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Phoebe Buffay Personality Statistics

Phoebe Buffay is a character from Friends. 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
open to new experinces (not uncreative)96.218.31204
artistic (not scientific)95.619.11265
🎨 (not 🏀)95.2911.2157
spontaneous (not scheduled)94.9119.71204
creative (not conventional)94.6610.51209
imaginative (not practical)94.629.91222
whimsical (not rational)93.3312.11177
soulful (not soulless)93.22011.0405
vegan (not cannibal)93.2310.6151
spontaneous (not deliberate)93.0311.41119
multicolored (not monochrome)92.8714.8321
🦄 (not 🐴)92.81514.2487
freelance (not corporate)92.32915.3120
expressive (not stoic)92.22413.01225
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)92.25612.71198
vibrant (not geriatric)91.82113.0104
playful (not shy)91.66212.01211
fantastical (not realistic)91.61312.2147
playful (not serious)91.12311.61205
weird (not normal)90.73511.91220
abstract (not concrete)90.6316.0531
😜 (not 🤐)90.44015.1469
open-minded (not close-minded)90.21516.11572
unorthodox (not traditional)89.94917.7358
chatty (not reserved)89.59212.71174
expressive (not monotone)89.56517.993
bold (not shy)89.426013.71206
funny (not humorless)89.36714.81176
extraordinary (not mundane)89.36415.21192
feminist (not sexist)89.39514.9716
egalitarian (not racist)89.312113.8467
indie (not pop)89.31916.6113
crafty (not scholarly)88.91313.21591
chaotic (not orderly)88.86812.91211
hipster (not basic)88.8516.21114
joyful (not miserable)88.72415.8547
spiritual (not skeptical)88.51218.81224
zany (not regular)88.53814.5481
poetic (not factual)88.5315.9123
liberal (not conservative)88.43420.2545
emancipated (not enslaved)88.22115.11067
beautiful (not ugly)88.227414.6400
quirky (not predictable)88.12515.9103
optimistic (not pessimistic)87.74418.11132
bold (not serious)87.62912.81266
charismatic (not uninspiring)87.512016.31123
wild (not tame)87.512014.11381
🌟 (not 💩)87.412617.3554
sunny (not gloomy)87.44919.5111
impulsive (not cautious)87.29716.21210
instinctual (not reasoned)87.23916.51206
ADHD (not OCD)87.13114.4131
explorer (not builder)87.02914.71496
random (not pointed)86.72718.9173
good-humored (not angry)86.48215.91182
😀 (not 😭)86.42617.8576
extrovert (not introvert)86.311717.81143
rebellious (not obedient)86.319815.01083
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)86.34517.0583
cheery (not sorrowful)86.04716.71198
confident (not insecure)86.015117.11176
kind (not cruel)86.023017.21096
flexible (not rigid)86.01317.21161
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)85.919718.8133
arcane (not mainstream)85.73220.41075
loyal (not traitorous)85.639917.81179
badass (not weakass)85.633320.0155
cat person (not dog person)85.64323.9110
emotional (not logical)85.47318.81298
curious (not apathetic)85.37118.01156
independent (not codependent)85.314021.11551
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)85.33822.3818
loose (not tight)85.12719.4133
open (not guarded)85.01619.01141
🤠 (not 🤑)85.04717.9506
💃 (not 🧕)85.015918.2891
exuberant (not subdued)85.07319.5128
idealist (not realist)84.94321.3436
loud (not quiet)84.719215.91200
lenient (not strict)84.66017.91224
head@clouds (not down2earth)84.67925.51173
literary (not mathematical)84.52915.01092
twitchy (not still)84.59513.7204
happy (not sad)84.23616.91108
outlaw (not sheriff)84.114917.51131
loveable (not punchable)84.011720.4122
interesting (not tiresome)83.813420.51135
kinky (not vanilla)83.69718.91146
freak (not normie)83.611016.3178
goof-off (not studious)83.69617.6575
flower child (not goth)83.616622.497
social (not reclusive)83.412520.0915
warm (not cold)83.313518.61218
self-assured (not self-conscious)83.212021.31179
relaxed (not tense)83.12320.71193
avant-garde (not classical)83.12622.6307
treasure (not trash)83.029921.8534
brave (not careful)82.713317.71262
astonishing (not methodical)82.71618.91101
folksy (not presidential)82.75420.9139
accepting (not judgemental)82.68523.5956
exaggerating (not factual)82.614918.1126
flamboyant (not modest)82.015122.81227
clumsy (not coordinated)81.98216.21147
low-tech (not high-tech)81.97116.11127
street-smart (not sheltered)81.926824.61181
attractive (not repulsive)81.937117.91193
giving (not receiving)81.915620.299
extreme (not moderate)81.728518.61155
vintage (not trendy)81.621923.8138
grateful (not entitled)81.510019.2166
devoted (not unfaithful)81.552918.999
family-first (not work-first)81.316920.11510
leisurely (not hurried)81.14422.31597
glad (not mad)80.97322.0504
bright (not depressed)80.77019.71120
gregarious (not private)80.58721.51136
intimate (not formal)80.25718.4831
mischievous (not well behaved)80.134918.71119
summer (not winter)80.018425.2104
opinionated (not jealous)79.919419.4109
fast-talking (not slow-talking)79.819422.2124
backdoor (not official)79.715022.11367
generous (not stingy)79.620121.0192
spicy (not mild)79.528620.61189
sweet (not bitter)79.417519.61108
conspiracist (not sheeple)79.418223.4998
disorganized (not self-disciplined)79.310023.01089
metaphorical (not literal)79.11926.61157
messy (not neat)79.114717.61071
decorative (not utilitarian)79.15724.6369
edgy (not politically correct)79.022421.41131
oblivious (not alert)79.07522.2521
flirtatious (not prudish)78.924722.381
feminine (not masculine)78.726117.31211
altruistic (not selfish)78.721020.81188
vague (not precise)78.72421.7957
persistent (not quitter)78.691523.1524
crazy (not sane)78.519617.3520
💝 (not 💔)78.513924.7795
variable (not consistent)78.53423.9132
experimental (not reliable)78.514924.5144
👻 (not 🤖)78.26025.8485
love-focused (not money-focused)78.043725.489
drop out (not valedictorian)77.911822.7541
circular (not linear)77.92823.2138
tall (not short)77.920514.61109
scandalous (not proper)77.826418.81250
emotional (not unemotional)77.838523.3103
deviant (not average)77.726820.41082
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)77.727020.8492
healthy (not sickly)77.538519.31149
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)77.511826.2494
nurturing (not poisonous)77.431622.8548
opinionated (not neutral)77.368825.9182
outsider (not insider)77.111623.9975
🤺 (not 🏌)77.037324.6533
ludicrous (not sensible)76.916725.71197
luddite (not technophile)76.96020.91055
ambitious (not realistic)76.926426.5156
chivalrous (not businesslike)76.511822.6182
long-winded (not concise)76.47323.393
mysterious (not unambiguous)76.317327.01597
chill (not offended)76.39325.7129
exhibitionist (not bashful)76.023425.2159
one-faced (not two-faced)75.741928.9199
warm (not quarrelsome)75.617422.81138
democratic (not authoritarian)75.514928.51019
moist (not dry)75.48021.5125
😎 (not 🧐)75.326328.6556
giggling (not chortling)75.36627.5132
romantic (not dispassionate)75.339424.6157
motivated (not unmotivated)75.194324.4114
wooden (not plastic)75.127626.8173
French (not Russian)75.013926.8111
touchy-feely (not distant)74.916824.6101
varied (not repetitive)74.23326.7599
juvenile (not mature)74.223221.8390
🎃 (not 💀)74.216428.6175
plays hard (not works hard)74.116821.61119
tardy (not on-time)74.017421.9180
poor (not rich)73.918418.31067
🥳 (not 🥴)73.98729.7549
open-book (not secretive)73.911726.7165
interested (not bored)73.940028.1129
punk rock (not preppy)73.827225.6129
dramatic (not no-nonsense)73.629728.5612
frank (not sugarcoated)73.654629.089
awkward (not suspicious)73.514724.31101
important (not irrelevant)73.577126.4875
unassuming (not pretentious)73.59127.7494
wholesome (not salacious)73.435428.2479
heroic (not villainous)73.365321.41161
philosophical (not real)73.35929.5977
prideful (not envious)73.342822.8208
🐿 (not 🦇)72.929928.8471
lustful (not chaste)72.933621.91165
go-getter (not slugabed)72.476524.1465
comedic (not dramatic)72.311228.6172
moody (not stable)72.151023.81198
indulgent (not sober)72.135423.41113
young (not old)72.155721.41130
resourceful (not helpless)72.084227.3356
lover (not fighter)72.027226.5178
not genocidal (not genocidal)71.861030.587
gullible (not cynical)71.716127.285
protagonist (not antagonist)71.661529.3100
doer (not thinker)71.543628.1181
transient (not permanent)71.47427.3588
metrosexual (not macho)71.432124.499
rock (not rap)71.077028.8104
natural-talent (not hard-work)70.910525.8200
anarchist (not statist)70.825127.3699
deep (not shallow)70.842526.4609
bad-cook (not good-cook)70.726026.0124
trusting (not suspicious)70.522228.41183
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)70.524830.1998
focused on the present (not focused on the future)70.418129.01160
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)70.226826.0165
rugged (not refined)70.132622.31150
frenzied (not sleepy)70.168926.3130
radical (not centrist)69.927029.6102
existentialist (not nihilist)69.721528.2257
dominant (not submissive)69.469426.11179
🧗 (not 🛌)69.351828.3864
sexual (not asexual)69.361928.3163
unpolished (not eloquent)69.324225.4995
deranged (not reasonable)69.230222.6532
thin (not thick)69.138924.6988
😏 (not 😬)69.134629.5549
empath (not psychopath)68.758331.0149
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)68.638128.81021
active (not slothful)68.692824.61157
feisty (not gracious)68.564926.61051
👽 (not 🤡)68.528830.7528
🥵 (not 🥶)68.528624.4115
complimentary (not insulting)68.142525.8317
slacker (not workaholic)68.017920.8350
tailor (not blacksmith)68.052327.5102
forgiving (not vengeful)67.839828.81088
equitable (not hypocritical)67.738226.2395
flimsy (not sturdy)67.717929.1113
pacifist (not ferocious)67.524732.01189
spelunker (not claustrophobic)67.440228.1114
compersive (not jealous)67.330024.61009
nerd (not jock)67.161426.71168
introspective (not not introspective)67.052031.6728
blissful (not haunted)66.919129.2189
aloof (not obsessed)66.84730.01094
efficient (not overprepared)66.655525.2123
resistant (not resigned)66.671228.41037
queen (not princess)66.562833.292
subjective (not objective)66.416630.7320
angelic (not demonic)66.452824.61090
pure (not debased)66.046628.41051
trolling (not triggered)66.016727.1106
hedonist (not monastic)65.935527.6353
narcissistic (not low self esteem)65.955721.9139
soft (not hard)65.839128.1344
🎩 (not 🧢)65.853534.3520
rhythmic (not stuttering)65.876428.8119
cocky (not timid)65.881826.9105
📈 (not 📉)65.753030.3514
Greek (not Roman)65.78326.985
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)65.763629.2117
soft (not hard)65.440928.81111
gatherer (not hunter)65.342634.5128
🤣 (not 😊)65.229634.6540
mighty (not puny)65.179127.51087
reassuring (not fearmongering)65.153327.496
interrupting (not attentive)64.944729.2154
🤔 (not 🤫)64.740532.2466
always down (not picky)64.417632.397
believable (not poorly-written)64.4113329.0120
lowbrow (not highbrow)64.320325.0971
Swedish (not Italian)64.131731.3115
complicated (not simple)64.075131.81159
disarming (not creepy)64.081425.8571
🥰 (not 🙃)64.043635.0788
self-improving (not self-destructive)64.036229.4104
musical (not off-key)63.929934.6141
humble (not arrogant)63.640327.01142
lighthearted (not intense)63.524735.3110
involved (not remote)63.486128.51086
disreputable (not prestigious)63.428823.31168
frugal (not lavish)63.352628.1993
inspiring (not cringeworthy)63.259330.0369
indiscreet (not tactful)63.222929.8466
English (not German)62.9112632.6113
transparent (not machiavellian)62.941432.084
theoretical (not empirical)62.812135.11114
legit (not scrub)62.894528.6697
flourishing (not traumatized)62.722331.3126
scruffy (not manicured)62.641125.31501
serene (not pensive)62.65028.0118
water (not fire)62.333734.6163
night owl (not morning lark)62.268229.9914
enlightened (not lost)62.041932.0119
genuine (not sarcastic)61.753430.91192
master (not apprentice)61.683630.1607
bookish (not sporty)61.578825.01047
impatient (not patient)61.575128.4559
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)61.454627.9482
autistic (not neurotypical)61.310426.91045
individualist (not communal)61.267436.6342
urban (not rural)61.089632.0823
pack rat (not minimalist)61.038033.1486
gossiping (not confidential)60.937529.01405
heathen (not devout)60.841728.41036
assertive (not passive)60.895730.21119
contrarian (not yes-man)60.869832.893
fresh (not stinky)60.788927.4805
socialist (not libertarian)60.611136.41077
🐒 (not 🐩)60.646334.2497
thrifty (not extravagant)60.454637.2177
naive (not paranoid)60.428731.9105
gendered (not androgynous)60.2128028.7570
bossy (not meek)60.096225.91178
barbaric (not civilized)60.032924.61102
🦒 (not 🐐)60.014734.5839
domestic (not industrial)59.942430.5325
pro (not noob)59.8102130.3546
perverted (not clean)59.839228.1169
child free (not pronatalist)59.778930.9982
knowledgeable (not ignorant)59.697730.8104
perceptive (not unobservant)59.6116233.9129
honorable (not cunning)59.273430.61255
foolish (not wise)59.246526.01250
physical (not intellectual)59.142329.21107
😇 (not 😈)59.063930.3585
stylish (not slovenly)58.883327.11161
unfixable (not fixable)58.839230.9124
unpatriotic (not patriotic)58.718229.0448
melee (not ranged)58.331230.583
calm (not anxious)58.243029.31138
specialist (not generalist)58.275131.4283
alpha (not beta)58.088432.21153
first-mate (not captain)58.065632.81423
rustic (not cultured)58.040631.3107
oxymoron (not tautology)58.062327.672
animalistic (not human)57.930529.71089
🥾 (not 👟)57.956232.7503
decisive (not hesitant)57.7100530.91075
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)57.796331.0543
dunce (not genius)57.632425.91358
chosen one (not everyman)57.569730.791
demure (not vain)57.356526.71007
penny-pincher (not overspender)57.371929.3751
🐮 (not 🐷)57.271530.0710
unchallenging (not demanding)57.123232.1172
innocent (not jaded)57.136630.897
dorky (not cool)56.957433.9499
worldly (not innocent)56.6102433.01219
cryptic (not straightforward)56.626635.51134
driven (not unambitious)56.6136929.01119
oppressed (not privileged)56.541328.1107
direct (not roundabout)56.4100936.21079
hypochondriac (not stoic)56.445932.273
lewd (not tasteful)56.242727.11144
non-gamer (not gamer)56.284633.5132
respectful (not rude)55.986025.31076
modern (not historical)55.978031.1935
high standards (not desperate)55.988525.6213
Pepsi (not Coke)55.839934.6162
slow (not fast)55.430628.51109
cooperative (not competitive)55.248531.61129
unprepared (not hoarder)55.043331.41229
awkward (not charming)54.947829.81273
🐘 (not 🐀)54.967033.6746
cosmopolitan (not provincial)54.871430.51035
atheist (not theist)54.887033.9304
wavering (not resolute)54.829132.2468
diligent (not lazy)54.7134624.91134
sage (not whippersnapper)54.760634.1112
fortunate (not unlucky)54.562029.91168
queer (not straight)54.326029.2592
cheesy (not chic)54.376429.7108
earth (not air)54.199339.9180
incompetent (not competent)53.727627.61154
💪 (not 🧠)53.743430.4579
charming (not trusting)53.678632.51077
nonpolitical (not political)53.355134.71038
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.147339.7948
often crying (not never cries)53.162227.8108
orange (not purple)53.070134.91060
vulnerable (not armoured)53.050830.41103
muddy (not washed)52.554326.987
underachiever (not overachiever)52.430328.9142
reactive (not proactive)51.982832.8100
bad boy (not white knight)51.862930.983
impartial (not biased)51.629830.61084
deep (not epic)51.670434.3139
thick-skinned (not sensitive)51.586732.21129
common sense (not analysis)51.359533.6104
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)51.275930.3105
rough (not smooth)50.181229.01035
profound (not ironic)50.973031.2165
accommodating (not stubborn)50.837032.9176
low IQ (not high IQ)50.528526.3994
eastern (not western)50.533133.0722

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Patrick Stewart (0.85)
  2. George Weasley (0.837)
  3. Pinkie Pie (0.829)
  4. Maxwell Klinger (0.826)
  5. Lilo Pelekai (0.813)
  6. Linda Belcher (0.809)
  7. Dory (0.809)
  8. Lorelai Gilmore (0.806)
  9. Goh Peik Lin (0.806)
  10. Donkey (0.805)
  1. James Norrington (-0.647)
  2. Jack Crawford (-0.64)
  3. Count Alexei Karenin (-0.632)
  4. Peter (-0.584)
  5. Jim Burns (-0.583)
  6. Thomas Matthews (-0.58)
  7. Lieutenant Schrank (-0.578)
  8. Cornelius Fudge (-0.57)
  9. Ash (-0.569)
  10. Samuel Norton (-0.566)

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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