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Ervin Burrell Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Ervin Burrell is a character from The Wire.

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
corporate (not freelance)92.189.410
straight (not queer)90.6479.836
political (not nonpolitical)88.96115.9111
gendered (not androgynous)88.013016.829
vintage (not trendy)87.9539.517
serious (not playful)85.117813.3108
stubborn (not accommodating)83.834316.216
jaded (not innocent)83.821911.26
masculine (not feminine)82.840616.2113
studious (not goof-off)82.735323.014
deliberate (not spontaneous)82.024417.796
basic (not hipster)82.09715.5105
urban (not rural)81.620112.721
normal (not weird)81.11616.2105
scheduled (not spontaneous)80.928518.4103
statist (not anarchist)80.74623.724
entitled (not grateful)80.426524.316
receiving (not giving)80.316418.56
money-focused (not love-focused)80.315721.211
🐴 (not 🦄)80.214420.817
traditional (not unorthodox)80.010325.929
formal (not intimate)79.814515.928
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)79.58625.314
desperate (not high standards)79.48110.710
driven (not unambitious)79.184119.793
macho (not metrosexual)79.09613.222
master (not apprentice)78.948219.238
shallow (not deep)78.98417.317
conservative (not liberal)78.610622.310
guarded (not open)78.553416.495
🤐 (not 😜)78.417420.717
low-tech (not high-tech)78.315716.3109
neurotypical (not autistic)78.221919.893
cannibal (not vegan)78.119917.118
tense (not relaxed)78.055516.2107
opinionated (not neutral)78.077914.814
cocky (not timid)78.057814.313
insider (not outsider)77.93821.962
fighter (not lover)77.819322.714
old (not young)77.722412.4103
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)77.513422.796
narcissistic (not low self esteem)77.534017.422
uncreative (not open to new experinces)77.47224.386
predictable (not quirky)77.46721.711
conventional (not creative)77.315622.298
offended (not chill)77.127614.118
tight (not loose)77.036626.520
close-minded (not open-minded)76.915220.9101
stingy (not generous)76.721027.911
arrogant (not humble)76.243123.283
distant (not touchy-feely)75.931721.08
rational (not whimsical)75.934920.492
bossy (not meek)75.766321.595
🤑 (not 🤠)75.722329.417
bitter (not sweet)75.530716.887
reliable (not experimental)75.130527.816
normie (not freak)74.913921.116
judgemental (not accepting)74.936524.271
mad (not glad)74.834019.710
vengeful (not forgiving)74.840420.281
builder (not explorer)74.812519.685
pro (not noob)74.875321.822
repetitive (not varied)74.714317.542
believable (not poorly-written)74.672223.125
suspicious (not trusting)74.440720.8100
hard-work (not natural-talent)74.330712.915
authoritarian (not democratic)74.329125.299
gloomy (not sunny)74.338218.522
practical (not imaginative)74.244021.988
persistent (not quitter)74.2134724.316
quarrelsome (not warm)74.142122.287
🤖 (not 👻)74.114121.717
sage (not whippersnapper)74.111515.912
work-first (not family-first)74.039821.1112
🥾 (not 👟)74.027422.523
realistic (not fantastical)73.836818.614
competitive (not cooperative)73.660423.9112
concise (not long-winded)73.614425.210
suspicious (not awkward)73.646720.0112
armoured (not vulnerable)73.448222.088
sheriff (not outlaw)73.336628.8114
doer (not thinker)73.342626.57
bold (not shy)73.2108619.7104
manicured (not scruffy)73.272921.692
biased (not impartial)73.142724.596
luddite (not technophile)73.113017.058
poisonous (not nurturing)73.131123.833
strict (not lenient)73.043023.0102
orderly (not chaotic)73.045025.2114
chortling (not giggling)72.934624.615
English (not German)72.781326.415
hard (not soft)72.447021.1111
🥴 (not 🥳)72.323818.417
haunted (not blissful)72.362215.518
classical (not avant-garde)72.130224.236
realist (not idealist)72.128324.238
regular (not zany)72.113030.718
side character (not main character)72.141719.07
thick (not thin)72.024722.056
cold (not warm)71.935521.691
muddy (not washed)71.919331.214
two-faced (not one-faced)71.827931.217
unambiguous (not mysterious)71.732025.792
machiavellian (not transparent)71.733923.19
angry (not good-humored)71.627521.692
cautious (not impulsive)71.433923.0123
worldly (not innocent)71.375721.690
💔 (not 💝)71.127922.530
obedient (not rebellious)70.925525.494
important (not irrelevant)70.8110228.326
skeptical (not spiritual)70.873321.495
🐷 (not 🐮)70.813927.712
cringeworthy (not inspiring)70.726319.223
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)70.721626.214
dominant (not submissive)70.679723.9101
intense (not lighthearted)70.675226.922
humorless (not funny)70.623021.0109
miserable (not joyful)70.650222.09
punchable (not loveable)70.627721.514
dog person (not cat person)70.634630.917
sexist (not feminist)70.227322.921
rich (not poor)70.164219.789
dry (not moist)70.125420.918
psychopath (not empath)70.034012.816
pessimistic (not optimistic)69.933922.694
empirical (not theoretical)69.915823.789
assertive (not passive)69.886224.381
🏀 (not 🎨)69.839022.213
impatient (not patient)69.865026.843
businesslike (not chivalrous)69.840421.813
winter (not summer)69.840020.212
feisty (not gracious)69.672620.589
careful (not brave)69.617524.2115
debased (not pure)69.542024.295
centrist (not radical)69.411130.410
methodical (not astonishing)69.449623.5101
serious (not bold)69.428725.292
😬 (not 😏)69.323025.624
selfish (not altruistic)69.144128.790
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)69.127824.635
geriatric (not vibrant)69.111119.911
ferocious (not pacifist)68.868020.299
resourceful (not helpless)68.7118326.329
scientific (not artistic)68.555821.7100
jock (not nerd)68.441922.985
🧕 (not 💃)68.414220.315
presidential (not folksy)68.452614.410
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)68.482726.021
vain (not demure)68.347725.9104
rigid (not flexible)68.349827.191
loud (not quiet)68.262324.594
😭 (not 😀)68.130516.111
on-time (not tardy)68.185827.517
self-disciplined (not disorganized)68.198024.697
pop (not indie)68.118425.512
self-assured (not self-conscious)68.074324.3101
hypocritical (not equitable)67.737325.330
Italian (not Swedish)67.739317.58
secretive (not open-book)67.675322.311
yes-man (not contrarian)67.517330.016
eloquent (not unpolished)67.475522.496
neat (not messy)67.378326.462
🙃 (not 🥰)67.337929.421
politically correct (not edgy)67.234826.890
alpha (not beta)67.284026.891
OCD (not ADHD)67.270626.514
street-smart (not sheltered)67.176923.580
mature (not juvenile)67.165624.843
theist (not atheist)67.025324.529
penny-pincher (not overspender)67.045623.718
captain (not first-mate)66.864727.476
🥶 (not 🥵)66.827426.112
no-nonsense (not dramatic)66.741728.838
trash (not treasure)66.717925.526
civilized (not barbaric)66.691220.794
real (not philosophical)66.664621.362
non-gamer (not gamer)66.669234.315
😈 (not 😇)66.551228.531
sad (not happy)66.469417.993
picky (not always down)66.453825.48
sorrowful (not cheery)65.972122.390
concrete (not abstract)65.855623.422
consistent (not variable)65.761826.87
prudish (not flirtatious)65.736925.112
historical (not modern)65.448225.671
exhibitionist (not bashful)65.468728.75
tiresome (not interesting)65.314125.083
💪 (not 🧠)65.331220.520
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)65.327228.818
down2earth (not head@clouds)65.161328.8100
cunning (not honorable)65.045725.5115
🧐 (not 😎)64.947022.814
libertarian (not socialist)64.632424.490
vanilla (not kinky)64.652625.791
dramatic (not comedic)64.694427.48
ugly (not beautiful)64.516425.327
antagonist (not protagonist)64.527532.78
workaholic (not slacker)64.4125725.325
hard (not soft)64.370724.618
💀 (not 🎃)64.259121.813
coordinated (not clumsy)64.1100324.8108
literal (not metaphorical)64.167427.586
mainstream (not arcane)64.129129.793
💩 (not 🌟)64.024626.822
queen (not princess)64.085528.110
extrovert (not introvert)63.974922.789
common sense (not analysis)63.922132.58
cruel (not kind)63.833122.596
high IQ (not low IQ)63.8137721.295
🏌 (not 🤺)63.815131.220
never cries (not often crying)63.875222.79
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')63.74629.866
permanent (not transient)63.757129.621
monochrome (not multicolored)63.753629.020
overachiever (not underachiever)63.7124327.811
enslaved (not emancipated)63.617425.297
jealous (not compersive)63.654825.579
individualist (not communal)63.674133.031
slugabed (not go-getter)63.68523.110
demonic (not angelic)63.350019.1105
🐐 (not 🦒)63.369530.521
fearmongering (not reassuring)63.247029.821
ironic (not profound)63.146528.610
paranoid (not naive)63.174725.48
preppy (not punk rock)63.083927.121
slow (not fast)62.920123.7101
stylish (not slovenly)62.889721.6103
social (not reclusive)62.768728.034
pretentious (not unassuming)62.771723.510
works hard (not plays hard)62.5101227.596
mighty (not puny)62.5107523.898
healthy (not sickly)62.5112926.097
charming (not awkward)62.391621.3112
traitorous (not loyal)62.328028.3108
apathetic (not curious)62.317526.397
nihilist (not existentialist)62.320124.323
🛌 (not 🧗)62.334327.728
pointed (not random)62.3117729.46
cynical (not gullible)62.391126.018
stoic (not expressive)62.247527.8117
alert (not oblivious)62.1101527.517
pensive (not serene)62.0113223.99
tall (not short)61.881922.781
valedictorian (not drop out)61.7103618.815
stinky (not fresh)61.734728.916
exaggerating (not factual)61.768436.220
tame (not wild)61.647624.694
tautology (not oxymoron)61.612425.45
mathematical (not literary)61.341524.585
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)61.361131.883
patriotic (not unpatriotic)61.3101627.517
rock (not rap)61.3147728.313
morning lark (not night owl)61.242528.443
unfixable (not fixable)61.240231.519
highbrow (not lowbrow)61.087426.098
motivated (not unmotivated)61.0163229.916
charming (not trusting)60.970423.2105
generalist (not specialist)60.923227.823
privileged (not oppressed)60.9104522.117
🤡 (not 👽)60.643322.217
factual (not poetic)60.678224.916
obsessed (not aloof)60.595523.875
mundane (not extraordinary)60.527825.982
interrupting (not attentive)60.463422.811
sturdy (not flimsy)60.3110334.918
devout (not heathen)60.272326.398
Coke (not Pepsi)60.240824.410
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)60.255926.09
frank (not sugarcoated)60.2129128.417
dispassionate (not romantic)60.133429.615
human (not animalistic)60.0122627.492
insulting (not complimentary)60.062428.431
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)59.750332.418
anxious (not calm)59.691426.0106
salacious (not wholesome)59.660729.316
hurried (not leisurely)59.580725.470
🐩 (not 🐒)59.575127.215
wooden (not plastic)59.5115531.310
depressed (not bright)59.462423.371
🐘 (not 🐀)59.463632.514
slow-talking (not fast-talking)59.439223.116
genocidal (not not genocidal)59.436426.111
diligent (not lazy)59.3161226.9117
soulless (not soulful)59.333431.642
playful (not shy)59.2116117.783
claustrophobic (not spelunker)59.134522.88
purple (not orange)59.061823.050
average (not deviant)59.043126.267
villainous (not heroic)58.737723.098
🤫 (not 🤔)58.736531.411
uninspiring (not charismatic)58.620828.5117
blacksmith (not tailor)58.653424.415
lost (not enlightened)58.578025.322
refined (not rugged)58.493624.388
focused on the present (not focused on the future)58.466931.094
moderate (not extreme)58.447626.264
industrial (not domestic)58.370627.428
resolute (not wavering)58.2122431.514
chic (not cheesy)58.267323.96
subjective (not objective)57.960827.731
provincial (not cosmopolitan)57.861429.483
ignorant (not knowledgeable)57.736025.115
dunce (not genius)57.538521.1116
bookish (not sporty)57.2108222.0100
thick-skinned (not sensitive)57.283928.5115
egalitarian (not racist)57.2157127.017
pack rat (not minimalist)57.158525.115
straightforward (not cryptic)56.9124028.9111
prideful (not envious)56.9145328.811
jealous (not opinionated)56.925233.214
moody (not stable)56.8115623.899
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)56.874328.8104
direct (not roundabout)56.7125332.3111
tactful (not indiscreet)56.7110223.416
crafty (not scholarly)56.5101727.990
codependent (not independent)56.553328.285
rhythmic (not stuttering)56.4134628.816
repulsive (not attractive)56.235325.496
resistant (not resigned)56.1147029.798
📉 (not 📈)56.134531.423
weakass (not badass)56.139028.414
stoic (not hypochondriac)56.0101519.67
linear (not circular)55.974530.013
reserved (not chatty)55.886424.7105
sensible (not ludicrous)55.7105128.3108
hoarder (not unprepared)55.6106626.870
utilitarian (not decorative)55.6115227.927
sexual (not asexual)55.6123620.911
incompetent (not competent)55.528327.4108
dorky (not cool)55.573124.011
not introspective (not introspective)55.542132.528
fire (not water)55.5108827.711
confident (not insecure)55.4126628.097
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)55.483534.115
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)55.481132.514
self-destructive (not self-improving)55.489517.111
spicy (not mild)55.3113628.283
🤣 (not 😊)55.359928.817
good-cook (not bad-cook)55.375731.46
demanding (not unchallenging)55.3145636.518
sober (not indulgent)55.177427.898
involved (not remote)55.1141527.480
disarming (not creepy)55.1134325.244
monotone (not expressive)55.057832.210
private (not gregarious)54.9115525.293
overprepared (not efficient)54.928615.09
subdued (not exuberant)54.963831.024
ranged (not melee)54.996428.813
cultured (not rustic)54.8112828.36
goth (not flower child)54.860926.210
🦇 (not 🐿)54.769628.512
rough (not smooth)54.582825.988
triggered (not trolling)54.5129032.216
modest (not flamboyant)54.498428.495
interested (not bored)54.4143427.79
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)54.249724.621
ambitious (not realistic)54.2113733.518
intellectual (not physical)54.1119923.5100
🎩 (not 🧢)53.797028.511
disreputable (not prestigious)53.659229.986
thrifty (not extravagant)53.395429.310
unfaithful (not devoted)53.327325.79
bad boy (not white knight)53.373527.913
slothful (not active)53.224527.481
unobservant (not perceptive)53.229227.918
sarcastic (not genuine)53.085928.290
air (not earth)53.050636.66
respectful (not rude)52.9117225.785
scandalous (not proper)52.996027.381
deranged (not reasonable)52.975623.715
deep (not epic)52.986922.211
emotional (not unemotional)52.9140031.38
Roman (not Greek)52.892925.514
reasoned (not instinctual)52.675029.587
hesitant (not decisive)52.651428.0101
backdoor (not official)52.6103131.389
legit (not scrub)52.6151628.324
sleepy (not frenzied)52.619120.611
hunter (not gatherer)52.6102831.423
foolish (not wise)52.376425.6115
sheeple (not conspiracist)52.248128.152
off-key (not musical)52.2107024.313
chosen one (not everyman)52.1107325.29
precise (not vague)52.0135329.962
complicated (not simple)51.8139327.284
mischievous (not well behaved)51.7113130.8115
tasteful (not lewd)51.5133227.191
French (not Russian)51.5124526.911
proactive (not reactive)51.580535.211
pronatalist (not child free)51.360827.948
perverted (not clean)51.364531.112
still (not twitchy)51.373130.319
fortunate (not unlucky)51.288224.791
lustful (not chaste)51.2113326.188
crazy (not sane)51.199424.811
gossiping (not confidential)51.062132.291
western (not eastern)51.0157728.416
hedonist (not monastic)51.0112133.98
logical (not emotional)50.188924.098
flourishing (not traumatized)50.362122.012
lavish (not frugal)50.587228.496

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Lieutenant Schrank (0.809)
  2. William Rawls (0.799)
  3. Thomas Matthews (0.789)
  4. Alexander Conklin (0.769)
  5. Samuel Norton (0.759)
  6. Javert (0.755)
  7. Principal Vernon (0.749)
  8. Emilio Barzini (0.735)
  9. Anthony Garcia (0.734)
  10. Nurse Mildred Ratched (0.729)
  1. Dory (-0.646)
  2. Luna Lovegood (-0.63)
  3. Brittany Pierce (-0.607)
  4. Olaf (-0.602)
  5. Phoebe Buffay (-0.573)
  6. Pinkie Pie (-0.571)
  7. Ed (-0.566)
  8. Ruby Tiffany Sparks (-0.552)
  9. Phil Dunphy (-0.546)
  10. Pumbaa (-0.546)

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

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


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