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Billy Costigan Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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 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
main character (not side character)94.87410.45
tense (not relaxed)92.5328.238
persistent (not quitter)92.021011.445
motivated (not unmotivated)90.227911.411
protagonist (not antagonist)89.37616.527
intense (not lighthearted)88.812813.533
complicated (not simple)88.37712.330
secretive (not open-book)88.312315.848
guarded (not open)88.113717.230
confidential (not gossiping)87.811315.542
haunted (not blissful)87.38515.623
works hard (not plays hard)87.09321.830
street-smart (not sheltered)86.815715.336
earth (not air)86.43421.125
miserable (not joyful)86.37111.230
beautiful (not ugly)86.147712.335
diligent (not lazy)85.956415.336
perceptive (not unobservant)85.833515.729
🧢 (not 🎩)85.56918.040
active (not slothful)85.430316.324
mad (not glad)85.29614.124
sad (not happy)85.16813.942
straight (not queer)85.022321.435
gloomy (not sunny)85.09911.124
sorrowful (not cheery)84.67710.726
serious (not playful)84.420917.524
🤺 (not 🏌)83.822219.555
alert (not oblivious)83.721818.027
masculine (not feminine)83.638217.743
believable (not poorly-written)83.515617.933
high IQ (not low IQ)83.453012.436
fast (not slow)83.319418.027
hurried (not leisurely)83.23116.735
badass (not weakass)83.248617.613
reserved (not chatty)83.015016.934
workaholic (not slacker)83.051919.141
private (not gregarious)82.914815.036
dramatic (not comedic)82.920414.413
deep (not epic)82.7510.311
pensive (not serene)82.54015.819
frugal (not lavish)82.34616.939
macho (not metrosexual)82.26414.630
thrifty (not extravagant)81.93713.013
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)81.930718.138
studious (not goof-off)81.939717.835
triggered (not trolling)81.72818.832
interested (not bored)81.614816.423
competent (not incompetent)81.556821.933
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)81.213322.838
important (not irrelevant)81.259719.937
gendered (not androgynous)81.152224.622
reclusive (not social)80.813212.425
devoted (not unfaithful)80.671321.440
deep (not shallow)80.417217.830
emotional (not unemotional)80.338110.413
tight (not loose)80.125520.033
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)79.99720.025
🤐 (not 😜)79.813623.659
frenzied (not sleepy)79.727819.244
outsider (not insider)79.67725.424
moody (not stable)79.237318.834
dog person (not cat person)79.115528.525
utilitarian (not decorative)78.914518.622
indie (not pop)78.821418.729
soulful (not soulless)78.859023.137
resourceful (not helpless)78.771521.450
punk rock (not preppy)78.622921.827
poor (not rich)78.614713.630
interesting (not tiresome)78.337317.327
young (not old)78.249413.433
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)78.238922.037
attractive (not repulsive)78.065924.147
backdoor (not official)78.019025.528
conspiracist (not sheeple)77.825918.424
heroic (not villainous)77.667323.822
driven (not unambitious)77.694522.131
hunter (not gatherer)77.235524.228
obsessed (not aloof)77.027620.730
go-getter (not slugabed)76.872718.633
💀 (not 🎃)76.721724.526
loyal (not traitorous)76.791526.828
Italian (not Swedish)76.717720.627
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)76.48321.731
assertive (not passive)76.359721.333
stubborn (not accommodating)76.164331.818
hard (not soft)75.936022.429
🏀 (not 🎨)75.927024.139
😭 (not 😀)75.712227.256
fire (not water)75.646127.221
night owl (not morning lark)75.543323.031
minimalist (not pack rat)75.412620.730
traumatized (not flourishing)75.341023.739
urban (not rural)75.345225.537
vengeful (not forgiving)75.040221.938
crafty (not scholarly)75.036818.338
introspective (not not introspective)74.931322.534
inspiring (not cringeworthy)74.833315.430
frank (not sugarcoated)74.762125.023
scruffy (not manicured)74.628826.927
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)74.648724.839
bold (not shy)74.5104424.026
deviant (not average)74.542617.539
mysterious (not unambiguous)74.526326.235
egalitarian (not racist)74.2104823.029
tactful (not indiscreet)74.031023.926
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)73.934624.160
open to new experinces (not uncreative)73.967421.529
spicy (not mild)73.951323.132
rugged (not refined)73.831021.641
offended (not chill)73.736319.930
feisty (not gracious)73.658425.441
🧗 (not 🛌)73.555926.650
sexual (not asexual)73.562729.115
efficient (not overprepared)73.327722.333
English (not German)73.277423.633
unlucky (not fortunate)73.226025.339
mighty (not puny)73.264321.027
genius (not dunce)73.060018.527
depressed (not bright)73.020622.533
sturdy (not flimsy)72.960323.129
skeptical (not spiritual)72.765524.943
self-disciplined (not disorganized)72.785127.134
modest (not flamboyant)72.739428.944
opinionated (not neutral)72.5104926.920
paranoid (not naive)72.435227.916
distant (not touchy-feely)72.341727.233
chivalrous (not businesslike)72.126519.216
charismatic (not uninspiring)71.985021.822
legit (not scrub)71.978228.029
anxious (not calm)71.845527.430
oppressed (not privileged)71.719926.334
angry (not good-humored)71.627520.121
penny-pincher (not overspender)71.626314.925
🌟 (not 💩)71.594025.949
🐐 (not 🦒)71.424424.639
down2earth (not head@clouds)71.341022.832
unorthodox (not traditional)71.152827.327
reliable (not experimental)71.143126.836
rough (not smooth)71.031824.326
kind (not cruel)70.991118.129
modern (not historical)70.942223.839
brave (not careful)70.859525.433
extraordinary (not mundane)70.771724.441
blacksmith (not tailor)70.727224.932
unassuming (not pretentious)70.617629.535
altruistic (not selfish)70.454524.937
overachiever (not underachiever)70.398130.311
chortling (not giggling)70.346319.027
transient (not permanent)70.211523.223
freelance (not corporate)70.263028.334
equitable (not hypocritical)70.236822.832
lost (not enlightened)70.233720.030
not genocidal (not genocidal)70.190831.030
patriotic (not unpatriotic)69.860024.335
👽 (not 🤡)69.831522.740
🐴 (not 🦄)69.846129.758
extreme (not moderate)69.772321.833
quarrelsome (not warm)69.654227.232
treasure (not trash)69.6110226.027
instinctual (not reasoned)69.551724.634
OCD (not ADHD)69.560020.713
enslaved (not emancipated)69.39827.734
never cries (not often crying)69.359224.617
opinionated (not jealous)69.383529.816
varied (not repetitive)69.29625.039
stoic (not expressive)69.129925.932
chaotic (not orderly)69.150122.432
real (not philosophical)68.853327.940
cool (not dorky)68.855228.526
edgy (not politically correct)68.557724.833
muddy (not washed)68.525521.926
chosen one (not everyman)68.443523.019
genuine (not sarcastic)68.351727.743
hard (not soft)68.158727.638
whippersnapper (not sage)68.126322.822
wild (not tame)68.074025.750
work-first (not family-first)67.953733.535
contrarian (not yes-man)67.956131.025
knowledgeable (not ignorant)67.993625.042
human (not animalistic)67.696327.344
romantic (not dispassionate)67.682527.128
vintage (not trendy)67.685922.423
ferocious (not pacifist)67.571026.034
freak (not normie)67.554722.320
coordinated (not clumsy)67.192026.733
🥴 (not 🥳)67.142725.664
😊 (not 🤣)67.165226.754
🤠 (not 🤑)66.969028.340
grateful (not entitled)66.948931.514
🥵 (not 🥶)66.646628.323
introvert (not extrovert)66.536226.535
cynical (not gullible)66.475424.922
resistant (not resigned)66.391424.724
arcane (not mainstream)66.152529.142
charming (not awkward)65.979725.739
quiet (not loud)65.651230.532
cultured (not rustic)65.271525.810
demanding (not unchallenging)65.1117321.718
unpolished (not eloquent)65.137527.434
pro (not noob)65.1110028.722
creative (not conventional)65.063226.936
democratic (not authoritarian)64.959028.433
🦇 (not 🐿)64.943630.545
atheist (not theist)64.869126.531
fast-talking (not slow-talking)64.877027.233
vibrant (not geriatric)64.792122.625
princess (not queen)64.633832.013
neurotypical (not autistic)64.6104528.424
fighter (not lover)64.556831.319
humorless (not funny)64.337323.637
literal (not metaphorical)64.365927.935
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)64.329731.045
pointed (not random)64.3110322.415
industrial (not domestic)64.245328.433
individualist (not communal)64.271533.936
independent (not codependent)64.189432.228
suspicious (not awkward)64.187125.534
resolute (not wavering)63.994030.236
realistic (not fantastical)63.973227.723
curious (not apathetic)63.897327.031
self-destructive (not self-improving)63.860629.741
rational (not whimsical)63.775228.447
oxymoron (not tautology)63.532929.723
jaded (not innocent)63.596030.115
deliberate (not spontaneous)63.490230.234
attentive (not interrupting)63.462726.520
machiavellian (not transparent)63.454928.332
monastic (not hedonist)63.325826.628
empath (not psychopath)63.393927.815
flirtatious (not prudish)63.270324.317
giving (not receiving)63.187727.620
humble (not arrogant)63.053722.632
fresh (not stinky)62.9105024.430
alpha (not beta)62.895527.431
love-focused (not money-focused)62.7108229.426
cautious (not impulsive)62.465127.627
realist (not idealist)62.361128.334
😎 (not 🧐)62.374129.249
reassuring (not fearmongering)62.379434.616
lowbrow (not highbrow)62.127030.429
suspicious (not trusting)62.076933.232
disarming (not creepy)61.9112824.134
🐒 (not 🐩)61.851527.944
spelunker (not claustrophobic)61.775428.231
wooden (not plastic)61.7104826.817
factual (not exaggerating)61.567326.317
chic (not cheesy)61.457028.316
bossy (not meek)61.3112622.634
🧠 (not 💪)61.2112629.962
Russian (not French)61.235226.023
direct (not roundabout)61.1109031.124
low-tech (not high-tech)61.167020.737
pessimistic (not optimistic)61.063930.229
child free (not pronatalist)61.093034.030
drop out (not valedictorian)61.046429.337
folksy (not presidential)61.057522.629
competitive (not cooperative)60.995230.733
decisive (not hesitant)60.7111830.534
thin (not thick)60.786322.731
generous (not stingy)60.795324.720
avant-garde (not classical)60.648130.528
sporty (not bookish)60.556229.940
reactive (not proactive)60.559122.811
empirical (not theoretical)60.357426.832
demure (not vain)60.361624.633
first-mate (not captain)60.374130.736
emotional (not logical)60.279627.627
provincial (not cosmopolitan)60.152628.831
mature (not juvenile)60.187527.937
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)60.157733.038
off-key (not musical)60.169323.531
biased (not impartial)60.0112027.526
involved (not remote)59.9123035.328
western (not eastern)59.9101731.322
fixable (not unfixable)59.989525.939
multicolored (not monochrome)59.564931.232
clean (not perverted)59.5110929.218
concise (not long-winded)59.562623.413
practical (not imaginative)59.4100029.334
apprentice (not master)59.447030.245
cocky (not timid)59.4122727.411
messy (not neat)59.356124.942
explorer (not builder)59.374329.439
expressive (not monotone)59.299130.513
low self esteem (not narcissistic)59.049427.138
thick-skinned (not sensitive)58.978032.735
profound (not ironic)58.859824.619
charming (not trusting)58.577933.219
basic (not hipster)58.492125.826
🧕 (not 💃)58.437929.053
hoarder (not unprepared)58.395423.426
luddite (not technophile)58.267218.019
winter (not summer)58.173435.417
🤫 (not 🤔)58.039235.041
slovenly (not stylish)57.949123.631
two-faced (not one-faced)57.952838.022
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)57.852328.933
hard-work (not natural-talent)57.8106132.913
scandalous (not proper)57.782030.241
nihilist (not existentialist)57.533628.718
worldly (not innocent)57.4122529.940
outlaw (not sheriff)57.484030.938
jock (not nerd)57.368024.534
rebellious (not obedient)57.3107526.834
melee (not ranged)57.343328.521
purple (not orange)57.269426.621
bitter (not sweet)57.279829.241
open-minded (not close-minded)57.1102526.141
sane (not crazy)57.075724.926
👻 (not 🤖)57.079530.743
prideful (not envious)57.0144825.518
devout (not heathen)56.986125.325
😇 (not 😈)56.988430.451
wise (not foolish)56.597725.936
mischievous (not well behaved)56.5100931.227
feminist (not sexist)56.5123524.924
rock (not rap)56.5162631.123
stoic (not hypochondriac)56.599133.715
honorable (not cunning)56.4102232.134
reasonable (not deranged)56.4100026.437
Pepsi (not Coke)56.348537.323
shy (not playful)56.138227.438
centrist (not radical)56.159730.214
civilized (not barbaric)55.9122930.328
intimate (not formal)55.885435.428
twitchy (not still)55.6105932.417
precise (not vague)55.5122431.141
anarchist (not statist)55.476229.129
predictable (not quirky)55.472527.114
rigid (not flexible)55.194131.527
subdued (not exuberant)55.162727.533
🐀 (not 🐘)55.078734.956
insecure (not confident)54.947024.533
spontaneous (not scheduled)54.876634.126
angelic (not demonic)54.8105020.340
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')54.739327.826
circular (not linear)54.771230.927
sensible (not ludicrous)54.6108828.541
impatient (not patient)54.6113029.419
📈 (not 📉)54.6129134.540
high standards (not desperate)54.6112727.520
self-conscious (not self-assured)54.546930.537
cold (not warm)54.578427.230
wholesome (not salacious)54.5105525.634
😬 (not 😏)54.465935.551
kinky (not vanilla)54.388730.634
loveable (not punchable)54.3119729.333
nurturing (not poisonous)54.2114026.324
🥰 (not 🙃)54.294333.046
tasteful (not lewd)54.1125528.447
subjective (not objective)54.182327.225
common sense (not analysis)54.164526.923
on-time (not tardy)54.0125030.018
dry (not moist)53.985727.337
physical (not intellectual)53.862728.436
political (not nonpolitical)53.8104929.434
💝 (not 💔)53.896636.641
doer (not thinker)53.8125632.217
scientific (not artistic)53.696029.235
rhythmic (not stuttering)53.6143125.625
debased (not pure)53.582530.825
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)53.373933.620
focused on the future (not focused on the present)53.276730.435
👟 (not 🥾)53.094235.543
compersive (not jealous)52.990924.932
Roman (not Greek)52.991429.929
factual (not poetic)52.9108927.832
rude (not respectful)52.870928.532
judgemental (not accepting)52.896331.025
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)52.896932.546
tall (not short)52.7109622.145
libertarian (not socialist)52.6108428.225
armoured (not vulnerable)52.6119234.129
goth (not flower child)52.668428.119
methodical (not astonishing)52.5114932.439
serious (not bold)52.483733.131
disreputable (not prestigious)52.364832.327
no-nonsense (not dramatic)52.386533.342
insulting (not complimentary)52.383226.342
always down (not picky)52.368429.920
dominant (not submissive)52.2130229.832
specialist (not generalist)52.1125429.322
liberal (not conservative)52.0125321.424
bad-cook (not good-cook)52.096723.112
cannibal (not vegan)51.987930.430
normal (not weird)51.772423.131
regular (not zany)51.780428.029
🐮 (not 🐷)51.7127535.044
variable (not consistent)51.670131.240
bad boy (not white knight)51.678233.524
strict (not lenient)51.5106724.323
lustful (not chaste)51.4112726.219
bashful (not exhibitionist)51.463527.923
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)51.3115534.847
healthy (not sickly)51.1148331.143
non-gamer (not gamer)51.1124330.318
realistic (not ambitious)51.171233.622
sober (not indulgent)50.791831.341
cryptic (not straightforward)50.748730.638
literary (not mathematical)50.7125430.724
concrete (not abstract)50.3120327.935

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. Katniss Everdeen (0.778)
  2. Jason Bourne (0.777)
  3. Jyn Erso (0.767)
  4. Michael Lee (0.762)
  5. Sarah Connor (0.751)
  6. Tris Prior (0.751)
  7. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii (0.749)
  8. Tobias 'Four' Eaton (0.739)
  9. Kate Austen (0.739)
  10. Zuko (0.736)
  1. Karen Smith (-0.425)
  2. Nelson Bighetti (-0.387)
  3. Connor Roy (-0.378)
  4. June George (-0.337)
  5. Kevin Malone (-0.328)
  6. Prince Stepan 'Stiva' Oblonsky (-0.326)
  7. Midge Pinciotti (-0.322)
  8. Choi Yeon-gyo (-0.306)
  9. James Taggart (-0.305)
  10. Glenn Sturgis (-0.302)

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

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


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