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Hoban Washburne Personality Statistics

Hoban Washburne 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
loyal (not traitorous)95.1238.6368
funny (not humorless)94.958.5300
📈 (not 📉)93.617.78
heroic (not villainous)93.2209.5372
kind (not cruel)92.9279.0305
good-humored (not angry)92.3109.9256
warm (not cold)90.81910.8260
soulful (not soulless)90.33113.5111
chatty (not reserved)89.15913.0342
egalitarian (not racist)89.07212.59
nurturing (not poisonous)88.44012.5123
first-mate (not captain)88.22317.7337
playful (not serious)88.02413.6358
playful (not shy)86.89514.9335
feminist (not sexist)86.39815.520
democratic (not authoritarian)86.2813.5283
cheery (not sorrowful)86.02313.6351
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)85.84316.1288
sweet (not bitter)85.83614.4270
expressive (not stoic)85.66816.5362
happy (not sad)85.61113.6246
🌟 (not 💩)84.911115.512
competent (not incompetent)84.921915.6235
nerd (not jock)84.612617.7301
persistent (not quitter)84.438117.110
joyful (not miserable)84.32920.812
disarming (not creepy)84.22114.2131
technophile (not luddite)84.14816.6248
high-tech (not low-tech)84.07516.1236
human (not animalistic)84.011717.9246
goof-off (not studious)83.95316.914
😜 (not 🤐)83.66024.314
bright (not depressed)82.82317.0254
liberal (not conservative)82.76414.612
pro (not noob)82.221418.511
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)81.96511.517
lenient (not strict)81.85413.2344
charismatic (not uninspiring)81.618818.3219
social (not reclusive)81.68216.719
🤠 (not 🤑)81.45016.510
altruistic (not selfish)81.39716.1287
warm (not quarrelsome)81.15620.2302
unambiguous (not mysterious)81.13019.1322
open to new experinces (not uncreative)81.015116.3312
curious (not apathetic)80.98917.4344
🤡 (not 👽)80.71620.713
intimate (not formal)80.42614.816
open (not guarded)80.42619.2294
interesting (not tiresome)80.312718.6262
specialist (not generalist)80.24520.6112
unassuming (not pretentious)80.12226.315
orange (not purple)80.03221.3265
soft (not hard)80.07016.3115
zany (not regular)80.011312.119
flexible (not rigid)79.93116.7268
glad (not mad)79.55617.323
🧠 (not 💪)79.521713.413
creative (not conventional)79.311218.8333
attractive (not repulsive)79.228016.9316
backdoor (not official)79.011420.0290
accepting (not judgemental)78.97020.3225
crafty (not scholarly)78.913016.6340
forgiving (not vengeful)78.99617.3322
resourceful (not helpless)78.737718.0114
open-minded (not close-minded)78.47718.5375
angelic (not demonic)78.213117.8293
family-first (not work-first)78.213818.1318
😀 (not 😭)77.95126.619
gregarious (not private)77.97720.3282
straightforward (not cryptic)77.612623.2284
important (not irrelevant)77.634920.116
💝 (not 💔)77.57527.126
involved (not remote)77.215520.4227
treasure (not trash)77.137035.011
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)77.08125.3211
beta (not alpha)77.010218.0211
emancipated (not enslaved)76.915320.7259
healthy (not sickly)76.827220.3271
whimsical (not rational)76.610719.7314
awkward (not suspicious)76.57116.0300
🧢 (not 🎩)76.412524.516
weird (not normal)76.317318.4356
soft (not hard)76.39418.2262
multicolored (not monochrome)76.28325.596
💃 (not 🧕)76.118916.215
😏 (not 😬)76.011025.05
unorthodox (not traditional)75.919023.099
submissive (not dominant)75.88414.0337
complimentary (not insulting)75.313521.8113
vulnerable (not armoured)75.27318.4261
honorable (not cunning)74.817825.0362
equitable (not hypocritical)74.712723.196
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)74.49317.816
mischievous (not well behaved)74.429821.6336
juvenile (not mature)74.413719.6127
pack rat (not minimalist)74.26220.413
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)74.222523.5255
straight (not queer)74.145619.7125
poor (not rich)74.110117.9218
bold (not serious)73.917019.3286
leisurely (not hurried)73.99619.9300
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)73.912829.311
optimistic (not pessimistic)73.815126.8233
beautiful (not ugly)73.843921.9117
😎 (not 🧐)73.814629.019
spontaneous (not scheduled)73.817123.9307
cooperative (not competitive)73.412023.0371
🐿 (not 🦇)73.216933.610
emotional (not logical)73.219720.0353
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)72.418925.418
deep (not shallow)72.225620.320
civilized (not barbaric)71.937019.2321
extraordinary (not mundane)71.931824.1286
dramatic (not no-nonsense)71.920021.2136
gendered (not androgynous)71.759424.5139
🥳 (not 🥴)71.76112.06
trusting (not suspicious)71.511323.5353
western (not eastern)71.511828.917
imaginative (not practical)71.312524.2256
pure (not debased)71.322324.6293
master (not apprentice)71.337923.9125
go-getter (not slugabed)71.347018.012
meek (not bossy)71.19416.6295
lowbrow (not highbrow)71.08120.0310
outlaw (not sheriff)71.024923.8234
communal (not individualist)70.86023.593
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)70.521025.912
dorky (not cool)70.416924.623
extrovert (not introvert)70.428026.6284
explorer (not builder)70.418126.9327
🤔 (not 🤫)70.412521.519
wholesome (not salacious)70.326325.722
codependent (not independent)70.313623.0338
high IQ (not low IQ)70.158720.7249
messy (not neat)70.016522.5214
astonishing (not methodical)69.89024.9294
provincial (not cosmopolitan)69.813021.9238
sensitive (not thick-skinned)69.616721.3294
pacifist (not ferocious)69.513023.2327
spontaneous (not deliberate)69.314427.0307
street-smart (not sheltered)69.136823.4306
legit (not scrub)69.044029.724
rugged (not refined)68.921820.4377
🦄 (not 🐴)68.916229.911
existentialist (not nihilist)68.814922.089
idealist (not realist)68.517223.5104
reasonable (not deranged)68.531030.613
young (not old)68.240016.3297
scruffy (not manicured)68.120424.2356
inspiring (not cringeworthy)68.128024.393
loud (not quiet)67.931625.6318
simple (not complicated)67.87523.4229
fast (not slow)67.740221.1282
chaotic (not orderly)67.526422.9325
nonpolitical (not political)67.413125.9235
hedonist (not monastic)67.121722.512
🤣 (not 😊)67.116031.017
🥰 (not 🙃)67.019729.524
genius (not dunce)66.841221.6322
varied (not repetitive)66.65223.7124
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)66.616935.121
instinctual (not reasoned)66.530126.0308
relaxed (not tense)66.48827.5327
head@clouds (not down2earth)66.021328.2293
rural (not urban)65.914527.816
patriotic (not unpatriotic)65.941530.19
diligent (not lazy)65.870223.0337
brave (not careful)65.737426.5327
masculine (not feminine)65.643318.8372
conspiracist (not sheeple)65.038422.9181
fresh (not stinky)64.946023.828
passive (not assertive)64.512821.1283
disorganized (not self-disciplined)64.216525.6274
modern (not historical)64.132526.3195
respectful (not rude)63.938624.9340
night owl (not morning lark)63.739126.0152
🐒 (not 🐩)63.723532.818
lustful (not chaste)63.635624.1341
😇 (not 😈)63.432827.914
focused on the present (not focused on the future)63.124725.6296
flamboyant (not modest)62.930126.6342
subjective (not objective)62.919426.391
bold (not shy)62.771224.6339
unlucky (not fortunate)62.529029.6321
avant-garde (not classical)62.421328.797
anarchist (not statist)62.424127.116
indulgent (not sober)62.335125.8283
active (not slothful)62.368723.8242
🐐 (not 🦒)61.939529.08
moderate (not extreme)61.620126.1259
edgy (not politically correct)61.541123.8294
unpolished (not eloquent)61.525126.1225
confident (not insecure)61.455527.5260
metaphorical (not literal)60.814528.6272
🛌 (not 🧗)60.620729.122
humble (not arrogant)60.127826.4311
stable (not moody)59.720727.2347
gossiping (not confidential)59.625725.9309
hipster (not basic)59.419025.5260
arcane (not mainstream)59.439226.9230
drop out (not valedictorian)59.424428.216
ludicrous (not sensible)59.328726.5293
intellectual (not physical)59.253327.8319
resistant (not resigned)59.164226.4232
sarcastic (not genuine)59.134928.6290
feisty (not gracious)59.158627.2235
anxious (not calm)58.745125.8295
smooth (not rough)58.635925.1261
🐮 (not 🐷)58.639024.220
biased (not impartial)58.363027.4244
demure (not vain)58.032624.4284
permanent (not transient)58.042831.8123
resolute (not wavering)57.960031.115
skeptical (not spiritual)57.663026.4317
🤺 (not 🏌)57.462831.410
plays hard (not works hard)57.124422.5285
kinky (not vanilla)57.039027.1327
charming (not trusting)56.944630.9280
real (not philosophical)56.558729.1203
🥾 (not 👟)56.337327.414
rebellious (not obedient)56.253926.6262
bookish (not sporty)56.154627.7238
patient (not impatient)56.129930.3119
atheist (not theist)56.149525.778
innocent (not worldly)55.823025.9339
foolish (not wise)55.833922.5329
child free (not pronatalist)55.858632.4198
roundabout (not direct)55.719429.4301
artistic (not scientific)55.638626.9301
concrete (not abstract)55.651827.710
heathen (not devout)55.334128.5259
overspender (not penny-pincher)55.334227.022
precise (not vague)55.160726.8196
obsessed (not aloof)55.061426.2276
compersive (not jealous)55.038725.5225
thin (not thick)54.953421.9200
frugal (not lavish)54.848926.0254
domestic (not industrial)54.737227.3118
driven (not unambitious)54.684426.6240
wild (not tame)54.652927.4307
scandalous (not proper)54.643927.1311
charming (not awkward)54.456026.6327
mathematical (not literary)54.433728.9265
short (not tall)54.335222.0286
🤖 (not 👻)54.239331.012
lewd (not tasteful)53.931224.6332
alert (not oblivious)53.661928.016
🐘 (not 🐀)53.644424.013
not introspective (not introspective)53.525328.018
self-assured (not self-conscious)53.367728.6227
impulsive (not cautious)53.045828.4325
insider (not outsider)53.040829.9172
empirical (not theoretical)52.859229.0286
coordinated (not clumsy)52.865627.7273
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')52.633228.9191
tactful (not indiscreet)52.664829.015
slovenly (not stylish)52.532323.1318
hoarder (not unprepared)52.559623.0277
mighty (not puny)52.069626.3304
neurotypical (not autistic)52.080327.0268
deviant (not average)51.958527.0197
disreputable (not prestigious)51.432726.9314
slacker (not workaholic)51.322822.5100
crazy (not sane)51.050127.414
decisive (not hesitant)50.371026.2272
mild (not spicy)50.735226.6246
socialist (not libertarian)50.630131.0220
decorative (not utilitarian)50.431830.1102

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Kaylee Frye (0.871)
  2. Toby Damon (0.791)
  3. George Weasley (0.79)
  4. Merry Brandybuck (0.781)
  5. Cisco Ramon (0.78)
  1. Samuel Norton (-0.628)
  2. Cornelius Fudge (-0.611)
  3. Nurse Mildred Ratched (-0.611)
  4. Stannis Baratheon (-0.608)
  5. Principal Vernon (-0.602)

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: ISTJ (r = 0.45)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.36)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.33)
  4. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.27)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.21)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.18)
  7. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.18)
  8. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.1)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.08)
  10. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.05)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.02)
  12. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.01)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.08)
  14. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.1)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.13)
  16. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.13)
  17. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.18)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.21)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.23)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.32)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.36)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.37)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.39)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.44)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.45)


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