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Calvin's dad Descriptive Personality Statistics

Calvin's dad is a character from Calvin and Hobbes.

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
reasoned (not instinctual)90.827.99
proper (not scandalous)89.1227.518
normie (not freak)88.3311.623
frugal (not lavish)87.5813.514
🧠 (not 💪)87.015313.763
sheriff (not outlaw)86.96415.616
scientific (not artistic)86.87511.816
works hard (not plays hard)86.210114.117
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.911911.115
careful (not brave)85.5812.018
loyal (not traitorous)85.441913.216
reliable (not experimental)85.36011.422
mundane (not extraordinary)85.11110.413
tame (not wild)85.11411.119
hard-work (not natural-talent)85.02811.523
intellectual (not physical)84.918311.818
methodical (not astonishing)84.9408.417
human (not animalistic)84.815022.414
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)84.75316.258
basic (not hipster)84.25318.517
preppy (not punk rock)84.212314.420
everyman (not chosen one)84.21519.021
deliberate (not spontaneous)84.114617.320
devoted (not unfaithful)83.942210.625
workaholic (not slacker)83.840312.915
masculine (not feminine)83.732316.819
diligent (not lazy)83.660913.819
🐴 (not 🦄)83.17121.662
civilized (not barbaric)83.025012.910
gendered (not androgynous)83.033320.217
vintage (not trendy)83.016810.521
regular (not zany)82.81320.017
valedictorian (not drop out)82.830112.624
linear (not circular)82.51014.324
serious (not bold)82.42914.124
on-time (not tardy)82.431214.421
mature (not juvenile)82.317722.612
thrifty (not extravagant)82.32515.617
clean (not perverted)82.124617.417
hurried (not leisurely)82.13611.221
businesslike (not chivalrous)82.112012.526
cautious (not impulsive)82.07715.320
rock (not rap)81.919114.321
permanent (not transient)81.84420.218
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)81.819215.730
dorky (not cool)81.58313.324
modest (not flamboyant)81.410322.517
realistic (not fantastical)81.212321.323
OCD (not ADHD)80.813517.518
white knight (not bad boy)80.619817.825
mild (not spicy)80.55719.714
obedient (not rebellious)80.57921.718
penny-pincher (not overspender)80.53511.015
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)80.46721.622
corporate (not freelance)80.311221.229
vanilla (not kinky)80.38222.28
average (not deviant)79.91817.720
official (not backdoor)79.47022.416
🏌 (not 🤺)79.31623.967
English (not German)79.328222.79
logical (not emotional)79.211811.825
minimalist (not pack rat)79.14924.814
studious (not goof-off)78.943822.021
statist (not anarchist)78.86712.717
utilitarian (not decorative)78.512917.719
healthy (not sickly)78.138213.318
introvert (not extrovert)77.912722.231
competent (not incompetent)77.664920.920
🧐 (not 😎)77.610722.187
realistic (not ambitious)77.64619.724
tall (not short)77.523614.724
high IQ (not low IQ)77.570518.411
privileged (not oppressed)77.541219.521
believable (not poorly-written)77.543718.518
knowledgeable (not ignorant)77.449918.914
objective (not subjective)77.32021.320
traditional (not unorthodox)77.313221.719
water (not fire)77.210217.422
moderate (not extreme)77.24321.516
neat (not messy)77.139124.916
repetitive (not varied)76.89322.011
prudish (not flirtatious)76.89210.726
confidential (not gossiping)76.846417.518
no-nonsense (not dramatic)76.814023.620
well behaved (not mischievous)76.217326.418
egalitarian (not racist)76.277414.717
resigned (not resistant)76.1518.716
non-gamer (not gamer)76.028929.526
bookish (not sporty)75.950716.412
tiresome (not interesting)75.93516.112
classical (not avant-garde)75.915518.012
tasteful (not lewd)75.826716.413
builder (not explorer)75.88923.713
dry (not moist)75.711919.813
patriotic (not unpatriotic)75.632114.111
sensible (not ludicrous)75.529225.126
unambiguous (not mysterious)75.516727.324
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)75.520722.163
straightforward (not cryptic)75.226726.413
persistent (not quitter)75.1111224.520
self-disciplined (not disorganized)75.166223.024
reasonable (not deranged)74.931021.131
atheist (not theist)74.528527.915
pensive (not serene)74.526619.020
factual (not poetic)74.426320.331
beta (not alpha)74.219921.222
scholarly (not crafty)74.214916.017
orderly (not chaotic)74.136020.216
ironic (not profound)74.110320.613
trusting (not charming)74.17119.515
not genocidal (not genocidal)74.158028.619
overachiever (not underachiever)73.869718.722
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)73.717524.116
🤖 (not 👻)73.712322.173
cheesy (not chic)73.623422.022
wholesome (not salacious)73.536122.311
frank (not sugarcoated)73.458524.821
uninspiring (not charismatic)73.34614.612
straight (not queer)73.170731.425
off-key (not musical)73.017215.726
nerd (not jock)72.950819.312
skeptical (not spiritual)72.856718.112
monochrome (not multicolored)72.722419.818
concrete (not abstract)72.725821.427
serious (not playful)72.452622.315
never cries (not often crying)72.441126.023
self-improving (not self-destructive)72.118919.214
kind (not cruel)71.972817.419
urban (not rural)71.954819.116
opinionated (not jealous)71.957920.518
mathematical (not literary)71.815821.013
🤔 (not 🤫)71.814629.870
old (not young)71.831118.319
centrist (not radical)71.86526.224
consistent (not variable)71.634526.218
tight (not loose)71.649521.427
pacifist (not ferocious)71.518818.717
resolute (not wavering)71.548422.211
washed (not muddy)71.444024.121
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)71.417126.820
disarming (not creepy)71.358015.111
sober (not indulgent)71.219227.813
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')70.91321.79
prestigious (not disreputable)70.946923.617
biased (not impartial)70.846024.410
provincial (not cosmopolitan)70.816123.86
fresh (not stinky)70.766825.628
historical (not modern)70.629827.025
strict (not lenient)70.343625.620
chaste (not lustful)70.217014.713
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)70.219424.975
introspective (not not introspective)70.043320.314
sheltered (not street-smart)69.722521.115
realist (not idealist)69.531826.522
tactful (not indiscreet)69.543612.114
🐿 (not 🦇)69.443225.964
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)69.434825.519
unemotional (not emotional)69.413720.830
forgiving (not vengeful)69.238820.228
politically correct (not edgy)69.125227.320
enslaved (not emancipated)69.18915.112
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)69.129923.711
🐮 (not 🐷)69.115619.254
one-faced (not two-faced)69.166928.626
stingy (not generous)69.029919.024
🙃 (not 🥰)68.929127.465
rational (not whimsical)68.749425.826
private (not gregarious)68.755016.315
rigid (not flexible)68.542822.319
nurturing (not poisonous)68.559820.721
oblivious (not alert)68.320719.019
mainstream (not arcane)68.214730.316
thin (not thick)68.244817.818
go-getter (not slugabed)68.0100417.716
subdued (not exuberant)68.017518.517
gatherer (not hunter)67.937726.723
master (not apprentice)67.872922.310
monotone (not expressive)67.819226.126
picky (not always down)67.642221.719
quiet (not loud)67.537721.517
predictable (not quirky)67.425032.323
orange (not purple)67.423617.914
🥴 (not 🥳)67.434926.061
pure (not debased)67.346218.68
tense (not relaxed)67.292326.722
down2earth (not head@clouds)67.246731.718
active (not slothful)67.2103424.816
pronatalist (not child free)66.920422.819
normal (not weird)66.826029.413
🤐 (not 😜)66.741224.978
sage (not whippersnapper)66.724922.322
pointed (not random)66.786128.915
stubborn (not accommodating)66.787932.425
French (not Russian)66.642029.017
tailor (not blacksmith)66.660128.516
😇 (not 😈)66.649524.676
miserable (not joyful)66.556416.713
weakass (not badass)66.417224.616
wooden (not plastic)66.465622.616
💝 (not 💔)66.341225.266
practical (not imaginative)66.263731.321
conventional (not creative)66.135129.624
reclusive (not social)66.137820.818
monastic (not hedonist)66.115228.517
prideful (not envious)66.183220.932
neurotypical (not autistic)65.987623.414
demure (not vain)65.933521.414
domestic (not industrial)65.927628.216
earth (not air)65.956028.013
genius (not dunce)65.877319.718
morning lark (not night owl)65.626729.413
armoured (not vulnerable)65.567623.114
🧕 (not 💃)65.416826.684
simple (not complicated)65.316027.519
apathetic (not curious)65.210720.619
treasure (not trash)65.2106019.117
lover (not fighter)65.145521.816
transparent (not machiavellian)65.135930.830
honorable (not cunning)64.960824.417
flower child (not goth)64.968625.917
uncreative (not open to new experinces)64.818728.373
devout (not heathen)64.846226.414
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)64.531331.860
guarded (not open)64.494017.914
heroic (not villainous)64.494919.121
concise (not long-winded)64.434831.121
altruistic (not selfish)64.362521.316
legit (not scrub)64.394922.412
cynical (not gullible)64.371923.917
motivated (not unmotivated)64.3130826.023
compersive (not jealous)64.240526.311
conservative (not liberal)64.228828.69
refined (not rugged)63.965617.316
distant (not touchy-feely)63.957922.327
stoic (not expressive)63.837121.914
awkward (not suspicious)63.830018.613
resourceful (not helpless)63.7115423.815
empath (not psychopath)63.777925.721
wise (not foolish)63.661119.522
libertarian (not socialist)63.632728.014
metrosexual (not macho)63.664321.225
chortling (not giggling)63.669120.918
political (not nonpolitical)63.556728.313
western (not eastern)63.362930.217
passive (not assertive)63.022127.714
unassuming (not pretentious)62.929628.114
🧢 (not 🎩)62.952528.382
factual (not exaggerating)62.952427.616
slovenly (not stylish)62.731726.619
existentialist (not nihilist)62.659432.114
traumatized (not flourishing)62.675421.321
gloomy (not sunny)62.663524.522
vegan (not cannibal)62.654924.719
driven (not unambitious)62.3133624.819
humble (not arrogant)62.146217.616
mad (not glad)62.165714.218
low self esteem (not narcissistic)62.132521.722
real (not philosophical)62.076929.59
bad-cook (not good-cook)62.047428.122
slow (not fast)61.920018.712
sturdy (not flimsy)61.988921.322
authoritarian (not democratic)61.748827.821
unobservant (not perceptive)61.515129.515
formal (not intimate)61.453727.220
😬 (not 😏)61.436228.976
meek (not bossy)61.329624.812
funny (not humorless)61.372732.411
manicured (not scruffy)61.388525.99
triggered (not trolling)61.378628.319
respectful (not rude)61.276621.320
pessimistic (not optimistic)61.254422.817
rhythmic (not stuttering)61.298631.121
🎨 (not 🏀)61.282029.279
angelic (not demonic)61.171625.111
low-tech (not high-tech)61.059633.78
literal (not metaphorical)60.872930.715
pro (not noob)60.6106223.318
asexual (not sexual)60.631629.921
decisive (not hesitant)60.597225.915
awkward (not charming)60.438723.914
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)60.442127.718
comedic (not dramatic)60.431225.026
loveable (not punchable)60.382220.525
🥶 (not 🥵)60.240727.156
puny (not mighty)60.126124.815
🐀 (not 🐘)60.145428.668
bored (not interested)60.016328.432
queen (not princess)60.082827.816
good-humored (not angry)59.971921.820
cold (not warm)59.955527.517
reserved (not chatty)59.664532.08
impatient (not patient)59.585526.417
👟 (not 🥾)59.561836.073
📈 (not 📉)59.585930.358
insecure (not confident)59.430723.616
indie (not pop)59.382724.822
judgemental (not accepting)59.266226.320
opinionated (not neutral)59.2134927.716
sorrowful (not cheery)59.179424.012
highbrow (not lowbrow)59.183828.315
precise (not vague)59.194227.514
efficient (not overprepared)59.199331.519
🐐 (not 🦒)59.080228.562
🛌 (not 🧗)59.037131.973
deep (not shallow)58.887216.813
claustrophobic (not spelunker)58.831125.513
giving (not receiving)58.885227.429
first-mate (not captain)58.766725.313
frenzied (not sleepy)58.7126426.527
sane (not crazy)58.459626.615
dispassionate (not romantic)58.431626.135
suspicious (not trusting)58.377024.715
🎃 (not 💀)58.355528.679
sarcastic (not genuine)58.262235.014
enlightened (not lost)58.254621.311
self-assured (not self-conscious)58.1100732.116
codependent (not independent)58.142529.810
reactive (not proactive)58.158030.523
cringeworthy (not inspiring)57.949224.819
soulless (not soulful)57.731426.416
stoic (not hypochondriac)57.579027.126
yes-man (not contrarian)57.437129.525
depressed (not bright)57.358524.321
ranged (not melee)57.268724.519
unlucky (not fortunate)57.167827.219
bitter (not sweet)57.169422.613
beautiful (not ugly)57.0126420.421
stable (not moody)56.937130.717
equitable (not hypocritical)56.972228.313
direct (not roundabout)56.6106526.616
😊 (not 🤣)56.690130.767
open-book (not secretive)56.444824.429
soft (not hard)55.963518.213
reassuring (not fearmongering)55.985928.123
timid (not cocky)55.931824.325
warm (not quarrelsome)55.861732.011
close-minded (not open-minded)55.550319.213
submissive (not dominant)55.246926.916
🌟 (not 💩)55.2120625.161
Swedish (not Italian)55.261127.912
sad (not happy)55.194725.921
sensitive (not thick-skinned)54.966128.812
complimentary (not insulting)54.981124.015
communal (not individualist)54.947232.816
Roman (not Greek)54.962935.19
work-first (not family-first)54.875127.122
gracious (not feisty)54.737326.926
geriatric (not vibrant)54.636124.011
entitled (not grateful)54.676325.320
calm (not anxious)54.457125.815
smooth (not rough)54.474021.416
dog person (not cat person)54.376430.121
remote (not involved)54.225421.96
antagonist (not protagonist)54.138533.520
🤠 (not 🤑)54.095427.766
money-focused (not love-focused)54.050525.721
soft (not hard)53.968322.919
paranoid (not naive)53.898624.225
slow-talking (not fast-talking)53.648827.131
important (not irrelevant)53.5139524.720
sexist (not feminist)53.547422.715
🐩 (not 🐒)53.581833.557
generalist (not specialist)53.345626.17
common sense (not analysis)53.255327.816
epic (not deep)53.177225.39
rustic (not cultured)53.154828.724
attentive (not interrupting)53.082226.227
still (not twitchy)53.057926.121
outsider (not insider)52.983427.217
obsessed (not aloof)52.8118126.521
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)52.8114824.218
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)52.782830.170
bashful (not exhibitionist)52.748727.018
shy (not bold)52.622230.516
focused on the present (not focused on the future)52.684326.420
blissful (not haunted)52.646227.225
sheeple (not conspiracist)52.539023.413
high standards (not desperate)52.4104221.323
lighthearted (not intense)52.348225.121
eloquent (not unpolished)52.2102425.78
luddite (not technophile)52.183430.414
folksy (not presidential)52.072925.921
winter (not summer)52.077727.124
🤡 (not 👽)51.967229.057
fixable (not unfixable)51.8103730.219
coordinated (not clumsy)51.7111629.213
😀 (not 😭)51.781028.168
worldly (not innocent)51.6118526.416
competitive (not cooperative)51.6105227.920
shy (not playful)51.542725.910
theoretical (not empirical)51.456233.218
offended (not chill)51.298027.721
oxymoron (not tautology)51.1112626.410
poor (not rich)50.267913.913
doer (not thinker)50.8115632.521
hoarder (not unprepared)50.3109824.315
unchallenging (not demanding)50.334927.320
repulsive (not attractive)50.441919.319
Pepsi (not Coke)50.473036.716
jaded (not innocent)50.6116430.825

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 Calvin's dad based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Michael Bluth (0.823)
  2. Carl Hanratty (0.771)
  3. D.I. Greg Lestrade (0.764)
  4. David Phillips (0.755)
  5. David Rosen (0.749)
  6. Elizabeth (0.747)
  7. Donald Cragen (0.742)
  8. Calvin's mom (0.742)
  9. Jack Crawford (0.732)
  10. Betsy Heron (0.723)
  1. Tracy Jordan (-0.612)
  2. Ilana Wexler (-0.611)
  3. Cheryl Tunt (-0.576)
  4. Klaus Hargreeves (-0.575)
  5. Jack Sparrow (-0.566)
  6. Chiana (-0.563)
  7. Erlich Bachman (-0.561)
  8. Jessa Johansson (-0.552)
  9. Bender Bending Rodriguez (-0.547)
  10. Pamela Poovey (-0.545)

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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