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Frank Costello Personality Statistics

Frank Costello 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. 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
authoritarian (not democratic)95.778.228
alpha (not beta)95.6107.423
vengeful (not forgiving)94.4257.819
captain (not first-mate)94.41815.425
bold (not shy)93.5768.820
dominant (not submissive)93.5448.222
master (not apprentice)92.44011.036
😈 (not 😇)92.43215.631
heathen (not devout)92.329.422
wild (not tame)92.23414.134
street-smart (not sheltered)92.13414.425
bossy (not meek)91.96511.835
secretive (not open-book)91.8269.423
cunning (not honorable)91.71614.931
persistent (not quitter)91.61649.832
villainous (not heroic)91.03211.120
sexist (not feminist)91.0159.830
outlaw (not sheriff)90.93422.520
arrogant (not humble)90.58912.228
hard (not soft)90.53613.929
extraordinary (not mundane)90.5429.828
exuberant (not subdued)90.12924.017
salacious (not wholesome)89.82819.020
extreme (not moderate)89.77310.124
cruel (not kind)89.54216.226
narcissistic (not low self esteem)89.56117.229
masculine (not feminine)89.41198.333
debased (not pure)89.32815.522
rich (not poor)89.313715.328
self-assured (not self-conscious)88.92416.734
demonic (not angelic)88.83813.828
strict (not lenient)88.65710.430
backdoor (not official)88.42720.327
intense (not lighthearted)88.310614.631
ferocious (not pacifist)88.27619.230
assertive (not passive)88.210316.421
hunter (not gatherer)88.27221.035
competitive (not cooperative)88.013614.025
mischievous (not well behaved)87.914321.135
cannibal (not vegan)87.84612.732
worldly (not innocent)87.77012.134
spicy (not mild)87.67417.917
decisive (not hesitant)87.6859.429
rebellious (not obedient)87.614213.927
suspicious (not trusting)87.39220.320
mighty (not puny)87.18711.228
judgemental (not accepting)87.110217.917
gendered (not androgynous)87.114522.435
urban (not rural)86.95018.121
feisty (not gracious)86.88118.533
straight (not queer)86.814021.728
resourceful (not helpless)86.720512.930
old (not young)86.6598.723
deviant (not average)86.66220.536
unfixable (not fixable)86.62519.234
charismatic (not uninspiring)86.51329.724
suspicious (not awkward)86.25715.432
scandalous (not proper)85.88515.823
night owl (not morning lark)85.68514.438
quarrelsome (not warm)85.512316.031
armoured (not vulnerable)85.56917.022
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)85.414123.526
pro (not noob)84.922723.116
go-getter (not slugabed)84.920415.132
macho (not metrosexual)84.93422.624
lustful (not chaste)84.68718.924
selfish (not altruistic)84.513024.533
vain (not demure)84.59119.821
deranged (not reasonable)84.46114.823
💃 (not 🧕)84.412622.326
arcane (not mainstream)84.34020.021
crazy (not sane)84.08715.933
playful (not shy)83.920515.929
crafty (not scholarly)83.77316.032
extrovert (not introvert)83.614424.732
lavish (not frugal)83.29611.623
rhythmic (not stuttering)83.212417.722
privileged (not oppressed)83.223015.631
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.98316.722
poisonous (not nurturing)82.912017.322
important (not irrelevant)82.932022.331
libertarian (not socialist)82.81517.612
hard (not soft)82.512921.425
guarded (not open)82.422119.338
zany (not regular)81.711916.334
🦇 (not 🐿)81.77023.834
obsessed (not aloof)81.511221.231
anarchist (not statist)80.86227.124
animalistic (not human)80.82020.617
impatient (not patient)80.621825.014
lewd (not tasteful)80.45624.534
🤣 (not 😊)80.25220.330
work-first (not family-first)80.018622.929
individualist (not communal)80.017127.329
Italian (not Swedish)79.99121.635
charming (not awkward)79.820620.225
flamboyant (not modest)79.815222.930
🙃 (not 🥰)79.39824.125
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)79.230228.138
bitter (not sweet)79.215821.033
punk rock (not preppy)79.115417.232
diligent (not lazy)78.767716.816
charming (not trusting)78.711815.926
driven (not unambitious)78.364421.122
industrial (not domestic)78.16321.917
insulting (not complimentary)78.017122.320
efficient (not overprepared)77.69219.033
chatty (not reserved)77.326324.225
indulgent (not sober)77.121527.435
complicated (not simple)77.029333.420
hoarder (not unprepared)77.08820.622
resistant (not resigned)76.921124.533
thick-skinned (not sensitive)76.712424.435
competent (not incompetent)76.653824.830
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)76.618920.427
perceptive (not unobservant)76.555919.028
emancipated (not enslaved)76.422227.633
moody (not stable)76.430823.433
biased (not impartial)76.423019.226
high IQ (not low IQ)76.457820.933
edgy (not politically correct)76.323423.133
cool (not dorky)76.221117.425
builder (not explorer)76.07814.723
frenzied (not sleepy)76.032622.429
loud (not quiet)75.730227.735
thick (not thin)75.614016.425
hypocritical (not equitable)75.614423.428
chortling (not giggling)75.616423.226
🤑 (not 🤠)75.517828.529
Roman (not Greek)75.54028.125
weird (not normal)75.427019.924
coordinated (not clumsy)75.445328.018
believable (not poorly-written)75.444516.743
kinky (not vanilla)75.320924.129
rough (not smooth)75.314728.019
ludicrous (not sensible)75.215925.824
pretentious (not unassuming)75.125120.432
skeptical (not spiritual)74.739523.231
punchable (not loveable)74.616227.537
chaotic (not orderly)74.526226.128
realist (not idealist)74.415323.138
confident (not insecure)74.244129.228
soulless (not soulful)74.112326.233
racist (not egalitarian)74.15726.934
fortunate (not unlucky)74.19625.931
mad (not glad)74.026626.026
🐐 (not 🦒)74.010522.519
🧠 (not 💪)73.843522.628
expressive (not stoic)73.529629.620
confidential (not gossiping)73.542927.430
genius (not dunce)73.438623.629
barbaric (not civilized)73.311425.031
funny (not humorless)73.231421.138
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)72.936030.330
involved (not remote)72.836027.422
interesting (not tiresome)72.741622.923
alert (not oblivious)72.744626.626
rude (not respectful)72.620725.320
💔 (not 💝)72.617923.613
workaholic (not slacker)72.465222.037
historical (not modern)72.120921.726
👻 (not 🤖)71.815226.820
creative (not conventional)71.629130.437
intellectual (not physical)71.546826.424
hedonist (not monastic)71.318633.729
legit (not scrub)71.354128.522
knowledgeable (not ignorant)71.351922.632
cold (not warm)71.225527.530
precise (not vague)71.239622.922
sturdy (not flimsy)71.147431.924
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)71.115630.324
sarcastic (not genuine)70.529128.127
resolute (not wavering)70.542530.425
😎 (not 🧐)70.429726.422
creepy (not disarming)70.311724.931
sage (not whippersnapper)70.016629.826
Russian (not French)69.511326.418
instinctual (not reasoned)69.436727.333
offended (not chill)69.434523.820
jock (not nerd)69.326417.520
English (not German)69.364330.719
bold (not serious)69.134327.436
self-destructive (not self-improving)69.032727.326
direct (not roundabout)68.953429.729
ugly (not beautiful)68.89120.529
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)68.824234.814
vibrant (not geriatric)68.552026.729
self-disciplined (not disorganized)68.367431.027
eloquent (not unpolished)68.050824.123
freelance (not corporate)68.043635.422
scruffy (not manicured)67.926927.828
luddite (not technophile)67.823420.918
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)67.733123.823
traitorous (not loyal)67.615330.521
tense (not relaxed)67.569729.532
social (not reclusive)67.538825.517
western (not eastern)67.428934.733
neurotypical (not autistic)67.266931.028
🐀 (not 🐘)67.120837.531
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)67.116123.719
open to new experinces (not uncreative)66.860326.235
insider (not outsider)66.817334.516
artistic (not scientific)66.033824.223
methodical (not astonishing)65.843630.332
variable (not consistent)65.217628.524
repulsive (not attractive)64.917522.027
independent (not codependent)64.855839.124
inspiring (not cringeworthy)64.644628.429
low-tech (not high-tech)64.439832.718
cosmopolitan (not provincial)64.434132.537
🥾 (not 👟)64.433832.731
rigid (not flexible)64.341828.220
😀 (not 😭)64.332329.324
bright (not depressed)64.238023.931
unorthodox (not traditional)64.246633.035
utilitarian (not decorative)64.053532.229
drop out (not valedictorian)63.828331.533
🤺 (not 🏌)63.770428.632
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)63.638829.732
serious (not playful)63.559325.321
🥴 (not 🥳)63.537330.725
🤡 (not 👽)63.423330.332
atheist (not theist)63.049133.634
rugged (not refined)62.938528.137
📉 (not 📈)62.813034.619
wise (not foolish)62.749725.144
empirical (not theoretical)62.734031.630
angry (not good-humored)62.735028.223
nihilist (not existentialist)62.716036.123
political (not nonpolitical)62.647929.326
close-minded (not open-minded)62.627530.429
imaginative (not practical)62.429129.634
dispassionate (not romantic)62.119034.328
trash (not treasure)62.016227.226
🐴 (not 🦄)61.746841.232
fast (not slow)61.471930.331
leisurely (not hurried)61.429328.730
mysterious (not unambiguous)61.338531.234
plays hard (not works hard)61.228329.529
overspender (not penny-pincher)61.235833.022
sickly (not healthy)61.118323.231
disreputable (not prestigious)61.128232.318
🛌 (not 🧗)61.124930.217
presidential (not folksy)61.151131.921
impulsive (not cautious)60.649326.719
active (not slothful)60.696230.029
child free (not pronatalist)60.563032.722
pack rat (not minimalist)60.433432.222
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)60.437526.527
spelunker (not claustrophobic)60.356427.228
literary (not mathematical)60.057530.121
deliberate (not spontaneous)59.968535.319
real (not philosophical)59.967330.719
circular (not linear)59.834629.518
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')59.710028.620
introspective (not not introspective)59.466127.724
🎩 (not 🧢)59.158035.227
enlightened (not lost)59.040428.434
ranged (not melee)59.046231.823
straightforward (not cryptic)58.778233.133
🐒 (not 🐩)58.743629.925
miserable (not joyful)58.464124.432
lowbrow (not highbrow)58.328233.621
experimental (not reliable)58.343929.427
metaphorical (not literal)58.024932.023
💩 (not 🌟)57.924634.525
off-key (not musical)57.853431.530
abstract (not concrete)57.538331.132
bookish (not sporty)57.470130.423
specialist (not generalist)57.365527.230
varied (not repetitive)57.127234.525
conservative (not liberal)57.134235.022
stinky (not fresh)56.928530.017
tight (not loose)56.878834.726
whimsical (not rational)56.642127.031
permanent (not transient)56.261135.925
jealous (not compersive)56.054333.426
🤫 (not 🤔)55.930434.228
dramatic (not no-nonsense)55.660337.836
moist (not dry)55.650131.827
juvenile (not mature)55.551330.431
flourishing (not traumatized)55.332332.922
🐷 (not 🐮)55.234638.721
spontaneous (not scheduled)55.148033.736
orange (not purple)55.150831.529
multicolored (not monochrome)54.954337.123
trolling (not triggered)54.833036.130
down2earth (not head@clouds)54.565032.726
focused on the present (not focused on the future)54.458231.035
messy (not neat)54.342232.731
goof-off (not studious)54.139030.527
poetic (not factual)54.044732.820
😬 (not 😏)53.946337.323
unpatriotic (not patriotic)53.821931.128
classical (not avant-garde)53.769128.221
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)53.558430.221
gloomy (not sunny)53.568628.724
optimistic (not pessimistic)53.358530.123
basic (not hipster)53.179731.829
logical (not emotional)52.854033.124
gregarious (not private)52.846032.937
stylish (not slovenly)52.681029.028
blacksmith (not tailor)52.643628.925
careful (not brave)52.341932.324
🤐 (not 😜)52.363741.317
deep (not shallow)52.282129.725
sad (not happy)52.178924.228
intimate (not formal)52.161129.130
slow-talking (not fast-talking)52.141229.528
calm (not anxious)52.049634.624
curious (not apathetic)51.498532.620
subjective (not objective)51.467632.521
indiscreet (not tactful)51.241532.127
sorrowful (not cheery)50.879727.121
short (not tall)50.854124.720

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Hector Barbossa (0.868)
  2. Ursula (0.809)
  3. Cersei Lannister (0.796)
  4. Tony Soprano (0.789)
  5. Angel Eyes (0.789)
  1. William Mason (-0.678)
  2. George Michael Bluth (-0.672)
  3. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.64)
  4. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.639)
  5. Rita Bennett (-0.615)

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: ENTP (r = 0.39)
  2. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.36)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.28)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.22)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.22)
  6. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.21)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.12)
  8. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.12)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.07)
  10. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.05)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.02)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.01)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.02)
  14. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.03)
  15. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.05)
  16. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.09)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.13)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.2)
  19. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.22)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.23)
  21. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.26)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.32)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.34)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.35)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.56)


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