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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)96.028.41142
artistic (not scientific)95.519.21186
spontaneous (not scheduled)95.148.41119
creative (not conventional)94.5310.91099
imaginative (not practical)94.429.81111
whimsical (not rational)93.6111.31093
multicolored (not monochrome)93.4313.2291
spontaneous (not deliberate)92.8211.51073
🦄 (not 🐴)92.6615.0430
expressive (not stoic)92.3812.71194
soulful (not soulless)92.31613.0333
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)92.03412.91192
playful (not shy)91.73511.91159
playful (not serious)90.81512.11155
weird (not normal)90.82311.61171
open-minded (not close-minded)90.3816.01540
abstract (not concrete)90.3516.8449
unorthodox (not traditional)90.12717.5307
😜 (not 🤐)90.01715.5419
chatty (not reserved)89.55112.71156
extraordinary (not mundane)89.53514.41107
egalitarian (not racist)89.46413.9393
feminist (not sexist)89.34415.0666
bold (not shy)89.216413.71159
funny (not humorless)89.23914.91108
crafty (not scholarly)89.0912.91516
liberal (not conservative)88.81818.6480
chaotic (not orderly)88.74513.01182
hipster (not basic)88.5216.31097
joyful (not miserable)88.51415.9496
zany (not regular)88.52214.6441
emancipated (not enslaved)88.41114.81044
spiritual (not skeptical)88.31118.61153
wild (not tame)87.76213.71274
optimistic (not pessimistic)87.62117.91075
beautiful (not ugly)87.614313.9309
bold (not serious)87.41513.01181
instinctual (not reasoned)87.32016.41194
impulsive (not cautious)87.26416.21182
charismatic (not uninspiring)87.27916.21057
🌟 (not 💩)87.18417.1464
explorer (not builder)86.91214.61463
extrovert (not introvert)86.26517.61089
flexible (not rigid)86.11016.91133
rebellious (not obedient)86.112615.41070
😀 (not 😭)86.11218.4488
arcane (not mainstream)86.02220.11072
good-humored (not angry)86.05416.21168
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)86.02916.9535
kind (not cruel)85.914117.21048
cheery (not sorrowful)85.72616.81165
confident (not insecure)85.79917.11131
loyal (not traitorous)85.524017.71149
emotional (not logical)85.54718.91227
head@clouds (not down2earth)85.43724.61150
idealist (not realist)85.31920.4356
independent (not codependent)85.28221.21504
curious (not apathetic)84.95018.61135
open (not guarded)84.91018.91100
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)84.92822.7771
lenient (not strict)84.83217.71153
💃 (not 🧕)84.78518.6832
loud (not quiet)84.211316.21119
outlaw (not sheriff)84.29116.91111
happy (not sad)84.21516.91057
🤠 (not 🤑)84.22518.2448
literary (not mathematical)84.11415.41063
kinky (not vanilla)83.75318.91109
avant-garde (not classical)83.71521.6286
goof-off (not studious)83.75617.9480
self-assured (not self-conscious)83.49321.41126
astonishing (not methodical)83.3517.61040
interesting (not tiresome)83.38020.61096
brave (not careful)83.07117.41246
warm (not cold)83.08018.71168
social (not reclusive)83.07220.3862
relaxed (not tense)82.62021.11186
treasure (not trash)82.420422.6401
accepting (not judgemental)82.34623.5928
extreme (not moderate)82.016218.31113
low-tech (not high-tech)81.84916.41075
flamboyant (not modest)81.79322.81143
attractive (not repulsive)81.721617.51117
clumsy (not coordinated)81.65316.31092
street-smart (not sheltered)81.617124.71166
family-first (not work-first)81.39820.01504
leisurely (not hurried)81.23322.21554
bright (not depressed)80.93519.71085
glad (not mad)80.64722.1461
intimate (not formal)80.32918.1792
gregarious (not private)80.25722.01096
mischievous (not well behaved)80.020919.01082
backdoor (not official)79.910422.11369
spicy (not mild)79.816520.41122
disorganized (not self-disciplined)79.36522.81060
metaphorical (not literal)79.31526.41123
sweet (not bitter)79.29619.51070
edgy (not politically correct)79.113821.41090
conspiracist (not sheeple)79.011723.7957
messy (not neat)79.09517.71006
oblivious (not alert)79.04322.1502
vague (not precise)78.91821.5949
persistent (not quitter)78.755122.9482
feminine (not masculine)78.516517.21186
altruistic (not selfish)78.512921.01094
decorative (not utilitarian)78.23824.9307
crazy (not sane)78.111217.4480
drop out (not valedictorian)78.17722.4485
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)77.814420.4462
👻 (not 🤖)77.73325.8437
ludicrous (not sensible)77.79724.81166
tall (not short)77.713014.81103
💝 (not 💔)77.57525.0735
healthy (not sickly)77.425719.41119
deviant (not average)77.419320.51021
scandalous (not proper)77.417119.21240
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)77.37725.9455
🤺 (not 🏌)77.222723.9455
luddite (not technophile)77.05421.01049
nurturing (not poisonous)77.020622.9521
outsider (not insider)76.78424.2927
democratic (not authoritarian)76.39028.11002
mysterious (not unambiguous)76.012227.31617
warm (not quarrelsome)75.510822.61079
😎 (not 🧐)74.913028.5468
varied (not repetitive)74.51926.6532
plays hard (not works hard)74.410221.31099
poor (not rich)73.910317.91032
dramatic (not no-nonsense)73.717528.0571
awkward (not suspicious)73.59424.21065
juvenile (not mature)73.514922.2318
unassuming (not pretentious)73.36627.4431
heroic (not villainous)73.239621.31149
resourceful (not helpless)73.249826.6286
lustful (not chaste)73.122521.91175
🥳 (not 🥴)73.15030.0467
important (not irrelevant)73.045826.6822
philosophical (not real)72.94129.7937
🐿 (not 🦇)72.717728.9443
indulgent (not sober)72.321123.11075
young (not old)72.333721.41104
moody (not stable)72.130923.61181
go-getter (not slugabed)71.845724.5440
transient (not permanent)71.74527.0549
wholesome (not salacious)71.724129.1452
deep (not shallow)71.526426.3498
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)70.616730.1953
focused on the present (not focused on the future)70.512929.11121
anarchist (not statist)70.414327.3679
trusting (not suspicious)70.312628.41152
rugged (not refined)69.721022.51096
existentialist (not nihilist)69.713027.8222
unpolished (not eloquent)69.616725.3980
dominant (not submissive)69.443825.81148
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)69.323428.51021
thin (not thick)69.324024.5921
feisty (not gracious)69.239425.9966
deranged (not reasonable)69.217622.4516
🧗 (not 🛌)68.929728.5814
👽 (not 🤡)68.718230.3492
active (not slothful)68.556324.51104
equitable (not hypocritical)68.523825.3273
😏 (not 😬)68.421929.8501
forgiving (not vengeful)67.824528.81057
pacifist (not ferocious)67.615232.01169
slacker (not workaholic)67.411619.8268
nerd (not jock)67.338426.61133
compersive (not jealous)67.117424.81006
complimentary (not insulting)67.027126.3301
resistant (not resigned)66.942328.2958
introspective (not not introspective)66.733331.8681
aloof (not obsessed)66.63330.01079
hedonist (not monastic)66.622927.0332
subjective (not objective)66.412730.8277
🎩 (not 🧢)66.334134.2487
angelic (not demonic)66.033124.61060
soft (not hard)65.922927.8316
mighty (not puny)65.847927.21050
🤣 (not 😊)65.617234.3461
pure (not debased)65.630228.51018
📈 (not 📉)65.531930.7471
soft (not hard)65.324528.71063
disarming (not creepy)64.948725.3533
lowbrow (not highbrow)64.813224.6975
🤔 (not 🤫)64.624332.0445
frugal (not lavish)63.734427.8977
complicated (not simple)63.645731.81144
theoretical (not empirical)63.54934.61081
disreputable (not prestigious)63.419323.21165
individualist (not communal)63.337736.0252
indiscreet (not tactful)63.213530.0434
involved (not remote)63.152228.51065
legit (not scrub)62.957028.2653
scruffy (not manicured)62.725025.21496
humble (not arrogant)62.625727.11129
night owl (not morning lark)62.542029.6863
🥰 (not 🙃)62.428135.2712
genuine (not sarcastic)62.234230.61125
inspiring (not cringeworthy)62.037330.3325
urban (not rural)61.950831.9795
autistic (not neurotypical)61.36626.51042
assertive (not passive)61.359530.01116
impatient (not patient)61.346429.0545
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)61.332428.2430
🐒 (not 🐩)61.127434.0483
bookish (not sporty)61.048225.1998
master (not apprentice)61.053130.3559
heathen (not devout)60.924828.31033
fresh (not stinky)60.951627.1772
gossiping (not confidential)60.824828.81335
gendered (not androgynous)60.879028.9543
pack rat (not minimalist)60.823832.8462
socialist (not libertarian)60.76536.31042
bossy (not meek)60.258925.61143
barbaric (not civilized)60.220124.51104
🦒 (not 🐐)59.98434.4785
child free (not pronatalist)59.851030.7955
physical (not intellectual)59.325828.91099
foolish (not wise)59.328225.71182
pro (not noob)59.362330.4496
honorable (not cunning)59.144130.71155
domestic (not industrial)58.729330.3267
calm (not anxious)58.528629.21119
stylish (not slovenly)58.352227.11146
alpha (not beta)58.354332.21138
😇 (not 😈)58.340129.8507
decisive (not hesitant)58.262030.71037
first-mate (not captain)58.142632.61411
specialist (not generalist)58.147131.6257
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)58.058230.9482
dunce (not genius)57.920025.71241
🥾 (not 👟)57.835232.6467
dorky (not cool)57.633933.8459
penny-pincher (not overspender)57.544729.3743
animalistic (not human)57.319829.91044
unpatriotic (not patriotic)57.212329.2394
lewd (not tasteful)57.126626.51088
direct (not roundabout)57.161236.21055
🐮 (not 🐷)57.142830.0688
demure (not vain)56.835326.7949
driven (not unambitious)56.683129.01109
modern (not historical)56.446831.0917
worldly (not innocent)56.263333.01144
cryptic (not straightforward)56.018635.61078
respectful (not rude)55.851325.31068
slow (not fast)55.520028.61073
unprepared (not hoarder)55.525731.31210
cooperative (not competitive)55.330131.61124
awkward (not charming)55.029829.61236
cosmopolitan (not provincial)55.043930.3984
🐘 (not 🐀)54.841633.6736
diligent (not lazy)54.681425.01126
incompetent (not competent)54.316827.11137
💪 (not 🧠)54.126230.2502
wavering (not resolute)54.019332.2456
charming (not trusting)53.750532.51063
queer (not straight)53.714729.1568
fortunate (not unlucky)53.640330.11119
vulnerable (not armoured)53.230330.31074
orange (not purple)53.143234.81021
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.026239.7958
atheist (not theist)53.055033.9263
nonpolitical (not political)52.735434.71025
impartial (not biased)51.318830.41047
thick-skinned (not sensitive)51.355232.21108
high IQ (not low IQ)51.080626.1945
rough (not smooth)50.447928.81034
eastern (not western)50.621233.2699

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. Maxwell Klinger (0.848)
  2. George Weasley (0.846)
  3. Cosmo Kramer (0.841)
  4. Jake Peralta (0.831)
  5. Lilo Pelekai (0.829)
  1. James Norrington (-0.701)
  2. Jack Crawford (-0.694)
  3. Count Alexei Karenin (-0.652)
  4. Peter (-0.648)
  5. Principal Skinner (-0.632)

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. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.58)
  2. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.51)
  3. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.43)
  4. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.42)
  5. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.41)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.37)
  7. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.33)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.32)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.3)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.26)
  11. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.24)
  12. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.24)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.2)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.14)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.14)
  16. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.14)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.11)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.11)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.09)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.02)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.02)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.03)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.09)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.16)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.17)


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