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Ziggy Sobotka Personality Statistics

Ziggy 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
lost (not enlightened)96.414.814
impulsive (not cautious)95.0119.8100
salacious (not wholesome)95.039.310
disorganized (not self-disciplined)94.8511.298
impatient (not patient)94.388.139
self-destructive (not self-improving)94.278.417
noob (not pro)93.827.39
moody (not stable)93.7148.6120
whippersnapper (not sage)93.7111.923
chaotic (not orderly)93.3209.4107
disreputable (not prestigious)93.219.195
foolish (not wise)93.159.7104
spontaneous (not scheduled)93.1259.9113
drop out (not valedictorian)92.8711.511
emotional (not logical)92.799.5100
variable (not consistent)92.7210.79
flimsy (not sturdy)92.1211.88
rebellious (not obedient)92.0649.983
goof-off (not studious)91.91613.912
scandalous (not proper)91.9209.895
juvenile (not mature)91.91411.833
messy (not neat)91.81211.972
cringeworthy (not inspiring)91.759.225
apprentice (not master)91.539.544
ignorant (not knowledgeable)91.4611.922
mischievous (not well behaved)91.28012.1109
indulgent (not sober)91.12613.0106
backdoor (not official)91.1712.299
instinctual (not reasoned)91.0811.9101
incompetent (not competent)90.9413.596
head@clouds (not down2earth)90.52316.290
punchable (not loveable)90.43810.527
unpolished (not eloquent)90.31513.896
lewd (not tasteful)90.0912.7101
young (not old)90.02711.9107
spontaneous (not deliberate)89.81516.3103
ludicrous (not sensible)89.71814.7120
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)89.62814.58
wild (not tame)89.56714.688
plays hard (not works hard)89.41416.294
feisty (not gracious)89.4379.382
dramatic (not no-nonsense)89.44413.847
folksy (not presidential)89.4411.318
anxious (not calm)89.22811.995
😈 (not 😇)89.2529.513
edgy (not politically correct)88.93011.7120
rude (not respectful)88.93113.084
flamboyant (not modest)88.85614.1116
clumsy (not coordinated)88.82213.1107
outlaw (not sheriff)88.66113.697
extreme (not moderate)88.510111.193
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)88.5512.06
zany (not regular)88.33812.611
lowbrow (not highbrow)88.2414.6110
arrogant (not humble)88.013315.9114
insulting (not complimentary)87.94412.829
dunce (not genius)87.9613.8126
chatty (not reserved)87.810418.5120
quarrelsome (not warm)87.69915.397
whimsical (not rational)87.64116.4105
freelance (not corporate)87.68310.112
oblivious (not alert)87.42711.815
scrub (not legit)87.4620.028
expressive (not stoic)87.36914.995
anarchist (not statist)87.3209.919
off-key (not musical)87.259.518
deranged (not reasonable)87.04016.112
fast-talking (not slow-talking)87.05815.617
thin (not thick)86.81618.371
💩 (not 🌟)86.82813.813
lustful (not chaste)86.66016.389
gregarious (not private)86.53016.894
crazy (not sane)86.55513.314
vibrant (not geriatric)86.48315.417
frenzied (not sleepy)86.34213.415
lavish (not frugal)86.26819.896
vain (not demure)86.26615.695
punk rock (not preppy)86.18413.911
sensitive (not thick-skinned)86.13219.3113
🙃 (not 🥰)86.13111.817
unfixable (not fixable)86.03016.224
poisonous (not nurturing)85.68910.332
traumatized (not flourishing)85.65113.313
loud (not quiet)85.614621.091
puny (not mighty)85.5914.8108
weird (not normal)85.39912.0117
beta (not alpha)85.33516.298
selfish (not altruistic)85.012516.790
indiscreet (not tactful)85.0721.216
🐀 (not 🐘)85.02218.826
exuberant (not subdued)84.97316.39
slacker (not workaholic)84.83716.623
trash (not treasure)84.82517.129
night owl (not morning lark)84.710112.154
jealous (not compersive)84.66817.586
gossiping (not confidential)84.66318.678
bold (not serious)84.67318.6106
unprepared (not hoarder)84.4520.275
unorthodox (not traditional)84.311222.521
imaginative (not practical)84.25118.598
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)84.015318.790
vengeful (not forgiving)83.916417.5109
biased (not impartial)83.89115.6109
🤣 (not 😊)83.82512.09
🤑 (not 🤠)83.77325.612
offended (not chill)83.59825.413
stinky (not fresh)83.42619.022
crafty (not scholarly)83.38215.182
sexist (not feminist)83.27315.022
idealist (not realist)83.06524.024
outsider (not insider)82.93421.166
dorky (not cool)82.96313.47
unlucky (not fortunate)82.93619.8107
lazy (not diligent)82.51216.6111
hedonist (not monastic)82.52921.213
stuttering (not rhythmic)82.51422.112
circular (not linear)82.599.611
unobservant (not perceptive)82.51314.113
individualist (not communal)82.413425.626
debased (not pure)82.312219.5104
sickly (not healthy)82.32416.0114
competitive (not cooperative)82.027322.397
low IQ (not high IQ)81.91918.496
sad (not happy)81.87417.3102
experimental (not reliable)81.78821.313
deviant (not average)81.614819.658
transient (not permanent)81.6818.137
barbaric (not civilized)81.35015.0100
insecure (not confident)81.14124.5118
extrovert (not introvert)81.018924.996
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)81.011528.0115
first-mate (not captain)81.013720.587
subjective (not objective)81.0623.534
💃 (not 🧕)80.918926.220
vague (not precise)80.71621.672
heathen (not devout)80.65616.877
rough (not smooth)80.57820.796
🐷 (not 🐮)80.53511.619
loose (not tight)80.45830.215
vulnerable (not armoured)80.04919.282
wavering (not resolute)79.9522.516
open-book (not secretive)79.95725.115
bold (not shy)79.559225.7103
astonishing (not methodical)79.53720.997
creepy (not disarming)79.54913.035
child free (not pronatalist)79.412522.574
hypocritical (not equitable)79.49819.639
explorer (not builder)79.39719.981
depressed (not bright)79.25718.496
shallow (not deep)79.17227.825
artistic (not scientific)78.814016.789
💔 (not 💝)78.89621.116
abstract (not concrete)78.76328.415
Italian (not Swedish)78.311224.221
physical (not intellectual)78.310022.7120
helpless (not resourceful)78.31926.330
🐒 (not 🐩)78.37827.69
demonic (not angelic)78.215019.287
mad (not glad)78.217915.512
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)78.116710.910
focused on the present (not focused on the future)77.94130.791
intimate (not formal)77.68118.713
spicy (not mild)77.529621.4102
lenient (not strict)77.212423.5106
tense (not relaxed)77.241127.0113
poor (not rich)77.010720.195
playful (not shy)76.838125.196
poetic (not factual)76.76822.417
cunning (not honorable)76.418719.7106
avant-garde (not classical)76.37920.727
urban (not rural)76.228021.931
nihilist (not existentialist)76.22022.332
cannibal (not vegan)76.119629.021
atheist (not theist)76.019022.229
kinky (not vanilla)75.720224.592
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)75.329614.89
🧢 (not 🎩)75.319331.810
enslaved (not emancipated)75.23024.385
👻 (not 🤖)75.18823.87
🤡 (not 👽)75.07129.918
pretentious (not unassuming)74.925327.819
rugged (not refined)74.720721.4106
arcane (not mainstream)74.717224.089
awkward (not charming)74.511523.9119
short (not tall)74.515019.192
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)74.515128.6101
😎 (not 🧐)74.522726.313
spelunker (not claustrophobic)74.514632.217
playful (not serious)74.317925.9116
villainous (not heroic)74.314417.581
ferocious (not pacifist)73.740424.1112
social (not reclusive)73.626634.124
soft (not hard)73.618621.3101
codependent (not independent)73.114432.080
animalistic (not human)73.06826.789
open to new experinces (not uncreative)72.546729.5102
scruffy (not manicured)72.323527.582
libertarian (not socialist)72.29325.593
decorative (not utilitarian)72.010627.321
brave (not careful)71.936319.4102
sarcastic (not genuine)71.727126.2100
not introspective (not introspective)71.38532.118
overspender (not penny-pincher)71.121031.417
provincial (not cosmopolitan)70.914329.588
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)70.916630.518
nonpolitical (not political)70.511727.396
ugly (not beautiful)70.48625.730
bitter (not sweet)70.430225.489
angry (not good-humored)70.220726.9104
creative (not conventional)70.132325.0114
awkward (not suspicious)70.116829.2102
low-tech (not high-tech)70.028922.890
😬 (not 😏)70.015232.816
repulsive (not attractive)69.912823.3126
nerd (not jock)69.846929.1113
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)69.846028.812
miserable (not joyful)69.537428.015
generalist (not specialist)69.44122.329
autistic (not neurotypical)69.33523.790
privileged (not oppressed)69.156129.111
resistant (not resigned)69.051730.7108
🤺 (not 🏌)69.055932.016
😜 (not 🤐)68.929433.18
💪 (not 🧠)68.917024.622
submissive (not dominant)68.619627.298
metrosexual (not macho)68.635827.014
🤔 (not 🤫)68.025432.119
suspicious (not trusting)67.943331.195
Russian (not French)67.814328.113
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)67.760034.312
📉 (not 📈)67.77033.116
literary (not mathematical)67.535521.082
unambiguous (not mysterious)67.133230.979
slugabed (not go-getter)66.75226.018
liberal (not conservative)66.346630.311
cruel (not kind)65.921724.984
soft (not hard)65.731726.539
tiresome (not interesting)65.610430.482
hurried (not leisurely)65.035031.881
funny (not humorless)64.947328.891
sorrowful (not cheery)64.649427.690
meek (not bossy)64.219928.3107
sheltered (not street-smart)64.226829.675
judgemental (not accepting)64.144828.255
🦄 (not 🐴)64.029829.010
innocent (not worldly)63.820527.289
moist (not dry)63.628229.117
assertive (not passive)63.575229.196
slovenly (not stylish)63.324327.7109
self-conscious (not self-assured)63.315934.494
hipster (not basic)63.220029.892
irrelevant (not important)63.27427.529
unpatriotic (not patriotic)63.29029.516
narcissistic (not low self esteem)63.255934.012
modern (not historical)63.148423.867
authoritarian (not democratic)62.837530.8102
Greek (not Roman)62.811525.110
traitorous (not loyal)62.519228.9105
giggling (not chortling)62.421533.910
multicolored (not monochrome)62.335725.527
😭 (not 😀)62.234837.09
🐐 (not 🦒)62.251338.816
believable (not poorly-written)61.9101326.010
racist (not egalitarian)61.813626.011
conspiracist (not sheeple)61.564234.147
romantic (not dispassionate)61.470031.226
trolling (not triggered)61.420732.914
close-minded (not open-minded)61.330130.388
uninspiring (not charismatic)61.012132.9115
industrial (not domestic)60.542827.224
queer (not straight)60.314827.930
open (not guarded)60.218431.899
intense (not lighthearted)60.075637.215
🥴 (not 🥳)59.849140.39
charming (not trusting)59.553527.4100
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)59.248231.822
pack rat (not minimalist)59.037028.69
theoretical (not empirical)58.517931.084
sporty (not bookish)58.140928.083
gloomy (not sunny)57.760324.419
blacksmith (not tailor)57.736133.913
obsessed (not aloof)57.474435.795
roundabout (not direct)57.422935.279
flexible (not rigid)56.940434.682
🧗 (not 🛌)56.074634.623
orange (not purple)55.948933.069
quitter (not persistent)55.94033.816
family-first (not work-first)55.758030.972
involved (not remote)55.493831.8100
English (not German)55.3108325.18
varied (not repetitive)54.833532.332
decisive (not hesitant)54.689832.484
complicated (not simple)54.682234.095
luddite (not technophile)54.558426.564
warm (not cold)54.065630.391
👟 (not 🥾)54.059425.68
western (not eastern)53.889636.421
melee (not ranged)52.644437.018
fast (not slow)52.593033.6101
🐿 (not 🦇)52.570134.011
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')52.447133.561
soulless (not soulful)52.131232.035
curious (not apathetic)51.997531.997
efficient (not overprepared)51.6102419.110
pessimistic (not optimistic)51.565035.184
masculine (not feminine)51.478022.6116
philosophical (not real)51.435629.157
skeptical (not spiritual)51.396828.960
driven (not unambitious)51.3119531.2102
androgynous (not gendered)51.311229.333
literal (not metaphorical)51.288931.674
mundane (not extraordinary)51.136432.793
slothful (not active)50.219430.281
cryptic (not straightforward)50.333034.197
gatherer (not hunter)50.460930.423

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Myrtle Wilson (0.854)
  2. Ringo (0.848)
  3. George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (0.847)
  4. Ben Chang (0.843)
  5. Seth (0.818)
  1. Alfred Pennyworth (-0.794)
  2. Carlisle Cullen (-0.78)
  3. Elsie Carson (-0.772)
  4. Mufasa (-0.764)
  5. Raymond Holt (-0.745)

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: ISTJ (r = 0.77)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.64)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.56)
  4. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.53)
  5. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.42)
  6. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.37)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.35)
  8. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.27)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.23)
  10. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.2)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.18)
  12. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.18)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.14)
  14. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.09)
  15. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.06)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.01)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.04)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = -0.07)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.14)
  20. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.16)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.27)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.48)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.55)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.57)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.62)


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