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William Rawls Personality Statistics

William Rawls 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
miserable (not joyful)91.759.713
bossy (not meek)91.67411.8104
authoritarian (not democratic)91.5319.8112
hard (not soft)89.13912.727
bitter (not sweet)87.66513.696
insulting (not complimentary)87.54711.031
arrogant (not humble)87.313815.3113
quarrelsome (not warm)87.210513.091
political (not nonpolitical)87.06717.3101
conservative (not liberal)87.02812.812
sexist (not feminist)86.74313.813
competitive (not cooperative)86.617014.5112
privileged (not oppressed)86.615513.111
cannibal (not vegan)86.65515.217
assertive (not passive)86.216116.2106
🥾 (not 👟)86.14716.910
armoured (not vulnerable)86.06411.197
hard (not soft)85.99314.5113
intense (not lighthearted)85.616217.419
selfish (not altruistic)85.511314.7119
cold (not warm)85.58812.9107
gendered (not androgynous)85.421222.234
suspicious (not trusting)85.312012.8108
ferocious (not pacifist)85.313713.8115
rigid (not flexible)85.06214.4102
strict (not lenient)84.810414.7105
dominant (not submissive)84.625718.7127
bold (not shy)84.441215.0124
skeptical (not spiritual)84.410114.295
punchable (not loveable)84.37413.813
tense (not relaxed)83.820715.6117
impatient (not patient)83.815216.553
vengeful (not forgiving)83.516516.5126
pessimistic (not optimistic)83.55313.294
angry (not good-humored)83.55514.7105
tight (not loose)83.511821.510
🤐 (not 😜)83.4368.812
classical (not avant-garde)83.23019.931
corporate (not freelance)83.26920.518
practical (not imaginative)83.19815.395
🙃 (not 🥰)83.06217.825
deliberate (not spontaneous)82.916116.0112
work-first (not family-first)82.815914.289
judgemental (not accepting)82.714519.769
close-minded (not open-minded)82.77214.5114
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)82.55219.194
salacious (not wholesome)82.410016.811
biased (not impartial)82.410918.291
feisty (not gracious)82.419012.3117
monochrome (not multicolored)82.15615.530
unfixable (not fixable)82.15111.214
old (not young)82.011510.9117
cringeworthy (not inspiring)82.0638.625
penny-pincher (not overspender)82.01820.126
serious (not playful)81.920316.3119
basic (not hipster)81.79020.1131
repulsive (not attractive)81.54617.2109
suspicious (not awkward)81.514213.8105
soulless (not soulful)81.56917.850
ugly (not beautiful)81.42811.633
sarcastic (not genuine)81.312015.393
alpha (not beta)81.328718.795
narcissistic (not low self esteem)81.318724.615
masculine (not feminine)81.130219.1120
stinky (not fresh)81.03720.625
pretentious (not unassuming)80.913916.311
poisonous (not nurturing)80.813116.225
💔 (not 💝)80.87614.217
realist (not idealist)80.86121.040
debased (not pure)80.713314.9108
trash (not treasure)80.74714.420
vain (not demure)80.614815.591
worldly (not innocent)80.426017.0113
guarded (not open)80.429318.497
driven (not unambitious)80.456322.1101
hunter (not gatherer)80.219622.011
statist (not anarchist)80.14021.119
gloomy (not sunny)80.113121.519
conventional (not creative)79.98321.3111
mad (not glad)79.815120.620
🐷 (not 🐮)79.83723.421
uncreative (not open to new experinces)79.74820.5103
secretive (not open-book)79.722518.520
💩 (not 🌟)79.56821.222
😈 (not 😇)79.317712.914
cruel (not kind)79.011713.7102
master (not apprentice)79.033218.741
off-key (not musical)78.9598.79
cunning (not honorable)78.916320.3128
jock (not nerd)78.714020.2119
studious (not goof-off)78.737525.08
rude (not respectful)78.513420.8107
chortling (not giggling)78.59615.020
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)78.38225.319
scheduled (not spontaneous)78.126818.0102
utilitarian (not decorative)78.113520.936
luddite (not technophile)78.05216.575
real (not philosophical)78.011318.364
historical (not modern)78.011813.471
traditional (not unorthodox)78.09617.639
decisive (not hesitant)77.734919.796
believable (not poorly-written)77.733719.215
captain (not first-mate)77.525825.5103
libertarian (not socialist)77.34021.997
demonic (not angelic)77.316114.8107
hypocritical (not equitable)77.212019.844
lewd (not tasteful)77.18819.1108
loud (not quiet)76.927722.492
neurotypical (not autistic)76.925521.495
factual (not poetic)76.915418.916
consistent (not variable)76.815723.910
racist (not egalitarian)75.95319.914
persistent (not quitter)75.884722.815
low-tech (not high-tech)75.716816.0126
insider (not outsider)75.46124.165
permanent (not transient)75.411718.338
industrial (not domestic)75.39519.328
rough (not smooth)74.815923.698
geriatric (not vibrant)74.74519.316
literal (not metaphorical)74.614124.489
crafty (not scholarly)74.528621.499
sad (not happy)74.420019.2108
methodical (not astonishing)74.322424.393
jealous (not compersive)74.120723.7108
thick (not thin)74.115619.648
self-assured (not self-conscious)74.037825.188
trolling (not triggered)73.96824.716
🧐 (not 😎)73.415926.416
self-disciplined (not disorganized)73.257422.0105
rational (not whimsical)73.230922.2108
empirical (not theoretical)72.97525.2101
villainous (not heroic)72.815116.5115
concrete (not abstract)72.720427.615
resourceful (not helpless)72.668523.337
macho (not metrosexual)72.614524.914
builder (not explorer)72.513618.476
direct (not roundabout)72.444727.3104
moody (not stable)71.941422.8116
linear (not circular)71.99028.425
resistant (not resigned)71.840829.9100
careful (not brave)71.79422.3122
serious (not bold)71.714024.691
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)71.112617.112
blacksmith (not tailor)71.119523.38
repetitive (not varied)70.819223.335
edgy (not politically correct)70.836325.082
rugged (not refined)70.727220.4106
🥴 (not 🥳)70.71954.03
scientific (not artistic)70.632919.5107
sorrowful (not cheery)70.533419.5109
depressed (not bright)70.515519.6107
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)70.315233.422
🐀 (not 🐘)70.115530.121
offended (not chill)69.933128.414
mischievous (not well behaved)69.747322.8123
Italian (not Swedish)69.625826.017
sturdy (not flimsy)69.651421.717
spicy (not mild)69.447126.9104
coordinated (not clumsy)69.357523.197
💪 (not 🧠)69.316326.421
🤡 (not 👽)69.313630.213
traitorous (not loyal)69.113924.1113
down2earth (not head@clouds)69.032928.985
sheriff (not outlaw)68.931626.795
humorless (not funny)68.717826.1119
private (not gregarious)68.341129.595
Russian (not French)68.313121.212
rich (not poor)67.947919.687
😬 (not 😏)67.518031.012
dispassionate (not romantic)67.412925.913
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)67.259631.812
alert (not oblivious)67.155529.118
animalistic (not human)67.112923.996
frenzied (not sleepy)67.168122.214
child free (not pronatalist)66.945131.871
shallow (not deep)66.819126.516
🤑 (not 🤠)66.629630.818
presidential (not folksy)66.639323.519
mathematical (not literary)66.220024.4103
cautious (not impulsive)66.035725.4104
generalist (not specialist)66.07826.038
dry (not moist)66.026226.721
apathetic (not curious)65.98527.193
Roman (not Greek)65.918227.610
obedient (not rebellious)65.823927.480
lowbrow (not highbrow)65.615624.1102
hoarder (not unprepared)65.638724.278
confident (not insecure)65.464228.5108
formal (not intimate)65.435827.726
🐴 (not 🦄)65.337927.111
barbaric (not civilized)65.221021.8109
thick-skinned (not sensitive)65.139130.1131
valedictorian (not drop out)64.864928.518
subjective (not objective)64.718923.731
playful (not shy)64.666220.572
nihilist (not existentialist)64.611928.322
deviant (not average)64.652326.377
lustful (not chaste)64.545123.191
mundane (not extraordinary)64.515426.986
extreme (not moderate)64.359927.691
tiresome (not interesting)64.211926.7103
orderly (not chaotic)64.047729.0110
frugal (not lavish)63.844027.283
street-smart (not sheltered)63.859527.773
straight (not queer)63.884536.043
individualist (not communal)63.847931.532
creepy (not disarming)63.719623.641
scandalous (not proper)63.644126.390
urban (not rural)63.565035.519
pro (not noob)63.376225.615
🤖 (not 👻)63.132930.114
fortunate (not unlucky)63.030624.4117
extrovert (not introvert)62.954529.195
🐐 (not 🦒)62.848526.424
😭 (not 😀)62.733520.111
hurried (not leisurely)62.543826.494
resolute (not wavering)62.568533.718
western (not eastern)62.451032.816
straightforward (not cryptic)62.167030.7102
unpolished (not eloquent)62.033125.4100
pack rat (not minimalist)62.030232.68
obsessed (not aloof)61.957126.585
heathen (not devout)61.832327.3105
uninspiring (not charismatic)61.811226.3126
no-nonsense (not dramatic)61.638230.642
enslaved (not emancipated)61.514927.773
conspiracist (not sheeple)61.363730.059
works hard (not plays hard)61.270529.2111
disreputable (not prestigious)61.028226.684
workaholic (not slacker)61.088128.521
🎩 (not 🧢)60.954331.016
deranged (not reasonable)60.636716.79
perceptive (not unobservant)60.393326.423
reserved (not chatty)59.947425.494
focused on the present (not focused on the future)59.940231.5110
charming (not trusting)59.852415.176
patriotic (not unpatriotic)59.676632.616
provincial (not cosmopolitan)59.536825.769
diligent (not lazy)59.3104024.899
high IQ (not low IQ)59.397423.7118
mighty (not puny)59.277327.5111
independent (not codependent)59.267131.790
flourishing (not traumatized)59.225324.011
mainstream (not arcane)59.130929.7110
backdoor (not official)59.153731.094
slovenly (not stylish)59.030325.492
precise (not vague)59.072327.254
preppy (not punk rock)59.063430.219
unambiguous (not mysterious)58.952931.364
📉 (not 📈)58.919626.511
scruffy (not manicured)58.738727.290
normal (not weird)58.335829.8103
anxious (not calm)58.163526.7104
neat (not messy)57.971727.061
orange (not purple)57.643030.867
atheist (not theist)57.662831.233
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)57.355631.6120
kinky (not vanilla)57.253232.5107
tall (not short)57.263123.886
hedonist (not monastic)57.155627.912
regular (not zany)57.135832.616
complicated (not simple)57.076229.299
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)57.051029.683
sporty (not bookish)56.742627.384
night owl (not morning lark)56.569430.148
English (not German)56.4104833.211
dunce (not genius)56.328224.2105
lost (not enlightened)56.357526.318
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)56.252035.38
melee (not ranged)55.935226.013
not introspective (not introspective)55.729131.521
🛌 (not 🧗)55.636022.623
🦇 (not 🐿)55.446133.616
ignorant (not knowledgeable)55.428831.427
scrub (not legit)55.221527.026
sensible (not ludicrous)55.167327.4111
sage (not whippersnapper)55.149625.616
crazy (not sane)54.959730.117
cool (not dorky)54.965832.19
🤺 (not 🏌)54.893226.516
tactful (not indiscreet)54.479424.510
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)54.460230.220
awkward (not charming)54.240223.994
wild (not tame)54.273225.475
reclusive (not social)54.049626.124
fast-talking (not slow-talking)53.978827.021
claustrophobic (not spelunker)53.835130.56
mature (not juvenile)53.667133.632
logical (not emotional)53.552831.1112
subdued (not exuberant)53.444631.114
overprepared (not efficient)53.121426.315
self-improving (not self-destructive)52.852925.112
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)52.857937.38
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)52.764228.815
🧕 (not 💃)52.639631.824
stoic (not expressive)52.549431.4118
reliable (not experimental)52.569135.426
🐩 (not 🐒)52.465727.521
reasoned (not instinctual)52.350329.590
wise (not foolish)52.272624.4120
🤣 (not 😊)52.247831.411
sickly (not healthy)52.028923.896
go-getter (not slugabed)52.0111929.48
🤔 (not 🤫)51.979938.111
sober (not indulgent)51.857729.497
involved (not remote)51.8101829.594
rhythmic (not stuttering)51.695726.410
physical (not intellectual)51.345727.491
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.159133.471
flamboyant (not modest)51.058529.088
slow (not fast)51.033627.1108
incompetent (not competent)50.126727.383
confidential (not gossiping)50.485331.888
irrelevant (not important)50.620628.424
slothful (not active)50.518728.992

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Byron Hadley (0.85)
  2. Bob Kelso (0.834)
  3. Tom Buchanan (0.833)
  4. Samuel Norton (0.828)
  5. Principal Vernon (0.825)
  1. Olaf (-0.687)
  2. Hilda Spellman (-0.675)
  3. Chien-Po (-0.664)
  4. Luna Lovegood (-0.656)
  5. Dory (-0.655)

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 = 0.58)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.58)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.56)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.54)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.46)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.45)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.33)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.3)
  9. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.23)
  10. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.18)
  11. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.16)
  12. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.02)
  13. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.04)
  14. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.1)
  15. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.11)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.2)
  17. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.24)
  18. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.26)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.28)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.37)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.42)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.44)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.47)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.51)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.58)


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