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Merle Dixon Personality Statistics

Merle Dixon is a character from The Walking Dead. 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
punk rock (not preppy)96.336.322
mischievous (not well behaved)95.4168.1412
scruffy (not manicured)94.959.6300
masculine (not feminine)94.32110.3346
outlaw (not sheriff)93.91110.5339
quarrelsome (not warm)93.82011.2372
ferocious (not pacifist)93.62211.5333
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)93.43913.125
rugged (not refined)93.3312.8339
rough (not smooth)93.3110.5299
arrogant (not humble)92.74810.5357
hard (not soft)92.71911.5320
sexist (not feminist)92.61312.787
competitive (not cooperative)92.55810.2356
wild (not tame)92.52810.6271
bold (not shy)92.212411.4360
feisty (not gracious)92.2119.7268
extreme (not moderate)92.14111.2314
rude (not respectful)91.91412.4328
bitter (not sweet)91.93112.2311
vengeful (not forgiving)91.85110.8329
punchable (not loveable)91.83117.026
rebellious (not obedient)91.57315.6300
dominant (not submissive)91.48713.5333
hard (not soft)91.31811.9204
scandalous (not proper)91.22412.6287
barbaric (not civilized)90.9811.0355
suspicious (not trusting)90.74513.4325
edgy (not politically correct)90.61813.7390
unpolished (not eloquent)90.41416.8268
drop out (not valedictorian)90.31415.155
intense (not lighthearted)90.06918.523
chaotic (not orderly)89.84814.8342
impulsive (not cautious)89.66517.1349
assertive (not passive)89.68020.0300
physical (not intellectual)89.51414.0329
😈 (not 😇)89.54815.888
moody (not stable)89.44914.4320
judgemental (not accepting)89.46816.8223
🥾 (not 👟)89.41916.969
blacksmith (not tailor)89.21116.018
insulting (not complimentary)89.13315.6195
bossy (not meek)89.012416.1352
close-minded (not open-minded)88.92716.0268
messy (not neat)88.83013.8214
individualist (not communal)88.84016.8220
stinky (not fresh)88.81316.8113
cannibal (not vegan)88.8369.215
debased (not pure)88.73515.4354
hunter (not gatherer)88.66915.019
demonic (not angelic)88.64012.9350
mad (not glad)88.52615.160
self-destructive (not self-improving)88.53417.723
loud (not quiet)88.49715.9356
backdoor (not official)88.42716.9288
jock (not nerd)88.33116.2385
street-smart (not sheltered)88.29618.5266
lewd (not tasteful)88.01518.1318
impatient (not patient)88.07719.6157
poisonous (not nurturing)88.06416.8170
🧢 (not 🎩)88.02920.767
poor (not rich)87.92214.7318
selfish (not altruistic)87.79117.9354
sporty (not bookish)87.64716.9312
👨‍🔧 (not 👨‍⚕️)87.64414.674
macho (not metrosexual)87.32113.321
cruel (not kind)87.25714.0367
traumatized (not flourishing)87.23412.021
deranged (not reasonable)87.13816.961
deviant (not average)87.15615.0246
crazy (not sane)87.04817.473
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)87.02520.362
instinctual (not reasoned)86.83715.9338
authoritarian (not democratic)86.86818.9370
outsider (not insider)86.71018.7236
🐒 (not 🐩)86.52015.469
freelance (not corporate)86.59723.723
suspicious (not awkward)86.35417.4364
cold (not warm)86.38115.6324
ludicrous (not sensible)86.13416.2381
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)85.75425.0342
crafty (not scholarly)85.74414.6293
disreputable (not prestigious)85.12520.5249
cunning (not honorable)85.08817.1343
slovenly (not stylish)85.02516.8356
salacious (not wholesome)84.87120.761
indulgent (not sober)84.78621.0374
gendered (not androgynous)84.724925.8170
🙃 (not 🥰)84.74522.190
💪 (not 🧠)84.73317.599
spicy (not mild)84.513719.7320
worldly (not innocent)84.314718.7317
racist (not egalitarian)84.21919.777
biased (not impartial)84.09020.9296
decisive (not hesitant)83.917419.3343
creepy (not disarming)83.91919.7151
skeptical (not spiritual)83.811018.5346
sarcastic (not genuine)83.87819.4324
dispassionate (not romantic)83.81725.425
animalistic (not human)83.71216.7298
armoured (not vulnerable)83.79420.4323
miserable (not joyful)83.67718.665
repulsive (not attractive)83.53620.5332
low-tech (not high-tech)83.44818.0303
🐴 (not 🦄)83.46021.460
playful (not shy)83.024116.9362
resistant (not resigned)82.86721.3330
spontaneous (not scheduled)82.713922.3353
provincial (not cosmopolitan)82.62423.3256
conspiracist (not sheeple)82.59620.7199
💔 (not 💝)82.55923.997
weird (not normal)82.414016.2337
straight (not queer)82.429823.9161
ignorant (not knowledgeable)82.34226.722
off-key (not musical)82.23117.729
spelunker (not claustrophobic)82.13021.113
heathen (not devout)82.04422.8362
angry (not good-humored)81.87322.2317
frenzied (not sleepy)81.813921.221
👩‍🎤 (not 👩‍🔬)81.711722.981
real (not philosophical)81.65922.4238
villainous (not heroic)81.59819.2322
anarchist (not statist)81.55622.291
self-assured (not self-conscious)81.416725.2341
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)81.13322.317
conservative (not liberal)81.06827.885
guarded (not open)80.629223.7331
ugly (not beautiful)80.33319.4218
not introspective (not introspective)80.32526.987
kinky (not vanilla)80.212221.9363
exuberant (not subdued)80.215324.313
focused on the present (not focused on the future)80.02423.5342
experimental (not reliable)80.011218.821
offended (not chill)79.915716.821
soulless (not soulful)79.88320.5195
traitorous (not loyal)79.77522.8310
child free (not pronatalist)79.512226.3272
vain (not demure)79.416822.2292
lustful (not chaste)79.217324.8310
pessimistic (not optimistic)79.010524.1269
jealous (not compersive)79.012422.7269
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)78.97926.359
arcane (not mainstream)78.810723.8317
hypocritical (not equitable)78.810520.8184
direct (not roundabout)78.626527.2300
utilitarian (not decorative)78.612623.8194
luddite (not technophile)78.44621.9255
lowbrow (not highbrow)78.32828.6333
gloomy (not sunny)78.217625.025
extrovert (not introvert)78.223425.7354
thick-skinned (not sensitive)78.110127.3297
foolish (not wise)77.99922.2311
persistent (not quitter)77.979427.158
cringeworthy (not inspiring)77.810822.5230
🤣 (not 😊)77.77921.365
🥴 (not 🥳)77.58724.379
zany (not regular)77.320223.363
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)77.110728.6250
alpha (not beta)76.937828.5325
🐷 (not 🐮)76.75228.991
hedonist (not monastic)76.68325.637
rigid (not flexible)76.417726.5312
independent (not codependent)76.431931.6265
tense (not relaxed)76.344226.5359
trash (not treasure)76.36825.185
juvenile (not mature)76.217424.6219
💩 (not 🌟)76.18827.467
narcissistic (not low self esteem)75.928829.920
resourceful (not helpless)75.361826.7223
brave (not careful)75.228924.7321
unlucky (not fortunate)75.014524.8303
old (not young)74.919714.6365
🤺 (not 🏌)74.440629.063
goof-off (not studious)74.218226.661
rural (not urban)74.19630.488
Russian (not French)74.17323.218
transient (not permanent)73.75126.4140
western (not eastern)73.712532.793
flamboyant (not modest)73.626127.4328
sad (not happy)73.522822.3321
night owl (not morning lark)73.232624.7215
pretentious (not unassuming)73.228327.559
🧗 (not 🛌)73.236428.198
realist (not idealist)73.117130.5215
empirical (not theoretical)72.87626.0324
bold (not serious)72.826629.0375
unorthodox (not traditional)72.731830.7203
strict (not lenient)72.731228.7325
🐐 (not 🦒)72.612931.490
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)72.311626.457
literal (not metaphorical)72.120728.2288
atheist (not theist)72.128530.4188
driven (not unambitious)72.083527.6312
nihilist (not existentialist)71.94028.8194
libertarian (not socialist)71.810132.1309
depressed (not bright)71.614322.9284
chatty (not reserved)71.335929.6342
folksy (not presidential)71.122731.321
factual (not poetic)71.127927.327
plays hard (not works hard)70.917727.0388
dunce (not genius)70.810724.6358
😬 (not 😏)70.813831.471
monochrome (not multicolored)70.820131.7198
dry (not moist)70.817332.818
historical (not modern)70.723524.1216
reclusive (not social)70.721426.469
lost (not enlightened)70.623224.614
obsessed (not aloof)70.633429.9330
scrub (not legit)70.57328.997
emotional (not logical)70.332730.2307
whippersnapper (not sage)70.217435.812
🐀 (not 🐘)70.016231.8113
secretive (not open-book)70.044335.517
shallow (not deep)69.915929.395
🦇 (not 🐿)69.722932.657
basic (not hipster)69.435030.5328
sorrowful (not cheery)69.037726.9327
orange (not purple)69.016330.3263
charming (not trusting)68.531518.8328
low IQ (not high IQ)68.57724.4259
explorer (not builder)68.229729.1269
efficient (not overprepared)67.942024.421
whimsical (not rational)67.826629.4331
mighty (not puny)67.859328.6356
active (not slothful)67.880328.4281
confident (not insecure)67.360733.1325
master (not apprentice)67.158928.0141
patriotic (not unpatriotic)67.052434.866
chortling (not giggling)67.043829.114
🤠 (not 🤑)66.843935.262
👻 (not 🤖)66.826435.056
unfixable (not fixable)66.820533.120
😭 (not 😀)66.625431.166
straightforward (not cryptic)66.253034.0360
alert (not oblivious)66.158529.274
industrial (not domestic)65.929032.8195
expressive (not stoic)65.846531.1345
sickly (not healthy)65.714128.2322
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)65.650333.4332
🤡 (not 👽)65.519034.258
fast (not slow)65.263225.6319
melee (not ranged)64.916434.312
disorganized (not self-disciplined)64.721532.1335
anxious (not calm)64.448930.4328
thick (not thin)63.927424.9258
apathetic (not curious)63.810630.5283
trolling (not triggered)63.518335.717
tall (not short)63.051124.0321
practical (not imaginative)62.760531.8279
dramatic (not no-nonsense)62.646136.3161
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)62.639230.6102
emancipated (not enslaved)62.165432.8294
slacker (not workaholic)61.820031.0191
intimate (not formal)61.839631.386
sturdy (not flimsy)61.672336.618
variable (not consistent)61.423831.724
uncreative (not open to new experinces)61.319933.3360
frugal (not lavish)61.050532.0298
remote (not involved)61.011032.9284
pro (not noob)60.881628.469
Roman (not Greek)60.532731.517
cool (not dorky)60.357030.572
diligent (not lazy)60.2104327.8280
📉 (not 📈)59.818436.074
spontaneous (not deliberate)59.732335.3339
😎 (not 🧐)59.753434.452
🤫 (not 🤔)59.620237.559
indiscreet (not tactful)59.423932.554
go-getter (not slugabed)59.3100630.855
awkward (not charming)59.232429.0316
🤐 (not 😜)59.051237.058
perceptive (not unobservant)58.896830.511
geriatric (not vibrant)58.522625.416
hoarder (not unprepared)58.263830.7253
funny (not humorless)58.163229.2358
💃 (not 🧕)57.968935.188
complicated (not simple)57.775735.0303
penny-pincher (not overspender)57.758935.8107
avant-garde (not classical)57.539431.0176
English (not German)57.5103834.719
specialist (not generalist)57.466131.3190
rhythmic (not stuttering)57.486326.220
gossiping (not confidential)57.336432.3251
privileged (not oppressed)57.377737.118
repetitive (not varied)56.367032.2132
concrete (not abstract)56.166232.768
tight (not loose)55.681238.220
uninspiring (not charismatic)55.020032.0262
captain (not first-mate)55.058534.8297
subjective (not objective)54.953935.4155
coordinated (not clumsy)54.484429.7309
incompetent (not competent)54.422330.5304
work-first (not family-first)54.161735.6280
believable (not poorly-written)54.1120131.917
gregarious (not private)53.644834.0346
vague (not precise)53.633530.7198
irrelevant (not important)53.616131.6117
Italian (not Swedish)53.564737.212
hurried (not leisurely)53.470931.2284
methodical (not astonishing)53.376933.0287
artistic (not scientific)53.059727.2288
nonpolitical (not political)53.047035.5327
extraordinary (not mundane)53.090532.0299
neurotypical (not autistic)52.9107729.8332
down2earth (not head@clouds)52.868835.5332
fast-talking (not slow-talking)52.881334.030
mathematical (not literary)52.746229.5307
wavering (not resolute)52.529436.255
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')52.446232.4205
serious (not playful)52.377231.5290
circular (not linear)52.059631.114
interesting (not tiresome)51.597632.2331
mysterious (not unambiguous)51.455534.0278
minimalist (not pack rat)51.473333.874
conventional (not creative)50.160333.7321

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Shane Walsh (0.92)
  2. Jayne Cobb (0.899)
  3. Nelson Muntz (0.89)
  4. Sid Phillips (0.884)
  5. Darlene Snell (0.863)
  1. Jane Bennet (-0.774)
  2. Georgiana Darcy (-0.728)
  3. Melanie Hamilton (-0.727)
  4. Eliza Hamilton (-0.718)
  5. Esme Cullen (-0.704)

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: INTJ (r = 0.41)
  2. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.4)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.33)
  4. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.25)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.23)
  6. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.19)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.17)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.17)
  9. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.17)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.15)
  11. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.13)
  12. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.1)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.07)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.05)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.02)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.02)
  17. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.03)
  18. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.09)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.12)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.13)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.15)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.18)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.19)
  24. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.24)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.29)


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