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Fox Mulder Personality Statistics

Fox Mulder is a character from The X-Files. 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
persistent (not quitter)94.26413.052
curious (not apathetic)94.029.8581
conspiracist (not sheeple)93.5312.2472
👽 (not 🤡)92.5213.148
open to new experinces (not uncreative)92.23412.8544
rebellious (not obedient)91.27912.5545
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)90.37014.0520
unorthodox (not traditional)90.24213.9129
open-minded (not close-minded)89.91515.3627
egalitarian (not racist)89.78312.945
driven (not unambitious)89.419515.2532
high IQ (not low IQ)88.719612.0615
explorer (not builder)88.41612.5622
obsessed (not aloof)87.83216.4523
heroic (not villainous)87.715412.3521
abstract (not concrete)87.51711.143
perceptive (not unobservant)86.921416.327
attractive (not repulsive)86.416114.9539
night owl (not morning lark)86.08214.1505
backdoor (not official)85.85318.9612
important (not irrelevant)85.324117.383
beautiful (not ugly)84.733117.7129
creative (not conventional)84.68318.2538
deep (not shallow)84.65013.353
vibrant (not geriatric)84.610712.216
extraordinary (not mundane)84.414615.9507
brave (not careful)84.18814.7540
f***-the-police (not tattle-tale)84.119624.423
loyal (not traitorous)83.837518.7565
charismatic (not uninspiring)83.621117.1664
treasure (not trash)83.622919.970
knowledgeable (not ignorant)83.522817.819
outsider (not insider)83.43025.0470
weird (not normal)83.312416.0534
workaholic (not slacker)83.036819.7144
impulsive (not cautious)82.815017.9512
arcane (not mainstream)82.85920.8568
resistant (not resigned)82.86920.5544
imaginative (not practical)82.16719.5529
romantic (not dispassionate)82.117111.922
spontaneous (not scheduled)82.014620.1539
resourceful (not helpless)81.939318.3146
freelance (not corporate)81.518822.424
head@clouds (not down2earth)81.49921.4534
diligent (not lazy)81.359318.6528
competent (not incompetent)81.338918.7529
soulful (not soulless)81.331017.5128
interesting (not tiresome)81.117520.4507
extreme (not moderate)81.125217.8518
mischievous (not well behaved)80.827720.3523
pro (not noob)80.833319.249
bold (not shy)80.755018.8527
🤠 (not 🤑)80.79717.548
genius (not dunce)80.423716.7536
English (not German)80.219125.719
exuberant (not subdued)80.115217.021
kind (not cruel)80.135315.3564
🌟 (not 💩)80.132023.648
liberal (not conservative)79.913917.350
assertive (not passive)79.536218.4547
idealist (not realist)79.59022.6138
experimental (not reliable)79.511924.634
nerd (not jock)79.427220.6568
complicated (not simple)79.223222.6504
edgy (not politically correct)78.919019.0488
go-getter (not slugabed)78.941020.739
active (not slothful)78.844518.3550
specialist (not generalist)78.48222.3122
gendered (not androgynous)78.353224.5235
suspicious (not trusting)78.124027.6561
decisive (not hesitant)78.133819.4467
deviant (not average)78.023819.1427
individualist (not communal)77.920426.8131
instinctual (not reasoned)77.717221.7507
🧗 (not 🛌)77.725221.992
wild (not tame)77.130718.6505
straight (not queer)77.146724.6223
masculine (not feminine)76.837516.6536
confident (not insecure)76.837620.9519
outlaw (not sheriff)76.724121.8495
anarchist (not statist)76.412422.460
funny (not humorless)76.225420.5514
introspective (not not introspective)76.117024.585
chaotic (not orderly)76.023921.3503
zany (not regular)75.823423.238
legit (not scrub)75.839020.567
alert (not oblivious)75.537321.351
🧠 (not 💪)75.439223.263
fast (not slow)75.132819.9509
fresh (not stinky)75.139121.874
scandalous (not proper)75.026622.4504
street-smart (not sheltered)75.037321.9485
healthy (not sickly)74.742521.6501
frenzied (not sleepy)74.737518.335
existentialist (not nihilist)74.47425.1103
philosophical (not real)74.44224.7449
work-first (not family-first)74.228628.7599
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)74.234121.439
theoretical (not empirical)73.81228.4525
self-assured (not self-conscious)73.639225.0556
😏 (not 😬)73.619623.644
playful (not shy)73.346921.6531
democratic (not authoritarian)73.218525.8472
🤺 (not 🏌)73.143722.656
spontaneous (not deliberate)73.016424.3526
mysterious (not unambiguous)73.019725.3608
resolute (not wavering)73.034624.441
master (not apprentice)72.947222.7222
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)72.722029.253
feisty (not gracious)72.545221.6622
🦄 (not 🐴)72.517428.941
tall (not short)72.429518.3501
human (not animalistic)72.450522.3483
works hard (not plays hard)72.247524.6558
avant-garde (not classical)72.112624.7118
messy (not neat)71.920123.5478
believable (not poorly-written)71.961918.115
feminist (not sexist)71.849322.654
self-destructive (not self-improving)71.827416.922
lenient (not strict)71.820722.3468
traumatized (not flourishing)71.732519.820
impatient (not patient)71.641124.8209
intellectual (not physical)71.447222.8531
hunter (not gatherer)71.436621.519
whimsical (not rational)71.321324.4527
child free (not pronatalist)71.231126.6430
👻 (not 🤖)71.216529.148
🤔 (not 🤫)71.216230.741
moody (not stable)71.143822.3547
confidential (not gossiping)71.048426.6555
dramatic (not no-nonsense)70.930524.2229
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)70.915024.426
dominant (not submissive)70.855722.7478
wholesome (not salacious)70.734322.044
charming (not trusting)70.427725.3569
emancipated (not enslaved)70.340926.1463
spelunker (not claustrophobic)70.325425.618
🦇 (not 🐿)69.722629.538
captain (not first-mate)69.637928.0559
involved (not remote)69.448829.9528
alpha (not beta)69.453325.1464
bookish (not sporty)69.350224.0557
kinky (not vanilla)69.031224.1498
metaphorical (not literal)69.09125.8511
reclusive (not social)69.023522.086
emotional (not logical)68.934924.8516
bold (not serious)68.834426.6567
good-humored (not angry)68.837623.0489
enlightened (not lost)68.720818.419
ludicrous (not sensible)68.524122.9596
biased (not impartial)68.447426.2528
loveable (not punchable)68.442728.324
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)68.357622.943
💃 (not 🧕)68.346823.576
equitable (not hypocritical)68.131424.8146
worldly (not innocent)68.060325.3557
valedictorian (not drop out)68.058928.242
accepting (not judgemental)67.928128.8448
independent (not codependent)67.950729.9576
mighty (not puny)67.858619.7512
spicy (not mild)67.750124.7511
inspiring (not cringeworthy)67.239625.5135
circular (not linear)67.116423.517
flexible (not rigid)67.018925.9517
sturdy (not flimsy)66.858930.026
efficient (not overprepared)66.845224.124
civilized (not barbaric)66.760524.0529
subjective (not objective)66.515027.7131
arrogant (not humble)66.448723.5531
young (not old)66.457416.9532
😊 (not 🤣)66.143826.450
🧢 (not 🎩)65.835131.531
📈 (not 📉)65.843029.845
loose (not tight)65.819827.324
technophile (not luddite)65.726725.3460
poetic (not factual)65.724033.921
optimistic (not pessimistic)65.635129.4531
suspicious (not awkward)65.557229.3527
sad (not happy)65.448220.1497
gloomy (not sunny)65.244626.824
astonishing (not methodical)65.121227.8491
nurturing (not poisonous)65.153222.3179
punk rock (not preppy)65.033527.523
competitive (not cooperative)64.759828.2517
frugal (not lavish)64.742423.5485
secretive (not open-book)64.755932.019
bossy (not meek)64.569122.9496
disarming (not creepy)64.566323.8208
urban (not rural)64.462823.984
spiritual (not skeptical)64.415435.2552
cryptic (not straightforward)64.214629.3535
hoarder (not unprepared)64.243123.2464
chill (not offended)63.824722.425
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)63.539027.6487
🐒 (not 🐩)63.532326.447
utilitarian (not decorative)63.256026.499
rhythmic (not stuttering)63.071321.520
🐮 (not 🐷)62.833525.357
disreputable (not prestigious)62.724726.9439
intense (not lighthearted)62.669027.724
folksy (not presidential)62.237128.120
private (not gregarious)62.156629.5511
altruistic (not selfish)62.151525.6554
high-tech (not low-tech)62.141225.6523
privileged (not oppressed)62.069328.223
sorrowful (not cheery)61.954723.0476
thin (not thick)61.752923.2419
direct (not roundabout)61.571228.7559
literary (not mathematical)61.452627.2508
warm (not cold)61.451723.8533
quarrelsome (not warm)61.354926.1523
atheist (not theist)61.354233.3101
tailor (not blacksmith)61.363224.116
disorganized (not self-disciplined)61.025328.1544
charming (not awkward)60.763927.1564
lustful (not chaste)60.653725.5457
modern (not historical)60.154828.2434
multicolored (not monochrome)60.140730.1133
crazy (not sane)60.049823.348
moist (not dry)59.539826.026
angelic (not demonic)59.458922.4509
heathen (not devout)59.237831.0481
honorable (not cunning)59.059529.5555
indulgent (not sober)59.052928.2481
crafty (not scholarly)58.962827.3613
compersive (not jealous)58.843424.5403
sage (not whippersnapper)58.540325.517
💝 (not 💔)58.350134.381
😇 (not 😈)58.354026.366
intimate (not formal)58.147224.864
Greek (not Roman)58.127730.216
fast-talking (not slow-talking)58.168725.528
expressive (not stoic)57.962828.4531
ferocious (not pacifist)57.969226.0495
focused on the future (not focused on the present)57.937428.5538
juvenile (not mature)57.848421.1125
smooth (not rough)57.749325.3482
giggling (not chortling)57.729028.129
purple (not orange)57.544129.2450
unassuming (not pretentious)57.535631.053
western (not eastern)57.473632.486
hurried (not leisurely)57.259127.8568
metrosexual (not macho)57.266823.922
coordinated (not clumsy)57.178725.9479
hipster (not basic)57.032228.0477
sarcastic (not genuine)57.050428.1524
hedonist (not monastic)56.557623.124
chatty (not reserved)56.457928.0490
playful (not serious)56.341827.0546
transient (not permanent)56.237529.2193
trolling (not triggered)56.130330.420
pure (not debased)55.958927.6454
🐘 (not 🐀)55.952531.166
tense (not relaxed)55.895127.4502
cosmopolitan (not provincial)55.656827.2443
varied (not repetitive)55.631028.6199
😎 (not 🧐)55.660535.854
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)55.657233.092
🐐 (not 🦒)55.477730.667
eloquent (not unpolished)55.373627.3625
miserable (not joyful)55.370124.746
🥰 (not 🙃)55.356330.572
reasonable (not deranged)55.267225.642
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)55.159727.5488
stylish (not slovenly)55.176424.9473
rugged (not refined)55.050024.9536
autistic (not neurotypical)54.814727.9503
low self esteem (not narcissistic)54.838829.718
soft (not hard)54.749924.0118
melee (not ranged)54.738528.016
unlucky (not fortunate)54.657527.4503
🥾 (not 👟)54.554531.846
off-key (not musical)54.562424.722
libertarian (not socialist)54.468131.1455
introvert (not extrovert)54.144629.1539
minimalist (not pack rat)54.162031.145
tactful (not indiscreet)54.080130.338
anxious (not calm)53.972427.6498
industrial (not domestic)53.962527.2110
wise (not foolish)53.869624.4530
soft (not hard)53.851124.0505
vague (not precise)53.832428.1447
guarded (not open)53.794030.7555
vengeful (not forgiving)53.661927.3479
vain (not demure)53.662725.3505
😜 (not 🤐)53.656229.448
thick-skinned (not sensitive)53.566127.2660
😀 (not 😭)53.556327.648
Russian (not French)53.540832.613
loud (not quiet)53.466428.3501
glad (not mad)53.449426.147
flamboyant (not modest)53.355928.2513
poor (not rich)53.247719.4481
cool (not dorky)53.269228.746
🥴 (not 🥳)53.269226.444
complimentary (not insulting)52.766927.9124
depressed (not bright)52.654526.1500
highbrow (not lowbrow)52.381625.9522
tasteful (not lewd)52.283326.0509
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)51.965932.640
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')51.554929.7409
unpatriotic (not patriotic)51.426829.653
Italian (not Swedish)51.467726.420
consistent (not variable)51.381034.235
unfixable (not fixable)51.247429.120
scientific (not artistic)51.166828.9519
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)51.161231.151
vulnerable (not armoured)51.046428.0504
penny-pincher (not overspender)51.073627.156
respectful (not rude)50.178625.1524
nonpolitical (not political)50.154633.8502
sweet (not bitter)50.264725.1509
manicured (not scruffy)50.684327.9615
goof-off (not studious)50.643027.248
cannibal (not vegan)50.462821.214

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Jo March (0.799)
  2. Sirius Black (0.799)
  3. Nymphadora Tonks (0.768)
  4. Patrick Jane (0.763)
  5. Doc Brown (0.751)
  1. Petunia Dursley (-0.48)
  2. Cornelius Fudge (-0.471)
  3. Mr. William Collins (-0.465)
  4. Sam Healy (-0.444)
  5. Niko Polastri (-0.422)

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 = 0.59)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.54)
  3. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.43)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.38)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.35)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.34)
  7. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.23)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.19)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.17)
  10. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.14)
  11. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.12)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.07)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.02)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.01)
  15. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.05)
  16. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.06)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.08)
  18. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.09)
  19. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.12)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.13)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.18)
  22. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.27)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.29)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.37)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.5)

Notes

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