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Norman Bates Descriptive Personality Statistics

Reference picture of Norman Bates

Norman Bates is a character from Psycho.

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 2,000 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
moody (not stable)94.877.019
psychopath (not empath)91.44813.136
crazy (not sane)89.83413.122
villainous (not heroic)89.65611.027
weird (not normal)89.55513.230
main character (not side character)89.220221.929
diligent (not lazy)89.036014.124
🥴 (not 🥳)89.0214.732
obsessed (not aloof)88.73420.533
persistent (not quitter)88.446212.729
night owl (not morning lark)87.97615.929
secretive (not open-book)87.813818.336
two-faced (not one-faced)87.67325.538
fantastical (not realistic)87.64617.423
guarded (not open)87.416216.616
mysterious (not unambiguous)87.33421.923
head@clouds (not down2earth)86.85222.436
arcane (not mainstream)86.82317.429
freak (not normie)86.37625.927
quiet (not loud)86.06020.221
family-first (not work-first)85.911522.627
private (not gregarious)85.68716.229
sickly (not healthy)85.52419.025
reclusive (not social)85.47420.332
soulless (not soulful)85.45919.723
self-destructive (not self-improving)85.47518.435
introvert (not extrovert)85.34825.830
unfixable (not fixable)85.24420.121
rigid (not flexible)85.18623.639
bookish (not sporty)85.129616.334
deviant (not average)85.09118.128
cringeworthy (not inspiring)85.04519.931
sad (not happy)84.87218.224
vintage (not trendy)84.812819.331
miserable (not joyful)84.59515.229
haunted (not blissful)84.416023.531
confidential (not gossiping)83.925022.054
outlaw (not sheriff)83.919319.742
lost (not enlightened)83.53324.536
tense (not relaxed)83.430919.525
traumatized (not flourishing)83.313526.924
gloomy (not sunny)83.213020.623
winter (not summer)83.010117.645
demonic (not angelic)82.614420.437
💀 (not 🎃)82.69825.734
sheltered (not street-smart)82.36328.726
nerd (not jock)82.132124.338
vengeful (not forgiving)82.125317.957
extreme (not moderate)82.032726.124
deranged (not reasonable)82.011725.535
😈 (not 😇)82.020220.028
jealous (not compersive)81.813421.335
rock (not rap)81.721312.944
machiavellian (not transparent)81.711724.845
suspicious (not trusting)81.624522.725
🎨 (not 🏀)81.435522.149
sorrowful (not cheery)81.014220.920
depressed (not bright)81.07122.627
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)80.937723.831
mad (not glad)80.917922.339
😬 (not 😏)80.64623.124
neat (not messy)80.531820.927
shy (not playful)80.33524.120
intense (not lighthearted)80.240427.428
indie (not pop)80.217123.548
🧠 (not 💪)80.142722.360
poisonous (not nurturing)79.821621.236
love-focused (not money-focused)79.848025.441
anxious (not calm)79.721321.827
tall (not short)79.722622.259
alert (not oblivious)79.637527.025
remote (not involved)79.51125.321
frenzied (not sleepy)79.528719.751
backdoor (not official)79.416824.125
hoarder (not unprepared)79.47326.824
debased (not pure)79.320525.325
rural (not urban)79.38025.737
thin (not thick)79.212619.845
sensitive (not thick-skinned)79.112126.528
interested (not bored)79.025618.737
creepy (not disarming)78.97321.521
complicated (not simple)78.836728.137
workaholic (not slacker)78.774018.630
cannibal (not vegan)78.618523.834
paranoid (not naive)78.414227.441
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)78.210527.033
tight (not loose)78.232325.363
codependent (not independent)77.912033.829
cunning (not honorable)77.822823.849
pensive (not serene)77.715922.333
individualist (not communal)77.731325.128
believable (not poorly-written)77.750216.029
hunter (not gatherer)77.734328.534
OCD (not ADHD)77.725629.225
insecure (not confident)77.69223.626
dorky (not cool)77.516926.335
dramatic (not comedic)77.441825.162
🐴 (not 🦄)77.322125.439
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)77.010131.333
cat person (not dog person)77.018527.745
English (not German)76.950827.018
zany (not regular)76.629524.728
careful (not brave)76.57917.356
🤺 (not 🏌)76.450723.226
close-minded (not open-minded)76.216129.321
dramatic (not no-nonsense)76.130427.024
devoted (not unfaithful)76.197830.539
pointed (not random)76.160721.425
specialist (not generalist)76.015925.162
self-disciplined (not disorganized)75.973322.219
motivated (not unmotivated)75.9115726.942
perceptive (not unobservant)75.886123.725
🧐 (not 😎)75.717426.536
studious (not goof-off)75.665623.140
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)75.415925.261
metrosexual (not macho)75.422624.724
🤠 (not 🤑)75.234124.123
intellectual (not physical)75.154428.728
cruel (not kind)75.119926.429
strict (not lenient)75.037223.029
analysis (not common sense)75.026920.749
important (not irrelevant)74.892025.927
instinctual (not reasoned)74.534923.737
radical (not centrist)74.520732.036
triggered (not trolling)74.022927.232
on-time (not tardy)73.866730.523
🤐 (not 😜)73.730930.625
ferocious (not pacifist)73.655426.331
wild (not tame)73.657928.936
focused on the present (not focused on the future)73.513525.524
idealist (not realist)73.524525.619
pro (not noob)73.580329.721
fearmongering (not reassuring)73.526427.937
manicured (not scruffy)73.372726.423
angry (not good-humored)73.223824.821
methodical (not astonishing)73.035128.042
humorless (not funny)72.619024.533
frugal (not lavish)72.528720.019
domestic (not industrial)72.515725.561
🐀 (not 🐘)72.519230.019
genocidal (not not genocidal)72.418728.738
judgemental (not accepting)72.341520.029
😭 (not 😀)72.219627.829
antagonist (not protagonist)72.118533.461
disreputable (not prestigious)72.018226.423
hypocritical (not equitable)72.029525.152
provincial (not cosmopolitan)71.916132.122
punchable (not loveable)71.925625.027
jealous (not opinionated)71.96827.445
active (not slothful)71.8103826.435
experimental (not reliable)71.732629.322
penny-pincher (not overspender)71.626328.841
shy (not bold)71.57731.322
animalistic (not human)71.511222.430
stoic (not expressive)71.225932.819
unlucky (not fortunate)71.031926.623
cold (not warm)71.036726.341
low-tech (not high-tech)70.936525.324
quarrelsome (not warm)70.950730.231
bad boy (not white knight)70.836127.946
serious (not playful)70.868428.352
deep (not epic)70.811830.033
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)70.773731.724
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)70.637629.724
📉 (not 📈)70.65630.129
bitter (not sweet)70.541330.230
twitchy (not still)70.549731.374
vulnerable (not armoured)70.322323.020
libertarian (not socialist)70.215730.621
conservative (not liberal)70.022621.623
perverted (not clean)70.027731.024
whimsical (not rational)69.934028.728
edgy (not politically correct)69.952631.525
melee (not ranged)69.910433.832
juvenile (not mature)69.637523.730
historical (not modern)69.638324.018
pessimistic (not optimistic)69.535129.554
demanding (not unchallenging)69.5101428.630
interesting (not tiresome)69.478427.725
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)69.435228.550
high IQ (not low IQ)69.4119927.524
repetitive (not varied)69.430830.924
heathen (not devout)69.227635.825
charming (not trusting)69.242630.121
monotone (not expressive)69.220328.547
jaded (not innocent)69.176328.949
🥾 (not 👟)69.039028.532
abstract (not concrete)68.925628.429
deep (not shallow)68.960930.015
monochrome (not multicolored)68.836435.624
💔 (not 💝)68.833433.237
nonpolitical (not political)68.721727.729
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)68.771529.646
meek (not bossy)68.621833.417
🥶 (not 🥵)68.622235.725
driven (not unambitious)68.5138328.348
reserved (not chatty)68.449432.721
competitive (not cooperative)68.475933.935
cryptic (not straightforward)68.214534.620
young (not old)68.285520.429
salacious (not wholesome)68.241029.722
offended (not chill)68.254226.436
authoritarian (not democratic)68.141329.829
emotional (not logical)67.952833.668
sexist (not feminist)67.631226.523
quirky (not predictable)67.341632.343
go-getter (not slugabed)67.2121630.627
🤫 (not 🤔)67.212435.123
enslaved (not emancipated)67.112335.126
prudish (not flirtatious)67.033325.141
🦇 (not 🐿)66.939632.728
kinky (not vanilla)66.749934.625
fast (not slow)66.691126.038
picky (not always down)66.652833.147
tailor (not blacksmith)66.569331.725
selfish (not altruistic)66.350730.040
anarchist (not statist)66.243031.724
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)66.246126.840
obedient (not rebellious)66.137929.227
decisive (not hesitant)66.191728.023
artistic (not scientific)66.053525.725
off-key (not musical)66.044126.542
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)65.936327.822
serious (not bold)65.838829.737
child free (not pronatalist)65.772332.645
extraordinary (not mundane)65.693331.355
🙃 (not 🥰)65.542931.132
claustrophobic (not spelunker)65.320727.442
ludicrous (not sensible)65.239531.828
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)65.235331.024
goth (not flower child)65.135931.443
conspiracist (not sheeple)64.977833.929
dry (not moist)64.940931.931
works hard (not plays hard)64.893831.530
autistic (not neurotypical)64.79934.228
subjective (not objective)64.727435.228
genius (not dunce)64.595823.056
imaginative (not practical)64.438932.322
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)64.353331.030
modest (not flamboyant)64.169728.426
🧕 (not 💃)64.123327.627
impulsive (not cautious)64.065635.130
purple (not orange)64.042332.759
crafty (not scholarly)64.077531.614
cynical (not gullible)63.785831.052
scheduled (not spontaneous)63.681032.661
thrifty (not extravagant)63.656628.121
👻 (not 🤖)63.554037.935
awkward (not suspicious)63.335937.526
western (not eastern)63.180027.020
unorthodox (not traditional)63.075733.329
💩 (not 🌟)63.025934.834
timid (not cocky)63.024425.935
envious (not prideful)62.79532.042
scandalous (not proper)62.569930.526
🐷 (not 🐮)62.528034.027
reactive (not proactive)62.450132.438
trash (not treasure)62.223335.023
asexual (not sexual)62.136831.518
chosen one (not everyman)62.068831.540
oxymoron (not tautology)62.041631.529
🐒 (not 🐩)61.951231.721
🎩 (not 🧢)61.975228.326
ambitious (not realistic)61.785228.235
unpatriotic (not patriotic)61.620329.718
awkward (not charming)61.542129.928
indulgent (not sober)61.573035.317
👽 (not 🤡)61.464336.129
Roman (not Greek)61.440133.723
stuttering (not rhythmic)61.426831.926
rustic (not cultured)61.440532.831
mischievous (not well behaved)61.289831.535
competent (not incompetent)61.2138329.138
biased (not impartial)61.1104734.233
mathematical (not literary)60.742935.936
philosophical (not real)60.627031.116
folksy (not presidential)60.658628.933
queer (not straight)60.528431.624
doer (not thinker)60.396832.427
overachiever (not underachiever)60.2137032.228
opinionated (not neutral)60.2153329.228
refined (not rugged)60.187231.326
hard (not soft)60.183532.722
preppy (not punk rock)60.192034.234
creative (not conventional)60.078635.217
atheist (not theist)60.089930.822
distant (not touchy-feely)60.081331.846
loyal (not traitorous)59.8142134.234
self-conscious (not self-assured)59.831934.740
charismatic (not uninspiring)59.8137931.123
tactful (not indiscreet)59.896332.420
scrub (not legit)59.823628.929
deliberate (not spontaneous)59.6100234.327
coordinated (not clumsy)59.5111431.731
good-cook (not bad-cook)59.559630.430
respectful (not rude)59.497730.934
Italian (not Swedish)59.469532.637
precise (not vague)59.3108534.734
subdued (not exuberant)59.348129.027
weakass (not badass)59.331733.235
fire (not water)59.396635.334
wooden (not plastic)59.3116032.228
desperate (not high standards)59.347133.550
poetic (not factual)59.253432.729
attentive (not interrupting)59.276632.334
first-mate (not captain)59.177237.121
slow-talking (not fast-talking)59.140027.032
beta (not alpha)59.054133.334
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)58.874234.230
unassuming (not pretentious)58.751240.226
beautiful (not ugly)58.5146628.124
complimentary (not insulting)58.485832.739
hard (not soft)58.289629.821
basic (not hipster)58.193633.916
racist (not egalitarian)58.122733.416
🦒 (not 🐐)58.123835.849
outsider (not insider)58.077343.029
hedonist (not monastic)57.976232.425
flimsy (not sturdy)57.937531.041
lewd (not tasteful)57.744927.720
accommodating (not stubborn)57.432934.434
receiving (not giving)57.459332.949
knowledgeable (not ignorant)57.2130030.130
barbaric (not civilized)57.147031.333
luddite (not technophile)57.172227.947
apprentice (not master)57.152435.022
efficient (not overprepared)57.1128331.424
hurried (not leisurely)57.092730.020
slovenly (not stylish)56.753331.021
worldly (not innocent)56.6124529.824
spicy (not mild)56.6110635.130
pack rat (not minimalist)56.660331.433
sugarcoated (not frank)56.527229.438
lustful (not chaste)56.492831.628
masculine (not feminine)56.3109927.728
exaggerating (not factual)56.382831.732
attractive (not repulsive)56.1140133.331
earth (not air)56.1113031.534
wavering (not resolute)56.031429.928
rough (not smooth)55.877428.531
romantic (not dispassionate)55.8128635.651
impatient (not patient)55.3110933.830
bashful (not exhibitionist)55.350534.032
permanent (not transient)55.195433.330
apathetic (not curious)55.031832.424
literal (not metaphorical)54.8115131.326
formal (not intimate)54.882633.638
French (not Russian)54.8110930.329
lover (not fighter)54.885730.431
long-winded (not concise)54.872029.730
uncreative (not open to new experinces)54.739529.822
geriatric (not vibrant)54.642728.524
🤣 (not 😊)54.363033.422
low self esteem (not narcissistic)54.364035.841
helpless (not resourceful)54.024832.531
hypochondriac (not stoic)54.060834.835
queen (not princess)53.9115734.344
cheesy (not chic)53.894924.938
gendered (not androgynous)53.6174136.933
hard-work (not natural-talent)53.6122829.827
classical (not avant-garde)53.5104333.225
direct (not roundabout)53.4135735.024
🛌 (not 🧗)53.459135.427
sage (not whippersnapper)53.483330.238
profound (not ironic)53.483931.126
feisty (not gracious)53.3132731.930
dominant (not submissive)53.2127836.226
giggling (not chortling)53.255936.326
explorer (not builder)53.197031.717
gamer (not non-gamer)53.164638.732
entitled (not grateful)53.190428.027
never cries (not often crying)52.9109335.737
puny (not mighty)52.848128.932
passive (not assertive)52.846633.329
eloquent (not unpolished)52.8118327.425
oppressed (not privileged)52.862233.524
spiritual (not skeptical)52.746634.424
theoretical (not empirical)52.757434.818
stingy (not generous)52.567032.827
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.367331.825
demure (not vain)52.290328.436
freelance (not corporate)52.2112733.931
emotional (not unemotional)52.2142034.947
drop out (not valedictorian)52.065433.955
variable (not consistent)52.068033.637
resigned (not resistant)51.728932.023
muddy (not washed)51.667835.948
highbrow (not lowbrow)51.5129730.729
poor (not rich)51.577625.034
introspective (not not introspective)51.5139736.822
existentialist (not nihilist)51.4135529.925
linear (not circular)51.3100232.748
genuine (not sarcastic)51.2103334.839
utilitarian (not decorative)51.1129431.430
foolish (not wise)51.079930.641
humble (not arrogant)50.986732.317
Pepsi (not Coke)50.191436.128
businesslike (not chivalrous)50.2101135.731
chaotic (not orderly)50.693537.818
fresh (not stinky)50.5139732.824
contrarian (not yes-man)50.5130631.339

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Joe Goldberg (0.756)
  2. Paul Spector (0.71)
  3. Abigail Hobbs (0.677)
  4. Edward Nygma (0.668)
  5. Leland Palmer (0.65)
  6. Gollum (0.635)
  7. Oswald Cobblepot (0.627)
  8. Benjamin Linus (0.626)
  9. Lord Voldemort (0.625)
  10. Will Graham (0.622)
  1. Aaron Samuels (-0.426)
  2. Josh Chan (-0.408)
  3. Chad Danforth (-0.384)
  4. Parker (-0.382)
  5. Sallah (-0.382)
  6. Christopher Turk (-0.376)
  7. Turtle (-0.375)
  8. Jules (-0.368)
  9. Javier Esposito (-0.367)
  10. Little John (-0.366)

Personality types

Users who took the quiz were asked to self-identify their Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types. We can look at the average match scores of these different groups of users with Norman Bates to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Norman Bates is described identify as.

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


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