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The Operative Personality Statistics

The Operative is a character from Firefly + Serenity. 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
diligent (not lazy)94.07210.9279
driven (not unambitious)93.46611.8206
self-disciplined (not disorganized)93.35413.4218
deliberate (not spontaneous)93.01110.4247
coordinated (not clumsy)93.03312.2238
hunter (not gatherer)93.0217.932
strict (not lenient)92.82713.5292
work-first (not family-first)92.23714.1234
workaholic (not slacker)91.29314.581
authoritarian (not democratic)91.03315.1238
decisive (not hesitant)90.53414.2234
hard (not soft)90.33912.4211
methodical (not astonishing)90.2414.4235
armoured (not vulnerable)90.11714.1166
utilitarian (not decorative)90.0814.299
resourceful (not helpless)90.010913.191
neat (not messy)89.85513.5153
active (not slothful)89.78912.7190
eloquent (not unpolished)89.75314.4204
works hard (not plays hard)89.43318.4235
serious (not playful)89.16416.6292
tight (not loose)89.13911.018
🤐 (not 😜)89.0211.89
hard (not soft)88.64415.576
resolute (not wavering)88.62915.57
logical (not emotional)88.61514.2254
minimalist (not pack rat)88.4313.517
high IQ (not low IQ)88.221512.5178
persistent (not quitter)88.232814.813
cold (not warm)88.05115.9212
judgemental (not accepting)87.98818.9153
confident (not insecure)87.39219.5221
suspicious (not trusting)87.29518.6257
scheduled (not spontaneous)87.27818.9218
rational (not whimsical)87.14019.2214
bold (not shy)87.131214.8237
manicured (not scruffy)87.119217.3270
self-assured (not self-conscious)86.94117.7198
rigid (not flexible)86.75016.4205
confidential (not gossiping)86.710620.3296
formal (not intimate)86.73219.918
suspicious (not awkward)86.45216.2222
dominant (not submissive)86.419918.5267
assertive (not passive)85.817420.0185
sober (not indulgent)85.71320.2239
extreme (not moderate)85.615720.3187
industrial (not domestic)85.61513.970
sturdy (not flimsy)85.412518.219
ferocious (not pacifist)85.313719.5274
precise (not vague)85.28523.0164
studious (not goof-off)85.119017.015
competent (not incompetent)84.926418.6187
poisonous (not nurturing)84.79818.699
valedictorian (not drop out)84.720614.619
perceptive (not unobservant)84.729713.425
specialist (not generalist)84.51620.878
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)84.53512.56
healthy (not sickly)84.313921.5207
orderly (not chaotic)84.18424.0236
intense (not lighthearted)84.120019.527
deranged (not reasonable)84.06413.510
bossy (not meek)83.925219.8233
stoic (not expressive)83.73720.9314
calm (not anxious)83.73121.0221
close-minded (not open-minded)83.75918.8266
statist (not anarchist)83.71523.316
narcissistic (not low self esteem)83.716019.127
obedient (not rebellious)83.63223.5187
practical (not imaginative)83.39520.5172
🧐 (not 😎)83.13710.57
master (not apprentice)82.923923.4107
guarded (not open)82.821123.4255
quiet (not loud)82.66120.3244
worldly (not innocent)82.520220.4293
conservative (not liberal)82.45314.19
cruel (not kind)82.48717.8240
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)82.421416.012
masculine (not feminine)82.327317.1266
punchable (not loveable)82.38816.418
monastic (not hedonist)82.2822.510
alpha (not beta)82.126624.4176
💔 (not 💝)82.16517.214
dry (not moist)81.83421.920
presidential (not folksy)81.710414.326
devout (not heathen)81.64327.2206
secretive (not open-book)81.619427.432
thick-skinned (not sensitive)81.36122.5200
cautious (not impulsive)81.27620.5225
efficient (not overprepared)81.03824.821
mighty (not puny)80.824818.2209
scientific (not artistic)80.715522.0259
monochrome (not multicolored)80.66823.583
highbrow (not lowbrow)80.59023.1205
vengeful (not forgiving)80.421622.1236
direct (not roundabout)80.321525.6237
bitter (not sweet)80.214319.4201
gloomy (not sunny)80.013321.428
child free (not pronatalist)79.911127.3158
🧕 (not 💃)79.91019.413
fast (not slow)79.919621.6225
chortling (not giggling)79.87721.319
quarrelsome (not warm)79.621120.9234
stylish (not slovenly)79.523920.1246
rhythmic (not stuttering)79.522223.026
privileged (not oppressed)79.530413.624
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)79.46425.533
obsessed (not aloof)79.315728.1229
chaste (not lustful)79.04424.0241
urban (not rural)79.020213.917
humorless (not funny)78.77123.6210
miserable (not joyful)78.615423.68
🐩 (not 🐒)78.416114.111
dispassionate (not romantic)78.43829.324
alert (not oblivious)78.328714.410
arrogant (not humble)78.228123.8271
reasoned (not instinctual)78.15125.2243
genius (not dunce)78.127318.6301
competitive (not cooperative)78.034426.1269
go-getter (not slugabed)78.043922.49
private (not gregarious)77.918424.4248
corporate (not freelance)77.913826.020
salacious (not wholesome)77.717225.89
🧗 (not 🛌)77.725222.217
proper (not scandalous)77.516125.4222
🦇 (not 🐿)77.510230.04
sage (not whippersnapper)76.97518.222
serious (not bold)76.87226.6223
villainous (not heroic)76.812621.0269
sheriff (not outlaw)76.818927.7241
independent (not codependent)76.630530.6284
🙃 (not 🥰)76.313719.416
pretentious (not unassuming)76.023330.79
demonic (not angelic)75.917120.4251
pro (not noob)75.947628.28
melee (not ranged)75.94026.528
consistent (not variable)75.818225.125
English (not German)75.536527.420
high-tech (not low-tech)75.318424.7215
mature (not juvenile)75.328126.786
sorrowful (not cheery)75.221320.2223
refined (not rugged)75.127424.4280
extraordinary (not mundane)75.037222.1185
empirical (not theoretical)74.65628.0199
spelunker (not claustrophobic)74.614225.317
patient (not impatient)74.511727.785
👽 (not 🤡)74.312322.611
🤺 (not 🏌)74.041233.713
🤖 (not 👻)73.910730.713
charming (not trusting)73.621519.9224
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)73.624321.97
tasteful (not lewd)73.530027.5252
believable (not poorly-written)73.554615.418
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)73.111531.120
soulless (not soulful)72.613128.174
frenzied (not sleepy)72.545918.526
hoarder (not unprepared)72.416419.0220
frugal (not lavish)72.321826.2211
mathematical (not literary)72.112327.7216
patriotic (not unpatriotic)72.036928.96
🐴 (not 🦄)72.023533.613
subdued (not exuberant)71.97932.224
technophile (not luddite)71.717624.9179
Roman (not Greek)71.68727.823
smooth (not rough)71.518425.7170
knowledgeable (not ignorant)71.451826.230
crazy (not sane)70.929528.517
🥾 (not 👟)70.822231.713
legit (not scrub)70.855734.813
🎩 (not 🧢)70.738730.67
reclusive (not social)70.621421.39
mysterious (not unambiguous)70.224032.2261
charming (not awkward)70.143124.5255
street-smart (not sheltered)70.045829.0223
respectful (not rude)69.939627.6254
loyal (not traitorous)69.775432.4251
cosmopolitan (not provincial)69.623631.4180
slow-talking (not fast-talking)69.410924.420
political (not nonpolitical)69.332535.1244
basic (not hipster)69.235528.2209
genuine (not sarcastic)69.232128.9185
rich (not poor)69.245524.0156
captain (not first-mate)69.238233.0230
objective (not subjective)69.19533.365
charismatic (not uninspiring)69.064225.7186
philosophical (not real)68.98528.4150
tactful (not indiscreet)68.937827.513
purple (not orange)68.818927.5178
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)68.832029.8248
💩 (not 🌟)68.813523.79
arcane (not mainstream)68.629931.4210
reserved (not chatty)68.630629.0267
sensible (not ludicrous)68.639830.4206
unfixable (not fixable)68.619129.023
😈 (not 😇)68.332023.518
creepy (not disarming)68.014626.7111
down2earth (not head@clouds)67.836131.8207
sad (not happy)67.840019.6191
tall (not short)67.739418.1222
careful (not brave)67.015027.5234
modest (not flamboyant)66.741230.4244
classical (not avant-garde)66.635228.768
deviant (not average)66.547930.7150
no-nonsense (not dramatic)66.328433.491
linear (not circular)66.319836.615
weird (not normal)66.246226.9266
outsider (not insider)65.833535.9155
mad (not glad)65.844929.913
egalitarian (not racist)65.588728.511
😭 (not 😀)65.528026.411
cunning (not honorable)65.333230.3292
tense (not relaxed)65.276831.6259
complicated (not simple)65.257831.6184
deep (not shallow)65.247930.229
traumatized (not flourishing)65.151029.525
biased (not impartial)65.059333.6203
trash (not treasure)64.614322.124
introvert (not extrovert)64.625230.9189
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)64.526831.715
😬 (not 😏)64.522426.811
enslaved (not emancipated)64.011629.8165
pessimistic (not optimistic)64.036930.0184
cannibal (not vegan)63.938235.327
angry (not good-humored)63.832326.0163
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)63.738132.8175
interesting (not tiresome)63.667528.2207
traditional (not unorthodox)63.533532.669
🤫 (not 🤔)63.413536.611
repetitive (not varied)63.242729.294
Russian (not French)63.221035.026
wise (not foolish)62.849525.6260
night owl (not morning lark)62.654431.0130
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)62.537432.313
tailor (not blacksmith)62.560034.417
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)62.231134.0164
important (not irrelevant)62.191325.814
📉 (not 📈)61.315729.68
focused on the future (not focused on the present)60.829734.4208
vain (not demure)60.849929.5204
nihilist (not existentialist)60.819535.772
conventional (not creative)60.637333.4239
uncreative (not open to new experinces)60.620332.0210
vibrant (not geriatric)60.671825.817
intellectual (not physical)60.568122.5273
prestigious (not disreputable)60.564732.5237
🥴 (not 🥳)60.446629.09
reliable (not experimental)60.453830.918
civilized (not barbaric)60.274129.7225
preppy (not punk rock)60.161338.919
🐐 (not 🦒)59.960825.29
stable (not moody)59.725133.4247
beautiful (not ugly)59.791525.083
factual (not poetic)59.454437.019
well behaved (not mischievous)59.240833.9200
communal (not individualist)59.128738.676
cool (not dorky)59.158633.211
conspiracist (not sheeple)58.771136.2135
straight (not queer)58.595424.987
cringeworthy (not inspiring)58.439725.274
jock (not nerd)58.243426.5236
regular (not zany)58.133226.99
spicy (not mild)57.970330.9179
musical (not off-key)57.938825.123
animalistic (not human)57.426330.0196
leisurely (not hurried)57.238129.0256
introspective (not not introspective)57.172130.714
compersive (not jealous)57.047830.6146
🐀 (not 🐘)56.944833.714
cryptic (not straightforward)56.722036.0224
insulting (not complimentary)56.749827.067
thick (not thin)56.639321.2145
playful (not shy)56.584223.7211
penny-pincher (not overspender)56.560629.114
transient (not permanent)56.336834.284
metrosexual (not macho)56.369228.719
bookish (not sporty)56.171727.9181
enlightened (not lost)56.147030.427
autistic (not neurotypical)55.913231.2205
hypocritical (not equitable)55.745533.787
🤣 (not 😊)55.740929.06
💪 (not 🧠)55.633334.711
builder (not explorer)55.553231.2239
chill (not offended)55.240834.037
western (not eastern)55.083233.611
abstract (not concrete)55.043534.36
kinky (not vanilla)54.957831.5210
politically correct (not edgy)54.944233.6185
tame (not wild)54.745032.3220
attractive (not repulsive)53.793528.1291
gendered (not androgynous)53.5115433.998
unlucky (not fortunate)53.461027.1239
literal (not metaphorical)53.382133.6203
🤑 (not 🤠)53.347831.99
apathetic (not curious)53.224733.3235
official (not backdoor)53.251637.7233
fresh (not stinky)53.186939.012
debased (not pure)52.957034.2209
idealist (not realist)52.856740.681
feminist (not sexist)52.885533.510
altruistic (not selfish)52.569734.3218
🐷 (not 🐮)52.541431.410
remote (not involved)52.423535.8179
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.346936.2150
crafty (not scholarly)52.377332.4291
gracious (not feisty)52.232729.5182
Italian (not Swedish)52.166425.010
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)51.935930.116
resistant (not resigned)51.7107135.4210
self-destructive (not self-improving)51.769528.423
trolling (not triggered)51.439934.518
young (not old)51.278119.5227
atheist (not theist)51.277635.560
libertarian (not socialist)51.183736.1188
depressed (not bright)51.158528.1159
skeptical (not spiritual)50.895935.2245
historical (not modern)50.557033.1130

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Agent Smith (0.856)
  2. Gus Fring (0.843)
  3. Ash (0.805)
  4. Mycroft Holmes (0.799)
  5. Carolyn Martens (0.796)
  1. Kevin Malone (-0.683)
  2. Ling (-0.63)
  3. Pippin Took (-0.63)
  4. Pumbaa (-0.618)
  5. Ron Weasley (-0.616)

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: INTJ (r = 0.28)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.26)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.22)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.14)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.02)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.0)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.02)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.03)
  9. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.04)
  10. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.16)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.21)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.25)
  13. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.27)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.28)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.3)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.34)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.34)
  18. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.35)
  19. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.39)
  20. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.39)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.47)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.5)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.53)
  24. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.6)
  25. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.66)


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