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Frank Burns Personality Statistics

Frank Burns is a character from M*A*S*H. 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
tight (not loose)93.2911.233
judgemental (not accepting)92.4409.945
offended (not chill)92.31411.132
stubborn (not accommodating)91.56415.957
close-minded (not open-minded)91.21310.536
suspicious (not trusting)90.75012.457
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)90.51119.533
privileged (not oppressed)90.49510.441
tense (not relaxed)90.25414.253
quarrelsome (not warm)90.26216.441
conventional (not creative)89.71212.244
selfish (not altruistic)89.77116.9122
strict (not lenient)89.54917.245
scheduled (not spontaneous)89.16116.046
punchable (not loveable)88.85218.124
uncreative (not open to new experinces)88.71115.642
entitled (not grateful)88.78622.249
conservative (not liberal)88.41920.239
tiresome (not interesting)88.2314.643
rigid (not flexible)88.24216.462
preppy (not punk rock)88.25018.438
opinionated (not neutral)87.819317.659
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)87.52320.433
interrupting (not attentive)87.55415.833
hypocritical (not equitable)86.83015.963
stingy (not generous)86.65417.947
political (not nonpolitical)86.57615.244
basic (not hipster)86.32816.152
corporate (not freelance)86.34419.341
moody (not stable)86.211817.748
mundane (not extraordinary)86.0814.351
pessimistic (not optimistic)86.03415.342
impatient (not patient)86.012217.689
claustrophobic (not spelunker)85.9622.234
pretentious (not unassuming)85.87519.249
bitter (not sweet)85.69515.847
anxious (not calm)85.37618.747
arrogant (not humble)85.218820.141
demanding (not unchallenging)85.225021.763
cringeworthy (not inspiring)85.13819.373
on-time (not tardy)85.019820.960
obedient (not rebellious)84.62820.643
jealous (not compersive)84.37419.337
competitive (not cooperative)84.224524.036
authoritarian (not democratic)84.210723.042
dorky (not cool)84.15021.457
cold (not warm)83.810913.938
sheriff (not outlaw)83.79423.056
traditional (not unorthodox)83.74622.144
twitchy (not still)83.610620.459
humorless (not funny)83.54321.751
shallow (not deep)83.44820.283
pointed (not random)83.423025.917
serious (not bold)83.22519.250
miserable (not joyful)83.29114.951
narcissistic (not low self esteem)83.118122.136
vain (not demure)83.011720.150
insulting (not complimentary)83.010319.541
neat (not messy)82.518421.087
penny-pincher (not overspender)82.41322.766
deliberate (not spontaneous)82.218121.946
biased (not impartial)82.112521.440
gloomy (not sunny)82.110916.135
guarded (not open)81.925316.842
awkward (not charming)81.84921.047
skeptical (not spiritual)81.817725.336
💩 (not 🌟)81.56218.246
sheltered (not street-smart)81.26125.343
lost (not enlightened)81.26220.032
mad (not glad)81.013320.746
vengeful (not forgiving)80.922315.537
poisonous (not nurturing)80.814414.438
intense (not lighthearted)80.828621.328
pensive (not serene)80.8829.917
unambiguous (not mysterious)80.66023.982
weakass (not badass)80.53823.229
monochrome (not multicolored)80.27924.943
🥴 (not 🥳)80.25016.952
repetitive (not varied)80.14121.473
foolish (not wise)80.18720.449
flimsy (not sturdy)80.03122.231
literal (not metaphorical)79.86123.366
off-key (not musical)79.75119.233
driven (not unambitious)79.563425.940
patriotic (not unpatriotic)79.518026.247
uninspiring (not charismatic)79.12125.243
dramatic (not comedic)79.128424.728
hurried (not leisurely)79.06213.546
gendered (not androgynous)79.051526.180
creepy (not disarming)78.95921.439
overprepared (not efficient)78.81324.226
careful (not brave)78.54224.743
sexist (not feminist)78.412723.941
vintage (not trendy)78.429425.024
non-gamer (not gamer)78.420931.128
classical (not avant-garde)78.110220.245
statist (not anarchist)78.16327.466
exaggerating (not factual)78.121827.318
rude (not respectful)78.015423.981
not introspective (not introspective)77.83629.157
linear (not circular)77.43828.921
outsider (not insider)77.011726.641
self-destructive (not self-improving)76.820421.733
manicured (not scruffy)76.847523.438
low-tech (not high-tech)76.715722.543
official (not backdoor)76.69629.830
ironic (not profound)76.65621.040
practical (not imaginative)76.625024.749
🐷 (not 🐮)76.65627.543
tame (not wild)76.49521.979
bossy (not meek)76.448527.440
codependent (not independent)76.310627.136
weird (not normal)76.226821.972
utilitarian (not decorative)76.120123.237
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)76.110126.247
🧐 (not 😎)76.113022.948
luddite (not technophile)76.07925.744
angry (not good-humored)76.012921.546
historical (not modern)75.916019.143
feisty (not gracious)75.939716.640
puny (not mighty)75.75228.131
methodical (not astonishing)75.719521.834
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)75.722326.925
orderly (not chaotic)75.527631.236
geriatric (not vibrant)75.54023.329
straight (not queer)75.355929.742
extreme (not moderate)75.342728.890
formal (not intimate)75.217724.255
tailor (not blacksmith)75.226820.228
juvenile (not mature)75.120625.140
ignorant (not knowledgeable)75.18025.426
💀 (not 🎃)74.921425.238
ambitious (not realistic)74.830728.849
🐀 (not 🐘)74.810131.744
Roman (not Greek)74.85125.729
bad-cook (not good-cook)74.816725.320
serious (not playful)74.740325.839
triggered (not trolling)74.715927.235
concrete (not abstract)74.617128.635
bookish (not sporty)74.543923.443
stuttering (not rhythmic)74.46226.925
🥾 (not 👟)74.318927.879
work-first (not family-first)74.230522.081
deranged (not reasonable)74.120024.243
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)74.023726.142
businesslike (not chivalrous)74.025228.347
clumsy (not coordinated)73.915328.844
cruel (not kind)73.817117.136
slow (not fast)73.84922.432
traumatized (not flourishing)73.630719.036
sorrowful (not cheery)73.527817.140
psychopath (not empath)73.523119.937
nerd (not jock)73.441028.255
depressed (not bright)73.412222.856
🐴 (not 🦄)73.422034.536
dunce (not genius)73.29323.4114
🤖 (not 👻)72.713923.945
insecure (not confident)72.59628.345
indiscreet (not tactful)72.47326.748
loud (not quiet)72.040526.242
suspicious (not awkward)72.043227.644
sad (not happy)72.028921.340
😭 (not 😀)72.015823.255
OCD (not ADHD)71.940935.733
repulsive (not attractive)71.811923.443
cannibal (not vegan)71.827926.824
unobservant (not perceptive)71.55528.534
two-faced (not one-faced)71.520632.063
morning lark (not night owl)71.314524.673
villainous (not heroic)71.317423.855
sensitive (not thick-skinned)71.320231.549
hoarder (not unprepared)71.221525.744
soulless (not soulful)71.115623.444
oblivious (not alert)71.114929.848
helpless (not resourceful)70.93626.860
empirical (not theoretical)70.911532.373
🙃 (not 🥰)70.822529.955
reliable (not experimental)70.233022.533
trash (not treasure)70.210623.988
scientific (not artistic)70.136126.844
demonic (not angelic)70.125819.943
racist (not egalitarian)70.08624.843
individualist (not communal)69.937636.550
crazy (not sane)69.833526.747
scrub (not legit)69.88626.458
reclusive (not social)69.723923.558
orange (not purple)69.516223.126
secretive (not open-book)69.548429.437
private (not gregarious)69.440928.038
incompetent (not competent)69.410026.773
🛌 (not 🧗)69.415325.751
🧕 (not 💃)69.08828.043
cunning (not honorable)68.930127.095
mild (not spicy)68.817328.982
sexual (not asexual)68.856326.639
noob (not pro)68.711433.941
urban (not rural)68.557428.566
🎩 (not 🧢)68.544225.643
dry (not moist)68.423435.235
permanent (not transient)68.328127.345
gossiping (not confidential)68.224032.532
politically correct (not edgy)68.121731.233
🐐 (not 🦒)68.128829.843
haunted (not blissful)68.057427.549
works hard (not plays hard)67.860826.046
beta (not alpha)67.525631.783
🐿 (not 🦇)67.537831.740
😬 (not 😏)67.520333.937
stinky (not fresh)67.516828.881
factual (not poetic)67.538224.638
💔 (not 💝)67.428029.845
salacious (not wholesome)67.032531.152
lustful (not chaste)66.943829.579
obsessed (not aloof)66.745333.236
old (not young)66.733411.339
builder (not explorer)66.629726.138
straightforward (not cryptic)66.554634.640
vanilla (not kinky)66.433130.242
cautious (not impulsive)66.337230.482
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)66.364627.745
real (not philosophical)66.149628.737
self-disciplined (not disorganized)66.077232.045
dramatic (not no-nonsense)66.043533.148
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)65.825232.557
unfixable (not fixable)65.723131.337
refined (not rugged)65.651925.346
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)65.536434.437
ugly (not beautiful)65.312321.845
🤐 (not 😜)65.238132.140
📉 (not 📈)65.210531.860
unlucky (not fortunate)65.136228.356
ludicrous (not sensible)65.031033.841
apprentice (not master)64.526029.435
theist (not atheist)64.523634.231
studious (not goof-off)64.572236.837
hard-work (not natural-talent)64.553922.249
🥶 (not 🥵)64.427431.541
😈 (not 😇)64.441925.859
frenzied (not sleepy)64.186728.937
first-mate (not captain)64.048531.444
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)64.037130.081
debased (not pure)63.942629.337
workaholic (not slacker)63.989532.551
libertarian (not socialist)63.829533.259
western (not eastern)63.846735.749
enslaved (not emancipated)63.712333.150
precise (not vague)63.764432.144
sarcastic (not genuine)63.643430.553
traitorous (not loyal)63.420330.839
gatherer (not hunter)63.342232.828
bored (not interested)62.912728.519
provincial (not cosmopolitan)62.631831.966
conspiracist (not sheeple)62.664434.745
proper (not scandalous)62.445930.930
consistent (not variable)62.453932.532
apathetic (not curious)62.313130.739
perverted (not clean)62.332226.443
wooden (not plastic)62.370435.360
head@clouds (not down2earth)62.240535.637
hard (not soft)62.258431.644
emotional (not logical)62.152130.046
irrelevant (not important)61.99528.886
masculine (not feminine)61.868125.239
ferocious (not pacifist)61.866433.147
whippersnapper (not sage)61.638829.232
rich (not poor)61.564027.339
submissive (not dominant)61.329931.786
child free (not pronatalist)61.365932.034
🤑 (not 🤠)61.339230.646
🤡 (not 👽)61.329934.531
unpolished (not eloquent)61.236630.350
persistent (not quitter)61.1124336.244
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)60.638633.246
resistant (not resigned)60.588532.383
rational (not whimsical)60.264533.847
frugal (not lavish)60.155932.247
assertive (not passive)60.088236.040
🏌 (not 🤺)59.817035.544
thrifty (not extravagant)59.750538.440
desperate (not high standards)59.733337.675
rough (not smooth)59.546531.943
mainstream (not arcane)59.533135.042
intellectual (not physical)59.375028.748
hesitant (not decisive)59.223829.844
believable (not poorly-written)59.1114926.031
devout (not heathen)59.055731.173
🤣 (not 😊)58.538630.431
🤔 (not 🤫)58.461432.044
simple (not complicated)58.325835.341
Coke (not Pepsi)57.741736.049
valedictorian (not drop out)57.681333.744
regular (not zany)57.536633.753
exuberant (not subdued)57.569525.234
well behaved (not mischievous)57.445330.444
overachiever (not underachiever)57.3100538.345
tall (not short)57.068721.484
bold (not shy)56.9112928.438
focused on the present (not focused on the future)56.952531.673
chatty (not reserved)56.661234.236
remote (not involved)56.517428.831
disreputable (not prestigious)56.438331.440
fast-talking (not slow-talking)56.377830.535
sickly (not healthy)56.225423.884
prideful (not envious)56.1103037.449
industrial (not domestic)55.961229.530
fantastical (not realistic)55.950736.628
ranged (not melee)55.865431.234
civilized (not barbaric)55.487733.035
slovenly (not stylish)55.440127.036
epic (not deep)55.458420.016
generalist (not specialist)55.332730.029
neurotypical (not autistic)55.2109131.281
low IQ (not high IQ)55.120528.046
presidential (not folksy)55.167429.233
nihilist (not existentialist)55.034729.247
introvert (not extrovert)54.847228.244
human (not animalistic)54.894230.736
Swedish (not Italian)54.850232.621
🧠 (not 💪)54.790926.785
active (not slothful)54.6113531.536
direct (not roundabout)54.592932.951
highbrow (not lowbrow)54.382230.190
bashful (not exhibitionist)54.134832.923
fire (not water)53.983036.238
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)53.593832.899
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)53.359434.635
trusting (not charming)53.154723.138
giggling (not chortling)53.039335.834
modest (not flamboyant)52.872031.639
resolute (not wavering)52.7101134.073
shy (not playful)52.632721.443
subjective (not objective)52.666533.852
fighter (not lover)52.667531.337
diligent (not lazy)52.4120332.239
🏀 (not 🎨)52.452033.736
expressive (not stoic)52.279334.438
soft (not hard)52.257335.367
freak (not normie)52.275434.953
vulnerable (not armoured)52.146233.859
doer (not thinker)52.193334.150
sober (not indulgent)51.960434.840
realist (not idealist)51.971134.492
hedonist (not monastic)51.978332.037
minimalist (not pack rat)51.974530.235
scholarly (not crafty)51.853031.132
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')51.756835.137
thin (not thick)51.683029.244
tasteful (not lewd)51.490226.047
instinctual (not reasoned)51.480132.138
worldly (not innocent)51.2100227.148
deviant (not average)51.288933.741
go-getter (not slugabed)50.1122830.843
Russian (not French)50.152328.614
metrosexual (not macho)50.187927.528
🐒 (not 🐩)50.863936.144
self-assured (not self-conscious)50.3101937.744
air (not earth)50.342936.629
literary (not mathematical)50.686933.431
English (not German)50.6125136.434
romantic (not dispassionate)50.699732.229

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Petunia Dursley (0.871)
  2. Cornelius Fudge (0.858)
  3. Principal Vernon (0.856)
  4. Principal Skinner (0.81)
  5. Mr. William Collins (0.802)
  1. Luna Lovegood (-0.656)
  2. Han Lue (-0.653)
  3. Guinan (-0.617)
  4. Iroh (-0.611)
  5. William H. 'Shakespeare' Hill (-0.594)

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 = 0.67)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.61)
  3. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.45)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.39)
  5. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.35)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.33)
  7. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.24)
  8. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.24)
  9. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.23)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.21)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.18)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.13)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.04)
  14. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.04)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.01)
  16. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.03)
  17. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.03)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.14)
  19. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.2)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.25)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.26)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.33)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.36)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.49)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.53)


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