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Frank Sobotka Personality Statistics

Frank Sobotka 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
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)95.1211.2119
🥾 (not 👟)92.5910.712
masculine (not feminine)92.16210.4136
🧢 (not 🎩)91.41111.47
punk rock (not preppy)90.1429.58
scruffy (not manicured)89.73411.9112
miserable (not joyful)89.61612.011
provincial (not cosmopolitan)89.4512.2136
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)89.02911.020
rugged (not refined)88.82912.1122
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)88.8518.9112
straight (not queer)88.79215.239
gendered (not androgynous)87.811518.945
utilitarian (not decorative)87.61212.230
mad (not glad)87.4368.819
macho (not metrosexual)87.22120.917
lowbrow (not highbrow)86.8817.484
slovenly (not stylish)86.81610.5116
tense (not relaxed)86.713012.6131
serious (not playful)86.610613.4125
low-tech (not high-tech)86.22512.7111
basic (not hipster)86.02414.5112
sad (not happy)85.33412.6100
classical (not avant-garde)84.42018.227
rough (not smooth)84.14515.8126
intense (not lighthearted)84.020512.121
self-destructive (not self-improving)83.88716.317
🐒 (not 🐩)83.4348.97
offended (not chill)83.310215.424
sorrowful (not cheery)83.26712.0110
unlucky (not fortunate)83.13215.7117
crafty (not scholarly)83.09013.4102
unpolished (not eloquent)82.94719.3116
luddite (not technophile)82.62018.0113
gloomy (not sunny)82.110311.915
sexist (not feminist)81.88315.317
builder (not explorer)81.62617.0115
industrial (not domestic)81.53621.137
literal (not metaphorical)81.14220.0100
💔 (not 💝)81.07426.622
real (not philosophical)80.67315.571
🐴 (not 🦄)80.28420.412
traumatized (not flourishing)80.113714.012
street-smart (not sheltered)80.125618.998
guarded (not open)79.930419.9126
depressed (not bright)79.84918.886
blacksmith (not tailor)79.87720.525
works hard (not plays hard)79.626221.2119
bitter (not sweet)79.615218.6107
messy (not neat)79.512315.368
historical (not modern)79.49920.166
biased (not impartial)79.416922.088
believable (not poorly-written)79.426520.113
backdoor (not official)79.212922.3108
concrete (not abstract)78.88920.416
angry (not good-humored)78.79515.8106
traditional (not unorthodox)78.59017.734
frugal (not lavish)78.48720.0107
communal (not individualist)78.31816.524
anxious (not calm)78.218617.4126
chortling (not giggling)78.210515.720
feisty (not gracious)78.230018.0106
persistent (not quitter)78.276920.813
practical (not imaginative)77.820121.5119
romantic (not dispassionate)77.82819.613
thick (not thin)77.611317.270
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)77.632423.410
🤐 (not 😜)77.111921.114
conservative (not liberal)77.19225.516
cannibal (not vegan)77.018223.115
quarrelsome (not warm)76.726019.2106
impatient (not patient)76.031520.828
Russian (not French)75.46320.813
consistent (not variable)75.419226.023
linear (not circular)75.44930.28
alert (not oblivious)75.338115.010
deliberate (not spontaneous)75.335722.4111
off-key (not musical)75.210712.111
physical (not intellectual)75.113920.9138
old (not young)75.119213.6105
lost (not enlightened)75.014424.915
💪 (not 🧠)74.810130.615
edgy (not politically correct)74.826818.9124
pessimistic (not optimistic)74.816121.2120
modest (not flamboyant)74.623325.8100
close-minded (not open-minded)74.614021.290
moody (not stable)74.535023.8118
subdued (not exuberant)74.44723.017
direct (not roundabout)74.439724.9117
down2earth (not head@clouds)74.123627.296
suspicious (not awkward)74.134521.5110
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)73.814322.486
no-nonsense (not dramatic)73.816026.436
penny-pincher (not overspender)73.714822.221
rigid (not flexible)73.423121.2104
straightforward (not cryptic)73.427928.0125
drop out (not valedictorian)73.316519.711
enslaved (not emancipated)73.24521.6109
😭 (not 😀)73.212122.013
hard (not soft)73.132424.5111
political (not nonpolitical)73.025428.2105
jock (not nerd)72.921623.6111
pronatalist (not child free)72.810421.872
bold (not shy)72.775224.2116
stinky (not fresh)72.611419.320
triggered (not trolling)72.321215.915
bossy (not meek)72.155223.398
🐐 (not 🦒)72.014724.220
ferocious (not pacifist)71.843822.4116
melee (not ranged)71.86726.112
uncreative (not open to new experinces)71.69823.7110
monochrome (not multicolored)71.618128.732
emotional (not logical)71.530320.1129
😬 (not 😏)71.212123.318
captain (not first-mate)71.035629.497
repulsive (not attractive)70.911718.0116
🥴 (not 🥳)70.819019.413
disreputable (not prestigious)70.814219.983
mischievous (not well behaved)70.646421.7129
claustrophobic (not spelunker)70.28024.212
skeptical (not spiritual)70.053124.797
salacious (not wholesome)70.026725.112
realist (not idealist)69.923228.731
secretive (not open-book)69.844224.416
driven (not unambitious)69.788523.2100
hard (not soft)69.639224.445
suspicious (not trusting)69.640227.5122
📉 (not 📈)69.64622.814
strict (not lenient)69.536723.6113
loyal (not traitorous)69.575728.1137
assertive (not passive)69.562226.0115
vanilla (not kinky)69.426222.688
go-getter (not slugabed)69.473018.67
regular (not zany)69.410827.117
empirical (not theoretical)69.314023.380
confidential (not gossiping)69.352425.0102
conventional (not creative)69.221923.7108
scandalous (not proper)69.235826.183
poor (not rich)69.122221.996
frenzied (not sleepy)69.160020.319
hurried (not leisurely)69.024623.692
debased (not pure)68.732022.4124
workaholic (not slacker)68.373628.634
reserved (not chatty)68.031726.4109
eastern (not western)68.03532.122
perceptive (not unobservant)68.077631.119
orange (not purple)67.918025.258
serious (not bold)67.921325.8111
short (not tall)67.725322.7103
involved (not remote)67.655126.978
😈 (not 😇)67.533922.511
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)67.415925.212
lewd (not tasteful)67.320522.1111
dominant (not submissive)66.863626.4107
ugly (not beautiful)66.810518.832
stoic (not expressive)66.624727.9132
insulting (not complimentary)66.631722.447
worldly (not innocent)66.463825.8110
mundane (not extraordinary)66.113724.4112
diligent (not lazy)66.095325.1100
rational (not whimsical)65.848425.4109
obsessed (not aloof)65.844226.9112
🤠 (not 🤑)65.746428.710
🧕 (not 💃)65.714523.129
unambiguous (not mysterious)65.636628.8109
folksy (not presidential)65.530829.913
permanent (not transient)65.333829.655
vengeful (not forgiving)65.243326.9106
studious (not goof-off)65.266828.020
Greek (not Roman)65.27430.915
unfixable (not fixable)65.222826.823
reliable (not experimental)65.242327.919
resistant (not resigned)64.965728.4116
theist (not atheist)64.921625.628
specialist (not generalist)64.842226.323
geriatric (not vibrant)64.712826.520
humorless (not funny)64.623726.2117
wild (not tame)64.555223.973
tight (not loose)64.561230.918
scheduled (not spontaneous)64.355427.1103
loud (not quiet)64.148927.8107
methodical (not astonishing)64.049620.981
sensible (not ludicrous)64.049625.5102
extreme (not moderate)63.960425.588
master (not apprentice)63.864724.834
sturdy (not flimsy)63.866225.113
conspiracist (not sheeple)63.656928.168
soulful (not soulless)63.677125.435
thick-skinned (not sensitive)63.542827.4123
repetitive (not varied)63.441528.624
arrogant (not humble)63.353624.484
urban (not rural)63.365929.228
instinctual (not reasoned)63.148427.9115
neurotypical (not autistic)63.179824.889
awkward (not charming)63.026223.7114
private (not gregarious)62.854426.4111
authoritarian (not democratic)62.438229.7116
🐷 (not 🐮)62.421628.334
scientific (not artistic)62.348818.992
judgemental (not accepting)62.147328.680
outlaw (not sheriff)62.049025.9104
foolish (not wise)61.833623.2118
jealous (not compersive)61.841527.178
dunce (not genius)61.621120.2140
cold (not warm)61.641224.2103
unassuming (not pretentious)61.627134.318
barbaric (not civilized)61.525822.0107
🙃 (not 🥰)61.438529.517
demonic (not angelic)61.335821.996
😊 (not 🤣)61.357318.79
dorky (not cool)61.140028.815
🤫 (not 🤔)61.117331.98
resourceful (not helpless)60.895531.246
slow (not fast)60.617221.8127
trusting (not charming)60.430523.8107
💩 (not 🌟)60.320826.011
rude (not respectful)60.236828.0125
resolute (not wavering)60.273928.811
German (not English)60.26425.914
🤡 (not 👽)60.130421.48
normal (not weird)60.032827.594
rebellious (not obedient)59.865126.491
sickly (not healthy)59.719623.3126
sporty (not bookish)59.538325.492
alpha (not beta)59.570028.697
Italian (not Swedish)59.449730.316
human (not animalistic)59.180427.9121
spicy (not mild)59.068125.2100
deranged (not reasonable)58.840025.617
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')58.413029.077
patriotic (not unpatriotic)58.482426.114
factual (not poetic)58.456828.418
dry (not moist)58.445428.518
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)58.329425.413
extrovert (not introvert)58.263131.4100
competitive (not cooperative)58.171331.4107
hypocritical (not equitable)58.142231.147
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)58.152427.317
not introspective (not introspective)58.024430.623
mathematical (not literary)57.934125.987
deviant (not average)57.766127.070
armoured (not vulnerable)57.570229.796
devout (not heathen)57.457429.3106
racist (not egalitarian)57.317130.09
morning lark (not night owl)57.235831.855
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)57.248929.017
active (not slothful)57.1101926.8107
pro (not noob)56.988125.118
formal (not intimate)56.951825.122
🤺 (not 🏌)56.987727.111
insider (not outsider)56.842632.165
knowledgeable (not ignorant)56.885430.518
complicated (not simple)56.676928.4104
genuine (not sarcastic)56.557028.294
cringeworthy (not inspiring)56.542028.823
pack rat (not minimalist)56.343329.68
punchable (not loveable)56.337730.419
treasure (not trash)56.196523.129
🛌 (not 🧗)56.135127.828
poisonous (not nurturing)55.942427.841
brave (not careful)55.774726.4116
reclusive (not social)55.746528.529
unprepared (not hoarder)55.633026.578
🐘 (not 🐀)55.653232.224
decisive (not hesitant)55.487326.7112
indiscreet (not tactful)55.331430.812
insecure (not confident)54.830028.7108
gatherer (not hunter)54.853731.628
arcane (not mainstream)54.665529.982
statist (not anarchist)54.560128.426
focused on the present (not focused on the future)54.358632.8103
mature (not juvenile)54.366426.228
subjective (not objective)54.356334.428
apathetic (not curious)54.222226.2105
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)54.246330.911
oppressed (not privileged)54.137922.722
competent (not incompetent)53.999626.0102
mighty (not puny)53.889625.0114
self-assured (not self-conscious)53.788326.589
codependent (not independent)53.642130.283
tiresome (not interesting)53.526028.6101
creepy (not disarming)53.531226.036
corporate (not freelance)53.549530.011
precise (not vague)53.483926.083
scrub (not legit)53.324628.631
cautious (not impulsive)53.160126.890
nihilist (not existentialist)52.738127.127
altruistic (not selfish)52.669528.6126
👻 (not 🤖)52.663327.29
shy (not playful)52.430523.8113
monastic (not hedonist)52.446827.013
important (not irrelevant)52.3107727.716
uninspiring (not charismatic)52.123328.8127
stuttering (not rhythmic)52.130120.39
cunning (not honorable)52.051525.9113
self-disciplined (not disorganized)52.091326.5101
efficient (not overprepared)51.9100124.413
low self esteem (not narcissistic)51.944929.615
low IQ (not high IQ)51.821621.9128
crazy (not sane)51.866229.714
🧐 (not 😎)51.857727.316
work-first (not family-first)51.764529.8104
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)51.766925.721
🦇 (not 🐿)51.754229.612
socialist (not libertarian)51.339833.383
sage (not whippersnapper)51.359428.216
cruel (not kind)51.236324.3102
fast-talking (not slow-talking)51.284226.415
heroic (not villainous)51.195625.2113
shallow (not deep)51.144926.629
chaotic (not orderly)51.058929.9114
lustful (not chaste)51.074826.4111
demure (not vain)50.960727.2100
sober (not indulgent)50.261129.9107
clumsy (not coordinated)50.840426.7104

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Saul Tigh (0.748)
  2. Nick Sobotka (0.71)
  3. Marty Hart (0.703)
  4. Red Forman (0.675)
  5. Sandor Clegane (0.663)
  1. Brittany Pierce (-0.513)
  2. Kevin Keller (-0.477)
  3. Charles Bingley (-0.476)
  4. Ty Lee (-0.458)
  5. Georgiana Darcy (-0.452)

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. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.58)
  2. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.55)
  3. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.54)
  4. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.5)
  5. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.44)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.4)
  7. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.4)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.39)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.38)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.36)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.36)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.34)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.3)
  14. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.3)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.28)
  16. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.27)
  17. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.21)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.2)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.16)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.15)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.15)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.15)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.15)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.15)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.13)


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