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The Operative Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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. This website has recruited more than 3 million volunteers to rate characters on descriptive adjectives and other properties, which can be aggregated to create profiles that users can be matched to as part of a personality test. For more information about how the ratings were collected and how they are used, see the documentation.

Aggregated ratings for 400 descriptions

The table shows the average rating the character received for each descriptive item on a 1 to 100 scale and what that character's rank for the description is among all 2,000 characters in the database. It also shows the standard deviation of the ratings and how many different individuals submitted a rating for that description.

ItemAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
motivated (not unmotivated)94.46510.694
diligent (not lazy)93.89011.3288
self-disciplined (not disorganized)93.45813.5241
driven (not unambitious)93.37212.3231
coordinated (not clumsy)93.04812.1253
strict (not lenient)92.92813.7301
on-time (not tardy)92.94911.172
deliberate (not spontaneous)92.81310.7269
workaholic (not slacker)92.67613.3104
pointed (not random)92.11811.981
work-first (not family-first)92.04214.2251
studious (not goof-off)91.94612.890
persistent (not quitter)91.822512.561
hunter (not gatherer)91.33714.875
resolute (not wavering)91.12315.895
authoritarian (not democratic)91.13814.8252
valedictorian (not drop out)90.99612.764
methodical (not astonishing)90.5514.1254
decisive (not hesitant)90.54414.4263
hard (not soft)90.53912.4221
unemotional (not emotional)90.3413.957
neat (not messy)90.16513.3171
💀 (not 🎃)89.91511.271
minimalist (not pack rat)89.9314.185
active (not slothful)89.612813.1206
armoured (not vulnerable)89.52614.4183
tight (not loose)89.43814.259
eloquent (not unpolished)89.46214.8220
utilitarian (not decorative)89.4913.8118
pro (not noob)89.119116.689
🤺 (not 🏌)89.08319.784
judgemental (not accepting)88.910418.0172
frank (not sugarcoated)88.99614.153
works hard (not plays hard)88.85419.1259
hard (not soft)88.85915.798
resourceful (not helpless)88.720814.8110
high IQ (not low IQ)88.629212.0191
OCD (not ADHD)88.52413.370
serious (not playful)88.49417.5308
logical (not emotional)88.42414.9277
antagonist (not protagonist)88.43516.056
cultured (not rustic)88.42217.057
manicured (not scruffy)88.320515.5290
scheduled (not spontaneous)88.29018.2228
cold (not warm)88.27015.6229
go-getter (not slugabed)88.210319.095
formal (not intimate)88.22116.084
overachiever (not underachiever)88.216017.889
distant (not touchy-feely)88.14519.795
intense (not lighthearted)87.915417.370
demanding (not unchallenging)87.818020.282
rational (not whimsical)87.73518.2223
suspicious (not trusting)87.411018.0281
never cries (not often crying)87.48018.361
confident (not insecure)87.014019.9234
rigid (not flexible)86.96116.9228
🤐 (not 😜)86.82917.883
badass (not weakass)86.834015.790
analysis (not common sense)86.83115.483
alert (not oblivious)86.712615.266
dominant (not submissive)86.626719.0288
self-assured (not self-conscious)86.55418.3212
extreme (not moderate)86.417319.5201
confidential (not gossiping)86.316320.8304
suspicious (not awkward)86.25616.8241
bold (not shy)86.148215.8255
perceptive (not unobservant)85.933015.571
sober (not indulgent)85.81620.7244
fighter (not lover)85.85318.178
sturdy (not flimsy)85.714118.351
conservative (not liberal)85.45018.188
assertive (not passive)85.322820.5200
industrial (not domestic)85.21613.882
secretive (not open-book)85.218724.8104
competent (not incompetent)85.138817.8211
poisonous (not nurturing)85.113417.4121
dramatic (not comedic)85.112718.273
🧗 (not 🛌)85.019117.489
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)84.918916.771
devoted (not unfaithful)84.944823.560
precise (not vague)84.810723.0181
🙃 (not 🥰)84.85915.546
ferocious (not pacifist)84.719520.1288
specialist (not generalist)84.61821.197
stubborn (not accommodating)84.530920.683
bossy (not meek)84.434319.6241
healthy (not sickly)84.317321.3213
🦇 (not 🐿)84.36920.167
winter (not summer)84.38416.854
stoic (not expressive)84.14420.8322
rhythmic (not stuttering)84.112920.354
patriotic (not unpatriotic)84.011421.285
close-minded (not open-minded)83.97618.6282
orderly (not chaotic)83.912524.2260
calm (not anxious)83.94621.1235
fearmongering (not reassuring)83.99920.258
obedient (not rebellious)83.64923.7206
practical (not imaginative)83.612920.4193
worldly (not innocent)83.224719.5294
quiet (not loud)83.29819.9265
statist (not anarchist)83.22626.093
monastic (not hedonist)83.21023.961
consistent (not variable)83.16319.764
corporate (not freelance)83.09025.051
master (not apprentice)82.934123.3125
masculine (not feminine)82.840617.0273
dispassionate (not romantic)82.83124.965
presidential (not folksy)82.811616.492
cruel (not kind)82.611517.7245
psychopath (not empath)82.516122.173
cocky (not timid)82.440921.258
narcissistic (not low self esteem)82.322620.459
guarded (not open)82.335524.6265
punchable (not loveable)82.014017.548
monochrome (not multicolored)81.97022.5103
urban (not rural)81.918218.672
monotone (not expressive)81.74922.978
still (not twitchy)81.55422.090
alpha (not beta)81.440924.2192
mighty (not puny)81.332018.1222
scientific (not artistic)81.221421.9267
highbrow (not lowbrow)81.19822.2217
direct (not roundabout)81.028124.9243
asexual (not sexual)81.07021.869
vengeful (not forgiving)80.928722.0249
factual (not exaggerating)80.813723.053
prideful (not envious)80.713217.876
stoic (not hypochondriac)80.79824.962
devout (not heathen)80.66128.0227
cautious (not impulsive)80.612921.1247
stylish (not slovenly)80.630619.5267
jaded (not innocent)80.534125.281
fast (not slow)80.328921.3240
gloomy (not sunny)80.320820.170
🎩 (not 🧢)80.129223.463
child free (not pronatalist)80.115727.1164
businesslike (not chivalrous)80.117828.160
obsessed (not aloof)79.920227.0243
quarrelsome (not warm)79.628121.1244
👽 (not 🤡)79.67825.562
bitter (not sweet)79.522019.2208
thick-skinned (not sensitive)79.49824.2214
haunted (not blissful)79.232423.675
cynical (not gullible)79.133030.656
reclusive (not social)79.015423.353
chaste (not lustful)78.95924.2258
humorless (not funny)78.910423.0227
goth (not flower child)78.812619.286
proper (not scandalous)78.421624.6238
reasoned (not instinctual)78.46825.5253
genius (not dunce)78.340118.5328
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)78.310425.965
high standards (not desperate)78.228024.265
💔 (not 💝)78.114721.547
picky (not always down)78.117619.851
tactful (not indiscreet)78.018022.570
private (not gregarious)77.928825.0263
arrogant (not humble)77.938424.4286
paranoid (not naive)77.716822.377
villainous (not heroic)77.516320.7289
serious (not bold)77.59925.7232
competitive (not cooperative)77.449526.9282
🤖 (not 👻)77.39628.192
dry (not moist)77.110027.550
sheriff (not outlaw)77.027527.9253
😈 (not 😇)77.030120.990
🥶 (not 🥵)77.07123.258
sage (not whippersnapper)76.97920.662
independent (not codependent)76.845430.3291
knowledgeable (not ignorant)76.660123.665
proactive (not reactive)76.61924.861
mature (not juvenile)76.538626.2110
subdued (not exuberant)76.36127.763
extraordinary (not mundane)76.150321.4206
pretentious (not unassuming)75.932226.193
demonic (not angelic)75.826820.3258
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)75.713730.976
🧕 (not 💃)75.54923.653
refined (not rugged)75.436824.4295
privileged (not oppressed)75.254122.850
opinionated (not jealous)75.250227.084
high-tech (not low-tech)75.130424.8224
Roman (not Greek)75.05125.985
sorrowful (not cheery)74.934720.4245
chortling (not giggling)74.725525.345
🥴 (not 🥳)74.717519.846
efficient (not overprepared)74.522430.653
empirical (not theoretical)74.36328.3212
legit (not scrub)74.365430.172
charming (not trusting)74.227619.5243
washed (not muddy)74.043332.477
side character (not main character)74.036927.470
cool (not dorky)73.838425.750
🏀 (not 🎨)73.831227.773
patient (not impatient)73.517227.9105
mad (not glad)73.538624.953
soulless (not soulful)73.418126.591
tasteful (not lewd)73.341927.6268
hoarder (not unprepared)72.924518.9220
egalitarian (not racist)72.9112026.358
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)72.917430.175
miserable (not joyful)72.343523.461
genocidal (not not genocidal)72.218929.670
stingy (not generous)72.127224.668
technophile (not luddite)72.122925.0192
mathematical (not literary)71.818428.1238
😭 (not 😀)71.621622.952
slow-talking (not fast-talking)71.612722.548
linear (not circular)71.611333.869
melee (not ranged)71.68531.962
entitled (not grateful)71.644529.388
unfixable (not fixable)71.420229.861
political (not nonpolitical)71.341234.1257
smooth (not rough)71.227926.0186
hard-work (not natural-talent)71.243325.676
frugal (not lavish)71.034526.3214
chosen one (not everyman)70.935226.955
prudish (not flirtatious)70.924127.763
spelunker (not claustrophobic)70.732129.859
believable (not poorly-written)70.7103024.557
important (not irrelevant)70.6110726.281
street-smart (not sheltered)70.565728.8237
charming (not awkward)70.364325.1263
cosmopolitan (not provincial)70.232531.3188
philosophical (not real)70.210527.2163
respectful (not rude)70.062928.0260
mysterious (not unambiguous)70.037632.3265
loyal (not traitorous)69.6116032.4258
traumatized (not flourishing)69.663527.252
clean (not perverted)69.576930.678
captain (not first-mate)69.359033.3254
queen (not princess)69.366429.451
machiavellian (not transparent)69.240435.151
fresh (not stinky)69.185031.750
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)69.039529.4273
purple (not orange)68.929127.3192
basic (not hipster)68.849728.6221
rich (not poor)68.868223.5166
🤫 (not 🤔)68.89731.776
sad (not happy)68.658419.7207
reserved (not chatty)68.549129.6281
sensible (not ludicrous)68.559230.3220
charismatic (not uninspiring)68.5101526.2203
genuine (not sarcastic)68.451628.9206
money-focused (not love-focused)68.431532.871
freak (not normie)68.450430.488
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)68.025828.662
profound (not ironic)67.923926.198
tall (not short)67.760519.1294
😬 (not 😏)67.627032.188
deranged (not reasonable)67.540027.290
🐩 (not 🐒)67.451431.258
arcane (not mainstream)67.348632.3225
creepy (not disarming)67.122127.9141
objective (not subjective)67.118833.293
realistic (not fantastical)67.161132.687
yes-man (not contrarian)66.918929.256
deviant (not average)66.869130.1174
weird (not normal)66.766526.5285
attentive (not interrupting)66.752432.375
interested (not bored)66.789826.883
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)66.647132.769
chic (not cheesy)66.641925.173
careful (not brave)66.623627.6260
biased (not impartial)66.575533.7219
classical (not avant-garde)66.551827.780
salacious (not wholesome)66.545231.959
🐴 (not 🦄)66.260033.052
frenzied (not sleepy)66.1108222.570
down2earth (not head@clouds)66.058332.7224
complicated (not simple)66.087431.5197
🐷 (not 🐮)65.921031.262
modest (not flamboyant)65.665930.8259
non-gamer (not gamer)65.672935.164
cunning (not honorable)65.544730.0305
repetitive (not varied)65.546727.6113
tailor (not blacksmith)65.474430.061
tense (not relaxed)65.3117631.2277
no-nonsense (not dramatic)65.345834.6126
vibrant (not geriatric)65.389928.355
reliable (not experimental)65.162330.847
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)65.051532.4188
pessimistic (not optimistic)64.950530.1192
introvert (not extrovert)64.841431.2192
outsider (not insider)64.850636.0172
preppy (not punk rock)64.880132.761
introspective (not not introspective)64.779832.473
vintage (not trendy)64.498531.171
exhibitionist (not bashful)64.373629.269
trash (not treasure)64.120827.356
interesting (not tiresome)64.0103128.5220
traditional (not unorthodox)64.046431.086
angry (not good-humored)63.949126.1175
night owl (not morning lark)63.977630.9149
beautiful (not ugly)63.9131624.1101
doer (not thinker)63.982730.191
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)63.847528.948
enslaved (not emancipated)63.717229.7180
bad boy (not white knight)63.750933.381
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)63.441833.7179
wise (not foolish)63.074225.6260
💩 (not 🌟)63.025931.457
cat person (not dog person)62.957833.459
indie (not pop)62.983530.961
regular (not zany)62.438029.745
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)62.344634.173
crazy (not sane)62.166530.479
English (not German)61.8144633.668
prestigious (not disreputable)61.793032.1255
deep (not shallow)61.690430.360
wooden (not plastic)61.6105031.276
concrete (not abstract)61.576436.453
civilized (not barbaric)61.4108129.5242
🐐 (not 🦒)61.282630.757
intellectual (not physical)60.9103222.5299
conventional (not creative)60.856333.1247
cringeworthy (not inspiring)60.849824.1104
nihilist (not existentialist)60.823635.693
uncreative (not open to new experinces)60.726432.5226
communal (not individualist)60.736338.891
focused on the future (not focused on the present)60.646034.4226
sexist (not feminist)60.541829.170
🤠 (not 🤑)60.594732.549
well behaved (not mischievous)60.459533.9218
penny-pincher (not overspender)60.376730.161
thrifty (not extravagant)60.269231.859
stable (not moody)59.935933.3262
vain (not demure)59.872229.3223
Russian (not French)59.640131.479
straight (not queer)59.5130926.8104
🧐 (not 😎)59.562634.864
eastern (not western)59.116731.251
factual (not poetic)59.084035.362
deep (not epic)58.756731.265
tautology (not oxymoron)58.720430.458
earth (not air)58.4101934.075
Pepsi (not Coke)58.436834.458
fire (not water)58.399837.980
jock (not nerd)58.265326.3247
conspiracist (not sheeple)58.2108036.0153
autistic (not neurotypical)58.020631.1210
playful (not shy)58.0120423.5213
good-cook (not bad-cook)57.965829.060
cryptic (not straightforward)57.830235.9239
spicy (not mild)57.8106831.8196
predictable (not quirky)57.663831.551
transient (not permanent)57.350033.9102
cannibal (not vegan)57.272435.462
🧠 (not 💪)57.1125125.159
animalistic (not human)56.936929.6216
🥾 (not 👟)56.975939.051
compersive (not jealous)56.876430.7159
bookish (not sporty)56.8109128.2197
idealist (not realist)56.873838.697
leisurely (not hurried)56.254829.1271
builder (not explorer)56.273531.4252
opinionated (not neutral)55.9165738.983
thick (not thin)55.858720.9165
pensive (not serene)55.5148833.281
kinky (not vanilla)55.484731.8225
hypocritical (not equitable)55.371333.094
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)55.346729.963
📉 (not 📈)55.236432.449
attractive (not repulsive)55.0144127.9310
official (not backdoor)55.073237.5265
tame (not wild)54.967732.5233
politically correct (not edgy)54.871734.4190
gendered (not androgynous)54.8171133.8112
literal (not metaphorical)54.5116533.9214
🐘 (not 🐀)54.582334.465
one-faced (not two-faced)54.4122936.281
macho (not metrosexual)54.360629.556
Swedish (not Italian)54.178327.045
apathetic (not curious)53.934333.2255
debased (not pure)53.981334.0224
rock (not rap)53.9169528.371
receiving (not giving)53.866732.757
radical (not centrist)53.798240.667
unlucky (not fortunate)53.697327.0249
long-winded (not concise)53.378533.657
atheist (not theist)53.1115035.581
triggered (not trolling)53.0134834.850
crafty (not scholarly)52.8114932.3298
remote (not involved)52.734135.7194
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)52.696834.148
altruistic (not selfish)52.5110834.4228
enlightened (not lost)52.284032.266
ambitious (not realistic)52.2121034.487
insulting (not complimentary)52.184227.289
resistant (not resigned)51.9163235.5220
self-destructive (not self-improving)51.9103431.459
gracious (not feisty)51.555329.6192
modern (not historical)51.3111132.9145
chill (not offended)51.378335.970
libertarian (not socialist)51.2119035.8202
bright (not depressed)50.9100828.9175
skeptical (not spiritual)50.2147634.9268
old (not young)50.873519.2250
off-key (not musical)50.8112328.970
😊 (not 🤣)50.6127027.865
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')50.5105936.5155

The lowest rating for any description in the table is 50.0 despite a 1 to 100 scale being used. This is because descriptions that had values lower than the midpoint were reversed. For example, a score of 1/100 for "hot (not cold)" is equivalent to a score of 100/100 for "cold (not hot)". This was done so that all the traits that are most distinctive for a character are at the top of the table.

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. Inspector Kido (0.867)
  2. Agent Smith (0.858)
  3. Gus Fring (0.851)
  4. John Smith (0.818)
  5. Ash (0.814)
  6. Mr. Saito (0.811)
  7. Carolyn Martens (0.802)
  8. Mycroft Holmes (0.8)
  9. Tywin Lannister (0.797)
  10. Black Noir (0.796)
  1. Kevin Malone (-0.681)
  2. Philip J. Fry (-0.668)
  3. Patrick Star (-0.634)
  4. Ling (-0.616)
  5. Pumbaa (-0.616)
  6. Pippin Took (-0.613)
  7. Nelson Bighetti (-0.611)
  8. Xander Harris (-0.609)
  9. Jason Mendoza (-0.608)
  10. Rex (-0.599)

Personality types

Users who took the quiz were asked to self-identify their Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types. We can look at the average match scores of these different groups of users with The Operative to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way The Operative is described identify as.

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


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