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The Operative Descriptive 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. 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 1,750 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
unemotional (not emotional)94.726.26
diligent (not lazy)93.69811.6273
self-disciplined (not disorganized)93.45713.5215
driven (not unambitious)93.17612.7208
coordinated (not clumsy)92.95012.3233
motivated (not unmotivated)92.912913.625
strict (not lenient)92.82713.6282
deliberate (not spontaneous)92.81110.7248
pointed (not random)92.8911.257
on-time (not tardy)92.55311.856
hunter (not gatherer)92.22412.034
work-first (not family-first)92.04214.4237
workaholic (not slacker)91.411114.285
💀 (not 🎃)91.3610.052
authoritarian (not democratic)91.03615.2230
methodical (not astonishing)90.3914.5233
hard (not soft)90.34412.5202
active (not slothful)90.111712.5186
utilitarian (not decorative)90.1813.297
decisive (not hesitant)90.14915.0232
antagonist (not protagonist)89.91914.215
persistent (not quitter)89.734012.413
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)89.7109.16
eloquent (not unpolished)89.65514.6205
armoured (not vulnerable)89.52914.7164
businesslike (not chivalrous)89.4238.08
resourceful (not helpless)89.418013.789
neat (not messy)89.37713.9150
fearmongering (not reassuring)89.23712.414
works hard (not plays hard)89.15118.6235
resolute (not wavering)89.03312.911
serious (not playful)88.98516.8286
cynical (not gullible)88.96217.314
🤐 (not 😜)88.91210.911
OCD (not ADHD)88.82213.854
high IQ (not low IQ)88.727912.0171
hard (not soft)88.75915.380
demanding (not unchallenging)88.615119.663
logical (not emotional)88.62414.5252
tight (not loose)88.54211.925
cold (not warm)88.27015.9211
judgemental (not accepting)88.211618.8153
manicured (not scruffy)88.220715.6260
studious (not goof-off)88.214715.820
scheduled (not spontaneous)87.79918.8209
overachiever (not underachiever)87.617917.063
rational (not whimsical)87.54218.7209
badass (not weakass)87.233016.362
suspicious (not trusting)87.111418.5255
bold (not shy)87.043115.0233
confident (not insecure)86.914319.7212
formal (not intimate)86.83719.818
fighter (not lover)86.84617.063
winter (not summer)86.74612.412
dominant (not submissive)86.627218.6260
rigid (not flexible)86.46416.6199
self-assured (not self-conscious)86.45918.1187
minimalist (not pack rat)86.41014.722
confidential (not gossiping)86.315220.9290
suspicious (not awkward)86.26116.5220
dramatic (not comedic)86.29818.552
never cries (not often crying)86.110419.414
deranged (not reasonable)86.06813.810
extreme (not moderate)85.919619.7183
assertive (not passive)85.721420.1184
industrial (not domestic)85.71514.167
specialist (not generalist)85.61619.779
perceptive (not unobservant)85.534412.929
sober (not indulgent)85.41620.7227
poisonous (not nurturing)85.412617.0100
psychopath (not empath)85.311323.053
ferocious (not pacifist)85.217119.8268
competent (not incompetent)85.038918.4184
precise (not vague)84.810623.5160
cultured (not rustic)84.76422.512
healthy (not sickly)84.615921.4197
narcissistic (not low self esteem)84.517518.131
stubborn (not accommodating)84.530220.665
close-minded (not open-minded)83.97518.9259
orderly (not chaotic)83.912524.2237
bossy (not meek)83.935019.9223
frank (not sugarcoated)83.921215.314
sturdy (not flimsy)83.620121.328
practical (not imaginative)83.612520.3168
worldly (not innocent)83.522819.5279
stoic (not expressive)83.55221.2304
calm (not anxious)83.24921.4213
obedient (not rebellious)83.05624.3188
valedictorian (not drop out)83.034115.621
intense (not lighthearted)83.031319.827
conservative (not liberal)82.96115.414
devoted (not unfaithful)82.856918.414
cocky (not timid)82.838117.46
punchable (not loveable)82.712516.923
presidential (not folksy)82.711513.830
quiet (not loud)82.610720.6236
guarded (not open)82.434124.2246
masculine (not feminine)82.342517.1256
still (not twitchy)82.24522.765
cruel (not kind)82.211617.9229
master (not apprentice)81.936524.2103
alpha (not beta)81.838523.9174
distant (not touchy-feely)81.815128.227
monotone (not expressive)81.64519.711
pro (not noob)81.447122.418
mighty (not puny)81.332017.9200
dry (not moist)81.33720.623
asexual (not sexual)81.26222.252
direct (not roundabout)81.227224.7230
thick-skinned (not sensitive)81.16622.7194
jaded (not innocent)81.130724.018
analysis (not common sense)81.012721.918
cautious (not impulsive)80.912620.7220
secretive (not open-book)80.931227.532
🦇 (not 🐿)80.811127.65
scientific (not artistic)80.723022.1256
highbrow (not lowbrow)80.710522.5207
rhythmic (not stuttering)80.725422.827
🧗 (not 🛌)80.631021.720
go-getter (not slugabed)80.547822.510
alert (not oblivious)80.534014.815
gloomy (not sunny)80.519720.135
vengeful (not forgiving)80.429522.2235
washed (not muddy)80.418621.916
devout (not heathen)80.45827.8209
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)80.436714.912
haunted (not blissful)80.427122.457
statist (not anarchist)80.25228.519
fast (not slow)80.229621.5220
stylish (not slovenly)79.832219.9243
paranoid (not naive)79.710818.720
bitter (not sweet)79.721019.5191
efficient (not overprepared)79.77126.023
factual (not exaggerating)79.715624.545
obsessed (not aloof)79.620727.7224
monochrome (not multicolored)79.610324.184
monastic (not hedonist)79.61726.615
child free (not pronatalist)79.516727.4153
💔 (not 💝)79.511718.821
chortling (not giggling)79.411121.821
quarrelsome (not warm)79.328421.3225
reasoned (not instinctual)78.76324.8234
humorless (not funny)78.610623.5205
prideful (not envious)78.621422.214
🥶 (not 🥵)78.45722.239
dispassionate (not romantic)78.46528.329
picky (not always down)78.416724.819
genius (not dunce)78.339118.4303
privileged (not oppressed)78.342314.523
chaste (not lustful)78.26324.5234
🐩 (not 🐒)78.221613.512
🤺 (not 🏌)78.242531.217
urban (not rural)78.131115.718
🧕 (not 💃)78.13119.318
corporate (not freelance)78.017025.721
private (not gregarious)77.828824.6246
proper (not scandalous)77.822825.0218
sage (not whippersnapper)77.86518.323
competitive (not cooperative)77.548526.3263
arrogant (not humble)77.539024.4261
🙃 (not 🥰)77.517520.615
villainous (not heroic)77.216720.9261
patriotic (not unpatriotic)77.229624.514
sheriff (not outlaw)76.927727.5232
mature (not juvenile)76.936326.591
thrifty (not extravagant)76.81199.56
miserable (not joyful)76.726822.110
serious (not bold)76.711126.2216
genocidal (not not genocidal)76.713130.520
👽 (not 🤡)76.613221.716
legit (not scrub)76.650732.411
independent (not codependent)76.546030.5274
consistent (not variable)76.521724.627
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)76.212429.535
melee (not ranged)75.94427.832
salacious (not wholesome)75.824726.512
demonic (not angelic)75.726120.5235
knowledgeable (not ignorant)75.662523.537
extraordinary (not mundane)75.551421.6178
refined (not rugged)75.236024.7271
high standards (not desperate)75.137326.649
patient (not impatient)75.015127.884
high-tech (not low-tech)74.931324.7206
sorrowful (not cheery)74.833420.6220
opinionated (not jealous)74.851125.822
entitled (not grateful)74.737026.169
empirical (not theoretical)74.17228.3194
🏀 (not 🎨)73.929527.453
tactful (not indiscreet)73.532124.122
machiavellian (not transparent)73.529230.28
tasteful (not lewd)73.439927.5249
spelunker (not claustrophobic)73.420924.619
charming (not trusting)73.429619.8222
🐴 (not 🦄)73.433632.814
believable (not poorly-written)73.478314.122
pretentious (not unassuming)73.138834.013
subdued (not exuberant)73.19830.429
🤖 (not 👻)72.617328.615
mathematical (not literary)72.516927.6214
hoarder (not unprepared)72.524519.0206
indie (not pop)72.243025.210
chic (not cheesy)72.225917.517
technophile (not luddite)72.122325.0180
money-focused (not love-focused)72.125632.422
Roman (not Greek)71.98927.224
frugal (not lavish)71.829725.9196
English (not German)71.784629.621
soulless (not soulful)71.519428.173
smooth (not rough)71.326225.8166
proactive (not reactive)71.37426.923
stingy (not generous)71.227925.951
🎩 (not 🧢)71.151826.413
trash (not treasure)70.813022.332
slow-talking (not fast-talking)70.813424.222
frenzied (not sleepy)70.877120.231
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)70.620229.626
street-smart (not sheltered)70.464528.8219
charming (not awkward)70.463924.7245
reclusive (not social)70.234821.09
mysterious (not unambiguous)70.236732.2247
cosmopolitan (not provincial)70.131231.5168
political (not nonpolitical)70.043834.7234
🧐 (not 😎)69.931032.310
philosophical (not real)69.910827.3147
crazy (not sane)69.943529.020
loyal (not traitorous)69.7112132.3243
😈 (not 😇)69.743223.321
realistic (not fantastical)69.551232.263
clean (not perverted)69.575529.758
respectful (not rude)69.463128.0238
charismatic (not uninspiring)69.493025.5182
attentive (not interrupting)69.241731.258
hard-work (not natural-talent)69.250126.759
basic (not hipster)69.047828.4200
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)68.938429.6253
captain (not first-mate)68.959133.4230
purple (not orange)68.828127.3172
mad (not glad)68.652530.415
rich (not poor)68.567023.9155
😬 (not 😏)68.524530.015
sensible (not ludicrous)68.457730.6203
reserved (not chatty)68.349129.4260
arcane (not mainstream)68.144731.7204
sad (not happy)68.158719.9188
objective (not subjective)68.115633.971
freak (not normie)68.149929.971
creepy (not disarming)68.020427.3115
genuine (not sarcastic)67.951929.3182
interested (not bored)67.779727.466
tall (not short)67.460417.8220
💩 (not 🌟)67.320629.916
cool (not dorky)67.260032.015
🥴 (not 🥳)67.141423.010
down2earth (not head@clouds)66.954231.9199
no-nonsense (not dramatic)66.840633.194
profound (not ironic)66.628125.674
stoic (not hypochondriac)66.552935.318
careful (not brave)66.423227.7232
classical (not avant-garde)66.152128.768
deviant (not average)66.168730.6156
weird (not normal)66.066926.8260
🥾 (not 👟)66.044935.713
cunning (not honorable)65.643530.3281
modest (not flamboyant)65.663730.8239
traumatized (not flourishing)65.676929.129
unfixable (not fixable)65.630229.525
outsider (not insider)65.546835.8155
chosen one (not everyman)65.554423.714
complicated (not simple)65.487231.7181
wooden (not plastic)65.479727.58
tense (not relaxed)65.3114631.4254
😭 (not 😀)65.237826.015
biased (not impartial)65.180334.0196
yes-man (not contrarian)65.122530.115
linear (not circular)65.028834.420
introvert (not extrovert)64.939631.3182
queen (not princess)64.981533.116
important (not irrelevant)64.8129824.617
doer (not thinker)64.676730.167
egalitarian (not racist)64.5137726.513
exhibitionist (not bashful)64.471629.461
repetitive (not varied)64.350828.394
traditional (not unorthodox)64.344432.171
pessimistic (not optimistic)64.251830.0175
interesting (not tiresome)63.8101528.6206
non-gamer (not gamer)63.877636.047
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)63.653232.7170
angry (not good-humored)63.549126.2157
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)63.555030.020
🤫 (not 🤔)63.421736.611
abstract (not concrete)63.338528.910
factual (not poetic)63.167237.324
wise (not foolish)63.072325.7247
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)63.041933.6157
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)63.045832.417
prudish (not flirtatious)63.045224.919
enslaved (not emancipated)62.918130.5159
vibrant (not geriatric)62.996126.515
night owl (not morning lark)62.880130.5130
goth (not flower child)62.639923.519
🐀 (not 🐘)62.446533.117
cannibal (not vegan)62.458036.529
🤠 (not 🤑)62.185732.211
🐐 (not 🦒)62.173824.315
📉 (not 📈)62.118628.011
cat person (not dog person)62.158235.117
deep (not shallow)61.987030.830
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)61.968630.511
good-cook (not bad-cook)61.647826.044
focused on the future (not focused on the present)61.542634.1208
vintage (not trendy)61.3107132.254
conventional (not creative)61.253233.1237
uncreative (not open to new experinces)60.926032.1203
intellectual (not physical)60.8100122.5273
beautiful (not ugly)60.8136724.683
prestigious (not disreputable)60.796332.4232
Russian (not French)60.736933.628
radical (not centrist)60.764536.915
civilized (not barbaric)60.4107629.2220
vain (not demure)60.370229.3202
communal (not individualist)60.136738.971
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)60.148135.157
stable (not moody)59.935233.2241
well behaved (not mischievous)59.860133.7198
fire (not water)59.793636.567
preppy (not punk rock)58.893738.522
cringeworthy (not inspiring)58.753524.679
conspiracist (not sheeple)58.6102736.1135
musical (not off-key)58.553725.026
nihilist (not existentialist)58.429636.177
jock (not nerd)58.263626.0231
opinionated (not neutral)58.1155538.665
straight (not queer)57.9132124.588
enlightened (not lost)57.862929.930
tailor (not blacksmith)57.799735.919
autistic (not neurotypical)57.619730.7195
earth (not air)57.6102932.656
regular (not zany)57.555131.015
spicy (not mild)57.4105231.4176
transient (not permanent)57.347534.585
cryptic (not straightforward)57.131735.8219
animalistic (not human)57.135929.7198
leisurely (not hurried)57.050929.0255
deep (not epic)57.061532.049
playful (not shy)56.9121723.2197
bookish (not sporty)56.7106928.0176
thick (not thin)56.755320.8142
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)56.462433.416
builder (not explorer)56.072631.4236
tautology (not oxymoron)56.029927.99
giving (not receiving)55.8107833.314
introspective (not not introspective)55.7118233.116
compersive (not jealous)55.677830.6144
one-faced (not two-faced)55.6115235.658
tame (not wild)55.564132.3213
hypocritical (not equitable)55.170133.786
reliable (not experimental)55.192630.915
long-winded (not concise)55.068728.713
penny-pincher (not overspender)54.895128.617
kinky (not vanilla)54.686532.0199
politically correct (not edgy)54.470833.8174
literal (not metaphorical)54.1115433.6199
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)54.048433.122
bad boy (not white knight)54.068835.924
attractive (not repulsive)53.9140928.2284
insulting (not complimentary)53.977125.769
debased (not pure)53.880334.1204
Pepsi (not Coke)53.663235.340
unlucky (not fortunate)53.494626.9231
apathetic (not curious)53.335133.4231
atheist (not theist)53.3112035.464
official (not backdoor)53.277837.5234
idealist (not realist)53.281339.981
🐷 (not 🐮)53.252830.112
crafty (not scholarly)53.0110932.3282
triggered (not trolling)52.9130334.020
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.860836.1143
gendered (not androgynous)52.8169333.495
fresh (not stinky)52.8129836.213
Swedish (not Italian)52.882324.914
altruistic (not selfish)52.5106934.4214
western (not eastern)52.4143135.614
metrosexual (not macho)52.3115828.321
rap (not rock)52.222726.623
resistant (not resigned)52.1157735.5206
remote (not involved)52.035735.6174
ambitious (not realistic)52.0118735.167
gracious (not feisty)51.651729.3179
self-improving (not self-destructive)51.683829.324
pensive (not serene)51.6160734.162
quirky (not predictable)51.699835.314
sexist (not feminist)51.555832.312
💪 (not 🧠)51.157133.814
chill (not offended)51.177534.238
libertarian (not socialist)51.0116835.6182
old (not young)50.173219.3224
skeptical (not spiritual)50.8142134.7248
historical (not modern)50.284633.0134
😊 (not 🤣)50.2123026.49
bright (not depressed)50.3102128.2160

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. Agent Smith (0.852)
  2. Inspector Kido (0.85)
  3. Gus Fring (0.843)
  4. Ash (0.81)
  5. John Smith (0.801)
  6. Carolyn Martens (0.796)
  7. Mr. Saito (0.793)
  8. Mycroft Holmes (0.791)
  9. Tywin Lannister (0.79)
  10. Colonel Graff (0.781)
  1. Kevin Malone (-0.683)
  2. Philip J. Fry (-0.654)
  3. Patrick Star (-0.618)
  4. Ling (-0.616)
  5. Nelson Bighetti (-0.613)
  6. Pumbaa (-0.611)
  7. Pippin Took (-0.605)
  8. Jason Mendoza (-0.604)
  9. Rex (-0.603)
  10. Xander Harris (-0.601)

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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