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Tom Scavo Personality Statistics

Tom Scavo is a character from Desperate Housewives. 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
basic (not hipster)82.77423.515
pronatalist (not child free)82.72517.013
democratic (not authoritarian)82.02812.310
chatty (not reserved)81.819011.26
sensitive (not thick-skinned)81.76015.110
straight (not queer)80.634421.218
🏌 (not 🤺)80.1724.636
gendered (not androgynous)80.046722.215
🧢 (not 🎩)80.012721.628
social (not reclusive)79.715418.421
patriotic (not unpatriotic)79.417216.860
codependent (not independent)79.37723.520
statist (not anarchist)78.95413.717
obedient (not rebellious)78.28118.913
forgiving (not vengeful)77.317119.213
submissive (not dominant)77.210123.570
privileged (not oppressed)76.936026.2132
beta (not alpha)76.813019.816
masculine (not feminine)76.637920.413
lenient (not strict)75.813918.756
first-mate (not captain)75.724321.545
juvenile (not mature)75.418222.658
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)75.329119.129
🤡 (not 👽)75.26626.925
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)74.123325.634
traditional (not unorthodox)74.016024.548
soft (not hard)73.418723.312
nurturing (not poisonous)73.237118.220
clumsy (not coordinated)73.115023.016
dunce (not genius)72.98717.8170
extrovert (not introvert)72.934021.624
lowbrow (not highbrow)72.97313.818
sporty (not bookish)72.921424.426
playful (not serious)72.719813.514
😎 (not 🧐)72.724724.734
💃 (not 🧕)72.537616.823
goof-off (not studious)72.320022.539
oblivious (not alert)72.112721.024
playful (not shy)72.049819.313
soft (not hard)71.922021.758
real (not philosophical)71.329126.813
cheery (not sorrowful)71.220025.719
funny (not humorless)71.235326.021
foolish (not wise)71.018320.721
unprepared (not hoarder)70.88115.19
mainstream (not arcane)70.88523.415
unambiguous (not mysterious)70.824524.124
communal (not individualist)70.78125.225
mundane (not extraordinary)70.58826.622
lighthearted (not intense)70.512526.8147
hesitant (not decisive)70.39229.560
optimistic (not pessimistic)70.327331.015
civilized (not barbaric)70.352323.714
🐿 (not 🦇)70.330726.434
roundabout (not direct)70.26724.567
noob (not pro)70.29424.873
cringeworthy (not inspiring)70.020124.112
preppy (not punk rock)70.041925.4149
mild (not spicy)69.815525.355
kind (not cruel)69.760823.614
🤠 (not 🤑)69.734226.757
orange (not purple)69.515222.618
human (not animalistic)69.557928.355
soulful (not soulless)69.164828.454
unobservant (not perceptive)68.96828.6128
jealous (not compersive)68.829419.811
lost (not enlightened)68.827023.8150
vanilla (not kinky)68.527826.716
neurotypical (not autistic)68.561922.320
disreputable (not prestigious)68.417321.411
simple (not complicated)68.49826.916
expressive (not stoic)68.241221.623
folksy (not presidential)68.127027.0132
meek (not bossy)68.115525.748
emotional (not logical)68.036424.122
pacifist (not ferocious)67.620125.248
reasonable (not deranged)67.641825.424
warm (not cold)67.542328.473
not introspective (not introspective)67.512025.737
moderate (not extreme)67.415826.220
disorganized (not self-disciplined)67.319027.118
good-humored (not angry)67.339618.613
sunny (not gloomy)67.030528.0147
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)67.020528.4149
warm (not quarrelsome)66.929228.525
modest (not flamboyant)66.741227.115
imaginative (not practical)66.723031.210
awkward (not suspicious)66.420721.412
unassuming (not pretentious)66.418128.233
repetitive (not varied)66.133028.256
beautiful (not ugly)66.179616.814
chaotic (not orderly)66.139027.314
instinctual (not reasoned)66.142532.09
ignorant (not knowledgeable)66.116026.3149
sheeple (not conspiracist)65.97925.953
dorky (not cool)65.632325.627
existentialist (not nihilist)65.534028.439
egalitarian (not racist)65.588719.211
sweet (not bitter)65.338128.913
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)65.334420.015
insecure (not confident)65.116827.668
wavering (not resolute)65.18325.428
skeptical (not spiritual)65.067328.927
mathematical (not literary)65.021927.013
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)64.939232.577
vulnerable (not armoured)64.723225.310
western (not eastern)64.740625.630
messy (not neat)64.629927.720
unpolished (not eloquent)64.529017.913
morning lark (not night owl)64.522528.920
disarming (not creepy)64.367128.450
hypocritical (not equitable)64.331227.4154
🐐 (not 🦒)64.341429.448
loose (not tight)64.321527.6136
average (not deviant)64.019727.012
slow (not fast)63.912726.013
domestic (not industrial)63.927329.263
moody (not stable)63.759928.824
aloof (not obsessed)63.76525.514
glad (not mad)63.729528.224
slovenly (not stylish)63.523418.218
poor (not rich)63.531118.514
tame (not wild)63.528930.324
regular (not zany)63.521329.061
🐒 (not 🐩)63.532332.723
careful (not brave)63.320524.349
💪 (not 🧠)63.323126.872
wholesome (not salacious)63.249829.920
concrete (not abstract)62.946032.952
English (not German)62.789831.5105
rugged (not refined)62.639431.816
😀 (not 😭)62.635427.632
passive (not assertive)62.517920.611
innocent (not worldly)62.322023.417
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)62.331128.549
complimentary (not insulting)62.247225.29
bold (not serious)62.147428.514
💝 (not 💔)62.140727.022
impulsive (not cautious)62.046527.518
shallow (not deep)62.025826.1173
stuttering (not rhythmic)61.818327.3139
dramatic (not no-nonsense)61.748127.516
off-key (not musical)61.641329.2133
believable (not poorly-written)61.6100828.3116
permanent (not transient)61.545734.611
curious (not apathetic)61.471923.810
biased (not impartial)61.471629.147
accepting (not judgemental)61.240635.318
cannibal (not vegan)61.243028.9148
puny (not mighty)61.119418.718
🐴 (not 🦄)61.147732.529
whimsical (not rational)61.036327.627
happy (not sad)61.029426.368
miserable (not joyful)61.058325.725
sheriff (not outlaw)60.946624.818
sexist (not feminist)60.929325.025
intimate (not formal)60.941228.936
low-tech (not high-tech)60.846426.755
Italian (not Swedish)60.845732.8150
socialist (not libertarian)60.79621.411
thin (not thick)60.755524.216
gatherer (not hunter)60.744229.2129
subjective (not objective)60.532229.643
monochrome (not multicolored)60.443227.714
self-destructive (not self-improving)60.448128.4135
indulgent (not sober)60.350320.317
whippersnapper (not sage)60.240127.586
quiet (not loud)60.141830.220
🐷 (not 🐮)60.025626.722
builder (not explorer)59.942623.09
generalist (not specialist)59.919124.019
flimsy (not sturdy)59.924028.6149
romantic (not dispassionate)59.973829.6143
nonpolitical (not political)59.832335.89
healthy (not sickly)59.781829.966
methodical (not astonishing)59.661020.211
head@clouds (not down2earth)59.641032.047
genuine (not sarcastic)59.551028.115
old (not young)59.440525.121
overspender (not penny-pincher)59.438431.823
😜 (not 🤐)59.344732.319
politically correct (not edgy)59.236533.120
manicured (not scruffy)59.173327.58
tall (not short)58.959424.321
family-first (not work-first)58.951832.815
attractive (not repulsive)58.885827.422
angelic (not demonic)58.860633.910
factual (not poetic)58.855330.2137
efficient (not overprepared)58.679027.9120
anxious (not calm)58.562431.013
vague (not precise)58.423224.88
leisurely (not hurried)58.435133.719
persistent (not quitter)58.4118628.125
hedonist (not monastic)58.452127.920
🥰 (not 🙃)58.449734.029
well behaved (not mischievous)58.342225.815
unlucky (not fortunate)58.248723.517
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)58.238428.512
French (not Russian)58.261931.2118
selfish (not altruistic)58.146629.464
crafty (not scholarly)58.164229.48
apprentice (not master)58.132129.120
fixable (not unfixable)58.162230.3162
low IQ (not high IQ)58.015721.819
spontaneous (not deliberate)57.834732.911
indiscreet (not tactful)57.826331.028
irrelevant (not important)57.712329.575
😇 (not 😈)57.755130.362
incompetent (not competent)57.618225.511
utilitarian (not decorative)57.669928.522
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)57.630227.034
tasteful (not lewd)57.573225.222
relaxed (not tense)57.519328.016
insider (not outsider)57.540828.362
lavish (not frugal)57.346925.214
smooth (not rough)57.350426.311
conventional (not creative)57.244028.819
normal (not weird)57.039228.317
bold (not shy)56.9104326.057
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)56.956026.19
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)56.954728.783
literal (not metaphorical)56.772033.029
vibrant (not geriatric)56.781928.5132
patient (not impatient)56.637031.618
conservative (not liberal)56.634725.830
melee (not ranged)56.533728.391
gracious (not feisty)56.325827.316
vain (not demure)56.258125.922
spontaneous (not scheduled)56.046330.525
enslaved (not emancipated)56.023426.812
pack rat (not minimalist)56.043829.920
fresh (not stinky)56.081524.532
open (not guarded)55.923927.620
straightforward (not cryptic)55.885728.518
classical (not avant-garde)55.863729.219
sane (not crazy)55.851130.132
subdued (not exuberant)55.839430.4125
helpless (not resourceful)55.715526.024
👻 (not 🤖)55.756224.718
🐀 (not 🐘)55.748131.022
heroic (not villainous)55.688328.513
drop out (not valedictorian)55.637430.621
backdoor (not official)55.560529.541
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)55.548231.1145
variable (not consistent)55.536130.6148
corporate (not freelance)55.546534.7125
🥳 (not 🥴)55.443032.428
📉 (not 📈)55.026332.167
traitorous (not loyal)54.925733.614
depressed (not bright)54.949028.817
slothful (not active)54.914727.649
charismatic (not uninspiring)54.998832.047
👟 (not 🥾)54.857834.439
provincial (not cosmopolitan)54.749132.861
confidential (not gossiping)54.778532.427
🛌 (not 🧗)54.738030.569
low self esteem (not narcissistic)54.739130.3129
fast-talking (not slow-talking)54.577826.4134
tiresome (not interesting)54.425128.917
theist (not atheist)54.443633.145
diligent (not lazy)54.3110225.223
💩 (not 🌟)54.228833.470
resigned (not resistant)54.015230.7138
circular (not linear)54.051531.2132
trusting (not suspicious)53.948033.153
technophile (not luddite)53.852626.39
historical (not modern)53.850328.516
charming (not awkward)53.679433.019
intellectual (not physical)53.579026.511
jock (not nerd)53.450531.464
legit (not scrub)53.396925.928
reliable (not experimental)53.367432.1145
traumatized (not flourishing)53.182628.0154
chill (not offended)53.145533.0128
scandalous (not proper)53.060833.38
giggling (not chortling)53.037532.8115
ludicrous (not sensible)52.949130.59
open to new experinces (not uncreative)52.993335.819
honorable (not cunning)52.871930.1160
idealist (not realist)52.856732.927
trolling (not triggered)52.837230.8133
works hard (not plays hard)52.786026.951
flexible (not rigid)52.750328.215
secretive (not open-book)52.681430.9139
🤣 (not 😊)52.547031.742
macho (not metrosexual)52.445828.6134
slacker (not workaholic)52.327630.524
driven (not unambitious)52.1117327.612
😬 (not 😏)52.151128.736
dry (not moist)52.062031.4141
private (not gregarious)51.979829.321
charming (not trusting)51.869828.610
lustful (not chaste)51.772925.524
street-smart (not sheltered)51.781828.411
Roman (not Greek)51.763732.787
spelunker (not claustrophobic)51.782130.8105
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')51.653420.88
punchable (not loveable)51.646534.8158
respectful (not rude)51.476628.312
focused on the future (not focused on the present)51.455629.620
theoretical (not empirical)51.441225.617
involved (not remote)51.4102425.415
go-getter (not slugabed)51.4113219.113
trash (not treasure)51.326429.7138
close-minded (not open-minded)51.248429.612
arrogant (not humble)51.175932.020
cooperative (not competitive)51.046524.57
urban (not rural)50.993431.369
🤫 (not 🤔)50.944927.429
blacksmith (not tailor)50.147527.9110
pure (not debased)50.270430.414
self-assured (not self-conscious)50.295627.125
heathen (not devout)50.458035.716
frenzied (not sleepy)50.4114029.1140
scientific (not artistic)50.567529.221

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Xander Harris (0.658)
  2. Josh Chan (0.63)
  3. Aaron Samuels (0.628)
  4. Steve Brady (0.61)
  5. Emmet Brickowski (0.606)
  1. Vicious (-0.561)
  2. Annalise Keating (-0.542)
  3. Gus Fring (-0.535)
  4. Melisandre (-0.531)
  5. Dr. Hannibal Lecter (-0.526)

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: ENFP (r = 0.67)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.63)
  3. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.62)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.6)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.55)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.51)
  7. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.51)
  8. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.49)
  9. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.46)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.43)
  11. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.42)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.37)
  13. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.33)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.32)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.32)
  16. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.22)
  17. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.2)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.19)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.11)
  20. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.09)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.08)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.04)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = -0.03)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.24)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.26)


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