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Barney Stinson Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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. 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
sexual (not asexual)95.81613.2116
bold (not shy)94.7609.694
flirtatious (not prudish)94.21312.567
extrovert (not introvert)94.12112.2118
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)93.61715.0114
playful (not shy)93.53511.683
extravagant (not thrifty)93.32418.4107
social (not reclusive)93.01712.589
💃 (not 🧕)92.72610.799
rich (not poor)92.510211.494
stylish (not slovenly)92.23515.477
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)92.06016.266
wild (not tame)91.65611.8120
chatty (not reserved)91.47113.487
😜 (not 🤐)91.34913.780
exaggerating (not factual)91.33016.0119
exuberant (not subdued)90.72314.2105
impulsive (not cautious)90.56410.469
competitive (not cooperative)90.313913.093
mischievous (not well behaved)90.311415.684
open to new experinces (not uncreative)90.09017.6110
extreme (not moderate)89.98112.099
😎 (not 🧐)89.73018.8108
opinionated (not neutral)89.717113.5139
worldly (not innocent)89.15115.2136
night owl (not morning lark)89.14416.6109
loud (not quiet)88.911915.897
urban (not rural)88.93619.994
charismatic (not uninspiring)88.910417.8110
rebellious (not obedient)88.717315.495
🎩 (not 🧢)88.78121.174
privileged (not oppressed)88.713118.9139
cocky (not timid)88.219219.798
playful (not serious)88.16214.1104
persistent (not quitter)87.752020.075
overspender (not penny-pincher)87.63914.786
funny (not humorless)87.510919.7104
master (not apprentice)87.420219.6113
arrogant (not humble)87.218115.571
kinky (not vanilla)87.25719.671
manicured (not scruffy)87.123921.674
lavish (not frugal)87.06419.181
flamboyant (not modest)86.88721.6107
scandalous (not proper)86.810217.176
sarcastic (not genuine)86.46717.698
indulgent (not sober)86.38116.8113
bold (not serious)86.16616.6140
🤣 (not 😊)86.02115.9105
fast-talking (not slow-talking)86.010017.6162
lustful (not chaste)85.87720.873
fresh (not stinky)85.716218.3102
impatient (not patient)85.516518.284
epic (not deep)85.5415.6130
charming (not trusting)85.13618.496
plays hard (not works hard)85.14918.594
perverted (not clean)85.16420.7131
fast (not slow)84.913716.183
high-tech (not low-tech)84.913018.5109
narcissistic (not low self esteem)84.917024.0169
😏 (not 😬)84.65923.896
ambitious (not realistic)84.512122.2131
driven (not unambitious)84.453520.695
tailor (not blacksmith)84.43922.7144
😈 (not 😇)84.216620.291
fire (not water)84.220417.5133
doer (not thinker)84.19821.6156
jaded (not innocent)84.120620.887
motivated (not unmotivated)84.068323.090
sexist (not feminist)83.99020.183
fantastical (not realistic)83.79521.4122
frenzied (not sleepy)83.611215.2150
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)83.510620.896
deviant (not average)83.413316.6105
demanding (not unchallenging)83.438120.6158
charming (not awkward)83.317723.5114
hunter (not gatherer)83.319722.5185
exhibitionist (not bashful)83.38723.1126
juvenile (not mature)83.110919.3119
emancipated (not enslaved)82.910321.675
🤑 (not 🤠)82.711126.995
spicy (not mild)82.623218.3113
vain (not demure)82.612325.499
outlaw (not sheriff)82.522023.3102
alpha (not beta)82.535821.685
stubborn (not accommodating)82.538821.7157
dominant (not submissive)82.144924.189
zany (not regular)82.115117.489
interrupting (not attentive)82.112124.0128
child free (not pronatalist)82.110424.5123
extraordinary (not mundane)81.828924.5120
vibrant (not geriatric)81.724320.3147
entitled (not grateful)81.623820.0121
good-humored (not angry)81.420317.785
unorthodox (not traditional)81.423422.384
go-getter (not slugabed)81.444922.767
assertive (not passive)81.439625.384
dramatic (not no-nonsense)81.319627.790
heathen (not devout)81.16521.580
pretentious (not unassuming)81.119021.794
debased (not pure)81.017422.086
money-focused (not love-focused)81.014623.372
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)80.512924.584
rhythmic (not stuttering)80.526322.4148
bad boy (not white knight)80.515721.886
gendered (not androgynous)80.457725.292
🥳 (not 🥴)80.44326.8116
active (not slothful)80.459922.1101
pro (not noob)80.254223.780
experimental (not reliable)80.214524.6164
goof-off (not studious)79.915922.9125
beautiful (not ugly)79.976622.4111
expressive (not monotone)79.832126.191
cunning (not honorable)79.520422.7188
decisive (not hesitant)79.541221.587
cosmopolitan (not provincial)79.511127.2100
self-assured (not self-conscious)79.525025.095
crazy (not sane)79.520719.085
modern (not historical)79.316623.165
atheist (not theist)79.318124.283
pop (not indie)79.05523.177
selfish (not altruistic)78.826519.3151
deranged (not reasonable)78.518819.594
vengeful (not forgiving)78.433518.184
individualist (not communal)77.930526.6122
straight (not queer)77.853730.882
rude (not respectful)77.620114.671
bossy (not meek)77.658722.5106
biased (not impartial)77.426622.595
cannibal (not vegan)77.321323.5171
washed (not muddy)77.331326.272
whimsical (not rational)77.219024.9103
freak (not normie)77.224022.7127
head@clouds (not down2earth)77.120629.6109
weird (not normal)77.034519.779
feisty (not gracious)77.044223.8128
important (not irrelevant)77.080823.7118
confident (not insecure)76.951928.3100
smooth (not rough)76.712527.384
overachiever (not underachiever)76.769028.4130
ferocious (not pacifist)76.645322.587
demonic (not angelic)76.625019.285
instinctual (not reasoned)76.528025.499
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)76.431125.7117
imaginative (not practical)76.418328.7104
suspicious (not awkward)76.236524.070
industrial (not domestic)76.210522.6103
poisonous (not nurturing)76.227418.785
ludicrous (not sensible)76.019425.093
trolling (not triggered)76.06425.8173
queen (not princess)75.943831.685
prideful (not envious)75.834725.1152
frank (not sugarcoated)75.756630.368
badass (not weakass)75.679226.4151
😀 (not 😭)75.618226.6113
receiving (not giving)75.624825.3101
interesting (not tiresome)75.552327.587
optimistic (not pessimistic)75.526126.282
trendy (not vintage)75.510330.7128
skeptical (not spiritual)75.453027.1113
businesslike (not chivalrous)75.327827.6132
focused on the present (not focused on the future)75.19632.9107
ironic (not profound)75.18322.9127
salacious (not wholesome)75.126927.870
machiavellian (not transparent)75.125530.383
expressive (not stoic)75.040527.575
edgy (not politically correct)75.035426.396
street-smart (not sheltered)75.052626.073
attractive (not repulsive)74.979824.5103
conspiracist (not sheeple)74.836023.8100
psychopath (not empath)74.826821.0128
armoured (not vulnerable)74.742828.881
patriotic (not unpatriotic)74.541224.597
🥵 (not 🥶)74.520726.2115
neat (not messy)74.455628.7112
judgemental (not accepting)74.438029.473
coordinated (not clumsy)74.368226.076
suspicious (not trusting)74.241823.995
work-first (not family-first)74.239326.793
masculine (not feminine)74.168022.9108
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)74.157927.3136
resourceful (not helpless)74.094927.5133
brave (not careful)73.947025.295
sunny (not gloomy)73.931323.6182
twitchy (not still)73.937523.8147
💔 (not 💝)73.822028.668
chaotic (not orderly)73.739130.980
complicated (not simple)73.756927.965
eloquent (not unpolished)73.754327.472
musical (not off-key)73.617328.7148
cynical (not gullible)73.450628.887
cheery (not sorrowful)73.424123.885
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)73.426230.771
fortunate (not unlucky)73.116826.5109
young (not old)73.069419.575
technophile (not luddite)72.921723.777
diligent (not lazy)72.9124223.574
refined (not rugged)72.844425.0103
captain (not first-mate)72.850029.687
cool (not dorky)72.642128.879
summer (not winter)72.639631.891
transient (not permanent)72.57927.090
hedonist (not monastic)72.519829.161
natural-talent (not hard-work)72.310628.0131
preppy (not punk rock)72.255727.5158
quarrelsome (not warm)72.147921.490
direct (not roundabout)72.164431.2110
presidential (not folksy)71.841227.5149
whippersnapper (not sage)71.716627.6111
creative (not conventional)71.543428.990
shallow (not deep)71.518728.6160
hypocritical (not equitable)71.430525.8152
gossiping (not confidential)71.426432.2132
loose (not tight)71.319928.5149
cultured (not rustic)71.347028.777
air (not earth)71.27727.1121
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)71.040824.6116
thin (not thick)70.943425.5105
jock (not nerd)70.836829.089
main character (not side character)70.657832.359
moody (not stable)70.568422.381
genius (not dunce)70.571625.7178
unfaithful (not devoted)70.59328.194
lenient (not strict)70.234329.5100
🐷 (not 🐮)70.215129.085
leisurely (not hurried)69.920429.087
Coke (not Pepsi)69.210333.0137
self-destructive (not self-improving)69.146231.7162
spontaneous (not scheduled)69.047233.9116
explorer (not builder)68.844830.079
moist (not dry)68.823329.7125
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)68.585027.883
high IQ (not low IQ)68.3123523.2115
joyful (not miserable)68.332124.380
🦄 (not 🐴)68.233730.484
ADHD (not OCD)68.032633.1119
🤺 (not 🏌)67.887630.9124
📈 (not 📉)67.857233.987
resistant (not resigned)67.782929.6131
spontaneous (not deliberate)67.636335.591
highbrow (not lowbrow)67.556327.081
perceptive (not unobservant)67.1121932.1158
English (not German)66.9119530.7154
idealist (not realist)66.643431.5105
plastic (not wooden)66.515830.8103
lover (not fighter)66.350130.1132
mysterious (not unambiguous)66.247529.575
anarchist (not statist)66.243027.889
corporate (not freelance)66.239533.8158
gregarious (not private)66.134932.681
involved (not remote)66.191131.066
crafty (not scholarly)66.070830.3111
long-winded (not concise)65.930331.168
fearmongering (not reassuring)65.841829.279
never cries (not often crying)65.769428.482
analysis (not common sense)65.655329.478
independent (not codependent)65.584534.475
decorative (not utilitarian)65.428531.379
interested (not bored)65.495931.4149
rock (not rap)65.3126829.380
curious (not apathetic)65.289430.180
authoritarian (not democratic)65.047627.575
liberal (not conservative)64.676331.499
gamer (not non-gamer)64.435335.6112
cruel (not kind)64.232621.178
self-disciplined (not disorganized)64.1110931.074
healthy (not sickly)64.1106430.9100
not introspective (not introspective)63.921433.087
🧗 (not 🛌)63.987935.687
sporty (not bookish)63.748729.390
🐐 (not 🦒)63.766032.082
animalistic (not human)63.623925.895
dog person (not cat person)63.655033.286
🌟 (not 💩)63.5119632.396
relaxed (not tense)63.419932.892
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)63.056333.566
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)62.961331.6112
competent (not incompetent)62.8133630.082
flower child (not goth)62.888623.882
two-faced (not one-faced)62.643332.1141
mighty (not puny)62.4107728.699
happy (not sad)62.440028.293
glad (not mad)62.448628.187
metaphorical (not literal)62.325432.5108
bright (not depressed)62.358327.176
insulting (not complimentary)62.356927.676
🤡 (not 👽)62.337734.381
abstract (not concrete)62.240931.1104
always down (not picky)62.230236.8101
foolish (not wise)62.148125.8107
👟 (not 🥾)61.962635.372
unemotional (not emotional)61.927528.677
resolute (not wavering)61.8105131.572
secretive (not open-book)61.697834.0178
hypochondriac (not stoic)61.635533.467
🦇 (not 🐿)61.551830.567
intense (not lighthearted)61.5106432.0164
opinionated (not jealous)61.5119430.892
bad-cook (not good-cook)61.357231.9111
open-minded (not close-minded)61.288332.580
egalitarian (not racist)61.2149224.891
comedic (not dramatic)61.235633.5121
paranoid (not naive)61.281327.981
👻 (not 🤖)61.163832.9104
physical (not intellectual)60.947333.473
specialist (not generalist)60.880035.470
spelunker (not claustrophobic)60.880131.1123
cold (not warm)60.762626.587
lost (not enlightened)60.669329.3168
pensive (not serene)60.5124028.792
libertarian (not socialist)60.351935.583
🏀 (not 🎨)60.355931.9144
obsessed (not aloof)60.098233.671
treasure (not trash)60.0140732.6165
avant-garde (not classical)59.949931.473
hard (not soft)59.885927.890
punchable (not loveable)59.848329.1156
flexible (not rigid)59.752231.385
tall (not short)59.689122.9194
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)59.361633.7108
🤫 (not 🤔)59.135134.866
quirky (not predictable)59.170231.183
villainous (not heroic)59.036823.784
drop out (not valedictorian)59.049929.1103
traumatized (not flourishing)59.0106629.0159
stingy (not generous)59.052828.8145
lewd (not tasteful)58.942134.4112
unfixable (not fixable)58.946231.3159
Swedish (not Italian)58.859130.7110
jealous (not compersive)58.769729.083
French (not Russian)58.691432.3150
believable (not poorly-written)58.6169427.2156
chic (not cheesy)58.665935.394
alert (not oblivious)58.5112030.697
barbaric (not civilized)58.444228.176
repetitive (not varied)58.484035.1120
hard (not soft)58.488930.076
nonpolitical (not political)58.353630.779
chill (not offended)58.352731.4165
circular (not linear)58.353631.7151
soulless (not soulful)58.134830.8114
distant (not touchy-feely)57.988733.084
genocidal (not not genocidal)57.839429.877
radical (not centrist)57.879832.683
🧠 (not 💪)57.5124131.5115
artistic (not scientific)57.477631.181
guarded (not open)57.3133635.380
neurotypical (not autistic)57.2137930.168
🙃 (not 🥰)57.070333.3102
anxious (not calm)56.8101331.876
dispassionate (not romantic)56.840332.6198
metrosexual (not macho)56.6104536.7133
subjective (not objective)56.369735.093
logical (not emotional)56.272730.5101
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')56.139134.451
formal (not intimate)56.078435.589
protagonist (not antagonist)56.0137331.884
flimsy (not sturdy)55.843527.6131
bitter (not sweet)55.782625.187
💀 (not 🎃)55.787434.6111
astonishing (not methodical)55.659537.4108
hoarder (not unprepared)55.5107229.973
pack rat (not minimalist)55.564032.988
random (not pointed)55.439634.0131
oxymoron (not tautology)55.295628.547
traitorous (not loyal)54.936730.097
proactive (not reactive)54.960633.975
empirical (not theoretical)54.894334.093
yes-man (not contrarian)54.851535.495
chosen one (not everyman)54.698133.898
tardy (not on-time)54.556934.3141
workaholic (not slacker)54.3146632.789
legit (not scrub)54.3147833.082
haunted (not blissful)54.1128431.8123
🐩 (not 🐒)53.996935.978
mathematical (not literary)53.863431.598
backdoor (not official)53.899433.189
indiscreet (not tactful)53.653838.086
monochrome (not multicolored)53.390937.768
efficient (not overprepared)53.3146433.9159
ignorant (not knowledgeable)53.344930.9161
Roman (not Greek)53.190031.2123
giggling (not chortling)53.156432.2130
factual (not poetic)53.0108431.2161
prestigious (not disreputable)52.6124135.273
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)52.690734.6143
straightforward (not cryptic)52.4143836.2116
hipster (not basic)52.468232.775
insider (not outsider)52.481335.792
🐀 (not 🐘)52.489833.473
purple (not orange)52.393133.9108
cringeworthy (not inspiring)52.372331.492
vague (not precise)52.251833.573
thick-skinned (not sensitive)52.1102629.575
creepy (not disarming)52.148429.9103
ranged (not melee)52.1116732.1106
arcane (not mainstream)51.9113532.575
variable (not consistent)51.968735.2150
existentialist (not nihilist)51.5135433.774
high standards (not desperate)51.5123635.4166
eastern (not western)51.436039.468
real (not philosophical)50.2142332.3104

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Sterling Archer (0.853)
  2. Samantha Jones (0.845)
  3. Roger Sterling (0.839)
  4. Lucifer Morningstar (0.83)
  5. Logan Huntzberger (0.829)
  6. Frank Abagnale (0.817)
  7. Jennifer Check (0.816)
  8. Edie Britt (0.814)
  9. Sean Parker (0.814)
  10. Gabrielle Solis (0.807)
  1. Niko Polastri (-0.624)
  2. Princess Darya 'Dolly' Oblonskaya (-0.604)
  3. Brooks Hatlen (-0.581)
  4. Charlie Swan (-0.581)
  5. Jerry Gergich (-0.573)
  6. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.563)
  7. Anita 'Needy' Lesnicki (-0.558)
  8. Chip Dove (-0.555)
  9. Konstantin 'Kostya' Levin (-0.547)
  10. Sancho Panza (-0.544)

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 Barney Stinson to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Barney Stinson is described identify as.

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


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