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Pumbaa Personality Statistics

Pumbaa is a character from The Lion King. 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)95.4268.61294
good-humored (not angry)94.2410.11343
kind (not cruel)94.1289.71330
loud (not quiet)93.52910.71437
funny (not humorless)93.31711.11417
warm (not cold)92.8139.41335
soulful (not soulless)92.62410.31076
accepting (not judgemental)92.41012.11092
thick (not thin)92.2913.11188
playful (not serious)92.01510.51266
chatty (not reserved)91.74712.11332
joyful (not miserable)91.7911.8501
sunny (not gloomy)91.71912.0126
cheery (not sorrowful)91.01312.21289
messy (not neat)90.72011.81198
happy (not sad)90.6711.81297
family-first (not work-first)90.23312.51641
😜 (not 🤐)90.23014.3435
expressive (not stoic)90.13713.31339
spontaneous (not scheduled)90.04912.81312
sweet (not bitter)89.92612.11312
open-book (not secretive)89.81515.3143
goof-off (not studious)89.63015.1494
lenient (not strict)89.51312.11350
optimistic (not pessimistic)88.92717.21349
playful (not shy)88.610715.91339
scruffy (not manicured)88.25115.81614
heroic (not villainous)88.114613.51391
glad (not mad)88.01315.5486
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)87.92215.9497
gregarious (not private)87.82214.71331
forgiving (not vengeful)87.54515.71293
loveable (not punchable)87.45117.1148
extrovert (not introvert)87.18518.71320
💃 (not 🧕)87.18516.3845
freelance (not corporate)87.09222.7114
💝 (not 💔)86.92018.0719
nurturing (not poisonous)86.77913.9627
warm (not quarrelsome)86.43416.31427
first-mate (not captain)86.45316.81645
open (not guarded)86.31116.81347
😀 (not 😭)85.82921.1539
folksy (not presidential)85.72613.2132
spontaneous (not deliberate)85.63817.51300
social (not reclusive)85.67421.2843
wholesome (not salacious)85.67219.6466
trusting (not suspicious)85.53318.31385
leisurely (not hurried)85.41920.31685
rugged (not refined)85.16218.21322
low-tech (not high-tech)84.73916.71234
😎 (not 🧐)84.78520.7506
vibrant (not geriatric)84.610818.6127
cooperative (not competitive)84.63218.51307
🤠 (not 🤑)84.54721.9488
indulgent (not sober)84.39518.51336
charismatic (not uninspiring)84.319319.01517
open-minded (not close-minded)84.34518.21708
lighthearted (not intense)84.12324.9123
chaotic (not orderly)84.011216.71327
chill (not offended)84.02820.4126
focused on the present (not focused on the future)83.81023.21405
open to new experinces (not uncreative)83.816618.81364
simple (not complicated)83.8419.91381
clumsy (not coordinated)83.74916.61303
exuberant (not subdued)83.78919.497
egalitarian (not racist)83.631017.7444
😇 (not 😈)83.69320.8499
bold (not serious)83.58614.51386
whimsical (not rational)83.47918.81324
relaxed (not tense)83.32121.81292
disorganized (not self-disciplined)83.25318.91339
romantic (not dispassionate)83.114519.8125
weird (not normal)82.913216.51344
flexible (not rigid)82.83020.51301
emotional (not logical)82.710819.21350
plays hard (not works hard)82.76019.51323
unambiguous (not mysterious)82.72820.21643
stinky (not fresh)82.62722.5830
bright (not depressed)82.44419.41222
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)82.410319.2513
soft (not hard)82.36618.71335
codependent (not independent)82.35520.31715
democratic (not authoritarian)81.83021.61161
soft (not hard)81.87818.41137
slacker (not workaholic)81.74818.91122
honorable (not cunning)81.510719.81418
unpolished (not eloquent)81.46322.41517
complimentary (not insulting)81.39819.21048
nonpolitical (not political)81.12322.71251
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)80.911626.31197
zany (not regular)80.813520.1438
straightforward (not cryptic)80.78824.21360
angelic (not demonic)80.713318.71258
beta (not alpha)80.68621.01383
💪 (not 🧠)80.56220.4549
unorthodox (not traditional)80.416621.21112
loose (not tight)80.35924.9129
gatherer (not hunter)80.310323.1124
oblivious (not alert)79.95820.2502
juvenile (not mature)79.912219.61137
physical (not intellectual)79.88422.41313
🐷 (not 🐮)79.83825.7865
altruistic (not selfish)79.615819.51388
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)79.523422.81315
curious (not apathetic)79.316721.11269
artistic (not scientific)79.113320.51275
genuine (not sarcastic)79.113825.31385
dramatic (not no-nonsense)78.917322.6712
liberal (not conservative)78.816623.5464
drop out (not valedictorian)78.89923.3455
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)78.71821.9122
awkward (not suspicious)78.66318.01271
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)78.617522.3495
🐐 (not 🦒)78.54122.6705
emancipated (not enslaved)78.417623.81232
disarming (not creepy)78.419518.2647
creative (not conventional)78.417320.51315
poetic (not factual)78.25419.1115
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)78.110026.3477
bold (not shy)78.162423.51323
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)78.132025.1124
imaginative (not practical)77.811024.81377
idealist (not realist)77.811224.21084
unassuming (not pretentious)77.74625.8510
explorer (not builder)77.413622.31727
flamboyant (not modest)77.220326.01363
humble (not arrogant)77.213923.11286
equitable (not hypocritical)77.211320.91094
treasure (not trash)77.149726.9566
compersive (not jealous)77.08920.41171
short (not tall)76.912423.41284
instinctual (not reasoned)76.619923.21382
believable (not poorly-written)76.240720.3142
astonishing (not methodical)76.15821.11234
pure (not debased)76.019825.11204
🐒 (not 🐩)76.010326.0440
intimate (not formal)75.911823.3731
submissive (not dominant)75.611322.21344
🐿 (not 🦇)75.619522.4393
pacifist (not ferocious)75.210723.41327
🥳 (not 🥴)75.15629.5461
lowbrow (not highbrow)75.05427.11197
extraordinary (not mundane)75.037724.81303
crafty (not scholarly)75.027821.71660
🤡 (not 👽)75.07126.9433
🤣 (not 😊)74.910631.4547
crazy (not sane)74.722121.8492
luddite (not technophile)74.69723.51094
interesting (not tiresome)74.635223.61297
outsider (not insider)74.614826.71078
poor (not rich)74.414324.51224
involved (not remote)74.430724.21276
slovenly (not stylish)74.210925.41222
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)74.215929.91147
melee (not ranged)74.24927.794
rural (not urban)74.19630.4712
abstract (not concrete)74.111825.6513
literary (not mathematical)74.117719.81171
🛌 (not 🧗)74.110128.2778
👻 (not 🤖)73.910825.4423
important (not irrelevant)73.763224.4857
feminist (not sexist)73.745623.9582
backdoor (not official)73.522625.21477
wild (not tame)73.438625.91509
impulsive (not cautious)73.130428.21264
masculine (not feminine)72.845722.31284
multicolored (not monochrome)72.819029.61023
dunce (not genius)72.29222.41484
scandalous (not proper)72.132223.81407
meek (not bossy)72.111021.51234
moist (not dry)71.911427.5117
low IQ (not high IQ)71.75421.31480
circular (not linear)71.79124.0103
flourishing (not traumatized)71.57127.0114
persistent (not quitter)71.497727.1466
outlaw (not sheriff)70.935224.21362
spicy (not mild)70.644926.91344
sensitive (not thick-skinned)70.520526.51537
avant-garde (not classical)70.515926.41009
🥰 (not 🙃)70.321033.3705
lazy (not diligent)70.35524.01273
indiscreet (not tactful)70.38727.7478
spiritual (not skeptical)70.210026.01240
efficient (not overprepared)70.034822.1114
trolling (not triggered)69.512028.0124
sporty (not bookish)69.126326.01222
punk rock (not preppy)69.028725.8103
📈 (not 📉)68.932728.8494
musical (not off-key)68.718430.3145
dorky (not cool)68.626730.1442
innocent (not worldly)68.514428.81308
mischievous (not well behaved)68.251128.11333
child free (not pronatalist)68.241230.21091
Italian (not Swedish)68.129027.998
ludicrous (not sensible)67.625528.31314
🥾 (not 👟)67.628432.0459
animalistic (not human)67.612330.61361
street-smart (not sheltered)67.553129.11454
barbaric (not civilized)67.418525.41286
reliable (not experimental)67.337730.4124
🐘 (not 🐀)67.226426.7815
domestic (not industrial)67.122227.4882
vague (not precise)67.010824.61017
western (not eastern)67.031330.3648
sturdy (not flimsy)67.059232.2105
gossiping (not confidential)66.925028.21622
oppressed (not privileged)66.918624.5111
slow (not fast)66.810325.51280
low self esteem (not narcissistic)66.818924.6117
patriotic (not unpatriotic)66.753029.4448
healthy (not sickly)66.666426.11329
overspender (not penny-pincher)66.626930.1720
provincial (not cosmopolitan)66.521931.31170
🌟 (not 💩)66.570334.8473
apprentice (not master)66.422028.2763
foolish (not wise)66.326624.51321
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)66.330129.6711
head@clouds (not down2earth)66.230333.11314
communal (not individualist)66.214532.61138
unprepared (not hoarder)66.115027.81314
vulnerable (not armoured)65.822027.31272
hedonist (not monastic)65.832028.7333
passive (not assertive)65.614528.01328
existentialist (not nihilist)65.634527.6796
rhythmic (not stuttering)65.565229.2120
rough (not smooth)65.233328.91231
🤔 (not 🤫)65.134029.8414
trusting (not charming)64.921331.51319
demure (not vain)64.930226.61233
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)64.818831.1429
lewd (not tasteful)64.724628.81236
disreputable (not prestigious)64.721725.91255
repulsive (not attractive)64.418224.81322
queer (not straight)64.311227.3602
extreme (not moderate)64.260928.41249
spelunker (not claustrophobic)64.046232.7113
aloof (not obsessed)63.96430.81250
arcane (not mainstream)63.942329.31232
🦄 (not 🐴)63.830134.9425
unambitious (not driven)63.74928.81249
gendered (not androgynous)63.2100030.6596
subjective (not objective)63.222428.9919
vegan (not cannibal)63.240134.9124
inspiring (not cringeworthy)63.050527.51053
respectful (not rude)62.954726.81333
edgy (not politically correct)62.752625.71300
unobservant (not perceptive)62.710929.9126
incompetent (not competent)62.614325.21315
resourceful (not helpless)62.593628.01065
anarchist (not statist)62.334628.9631
fixable (not unfixable)62.349228.2123
fortunate (not unlucky)62.133326.91291
mighty (not puny)62.173926.71355
whippersnapper (not sage)61.936730.2104
brave (not careful)61.662327.31292
anxious (not calm)61.455230.11300
self-improving (not self-destructive)61.036926.3134
hipster (not basic)60.924130.31260
fast-talking (not slow-talking)60.962730.3124
chortling (not giggling)60.762138.3119
deep (not shallow)60.561928.9582
confident (not insecure)60.477130.91359
decorative (not utilitarian)60.326130.4921
🧢 (not 🎩)60.345137.1478
modern (not historical)60.055927.4991
legit (not scrub)59.786530.7705
sheeple (not conspiracist)59.616130.81030
pack rat (not minimalist)59.336432.7479
kinky (not vanilla)58.851130.41133
metrosexual (not macho)58.763829.7136
😏 (not 😬)58.653732.2412
enlightened (not lost)58.342030.1112
generalist (not specialist)58.223331.0899
blacksmith (not tailor)58.235231.4118
lavish (not frugal)57.845931.91193
socialist (not libertarian)57.615433.81142
autistic (not neurotypical)57.611427.21136
hesitant (not decisive)57.625028.81280
slothful (not active)56.613128.91313
self-assured (not self-conscious)56.185333.11343
young (not old)56.072824.31255
morning lark (not night owl)55.838831.4987
not introspective (not introspective)55.529931.4621
deranged (not reasonable)55.347228.3463
Greek (not Roman)55.141330.682
theist (not atheist)54.942130.0856
ignorant (not knowledgeable)54.730128.3129
impatient (not patient)54.575832.6675
nerd (not jock)54.471531.11320
beautiful (not ugly)54.2101031.81135
impartial (not biased)54.019331.51335
orange (not purple)53.755230.91130
English (not German)53.7110834.5130
rebellious (not obedient)53.677630.61290
noob (not pro)53.529031.2431
deviant (not average)53.377729.01075
🏌 (not 🤺)53.224433.2437
repetitive (not varied)53.178630.3643
wavering (not resolute)53.128029.6429
transient (not permanent)52.946331.5600
theoretical (not empirical)52.837132.61174
lustful (not chaste)52.771530.31099
direct (not roundabout)52.692733.31274
consistent (not variable)52.578632.3134
devout (not heathen)52.370431.41209
Russian (not French)52.344433.0123
feisty (not gracious)52.193331.91426
stable (not moody)52.039129.31272
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')51.160434.11034
slugabed (not go-getter)51.116532.6449
awkward (not charming)51.045931.41405
resistant (not resigned)51.0109528.91252
frenzied (not sleepy)50.8114531.9143
literal (not metaphorical)50.790634.81303
real (not philosophical)50.793133.31138

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Merry Brandybuck (0.873)
  2. Pippin Took (0.849)
  3. Olaf (0.844)
  4. Rubeus Hagrid (0.813)
  5. Dory (0.809)
  1. Theresa Cullen (-0.728)
  2. Thomas Matthews (-0.723)
  3. Alexander Conklin (-0.723)
  4. Ash (-0.72)
  5. Mycroft Holmes (-0.716)

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 = 0.61)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.56)
  3. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.44)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.37)
  5. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.35)
  6. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.35)
  7. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.34)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.29)
  9. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.28)
  10. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.24)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.21)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.18)
  13. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.1)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.02)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.01)
  16. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.04)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = -0.05)
  18. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.05)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.08)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.08)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.15)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.36)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.4)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.43)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.5)


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