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Principal Skinner Descriptive Personality Statistics

Principal Skinner is a character from The Simpsons.

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 1,750 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
basic (not hipster)89.21214.8400
conventional (not creative)88.01615.9447
scheduled (not spontaneous)86.313219.1398
obedient (not rebellious)86.22718.2374
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)85.84118.0355
mundane (not extraordinary)83.81618.6365
sheriff (not outlaw)83.812420.9356
preppy (not punk rock)83.715321.449
weakass (not badass)83.62916.556
tense (not relaxed)83.330717.3422
rigid (not flexible)82.911918.7340
morning lark (not night owl)82.74320.6272
tame (not wild)82.74319.7355
non-gamer (not gamer)82.613730.449
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)82.35622.959
uncreative (not open to new experinces)82.23320.6424
close-minded (not open-minded)81.79717.5371
serious (not playful)81.628419.3468
sheltered (not street-smart)81.37021.4308
traumatized (not flourishing)81.319218.646
dorky (not cool)81.010020.0122
deliberate (not spontaneous)80.727721.4377
repetitive (not varied)80.53920.0156
judgemental (not accepting)79.825420.6258
mild (not spicy)79.66824.1364
practical (not imaginative)79.523323.8370
traditional (not unorthodox)79.311125.8100
stingy (not generous)79.317121.483
bookish (not sporty)79.048723.2369
corporate (not freelance)78.915024.551
manicured (not scruffy)78.854922.7393
tiresome (not interesting)78.32220.3326
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)78.328923.394
gendered (not androgynous)78.368127.0106
enslaved (not emancipated)78.12424.6295
formal (not intimate)78.117622.1175
on-time (not tardy)78.052826.068
methodical (not astonishing)77.618022.1403
beta (not alpha)77.617026.9334
biased (not impartial)77.524821.6356
nerd (not jock)77.445225.1375
offended (not chill)77.326823.246
cringeworthy (not inspiring)77.216323.989
serious (not bold)77.110523.4416
codependent (not independent)77.112428.5356
low-tech (not high-tech)76.918719.5311
🙃 (not 🥰)76.918422.4176
neat (not messy)76.845425.6289
orderly (not chaotic)76.633226.5381
patriotic (not unpatriotic)76.332826.1127
🧐 (not 😎)76.215523.2117
punchable (not loveable)76.219723.761
classical (not avant-garde)76.215527.879
miserable (not joyful)76.128324.7121
old (not young)75.924914.7430
well behaved (not mischievous)75.821126.4373
historical (not modern)75.821820.7227
civilized (not barbaric)75.758523.1422
OCD (not ADHD)75.733921.038
everyman (not chosen one)75.79130.145
monotone (not expressive)75.69925.822
guarded (not open)75.664021.3377
often crying (not never cries)75.517826.620
chortling (not giggling)75.421624.557
average (not deviant)75.45226.5254
authoritarian (not democratic)75.226726.1415
😬 (not 😏)75.210427.0114
anxious (not calm)74.934323.3422
uninspiring (not charismatic)74.74125.7310
awkward (not charming)74.616123.8407
🐀 (not 🐘)74.415125.8182
vintage (not trendy)74.454824.050
🥴 (not 🥳)74.317524.6109
hard-work (not natural-talent)74.329919.762
careful (not brave)74.310323.0378
humorless (not funny)74.316323.8388
works hard (not plays hard)74.158724.3381
predictable (not quirky)73.913028.624
politically correct (not edgy)73.818426.5405
tight (not loose)73.848229.747
conservative (not liberal)73.715828.4125
geriatric (not vibrant)73.65520.044
scholarly (not crafty)73.518424.2423
haunted (not blissful)73.554922.751
unlucky (not fortunate)73.423825.0407
human (not animalistic)73.469923.9348
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)73.315729.347
scientific (not artistic)73.341422.7381
💩 (not 🌟)73.215226.0114
work-first (not family-first)73.141527.8407
luddite (not technophile)73.012824.1298
tailor (not blacksmith)73.039227.646
triggered (not trolling)72.927029.056
vanilla (not kinky)72.826030.8409
hypocritical (not equitable)72.826726.279
sexist (not feminist)72.823324.7150
strict (not lenient)72.643225.9418
frugal (not lavish)72.626927.6350
penny-pincher (not overspender)72.622628.5177
refined (not rugged)72.544123.2413
statist (not anarchist)72.521331.6146
flower child (not goth)72.454324.427
devout (not heathen)72.226723.9350
intellectual (not physical)72.163623.4445
cheesy (not chic)72.132420.930
off-key (not musical)71.822826.961
diligent (not lazy)71.7125526.6434
sad (not happy)71.642721.6377
depressed (not bright)71.623022.9340
🤖 (not 👻)71.620327.0117
incompetent (not competent)71.610325.3394
pretentious (not unassuming)71.643328.6136
🏌 (not 🤺)71.46031.4137
dunce (not genius)71.114421.5495
unambiguous (not mysterious)71.132529.0385
white knight (not bad boy)71.055524.836
official (not backdoor)70.924029.4375
skeptical (not spiritual)70.872025.9400
literal (not metaphorical)70.634028.1348
straightforward (not cryptic)70.451128.4379
puny (not mighty)70.312324.7374
concrete (not abstract)70.336929.6109
centrist (not radical)70.39534.632
English (not German)70.295230.655
pensive (not serene)70.254324.336
rock (not rap)70.297130.528
picky (not always down)70.240430.627
stubborn (not accommodating)70.186028.561
metrosexual (not macho)70.144129.444
cautious (not impulsive)70.039629.1367
🐴 (not 🦄)70.044630.1116
🐐 (not 🦒)70.029429.8167
linear (not circular)70.014530.245
bitter (not sweet)69.943323.5322
bored (not interested)69.66829.545
💔 (not 💝)69.531128.0154
privileged (not oppressed)69.474733.052
antagonist (not protagonist)69.420825.234
long-winded (not concise)69.420828.425
foolish (not wise)69.328724.1429
tall (not short)69.254720.4417
quarrelsome (not warm)69.155223.9380
utilitarian (not decorative)69.153430.578
😭 (not 😀)69.126627.8136
insecure (not confident)69.118529.5422
shallow (not deep)68.921925.1150
permanent (not transient)68.932728.0156
dry (not moist)68.728132.351
entitled (not grateful)68.750428.562
submissive (not dominant)68.527730.5399
self-disciplined (not disorganized)68.395231.5412
domestic (not industrial)68.325428.674
unobservant (not perceptive)68.39726.540
monochrome (not multicolored)68.237930.072
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)68.226131.5140
princess (not queen)68.223833.025
political (not nonpolitical)68.150628.2397
hurried (not leisurely)68.138526.9346
regular (not zany)68.120128.594
provincial (not cosmopolitan)68.024427.8337
builder (not explorer)67.733324.6334
child free (not pronatalist)67.659831.0281
🤡 (not 👽)67.623429.4108
sober (not indulgent)67.533630.2392
suspicious (not trusting)67.460228.7418
businesslike (not chivalrous)67.246725.949
generalist (not specialist)67.17626.474
fearmongering (not reassuring)67.138530.039
jealous (not compersive)67.044025.4302
workaholic (not slacker)67.0114633.099
noob (not pro)66.915427.7112
🤐 (not 😜)66.947525.7107
frenzied (not sleepy)66.7102625.854
lost (not enlightened)66.444426.259
psychopath (not empath)66.339525.555
flimsy (not sturdy)66.221831.052
obsessed (not aloof)65.965729.9347
proper (not scandalous)65.755630.5327
arrogant (not humble)65.569227.2416
sensitive (not thick-skinned)65.543327.5343
western (not eastern)65.557432.7143
vengeful (not forgiving)65.459826.8411
resigned (not resistant)65.44631.5331
sheeple (not conspiracist)65.310131.3254
desperate (not high standards)65.330735.855
respectful (not rude)65.275627.2434
oblivious (not alert)65.228726.9108
ironic (not profound)65.237627.250
jaded (not innocent)65.287023.238
washed (not muddy)65.177829.742
libertarian (not socialist)65.030630.2332
ugly (not beautiful)64.915526.6105
whippersnapper (not sage)64.936228.636
gullible (not cynical)64.931331.337
rational (not whimsical)64.869630.5391
mainstream (not arcane)64.825333.3306
hypochondriac (not stoic)64.825926.927
scrub (not legit)64.715626.1160
gatherer (not hunter)64.750630.257
repulsive (not attractive)64.523623.0410
slow (not fast)64.517723.7336
self-destructive (not self-improving)64.457434.449
🐿 (not 🦇)64.068331.589
masculine (not feminine)63.990624.8420
studious (not goof-off)63.9101431.0118
cannibal (not vegan)63.954431.456
secretive (not open-book)63.988826.358
two-faced (not one-faced)63.939431.055
Roman (not Greek)63.829128.735
🥶 (not 🥵)63.535029.343
cocky (not timid)63.5105730.239
neurotypical (not autistic)63.2110828.0352
ignorant (not knowledgeable)63.225526.465
water (not fire)63.240328.948
cold (not warm)63.054824.3351
helpless (not resourceful)63.012730.8103
📉 (not 📈)62.917731.4120
intense (not lighthearted)62.898627.144
prideful (not envious)62.8113532.674
earth (not air)62.878731.245
receiving (not giving)62.847631.832
sorrowful (not cheery)62.779825.9430
irrelevant (not important)62.710628.3219
salacious (not wholesome)62.752527.7114
🤔 (not 🤫)62.659533.0111
opinionated (not neutral)62.6141834.274
stoic (not expressive)62.446129.1384
mad (not glad)62.472527.9110
trash (not treasure)62.422927.7133
unfixable (not fixable)62.137430.241
healthy (not sickly)62.0111625.8366
opinionated (not jealous)62.0114430.136
reactive (not proactive)62.049032.027
loyal (not traitorous)61.9132029.8364
impatient (not patient)61.988130.4145
🧠 (not 💪)61.9107627.1115
reasoned (not instinctual)61.843531.5354
cat person (not dog person)61.858831.528
overprepared (not efficient)61.615525.840
slow-talking (not fast-talking)61.631531.451
creepy (not disarming)61.530628.0165
pointed (not random)61.5116832.946
insulting (not complimentary)61.458229.280
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)61.3104731.1138
highbrow (not lowbrow)61.284625.9373
normie (not freak)61.250634.169
crazy (not sane)61.167728.1108
demanding (not unchallenging)61.0126934.565
pacifist (not ferocious)60.946327.9345
apathetic (not curious)60.819328.3386
stuttering (not rhythmic)60.826831.242
selfish (not altruistic)60.759927.4394
moderate (not extreme)60.739831.7357
claustrophobic (not spelunker)60.730232.135
angry (not good-humored)60.656125.0334
🎩 (not 🧢)60.477133.3141
exaggerating (not factual)60.469229.846
vain (not demure)60.370227.9348
presidential (not folksy)60.377332.047
private (not gregarious)60.295729.5362
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)60.265130.6135
self-conscious (not self-assured)60.130033.1350
eloquent (not unpolished)60.097328.5316
factual (not poetic)59.979728.845
lover (not fighter)59.966729.754
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)59.857830.3137
🐷 (not 🐮)59.632833.3165
active (not slothful)59.5146427.3331
gloomy (not sunny)59.582228.840
simple (not complicated)59.330731.3327
subdued (not exuberant)59.346032.339
straight (not queer)59.2129233.6153
monastic (not hedonist)59.138029.477
modest (not flamboyant)59.083332.0418
idealist (not realist)58.963834.591
reclusive (not social)58.962229.9179
racist (not egalitarian)58.921430.3100
pack rat (not minimalist)58.952030.4100
deep (not epic)58.953928.340
low self esteem (not narcissistic)58.848634.851
chaste (not lustful)58.654230.2337
communal (not individualist)58.641032.465
genuine (not sarcastic)58.479030.5317
gossiping (not confidential)58.446330.0367
passive (not assertive)58.233631.0343
deranged (not reasonable)58.258828.9130
analysis (not common sense)58.282528.434
oxymoron (not tautology)58.271427.522
theist (not atheist)58.149027.264
interrupting (not attentive)58.168133.242
yes-man (not contrarian)58.040738.234
tasteful (not lewd)57.9108130.1397
empirical (not theoretical)57.970832.0358
competitive (not cooperative)57.8102632.1372
awkward (not suspicious)57.846533.4358
poor (not rich)57.860725.3323
Pepsi (not Coke)57.540238.162
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)57.466831.839
thrifty (not extravagant)57.478232.943
weird (not normal)57.397228.9419
persistent (not quitter)57.3177231.7127
indiscreet (not tactful)57.340430.782
🤣 (not 😊)57.154631.390
first-mate (not captain)57.080234.2374
🛌 (not 🧗)57.047232.0200
bad-cook (not good-cook)57.073532.238
moody (not stable)56.9112229.5387
trusting (not charming)56.963026.5337
soulless (not soulful)56.936430.697
devoted (not unfaithful)56.8150836.529
introvert (not extrovert)56.761728.2376
shy (not playful)56.735225.6373
pessimistic (not optimistic)56.777430.1343
urban (not rural)56.6119732.1178
money-focused (not love-focused)56.651835.134
melee (not ranged)56.543332.131
prudish (not flirtatious)56.565834.534
bold (not shy)56.4153228.4407
logical (not emotional)56.471731.0423
involved (not remote)56.4133330.7321
not introspective (not introspective)56.338531.7139
🥾 (not 👟)56.374733.3112
dramatic (not comedic)56.3120031.637
mature (not juvenile)56.295532.598
experimental (not reliable)56.269029.646
touchy-feely (not distant)56.267732.433
perverted (not clean)56.054032.065
literary (not mathematical)55.9101730.1321
stinky (not fresh)55.945331.6161
wavering (not resolute)55.831331.588
vulnerable (not armoured)55.752431.9324
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)55.776431.6304
sensible (not ludicrous)55.6102731.1380
focused on the present (not focused on the future)55.577930.7317
valedictorian (not drop out)55.4117431.5120
wooden (not plastic)55.4129036.040
winter (not summer)55.381831.532
driven (not unambitious)55.2169031.4369
ambitious (not realistic)55.1106731.765
twitchy (not still)55.1104832.066
pop (not indie)55.147931.634
🐩 (not 🐒)55.089137.1112
bossy (not meek)54.9127032.2429
precise (not vague)54.9121330.8262
hesitant (not decisive)54.843129.8365
poisonous (not nurturing)54.863327.5124
slugabed (not go-getter)54.717431.090
realistic (not fantastical)54.7101730.752
💀 (not 🎃)54.788631.944
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)54.7109333.829
down2earth (not head@clouds)54.594533.1370
clumsy (not coordinated)54.454530.3385
existentialist (not nihilist)54.4118231.770
honorable (not cunning)54.2105628.9395
🤠 (not 🤑)54.2110133.5111
bashful (not exhibitionist)54.151235.453
objective (not subjective)54.072131.268
debased (not pure)53.780530.0381
asexual (not sexual)53.750833.547
🏀 (not 🎨)53.767532.248
Swedish (not Italian)53.678932.143
cultured (not rustic)53.6114631.530
low IQ (not high IQ)53.527827.0335
Russian (not French)53.557429.234
emotional (not unemotional)53.5131731.823
unmotivated (not motivated)53.513935.435
machiavellian (not transparent)53.585234.333
innocent (not worldly)53.449029.7420
hard (not soft)53.4100729.9362
thin (not thick)53.4110226.4250
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)53.292230.3135
consistent (not variable)53.2113230.842
outsider (not insider)53.193533.5213
loud (not quiet)53.095929.1383
real (not philosophical)52.8127129.8247
prestigious (not disreputable)52.8119230.2300
frank (not sugarcoated)52.8147433.138
cruel (not kind)52.748424.0422
😈 (not 😇)52.785630.0128
stylish (not slovenly)52.5121228.0399
hoarder (not unprepared)52.3118230.7299
underachiever (not overachiever)52.234734.358
purple (not orange)52.191832.0322
smooth (not rough)52.192027.4282
roundabout (not direct)52.046532.4374
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.973034.8239
genocidal (not not genocidal)51.950230.925
angelic (not demonic)51.6110623.8395
paranoid (not naive)51.6122033.431
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)51.289331.2352
hard (not soft)51.2105230.8101
🧕 (not 💃)51.260731.5152
dispassionate (not romantic)51.254032.257
apprentice (not master)51.063429.6163
gracious (not feisty)50.953827.0287
poorly-written (not believable)50.211832.041
doer (not thinker)50.2134032.167
reserved (not chatty)50.398330.0372
villainous (not heroic)50.748823.1357
no-nonsense (not dramatic)50.390334.4140

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Mr. William Collins (0.825)
  2. James Norrington (0.813)
  3. Frank Burns (0.801)
  4. Jim Burns (0.785)
  5. Cornelius Fudge (0.785)
  6. Petunia Dursley (0.775)
  7. Walter Stratford (0.762)
  8. Ross Geller (0.76)
  9. Sam Healy (0.753)
  10. Cyril Figgis (0.753)
  1. Nymphadora Tonks (-0.649)
  2. Goh Peik Lin (-0.621)
  3. George Weasley (-0.609)
  4. Hobbes (-0.6)
  5. Ed (-0.594)
  6. Stitch (-0.593)
  7. Amanita Caplan (-0.589)
  8. Robin Hood (-0.584)
  9. Jack Dawson (-0.579)
  10. Phoebe Buffay (-0.568)

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.



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