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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 500 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
tense (not relaxed)92.5338.238
persistent (not quitter)92.022111.445
main character (not side character)92.01569.79
motivated (not unmotivated)90.228911.411
protagonist (not antagonist)89.38016.527
intense (not lighthearted)88.813413.533
complicated (not simple)88.37912.330
secretive (not open-book)88.312615.848
wolf (not bear)88.23513.510
guarded (not open)88.114217.230
confidential (not gossiping)87.811315.542
haunted (not blissful)87.38815.623
works hard (not plays hard)87.010221.830
street-smart (not sheltered)86.816615.336
earth (not air)86.43421.125
miserable (not joyful)86.37611.230
cursed (not blessed)86.210814.411
beautiful (not ugly)86.150012.335
withdrawn (not outgoing)86.1428.811
diligent (not lazy)85.958815.336
perceptive (not unobservant)85.834715.729
prying (not unmeddlesome)85.816114.913
🧢 (not 🎩)85.57118.040
active (not slothful)85.431916.324
mad (not glad)85.210014.124
sad (not happy)85.17513.942
straight (not queer)85.023521.435
gloomy (not sunny)85.010911.124
spartan (not glamorous)85.09311.115
focused (not absentminded)84.745620.612
sorrowful (not cheery)84.68010.726
serious (not playful)84.421417.524
maverick (not conformist)84.422115.616
insomniac (not slumbering)84.21419.010
🤺 (not 🏌)83.823319.555
deep (not epic)83.8710.512
alert (not oblivious)83.723118.027
masculine (not feminine)83.639617.743
believable (not poorly-written)83.516817.933
high IQ (not low IQ)83.454812.436
fast (not slow)83.320318.027
pensive (not serene)83.33515.920
hurried (not leisurely)83.23316.735
badass (not weakass)83.250917.613
reserved (not chatty)83.015716.934
workaholic (not slacker)83.054019.141
private (not gregarious)82.915615.036
dramatic (not comedic)82.921214.413
frugal (not lavish)82.34816.939
handshakes (not hugs)82.340810.38
macho (not metrosexual)82.26714.630
thrifty (not extravagant)81.93913.013
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)81.931818.138
studious (not goof-off)81.941117.835
triggered (not trolling)81.73118.832
interested (not bored)81.616116.423
competent (not incompetent)81.559821.933
important (not irrelevant)81.561519.738
questioning (not believing)81.419823.212
real (not fake)81.348919.616
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)81.214022.838
gendered (not androgynous)81.155524.622
overthinker (not underthinker)80.83669.710
reclusive (not social)80.814012.425
devoted (not unfaithful)80.674021.440
unannoying (not annoying)80.511122.810
deep (not shallow)80.418217.830
emotional (not unemotional)80.340410.413
tight (not loose)80.127120.033
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)79.910720.025
moody (not stable)79.837318.935
🤐 (not 😜)79.814423.659
frenzied (not sleepy)79.728819.244
outsider (not insider)79.68025.424
indie (not pop)79.121718.430
dog person (not cat person)79.115728.525
unfulfilled (not fulfilled)79.126019.913
utilitarian (not decorative)78.915018.622
soulful (not soulless)78.861523.137
resourceful (not helpless)78.775221.450
punk rock (not preppy)78.624521.827
poor (not rich)78.615713.630
grumpy (not cheery)78.335116.215
interesting (not tiresome)78.339417.327
young (not old)78.251713.433
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)78.241122.037
attractive (not repulsive)78.069024.147
backdoor (not official)78.020025.528
unfrivolous (not goofy)78.043017.610
conspiracist (not sheeple)77.828018.424
heroic (not villainous)77.669923.822
accurate (not off target)77.643623.119
driven (not unambitious)77.698422.131
boundary breaking (not stereotypical)77.531818.213
hunter (not gatherer)77.237124.228
obsessed (not aloof)77.029220.730
go-getter (not slugabed)76.876618.633
💀 (not 🎃)76.722724.526
loyal (not traitorous)76.795426.828
Italian (not Swedish)76.718820.627
charmer (not buffoon)76.653614.414
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)76.49321.731
assertive (not passive)76.362421.333
stubborn (not accommodating)76.168131.818
uptight (not easy)76.148920.717
hard (not soft)75.937822.429
🏀 (not 🎨)75.928424.139
😭 (not 😀)75.712627.256
frank (not sugarcoated)75.760525.024
fire (not water)75.648627.221
resentful (not euphoric)75.637718.816
night owl (not morning lark)75.545123.031
minimalist (not pack rat)75.413220.730
traumatized (not flourishing)75.344723.739
insightful (not generic)75.349319.211
urban (not rural)75.347325.537
unenthusiastic about food (not foodie)75.311520.312
vengeful (not forgiving)75.042321.938
crafty (not scholarly)75.039318.338
introspective (not not introspective)74.932722.534
inspiring (not cringeworthy)74.834715.430
rejected (not popular)74.732928.79
scruffy (not manicured)74.629526.927
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)74.651224.839
bold (not shy)74.5108824.026
deviant (not average)74.544817.539
mysterious (not unambiguous)74.527726.235
unstirring (not quivering)74.444522.510
egalitarian (not racist)74.2109323.029
tactful (not indiscreet)74.032423.926
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)73.936524.160
open to new experinces (not uncreative)73.971321.529
spicy (not mild)73.952823.132
innovative (not routine)73.938923.511
rugged (not refined)73.832421.641
meaningful (not pointless)73.879925.211
offended (not chill)73.738019.930
feisty (not gracious)73.660825.441
🧗 (not 🛌)73.558426.650
sexual (not asexual)73.564829.115
opinionated (not neutral)73.4105226.621
efficient (not overprepared)73.328722.333
English (not German)73.281623.633
snoops (not minds-own-business)73.274025.523
unlucky (not fortunate)73.227225.339
mighty (not puny)73.267321.027
genius (not dunce)73.062818.527
depressed (not bright)73.022522.533
sturdy (not flimsy)72.963623.129
grounded (not fantasy-prone)72.940314.211
skeptical (not spiritual)72.768624.943
self-disciplined (not disorganized)72.788327.134
modest (not flamboyant)72.741228.944
paranoid (not naive)72.437627.916
original (not cliché)72.433115.710
distant (not touchy-feely)72.343927.233
chivalrous (not businesslike)72.127519.216
charismatic (not uninspiring)71.988521.822
legit (not scrub)71.981328.029
anxious (not calm)71.848627.430
oppressed (not privileged)71.721026.334
angry (not good-humored)71.628920.121
🌟 (not 💩)71.597825.949
🐐 (not 🦒)71.426024.340
down2earth (not head@clouds)71.343522.832
penny-pincher (not overspender)71.328414.726
moderate (not gluttonous)71.257225.49
lion (not zebra)71.268822.811
unorthodox (not traditional)71.155827.327
reliable (not experimental)71.144826.836
never cries (not often crying)71.056125.018
activist (not nonpartisan)71.059120.511
kind (not cruel)70.995118.129
modern (not historical)70.944323.839
brave (not careful)70.862525.433
extraordinary (not mundane)70.774624.441
blacksmith (not tailor)70.728624.932
unassuming (not pretentious)70.618529.535
altruistic (not selfish)70.456324.937
overachiever (not underachiever)70.3101830.311
chortling (not giggling)70.348519.027
savory (not sweet)70.355620.37
transient (not permanent)70.211923.223
freelance (not corporate)70.266228.334
equitable (not hypocritical)70.238122.832
lost (not enlightened)70.235920.030
not genocidal (not genocidal)70.195431.030
patriotic (not unpatriotic)69.862624.335
👽 (not 🤡)69.832722.740
🐴 (not 🦄)69.848729.758
manic (not mild)69.868424.518
extreme (not moderate)69.776021.833
quarrelsome (not warm)69.656327.232
treasure (not trash)69.6115226.027
instinctual (not reasoned)69.554524.634
OCD (not ADHD)69.562820.713
enslaved (not emancipated)69.310527.734
opinionated (not jealous)69.388329.816
seemly (not inappropriate)69.368428.611
rough (not smooth)69.239825.627
varied (not repetitive)69.210325.039
stoic (not expressive)69.131725.932
goal-oriented (not experience-oriented)69.154231.612
chaotic (not orderly)69.153522.432
coarse (not delicate)69.063121.510
real (not philosophical)68.856627.940
cool (not dorky)68.857628.526
fussy (not sloppy)68.889417.18
earthly (not divine)68.863820.113
homebody (not world traveler)68.744423.717
edgy (not politically correct)68.560824.833
muddy (not washed)68.526721.926
natural (not mechanical)68.548822.713
chosen one (not everyman)68.445923.019
genuine (not sarcastic)68.353127.743
vintage (not trendy)68.387022.224
flawed (not perfect)68.285727.012
hard (not soft)68.161427.638
whippersnapper (not sage)68.128522.822
wild (not tame)68.077625.750
work-first (not family-first)67.955833.535
contrarian (not yes-man)67.958631.025
childlike (not parental)67.955717.38
knowledgeable (not ignorant)67.997725.042
human (not animalistic)67.6100827.344
romantic (not dispassionate)67.686427.128
ferocious (not pacifist)67.574726.034
freak (not normie)67.557622.320
negative (not positive)67.245814.210
coordinated (not clumsy)67.196026.733
🥴 (not 🥳)67.145425.664
😊 (not 🤣)67.168526.754
nonconformist (not social climber)67.060425.48
🤠 (not 🤑)66.971828.340
grateful (not entitled)66.950931.514
🥵 (not 🥶)66.649528.323
introvert (not extrovert)66.538426.535
cynical (not gullible)66.479924.922
resistant (not resigned)66.395424.724
awkward (not comfortable)66.244523.317
arcane (not mainstream)66.155429.142
charming (not awkward)65.983125.739
attentive (not interrupting)65.857526.522
quiet (not loud)65.653430.532
handy (not can't-fix-anything)65.391422.923
cultured (not rustic)65.274025.810
demanding (not unchallenging)65.1123621.718
unpolished (not eloquent)65.139327.434
pro (not noob)65.1114628.722
creative (not conventional)65.067326.936
democratic (not authoritarian)64.961828.433
🦇 (not 🐿)64.946030.545
atheist (not theist)64.871926.531
fast-talking (not slow-talking)64.881127.233
suspicious (not awkward)64.787625.335
vibrant (not geriatric)64.796622.625
leader (not follower)64.7101130.715
princess (not queen)64.635532.013
neurotypical (not autistic)64.6108128.424
fighter (not lover)64.560531.319
humorless (not funny)64.339423.637
literal (not metaphorical)64.368727.935
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)64.331031.045
pointed (not random)64.3114922.415
industrial (not domestic)64.246828.433
individualist (not communal)64.274533.936
proud (not apologetic)64.2124225.714
independent (not codependent)64.193832.228
resolute (not wavering)63.998230.236
realistic (not fantastical)63.977427.723
curious (not apathetic)63.8100927.031
self-destructive (not self-improving)63.863629.741
repressed (not forward)63.830425.312
rational (not whimsical)63.778628.447
anti-prank (not prankster)63.691929.311
oxymoron (not tautology)63.534329.723
jaded (not innocent)63.5100830.115
deliberate (not spontaneous)63.494130.234
machiavellian (not transparent)63.457028.332
monastic (not hedonist)63.327826.628
empath (not psychopath)63.398027.815
dystopian (not utopian)63.358930.410
flirtatious (not prudish)63.273424.317
giving (not receiving)63.191727.620
humble (not arrogant)63.056122.632
fresh (not stinky)62.9109824.430
alpha (not beta)62.899427.431
love-focused (not money-focused)62.7113429.426
cautious (not impulsive)62.468527.627
realist (not idealist)62.364528.334
😎 (not 🧐)62.377629.249
reassuring (not fearmongering)62.382334.616
lowbrow (not highbrow)62.128430.429
suspicious (not trusting)62.080433.232
unstable (not stable)62.087120.111
disarming (not creepy)61.9118224.134
🐒 (not 🐩)61.854327.944
junkie (not straight edge)61.837724.412
spelunker (not claustrophobic)61.778428.231
wooden (not plastic)61.7110326.817
indoorsy (not outdoorsy)61.787530.418
Hates PDA (not Constant PDA)61.679117.39
militaristic (not hippie)61.598621.913
all-seeing (not blind)61.578220.313
chic (not cheesy)61.459728.316
bossy (not meek)61.3117822.634
🧠 (not 💪)61.2117829.962
Russian (not French)61.236626.023
factual (not exaggerating)61.271125.618
direct (not roundabout)61.1114031.124
low-tech (not high-tech)61.170220.737
pessimistic (not optimistic)61.067930.229
child free (not pronatalist)61.097334.030
drop out (not valedictorian)61.049129.337
folksy (not presidential)61.059622.629
intuitive (not analytical)61.072224.714
competitive (not cooperative)60.999830.733
decisive (not hesitant)60.7116830.534
thin (not thick)60.790122.731
generous (not stingy)60.798724.720
avant-garde (not classical)60.651030.528
creator (not consumer)60.689321.915
sporty (not bookish)60.558729.940
reactive (not proactive)60.562322.811
empirical (not theoretical)60.360926.832
demure (not vain)60.364224.633
first-mate (not captain)60.377930.736
emotional (not logical)60.284227.627
blue (not red)60.273926.812
provincial (not cosmopolitan)60.154828.831
mature (not juvenile)60.191727.937
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)60.161233.038
off-key (not musical)60.172623.531
biased (not impartial)60.0117427.526
heartfelt (not clinical)60.0102126.410
involved (not remote)59.9128735.328
western (not eastern)59.9108231.322
fixable (not unfixable)59.994025.939
flat (not bubbly)59.684029.712
multicolored (not monochrome)59.568431.232
clean (not perverted)59.5116328.419
concise (not long-winded)59.566123.413
practical (not imaginative)59.4104829.334
apprentice (not master)59.449430.245
cocky (not timid)59.4128527.411
messy (not neat)59.358724.942
explorer (not builder)59.378229.439
chronically single (not serial dater)59.3107029.611
hygienic (not gross)59.3144219.19
expressive (not monotone)59.2104130.513
low self esteem (not narcissistic)59.052227.138
smug (not sheepish)59.0126928.010
thick-skinned (not sensitive)58.981632.735
profound (not ironic)58.862124.619
eager (not reluctant)58.8111525.912
charming (not trusting)58.581733.219
small-vocabulary (not big-vocabulary)58.541120.913
basic (not hipster)58.495825.826
🧕 (not 💃)58.440329.053
hoarder (not unprepared)58.399623.426
luddite (not technophile)58.270118.019
winter (not summer)58.177135.417
spirited (not lifeless)58.1149424.710
🤫 (not 🤔)58.041435.041
social chameleon (not strong identity)58.022834.69
slovenly (not stylish)57.951623.631
two-faced (not one-faced)57.955038.022
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)57.854828.933
hard-work (not natural-talent)57.8112032.913
kangaroo (not dolphin)57.867228.29
scandalous (not proper)57.786130.241
nihilist (not existentialist)57.537028.718
wired (not tired)57.5106229.415
worldly (not innocent)57.4128729.940
outlaw (not sheriff)57.488030.938
jock (not nerd)57.370824.534
rebellious (not obedient)57.3113026.834
melee (not ranged)57.346328.521
purple (not orange)57.272226.621
bitter (not sweet)57.283629.241
open-minded (not close-minded)57.1107126.141
noble (not jovial)57.1110534.114
sane (not crazy)57.078524.926
👻 (not 🤖)57.083930.743
prideful (not envious)57.0151225.518
devout (not heathen)56.990525.325
😇 (not 😈)56.992130.451
old-fashioned (not progressive)56.973531.010
harsh (not gentle)56.889832.316
wise (not foolish)56.5101825.936
mischievous (not well behaved)56.5106031.227
feminist (not sexist)56.5129624.924
rock (not rap)56.5170031.123
stoic (not hypochondriac)56.5103233.715
welcoming experience (not cringing away)56.5100029.311
honorable (not cunning)56.4106532.134
reasonable (not deranged)56.4104226.437
Pepsi (not Coke)56.350937.323
physicist (not photographer)56.276331.212
shy (not playful)56.140227.438
centrist (not radical)56.161430.214
intimate (not formal)56.088834.929
civilized (not barbaric)55.9127730.328
twitchy (not still)55.6111932.417
precise (not vague)55.5128331.141
love shy (not cassanova)55.586817.313
anarchist (not statist)55.480729.129
rigid (not flexible)55.198831.527
subdued (not exuberant)55.165927.533
🐀 (not 🐘)55.083034.956
insecure (not confident)54.950424.533
evolutionist (not creationist)54.9108126.78
spontaneous (not scheduled)54.880734.126
angelic (not demonic)54.8109620.340
mellow (not energetic)54.879929.413
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')54.743527.826
circular (not linear)54.775730.927
sensible (not ludicrous)54.6114328.541
impatient (not patient)54.6118229.419
📈 (not 📉)54.6134834.540
high standards (not desperate)54.6117127.520
reader (not writer)54.680519.010
self-conscious (not self-assured)54.550130.537
cold (not warm)54.582127.230
wholesome (not salacious)54.5110225.634
lawyerly (not engineerial)54.5106930.813
😬 (not 😏)54.469835.551
kinky (not vanilla)54.392530.634
loveable (not punchable)54.3125229.333
nurturing (not poisonous)54.2118626.324
🥰 (not 🙃)54.298633.046
tasteful (not lewd)54.1131128.447
subjective (not objective)54.187027.225
common sense (not analysis)54.167526.923
on-time (not tardy)54.0131530.018
dry (not moist)53.989827.337
physical (not intellectual)53.865128.436
political (not nonpolitical)53.8110029.434
💝 (not 💔)53.899936.641
doer (not thinker)53.8131032.217
enchanting (not disturbing)53.8123424.812
likes change (not resists change)53.847628.111
scientific (not artistic)53.699229.235
dominant (not submissive)53.6133030.533
rhythmic (not stuttering)53.6149825.625
fearful (not hopeful)53.665526.813
debased (not pure)53.587430.825
thinker (not feeler)53.582828.910
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)53.379133.620
focused on the future (not focused on the present)53.279630.435
👟 (not 🥾)53.098835.543
compersive (not jealous)52.994924.932
Roman (not Greek)52.996429.929
factual (not poetic)52.9113927.832
lumberjack (not mad-scientist)52.978128.79
rude (not respectful)52.874928.532
judgemental (not accepting)52.8101931.025
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)52.8101732.546
tall (not short)52.7115222.145
libertarian (not socialist)52.6113928.225
armoured (not vulnerable)52.6125534.129
goth (not flower child)52.672028.119
bad-manners (not good-manners)52.669427.721
methodical (not astonishing)52.5120432.439
supportive (not catty)52.5126329.110
serious (not bold)52.487433.131
disreputable (not prestigious)52.368232.327
no-nonsense (not dramatic)52.390233.342
insulting (not complimentary)52.387926.342
always down (not picky)52.371229.920
woke (not problematic)52.296430.310
specialist (not generalist)52.1131529.322
liberal (not conservative)52.0131021.424
bad-cook (not good-cook)52.0101023.112
cannibal (not vegan)51.992230.430
chill (not sassy)51.849434.117
normal (not weird)51.775823.131
regular (not zany)51.783628.029
🐮 (not 🐷)51.7134035.044
predictable (not quirky)51.791929.515
variable (not consistent)51.674031.240
bad boy (not white knight)51.682033.524
strict (not lenient)51.5111824.323
people-person (not things-person)51.5110730.613
lustful (not chaste)51.4117626.219
bashful (not exhibitionist)51.467227.923
communist (not capitalist)51.482028.110
irreverent (not sincere)51.459927.59
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)51.3119534.847
healthy (not sickly)51.1154331.143
non-gamer (not gamer)51.1129930.318
nice (not naughty)51.0101022.19
unfriendly (not friendly)51.067424.018
employee (not entrepreneur)50.181133.514
plant-neglecter (not green thumb)50.2116327.614
sober (not indulgent)50.796031.341
cryptic (not straightforward)50.751430.638
literary (not mathematical)50.7131830.724
concrete (not abstract)50.3126627.935
realistic (not ambitious)50.378033.123

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 (0.756)
  2. Jyn Erso (0.753)
  3. Katniss Everdeen (0.75)
  4. Sarah Connor (0.737)
  5. Michael Lee (0.737)
  6. Tobias 'Four' Eaton (0.728)
  7. Zuko (0.725)
  8. Tris Prior (0.724)
  9. Nacho Varga (0.718)
  10. Oliver Queen (0.715)
  1. Karen Smith (-0.455)
  2. Nelson Bighetti (-0.404)
  3. Midge Pinciotti (-0.351)
  4. June George (-0.345)
  5. Prince Stepan 'Stiva' Oblonsky (-0.335)
  6. Connor Roy (-0.334)
  7. Kevin Malone (-0.33)
  8. Bob Pinciotti (-0.32)
  9. Norah (-0.318)
  10. Glenn Sturgis (-0.317)

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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