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Michael Scott Personality Statistics

Michael Scott is a character from The Office. 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
chatty (not reserved)96.548.0522
impulsive (not cautious)95.828.9581
loud (not quiet)95.438.3536
dramatic (not no-nonsense)94.5612.6216
expressive (not stoic)93.7511.7592
goof-off (not studious)93.6413.1145
playful (not shy)93.31710.6557
gregarious (not private)93.1110.7582
gossiping (not confidential)92.91311.8606
whimsical (not rational)92.8310.1567
emotional (not logical)92.7712.3558
idealist (not realist)92.7112.7352
playful (not serious)92.61011.8541
extrovert (not introvert)92.31812.7555
juvenile (not mature)92.01011.4386
spontaneous (not scheduled)91.72214.7580
chaotic (not orderly)91.52512.4573
😜 (not 🤐)91.4814.0154
bold (not shy)91.210512.9550
imaginative (not practical)91.1613.1481
ludicrous (not sensible)90.3815.2545
💃 (not 🧕)90.22615.7276
head@clouds (not down2earth)90.01516.7552
zany (not regular)90.01215.8172
mischievous (not well behaved)89.77713.9565
instinctual (not reasoned)89.7913.1585
social (not reclusive)89.62718.2282
moody (not stable)89.23212.2606
extreme (not moderate)88.76016.4464
involved (not remote)88.51019.7573
flamboyant (not modest)88.44315.0543
spontaneous (not deliberate)88.11418.6549
oblivious (not alert)88.01318.7181
biased (not impartial)87.83717.4616
disorganized (not self-disciplined)87.62118.1541
weird (not normal)87.63914.9536
bold (not serious)87.31714.7550
open (not guarded)86.9418.7558
clumsy (not coordinated)86.71914.1566
sensitive (not thick-skinned)86.71918.3586
lenient (not strict)86.62215.7545
unorthodox (not traditional)86.56019.5378
🦄 (not 🐴)86.12920.8163
edgy (not politically correct)86.04716.7582
optimistic (not pessimistic)86.02820.0573
codependent (not independent)86.01821.1598
impatient (not patient)85.68519.5245
awkward (not suspicious)84.92318.7518
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)84.64118.9184
plays hard (not works hard)84.53518.2532
crazy (not sane)84.54916.5179
soulful (not soulless)84.414020.4360
warm (not cold)83.57319.0478
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)83.510219.8462
wild (not tame)83.413118.5487
abstract (not concrete)83.41822.1174
scandalous (not proper)83.310218.5507
astonishing (not methodical)83.1719.1545
vulnerable (not armoured)82.81719.8475
soft (not hard)82.84419.9408
foolish (not wise)82.74418.4561
good-humored (not angry)82.59019.2461
indulgent (not sober)82.48920.5537
funny (not humorless)82.310322.7515
🤣 (not 😊)82.32023.4191
creative (not conventional)81.88121.8559
open to new experinces (not uncreative)81.813923.1596
pack rat (not minimalist)81.71520.0167
overspender (not penny-pincher)81.35624.7244
patriotic (not unpatriotic)81.19520.8168
soft (not hard)81.05419.8551
curious (not apathetic)80.98925.0522
treasure (not trash)80.726025.4159
cheery (not sorrowful)80.74618.9564
vain (not demure)80.512021.3541
vague (not precise)80.51420.1379
intimate (not formal)80.52422.2282
🐒 (not 🐩)80.23524.6179
lewd (not tasteful)79.84822.8556
unpolished (not eloquent)79.86320.9539
crafty (not scholarly)79.711317.7599
deranged (not reasonable)79.77521.6162
multicolored (not monochrome)79.36027.2349
artistic (not scientific)79.28617.8513
jealous (not compersive)79.28822.1497
incompetent (not competent)79.03320.4483
important (not irrelevant)79.032125.8300
arrogant (not humble)78.820623.1620
loyal (not traitorous)78.738925.3555
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)78.712920.6157
sheltered (not street-smart)78.56223.5536
extraordinary (not mundane)78.320425.7457
gendered (not androgynous)78.340526.5212
anxious (not calm)78.213321.5567
🐿 (not 🦇)78.28626.7169
trusting (not suspicious)77.95528.5554
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)77.96229.1165
lustful (not chaste)77.815122.0530
rebellious (not obedient)77.823723.3482
😎 (not 🧐)77.710228.9154
brave (not careful)77.615621.9559
unprepared (not hoarder)77.62525.8511
low-tech (not high-tech)77.510018.4499
😀 (not 😭)77.55627.6186
🤡 (not 👽)77.03229.0175
nerd (not jock)76.824522.4526
hypocritical (not equitable)76.79025.6399
👟 (not 🥾)76.77525.0191
persistent (not quitter)76.759828.7161
dorky (not cool)76.410627.8173
awkward (not charming)76.28023.8487
sexist (not feminist)75.511024.4214
glad (not mad)75.48426.7169
indiscreet (not tactful)75.43129.9154
roundabout (not direct)75.02131.0580
rude (not respectful)74.514322.0581
lavish (not frugal)74.415124.5526
competitive (not cooperative)74.430728.1516
messy (not neat)74.213124.5419
avant-garde (not classical)74.17526.2353
decorative (not utilitarian)74.16126.0362
hedonist (not monastic)74.08328.7101
charismatic (not uninspiring)73.935426.3527
unambiguous (not mysterious)73.712728.4593
disreputable (not prestigious)73.79922.6465
dunce (not genius)73.56424.4571
outsider (not insider)73.113525.7392
kind (not cruel)72.939222.5529
🐐 (not 🦒)72.210330.1253
sweet (not bitter)72.118024.7518
🌟 (not 💩)71.540129.4161
slacker (not workaholic)71.29626.9396
flexible (not rigid)71.29027.7481
joyful (not miserable)71.112926.5185
subjective (not objective)70.95232.9369
straight (not queer)70.953326.0229
low IQ (not high IQ)70.84821.6527
🥳 (not 🥴)70.77134.0176
luddite (not technophile)70.713425.5476
go-getter (not slugabed)70.648527.5147
leisurely (not hurried)70.513530.7593
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)70.340425.8170
resistant (not resigned)70.233127.1508
backdoor (not official)70.124028.0518
literary (not mathematical)69.919320.8488
existentialist (not nihilist)69.713026.8282
explorer (not builder)69.718827.0561
happy (not sad)69.611625.3526
🤺 (not 🏌)69.238331.8129
👻 (not 🤖)68.914432.6143
💝 (not 💔)68.718032.5232
nonpolitical (not political)68.611029.0522
manicured (not scruffy)68.445224.2598
beautiful (not ugly)68.253924.6400
cringeworthy (not inspiring)68.118028.7431
lowbrow (not highbrow)67.910728.7554
autistic (not neurotypical)67.93026.2515
barbaric (not civilized)67.612823.8525
basic (not hipster)67.433030.5548
innocent (not worldly)67.111730.5555
driven (not unambitious)67.169027.9492
drop out (not valedictorian)66.818828.1182
heroic (not villainous)66.749622.8520
deviant (not average)66.635728.8353
feisty (not gracious)66.445327.6483
urban (not rural)66.243729.0222
healthy (not sickly)66.150424.8516
helpless (not resourceful)66.15427.6375
physical (not intellectual)65.618824.6544
not introspective (not introspective)65.510533.9248
🤠 (not 🤑)65.533333.0178
spicy (not mild)65.440630.2532
active (not slothful)65.163029.0519
short (not tall)65.122819.7567
captain (not first-mate)64.932833.3596
domestic (not industrial)64.918727.7293
obsessed (not aloof)64.236435.6545
puny (not mighty)64.011726.8554
master (not apprentice)64.049730.5270
wholesome (not salacious)63.836032.3160
selfish (not altruistic)63.729329.5529
spiritual (not skeptical)63.112629.0494
insulting (not complimentary)63.129329.1381
anarchist (not statist)63.123229.3243
forgiving (not vengeful)62.932031.2545
🎩 (not 🧢)62.838136.4186
theist (not atheist)62.319325.8322
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)62.231327.3177
pretentious (not unassuming)61.939835.2159
self-assured (not self-conscious)61.753636.3483
lazy (not diligent)61.67328.3552
bright (not depressed)61.430828.1480
outlaw (not sheriff)61.136928.0560
wavering (not resolute)60.810931.3154
interesting (not tiresome)60.754134.2546
shallow (not deep)60.721031.5178
submissive (not dominant)60.522930.7577
focused on the present (not focused on the future)60.530332.5565
family-first (not work-first)60.532934.5617
beta (not alpha)60.426033.5469
morning lark (not night owl)60.422929.4353
sporty (not bookish)60.327922.8445
permanent (not transient)60.337232.7221
pure (not debased)59.938629.8549
masculine (not feminine)59.750623.1552
modern (not historical)59.740727.1347
theoretical (not empirical)59.58835.8454
generalist (not specialist)59.415932.2306
trusting (not charming)59.223632.7525
nurturing (not poisonous)58.848528.3216
honorable (not cunning)58.644929.3531
🤔 (not 🤫)58.541735.0142
racist (not egalitarian)58.312628.4151
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)58.237134.8237
human (not animalistic)58.162630.9426
provincial (not cosmopolitan)57.832329.8429
noob (not pro)57.817233.5141
genuine (not sarcastic)57.740835.0549
philosophical (not real)57.716532.7381
rough (not smooth)57.633428.8467
emancipated (not enslaved)57.557430.4486
vanilla (not kinky)56.938432.8533
communal (not individualist)56.826336.1374
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')56.79432.9372
📈 (not 📉)56.555435.2160
fresh (not stinky)56.259230.8241
hesitant (not decisive)56.021833.2521
poor (not rich)55.931120.8526
rugged (not refined)55.836126.5514
pacifist (not ferocious)55.829629.8545
warm (not quarrelsome)55.835129.8505
😇 (not 😈)55.643632.9171
angelic (not demonic)55.250326.6532
unlucky (not fortunate)54.942531.3528
slow (not fast)54.820930.4561
arcane (not mainstream)54.847533.6531
creepy (not disarming)54.822828.3243
conspiracist (not sheeple)54.660434.3387
varied (not repetitive)54.622934.8214
🐷 (not 🐮)54.527731.7232
orange (not purple)54.340233.6428
old (not young)54.337421.5554
🧗 (not 🛌)54.056434.6215
🐀 (not 🐘)53.941233.4275
🥰 (not 🙃)53.843338.5244
metaphorical (not literal)53.525537.7484
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)53.347528.8532
stylish (not slovenly)53.359625.8554
close-minded (not open-minded)53.333631.2567
liberal (not conservative)53.357230.2160
relaxed (not tense)53.219132.1546
libertarian (not socialist)53.257830.8451
heathen (not devout)53.137929.9492
authoritarian (not democratic)53.041131.5492
insecure (not confident)52.725435.2559
straightforward (not cryptic)52.669736.4570
😏 (not 😬)52.551134.5179
repulsive (not attractive)52.224025.8481
💪 (not 🧠)52.128424.7154
pronatalist (not child free)51.628836.1480
passive (not assertive)51.624833.9450
simple (not complicated)51.628834.3476
eastern (not western)51.619037.3234
legit (not scrub)51.274532.4230
accepting (not judgemental)51.142833.3364
bossy (not meek)51.070330.3564
thick (not thin)50.836525.4326
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)50.547329.7390

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Fez (0.822)
  2. Michael Kelso (0.807)
  3. Officer Slater (0.799)
  4. Jake Peralta (0.798)
  5. Lorna Morello (0.797)
  1. Walter Skinner (-0.639)
  2. Cobra Bubbles (-0.625)
  3. Ash (-0.581)
  4. Odo (-0.579)
  5. Kimball Cho (-0.575)

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: ENTJ (r = 0.12)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.11)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.11)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.08)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.05)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.08)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.11)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.13)
  9. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.28)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.36)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.36)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.41)
  13. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.42)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.43)
  15. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.49)
  16. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.51)
  17. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.51)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.54)
  19. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.54)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.55)
  21. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.56)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.58)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.59)
  24. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.64)
  25. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.67)

Notes

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