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Principal Skinner Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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 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
basic (not hipster)89.21114.8401
conventional (not creative)88.01915.9447
side character (not main character)86.57717.234
scheduled (not spontaneous)86.313319.1398
obedient (not rebellious)86.32718.1375
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)85.94317.9359
sheriff (not outlaw)83.912320.8359
mundane (not extraordinary)83.81618.5366
weakass (not badass)83.63216.556
non-gamer (not gamer)83.611729.852
tense (not relaxed)83.331417.2424
preppy (not punk rock)83.316521.053
rigid (not flexible)82.911918.7340
morning lark (not night owl)82.74220.5274
tame (not wild)82.74119.7356
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)82.65522.860
uncreative (not open to new experinces)82.03520.7425
traumatized (not flourishing)81.917918.151
close-minded (not open-minded)81.79817.5373
serious (not playful)81.629619.3469
sheltered (not street-smart)81.37321.4309
dorky (not cool)81.010720.0126
repetitive (not varied)80.73619.9158
deliberate (not spontaneous)80.529421.6379
traditional (not unorthodox)80.010325.4105
judgemental (not accepting)79.726120.6261
mild (not spicy)79.66924.0365
stingy (not generous)79.517421.285
practical (not imaginative)79.425023.8372
corporate (not freelance)79.415324.253
bookish (not sporty)78.850623.4373
manicured (not scruffy)78.656123.0394
gendered (not androgynous)78.471026.8108
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)78.330123.394
tiresome (not interesting)78.22320.5328
enslaved (not emancipated)78.12424.5298
formal (not intimate)78.117922.1176
offended (not chill)78.124623.148
often crying (not never cries)77.913824.027
on-time (not tardy)77.954425.972
beta (not alpha)77.617726.9335
methodical (not astonishing)77.519522.2406
biased (not impartial)77.526221.6356
nerd (not jock)77.445425.1376
cringeworthy (not inspiring)77.216323.989
serious (not bold)77.210123.3418
codependent (not independent)77.113128.5356
low-tech (not high-tech)76.920019.5315
🙃 (not 🥰)76.919622.3177
orderly (not chaotic)76.633726.4382
neat (not messy)76.646825.6290
classical (not avant-garde)76.615027.482
patriotic (not unpatriotic)76.633226.0129
🧐 (not 😎)76.215823.2117
punchable (not loveable)76.120023.562
old (not young)75.925714.7432
historical (not modern)75.922320.6229
miserable (not joyful)75.829824.6124
guarded (not open)75.764621.3378
civilized (not barbaric)75.759823.1423
OCD (not ADHD)75.733921.038
everyman (not chosen one)75.79730.145
well behaved (not mischievous)75.621926.5376
chortling (not giggling)75.422424.557
average (not deviant)75.35426.5257
authoritarian (not democratic)75.226926.1416
😬 (not 😏)75.210426.9115
anxious (not calm)74.934923.3422
uninspiring (not charismatic)74.84525.7311
hard-work (not natural-talent)74.728719.863
🐀 (not 🐘)74.614725.7184
awkward (not charming)74.517023.9409
careful (not brave)74.510023.0383
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)74.513928.950
tight (not loose)74.446429.648
vintage (not trendy)74.456624.050
humorless (not funny)74.316523.7389
works hard (not plays hard)74.159224.3382
🥴 (not 🥳)74.118425.1113
conservative (not liberal)74.116128.3127
predictable (not quirky)73.912728.533
cheesy (not chic)73.826721.743
politically correct (not edgy)73.618726.6407
unlucky (not fortunate)73.524524.9412
scholarly (not crafty)73.518324.2424
haunted (not blissful)73.556722.751
triggered (not trolling)73.425828.763
human (not animalistic)73.473023.9348
💩 (not 🌟)73.415425.8116
scientific (not artistic)73.342922.6384
work-first (not family-first)73.042427.8409
hypocritical (not equitable)73.026925.981
tailor (not blacksmith)73.039327.347
white knight (not bad boy)73.049724.440
luddite (not technophile)72.813324.1299
vanilla (not kinky)72.826830.8410
geriatric (not vibrant)72.76720.546
frugal (not lavish)72.728127.6352
strict (not lenient)72.644825.9419
penny-pincher (not overspender)72.622228.5177
statist (not anarchist)72.621631.4148
flower child (not goth)72.554323.145
monotone (not expressive)72.514724.931
refined (not rugged)72.445923.2415
devout (not heathen)72.326623.9351
sexist (not feminist)72.324324.9152
picky (not always down)72.232629.432
intellectual (not physical)72.065523.5447
depressed (not bright)71.823222.9342
diligent (not lazy)71.7129326.6438
sad (not happy)71.644321.6379
incompetent (not competent)71.610825.3398
🤖 (not 👻)71.520727.2120
unambiguous (not mysterious)71.233829.0386
dunce (not genius)71.114221.5499
antagonist (not protagonist)70.919524.245
pretentious (not unassuming)70.845729.1138
🏌 (not 🤺)70.86831.7141
skeptical (not spiritual)70.773726.0402
literal (not metaphorical)70.733228.0351
off-key (not musical)70.727527.163
official (not backdoor)70.725029.6379
straightforward (not cryptic)70.354728.5381
concrete (not abstract)70.338529.6109
🐐 (not 🦒)70.230629.8168
stubborn (not accommodating)70.189028.561
puny (not mighty)70.112824.8377
privileged (not oppressed)70.175632.355
unobservant (not perceptive)70.18325.347
bitter (not sweet)70.043423.4325
🐴 (not 🦄)70.045430.0119
cautious (not impulsive)69.940629.0371
English (not German)69.8100030.557
💔 (not 💝)69.631327.9156
bored (not interested)69.67228.947
😭 (not 😀)69.326927.8137
foolish (not wise)69.329524.1432
quarrelsome (not warm)69.255923.8383
utilitarian (not decorative)69.255330.280
insecure (not confident)69.119029.5422
permanent (not transient)69.033627.9158
metrosexual (not macho)69.050330.247
shallow (not deep)68.922025.0151
tall (not short)68.857320.7438
monochrome (not multicolored)68.737029.874
submissive (not dominant)68.529230.5399
self-disciplined (not disorganized)68.496831.6415
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)68.326331.4141
pensive (not serene)68.370225.839
entitled (not grateful)68.352328.768
rock (not rap)68.3111332.131
hurried (not leisurely)68.139526.7349
political (not nonpolitical)68.051628.2398
🤡 (not 👽)68.023629.4110
lost (not enlightened)67.940526.464
provincial (not cosmopolitan)67.825227.9339
linear (not circular)67.820231.753
dry (not moist)67.831332.353
builder (not explorer)67.733924.6336
regular (not zany)67.722828.795
fearmongering (not reassuring)67.737229.647
domestic (not industrial)67.629429.077
child free (not pronatalist)67.662831.0282
suspicious (not trusting)67.461928.7420
sober (not indulgent)67.434430.2394
generalist (not specialist)67.47526.375
🤐 (not 😜)67.348525.6109
businesslike (not chivalrous)67.246425.949
centrist (not radical)67.216235.340
jealous (not compersive)67.044925.4304
workaholic (not slacker)67.0117533.099
frenzied (not sleepy)66.7104925.854
psychopath (not empath)66.639825.556
noob (not pro)66.417028.0116
desperate (not high standards)66.130535.557
obsessed (not aloof)66.067130.0348
flimsy (not sturdy)66.023231.454
ironic (not profound)65.934627.451
devoted (not unfaithful)65.9135533.446
receiving (not giving)65.842430.942
proper (not scandalous)65.757530.5327
self-destructive (not self-improving)65.755533.755
arrogant (not humble)65.571027.2419
sensitive (not thick-skinned)65.544427.6345
vengeful (not forgiving)65.461226.8412
resigned (not resistant)65.44831.4332
sheeple (not conspiracist)65.410031.3256
western (not eastern)65.365232.6144
respectful (not rude)65.278427.2435
oblivious (not alert)65.229226.9108
whippersnapper (not sage)65.237029.442
libertarian (not socialist)65.030530.2332
gatherer (not hunter)64.951229.759
rational (not whimsical)64.771230.4394
mainstream (not arcane)64.727033.4307
scrub (not legit)64.716526.1160
unfixable (not fixable)64.733429.846
cocky (not timid)64.7103829.542
ugly (not beautiful)64.616226.4109
slow (not fast)64.517823.7337
repulsive (not attractive)64.424223.0412
🥶 (not 🥵)64.233228.845
gullible (not cynical)64.034831.338
masculine (not feminine)63.994124.8420
studious (not goof-off)63.9103131.0118
secretive (not open-book)63.990626.760
jaded (not innocent)63.894723.253
two-faced (not one-faced)63.740931.057
Roman (not Greek)63.432028.637
🐿 (not 🦇)63.373631.492
neurotypical (not autistic)63.2111528.0352
water (not fire)63.243228.948
washed (not muddy)63.287930.345
helpless (not resourceful)63.113530.7104
cannibal (not vegan)63.157031.757
earth (not air)63.179030.946
reactive (not proactive)63.146731.434
cold (not warm)63.055924.3351
ignorant (not knowledgeable)63.026126.369
hypochondriac (not stoic)63.031528.435
irrelevant (not important)62.810428.2220
intense (not lighthearted)62.8101427.144
sorrowful (not cheery)62.783026.0432
📉 (not 📈)62.718231.4121
long-winded (not concise)62.740131.137
salacious (not wholesome)62.654327.5116
trash (not treasure)62.622727.7134
stoic (not expressive)62.547129.1385
🤔 (not 🤫)62.363533.0112
stuttering (not rhythmic)62.324931.344
mad (not glad)62.176327.9111
presidential (not folksy)62.073332.349
exaggerating (not factual)62.067430.348
pointed (not random)62.0118332.847
healthy (not sickly)61.9114925.8367
impatient (not patient)61.991130.4145
🧠 (not 💪)61.9110527.1115
loyal (not traitorous)61.8136829.9367
reasoned (not instinctual)61.844431.5354
opinionated (not neutral)61.8148634.675
prideful (not envious)61.7122432.876
insulting (not complimentary)61.659329.482
overprepared (not efficient)61.614925.840
factual (not poetic)61.673728.452
princess (not queen)61.542134.635
creepy (not disarming)61.430927.8168
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)61.3108331.1138
highbrow (not lowbrow)61.286625.8374
slow-talking (not fast-talking)61.233531.252
normie (not freak)61.252434.169
pacifist (not ferocious)61.147527.9347
apathetic (not curious)61.119628.4389
cat person (not dog person)61.063731.934
crazy (not sane)60.969927.9110
selfish (not altruistic)60.861327.4395
moderate (not extreme)60.641731.7360
angry (not good-humored)60.558825.0337
private (not gregarious)60.497029.5365
vain (not demure)60.471327.9349
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)60.266830.6135
🎩 (not 🧢)60.279833.4142
eloquent (not unpolished)60.199028.4317
self-conscious (not self-assured)60.031433.0353
demanding (not unchallenging)60.0133134.970
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)59.858730.3137
yes-man (not contrarian)59.835835.848
deep (not epic)59.652628.345
active (not slothful)59.5150927.3331
racist (not egalitarian)59.321030.4101
🐷 (not 🐮)59.335233.3167
simple (not complicated)59.231731.3329
straight (not queer)59.1132033.6155
idealist (not realist)59.165334.392
monastic (not hedonist)59.140729.477
subdued (not exuberant)59.048931.444
prudish (not flirtatious)59.059533.547
modest (not flamboyant)58.985632.0420
reclusive (not social)58.963329.9182
pack rat (not minimalist)58.953130.4100
lover (not fighter)58.972630.457
low self esteem (not narcissistic)58.849934.851
chaste (not lustful)58.756830.2338
oxymoron (not tautology)58.766028.727
interrupting (not attentive)58.469432.644
genuine (not sarcastic)58.382330.6319
gossiping (not confidential)58.348230.0368
claustrophobic (not spelunker)58.337132.838
gloomy (not sunny)58.389228.842
deranged (not reasonable)58.259828.9130
opinionated (not jealous)58.2133331.150
passive (not assertive)58.134531.0344
communal (not individualist)58.145132.467
tasteful (not lewd)58.0111230.1398
empirical (not theoretical)57.972831.9359
competitive (not cooperative)57.8104232.1372
awkward (not suspicious)57.847333.6361
poor (not rich)57.762625.3325
bad-cook (not good-cook)57.772231.940
persistent (not quitter)57.6181831.8128
indiscreet (not tactful)57.542330.683
Pepsi (not Coke)57.542038.162
weird (not normal)57.499228.9421
theist (not atheist)57.452027.266
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)57.468831.839
thrifty (not extravagant)57.480333.249
🛌 (not 🧗)57.248331.9203
money-focused (not love-focused)57.250933.344
trusting (not charming)57.163726.4341
🤣 (not 😊)57.155631.292
moody (not stable)56.9115329.5392
analysis (not common sense)56.988128.638
pessimistic (not optimistic)56.878830.1344
first-mate (not captain)56.883534.2375
soulless (not soulful)56.837230.498
shy (not playful)56.736525.6376
introvert (not extrovert)56.664028.2377
urban (not rural)56.6123732.2180
experimental (not reliable)56.671330.249
involved (not remote)56.5137430.7321
mature (not juvenile)56.597032.1101
bold (not shy)56.4158028.4407
logical (not emotional)56.472130.9427
🥾 (not 👟)56.477633.1113
dramatic (not comedic)56.3123131.637
not introspective (not introspective)56.239431.6140
valedictorian (not drop out)56.2118331.8122
melee (not ranged)56.247132.634
literary (not mathematical)56.1105130.1322
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)55.978231.6306
paranoid (not naive)55.8106232.840
vulnerable (not armoured)55.755431.9326
stinky (not fresh)55.748031.5163
sensible (not ludicrous)55.6105331.1380
winter (not summer)55.582331.534
emotional (not unemotional)55.4132930.134
focused on the present (not focused on the future)55.382130.7318
driven (not unambitious)55.3173731.5370
machiavellian (not transparent)55.380634.137
wooden (not plastic)55.2133736.343
ambitious (not realistic)55.1108731.765
twitchy (not still)55.1107832.066
bossy (not meek)54.9130132.2429
precise (not vague)54.9124530.8262
wavering (not resolute)54.935931.890
perverted (not clean)54.957332.469
poisonous (not nurturing)54.865327.5124
🐩 (not 🐒)54.893136.9113
hesitant (not decisive)54.745329.8366
slugabed (not go-getter)54.717831.090
down2earth (not head@clouds)54.696633.1371
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)54.6114034.542
touchy-feely (not distant)54.674631.544
clumsy (not coordinated)54.555830.3387
existentialist (not nihilist)54.4120531.770
cultured (not rustic)54.4114329.043
🤠 (not 🤑)54.3114233.4112
asexual (not sexual)54.351533.448
honorable (not cunning)54.2109528.9398
objective (not subjective)54.074031.268
debased (not pure)53.881729.9384
not genocidal (not genocidal)53.6140232.334
innocent (not worldly)53.551329.7421
low IQ (not high IQ)53.529027.0335
realistic (not fantastical)53.5108431.356
hard (not soft)53.4103629.9362
thin (not thick)53.4113326.4250
loud (not quiet)53.297929.1385
consistent (not variable)53.2116930.842
bashful (not exhibitionist)53.257335.654
frank (not sugarcoated)53.2151633.449
outsider (not insider)53.098233.5215
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)52.996030.4136
💀 (not 🎃)52.996732.550
prestigious (not disreputable)52.8123530.2303
Swedish (not Italian)52.884332.244
🏀 (not 🎨)52.872632.150
cruel (not kind)52.749124.0423
😈 (not 😇)52.787730.0128
real (not philosophical)52.6131229.9249
stylish (not slovenly)52.5124028.0399
hoarder (not unprepared)52.3121630.7299
underachiever (not overachiever)52.236134.358
purple (not orange)52.193932.0322
roundabout (not direct)52.147232.4375
smooth (not rough)52.195727.3283
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.071334.8240
believable (not poorly-written)51.7186631.543
Russian (not French)51.566030.140
🧕 (not 💃)51.462931.5155
angelic (not demonic)51.3115123.9397
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)51.391431.3353
motivated (not unmotivated)51.3181335.739
dispassionate (not romantic)51.254332.257
pop (not indie)51.261530.443
apprentice (not master)51.165229.6167
hard (not soft)51.0107831.1103
gracious (not feisty)50.956827.0287
doer (not thinker)50.2138632.167
reserved (not chatty)50.3100330.0372
villainous (not heroic)50.749823.1358
no-nonsense (not dramatic)50.591834.5141

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 (0.829)
  2. James Norrington (0.819)
  3. Frank Burns (0.806)
  4. Jim Burns (0.788)
  5. Cornelius Fudge (0.785)
  6. Petunia Dursley (0.781)
  7. Walter Stratford (0.769)
  8. Ashley Barrett (0.764)
  9. Michael Groff (0.76)
  10. Ross Geller (0.759)
  1. Nymphadora Tonks (-0.635)
  2. Goh Peik Lin (-0.614)
  3. George Weasley (-0.599)
  4. Hobbes (-0.597)
  5. Stitch (-0.592)
  6. Robin Hood (-0.586)
  7. Amanita Caplan (-0.584)
  8. Ed (-0.583)
  9. Jack Dawson (-0.582)
  10. Ilana Wexler (-0.565)

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 Principal Skinner to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Principal Skinner is described identify as.

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


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