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Kimball Cho Personality Statistics

Kimball Cho is a character from The Mentalist. 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
confidential (not gossiping)91.8249.231
quiet (not loud)90.9511.830
private (not gregarious)90.01416.128
orderly (not chaotic)89.7229.630
direct (not roundabout)89.54920.032
neat (not messy)89.56410.139
coordinated (not clumsy)88.710012.133
stoic (not expressive)88.31114.811
manicured (not scruffy)88.117713.124
self-disciplined (not disorganized)87.818010.318
practical (not imaginative)87.83212.623
rational (not whimsical)87.43314.427
tight (not loose)87.36313.312
treasure (not trash)87.013013.240
competent (not incompetent)86.621513.329
egalitarian (not racist)86.419815.337
legit (not scrub)86.47616.128
diligent (not lazy)85.93949.618
workaholic (not slacker)85.925720.534
studious (not goof-off)85.916813.548
reserved (not chatty)85.76515.727
independent (not codependent)85.311415.418
wise (not foolish)85.16812.124
loyal (not traitorous)84.834718.020
literal (not metaphorical)84.81718.135
perceptive (not unobservant)84.630012.015
works hard (not plays hard)84.413313.723
resourceful (not helpless)84.429011.433
efficient (not overprepared)84.41518.918
knowledgeable (not ignorant)84.221410.519
no-nonsense (not dramatic)84.03520.430
pro (not noob)84.025120.443
strict (not lenient)83.712016.429
guarded (not open)83.719318.520
high IQ (not low IQ)83.736313.626
masculine (not feminine)83.624617.331
modest (not flamboyant)83.65710.524
precise (not vague)83.611419.532
mature (not juvenile)83.611518.222
healthy (not sickly)83.516716.042
believable (not poorly-written)83.114117.420
deliberate (not spontaneous)83.116018.523
civilized (not barbaric)83.020416.921
secretive (not open-book)83.016924.812
proper (not scandalous)82.67717.019
heroic (not villainous)82.330010.826
linear (not circular)82.31017.212
introvert (not extrovert)82.14815.237
decisive (not hesitant)82.022422.325
logical (not emotional)81.96919.537
down2earth (not head@clouds)81.79529.423
reasonable (not deranged)81.512615.943
scientific (not artistic)81.415214.025
consistent (not variable)81.36521.620
persistent (not quitter)81.267523.841
sane (not crazy)81.14821.439
important (not irrelevant)80.840215.334
concrete (not abstract)80.66424.635
scheduled (not spontaneous)80.520817.926
sensible (not ludicrous)80.412320.627
driven (not unambitious)80.457419.234
reliable (not experimental)80.310916.218
alert (not oblivious)80.124019.032
armoured (not vulnerable)80.016720.131
formal (not intimate)80.09420.939
atheist (not theist)79.812421.920
realist (not idealist)79.77220.239
straight (not queer)79.140124.924
resolute (not wavering)79.116825.237
🤖 (not 👻)79.15118.933
well behaved (not mischievous)79.19818.511
utilitarian (not decorative)78.712420.936
chortling (not giggling)78.59924.912
methodical (not astonishing)78.312827.418
serious (not bold)78.25423.434
👽 (not 🤡)78.26510.822
sturdy (not flimsy)78.229525.014
calm (not anxious)78.07819.924
permanent (not transient)78.07519.523
valedictorian (not drop out)78.037926.335
respectful (not rude)77.924717.632
short (not tall)77.911613.425
tame (not wild)77.97421.135
prestigious (not disreputable)77.921022.122
minimalist (not pack rat)77.95520.536
sheriff (not outlaw)77.617419.324
politically correct (not edgy)77.46718.514
wholesome (not salacious)77.422522.039
neurotypical (not autistic)77.224117.528
fresh (not stinky)77.233421.139
dry (not moist)77.28425.15
tactful (not indiscreet)77.115220.047
human (not animalistic)77.034920.327
factual (not poetic)76.915626.618
active (not slothful)76.852922.027
hoarder (not unprepared)76.89420.020
trusting (not charming)76.73325.724
honorable (not cunning)76.521622.550
street-smart (not sheltered)76.534229.124
gendered (not androgynous)76.461421.628
go-getter (not slugabed)76.350117.231
self-improving (not self-destructive)76.210814.912
disarming (not creepy)75.928517.124
skeptical (not spiritual)75.736424.433
pessimistic (not optimistic)75.216116.721
basic (not hipster)75.021424.426
deep (not shallow)75.022922.452
🐴 (not 🦄)75.016327.038
traditional (not unorthodox)74.815024.527
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)74.818025.545
serious (not playful)74.837725.916
official (not backdoor)74.612327.219
beautiful (not ugly)74.561720.530
obedient (not rebellious)74.312621.335
sober (not indulgent)74.310726.632
stable (not moody)74.26528.623
urban (not rural)74.036823.132
reclusive (not social)74.015625.640
work-first (not family-first)73.830427.528
🤠 (not 🤑)73.724823.036
penny-pincher (not overspender)73.615018.032
rigid (not flexible)73.622622.624
feminist (not sexist)73.546420.327
equitable (not hypocritical)73.318119.742
cautious (not impulsive)73.020422.940
demure (not vain)73.013519.135
objective (not subjective)73.04923.523
subdued (not exuberant)72.76820.111
reasoned (not instinctual)72.712427.431
pure (not debased)72.626322.023
regular (not zany)72.67422.836
altruistic (not selfish)72.530317.535
compersive (not jealous)72.515117.921
hard (not soft)72.533723.632
master (not apprentice)72.448631.220
ranged (not melee)72.38920.111
rhythmic (not stuttering)72.245524.211
😇 (not 😈)72.029027.545
mighty (not puny)71.949317.715
mathematical (not literary)71.713124.424
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)71.719621.731
classical (not avant-garde)71.722722.118
patriotic (not unpatriotic)71.738422.638
😊 (not 🤣)71.429823.441
tasteful (not lewd)71.336322.021
humble (not arrogant)71.322622.632
🧗 (not 🛌)71.138828.337
conventional (not creative)71.118627.828
tense (not relaxed)70.961220.728
introspective (not not introspective)70.830924.838
loveable (not punchable)70.838315.313
chaste (not lustful)70.814317.932
statist (not anarchist)70.718519.923
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)70.653528.433
enlightened (not lost)70.618718.922
corporate (not freelance)70.521920.915
genius (not dunce)70.446616.537
morning lark (not night owl)70.314228.729
mysterious (not unambiguous)70.124730.118
unassuming (not pretentious)70.112528.527
presidential (not folksy)69.932122.816
confident (not insecure)69.954324.824
cooperative (not competitive)69.818524.928
🌟 (not 💩)69.862227.141
eloquent (not unpolished)69.647525.821
scholarly (not crafty)69.518321.621
shy (not playful)68.87716.020
kind (not cruel)68.764125.720
straightforward (not cryptic)68.545334.630
patient (not impatient)68.519128.728
🐘 (not 🐀)68.523928.537
impartial (not biased)68.42323.017
real (not philosophical)68.438229.024
interesting (not tiresome)68.353930.422
🤐 (not 😜)68.329032.336
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')68.11922.822
fortunate (not unlucky)67.919014.316
alpha (not beta)67.857029.224
thick (not thin)67.822424.933
suspicious (not awkward)67.652430.630
nurturing (not poisonous)67.548623.717
refined (not rugged)67.345325.827
thick-skinned (not sensitive)67.332830.126
attractive (not repulsive)67.270525.740
😏 (not 😬)67.233724.431
focused on the present (not focused on the future)67.122025.538
self-assured (not self-conscious)67.158927.327
builder (not explorer)67.125722.919
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)66.921622.833
stylish (not slovenly)66.753227.024
🧕 (not 💃)66.612329.041
🐮 (not 🐷)66.419221.428
soulful (not soulless)66.372323.322
rich (not poor)66.251417.515
intense (not lighthearted)66.261629.712
trusting (not suspicious)66.127130.328
hard (not soft)66.146826.831
fast (not slow)65.762526.220
bookish (not sporty)65.158826.129
traumatized (not flourishing)65.052017.110
🥾 (not 👟)64.733834.843
high-tech (not low-tech)63.838129.918
worldly (not innocent)63.471131.825
emancipated (not enslaved)63.361318.729
specialist (not generalist)63.346827.022
forgiving (not vengeful)63.143324.429
moderate (not extreme)63.122125.817
🐐 (not 🦒)63.147327.225
🤺 (not 🏌)63.073631.454
cold (not warm)62.839326.430
monochrome (not multicolored)62.738929.725
cool (not dorky)62.750533.934
🐩 (not 🐒)62.742928.428
English (not German)62.392332.416
Greek (not Roman)62.313123.811
highbrow (not lowbrow)62.255326.328
first-mate (not captain)62.049030.431
dominant (not submissive)61.972028.932
normal (not weird)61.829626.637
inspiring (not cringeworthy)61.853229.129
chill (not offended)61.527430.512
tailor (not blacksmith)61.363533.36
repetitive (not varied)61.249328.638
average (not deviant)60.626629.020
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)60.548829.126
💝 (not 💔)60.544732.931
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)60.332528.243
🤔 (not 🤫)60.152732.839
📈 (not 📉)60.164928.548
dispassionate (not romantic)60.123022.715
involved (not remote)60.080829.226
conservative (not liberal)59.730228.746
sleepy (not frenzied)59.76423.314
🧠 (not 💪)59.576625.951
assertive (not passive)59.484723.320
😀 (not 😭)59.442726.445
frugal (not lavish)59.254327.016
angelic (not demonic)59.160524.420
insider (not outsider)59.135931.422
preppy (not punk rock)59.163529.616
gloomy (not sunny)58.857526.220
aloof (not obsessed)58.515025.225
purple (not orange)58.441733.425
devout (not heathen)58.354827.822
macho (not metrosexual)58.335725.814
bossy (not meek)58.282824.926
eastern (not western)58.212931.933
quarrelsome (not warm)58.061025.531
child free (not pronatalist)57.673234.436
genuine (not sarcastic)57.555330.222
🥴 (not 🥳)57.555825.232
musical (not off-key)57.340625.515
Swedish (not Italian)57.241523.29
trolling (not triggered)57.228231.312
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)57.143924.212
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)56.837926.914
uninspiring (not charismatic)56.518126.821
uncreative (not open to new experinces)56.426225.937
narcissistic (not low self esteem)56.470923.417
vegan (not cannibal)56.356523.813
libertarian (not socialist)56.259828.019
sheeple (not conspiracist)55.924428.728
angry (not good-humored)55.649527.628
humorless (not funny)55.540829.333
🥰 (not 🙃)55.556336.344
arcane (not mainstream)55.364426.226
miserable (not joyful)55.271520.532
whippersnapper (not sage)55.254221.65
leisurely (not hurried)55.143927.325
mild (not spicy)55.039725.541
simple (not complicated)55.030930.030
nerd (not jock)54.970926.822
claustrophobic (not spelunker)54.933026.213
bold (not shy)54.8109831.138
provincial (not cosmopolitan)54.848927.234
awkward (not charming)54.739624.338
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)54.744424.826
fixable (not unfixable)54.772326.712
sorrowful (not cheery)54.672627.522
technophile (not luddite)54.650827.220
🧐 (not 😎)54.453235.942
Russian (not French)54.239433.310
🧢 (not 🎩)54.055233.136
empirical (not theoretical)53.870331.132
nonpolitical (not political)53.446131.721
individualist (not communal)53.476029.235
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)53.164429.530
gracious (not feisty)53.032327.336
🐿 (not 🦇)53.069128.831
geriatric (not vibrant)52.930522.512
pacifist (not ferocious)52.845228.433
close-minded (not open-minded)52.845123.827
brave (not careful)52.681825.426
mundane (not extraordinary)52.633730.420
apathetic (not curious)52.526329.322
physical (not intellectual)52.344424.921
kinky (not vanilla)52.363433.618
gatherer (not hunter)52.358236.59
rough (not smooth)52.260927.226
accepting (not judgemental)52.058530.125
oppressed (not privileged)51.941122.09
glad (not mad)51.852725.835
monastic (not hedonist)51.849926.621
sweet (not bitter)51.762829.930
slow-talking (not fast-talking)51.542533.910
historical (not modern)51.455427.019
complimentary (not insulting)51.469632.619
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)51.437032.126
happy (not sad)51.347820.828
resistant (not resigned)50.1111531.230
bright (not depressed)50.969827.220
existentialist (not nihilist)50.188824.322
authoritarian (not democratic)50.859727.323
old (not young)50.352119.321
industrial (not domestic)50.572331.326

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Dana Scully (0.863)
  2. Raymond Holt (0.854)
  3. Cedric Daniels (0.851)
  4. Teresa Lisbon (0.841)
  5. George S. Hammond (0.839)
  1. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.734)
  2. George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (-0.69)
  3. Oscar Bluth (-0.684)
  4. Lydia Bennet (-0.658)
  5. Myrtle Wilson (-0.652)

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: INTJ (r = 0.16)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.11)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.1)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.07)
  5. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.11)
  6. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.15)
  7. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.16)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.18)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.18)
  10. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.19)
  11. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.21)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.22)
  13. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.22)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.23)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.23)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.25)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.32)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.33)
  19. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.37)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.43)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.44)
  22. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.44)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.47)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.48)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.57)


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