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Barney Stinson Personality Statistics

Barney Stinson is a character from How I Met Your Mother. 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
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)94.81210.985
extrovert (not introvert)94.61411.975
playful (not shy)93.82210.243
bold (not shy)93.57612.155
rich (not poor)93.5618.647
social (not reclusive)93.5148.441
💃 (not 🧕)93.5149.972
mischievous (not well behaved)92.8439.036
wild (not tame)92.0379.365
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)91.65313.633
chatty (not reserved)91.35212.250
urban (not rural)91.31016.360
exuberant (not subdued)91.12114.179
extreme (not moderate)91.1529.248
impulsive (not cautious)90.94811.038
open to new experinces (not uncreative)90.65017.076
persistent (not quitter)90.421913.450
arrogant (not humble)89.610510.433
😜 (not 🤐)89.54117.642
stylish (not slovenly)89.25716.445
competitive (not cooperative)89.012411.845
loud (not quiet)89.08613.059
privileged (not oppressed)88.811219.2108
worldly (not innocent)88.64715.577
lustful (not chaste)88.53519.830
rebellious (not obedient)88.512513.645
🎩 (not 🧢)88.56623.140
driven (not unambitious)88.125417.343
night owl (not morning lark)88.14816.782
manicured (not scruffy)88.117520.642
scandalous (not proper)88.05313.637
overspender (not penny-pincher)87.93011.542
vain (not demure)87.75321.172
fast (not slow)87.64511.036
charismatic (not uninspiring)87.610718.469
fast-talking (not slow-talking)87.65015.7123
juvenile (not mature)87.24115.566
funny (not humorless)87.17718.868
bold (not serious)86.73713.892
😎 (not 🧐)86.75320.863
indulgent (not sober)86.66515.081
master (not apprentice)86.516419.579
narcissistic (not low self esteem)86.311725.1121
kinky (not vanilla)86.25021.233
playful (not serious)86.15016.052
🤣 (not 😊)85.61515.972
sarcastic (not genuine)85.55718.365
deviant (not average)85.28113.346
impatient (not patient)85.213218.239
zany (not regular)85.26514.261
😈 (not 😇)85.010716.453
child free (not pronatalist)84.84023.572
charming (not awkward)84.610420.966
lavish (not frugal)84.48323.639
flamboyant (not modest)84.310023.268
straight (not queer)84.321427.043
high-tech (not low-tech)84.19019.463
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)84.06121.058
unorthodox (not traditional)84.011921.747
😏 (not 😬)84.03824.251
suspicious (not awkward)83.89614.135
tailor (not blacksmith)83.84822.9110
fresh (not stinky)83.315622.654
hunter (not gatherer)83.315021.5133
go-getter (not slugabed)83.225318.828
frenzied (not sleepy)82.910914.9117
vibrant (not geriatric)82.615219.9111
dramatic (not no-nonsense)82.312927.345
heathen (not devout)82.24321.544
charming (not trusting)82.26420.643
plays hard (not works hard)82.06718.652
active (not slothful)82.034019.668
sexist (not feminist)81.98220.051
assertive (not passive)81.927824.550
modern (not historical)81.77820.532
debased (not pure)81.612618.637
rhythmic (not stuttering)81.615720.8121
good-humored (not angry)81.513516.244
crazy (not sane)81.411615.442
gendered (not androgynous)81.240822.346
extraordinary (not mundane)81.122924.869
dominant (not submissive)80.934724.758
spicy (not mild)80.821521.067
self-assured (not self-conscious)80.818523.361
🤑 (not 🤠)80.710028.957
armoured (not vulnerable)80.615127.638
goof-off (not studious)80.610521.380
pro (not noob)80.434422.553
smooth (not rough)80.35227.148
interesting (not tiresome)80.120025.542
important (not irrelevant)80.042321.072
outlaw (not sheriff)79.919026.650
experimental (not reliable)79.911724.6131
biased (not impartial)79.816017.963
atheist (not theist)79.712823.855
emancipated (not enslaved)79.514423.640
pretentious (not unassuming)79.416322.962
cosmopolitan (not provincial)79.49027.073
trolling (not triggered)79.23122.6142
industrial (not domestic)79.15320.555
cunning (not honorable)78.916322.5135
beautiful (not ugly)78.850823.577
feisty (not gracious)78.727922.372
ludicrous (not sensible)78.511623.244
selfish (not altruistic)78.519818.496
decisive (not hesitant)78.533121.356
eloquent (not unpolished)78.427622.934
rude (not respectful)78.113915.339
bossy (not meek)78.140323.858
whimsical (not rational)78.013224.562
patriotic (not unpatriotic)78.020723.763
🥳 (not 🥴)77.74229.073
cannibal (not vegan)77.716322.8129
salacious (not wholesome)77.417924.033
imaginative (not practical)77.411529.070
alpha (not beta)77.436124.235
coordinated (not clumsy)77.340222.047
individualist (not communal)77.322325.985
chaotic (not orderly)76.922027.748
street-smart (not sheltered)76.434126.138
captain (not first-mate)76.327424.261
ferocious (not pacifist)76.234123.155
vengeful (not forgiving)76.126121.442
neat (not messy)76.032827.278
edgy (not politically correct)75.824627.547
brave (not careful)75.727323.259
confident (not insecure)75.640630.067
musical (not off-key)75.510027.6117
poisonous (not nurturing)75.218918.739
💔 (not 💝)75.014528.532
sunny (not gloomy)74.919422.6132
cheery (not sorrowful)74.814521.648
deranged (not reasonable)74.817121.345
expressive (not stoic)74.827525.744
🐷 (not 🐮)74.86726.138
refined (not rugged)74.728425.370
weird (not normal)74.629622.948
😀 (not 😭)74.512626.873
optimistic (not pessimistic)74.320425.943
conspiracist (not sheeple)74.227424.869
suspicious (not trusting)74.030822.960
skeptical (not spiritual)73.941329.172
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)73.923828.364
young (not old)73.941718.748
masculine (not feminine)73.842920.648
instinctual (not reasoned)73.826124.143
demonic (not angelic)73.419621.047
presidential (not folksy)73.424824.8117
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)73.439429.1112
diligent (not lazy)73.480823.041
resourceful (not helpless)73.466427.498
creative (not conventional)73.226028.768
hedonist (not monastic)73.214327.826
focused on the present (not focused on the future)73.011134.480
cool (not dorky)73.028127.050
quarrelsome (not warm)72.833421.671
attractive (not repulsive)72.655425.873
leisurely (not hurried)72.612426.659
fortunate (not unlucky)72.512627.177
direct (not roundabout)72.544131.667
thin (not thick)72.424724.568
work-first (not family-first)72.332429.443
head@clouds (not down2earth)72.121832.068
shallow (not deep)71.914229.5126
🤺 (not 🏌)71.847228.976
glad (not mad)71.817520.439
genius (not dunce)71.643125.0144
preppy (not punk rock)71.639728.4131
complicated (not simple)71.543429.641
gossiping (not confidential)71.520031.979
loose (not tight)71.514029.3108
🧗 (not 🛌)71.437334.848
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)71.328824.183
highbrow (not lowbrow)71.231425.540
mysterious (not unambiguous)71.222427.550
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)70.846825.947
whippersnapper (not sage)70.815928.489
judgemental (not accepting)70.033729.839
self-destructive (not self-improving)69.930831.6128
transient (not permanent)69.59128.137
curious (not apathetic)69.344029.544
healthy (not sickly)69.258730.278
crafty (not scholarly)69.242629.484
📈 (not 📉)69.031333.157
spontaneous (not deliberate)68.821634.753
hypocritical (not equitable)68.825325.8117
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)68.731032.652
moist (not dry)68.717430.1106
idealist (not realist)68.625230.173
perceptive (not unobservant)68.675932.9123
corporate (not freelance)68.524832.0126
independent (not codependent)68.249832.343
👟 (not 🥾)68.127031.643
joyful (not miserable)68.022123.740
spontaneous (not scheduled)67.733035.074
metaphorical (not literal)67.610632.173
lenient (not strict)67.527929.156
decorative (not utilitarian)67.416132.358
🦄 (not 🐴)67.425331.041
🤡 (not 👽)67.316331.240
moody (not stable)67.153023.739
high IQ (not low IQ)67.181724.276
jock (not nerd)67.129231.247
happy (not sad)67.120927.858
technophile (not luddite)67.024625.127
gregarious (not private)66.824032.170
English (not German)66.873331.7118
not introspective (not introspective)66.712833.463
👻 (not 🤖)66.128032.568
explorer (not builder)66.033732.446
foolish (not wise)65.827621.968
resistant (not resigned)65.662830.396
self-disciplined (not disorganized)65.572731.443
anarchist (not statist)65.528027.047
mighty (not puny)65.364428.561
liberal (not conservative)64.949130.270
involved (not remote)64.665730.337
avant-garde (not classical)64.624531.639
resolute (not wavering)64.162228.731
cruel (not kind)63.923419.538
relaxed (not tense)63.713031.562
animalistic (not human)63.617326.552
abstract (not concrete)63.327431.557
secretive (not open-book)63.259433.6130
libertarian (not socialist)63.129135.461
insulting (not complimentary)62.939326.341
🌟 (not 💩)62.877133.870
barbaric (not civilized)62.524424.343
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)62.443232.527
formal (not intimate)62.041633.647
lewd (not tasteful)61.827233.468
jealous (not compersive)61.741726.639
authoritarian (not democratic)61.639232.040
lost (not enlightened)61.644427.8136
French (not Russian)61.550232.2115
sporty (not bookish)61.435428.756
alert (not oblivious)61.467027.742
chill (not offended)61.427930.4131
tall (not short)61.255123.144
cold (not warm)60.842426.962
🐐 (not 🦒)60.856233.247
🧠 (not 💪)60.773130.774
punchable (not loveable)60.532227.6117
guarded (not open)60.480134.143
multicolored (not monochrome)60.439735.837
bright (not depressed)60.346123.237
anxious (not calm)60.257731.941
🙃 (not 🥰)60.241931.474
logical (not emotional)59.939131.461
flexible (not rigid)59.832730.448
competent (not incompetent)59.892331.448
hard (not soft)59.857828.241
artistic (not scientific)59.646029.148
egalitarian (not racist)59.698026.263
drop out (not valedictorian)59.633326.456
spelunker (not claustrophobic)59.658831.388
traumatized (not flourishing)59.464529.1114
dispassionate (not romantic)59.323932.6144
intense (not lighthearted)59.375932.1138
metrosexual (not macho)59.162236.799
obsessed (not aloof)58.769734.538
physical (not intellectual)58.635732.041
legit (not scrub)58.588233.046
circular (not linear)58.140131.9120
empirical (not theoretical)58.052033.161
disreputable (not prestigious)57.932637.024
unfixable (not fixable)57.833930.3126
repetitive (not varied)57.562035.881
Swedish (not Italian)57.540131.384
traitorous (not loyal)57.423430.042
neurotypical (not autistic)57.297228.538
treasure (not trash)57.294831.9129
believable (not poorly-written)56.8115027.4135
🐩 (not 🐒)56.754637.139
villainous (not heroic)56.528324.342
hard (not soft)56.364728.261
flimsy (not sturdy)56.328527.2101
open-minded (not close-minded)56.069231.443
🤫 (not 🤔)55.831032.427
hipster (not basic)55.335432.543
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)55.150635.470
eastern (not western)54.819140.038
factual (not poetic)54.866931.4126
🐘 (not 🐀)54.756236.038
purple (not orange)54.653233.669
subjective (not objective)54.654934.555
workaholic (not slacker)54.695729.862
literary (not mathematical)54.572629.142
Roman (not Greek)54.551130.1101
creepy (not disarming)53.830829.563
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)53.858134.6105
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')53.140833.928
ranged (not melee)53.170230.682
philosophical (not real)53.030932.271
specialist (not generalist)53.078636.932
bitter (not sweet)52.963423.042
soulless (not soulful)52.829732.666
minimalist (not pack rat)52.866530.345
efficient (not overprepared)52.797234.1130
tactful (not indiscreet)52.583437.451
insider (not outsider)52.256236.557
giggling (not chortling)52.040532.0103
nonpolitical (not political)51.550427.433
cringeworthy (not inspiring)51.550429.148
mainstream (not arcane)51.451133.638
cryptic (not straightforward)51.231136.689
vague (not precise)51.237932.342
thick-skinned (not sensitive)51.072331.440
backdoor (not official)51.070335.049
existentialist (not nihilist)51.085733.652
hoarder (not unprepared)50.983729.040
variable (not consistent)50.847335.8112
🐿 (not 🦇)50.774228.728
astonishing (not methodical)50.548137.362
ignorant (not knowledgeable)50.535729.7123

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Sterling Archer (0.84)
  2. Roger Sterling (0.838)
  3. Samantha Jones (0.833)
  4. Sean Parker (0.827)
  5. Lucifer Morningstar (0.827)
  1. Niko Polastri (-0.628)
  2. Charlie Swan (-0.577)
  3. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.572)
  4. Princess Darya 'Dolly' Oblonskaya (-0.556)
  5. Brooks Hatlen (-0.544)

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 = 0.54)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.53)
  3. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.4)
  4. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.4)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.29)
  6. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.29)
  7. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.23)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.2)
  9. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.17)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.16)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.1)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.09)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.05)
  14. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.04)
  15. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.02)
  16. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.02)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.09)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.2)
  19. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.2)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.28)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.3)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.3)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.35)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.49)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.52)


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