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Penny Personality Statistics

Penny is a character from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. 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
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)98.414.510
not genocidal (not genocidal)97.564.013
flower child (not goth)94.889.412
kind (not cruel)94.72712.137
sweet (not bitter)94.438.632
nurturing (not poisonous)94.4411.226
human (not animalistic)94.2114.131
optimistic (not pessimistic)93.789.630
wholesome (not salacious)92.878.530
civilized (not barbaric)92.32512.826
😇 (not 😈)92.21510.725
accepting (not judgemental)92.1148.129
pacifist (not ferocious)92.038.419
heroic (not villainous)92.0539.124
loyal (not traitorous)91.61458.927
giving (not receiving)91.31511.914
soulful (not soulless)91.24610.529
empath (not psychopath)91.02014.733
egalitarian (not racist)90.96715.026
forgiving (not vengeful)90.8179.526
soft (not hard)90.8128.321
respectful (not rude)90.72714.224
soft (not hard)90.6179.127
clean (not perverted)90.34414.441
altruistic (not selfish)90.21214.533
innocent (not jaded)90.1610.416
feminine (not masculine)90.08110.134
honorable (not cunning)90.01512.323
angelic (not demonic)90.02111.821
sunny (not gloomy)90.02918.325
generous (not stingy)90.02613.544
😊 (not 🤣)89.8613.726
genuine (not sarcastic)89.62210.636
bookish (not sporty)89.51179.426
devoted (not unfaithful)89.316811.49
🥰 (not 🙃)89.2618.426
warm (not cold)89.14711.633
protagonist (not antagonist)89.0569.912
reassuring (not fearmongering)89.01815.510
glad (not mad)88.91416.420
beautiful (not ugly)88.923813.229
gendered (not androgynous)88.810012.731
liberal (not conservative)88.82912.425
🐿 (not 🦇)88.72016.432
morning lark (not night owl)88.6915.423
washed (not muddy)88.62114.313
🎨 (not 🏀)88.58213.244
lover (not fighter)88.42117.144
good-humored (not angry)87.96813.926
gatherer (not hunter)87.91912.921
motivated (not unmotivated)87.634718.117
summer (not winter)87.55812.516
humble (not arrogant)87.42712.728
pure (not debased)87.42416.236
trusting (not suspicious)87.42210.119
curious (not apathetic)87.34915.427
musical (not off-key)87.22613.840
well behaved (not mischievous)87.11716.824
treasure (not trash)87.015217.925
fresh (not stinky)87.08413.714
nerd (not jock)86.818011.325
diligent (not lazy)86.644413.128
romantic (not dispassionate)86.68319.824
democratic (not authoritarian)86.51418.023
emotional (not unemotional)86.413311.014
grateful (not entitled)86.14015.946
complimentary (not insulting)85.94612.827
one-faced (not two-faced)85.810821.544
compersive (not jealous)85.61313.924
on-time (not tardy)85.520417.045
vegan (not cannibal)85.13012.426
expressive (not stoic)85.112214.324
submissive (not dominant)85.14312.416
reliable (not experimental)85.16113.934
persistent (not quitter)85.059616.225
feminist (not sexist)85.021719.122
naive (not paranoid)85.01412.118
cooperative (not competitive)84.93217.821
tasteful (not lewd)84.76311.120
valedictorian (not drop out)84.524412.936
meek (not bossy)84.42916.528
politically correct (not edgy)84.31917.425
manicured (not scruffy)84.130319.627
smooth (not rough)84.02811.114
reasonable (not deranged)84.08714.327
🌟 (not 💩)84.022517.622
🧠 (not 💪)83.923218.221
patient (not impatient)83.84218.412
modest (not flamboyant)83.66014.127
moderate (not extreme)83.6515.223
transparent (not machiavellian)83.11916.414
beta (not alpha)83.07018.029
preppy (not punk rock)83.014119.821
average (not deviant)82.81212.627
joyful (not miserable)82.67015.525
devout (not heathen)82.54114.425
gracious (not feisty)82.51019.132
disarming (not creepy)82.311014.023
English (not German)82.315219.925
tailor (not blacksmith)82.17619.529
involved (not remote)82.013322.223
demure (not vain)81.91715.918
orderly (not chaotic)81.515818.640
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)81.51289.818
blissful (not haunted)81.52316.834
accommodating (not stubborn)81.42118.848
attractive (not repulsive)81.338615.928
vanilla (not kinky)81.36717.623
unambiguous (not mysterious)81.35316.534
giggling (not chortling)81.22022.923
self-improving (not self-destructive)81.05118.829
warm (not quarrelsome)80.89018.020
thin (not thick)80.75713.943
works hard (not plays hard)80.429322.020
loveable (not punchable)80.219922.325
go-getter (not slugabed)80.043115.227
young (not old)79.931414.533
unassuming (not pretentious)79.92922.431
workaholic (not slacker)79.856921.832
intellectual (not physical)79.534315.823
multicolored (not monochrome)79.512819.521
freelance (not corporate)79.426423.023
attentive (not interrupting)79.410823.537
active (not slothful)79.352215.431
idealist (not realist)79.211022.428
straightforward (not cryptic)79.014519.922
literary (not mathematical)79.09216.531
neat (not messy)78.932519.924
vibrant (not geriatric)78.927722.833
bright (not depressed)78.810523.822
chivalrous (not businesslike)78.77318.428
proper (not scandalous)78.417715.234
bashful (not exhibitionist)78.42022.839
domestic (not industrial)78.45918.923
apprentice (not master)78.38615.016
thrifty (not extravagant)78.37816.738
open-minded (not close-minded)78.215016.025
💝 (not 💔)78.114326.125
lighthearted (not intense)77.96721.827
artistic (not scientific)77.917422.226
awkward (not suspicious)77.99013.623
quiet (not loud)77.714722.022
love-focused (not money-focused)77.743827.412
tame (not wild)77.69420.436
confidential (not gossiping)77.440422.325
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)77.112622.935
innocent (not worldly)76.96921.936
overachiever (not underachiever)76.954222.339
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)76.813422.121
chaste (not lustful)76.76521.023
mild (not spicy)76.78822.921
open to new experinces (not uncreative)76.742221.922
obedient (not rebellious)76.712721.731
🐩 (not 🐒)76.621521.425
important (not irrelevant)76.566128.330
folksy (not presidential)76.516421.315
white knight (not bad boy)76.529820.810
🤠 (not 🤑)76.422515.016
timid (not cocky)76.45817.510
spiritual (not skeptical)76.26220.530
happy (not sad)76.111322.335
🐀 (not 🐘)76.18726.025
water (not fire)76.111224.449
cheery (not sorrowful)76.015119.724
metrosexual (not macho)75.917614.520
self-disciplined (not disorganized)75.761519.142
🦄 (not 🐴)75.716731.617
penny-pincher (not overspender)75.611316.023
🎃 (not 💀)75.613828.622
sheriff (not outlaw)75.625821.827
monastic (not hedonist)75.64011.813
first-mate (not captain)75.530022.832
communal (not individualist)75.54528.124
oblivious (not alert)75.511421.924
opinionated (not jealous)75.238816.910
stable (not moody)75.06624.128
driven (not unambitious)75.087121.922
legit (not scrub)74.950622.223
equitable (not hypocritical)74.817026.429
princess (not queen)74.810220.25
hard-work (not natural-talent)74.725424.750
vulnerable (not armoured)74.612124.136
whimsical (not rational)74.621325.114
sober (not indulgent)74.513118.121
open-book (not secretive)74.411418.934
fixable (not unfixable)74.414422.925
Swedish (not Italian)74.210120.113
trusting (not charming)74.17124.426
dorky (not cool)74.120325.019
triggered (not trolling)74.119417.919
interested (not bored)74.039824.831
eloquent (not unpolished)73.745620.337
common sense (not analysis)73.54722.310
competent (not incompetent)73.377424.630
classical (not avant-garde)73.321922.321
indie (not pop)73.330622.112
deep (not epic)73.25418.941
poetic (not factual)73.212824.934
high IQ (not low IQ)73.183122.722
prestigious (not disreputable)73.139319.820
statist (not anarchist)72.718022.126
refined (not rugged)72.738717.528
deep (not shallow)72.637520.920
healthy (not sickly)72.656724.635
rock (not rap)72.667713.38
ranged (not melee)72.58528.719
normie (not freak)72.516625.747
unchallenging (not demanding)72.56420.536
poor (not rich)72.120317.819
unlucky (not fortunate)72.024035.121
traditional (not unorthodox)71.922725.421
sensible (not ludicrous)71.840125.330
open (not guarded)71.710226.028
political (not nonpolitical)71.734122.515
👻 (not 🤖)71.518720.221
simple (not complicated)71.48828.629
believable (not poorly-written)71.279126.917
cautious (not impulsive)71.130021.223
passive (not assertive)70.910625.429
sensitive (not thick-skinned)70.924216.718
sane (not crazy)70.926621.718
Greek (not Roman)70.93122.820
consistent (not variable)70.635423.422
knowledgeable (not ignorant)70.467525.829
gullible (not cynical)70.418422.58
frugal (not lavish)70.332920.327
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)70.224830.830
western (not eastern)70.224826.820
sheltered (not street-smart)70.122225.926
🧢 (not 🎩)69.835118.630
creative (not conventional)69.538427.118
emotional (not logical)69.539321.621
minimalist (not pack rat)69.523621.431
provincial (not cosmopolitan)69.319728.716
existentialist (not nihilist)69.323723.034
vintage (not trendy)68.964625.338
introspective (not not introspective)68.943123.937
imaginative (not practical)68.624822.027
cheesy (not chic)68.535621.415
decorative (not utilitarian)68.417425.427
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)68.433521.024
cat person (not dog person)68.231837.515
studious (not goof-off)68.173622.721
good-cook (not bad-cook)68.022223.732
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)67.914828.129
lenient (not strict)67.833120.324
chill (not offended)67.621219.737
funny (not humorless)67.552023.441
charismatic (not uninspiring)67.583321.424
focused on the future (not focused on the present)67.420133.618
wooden (not plastic)67.359424.638
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)67.142128.021
yes-man (not contrarian)67.016726.517
radical (not centrist)66.934229.816
playful (not serious)66.133924.730
inspiring (not cringeworthy)65.951134.025
puny (not mighty)65.715727.723
mature (not juvenile)65.558424.925
quirky (not predictable)65.437430.416
orange (not purple)65.327328.615
flexible (not rigid)65.226727.616
tactful (not indiscreet)65.160031.526
theist (not atheist)65.025926.520
low self esteem (not narcissistic)65.024321.312
opinionated (not neutral)65.0111928.036
metaphorical (not literal)64.817024.327
social (not reclusive)64.851225.833
🥳 (not 🥴)64.823627.830
intimate (not formal)64.740528.045
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)64.740529.212
sheeple (not conspiracist)64.69518.114
👟 (not 🥾)64.343730.620
noob (not pro)64.117927.316
😀 (not 😭)64.140430.415
privileged (not oppressed)64.080026.226
official (not backdoor)63.936228.120
French (not Russian)63.949224.022
pointed (not random)63.890126.939
shy (not bold)63.511624.019
interesting (not tiresome)63.584324.938
abstract (not concrete)63.531923.625
weakass (not badass)63.521523.342
introvert (not extrovert)62.935425.823
clumsy (not coordinated)62.831823.019
OCD (not ADHD)62.674227.130
hesitant (not decisive)62.422427.829
straight (not queer)62.4105232.620
sugarcoated (not frank)62.412924.821
family-first (not work-first)62.355632.122
doer (not thinker)62.371932.957
often crying (not never cries)62.241723.310
precise (not vague)61.979722.016
relaxed (not tense)61.517923.236
independent (not codependent)61.578630.730
📈 (not 📉)61.472429.021
ambitious (not realistic)61.471130.543
highbrow (not lowbrow)61.270418.425
short (not tall)61.142617.323
crafty (not scholarly)61.070325.315
🧗 (not 🛌)61.075527.229
low-tech (not high-tech)60.955026.526
touchy-feely (not distant)60.945824.17
mundane (not extraordinary)60.822727.230
rhythmic (not stuttering)60.894329.031
🤔 (not 🤫)60.758226.923
child free (not pronatalist)60.675528.628
socialist (not libertarian)60.412034.916
patriotic (not unpatriotic)60.489319.823
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)60.436428.225
fantastical (not realistic)60.347627.539
cultured (not rustic)60.175617.111
resistant (not resigned)59.9103526.011
profound (not ironic)59.943127.726
basic (not hipster)59.773829.220
slow (not fast)59.423520.336
prudish (not flirtatious)59.346619.913
fast-talking (not slow-talking)59.181424.428
head@clouds (not down2earth)59.051831.135
brave (not careful)58.982527.414
roundabout (not direct)58.924327.119
neurotypical (not autistic)58.8111628.926
always down (not picky)58.831327.88
still (not twitchy)58.639626.941
calm (not anxious)58.343525.523
resolute (not wavering)58.297325.319
traumatized (not flourishing)58.185128.724
spelunker (not claustrophobic)58.076420.921
dramatic (not comedic)57.995722.338
prideful (not envious)57.5114419.161
philosophical (not real)57.427832.831
subjective (not objective)57.449525.821
proactive (not reactive)57.341333.410
Pepsi (not Coke)57.232329.432
linear (not circular)57.154929.632
🥵 (not 🥶)56.765124.719
emancipated (not enslaved)56.6100927.830
unprepared (not hoarder)56.638520.719
🤡 (not 👽)56.648728.820
sturdy (not flimsy)56.698926.523
high standards (not desperate)56.487524.950
bold (not serious)56.373426.632
urban (not rural)56.3101927.921
efficient (not overprepared)56.1106025.526
💃 (not 🧕)55.991020.530
reserved (not chatty)55.867731.822
regular (not zany)55.848833.210
unobservant (not perceptive)55.821430.619
serene (not pensive)55.811527.143
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)55.770534.823
🏌 (not 🤺)55.525528.931
deliberate (not spontaneous)55.494430.234
stylish (not slovenly)55.492121.621
aloof (not obsessed)55.226328.122
reasoned (not instinctual)55.254229.524
leisurely (not hurried)55.250729.833
frenzied (not sleepy)55.1131115.920
tautology (not oxymoron)55.131422.18
astonishing (not methodical)54.947634.217
moist (not dry)54.962330.019
genius (not dunce)54.8103617.419
builder (not explorer)54.867530.024
modern (not historical)54.483028.330
😜 (not 🤐)54.168623.820
factual (not exaggerating)54.071628.539
normal (not weird)53.854329.330
non-gamer (not gamer)53.691432.222
sage (not whippersnapper)53.465829.015
playful (not shy)53.2112026.222
chosen one (not everyman)53.280922.911
theoretical (not empirical)53.044131.129
asexual (not sexual)53.042425.435
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)52.743926.233
🐮 (not 🐷)52.694626.619
earth (not air)52.6106233.634
expressive (not monotone)52.597334.511
awkward (not charming)52.453027.527
technophile (not luddite)52.470525.919
lost (not enlightened)52.381129.426
spontaneous (not scheduled)52.164929.422
impartial (not biased)52.128627.820
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)52.191719.223
gregarious (not private)52.056828.214
mainstream (not arcane)51.961530.220
helpless (not resourceful)51.823930.028
repetitive (not varied)51.798533.818
🐐 (not 🦒)51.7109129.034
🧐 (not 😎)51.671323.918
specialist (not generalist)51.5101630.513
foolish (not wise)51.463026.438
outsider (not insider)51.482429.024
permanent (not transient)51.392328.019
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.169931.622
😏 (not 😬)51.090533.022
hypochondriac (not stoic)51.060819.610
long-winded (not concise)50.376516.73
insecure (not confident)50.645824.627
subdued (not exuberant)50.661029.217
tight (not loose)50.6109029.823
self-assured (not self-conscious)50.5114931.519
no-nonsense (not dramatic)50.575126.833

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. Pam Beesly (0.866)
  2. Tracy Mills (0.857)
  3. Belle French (0.856)
  4. Charlie Bucket (0.856)
  5. Georgiana Darcy (0.852)
  6. Beth March (0.847)
  7. Snow White (0.846)
  8. Rita Bennett (0.845)
  9. Mary Margaret Blanchard (0.844)
  10. Eliza Hamilton (0.838)
  1. Sid Phillips (-0.696)
  2. Megatron (-0.689)
  3. Merle Dixon (-0.689)
  4. Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (-0.687)
  5. Peter Wiggin (-0.674)
  6. Tom Buchanan (-0.666)
  7. Cypher (-0.665)
  8. Scar (-0.664)
  9. Billy Hargrove (-0.659)
  10. Shane Walsh (-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: ESTP (r = 0.49)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.45)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.38)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.35)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.33)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.26)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.25)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.15)
  9. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.09)
  10. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.12)
  11. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.31)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.44)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.46)
  14. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.47)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.48)
  16. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.48)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.49)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.53)
  19. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.53)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.56)
  21. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.56)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.58)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.59)
  24. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.59)
  25. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.6)


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