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Principal Skinner 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. 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
basic (not hipster)89.6714.5403
conventional (not creative)88.01815.8433
obedient (not rebellious)86.92117.5361
scheduled (not spontaneous)86.88718.6395
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)86.63016.8339
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)85.82917.641
mundane (not extraordinary)83.91218.5348
sheriff (not outlaw)83.78721.2347
preppy (not punk rock)83.112820.932
rigid (not flexible)83.08718.6338
morning lark (not night owl)83.02420.0256
tense (not relaxed)82.923717.5427
corporate (not freelance)82.77423.937
tame (not wild)82.53020.0345
repetitive (not varied)82.32418.0142
uncreative (not open to new experinces)82.23020.6418
close-minded (not open-minded)82.27916.5372
serious (not playful)81.721319.7454
traditional (not unorthodox)81.66523.982
deliberate (not spontaneous)81.419720.6365
sheltered (not street-smart)81.16022.0308
practical (not imaginative)80.216023.2356
judgemental (not accepting)80.018120.0248
manicured (not scruffy)79.936621.6378
mild (not spicy)79.34924.4359
traumatized (not flourishing)79.216120.531
dorky (not cool)79.19619.6100
bookish (not sporty)79.032022.9366
enslaved (not emancipated)78.41724.4303
chortling (not giggling)78.310220.236
tiresome (not interesting)78.12420.4322
cringeworthy (not inspiring)78.110421.070
methodical (not astonishing)78.013122.2381
beta (not alpha)77.912026.7342
formal (not intimate)77.913922.3153
offended (not chill)77.520623.237
codependent (not independent)77.49128.4350
biased (not impartial)77.421621.2349
neat (not messy)77.430325.6273
miserable (not joyful)77.218523.3111
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)77.223024.882
orderly (not chaotic)77.123125.9381
well behaved (not mischievous)77.011925.8365
serious (not bold)77.07023.0407
nerd (not jock)76.832825.4380
low-tech (not high-tech)76.715019.1305
patriotic (not unpatriotic)76.623825.4113
civilized (not barbaric)76.538222.1405
punchable (not loveable)76.415223.241
gendered (not androgynous)76.262829.098
old (not young)76.118314.4406
triggered (not trolling)76.111626.142
historical (not modern)75.915320.3220
🙃 (not 🥰)75.914623.0163
🐀 (not 🐘)75.78024.7164
works hard (not plays hard)75.638123.6366
authoritarian (not democratic)75.420025.7405
🥴 (not 🥳)75.311925.892
hypocritical (not equitable)75.315024.276
guarded (not open)75.244121.9374
😬 (not 😏)75.27427.197
tailor (not blacksmith)75.126328.434
anxious (not calm)74.924122.8411
🧐 (not 😎)74.813424.9106
tight (not loose)74.733429.833
politically correct (not edgy)74.610626.0388
💩 (not 🌟)74.69525.6101
humorless (not funny)74.511023.8382
uninspiring (not charismatic)74.54126.1303
careful (not brave)74.47123.1370
penny-pincher (not overspender)74.413927.9163
awkward (not charming)74.312224.0397
conservative (not liberal)74.211928.5111
scholarly (not crafty)73.911824.0429
classical (not avant-garde)73.917228.063
vanilla (not kinky)73.817430.3395
sexist (not feminist)73.716724.5141
Roman (not Greek)73.76121.223
luddite (not technophile)73.711123.3299
unlucky (not fortunate)73.617124.4399
average (not deviant)73.56627.6252
scientific (not artistic)73.428122.5371
strict (not lenient)73.330125.9418
frugal (not lavish)73.020327.0343
concrete (not abstract)73.020028.890
human (not animalistic)72.949824.6345
devout (not heathen)72.520423.7339
statist (not anarchist)72.414932.0146
intellectual (not physical)72.344923.2444
unobservant (not perceptive)72.34728.423
refined (not rugged)72.235222.9413
work-first (not family-first)72.133228.6404
🏌 (not 🤺)71.84130.7118
official (not backdoor)71.717228.8374
diligent (not lazy)71.686626.8425
privileged (not oppressed)71.450232.432
sad (not happy)71.428721.6368
cautious (not impulsive)71.323428.2354
incompetent (not competent)71.28325.0376
🐐 (not 🦒)71.215928.7160
straightforward (not cryptic)71.134828.2379
tall (not short)71.133518.6371
unambiguous (not mysterious)71.123429.0382
permanent (not transient)71.019827.4139
linear (not circular)70.810828.126
literal (not metaphorical)70.824428.0344
geriatric (not vibrant)70.86623.429
off-key (not musical)70.718531.335
depressed (not bright)70.715622.8328
metrosexual (not macho)70.530329.228
dunce (not genius)70.411222.0498
skeptical (not spiritual)70.153625.9393
puny (not mighty)69.99124.5376
bitter (not sweet)69.931423.3317
😭 (not 😀)69.918427.3117
utilitarian (not decorative)69.739130.669
quarrelsome (not warm)69.640523.3375
domestic (not industrial)69.616426.859
🐴 (not 🦄)69.529129.8102
child free (not pronatalist)69.238130.5270
🤖 (not 👻)69.219427.499
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)69.119531.0118
insecure (not confident)69.012329.6428
hurried (not leisurely)68.925026.4344
💔 (not 💝)68.923528.0145
foolish (not wise)68.722024.6411
pretentious (not unassuming)68.737130.1114
shallow (not deep)68.717524.4130
self-disciplined (not disorganized)68.467631.6392
dry (not moist)68.421834.430
generalist (not specialist)68.25026.564
overprepared (not efficient)68.25821.822
political (not nonpolitical)68.036428.3390
provincial (not cosmopolitan)67.918827.7339
regular (not zany)67.913428.782
English (not German)67.969831.338
suspicious (not trusting)67.843828.1413
unfixable (not fixable)67.819828.124
submissive (not dominant)67.621130.9397
sober (not indulgent)67.623830.2378
builder (not explorer)67.525624.6331
monochrome (not multicolored)67.427228.153
self-destructive (not self-improving)67.436932.034
🤡 (not 👽)67.316529.588
lost (not enlightened)67.130925.139
🤐 (not 😜)66.931824.993
jealous (not compersive)66.733025.3295
secretive (not open-book)66.751723.842
proper (not scandalous)66.437430.1319
studious (not goof-off)66.464930.099
sheeple (not conspiracist)66.17631.1246
workaholic (not slacker)66.080433.677
sensitive (not thick-skinned)65.830127.2335
obsessed (not aloof)65.645129.8339
noob (not pro)65.513628.2103
oblivious (not alert)65.521227.4100
resigned (not resistant)65.33831.3332
vengeful (not forgiving)65.243926.8406
libertarian (not socialist)65.123830.1324
respectful (not rude)65.149827.1432
frenzied (not sleepy)64.976525.735
gatherer (not hunter)64.937431.338
slow (not fast)64.812023.5333
arrogant (not humble)64.752027.2412
scrub (not legit)64.712426.0148
rational (not whimsical)64.352230.6390
flimsy (not sturdy)64.119631.334
whippersnapper (not sage)64.031329.734
repulsive (not attractive)63.918722.7411
mainstream (not arcane)63.919533.8306
masculine (not feminine)63.861224.7413
gloomy (not sunny)63.747527.835
cannibal (not vegan)63.738931.239
stuttering (not rhythmic)63.615930.629
western (not eastern)63.347633.7132
irrelevant (not important)63.27427.7212
cold (not warm)63.138824.2347
ugly (not beautiful)63.014027.793
sorrowful (not cheery)62.953325.7417
loyal (not traitorous)62.987429.9358
straight (not queer)62.987431.2142
communal (not individualist)62.919532.055
creepy (not disarming)62.820427.1151
intense (not lighthearted)62.869427.424
🐿 (not 🦇)62.747832.367
crazy (not sane)62.645327.094
neurotypical (not autistic)62.583428.0343
healthy (not sickly)62.477625.4362
subdued (not exuberant)62.424631.429
salacious (not wholesome)62.239227.799
trash (not treasure)62.116627.1121
reasoned (not instinctual)62.029431.6355
stoic (not expressive)61.933028.9380
📉 (not 📈)61.914832.1110
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)61.872231.2122
helpless (not resourceful)61.511230.782
apathetic (not curious)61.213728.1386
🐷 (not 🐮)61.223732.9150
🧠 (not 💪)61.073327.0103
impatient (not patient)60.963730.5132
🎩 (not 🧢)60.854632.9131
private (not gregarious)60.760929.4362
highbrow (not lowbrow)60.760026.0374
eloquent (not unpolished)60.765628.2306
idealist (not realist)60.640734.080
insulting (not complimentary)60.643128.363
mad (not glad)60.655227.893
pack rat (not minimalist)60.633030.487
pacifist (not ferocious)60.532628.2339
vain (not demure)60.450827.9344
moderate (not extreme)60.427031.8355
monastic (not hedonist)60.323428.572
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)60.344530.0120
active (not slothful)60.298027.0328
selfish (not altruistic)60.144327.6383
angry (not good-humored)59.939925.1333
simple (not complicated)59.822531.1318
racist (not egalitarian)59.814830.693
slow-talking (not fast-talking)59.826030.839
🤔 (not 🤫)59.754432.996
reclusive (not social)59.340630.3167
passive (not assertive)59.222630.7344
genuine (not sarcastic)59.151730.2307
chaste (not lustful)58.837830.4335
theist (not atheist)58.834228.553
empirical (not theoretical)58.749031.7356
self-conscious (not self-assured)58.622333.1349
tasteful (not lewd)58.571429.6388
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)58.442630.7130
consistent (not variable)58.463431.332
low self esteem (not narcissistic)58.432834.335
gossiping (not confidential)58.335629.9357
modest (not flamboyant)58.258132.0408
persistent (not quitter)58.2119831.5109
ignorant (not knowledgeable)58.125827.135
presidential (not folksy)57.957632.735
awkward (not suspicious)57.732633.3350
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)57.747334.325
shy (not playful)57.622325.2362
first-mate (not captain)57.455934.3368
🛌 (not 🧗)57.332331.7194
Swedish (not Italian)57.341128.830
poor (not rich)57.242025.2317
competitive (not cooperative)57.174332.1378
trusting (not charming)57.140126.5334
literary (not mathematical)57.067329.7311
weird (not normal)56.968128.9415
🤣 (not 😊)56.938430.180
indiscreet (not tactful)56.828931.872
logical (not emotional)56.746330.8418
introvert (not extrovert)56.739128.3354
involved (not remote)56.690330.5314
objective (not subjective)56.639530.648
urban (not rural)56.681732.7167
not introspective (not introspective)56.627631.7135
believable (not poorly-written)56.6116228.927
bold (not shy)56.4107128.2403
slugabed (not go-getter)56.411730.575
claustrophobic (not spelunker)56.230331.724
melee (not ranged)56.234630.623
pessimistic (not optimistic)56.155429.9331
🥾 (not 👟)56.051732.795
moody (not stable)55.979429.9385
soulless (not soulful)55.927131.777
poisonous (not nurturing)55.843526.8115
wavering (not resolute)55.822931.381
focused on the present (not focused on the future)55.753930.7319
vulnerable (not armoured)55.637532.0319
driven (not unambitious)55.5114931.3360
deranged (not reasonable)55.546828.8116
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)55.454731.3315
stinky (not fresh)55.431831.4162
precise (not vague)55.381030.9234
sensible (not ludicrous)55.068331.1378
hesitant (not decisive)54.830230.0366
clumsy (not coordinated)54.836530.2380
down2earth (not head@clouds)54.764932.8358
valedictorian (not drop out)54.681632.992
honorable (not cunning)54.468929.0403
innocent (not worldly)54.332829.4410
bossy (not meek)54.288832.2422
😈 (not 😇)54.056129.5107
existentialist (not nihilist)53.978932.254
hard (not soft)53.770729.9360
Russian (not French)53.740629.121
loud (not quiet)53.466929.1371
🤠 (not 🤑)53.474333.896
🧕 (not 💃)53.338432.0149
thin (not thick)53.274526.1253
debased (not pure)53.157630.1369
real (not philosophical)53.188829.7239
hoarder (not unprepared)53.178530.5298
factual (not poetic)53.171830.529
smooth (not rough)52.960727.3273
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.841434.9233
cruel (not kind)52.734724.0420
dispassionate (not romantic)52.734331.638
🐩 (not 🐒)52.665637.6109
stylish (not slovenly)52.581527.8392
outsider (not insider)52.566633.7216
prestigious (not disreputable)52.481030.4297
low IQ (not high IQ)52.321126.7323
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)52.365230.0125
angelic (not demonic)51.874323.9389
roundabout (not direct)51.733232.4369
soft (not hard)51.754930.280
purple (not orange)51.565531.8317
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)51.561630.9343
apprentice (not master)51.242329.4146
mature (not juvenile)51.272132.472
reserved (not chatty)50.264629.9362
villainous (not heroic)50.235223.0353
no-nonsense (not dramatic)50.861533.8133
gracious (not feisty)50.336927.1270
reliable (not experimental)50.773628.035

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 (0.826)
  2. James Norrington (0.82)
  3. Frank Burns (0.814)
  4. Petunia Dursley (0.788)
  5. Cornelius Fudge (0.788)
  1. Nymphadora Tonks (-0.677)
  2. Goh Peik Lin (-0.647)
  3. Stitch (-0.642)
  4. George Weasley (-0.64)
  5. Phoebe Buffay (-0.63)

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 = 0.49)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.48)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.31)
  4. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.22)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.19)
  6. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.17)
  7. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.14)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.05)
  9. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.0)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.01)
  11. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.01)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.05)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.05)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.14)
  15. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.18)
  16. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.23)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.24)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.26)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.28)
  20. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.29)
  21. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.35)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.47)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.5)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.54)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.55)


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