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Russell 'Stringer' Bell Personality Statistics

Russell 'Stringer' Bell 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. 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
driven (not unambitious)97.565.4117
self-disciplined (not disorganized)95.7156.3116
diligent (not lazy)95.2357.3134
alert (not oblivious)94.447.816
workaholic (not slacker)94.2337.644
coordinated (not clumsy)94.1188.1134
persistent (not quitter)94.1676.715
pro (not noob)94.1348.415
deliberate (not spontaneous)93.869.9121
cool (not dorky)93.489.917
resourceful (not helpless)92.94510.335
guarded (not open)92.4258.9112
rhythmic (not stuttering)92.489.317
charming (not awkward)92.3119.7104
stylish (not slovenly)92.1239.3129
go-getter (not slugabed)91.9337.811
masculine (not feminine)91.77212.1143
bossy (not meek)91.76912.6138
street-smart (not sheltered)91.64213.8102
straight (not queer)91.53216.358
dominant (not submissive)91.38812.2132
bold (not shy)91.215813.2146
😈 (not 😇)91.14010.116
valedictorian (not drop out)91.07511.316
assertive (not passive)90.65913.6117
important (not irrelevant)90.210315.934
serious (not playful)90.14312.4122
mighty (not puny)89.93514.5143
alpha (not beta)89.99216.9116
studious (not goof-off)89.97617.614
tall (not short)89.8359.8140
neat (not messy)89.85513.078
🧗 (not 🛌)89.7418.029
intense (not lighthearted)89.7779.717
rational (not whimsical)89.61714.9140
strict (not lenient)89.54411.4145
scheduled (not spontaneous)89.54813.0138
suspicious (not awkward)89.3209.7127
precise (not vague)89.33215.061
high IQ (not low IQ)89.218313.4124
mature (not juvenile)89.24712.739
sturdy (not flimsy)89.15312.819
master (not apprentice)89.110616.657
eloquent (not unpolished)89.06212.1134
urban (not rural)88.92917.436
competent (not incompetent)88.816315.794
manicured (not scruffy)88.815413.690
logical (not emotional)88.71412.7142
confidential (not gossiping)88.76515.5113
presidential (not folksy)88.7219.521
perceptive (not unobservant)88.615310.416
active (not slothful)88.510918.1134
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)88.57210.117
charismatic (not uninspiring)88.39013.7138
orderly (not chaotic)88.13813.8140
confident (not insecure)88.17614.4129
hard (not soft)88.06614.2117
interesting (not tiresome)87.93915.0119
self-assured (not self-conscious)87.93118.0112
attractive (not repulsive)87.613217.5134
no-nonsense (not dramatic)87.51419.649
decisive (not hesitant)87.48815.9122
secretive (not open-book)87.310111.020
works hard (not plays hard)87.26819.1119
armoured (not vulnerable)87.24515.397
tactful (not indiscreet)86.7199.215
knowledgeable (not ignorant)86.116216.921
narcissistic (not low self esteem)85.912215.019
worldly (not innocent)85.811015.9144
reserved (not chatty)85.86213.2142
hard (not soft)85.59014.239
suspicious (not trusting)85.411718.7108
extraordinary (not mundane)85.313416.3130
private (not gregarious)85.15417.2119
work-first (not family-first)85.111821.0118
authoritarian (not democratic)85.09419.7125
sage (not whippersnapper)84.91618.219
methodical (not astonishing)84.93518.8133
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)84.84221.511
cold (not warm)84.69814.1113
deviant (not average)84.69316.277
tight (not loose)84.610620.316
healthy (not sickly)84.413419.4125
rich (not poor)84.322518.2122
competitive (not cooperative)84.222622.2125
stoic (not expressive)83.83617.3151
focused on the future (not focused on the present)83.71216.4141
genius (not dunce)83.615615.4156
cautious (not impulsive)83.54318.1137
charming (not trusting)83.44418.8130
cunning (not honorable)83.211019.2142
ferocious (not pacifist)83.118421.2146
builder (not explorer)83.01820.8114
independent (not codependent)82.816622.694
industrial (not domestic)82.72919.739
complicated (not simple)82.315323.1101
vengeful (not forgiving)81.918819.2120
egalitarian (not racist)81.938922.012
chortling (not giggling)81.94922.919
libertarian (not socialist)81.91819.9127
believable (not poorly-written)81.917718.816
conspiracist (not sheeple)81.810717.171
gendered (not androgynous)81.838824.037
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)81.625325.114
deep (not shallow)81.310219.334
introspective (not not introspective)81.07720.226
wise (not foolish)80.712918.6151
neurotypical (not autistic)80.112620.9120
scientific (not artistic)80.016818.7132
sensible (not ludicrous)80.013723.1129
calm (not anxious)79.96124.3111
cruel (not kind)79.711218.5142
tailor (not blacksmith)79.414120.114
selfish (not altruistic)79.218822.2129
consistent (not variable)79.210224.812
resolute (not wavering)78.817920.213
legit (not scrub)78.828027.917
political (not nonpolitical)78.615725.1143
resistant (not resigned)78.517023.2115
salacious (not wholesome)78.515826.813
👽 (not 🤡)78.56019.522
skeptical (not spiritual)78.427923.4126
pretentious (not unassuming)78.319224.816
smooth (not rough)78.27323.4103
high-tech (not low-tech)78.215418.9113
formal (not intimate)78.113326.427
beautiful (not ugly)77.952928.041
highbrow (not lowbrow)77.813920.1100
intellectual (not physical)77.731719.1135
arrogant (not humble)77.329122.8147
spelunker (not claustrophobic)77.29626.617
gloomy (not sunny)77.219511.618
curious (not apathetic)77.021624.3139
efficient (not overprepared)77.010630.916
cannibal (not vegan)77.018224.926
cosmopolitan (not provincial)76.713321.8102
utilitarian (not decorative)76.717122.532
judgemental (not accepting)76.623122.082
vibrant (not geriatric)76.629926.714
open to new experinces (not uncreative)76.534523.3112
English (not German)76.533133.519
child free (not pronatalist)76.419724.797
🧠 (not 💪)76.337916.618
minimalist (not pack rat)76.17519.310
tasteful (not lewd)76.023423.4117
villainous (not heroic)76.013519.5121
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)75.620721.317
hoarder (not unprepared)75.211820.196
🤑 (not 🤠)75.118633.021
careful (not brave)74.86621.9112
technophile (not luddite)74.712623.1115
Roman (not Greek)74.74831.911
reasoned (not instinctual)74.69326.5126
quiet (not loud)74.617324.1124
demonic (not angelic)74.518521.0117
sorrowful (not cheery)74.422914.9134
humorless (not funny)74.411322.6142
poisonous (not nurturing)74.319819.230
tense (not relaxed)74.050724.9139
refined (not rugged)73.930325.3129
bright (not depressed)73.716823.6137
angry (not good-humored)73.615817.497
sexist (not feminist)73.516826.430
preppy (not punk rock)73.335129.727
outlaw (not sheriff)73.230728.8117
bitter (not sweet)72.925720.6120
quarrelsome (not warm)72.833622.0114
modern (not historical)72.625227.365
penny-pincher (not overspender)72.616930.622
concrete (not abstract)72.022028.121
mathematical (not literary)71.713025.3122
mysterious (not unambiguous)71.721728.699
spicy (not mild)71.642423.9141
enlightened (not lost)71.617126.516
captain (not first-mate)71.435333.3125
objective (not subjective)71.36227.033
emancipated (not enslaved)71.337527.7113
bookish (not sporty)71.345922.7104
sober (not indulgent)71.216427.1113
direct (not roundabout)71.248229.5125
Italian (not Swedish)71.222928.520
treasure (not trash)71.166627.239
down2earth (not head@clouds)71.028931.2132
individualist (not communal)71.032826.140
creative (not conventional)70.930529.3117
vain (not demure)70.931625.5141
hunter (not gatherer)70.937533.112
respectful (not rude)70.539022.7140
thick-skinned (not sensitive)70.425326.5153
fast (not slow)70.248527.6142
patient (not impatient)70.117428.240
reasonable (not deranged)70.136430.517
flourishing (not traumatized)70.08324.620
involved (not remote)69.947230.5102
empirical (not theoretical)69.912628.0147
🎩 (not 🧢)69.840330.918
purple (not orange)69.816829.186
debased (not pure)69.730024.6109
macho (not metrosexual)69.618831.723
obsessed (not aloof)69.535730.5128
subdued (not exuberant)69.411629.120
sad (not happy)68.437918.8147
musical (not off-key)68.319329.018
specialist (not generalist)67.931930.930
stable (not moody)67.813028.8135
🐴 (not 🦄)67.732835.012
kinky (not vanilla)67.632824.7110
mad (not glad)67.440719.614
western (not eastern)67.329634.230
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)67.321430.520
🤐 (not 😜)67.031432.412
inspiring (not cringeworthy)66.840726.436
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)66.732029.1114
normal (not weird)66.621423.9127
rigid (not flexible)66.537231.3138
rebellious (not obedient)66.554129.2132
🤺 (not 🏌)66.362932.518
🦇 (not 🐿)66.329135.815
realist (not idealist)66.231332.138
miserable (not joyful)66.045415.319
thick (not thin)65.624424.781
fresh (not stinky)65.463135.027
atheist (not theist)65.342929.935
civilized (not barbaric)65.164624.8113
edgy (not politically correct)65.147627.5125
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)64.920831.328
🐘 (not 🐀)64.730431.725
slow-talking (not fast-talking)64.717923.817
🌟 (not 💩)64.474535.814
genuine (not sarcastic)64.241130.1113
disarming (not creepy)63.969029.942
serious (not bold)63.829631.8133
🤖 (not 👻)63.831135.416
feisty (not gracious)63.766828.1120
👟 (not 🥾)63.637735.321
🥳 (not 🥴)63.123722.919
🐐 (not 🦒)63.147035.929
lustful (not chaste)63.048128.7132
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)63.029731.623
statist (not anarchist)62.939635.223
corporate (not freelance)62.933034.912
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)62.737425.118
night owl (not morning lark)62.555133.059
extreme (not moderate)62.464229.4104
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)62.044327.3137
🐮 (not 🐷)62.037029.822
modest (not flamboyant)61.950325.9116
🐩 (not 🐒)61.844932.817
factual (not poetic)61.848533.617
open-minded (not close-minded)61.255829.0103
multicolored (not monochrome)61.238230.833
🧕 (not 💃)61.221730.917
trolling (not triggered)61.221219.612
traitorous (not loyal)61.020831.7140
😊 (not 🤣)61.058220.97
self-improving (not self-destructive)61.036731.915
practical (not imaginative)60.963430.694
backdoor (not official)60.949731.8121
romantic (not dispassionate)60.871334.515
prestigious (not disreputable)60.365429.395
unfixable (not fixable)60.230331.823
cryptic (not straightforward)59.718731.4134
permanent (not transient)59.751332.237
sane (not crazy)59.443630.716
mischievous (not well behaved)59.064734.7112
biased (not impartial)58.483429.2128
conservative (not liberal)58.332123.921
leisurely (not hurried)58.236028.6100
equitable (not hypocritical)57.855434.453
unpatriotic (not patriotic)57.716929.814
dry (not moist)57.747537.311
fortunate (not unlucky)57.144729.8140
varied (not repetitive)57.127230.752
😀 (not 😭)56.948034.616
hipster (not basic)56.433926.5114
existentialist (not nihilist)56.468531.137
playful (not shy)56.285025.8100
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)56.067530.3118
real (not philosophical)55.878527.890
introvert (not extrovert)55.740929.2123
oppressed (not privileged)55.434928.025
💔 (not 💝)55.350234.315
wild (not tame)54.971729.290
proper (not scandalous)54.857530.689
🤔 (not 🤫)54.671538.710
complimentary (not insulting)54.562627.830
🧐 (not 😎)54.552635.820
reliable (not experimental)54.565035.419
heathen (not devout)54.349031.7111
insider (not outsider)54.149535.390
avant-garde (not classical)53.646533.233
unorthodox (not traditional)53.667830.530
jock (not nerd)53.350927.3122
🙃 (not 🥰)52.957529.217
loveable (not punchable)52.878429.923
frenzied (not sleepy)52.8110320.317
ranged (not melee)52.872232.610
young (not old)52.776621.3117
circular (not linear)52.657034.233
📉 (not 📈)52.432037.917
compersive (not jealous)52.360031.7111
crafty (not scholarly)51.977530.5100
😏 (not 😬)51.970834.315
Russian (not French)51.844933.811
pessimistic (not optimistic)51.664130.6116
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')51.653435.778
animalistic (not human)51.534930.8112
zany (not regular)51.574634.619
social (not reclusive)51.372928.832
arcane (not mainstream)51.076932.9102
lavish (not frugal)50.160030.7129
literal (not metaphorical)50.889229.2120
monastic (not hedonist)50.852233.113
soulful (not soulless)50.798332.439
chill (not offended)50.651833.016

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 Russell 'Stringer' Bell based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Gus Fring (0.878)
  2. Michael Corleone (0.845)
  3. Mr. Saito (0.83)
  4. Charlotte Hale (0.824)
  5. Nick Fury (0.81)
  1. Kevin Malone (-0.679)
  2. Nelson Bighetti (-0.667)
  3. Denny (-0.66)
  4. Buster Bluth (-0.606)
  5. Barney Gumble (-0.594)

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 = 0.57)
  2. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.52)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.49)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.48)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.47)
  6. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.45)
  7. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.45)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.41)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.41)
  10. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.38)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.37)
  12. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.36)
  13. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.35)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.32)
  15. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.31)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.29)
  17. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.29)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.27)
  19. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.24)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.2)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.19)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.19)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.11)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.09)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.09)


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