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Billy Costigan Descriptive Personality Statistics

Billy Costigan is a character from The Departed.

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
tense (not relaxed)92.7268.336
persistent (not quitter)92.018011.445
motivated (not unmotivated)90.223411.411
complicated (not simple)89.73912.127
protagonist (not antagonist)89.35816.826
works hard (not plays hard)88.65121.228
street-smart (not sheltered)88.69811.933
guarded (not open)88.112217.230
intense (not lighthearted)88.013413.631
secretive (not open-book)88.011515.947
confidential (not gossiping)87.510615.541
haunted (not blissful)87.36715.623
earth (not air)86.43221.125
perceptive (not unobservant)86.327016.027
beautiful (not ugly)86.141212.335
diligent (not lazy)85.950215.336
active (not slothful)85.724316.623
🧢 (not 🎩)85.75518.138
interested (not bored)85.5518.319
masculine (not feminine)85.428815.440
miserable (not joyful)85.37010.928
mad (not glad)85.27814.124
fast (not slow)85.112017.225
gloomy (not sunny)85.08311.124
straight (not queer)84.921721.833
badass (not weakass)84.738117.511
sorrowful (not cheery)84.66210.726
sad (not happy)84.46013.940
serious (not playful)83.819417.623
frugal (not lavish)83.82815.236
🤺 (not 🏌)83.817719.555
deep (not epic)83.8410.310
high IQ (not low IQ)83.546512.634
hurried (not leisurely)83.22917.231
private (not gregarious)83.012015.333
alert (not oblivious)83.021518.126
believable (not poorly-written)83.015718.231
workaholic (not slacker)82.845419.838
dramatic (not comedic)82.519314.911
pensive (not serene)82.54016.717
macho (not metrosexual)82.26114.630
reserved (not chatty)82.113517.131
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)81.927518.138
studious (not goof-off)81.933917.835
triggered (not trolling)81.72119.131
competent (not incompetent)81.549821.933
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)81.25620.323
gendered (not androgynous)81.146524.622
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)80.912523.336
devoted (not unfaithful)80.760221.837
important (not irrelevant)80.553620.534
outsider (not insider)80.26225.823
reclusive (not social)80.211612.823
soulful (not soulless)79.945720.935
introspective (not not introspective)79.911016.331
🤐 (not 😜)79.910323.858
stubborn (not accommodating)79.943729.216
young (not old)79.636211.132
deep (not shallow)79.617718.030
frenzied (not sleepy)79.325519.143
tight (not loose)79.323320.431
dog person (not cat person)79.113928.525
thrifty (not extravagant)78.96213.010
moody (not stable)78.934519.332
utilitarian (not decorative)78.912518.622
attractive (not repulsive)78.855124.045
indie (not pop)78.718319.028
resourceful (not helpless)78.564421.848
poor (not rich)78.311814.029
conspiracist (not sheeple)77.822818.424
heroic (not villainous)77.657023.822
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)77.635822.036
hard (not soft)77.627420.728
driven (not unambitious)77.682722.529
interesting (not tiresome)77.536917.725
punk rock (not preppy)77.522022.824
backdoor (not official)77.019826.026
emotional (not unemotional)76.94709.08
unlucky (not fortunate)76.913221.035
go-getter (not slugabed)76.863218.633
💀 (not 🎃)76.719824.526
hunter (not gatherer)76.632824.726
traumatized (not flourishing)76.529622.437
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)76.56922.329
assertive (not passive)76.353621.333
obsessed (not aloof)76.225720.629
🏀 (not 🎨)76.223024.338
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)76.036823.538
Italian (not Swedish)75.817120.526
anxious (not calm)75.829623.628
loyal (not traitorous)75.782227.426
frank (not sugarcoated)75.550425.322
😭 (not 😀)75.310927.255
urban (not rural)75.341325.537
vengeful (not forgiving)75.135622.137
crafty (not scholarly)75.032618.338
sexual (not asexual)75.052031.211
egalitarian (not racist)74.888323.228
night owl (not morning lark)74.739623.030
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)74.728323.158
scruffy (not manicured)74.625126.927
deviant (not average)74.538217.539
mysterious (not unambiguous)74.523326.235
princess (not queen)74.510523.811
blacksmith (not tailor)74.217221.529
feisty (not gracious)74.250325.538
inspiring (not cringeworthy)74.131515.329
tactful (not indiscreet)74.027523.926
open to new experinces (not uncreative)73.958721.529
minimalist (not pack rat)73.814421.126
bold (not shy)73.892924.225
offended (not chill)73.732319.930
skeptical (not spiritual)73.554824.542
chivalrous (not businesslike)73.320212.711
rugged (not refined)73.328421.740
genius (not dunce)73.351218.725
mighty (not puny)73.256921.027
spicy (not mild)73.148423.031
brave (not careful)73.044322.832
🧗 (not 🛌)73.046326.649
depressed (not bright)72.917322.932
sturdy (not flimsy)72.953123.129
modest (not flamboyant)72.734028.944
efficient (not overprepared)72.726822.531
paranoid (not naive)72.429627.916
patriotic (not unpatriotic)72.443421.633
OCD (not ADHD)72.344819.610
English (not German)72.374323.532
opinionated (not neutral)72.394027.619
not genocidal (not genocidal)71.969329.725
distant (not touchy-feely)71.937828.128
charismatic (not uninspiring)71.974521.822
legit (not scrub)71.968428.029
fire (not water)71.850728.417
penny-pincher (not overspender)71.623514.925
🌟 (not 💩)71.579525.949
self-disciplined (not disorganized)71.479127.432
🐐 (not 🦒)71.420124.639
angry (not good-humored)71.124020.420
extraordinary (not mundane)71.160824.640
kind (not cruel)70.978918.129
oppressed (not privileged)70.918226.233
unorthodox (not traditional)70.845327.826
chosen one (not everyman)70.633221.818
down2earth (not head@clouds)70.438422.531
chortling (not giggling)70.339319.027
altruistic (not selfish)70.247425.236
freelance (not corporate)70.255228.733
equitable (not hypocritical)70.231622.832
lost (not enlightened)70.030820.429
modern (not historical)69.941723.937
quarrelsome (not warm)69.848127.631
👽 (not 🤡)69.827322.740
🐴 (not 🦄)69.839329.758
extreme (not moderate)69.764521.833
unassuming (not pretentious)69.715929.534
never cries (not often crying)69.649427.114
instinctual (not reasoned)69.545924.634
rough (not smooth)69.532524.724
reliable (not experimental)69.542226.734
transient (not permanent)69.312323.322
enslaved (not emancipated)69.28628.133
cool (not dorky)69.247529.424
stoic (not expressive)69.125325.932
chaotic (not orderly)69.044522.831
hard (not soft)68.850227.637
varied (not repetitive)68.79925.138
real (not philosophical)68.648528.239
pointed (not random)68.581717.211
genuine (not sarcastic)68.443528.042
treasure (not trash)68.4100125.826
muddy (not washed)68.421920.821
knowledgeable (not ignorant)68.380925.140
attentive (not interrupting)68.340926.614
🥴 (not 🥳)68.132824.463
whippersnapper (not sage)68.122522.822
fighter (not lover)67.740929.018
wild (not tame)67.667225.848
romantic (not dispassionate)67.672126.626
ferocious (not pacifist)67.563926.034
human (not animalistic)67.584927.642
opinionated (not jealous)67.579329.815
coordinated (not clumsy)67.080927.132
edgy (not politically correct)67.055125.829
😊 (not 🤣)66.857626.852
introvert (not extrovert)66.530426.535
work-first (not family-first)66.450533.933
🤠 (not 🤑)66.459628.539
vintage (not trendy)66.478723.121
cynical (not gullible)66.466124.922
neurotypical (not autistic)66.288927.422
🥵 (not 🥶)66.140229.520
contrarian (not yes-man)66.156131.523
resistant (not resigned)65.881825.123
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)65.823029.844
unpolished (not eloquent)65.732425.531
realistic (not fantastical)65.759325.915
charming (not awkward)65.671326.935
arcane (not mainstream)65.547129.241
quiet (not loud)65.344431.031
alpha (not beta)65.378226.629
love-focused (not money-focused)65.186528.923
creative (not conventional)65.055526.936
pro (not noob)65.096829.321
democratic (not authoritarian)64.951828.433
resolute (not wavering)64.977730.035
freak (not normie)64.954723.217
fast-talking (not slow-talking)64.867027.233
demanding (not unchallenging)64.8104623.016
stoic (not hypochondriac)64.853228.313
independent (not codependent)64.577431.326
humorless (not funny)64.332423.637
literal (not metaphorical)64.358327.935
industrial (not domestic)64.239728.433
grateful (not entitled)64.248733.212
🦇 (not 🐿)64.140430.444
jaded (not innocent)64.180232.611
vibrant (not geriatric)64.083822.824
cultured (not rustic)63.968926.99
rational (not whimsical)63.766328.447
overachiever (not underachiever)63.7108329.79
individualist (not communal)63.665534.235
machiavellian (not transparent)63.648228.530
flirtatious (not prudish)63.662122.813
suspicious (not awkward)63.379225.433
monastic (not hedonist)63.320226.628
self-destructive (not self-improving)63.256130.339
atheist (not theist)63.166426.629
fresh (not stinky)63.093024.829
wooden (not plastic)62.985021.710
fixable (not unfixable)62.566524.137
low-tech (not high-tech)62.356720.535
realist (not idealist)62.355328.334
😎 (not 🧐)62.363729.249
reassuring (not fearmongering)62.368234.616
cocky (not timid)62.398027.010
oxymoron (not tautology)62.238429.722
curious (not apathetic)62.192427.828
lowbrow (not highbrow)62.124330.429
involved (not remote)62.199634.127
hard-work (not natural-talent)62.175731.39
concise (not long-winded)62.142322.612
suspicious (not trusting)62.068133.232
empirical (not theoretical)62.043125.631
giving (not receiving)62.077928.417
disarming (not creepy)61.997624.134
cautious (not impulsive)61.857928.026
sporty (not bookish)61.846529.938
messy (not neat)61.843622.740
🐒 (not 🐩)61.846127.944
clean (not perverted)61.889226.616
humble (not arrogant)61.748722.730
deliberate (not spontaneous)61.783830.432
spelunker (not claustrophobic)61.765928.231
winter (not summer)61.554734.913
multicolored (not monochrome)61.451629.831
chic (not cheesy)61.449028.316
bossy (not meek)61.3100122.634
🧠 (not 💪)61.298529.962
Russian (not French)61.230726.023
direct (not roundabout)61.195731.124
pessimistic (not optimistic)61.056330.229
child free (not pronatalist)61.080734.030
western (not eastern)61.078031.621
folksy (not presidential)61.050022.629
competitive (not cooperative)60.985030.733
predictable (not quirky)60.945922.49
empath (not psychopath)60.887628.813
decisive (not hesitant)60.798730.534
off-key (not musical)60.758223.730
apprentice (not master)60.638330.343
avant-garde (not classical)60.642130.528
thin (not thick)60.475823.030
generous (not stingy)60.482925.319
demure (not vain)60.353324.633
emotional (not logical)60.270627.627
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)60.149833.038
biased (not impartial)60.097627.526
thick-skinned (not sensitive)60.065631.930
factual (not exaggerating)59.960928.014
🤫 (not 🤔)59.828434.840
practical (not imaginative)59.288629.733
mature (not juvenile)59.279327.836
low self esteem (not narcissistic)59.042227.138
first-mate (not captain)58.968130.734
two-faced (not one-faced)58.944940.317
provincial (not cosmopolitan)58.850028.330
🧕 (not 💃)58.830429.250
explorer (not builder)58.567229.837
worldly (not innocent)58.4106229.539
devout (not heathen)58.468625.323
hoarder (not unprepared)58.382523.426
profound (not ironic)58.154525.516
slovenly (not stylish)57.943223.631
rebellious (not obedient)57.992926.433
😇 (not 😈)57.972830.747
honorable (not cunning)57.885631.633
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)57.846528.933
scandalous (not proper)57.771930.241
open-minded (not close-minded)57.787626.140
drop out (not valedictorian)57.745229.233
expressive (not monotone)57.689831.212
basic (not hipster)57.587425.022
reactive (not proactive)57.463823.97
jock (not nerd)57.359724.534
melee (not ranged)57.336528.521
bitter (not sweet)57.270729.241
👻 (not 🤖)57.069830.743
sane (not crazy)56.866525.425
shy (not playful)56.730827.637
nihilist (not existentialist)56.731127.616
luddite (not technophile)56.665518.117
outlaw (not sheriff)56.674730.937
mischievous (not well behaved)56.589831.227
purple (not orange)56.463527.020
rigid (not flexible)56.380031.526
impatient (not patient)56.395829.218
centrist (not radical)56.152230.214
wise (not foolish)56.088226.135
civilized (not barbaric)55.9108230.328
intimate (not formal)55.873435.428
political (not nonpolitical)55.784229.332
Roman (not Greek)55.660629.227
high standards (not desperate)55.696427.819
wholesome (not salacious)55.588725.432
anarchist (not statist)55.466629.129
reasonable (not deranged)55.490626.534
rock (not rap)55.4144131.322
🥰 (not 🙃)55.278732.844
insecure (not confident)55.140424.631
precise (not vague)55.1108731.440
tasteful (not lewd)55.0106128.445
physical (not intellectual)55.052727.835
loveable (not punchable)55.0102229.432
rhythmic (not stuttering)54.9121625.324
spontaneous (not scheduled)54.867134.126
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')54.734727.826
🐀 (not 🐘)54.768635.255
📈 (not 📉)54.7111534.939
circular (not linear)54.764430.927
subdued (not exuberant)54.654327.832
self-conscious (not self-assured)54.540530.537
armoured (not vulnerable)54.599633.926
cold (not warm)54.568726.528
charming (not trusting)54.481932.717
😬 (not 😏)54.457535.551
Pepsi (not Coke)54.450137.022
angelic (not demonic)54.392920.336
dominant (not submissive)54.2109829.730
nurturing (not poisonous)54.299226.324
subjective (not objective)54.171627.225
sensible (not ludicrous)53.996128.540
dry (not moist)53.974327.337
💝 (not 💔)53.882236.641
doer (not thinker)53.8109932.217
common sense (not analysis)53.854427.318
non-gamer (not gamer)53.7101831.016
feminist (not sexist)53.6113722.521
cannibal (not vegan)53.574830.428
prideful (not envious)53.5139024.416
twitchy (not still)53.4100732.216
realistic (not ambitious)53.154533.121
focused on the future (not focused on the present)53.066229.831
👟 (not 🥾)53.083535.543
compersive (not jealous)52.977524.932
factual (not poetic)52.994327.832
rude (not respectful)52.862128.532
judgemental (not accepting)52.885531.025
insulting (not complimentary)52.772426.541
scientific (not artistic)52.684828.934
libertarian (not socialist)52.696928.225
kinky (not vanilla)52.582330.432
normal (not weird)52.462323.228
literary (not mathematical)52.4104330.223
serious (not bold)52.472933.131
debased (not pure)52.376930.824
disreputable (not prestigious)52.357232.327
always down (not picky)52.358529.920
🐮 (not 🐷)52.2107635.343
methodical (not astonishing)52.1102232.738
specialist (not generalist)52.1110029.322
goth (not flower child)52.159228.818
no-nonsense (not dramatic)52.076433.741
liberal (not conservative)52.0109621.424
healthy (not sickly)51.8128431.242
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)51.887232.544
variable (not consistent)51.760331.539
exhibitionist (not bashful)51.7112230.916
bad boy (not white knight)51.768333.222
strict (not lenient)51.594224.323
lustful (not chaste)51.4100226.219
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)51.3100134.847
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)51.297633.218
cryptic (not straightforward)50.244130.837
sober (not indulgent)50.780431.341
regular (not zany)50.373927.226
concrete (not abstract)50.3105327.935
bad-cook (not good-cook)50.390824.510
tardy (not on-time)50.658429.816
short (not tall)50.571123.135

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Jason Bourne (0.774)
  2. Katniss Everdeen (0.773)
  3. Michael Lee (0.761)
  4. Sarah Connor (0.746)
  5. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii (0.74)
  6. Zuko (0.734)
  7. Daryl Dixon (0.73)
  8. Max Rockatansky (0.73)
  9. Kate Austen (0.729)
  10. Tobias 'Four' Eaton (0.728)
  1. Karen Smith (-0.426)
  2. Nelson Bighetti (-0.385)
  3. Connor Roy (-0.384)
  4. June George (-0.339)
  5. Kevin Malone (-0.329)
  6. Prince Stepan 'Stiva' Oblonsky (-0.323)
  7. Midge Pinciotti (-0.322)
  8. Choi Yeon-gyo (-0.305)
  9. Glenn Sturgis (-0.303)
  10. James Taggart (-0.302)

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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