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Avon Barksdale Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Avon Barksdale 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
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)98.024.714
motivated (not unmotivated)96.3186.110
never cries (not often crying)93.6119.217
bossy (not meek)93.2469.1122
dominant (not submissive)92.67512.7119
intense (not lighthearted)92.0588.718
street-smart (not sheltered)91.84414.6105
driven (not unambitious)91.713113.4107
alpha (not beta)91.68012.9104
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)91.69118.116
competitive (not cooperative)91.310913.5109
ferocious (not pacifist)91.34010.6141
vibrant (not geriatric)91.02710.314
hard (not soft)90.53913.0110
assertive (not passive)90.56612.4105
urban (not rural)90.22116.530
cool (not dorky)89.73213.217
masculine (not feminine)89.417113.8137
authoritarian (not democratic)89.15713.392
narcissistic (not low self esteem)88.89311.421
outlaw (not sheriff)88.68521.399
demanding (not unchallenging)88.615212.712
bold (not shy)88.536116.9135
bad boy (not white knight)88.44613.314
decisive (not hesitant)88.09814.7109
machiavellian (not transparent)88.03213.89
pro (not noob)87.923617.629
suspicious (not awkward)87.83613.8131
overachiever (not underachiever)87.618412.611
guarded (not open)87.615313.2113
gendered (not androgynous)87.315721.442
persistent (not quitter)86.859716.717
hard (not soft)86.79916.233
fire (not water)86.314812.218
edgy (not politically correct)86.17015.8119
captain (not first-mate)86.018622.6120
🤺 (not 🏌)86.015020.426
armoured (not vulnerable)85.98217.197
money-focused (not love-focused)85.99618.19
contrarian (not yes-man)85.84221.710
mighty (not puny)85.516716.4104
rap (not rock)85.31419.514
vengeful (not forgiving)85.219016.099
rebellious (not obedient)85.128517.8109
prideful (not envious)84.84315.24
ambitious (not realistic)84.711622.318
believable (not poorly-written)84.611718.126
jock (not nerd)84.69317.6138
stubborn (not accommodating)84.530917.915
cocky (not timid)84.533422.913
go-getter (not slugabed)84.428312.618
arrogant (not humble)84.424817.0130
charming (not awkward)84.214715.0125
active (not slothful)84.238316.6117
straight (not queer)84.225521.446
confident (not insecure)84.122220.2121
resourceful (not helpless)84.142620.735
radical (not centrist)84.14414.011
mischievous (not well behaved)84.029422.6104
resistant (not resigned)84.06517.1135
cannibal (not vegan)84.09417.022
quarrelsome (not warm)83.718215.7128
dramatic (not comedic)83.617914.717
self-assured (not self-conscious)83.412121.5109
extreme (not moderate)83.328916.0107
diligent (not lazy)83.273815.6113
suspicious (not trusting)83.121218.7142
worldly (not innocent)83.125218.4116
strict (not lenient)82.818320.5127
spicy (not mild)82.523617.9107
main character (not side character)82.535130.48
extraordinary (not mundane)82.426618.0104
coordinated (not clumsy)82.338420.1120
deviant (not average)82.316816.166
night owl (not morning lark)82.220520.370
precise (not vague)82.218319.866
serious (not playful)82.127616.1124
wild (not tame)82.031318.2113
psychopath (not empath)81.917013.715
important (not irrelevant)81.955425.233
badass (not weakass)81.654627.716
jaded (not innocent)81.530718.113
macho (not metrosexual)81.37025.219
charismatic (not uninspiring)81.241519.6115
🏀 (not 🎨)81.017225.421
direct (not roundabout)80.828622.7106
sturdy (not flimsy)80.730420.324
confidential (not gossiping)80.539724.8112
cold (not warm)80.419219.7126
🧗 (not 🛌)80.432718.328
feisty (not gracious)80.331521.6135
😎 (not 🧐)79.822417.321
efficient (not overprepared)79.86712.222
master (not apprentice)79.645123.848
demonic (not angelic)79.519015.5139
frank (not sugarcoated)79.439524.619
rigid (not flexible)79.118420.3123
sporty (not bookish)79.020817.7105
😈 (not 😇)78.927022.420
vain (not demure)78.821422.7120
bitter (not sweet)78.823517.0107
stylish (not slovenly)78.836218.3113
opinionated (not neutral)78.773323.713
workaholic (not slacker)78.674520.140
rhythmic (not stuttering)78.636517.026
conspiracist (not sheeple)78.524019.056
sexist (not feminist)78.515514.511
receiving (not giving)78.519423.116
competent (not incompetent)78.372920.5107
salacious (not wholesome)78.320325.415
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)78.210517.719
Coke (not Pepsi)78.11723.514
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)78.119623.918
paranoid (not naive)78.115621.718
crafty (not scholarly)78.026919.6115
resolute (not wavering)77.930525.915
cruel (not kind)77.816317.0126
villainous (not heroic)77.815920.4117
fighter (not lover)77.520323.412
biased (not impartial)77.227020.998
🦇 (not 🐿)77.216623.321
lustful (not chaste)77.127021.4107
high IQ (not low IQ)77.184920.5113
queen (not princess)77.139028.419
cynical (not gullible)77.139628.18
selfish (not altruistic)77.030123.2117
pensive (not serene)76.918722.514
empirical (not theoretical)76.93222.9111
charming (not trusting)76.819918.5122
judgemental (not accepting)76.732624.265
punk rock (not preppy)76.726626.611
gamer (not non-gamer)76.615416.17
sexual (not asexual)76.652622.18
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)76.530721.714
scandalous (not proper)76.334622.4101
perceptive (not unobservant)76.384023.623
distant (not touchy-feely)76.329615.614
angry (not good-humored)76.117620.7108
haunted (not blissful)76.145118.917
backdoor (not official)76.123729.6101
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)76.022427.6130
self-disciplined (not disorganized)75.774124.9121
healthy (not sickly)75.458222.9112
libertarian (not socialist)75.46925.197
tall (not short)75.435020.6129
tight (not loose)75.342724.118
rich (not poor)75.152623.5129
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)75.032318.711
fresh (not stinky)74.862326.723
fast (not slow)74.754420.099
unfixable (not fixable)74.515929.720
secretive (not open-book)74.253129.020
fearmongering (not reassuring)74.225427.512
builder (not explorer)74.113826.699
impatient (not patient)73.951127.942
debased (not pure)73.831925.6105
businesslike (not chivalrous)73.831626.611
pointed (not random)73.771425.313
🤐 (not 😜)73.730928.323
exhibitionist (not bashful)73.636417.814
mad (not glad)73.339422.622
chic (not cheesy)73.323226.015
interesting (not tiresome)73.362825.4107
🤑 (not 🤠)73.227834.115
neurotypical (not autistic)72.956324.4104
cunning (not honorable)72.931626.3137
doer (not thinker)72.844924.619
obsessed (not aloof)72.642225.8105
industrial (not domestic)72.618329.129
tense (not relaxed)72.582722.0136
hedonist (not monastic)72.519823.614
🐘 (not 🐀)72.119831.831
studious (not goof-off)72.079328.618
epic (not deep)72.017627.412
chortling (not giggling)71.938819.930
poisonous (not nurturing)71.933324.633
goth (not flower child)71.922819.814
purple (not orange)71.821626.458
legit (not scrub)71.579928.321
frenzied (not sleepy)71.474619.024
common sense (not analysis)71.47133.914
rugged (not refined)71.337526.5127
freelance (not corporate)71.359635.315
crazy (not sane)71.240623.510
self-destructive (not self-improving)71.240018.217
Italian (not Swedish)71.230125.611
close-minded (not open-minded)71.123924.2110
hard-work (not natural-talent)70.944424.915
jealous (not compersive)70.835823.4109
oppressed (not privileged)70.821728.315
knowledgeable (not ignorant)70.884719.222
tactful (not indiscreet)70.646427.423
hunter (not gatherer)70.656026.317
Roman (not Greek)70.411227.813
extravagant (not thrifty)70.442921.820
hoarder (not unprepared)70.335121.493
👽 (not 🤡)70.229823.917
insulting (not complimentary)70.037120.833
real (not philosophical)69.946726.176
moody (not stable)69.969926.3125
animalistic (not human)69.813124.790
interested (not bored)69.869927.712
instinctual (not reasoned)69.751426.4115
alert (not oblivious)69.676926.715
English (not German)69.6101629.615
💀 (not 🎃)69.642331.315
genius (not dunce)69.576720.2152
reclusive (not social)69.437827.725
🥾 (not 👟)69.338239.017
concrete (not abstract)69.043429.321
antagonist (not protagonist)68.722328.510
attractive (not repulsive)68.4104527.2125
barbaric (not civilized)68.325021.4119
no-nonsense (not dramatic)68.337129.555
classical (not avant-garde)68.344027.922
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)67.823633.318
genuine (not sarcastic)67.553926.0111
sorrowful (not cheery)67.365021.7100
kinky (not vanilla)67.148723.4106
flamboyant (not modest)67.051227.9121
trendy (not vintage)66.820325.39
tautology (not oxymoron)66.85330.912
works hard (not plays hard)66.587728.5118
🤫 (not 🤔)66.514229.814
blacksmith (not tailor)66.536128.716
high standards (not desperate)66.469431.719
gloomy (not sunny)66.363324.715
reserved (not chatty)66.158025.4115
specialist (not generalist)66.155927.231
child free (not pronatalist)66.070726.266
individualist (not communal)65.964928.437
skeptical (not spiritual)65.795827.8103
egalitarian (not racist)65.7137622.86
expressive (not monotone)65.478627.918
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)65.476729.496
🌟 (not 💩)65.3115429.729
attentive (not interrupting)65.356531.710
independent (not codependent)65.186233.098
involved (not remote)65.197130.5105
wise (not foolish)65.067127.493
💪 (not 🧠)65.031828.733
🐮 (not 🐷)64.940231.419
methodical (not astonishing)64.770428.5121
down2earth (not head@clouds)64.663232.599
lowbrow (not highbrow)64.621727.2122
miserable (not joyful)64.574119.120
one-faced (not two-faced)64.595732.017
generous (not stingy)64.382423.516
consistent (not variable)64.168631.525
on-time (not tardy)64.197631.716
bold (not serious)64.166031.9127
drop out (not valedictorian)64.140632.316
stoic (not hypochondriac)64.166028.317
🐐 (not 🦒)63.766030.747
deliberate (not spontaneous)63.689630.6103
presidential (not folksy)63.269524.517
private (not gregarious)63.086530.8144
realist (not idealist)63.058731.839
work-first (not family-first)62.966732.9119
creative (not conventional)62.870429.9129
sad (not happy)62.783622.4113
🙃 (not 🥰)62.751027.027
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)62.660831.6111
beautiful (not ugly)62.6135126.742
musical (not off-key)62.642025.219
sage (not whippersnapper)62.644227.917
conservative (not liberal)62.437432.415
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)62.446727.517
emotional (not unemotional)62.4109324.910
literal (not metaphorical)62.177229.584
complicated (not simple)62.0102330.5105
thick-skinned (not sensitive)61.968231.2117
deep (not shallow)61.989228.630
humorless (not funny)61.745027.6116
Russian (not French)61.732730.013
lavish (not frugal)61.557629.3112
permanent (not transient)61.564629.633
entitled (not grateful)61.567930.320
emancipated (not enslaved)61.4103131.3105
💃 (not 🧕)61.496832.527
young (not old)61.3103319.4124
introspective (not not introspective)61.396634.517
loyal (not traitorous)61.2138830.7112
impulsive (not cautious)61.072433.0127
rational (not whimsical)60.884629.3118
practical (not imaginative)60.895728.796
🧢 (not 🎩)60.868436.422
earth (not air)60.789834.216
neat (not messy)60.698627.978
brave (not careful)60.598230.1133
wooden (not plastic)60.4111029.112
hypocritical (not equitable)60.357929.155
repetitive (not varied)60.273024.338
playful (not shy)60.0112824.7108
bright (not depressed)60.066425.4106
exuberant (not subdued)60.084533.016
disreputable (not prestigious)59.841831.181
unorthodox (not traditional)59.885131.937
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)59.870231.038
still (not twitchy)59.843836.113
physical (not intellectual)59.750830.6118
indie (not pop)59.699423.78
😭 (not 😀)59.464030.812
luddite (not technophile)59.362924.9128
genocidal (not not genocidal)59.336529.312
low-tech (not high-tech)59.272629.0100
nihilist (not existentialist)59.228233.535
offended (not chill)59.284233.819
freak (not normie)59.282024.514
fortunate (not unlucky)59.057225.2111
insider (not outsider)59.051333.870
punchable (not loveable)59.050329.123
concise (not long-winded)59.064528.714
utilitarian (not decorative)58.9100226.830
lewd (not tasteful)58.742524.8115
💔 (not 💝)58.763334.327
👻 (not 🤖)58.674432.418
straightforward (not cryptic)58.5117231.3113
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)58.256431.320
extrovert (not introvert)58.191632.3115
profound (not ironic)58.164029.514
manicured (not scruffy)57.5113230.2119
opinionated (not jealous)57.1139329.915
chosen one (not everyman)57.089234.715
inspiring (not cringeworthy)56.899428.025
atheist (not theist)56.8101731.931
mathematical (not literary)56.755029.7112
focused on the present (not focused on the future)56.576534.6102
mysterious (not unambiguous)56.572033.4103
picky (not always down)56.593536.515
exaggerating (not factual)56.283029.613
juvenile (not mature)56.174530.035
curious (not apathetic)55.8134630.4119
devoted (not unfaithful)55.8158832.417
rustic (not cultured)55.856430.58
pessimistic (not optimistic)55.783029.5114
dispassionate (not romantic)55.743031.118
artistic (not scientific)55.683029.3124
minimalist (not pack rat)55.689331.820
lost (not enlightened)55.688131.616
patriotic (not unpatriotic)55.5129536.112
indulgent (not sober)55.491132.4102
rough (not smooth)55.479631.7113
😏 (not 😬)55.498134.727
anarchist (not statist)55.177030.025
realistic (not fantastical)54.9104229.616
emotional (not logical)54.798031.5121
calm (not anxious)54.765629.8135
unpolished (not eloquent)54.764629.4114
circular (not linear)54.771237.118
melee (not ranged)54.753039.317
perverted (not clean)54.757936.013
slow-talking (not fast-talking)54.655127.922
eastern (not western)54.327435.026
treasure (not trash)54.3154729.031
dog person (not cat person)54.388640.311
soulful (not soulless)54.2146033.235
monochrome (not multicolored)54.287436.447
heathen (not devout)54.173931.5116
reactive (not proactive)54.093934.85
quirky (not predictable)53.991628.116
provincial (not cosmopolitan)53.878333.5102
poetic (not factual)53.672527.517
traumatized (not flourishing)53.5127327.018
🥶 (not 🥵)53.569129.722
flirtatious (not prudish)53.5100935.314
unassuming (not pretentious)53.074033.014
experimental (not reliable)52.881630.614
stoic (not expressive)52.774031.0125
quiet (not loud)52.788031.3127
nonpolitical (not political)52.574535.2112
thin (not thick)52.5116228.966
🐒 (not 🐩)52.583333.720
normal (not weird)52.469825.3114
scheduled (not spontaneous)52.3108831.2102
chaotic (not orderly)52.289331.5111
hipster (not basic)52.269028.0129
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.269032.153
creepy (not disarming)52.248230.143
overspender (not penny-pincher)52.182022.622
🤣 (not 😊)52.169725.518
spelunker (not claustrophobic)52.1125935.116
mainstream (not arcane)52.073530.988
hurried (not leisurely)52.0116826.4100
washed (not muddy)52.0123232.810
rude (not respectful)51.873528.0127
open to new experinces (not uncreative)51.7147529.4120
trolling (not triggered)51.653431.726
winter (not summer)51.695035.614
sensible (not ludicrous)51.5119629.6118
🐴 (not 🦄)51.5113643.012
OCD (not ADHD)51.5123627.317
historical (not modern)51.484031.079
🥴 (not 🥳)51.4114832.614
good-cook (not bad-cook)51.492934.615
zany (not regular)51.2112029.119
intimate (not formal)51.2101031.131
📈 (not 📉)51.2143933.426
deranged (not reasonable)51.080725.711
subjective (not objective)50.8102034.042
dry (not moist)50.6100236.119

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Marsellus Wallace (0.845)
  2. Frank Costello (0.786)
  3. Angel Eyes (0.777)
  4. Tony Soprano (0.775)
  5. Nacho Varga (0.772)
  6. Thomas Shelby (0.761)
  7. Gemma Teller Morrow (0.761)
  8. Billy Butcher (0.756)
  9. Man in Black (0.755)
  10. Azula (0.754)
  1. Jerry Gergich (-0.657)
  2. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.641)
  3. Nelson Bighetti (-0.622)
  4. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.612)
  5. Chip Dove (-0.599)
  6. George Michael Bluth (-0.586)
  7. Touta Matsuda (-0.554)
  8. Louis Tully (-0.545)
  9. Glenn Sturgis (-0.544)
  10. Flounder (-0.537)

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

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


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