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Mal Cobb Descriptive Personality Statistics

Mal Cobb is a character from Inception.

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
dramatic (not comedic)90.71911.529
complicated (not simple)89.74413.1199
haunted (not blissful)89.74414.639
moody (not stable)88.98314.2187
self-destructive (not self-improving)88.63618.228
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)87.3919.428
sad (not happy)86.74514.7194
mad (not glad)86.37516.053
extreme (not moderate)86.019119.1195
crazy (not sane)85.98018.754
depressed (not bright)85.82517.2201
stubborn (not accommodating)85.824922.930
opinionated (not neutral)85.734615.638
demanding (not unchallenging)85.129418.734
offended (not chill)85.09815.025
queen (not princess)84.319815.219
sorrowful (not cheery)84.18116.5187
rebellious (not obedient)84.130717.1193
😭 (not 😀)84.02015.972
wild (not tame)83.626419.2223
bold (not shy)83.560718.0211
unfixable (not fixable)83.55719.924
beautiful (not ugly)83.359920.3393
paranoid (not naive)83.35822.424
exaggerating (not factual)83.015616.433
emotional (not logical)82.715121.4197
mysterious (not unambiguous)82.710619.9190
suspicious (not awkward)82.615417.2181
💀 (not 🎃)82.510520.736
impulsive (not cautious)82.421222.1209
mischievous (not well behaved)82.333020.5229
suspicious (not trusting)82.322721.2188
deranged (not reasonable)82.111425.255
🤺 (not 🏌)82.128018.159
miserable (not joyful)82.114516.860
obsessed (not aloof)82.014523.6190
fantastical (not realistic)82.012120.734
emotional (not unemotional)81.930819.922
secretive (not open-book)81.927820.643
ambitious (not realistic)81.918118.831
traumatized (not flourishing)81.817821.627
head@clouds (not down2earth)81.713424.6165
manicured (not scruffy)81.742320.9208
competitive (not cooperative)81.539221.6178
🎩 (not 🧢)81.425122.353
feminine (not masculine)81.329317.7208
stylish (not slovenly)81.327019.3195
driven (not unambitious)81.371120.2188
spicy (not mild)80.927917.9200
dramatic (not no-nonsense)80.919922.3191
experimental (not reliable)80.912820.940
🎨 (not 🏀)80.737319.031
angry (not good-humored)80.510618.0152
vengeful (not forgiving)80.429520.1203
dominant (not submissive)80.349620.4208
biased (not impartial)80.018322.0199
outlaw (not sheriff)80.027219.1198
ferocious (not pacifist)79.733221.6206
high IQ (not low IQ)79.669419.4212
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)79.615823.0149
important (not irrelevant)79.465920.6117
💔 (not 💝)79.312225.3106
philosophical (not real)79.22520.7183
tense (not relaxed)79.148020.4194
persistent (not quitter)79.1108726.772
sexual (not asexual)79.142216.731
deviant (not average)78.927217.6191
quarrelsome (not warm)78.829920.6155
fearmongering (not reassuring)78.816919.325
machiavellian (not transparent)78.816117.825
chaotic (not orderly)78.727823.8180
love-focused (not money-focused)78.750523.928
instinctual (not reasoned)78.621423.4183
flirtatious (not prudish)78.629312.230
conspiracist (not sheeple)78.523221.4159
lost (not enlightened)78.411726.316
poetic (not factual)78.47223.219
individualist (not communal)78.129423.6328
narcissistic (not low self esteem)78.131822.029
assertive (not passive)77.953524.8209
🥴 (not 🥳)77.910420.160
gendered (not androgynous)77.872124.7188
bossy (not meek)77.757219.8177
idealist (not realist)77.615326.0343
studious (not goof-off)77.656418.861
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)77.56824.926
cunning (not honorable)77.423522.6217
extravagant (not thrifty)77.428426.533
fire (not water)77.340527.731
impatient (not patient)77.239424.0223
metaphorical (not literal)77.04526.4157
antagonist (not protagonist)77.013317.520
selfish (not altruistic)76.929822.9219
poisonous (not nurturing)76.925423.7202
entitled (not grateful)76.932118.527
jealous (not compersive)76.821824.1178
edgy (not politically correct)76.730519.1179
chosen one (not everyman)76.519123.829
sickly (not healthy)76.37923.1197
arcane (not mainstream)76.318522.3163
diligent (not lazy)76.2109822.2202
anarchist (not statist)76.119321.7104
cat person (not dog person)76.120928.131
purple (not orange)76.013323.0166
🦇 (not 🐿)76.018725.568
cultured (not rustic)76.026318.732
radical (not centrist)76.016125.325
authoritarian (not democratic)75.925222.8168
bitter (not sweet)75.929118.8169
alpha (not beta)75.955623.7195
frenzied (not sleepy)75.748527.523
rich (not poor)75.649620.4186
interrupting (not attentive)75.623923.234
whimsical (not rational)75.621825.7187
gloomy (not sunny)75.633518.723
arrogant (not humble)75.543918.4182
cold (not warm)75.427619.9187
judgemental (not accepting)75.334624.2185
attractive (not repulsive)74.977827.0191
😈 (not 😇)74.932623.878
charming (not trusting)74.826220.8152
abstract (not concrete)74.813928.466
weird (not normal)74.740622.5197
decisive (not hesitant)74.758626.1197
pessimistic (not optimistic)74.722127.3182
hunter (not gatherer)74.740724.621
devoted (not unfaithful)74.799125.819
guarded (not open)74.369423.2161
receiving (not giving)74.226321.917
zany (not regular)74.236125.862
intense (not lighthearted)74.259928.924
lustful (not chaste)74.134919.6182
🧠 (not 💪)74.167722.482
humorless (not funny)74.016623.1182
imaginative (not practical)74.021726.4200
night owl (not morning lark)74.046521.9144
🙃 (not 🥰)74.023626.7110
kinky (not vanilla)73.731522.7193
bad boy (not white knight)73.629223.835
👻 (not 🤖)73.618828.572
overachiever (not underachiever)73.581924.831
unorthodox (not traditional)73.444526.0370
charming (not awkward)73.452626.4185
hard (not soft)73.443524.5187
unlucky (not fortunate)73.324725.3192
rock (not rap)73.374116.929
jaded (not innocent)73.258923.134
💃 (not 🧕)73.155225.4102
indulgent (not sober)73.037628.9191
rigid (not flexible)73.033525.3191
psychopath (not empath)73.029127.028
straight (not queer)72.976227.2204
chic (not cheesy)72.824327.326
lavish (not frugal)72.831421.3164
extraordinary (not mundane)72.761124.9195
feminist (not sexist)72.774620.578
strict (not lenient)72.643223.2174
eloquent (not unpolished)72.657527.4213
hard (not soft)72.645625.2370
villainous (not heroic)72.620721.3186
freak (not normie)72.535027.431
valedictorian (not drop out)72.372225.049
cryptic (not straightforward)72.38928.9198
winter (not summer)72.334124.529
stingy (not generous)72.126624.135
thin (not thick)72.036724.7190
reclusive (not social)72.030326.2106
pro (not noob)71.984828.860
motivated (not unmotivated)71.9125433.624
fast (not slow)71.768724.3184
cosmopolitan (not provincial)71.726526.3156
refined (not rugged)71.548027.9192
highbrow (not lowbrow)71.539225.2157
playful (not shy)71.574223.7162
🐩 (not 🐒)71.538529.355
go-getter (not slugabed)71.4100527.841
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)71.472927.569
overspender (not penny-pincher)71.328421.573
contrarian (not yes-man)71.341331.028
resistant (not resigned)71.160229.1179
pretentious (not unassuming)71.144524.168
bookish (not sporty)71.071222.5180
active (not slothful)70.8104926.1184
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)70.820826.855
mighty (not puny)70.673325.1190
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)70.635524.6196
debased (not pure)70.539023.7193
triggered (not trolling)70.538030.924
pointed (not random)70.582923.624
demonic (not angelic)70.434322.7174
urban (not rural)70.467727.897
creative (not conventional)70.345125.9175
master (not apprentice)70.275226.3189
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)70.143128.055
coordinated (not clumsy)70.081427.7167
anxious (not calm)69.951428.9201
cruel (not kind)69.925321.2200
quirky (not predictable)69.732829.424
subjective (not objective)69.511729.4356
flamboyant (not modest)69.445325.8184
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)69.434426.993
romantic (not dispassionate)69.373230.736
freelance (not corporate)69.363927.924
worldly (not innocent)69.282625.8183
brave (not careful)69.063726.7186
📉 (not 📈)68.88430.958
salacious (not wholesome)68.738425.956
jealous (not opinionated)68.79131.841
specialist (not generalist)68.642225.4326
ludicrous (not sensible)68.531928.3192
variable (not consistent)68.420031.319
workaholic (not slacker)68.4110025.5294
genocidal (not not genocidal)68.422928.235
backdoor (not official)68.247427.2158
scandalous (not proper)68.254126.6170
feisty (not gracious)68.177329.0186
natural-talent (not hard-work)68.117823.628
perceptive (not unobservant)67.8115928.329
literary (not mathematical)67.651728.3178
hypocritical (not equitable)67.537424.2354
tailor (not blacksmith)67.263623.618
vintage (not trendy)67.284727.135
pensive (not serene)67.276523.930
cool (not dorky)66.961324.955
deep (not shallow)66.869229.768
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)66.877632.928
charismatic (not uninspiring)66.7106829.8214
picky (not always down)66.751925.728
interested (not bored)66.588026.539
cocky (not timid)66.594529.430
indie (not pop)66.367429.328
serious (not playful)66.280226.6187
cynical (not gullible)66.075430.425
deep (not epic)65.925428.624
egalitarian (not racist)65.7134327.662
air (not earth)65.716229.428
analysis (not common sense)65.754426.128
rhythmic (not stuttering)65.695027.219
genius (not dunce)65.589523.6182
open to new experinces (not uncreative)65.598431.3191
vain (not demure)65.556227.2163
insulting (not complimentary)65.548024.6327
two-faced (not one-faced)65.536831.034
metrosexual (not macho)65.365230.715
confidential (not gossiping)65.295628.8163
washed (not muddy)65.277031.820
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)65.176130.9199
knowledgeable (not ignorant)65.0101628.530
spontaneous (not scheduled)64.954232.7188
rude (not respectful)64.741724.6183
intellectual (not physical)64.687427.9174
🧐 (not 😎)64.646630.871
resolute (not wavering)64.588432.170
interesting (not tiresome)64.299831.3182
competent (not incompetent)64.2126429.4194
reactive (not proactive)64.140830.127
sensitive (not thick-skinned)64.048430.8186
goth (not flower child)64.036221.838
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)63.946529.333
outsider (not insider)63.853631.3182
doer (not thinker)63.880430.240
codependent (not independent)63.735334.0182
artistic (not scientific)63.558329.4185
vibrant (not geriatric)63.394728.723
family-first (not work-first)63.266132.3175
privileged (not oppressed)63.295228.734
crafty (not scholarly)62.878928.0169
exhibitionist (not bashful)62.678227.833
transient (not permanent)62.431232.3176
slow-talking (not fast-talking)62.429623.823
pronatalist (not child free)62.232030.8165
presidential (not folksy)62.271227.019
close-minded (not open-minded)62.141329.6197
repetitive (not varied)62.161530.4196
tactful (not indiscreet)62.083432.356
creepy (not disarming)61.830130.2198
Italian (not Swedish)61.858933.129
traitorous (not loyal)61.727629.3178
western (not eastern)61.782633.077
😬 (not 😏)61.640632.476
badass (not weakass)61.6119229.123
foolish (not wise)61.548226.4199
exuberant (not subdued)61.277926.823
🥶 (not 🥵)61.241331.829
desperate (not high standards)61.139632.333
reserved (not chatty)61.070128.9217
Roman (not Greek)61.041431.022
bad-cook (not good-cook)60.958127.027
bold (not serious)60.873032.0215
self-assured (not self-conscious)60.8101333.5175
tight (not loose)60.8100430.326
😊 (not 🤣)60.790429.145
tall (not short)60.683722.3189
young (not old)60.5102122.3186
introspective (not not introspective)60.597530.490
believable (not poorly-written)60.5155031.935
often crying (not never cries)60.454429.639
libertarian (not socialist)60.352029.4146
messy (not neat)60.351332.0184
circular (not linear)60.344029.725
Coke (not Pepsi)60.338427.417
chortling (not giggling)60.291227.032
👽 (not 🤡)60.069831.353
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)59.7114328.156
OCD (not ADHD)59.796632.618
cringeworthy (not inspiring)59.651325.9335
captain (not first-mate)59.579031.9149
twitchy (not still)59.589131.754
private (not gregarious)59.397829.8155
hoarder (not unprepared)59.388729.1160
tasteful (not lewd)59.2104830.0197
direct (not roundabout)59.0115333.5186
hedonist (not monastic)58.869528.641
French (not Russian)58.886832.328
neurotypical (not autistic)58.7129828.5166
historical (not modern)58.762628.3148
atheist (not theist)58.791630.4317
expressive (not stoic)58.690832.4178
plays hard (not works hard)58.643627.3138
intimate (not formal)58.571730.7101
frank (not sugarcoated)58.3129035.134
plastic (not wooden)58.027535.327
efficient (not overprepared)57.8119428.230
flimsy (not sturdy)57.737730.527
long-winded (not concise)57.657431.530
hurried (not leisurely)57.487628.2174
punchable (not loveable)57.251529.327
barbaric (not civilized)57.046629.3184
astonishing (not methodical)56.954131.4183
enslaved (not emancipated)56.930532.4188
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)56.584131.478
confident (not insecure)56.2121934.5210
unpatriotic (not patriotic)56.232229.656
💩 (not 🌟)56.236133.562
cannibal (not vegan)56.174726.824
🧗 (not 🛌)55.8112632.798
non-gamer (not gamer)55.8106037.024
domestic (not industrial)55.769829.6310
juvenile (not mature)55.672930.2362
alert (not oblivious)55.6115833.554
🤫 (not 🤔)55.646735.757
resourceful (not helpless)55.2154533.0357
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')55.146030.3138
nihilist (not existentialist)54.842334.0291
lover (not fighter)54.782726.828
on-time (not tardy)54.7119328.829
fresh (not stinky)54.6125830.4103
trash (not treasure)54.431931.069
high-tech (not low-tech)54.386327.2153
minimalist (not pack rat)54.392932.543
🦄 (not 🐴)53.968831.845
heathen (not devout)53.873628.2164
rough (not smooth)53.883830.2164
deliberate (not spontaneous)53.7114634.8183
genuine (not sarcastic)53.692628.5188
liberal (not conservative)53.6116531.546
legit (not scrub)53.6145832.186
spelunker (not claustrophobic)53.6113929.210
introvert (not extrovert)53.573631.1195
loud (not quiet)53.495031.5184
self-disciplined (not disorganized)53.4132233.0163
prestigious (not disreputable)53.4117030.0158
decorative (not utilitarian)53.358229.5315
envious (not prideful)53.124832.227
animalistic (not human)53.044828.6187
German (not English)53.018229.825
businesslike (not chivalrous)52.990630.826
🤐 (not 😜)52.894232.356
profound (not ironic)52.881828.924
🦒 (not 🐐)52.743433.979
perverted (not clean)52.760729.123
explorer (not builder)52.695133.1178
off-key (not musical)52.6101031.626
nerd (not jock)52.4109727.0167
whippersnapper (not sage)52.491233.031
🐀 (not 🐘)52.388433.897
soulless (not soulful)52.243631.6328
expressive (not monotone)52.2117431.035
nonpolitical (not political)52.172930.7160
involved (not remote)52.1148432.5163
armoured (not vulnerable)52.0118634.4198
stoic (not hypochondriac)51.9114931.425
vague (not precise)51.751429.6182
ranged (not melee)51.7116429.627
street-smart (not sheltered)51.5120631.4177
curious (not apathetic)51.4147032.8158
focused on the present (not focused on the future)51.4100236.3183
🤑 (not 🤠)51.471930.960
theoretical (not empirical)51.366432.8157
basic (not hipster)51.1119627.6163
luddite (not technophile)51.198128.4144
🐷 (not 🐮)51.161831.577
moist (not dry)51.093025.925
touchy-feely (not distant)51.082534.520
skeptical (not spiritual)50.8142133.5195
monochrome (not multicolored)50.2100732.9361
preppy (not punk rock)50.2115032.025
oxymoron (not tautology)50.4132631.316
avant-garde (not classical)50.579131.4340
👟 (not 🥾)50.598931.762

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Zelena (0.821)
  2. Lady Macbeth (0.8)
  3. The Queen (0.778)
  4. Mary Wardwell (0.775)
  5. Cersei Lannister (0.772)
  6. Barbara Kean (0.771)
  7. Mona Vanderwaal (0.771)
  8. Leland Palmer (0.767)
  9. Alison DiLaurentis (0.762)
  10. Amy Elliott Dunne (0.76)
  1. Jerry Gergich (-0.56)
  2. Denny Brosh (-0.496)
  3. Chien-Po (-0.492)
  4. Steve Brady (-0.486)
  5. Chip Dove (-0.483)
  6. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly (-0.478)
  7. Pop Tate (-0.471)
  8. Kanzo Mogi (-0.471)
  9. Friar Tuck (-0.47)
  10. Miguel Rivas (-0.465)

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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