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Michael Scofield Personality Statistics

Michael Scofield is a character from Prison Break. 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
coordinated (not clumsy)97.717.015
competent (not incompetent)97.615.625
genius (not dunce)97.018.321
pro (not noob)97.046.247
high IQ (not low IQ)96.6138.617
persistent (not quitter)96.5127.664
extraordinary (not mundane)96.326.520
important (not irrelevant)96.048.445
diligent (not lazy)94.9295.514
master (not apprentice)94.51210.331
self-disciplined (not disorganized)94.3239.518
treasure (not trash)94.347.529
family-first (not work-first)94.1410.535
fast (not slow)93.4213.821
driven (not unambitious)93.15218.434
intellectual (not physical)92.8239.122
workaholic (not slacker)92.6399.320
studious (not goof-off)92.62614.947
private (not gregarious)92.1910.216
active (not slothful)92.0268.323
alert (not oblivious)92.01214.962
🌟 (not 💩)91.82114.857
open to new experinces (not uncreative)91.7228.323
confidential (not gossiping)91.61611.219
resourceful (not helpless)91.56019.120
interesting (not tiresome)91.1917.548
mature (not juvenile)91.1229.314
neat (not messy)91.03411.130
precise (not vague)91.01318.043
creative (not conventional)90.51411.024
heroic (not villainous)90.26512.451
patient (not impatient)89.8516.124
go-getter (not slugabed)89.84018.636
introspective (not not introspective)89.6316.935
reserved (not chatty)89.4269.330
alpha (not beta)89.48315.425
legit (not scrub)89.32619.024
respectful (not rude)89.23313.934
🧠 (not 💪)89.25218.346
🧗 (not 🛌)89.13215.261
serious (not playful)89.15216.011
wise (not foolish)88.72818.219
attractive (not repulsive)88.77517.327
inspiring (not cringeworthy)88.41613.832
loyal (not traitorous)88.317323.024
egalitarian (not racist)88.19312.037
charismatic (not uninspiring)87.87018.116
deep (not shallow)87.82018.958
deviant (not average)87.63513.014
altruistic (not selfish)87.52410.729
specialist (not generalist)87.4418.219
methodical (not astonishing)87.31126.321
tactful (not indiscreet)86.61520.458
confident (not insecure)86.29319.749
direct (not roundabout)86.18011.415
hoarder (not unprepared)85.8514.620
😊 (not 🤣)85.7917.154
mathematical (not literary)85.62017.119
independent (not codependent)85.67225.518
dominant (not submissive)85.017612.324
orderly (not chaotic)84.95917.618
scheduled (not spontaneous)84.89228.528
high-tech (not low-tech)84.86620.825
captain (not first-mate)84.811422.018
beautiful (not ugly)84.721621.048
bookish (not sporty)84.216617.318
mysterious (not unambiguous)84.24319.936
straight (not queer)84.218019.422
kind (not cruel)84.018821.913
cautious (not impulsive)83.83018.433
😏 (not 😬)83.82624.169
street-smart (not sheltered)83.615022.227
eloquent (not unpolished)83.512223.915
cool (not dorky)83.55925.524
guarded (not open)83.215624.821
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)83.16024.865
complicated (not simple)83.19324.118
nurturing (not poisonous)82.610619.915
👽 (not 🤡)82.52016.974
arcane (not mainstream)81.85924.814
🥰 (not 🙃)81.51626.435
charming (not awkward)81.412319.122
🤖 (not 👻)81.12127.729
nerd (not jock)80.918327.911
equitable (not hypocritical)80.75223.916
masculine (not feminine)80.624116.552
quiet (not loud)80.48122.724
no-nonsense (not dramatic)79.95821.419
works hard (not plays hard)79.921226.022
self-assured (not self-conscious)79.717723.215
strict (not lenient)79.614521.525
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)79.622322.543
valedictorian (not drop out)79.624829.752
feminist (not sexist)79.122116.829
compersive (not jealous)79.13422.411
decisive (not hesitant)79.023129.415
reasonable (not deranged)78.913625.869
suspicious (not awkward)78.715115.621
rebellious (not obedient)78.722521.227
minimalist (not pack rat)78.73225.263
objective (not subjective)78.3827.718
rich (not poor)78.224222.720
optimistic (not pessimistic)78.09323.817
introvert (not extrovert)77.97419.716
conspiracist (not sheeple)77.913130.339
resolute (not wavering)77.916728.158
technophile (not luddite)77.88627.627
💝 (not 💔)77.57526.934
skeptical (not spiritual)77.324026.019
logical (not emotional)76.410526.718
permanent (not transient)76.38429.633
prestigious (not disreputable)76.219122.013
refined (not rugged)76.120522.020
stable (not moody)76.13925.519
thick-skinned (not sensitive)75.810526.324
resistant (not resigned)75.817728.121
genuine (not sarcastic)75.814728.227
gendered (not androgynous)75.648829.219
focused on the future (not focused on the present)75.44627.625
soulful (not soulless)75.435729.317
fresh (not stinky)75.226024.749
mighty (not puny)75.130017.917
reclusive (not social)75.011024.964
📈 (not 📉)75.09431.379
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)74.811432.465
wholesome (not salacious)74.620828.350
obsessed (not aloof)74.617218.519
extreme (not moderate)74.629030.318
reasoned (not instinctual)74.37929.043
curious (not apathetic)73.822827.417
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)73.623532.417
disarming (not creepy)73.626621.738
sorrowful (not cheery)73.320022.414
theoretical (not empirical)73.3829.630
bold (not shy)73.255120.417
night owl (not morning lark)73.024828.127
angelic (not demonic)72.522322.223
🐮 (not 🐷)72.44227.270
assertive (not passive)72.142926.659
varied (not repetitive)72.02928.830
rational (not whimsical)71.827429.922
🤺 (not 🏌)71.733731.053
serious (not bold)71.212230.435
avant-garde (not classical)70.810422.814
shy (not playful)70.75122.023
tense (not relaxed)70.546631.115
modest (not flamboyant)70.427232.817
human (not animalistic)70.442732.217
utilitarian (not decorative)70.229135.713
emancipated (not enslaved)69.631028.740
tasteful (not lewd)69.531517.912
demure (not vain)69.415528.113
outlaw (not sheriff)69.426428.235
civilized (not barbaric)69.341631.823
armoured (not vulnerable)69.133831.616
formal (not intimate)68.621729.229
involved (not remote)68.638034.721
deliberate (not spontaneous)68.542535.915
pure (not debased)68.026930.321
sad (not happy)68.029916.423
honorable (not cunning)67.929729.730
cryptic (not straightforward)67.68634.418
weird (not normal)67.531024.425
calm (not anxious)67.517132.215
stylish (not slovenly)67.038330.720
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)66.943633.264
accepting (not judgemental)66.821225.313
complimentary (not insulting)66.827429.834
humble (not arrogant)66.622529.725
healthy (not sickly)66.549428.338
zany (not regular)66.532330.534
bright (not depressed)66.224429.119
🧢 (not 🎩)66.225937.965
miserable (not joyful)65.835222.465
fortunate (not unlucky)65.718833.020
stoic (not expressive)65.622234.819
urban (not rural)65.245029.330
🥳 (not 🥴)65.212434.548
edgy (not politically correct)65.037331.519
industrial (not domestic)64.924734.019
young (not old)64.944025.516
monochrome (not multicolored)64.725736.919
😇 (not 😈)64.731129.656
existentialist (not nihilist)64.627530.116
chaste (not lustful)64.218728.421
libertarian (not socialist)64.220727.423
atheist (not theist)64.234332.510
liberal (not conservative)64.037129.654
feisty (not gracious)63.950332.216
cosmopolitan (not provincial)63.726630.724
sweet (not bitter)63.331131.823
realist (not idealist)63.129232.337
western (not eastern)63.135732.248
penny-pincher (not overspender)63.134130.533
pronatalist (not child free)62.915829.415
🐐 (not 🦒)62.936235.151
warm (not quarrelsome)62.725829.822
smooth (not rough)62.729232.223
proper (not scandalous)62.633134.114
frugal (not lavish)62.436833.818
tall (not short)62.438722.525
🐘 (not 🐀)62.425434.858
🤐 (not 😜)62.134738.735
unorthodox (not traditional)62.037132.524
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)61.932730.133
open-minded (not close-minded)61.839435.222
mischievous (not well behaved)61.744733.724
crafty (not scholarly)61.743528.820
sober (not indulgent)61.528529.419
worldly (not innocent)61.356728.118
🤠 (not 🤑)61.341132.564
🧐 (not 😎)61.229339.361
highbrow (not lowbrow)60.843436.619
humorless (not funny)60.724432.425
literal (not metaphorical)60.546832.430
explorer (not builder)60.432735.319
bossy (not meek)60.358626.516
devout (not heathen)60.238229.024
charming (not trusting)60.238732.323
sensible (not ludicrous)60.145031.319
insider (not outsider)59.927035.819
spicy (not mild)59.549227.930
down2earth (not head@clouds)59.343235.023
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)59.338229.912
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)59.234934.357
manicured (not scruffy)58.955831.520
scientific (not artistic)58.843433.417
vanilla (not kinky)58.736329.814
modern (not historical)58.743332.115
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)58.729639.423
hard (not soft)58.646227.533
mad (not glad)58.346129.556
patriotic (not unpatriotic)58.262232.360
biased (not impartial)58.063827.925
🐒 (not 🐩)57.433634.655
wild (not tame)57.349031.428
🤫 (not 🤔)57.219335.854
vengeful (not forgiving)57.043532.517
🦇 (not 🐿)57.033034.943
pretentious (not unassuming)56.650532.263
concrete (not abstract)56.450135.245
statist (not anarchist)56.343332.231
cooperative (not competitive)55.829135.324
sane (not crazy)55.439331.658
philosophical (not real)55.219935.323
hard (not soft)55.052031.224
😀 (not 😭)55.036931.666
rigid (not flexible)54.850334.422
🥾 (not 👟)54.840033.478
good-humored (not angry)54.747730.018
hedonist (not monastic)54.647930.146
neurotypical (not autistic)54.577333.826
pacifist (not ferocious)54.331537.724
backdoor (not official)54.149134.322
political (not nonpolitical)53.949539.810
brave (not careful)53.059033.218
suspicious (not trusting)52.856336.323
democratic (not authoritarian)52.449438.116
thick (not thin)52.234533.912
🧕 (not 💃)51.932833.254
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.837336.613
practical (not imaginative)51.762640.321
🦄 (not 🐴)51.440037.367
hurried (not leisurely)51.255832.813
warm (not cold)51.050929.817
purple (not orange)50.948135.716
communal (not individualist)50.137835.221
basic (not hipster)50.666722.618

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Andy Dufresne (0.839)
  2. Morpheus (0.836)
  3. Lucius Fox (0.835)
  4. Sayid Jarrah (0.806)
  5. Lester Freamon (0.795)
  1. Barney Gumble (-0.599)
  2. James Taggart (-0.589)
  3. Bob Pinciotti (-0.578)
  4. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.555)
  5. Homer Simpson (-0.547)

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: ESTJ (r = 0.62)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.46)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.43)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.4)
  5. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.38)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.3)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.29)
  8. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.26)
  9. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.22)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.21)
  11. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.17)
  12. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.09)
  13. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.08)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.07)
  15. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.01)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.0)
  17. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.05)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.13)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.14)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.19)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.19)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.22)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.31)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.32)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.44)


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