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Norman Wilson Personality Statistics

Norman Wilson 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
perceptive (not unobservant)91.8719.020
English (not German)91.41110.88
🧠 (not 💪)91.0427.26
pro (not noob)86.618716.117
high IQ (not low IQ)86.027913.284
sturdy (not flimsy)86.010714.012
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)85.713117.910
self-disciplined (not disorganized)85.425213.887
intellectual (not physical)84.816013.287
knowledgeable (not ignorant)83.822314.010
consistent (not variable)83.24615.616
patient (not impatient)83.13620.622
coordinated (not clumsy)82.925214.587
mature (not juvenile)82.712912.827
wise (not foolish)82.410714.387
sensible (not ludicrous)82.28812.783
street-smart (not sheltered)82.221816.665
alert (not oblivious)82.218218.113
patriotic (not unpatriotic)81.811614.413
eloquent (not unpolished)81.420813.981
confident (not insecure)81.025819.684
deliberate (not spontaneous)80.921413.281
no-nonsense (not dramatic)80.86619.829
scheduled (not spontaneous)80.620115.681
master (not apprentice)80.529717.227
down2earth (not head@clouds)80.211416.669
resolute (not wavering)80.214416.916
resourceful (not helpless)80.045121.526
civilized (not barbaric)79.828318.770
persistent (not quitter)79.772011.87
believable (not poorly-written)79.725211.512
diligent (not lazy)79.665117.888
old (not young)79.613512.199
competent (not incompetent)79.345116.775
soulful (not soulless)78.838120.528
introspective (not not introspective)78.711720.229
orderly (not chaotic)78.619319.292
calm (not anxious)78.57517.587
valedictorian (not drop out)78.336610.916
workaholic (not slacker)78.249218.530
legit (not scrub)78.131418.920
bookish (not sporty)77.934617.081
sage (not whippersnapper)77.96120.516
deep (not shallow)77.916217.514
cautious (not impulsive)77.713012.682
worldly (not innocent)77.633123.093
tall (not short)77.518718.786
human (not animalistic)77.333722.085
political (not nonpolitical)77.117225.079
egalitarian (not racist)77.157817.69
tactful (not indiscreet)77.01556.78
statist (not anarchist)76.97914.421
works hard (not plays hard)76.933720.387
logical (not emotional)76.812218.892
neat (not messy)76.631919.948
sane (not crazy)76.510123.417
work-first (not family-first)76.424918.880
😏 (not 😬)76.414622.012
genius (not dunce)76.331214.989
concrete (not abstract)75.913716.812
methodical (not astonishing)75.918618.487
efficient (not overprepared)75.714425.917
masculine (not feminine)75.639318.776
rhythmic (not stuttering)75.535610.414
self-assured (not self-conscious)75.332920.167
treasure (not trash)74.856920.922
thick-skinned (not sensitive)74.716122.192
urban (not rural)74.632725.419
charming (not awkward)74.533318.2100
📈 (not 📉)74.414321.89
studious (not goof-off)74.349011.83
driven (not unambitious)74.377118.583
formal (not intimate)74.218919.416
rational (not whimsical)74.128621.892
reasoned (not instinctual)74.010123.183
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)73.919419.310
stylish (not slovenly)73.836420.778
enlightened (not lost)73.814223.120
historical (not modern)73.618418.237
chortling (not giggling)73.423023.97
straight (not queer)73.160822.031
smooth (not rough)73.015620.292
armoured (not vulnerable)72.737621.769
tailor (not blacksmith)72.733413.78
self-improving (not self-destructive)72.516021.021
decisive (not hesitant)72.448317.671
nurturing (not poisonous)72.438318.122
direct (not roundabout)72.245423.080
🐒 (not 🐩)72.01713.63
linear (not circular)71.99022.814
interesting (not tiresome)71.843419.787
gendered (not androgynous)71.677528.626
mighty (not puny)71.549816.397
builder (not explorer)71.515523.153
precise (not vague)71.339124.462
skeptical (not spiritual)71.249220.883
objective (not subjective)71.06823.123
sober (not indulgent)70.916822.189
utilitarian (not decorative)70.836118.219
stoic (not expressive)70.718821.390
loyal (not traitorous)70.573023.383
stable (not moody)70.49920.983
neurotypical (not autistic)70.454322.381
inspiring (not cringeworthy)70.332921.227
purple (not orange)70.116022.064
confidential (not gossiping)70.050523.868
highbrow (not lowbrow)69.834920.080
realist (not idealist)69.823524.636
reasonable (not deranged)69.836923.312
bold (not shy)69.682820.293
tasteful (not lewd)69.641723.076
manicured (not scruffy)69.557623.374
prestigious (not disreputable)69.542722.468
serious (not playful)69.348322.992
emancipated (not enslaved)69.343622.689
guarded (not open)69.259521.378
suspicious (not awkward)69.247722.177
sheriff (not outlaw)69.131323.372
chill (not offended)69.116622.116
fresh (not stinky)68.455224.325
hard (not soft)68.440319.561
musical (not off-key)68.419221.77
moderate (not extreme)68.314321.080
penny-pincher (not overspender)68.329016.518
nerd (not jock)68.248619.193
tight (not loose)68.152529.713
tame (not wild)67.922120.974
first-mate (not captain)67.838928.367
Italian (not Swedish)67.72987.34
ranged (not melee)67.718120.113
loveable (not punchable)67.245416.517
child free (not pronatalist)67.044624.944
hoarder (not unprepared)67.033619.148
suspicious (not trusting)66.945923.870
specialist (not generalist)66.934830.818
🤔 (not 🤫)66.928023.67
cool (not dorky)66.841731.86
spelunker (not claustrophobic)66.836623.610
refined (not rugged)66.746723.5108
permanent (not transient)66.730824.721
compersive (not jealous)66.626522.353
healthy (not sickly)66.566220.966
strict (not lenient)66.442422.091
quiet (not loud)66.331827.190
insider (not outsider)66.219229.756
monastic (not hedonist)66.111517.010
independent (not codependent)66.053326.672
serious (not bold)65.925324.380
narcissistic (not low self esteem)65.948012.914
thin (not thick)65.642824.849
complicated (not simple)65.656924.278
proper (not scandalous)65.438726.467
🤐 (not 😜)65.335224.810
beautiful (not ugly)65.181121.620
liberal (not conservative)65.048720.08
careful (not brave)64.917826.077
charming (not trusting)64.839323.559
bright (not depressed)64.836824.969
regular (not zany)64.818928.813
🎩 (not 🧢)64.848125.311
secretive (not open-book)64.855721.120
pessimistic (not optimistic)64.635123.270
go-getter (not slugabed)64.687219.35
good-humored (not angry)64.544521.167
slow-talking (not fast-talking)64.518224.312
respectful (not rude)64.450924.0106
practical (not imaginative)64.454224.875
dominant (not submissive)64.467523.396
dry (not moist)64.230524.717
kind (not cruel)64.171022.179
rich (not poor)64.055220.872
disarming (not creepy)64.068422.735
😇 (not 😈)64.043727.015
devout (not heathen)63.939923.781
basic (not hipster)63.849325.583
flourishing (not traumatized)63.817318.96
involved (not remote)63.669623.279
empirical (not theoretical)63.431527.871
frugal (not lavish)63.245623.180
assertive (not passive)63.275123.770
active (not slothful)63.290124.775
👽 (not 🤡)62.839416.912
reserved (not chatty)62.542324.680
charismatic (not uninspiring)62.483727.091
real (not philosophical)62.260326.054
😊 (not 🤣)62.154423.48
🌟 (not 💩)61.978927.29
angelic (not demonic)61.854122.986
poetic (not factual)61.830723.816
hard (not soft)61.753923.031
important (not irrelevant)61.792527.318
scientific (not artistic)61.650222.179
chaste (not lustful)61.631722.777
cosmopolitan (not provincial)61.640125.982
modest (not flamboyant)61.550924.893
curious (not apathetic)61.571625.783
heroic (not villainous)61.378623.368
private (not gregarious)61.358924.981
social (not reclusive)61.350030.017
normal (not weird)61.130723.595
open-minded (not close-minded)61.156124.563
🙃 (not 🥰)61.139421.223
French (not Russian)60.853518.96
sleepy (not frenzied)60.55922.019
sorrowful (not cheery)60.458022.2101
democratic (not authoritarian)60.450826.881
conspiracist (not sheeple)60.466421.656
open to new experinces (not uncreative)60.378725.660
classical (not avant-garde)60.352425.317
💝 (not 💔)60.245630.421
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)60.034724.072
oppressed (not privileged)60.027919.515
reliable (not experimental)60.054633.58
well behaved (not mischievous)59.939529.479
demure (not vain)59.942125.871
extraordinary (not mundane)59.874726.469
fortunate (not unlucky)59.738621.375
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)59.654631.37
straightforward (not cryptic)59.276630.677
bossy (not meek)59.279925.769
funny (not humorless)59.160626.174
leisurely (not hurried)59.133524.963
😀 (not 😭)59.042922.18
attractive (not repulsive)58.985318.390
altruistic (not selfish)58.957326.583
🤺 (not 🏌)58.483827.113
equitable (not hypocritical)58.354428.343
gloomy (not sunny)58.158422.618
🦒 (not 🐐)58.017824.615
Roman (not Greek)58.040320.25
triggered (not trolling)58.071634.96
unassuming (not pretentious)57.934424.48
corporate (not freelance)57.742027.018
🐴 (not 🦄)57.557328.78
obedient (not rebellious)57.438224.961
average (not deviant)57.431624.843
minimalist (not pack rat)57.452824.816
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)57.368931.016
playful (not shy)57.083022.765
mad (not glad)56.964113.98
low-tech (not high-tech)56.855524.477
🤖 (not 👻)56.845124.913
western (not eastern)56.676632.517
intense (not lighthearted)56.681029.014
forgiving (not vengeful)56.455824.163
sad (not happy)56.468622.985
repetitive (not varied)56.465925.429
luddite (not technophile)56.153723.557
night owl (not morning lark)56.170529.945
cannibal (not vegan)55.952023.710
focused on the future (not focused on the present)55.742328.271
vanilla (not kinky)55.654522.273
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)55.655131.614
pure (not debased)55.560323.970
industrial (not domestic)55.557324.922
multicolored (not monochrome)55.552732.622
🤠 (not 🤑)55.470220.18
traditional (not unorthodox)55.349527.325
insulting (not complimentary)55.252625.325
🧗 (not 🛌)55.176025.517
socialist (not libertarian)54.924828.158
impartial (not biased)54.816828.277
🧐 (not 😎)54.751419.510
🧕 (not 💃)54.735126.819
preppy (not punk rock)54.670731.014
pacifist (not ferocious)54.442025.790
arcane (not mainstream)54.466526.265
hunter (not gatherer)54.363927.211
nihilist (not existentialist)54.233830.123
politically correct (not edgy)54.145927.574
accepting (not judgemental)53.953226.446
literal (not metaphorical)53.880228.759
gracious (not feisty)53.830428.176
subdued (not exuberant)53.743625.77
official (not backdoor)53.650527.965
atheist (not theist)53.672430.513
honorable (not cunning)53.569827.7108
obsessed (not aloof)53.587626.780
rigid (not flexible)53.269826.668
bitter (not sweet)53.063225.084
mysterious (not unambiguous)53.052126.692
creative (not conventional)52.866926.482
warm (not quarrelsome)52.854225.376
scholarly (not crafty)52.848328.389
sexist (not feminist)52.838521.811
arrogant (not humble)52.473529.184
salacious (not wholesome)52.453526.812
sarcastic (not genuine)52.358829.779
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)52.265429.971
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)52.191232.17
vibrant (not geriatric)52.191921.215
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)52.058027.320
folksy (not presidential)52.056918.012
resigned (not resistant)51.919228.281
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)51.860926.063
👟 (not 🥾)51.664227.210
introvert (not extrovert)51.550428.870
🥳 (not 🥴)51.553023.110
🐘 (not 🐀)51.565728.514
romantic (not dispassionate)51.591632.614
alpha (not beta)51.381526.575
🐿 (not 🦇)51.272729.311
relaxed (not tense)51.127226.476
spicy (not mild)51.183327.679
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.159126.353
metrosexual (not macho)50.182723.712
unfixable (not fixable)50.948130.716
literary (not mathematical)50.880227.965
cooperative (not competitive)50.347428.770
slow (not fast)50.733927.993
miserable (not joyful)50.381425.312
cold (not warm)50.460626.178
🐷 (not 🐮)50.448522.911
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)50.663324.49
communal (not individualist)50.548429.828

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Lester Freamon (0.85)
  2. Lucius Fox (0.832)
  3. Cedric Daniels (0.827)
  4. Leo McGarry (0.819)
  5. Alfred Pennyworth (0.813)
  1. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.659)
  2. Denny (-0.591)
  3. Homer Simpson (-0.573)
  4. A.J. Soprano (-0.572)
  5. Lydia Bennet (-0.561)

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: ENTP (r = 0.79)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.68)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.66)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.61)
  5. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.4)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.38)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.36)
  8. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.31)
  9. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.24)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.15)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.07)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.06)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.03)
  14. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.01)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.03)
  16. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.03)
  17. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.04)
  18. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.08)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.09)
  20. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.12)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.26)
  22. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.27)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.37)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.59)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.66)


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