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Avon Barksdale Descriptive Personality Statistics

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 1,750 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
motivated (not unmotivated)97.844.49
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)97.725.012
never cries (not often crying)93.2139.316
bossy (not meek)93.1479.1121
rap (not rock)93.1311.39
dominant (not submissive)92.66712.7119
intense (not lighthearted)92.0458.718
street-smart (not sheltered)91.93414.7103
driven (not unambitious)91.710613.4106
alpha (not beta)91.67112.9104
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)91.67918.116
ferocious (not pacifist)91.53610.5140
competitive (not cooperative)91.210313.5108
contrarian (not yes-man)91.295.76
vibrant (not geriatric)91.02310.314
assertive (not passive)90.56612.4105
hard (not soft)90.43613.0109
machiavellian (not transparent)90.31914.97
urban (not rural)90.21816.530
masculine (not feminine)89.913711.6134
cool (not dorky)89.73113.217
pro (not noob)89.514917.127
authoritarian (not democratic)89.15413.392
narcissistic (not low self esteem)88.88211.421
outlaw (not sheriff)88.67021.399
demanding (not unchallenging)88.613612.712
bad boy (not white knight)88.64314.312
bold (not shy)88.531716.9135
decisive (not hesitant)88.08514.7109
suspicious (not awkward)87.83513.8131
persistent (not quitter)87.644016.916
overachiever (not underachiever)87.615512.611
guarded (not open)87.612613.2113
fire (not water)87.41018.813
gendered (not androgynous)87.313421.442
hard (not soft)86.78516.233
captain (not first-mate)86.514322.0119
prideful (not envious)86.32417.23
edgy (not politically correct)86.06715.9117
armoured (not vulnerable)85.97217.197
🤺 (not 🏌)85.512420.625
mighty (not puny)85.414516.4103
vengeful (not forgiving)85.216316.099
rebellious (not obedient)85.124217.8109
cannibal (not vegan)84.87615.720
ambitious (not realistic)84.79622.318
believable (not poorly-written)84.69218.126
jock (not nerd)84.58417.6137
stubborn (not accommodating)84.526517.915
arrogant (not humble)84.422217.0130
radical (not centrist)84.43015.09
charming (not awkward)84.213215.0124
active (not slothful)84.230816.6117
straight (not queer)84.224221.446
money-focused (not love-focused)84.110418.48
mischievous (not well behaved)84.026022.6104
confident (not insecure)84.020020.3120
resistant (not resigned)84.04917.1135
self-assured (not self-conscious)84.09220.5108
quarrelsome (not warm)83.816215.7127
resourceful (not helpless)83.837221.034
cocky (not timid)83.830923.712
dramatic (not comedic)83.614814.717
go-getter (not slugabed)83.526912.317
extreme (not moderate)83.424616.1106
diligent (not lazy)83.362715.6112
suspicious (not trusting)83.018218.7141
worldly (not innocent)82.922718.5115
strict (not lenient)82.815620.5127
extraordinary (not mundane)82.422918.0104
spicy (not mild)82.421117.9106
coordinated (not clumsy)82.332820.1120
deviant (not average)82.315416.365
night owl (not morning lark)82.217120.370
serious (not playful)82.123116.1124
jaded (not innocent)82.124419.111
precise (not vague)82.017019.865
wild (not tame)82.026518.4111
psychopath (not empath)82.014814.114
important (not irrelevant)81.746925.632
charismatic (not uninspiring)81.335119.7114
macho (not metrosexual)81.36425.219
🏀 (not 🎨)81.014225.421
direct (not roundabout)80.824822.7106
confidential (not gossiping)80.732624.9111
cold (not warm)80.416619.7126
🧗 (not 🛌)80.424618.328
feisty (not gracious)80.327421.6135
badass (not weakass)80.351928.215
sturdy (not flimsy)80.128021.321
😎 (not 🧐)79.818517.321
efficient (not overprepared)79.85412.222
demonic (not angelic)79.516215.5139
master (not apprentice)79.439724.047
rigid (not flexible)79.116220.4122
sporty (not bookish)79.017117.7105
vain (not demure)78.919522.9118
😈 (not 😇)78.923422.420
stylish (not slovenly)78.831118.3113
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)78.88718.617
bitter (not sweet)78.720517.1106
workaholic (not slacker)78.663820.140
rhythmic (not stuttering)78.630017.026
conspiracist (not sheeple)78.520519.056
sexist (not feminist)78.514214.511
competent (not incompetent)78.362020.5107
salacious (not wholesome)78.318825.415
Coke (not Pepsi)78.21524.413
frank (not sugarcoated)78.137425.717
crafty (not scholarly)78.023519.6115
receiving (not giving)78.018024.614
resolute (not wavering)77.925025.915
cruel (not kind)77.814417.0126
chic (not cheesy)77.811222.711
villainous (not heroic)77.814320.4117
opinionated (not neutral)77.868724.512
queen (not princess)77.832628.115
judgemental (not accepting)77.725123.064
fighter (not lover)77.517323.412
perceptive (not unobservant)77.467323.522
celebrity (not boy/girl-next-door)77.417824.812
biased (not impartial)77.323521.097
paranoid (not naive)77.214722.916
lustful (not chaste)77.224321.4106
🦇 (not 🐿)77.214023.321
goth (not flower child)77.111911.211
selfish (not altruistic)77.026423.2117
high IQ (not low IQ)77.073320.6112
pensive (not serene)76.916022.514
empirical (not theoretical)76.92822.9111
charming (not trusting)76.817718.5122
punk rock (not preppy)76.722826.611
crazy (not sane)76.623318.09
sexual (not asexual)76.644522.18
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)76.525221.714
angry (not good-humored)76.115120.7108
haunted (not blissful)76.137918.917
backdoor (not official)76.121929.6101
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)76.020127.6130
scandalous (not proper)75.831722.499
self-disciplined (not disorganized)75.763624.9121
libertarian (not socialist)75.66325.296
healthy (not sickly)75.449922.9112
rich (not poor)75.145623.5129
fast (not slow)74.944820.098
debased (not pure)74.527624.7104
unfixable (not fixable)74.514229.720
studious (not goof-off)74.262527.917
secretive (not open-book)74.243729.020
tall (not short)74.132921.0112
builder (not explorer)74.113326.699
impatient (not patient)73.944627.942
tight (not loose)73.941524.017
fresh (not stinky)73.656626.822
🤐 (not 😜)73.425628.922
hard-work (not natural-talent)73.429723.814
doer (not thinker)73.336524.713
distant (not touchy-feely)73.333414.912
neurotypical (not autistic)73.249624.2103
🤑 (not 🤠)73.224934.115
interesting (not tiresome)73.153725.4106
pointed (not random)72.965626.212
cunning (not honorable)72.928226.3137
tense (not relaxed)72.770122.0135
mad (not glad)72.735622.921
gamer (not non-gamer)72.717414.06
obsessed (not aloof)72.635225.8105
hedonist (not monastic)72.516923.614
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)72.531917.710
exhibitionist (not bashful)72.535618.013
epic (not deep)72.515228.511
stoic (not hypochondriac)72.424319.311
businesslike (not chivalrous)72.231727.410
🐘 (not 🐀)72.116631.831
chortling (not giggling)71.933419.930
fearmongering (not reassuring)71.825731.09
purple (not orange)71.816626.458
rugged (not refined)71.731126.2125
industrial (not domestic)71.518329.827
legit (not scrub)71.568328.321
frenzied (not sleepy)71.464119.024
freelance (not corporate)71.349435.315
self-destructive (not self-improving)71.235218.217
Italian (not Swedish)71.226825.611
poisonous (not nurturing)71.129324.532
close-minded (not open-minded)71.120624.2110
knowledgeable (not ignorant)70.872119.222
common sense (not analysis)70.85731.410
concrete (not abstract)70.732126.219
generous (not stingy)70.747817.014
jealous (not compersive)70.531423.4108
Roman (not Greek)70.410427.813
one-faced (not two-faced)70.461129.215
hoarder (not unprepared)70.329021.493
👽 (not 🤡)70.224923.917
extravagant (not thrifty)70.136324.016
moody (not stable)70.060426.5122
insulting (not complimentary)70.033021.132
real (not philosophical)69.941226.176
oppressed (not privileged)69.919029.014
animalistic (not human)69.811924.790
interested (not bored)69.857827.712
cynical (not gullible)69.854229.06
alert (not oblivious)69.665026.715
English (not German)69.686929.615
💀 (not 🎃)69.636131.315
instinctual (not reasoned)69.444126.5113
reclusive (not social)69.430927.725
genius (not dunce)69.366220.3151
tactful (not indiscreet)69.245127.322
hunter (not gatherer)68.852126.016
antagonist (not protagonist)68.718928.510
no-nonsense (not dramatic)68.431729.453
attractive (not repulsive)68.488627.4124
high standards (not desperate)68.454131.418
barbaric (not civilized)68.121921.4117
classical (not avant-garde)67.839128.421
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)67.819533.318
🥾 (not 👟)67.434839.416
sorrowful (not cheery)67.354821.7100
genuine (not sarcastic)67.244026.3108
flamboyant (not modest)67.044727.9121
kinky (not vanilla)67.042323.5105
trendy (not vintage)66.816925.39
works hard (not plays hard)66.574628.5118
🤫 (not 🤔)66.511229.814
blacksmith (not tailor)66.530028.716
gloomy (not sunny)66.353424.715
reserved (not chatty)66.147725.4115
specialist (not generalist)66.145027.231
skeptical (not spiritual)66.081227.6101
child free (not pronatalist)66.059726.266
individualist (not communal)65.956528.437
independent (not codependent)65.772532.697
proactive (not reactive)65.714833.73
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)65.465129.496
🌟 (not 💩)65.396229.729
attentive (not interrupting)65.347431.710
expressive (not monotone)65.266228.717
lowbrow (not highbrow)65.118526.6121
exaggerating (not factual)65.151526.510
wise (not foolish)65.057227.493
realist (not idealist)65.045831.437
💪 (not 🧠)65.027028.733
🐮 (not 🐷)64.931931.419
involved (not remote)64.784130.6103
down2earth (not head@clouds)64.654932.599
miserable (not joyful)64.564019.120
methodical (not astonishing)64.261728.5119
entitled (not grateful)64.254330.818
on-time (not tardy)64.183531.716
bold (not serious)64.155431.9127
emotional (not unemotional)63.986924.87
🐐 (not 🦒)63.755230.747
deliberate (not spontaneous)63.678330.6103
work-first (not family-first)63.656132.9116
drop out (not valedictorian)63.636533.315
exuberant (not subdued)63.663030.915
consistent (not variable)63.560232.024
presidential (not folksy)63.259324.517
private (not gregarious)63.072530.8144
sad (not happy)62.769722.5112
Russian (not French)62.727431.112
creative (not conventional)62.659429.9128
beautiful (not ugly)62.6112726.742
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)62.638128.316
sage (not whippersnapper)62.637527.917
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)62.451131.7110
conservative (not liberal)62.432732.415
🙃 (not 🥰)62.445627.225
freak (not normie)62.460922.513
literal (not metaphorical)62.167029.584
complicated (not simple)62.087430.5105
thick-skinned (not sensitive)61.958431.2117
deep (not shallow)61.974428.630
rational (not whimsical)61.570829.1116
lavish (not frugal)61.550429.3112
permanent (not transient)61.556729.633
humorless (not funny)61.438527.6115
emancipated (not enslaved)61.487131.3105
hypocritical (not equitable)61.446728.354
💃 (not 🧕)61.482532.527
musical (not off-key)61.437725.317
introspective (not not introspective)61.379534.517
loyal (not traitorous)61.2115430.7112
young (not old)61.286419.4123
impulsive (not cautious)61.061733.0127
chosen one (not everyman)61.062632.414
devoted (not unfaithful)61.0124431.015
lost (not enlightened)60.958130.014
🧢 (not 🎩)60.857736.422
earth (not air)60.777134.216
opinionated (not jealous)60.7105132.011
neat (not messy)60.684327.978
brave (not careful)60.582430.1133
practical (not imaginative)60.581828.895
patriotic (not unpatriotic)60.590933.611
offended (not chill)60.469634.318
punchable (not loveable)60.341029.022
bright (not depressed)60.057125.5105
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)60.057431.437
playful (not shy)59.997524.8107
disreputable (not prestigious)59.836031.181
unorthodox (not traditional)59.871331.937
still (not twitchy)59.837536.113
physical (not intellectual)59.742730.6118
indie (not pop)59.681123.78
concise (not long-winded)59.551427.411
😭 (not 😀)59.452930.812
repetitive (not varied)59.368324.037
luddite (not technophile)59.253125.0127
low-tech (not high-tech)59.263829.0100
insider (not outsider)59.045133.870
wooden (not plastic)58.998629.911
lewd (not tasteful)58.739224.8115
fortunate (not unlucky)58.750725.0110
💔 (not 💝)58.754734.327
rustic (not cultured)58.740631.57
👻 (not 🤖)58.662532.418
straightforward (not cryptic)58.599331.3113
utilitarian (not decorative)58.387027.129
nihilist (not existentialist)58.227433.534
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)58.247831.320
extrovert (not introvert)58.179432.3115
profound (not ironic)58.153029.514
manicured (not scruffy)57.596030.2119
genocidal (not not genocidal)57.434529.811
anarchist (not statist)57.359128.524
muddy (not washed)57.244633.76
picky (not always down)57.178938.913
inspiring (not cringeworthy)56.884728.025
atheist (not theist)56.884831.931
mathematical (not literary)56.746529.7112
focused on the present (not focused on the future)56.565534.6102
mysterious (not unambiguous)56.560433.4103
treasure (not trash)55.9127128.130
artistic (not scientific)55.870029.3123
curious (not apathetic)55.8113530.5118
pessimistic (not optimistic)55.771629.5114
dispassionate (not romantic)55.737131.118
juvenile (not mature)55.663830.334
minimalist (not pack rat)55.676731.820
indulgent (not sober)55.577132.6100
rough (not smooth)55.467131.7113
😏 (not 😬)55.481234.727
unassuming (not pretentious)55.352633.113
🥶 (not 🥵)54.956029.821
calm (not anxious)54.756529.8135
circular (not linear)54.761837.118
melee (not ranged)54.744339.317
slow-talking (not fast-talking)54.645527.922
emotional (not logical)54.582931.5120
unpolished (not eloquent)54.556129.5113
soulful (not soulless)54.5122231.933
egalitarian (not racist)54.5135618.34
eastern (not western)54.322335.026
dog person (not cat person)54.376440.311
monochrome (not multicolored)53.975636.746
provincial (not cosmopolitan)53.867733.5102
heathen (not devout)53.665731.6114
traumatized (not flourishing)53.6105727.717
poetic (not factual)53.660527.517
good-cook (not bad-cook)53.371932.811
predictable (not quirky)53.370726.012
realistic (not fantastical)52.993629.615
stoic (not expressive)52.763331.0125
normal (not weird)52.758825.3113
quiet (not loud)52.772131.3127
thin (not thick)52.598328.966
🐒 (not 🐩)52.571933.720
summer (not winter)52.482435.113
scheduled (not spontaneous)52.393631.2102
📈 (not 📉)52.3117733.625
chaotic (not orderly)52.275331.5111
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.260132.153
spelunker (not claustrophobic)52.2106536.315
overspender (not penny-pincher)52.169522.622
🤣 (not 😊)52.160125.518
hipster (not basic)52.056828.1128
mainstream (not arcane)52.063630.988
hurried (not leisurely)52.097726.4100
rude (not respectful)51.862628.0127
reliable (not experimental)51.890528.713
flirtatious (not prudish)51.793136.013
subjective (not objective)51.682934.141
ADHD (not OCD)51.658126.816
nonpolitical (not political)51.564935.2109
sensible (not ludicrous)51.598629.6118
🐴 (not 🦄)51.595643.012
open to new experinces (not uncreative)51.4124829.4119
creepy (not disarming)51.443430.042
formal (not intimate)51.480231.528
🥴 (not 🥳)51.497132.614
dry (not moist)51.383436.918
triggered (not trolling)51.3118530.825
perverted (not clean)51.357335.512
historical (not modern)51.271831.178
zany (not regular)51.296529.119
oxymoron (not tautology)51.1112629.97
deranged (not reasonable)51.068225.711

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 (0.846)
  2. Frank Costello (0.78)
  3. Nacho Varga (0.777)
  4. Angel Eyes (0.773)
  5. Tony Soprano (0.769)
  6. Thomas Shelby (0.755)
  7. Azula (0.752)
  8. Gemma Teller Morrow (0.75)
  9. Man in Black (0.75)
  10. Oliver Queen (0.747)
  1. Jerry Gergich (-0.653)
  2. Leopold 'Butters' Stotch (-0.635)
  3. Nelson Bighetti (-0.618)
  4. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.607)
  5. Chip Dove (-0.597)
  6. George Michael Bluth (-0.588)
  7. Louis Tully (-0.541)
  8. Alfredo Linguini (-0.538)
  9. Glenn Sturgis (-0.534)
  10. Flounder (-0.526)

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.



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