focused on the future)65.225933.963
puny (not mighty)65.113630.959
head@clouds (not down2earth)65.132532.841
manicured (not scruffy)64.764726.146
💪 (not 🧠)64.521930.275
overprepared (not efficient)64.37829.790
extrovert (not introvert)64.251726.168
average (not deviant)64.119529.238
chaste (not lustful)64.026229.428
bookish (not sporty)63.860728.551
tailor (not blacksmith)63.757030.465
jock (not nerd)63.635329.459
🐐 (not 🦒)63.246435.344
private (not gregarious)63.153626.252
theist (not atheist)63.025733.541
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)62.930433.891
🛌 (not 🧗)62.623030.842
📉 (not 📈)62.613435.240
remote (not involved)62.59335.345
captain (not first-mate)62.347431.949
urban (not rural)62.068431.347
resistant (not resigned)61.877634.176
insecure (not confident)61.322030.547
driven (not unambitious)61.3105632.330
reclusive (not social)61.136729.533
physical (not intellectual)60.632030.734
Russian (not French)60.625432.875
rich (not poor)60.361523.145
exuberant (not subdued)59.660131.774
permanent (not transient)59.452733.031
libertarian (not socialist)59.343431.644
independent (not codependent)59.167435.033
works hard (not plays hard)58.875132.751
proper (not scandalous)58.851031.345
alpha (not beta)58.771735.747
thin (not thick)58.661330.456
clumsy (not coordinated)58.331429.640
stuttering (not rhythmic)58.322627.474
well behaved (not mischievous)58.142635.229
🦇 (not 🐿)58.141735.132
English (not German)58.0101535.085
🤑 (not 🤠)57.941636.246
neat (not messy)57.772030.770
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)57.779031.360
thick-skinned (not sensitive)57.657034.339
🤔 (not 🤫)57.561136.331
diligent (not lazy)57.2106636.239
objective (not subjective)57.236037.339
slow (not fast)57.022929.244
simple (not complicated)57.026834.831
regular (not zany)56.936536.044
mathematical (not literary)56.537632.236
slothful (not active)56.513131.641
no-nonsense (not dramatic)56.549638.164
chatty (not reserved)56.457934.740
frugal (not lavish)56.459831.131
reliable (not experimental)56.262132.882
mainstream (not arcane)56.037335.542
gossiping (not confidential)56.038234.047
indiscreet (not tactful)56.029934.942
🐩 (not 🐒)55.857338.338
juvenile (not mature)55.751233.755
impulsive (not cautious)55.657737.025
devout (not heathen)55.462330.638
nihilist (not existentialist)55.231635.030
sheeple (not conspiracist)54.827236.456
individualist (not communal)54.870438.458
sickly (not healthy)54.525328.144
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)54.356930.049
logical (not emotional)54.250934.470
rational (not whimsical)54.173933.056
🥾 (not 👟)53.856234.650
flamboyant (not modest)53.755034.247
politically correct (not edgy)53.747335.039
self-assured (not self-conscious)53.788333.956
insider (not outsider)53.451936.337
ranged (not melee)53.070830.761
charming (not trusting)52.667919.436
animalistic (not human)52.633330.733
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)52.160534.823
stoic (not expressive)51.851130.623
refined (not rugged)51.773333.346
playful (not shy)51.694824.723
prestigious (not disreputable)51.681535.536
mild (not spicy)51.444036.240
highbrow (not lowbrow)51.384030.326
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.356835.623
tame (not wild)51.350232.465
believable (not poorly-written)51.2123528.278
unpolished (not eloquent)51.149234.731
monastic (not hedonist)51.150835.923
weird (not normal)50.280834.745
sober (not indulgent)50.360833.559
hoarder (not unprepared)50.684733.253

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Samuel Norton (0.883)
  2. Byron Hadley (0.874)
  3. Frank Burns (0.857)
  4. Chef Skinner (0.854)
  5. Tom Buchanan (0.841)
  1. Luna Lovegood (-0.764)
  2. Han Lue (-0.68)
  3. Hilda Spellman (-0.668)
  4. Aang (-0.661)
  5. William H. 'Shakespeare' Hill (-0.655)

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: ESFP (r = 0.39)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.36)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.34)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.33)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.26)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.2)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.2)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.11)
  9. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.02)
  10. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.01)
  11. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.01)
  12. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.07)
  13. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.09)
  14. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.11)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.23)
  16. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.23)
  17. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.24)
  18. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.24)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.29)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.44)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.45)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.48)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.49)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.57)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.59)


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