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Dana Scully Personality Statistics

Dana Scully 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
valedictorian (not drop out)94.92112.144
competent (not incompetent)94.8248.7525
high IQ (not low IQ)94.8479.3642
diligent (not lazy)94.3619.2531
scientific (not artistic)93.0109.1538
factual (not exaggerating)92.6815.820
self-disciplined (not disorganized)92.3789.1555
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)92.21514.653
studious (not goof-off)91.7497.340
treasure (not trash)91.34214.862
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)91.2910.353
beautiful (not ugly)91.111411.0123
attractive (not repulsive)91.05112.0492
rational (not whimsical)90.8811.5536
🧠 (not 💪)90.45811.162
workaholic (not slacker)90.21339.5121
confidential (not gossiping)90.15011.8589
civilized (not barbaric)90.05712.6494
heroic (not villainous)89.710312.1519
feminist (not sexist)89.77713.363
reliable (not experimental)89.62310.825
works hard (not plays hard)89.53311.7499
loyal (not traitorous)89.421513.4527
perceptive (not unobservant)89.413317.523
genius (not dunce)89.26511.7548
one-faced (not two-faced)89.24916.230
on-time (not tardy)89.110221.926
sensible (not ludicrous)89.01213.7518
down2earth (not head@clouds)88.91315.6533
orderly (not chaotic)88.83212.6552
precise (not vague)88.73812.4462
eloquent (not unpolished)88.66712.2634
resourceful (not helpless)88.617715.5142
driven (not unambitious)88.525612.8544
clean (not perverted)88.57510.522
legit (not scrub)88.35213.074
overachiever (not underachiever)88.113417.619
egalitarian (not racist)87.914411.543
manicured (not scruffy)87.718713.5565
neat (not messy)87.59813.4503
important (not irrelevant)87.319417.183
reasonable (not deranged)87.23010.341
badass (not weakass)87.124418.621
mature (not juvenile)87.07715.8112
scheduled (not spontaneous)86.79713.0570
methodical (not astonishing)86.62116.0541
intellectual (not physical)86.512913.4505
realistic (not fantastical)86.53816.319
tasteful (not lewd)86.34013.5525
scholarly (not crafty)86.32414.3611
non-gamer (not gamer)86.07719.421
rhythmic (not stuttering)85.96812.717
reasoned (not instinctual)85.8817.7524
active (not slothful)85.820113.2540
deliberate (not spontaneous)85.710415.6573
practical (not imaginative)85.75615.4540
high standards (not desperate)85.68819.123
logical (not emotional)85.54015.0541
bookish (not sporty)85.520413.9508
🌟 (not 💩)85.516116.649
coordinated (not clumsy)85.420214.8499
human (not animalistic)85.311414.1494
prestigious (not disreputable)85.36714.3521
wise (not foolish)85.26613.7543
persistent (not quitter)85.052220.036
straightforward (not cryptic)84.73118.2577
fresh (not stinky)84.711515.976
cautious (not impulsive)84.53713.6534
realist (not idealist)84.43017.1151
proper (not scandalous)84.25815.3515
factual (not poetic)84.14421.623
tight (not loose)84.012212.136
serious (not playful)83.917313.5514
direct (not roundabout)83.815715.6524
empath (not psychopath)83.514615.924
sane (not crazy)83.42814.445
pointed (not random)83.123519.622
nerd (not jock)82.821918.1561
no-nonsense (not dramatic)82.85218.2220
believable (not poorly-written)82.815625.524
tactful (not indiscreet)82.66216.942
pro (not noob)82.629819.557
concrete (not abstract)82.44423.549
modest (not flamboyant)82.28215.3528
loveable (not punchable)82.214025.217
sober (not indulgent)82.02717.7533
literal (not metaphorical)81.84217.9530
refined (not rugged)81.714216.1557
🎨 (not 🏀)81.524621.216
wholesome (not salacious)81.314814.538
private (not gregarious)81.312914.0528
🤔 (not 🤫)81.02719.839
skeptical (not spiritual)80.920524.0552
sheriff (not outlaw)80.913318.9503
earth (not air)80.98319.819
alert (not oblivious)80.824123.646
realistic (not ambitious)80.82025.818
guarded (not open)80.730513.7551
official (not backdoor)80.65619.6588
sturdy (not flimsy)80.624118.120
go-getter (not slugabed)80.636117.436
stylish (not slovenly)80.023618.7525
presidential (not folksy)80.014114.820
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)79.74322.769
well behaved (not mischievous)79.69319.0526
highbrow (not lowbrow)79.611518.0449
formal (not intimate)79.311115.873
mighty (not puny)79.131317.1509
🐩 (not 🐒)79.115219.029
businesslike (not chivalrous)79.116112.018
interesting (not tiresome)78.924420.4511
confident (not insecure)78.832818.3446
consistent (not variable)78.512819.526
knowledgeable (not ignorant)78.437918.317
angelic (not demonic)78.119515.9479
objective (not subjective)78.11324.9118
reserved (not chatty)78.115616.1545
respectful (not rude)77.926019.1535
kind (not cruel)77.943118.0499
inspiring (not cringeworthy)77.916621.8126
real (not philosophical)77.712522.4440
assertive (not passive)77.742919.0490
work-first (not family-first)77.524122.2567
deep (not shallow)77.518421.577
altruistic (not selfish)77.419818.3545
healthy (not sickly)77.435421.8536
ranged (not melee)77.33320.420
opinionated (not neutral)77.361125.733
strict (not lenient)77.124417.9521
independent (not codependent)77.032224.9597
utilitarian (not decorative)76.717618.3118
minimalist (not pack rat)76.57421.850
😇 (not 😈)76.420818.248
😊 (not 🤣)76.417018.862
mathematical (not literary)76.48022.6509
traditional (not unorthodox)76.212920.4119
curious (not apathetic)76.125222.1547
🧐 (not 😎)76.113024.752
suspicious (not awkward)76.030819.0536
complicated (not simple)75.934522.4493
classical (not avant-garde)75.914019.895
specialist (not generalist)75.814122.3120
still (not twitchy)75.88823.431
neurotypical (not autistic)75.733921.9530
tense (not relaxed)75.749516.2515
permanent (not transient)75.712521.4203
English (not German)75.639325.628
disarming (not creepy)75.532316.7214
urban (not rural)75.532320.375
stable (not moody)75.45521.7507
serious (not bold)75.49522.1523
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)75.344923.150
honorable (not cunning)75.225623.2503
OCD (not ADHD)75.130217.623
statist (not anarchist)75.111420.974
nurturing (not poisonous)74.835516.4214
moderate (not extreme)74.56720.1561
introspective (not not introspective)74.522021.193
conventional (not creative)74.214121.7485
pure (not debased)74.223418.6515
high-tech (not low-tech)74.221720.2496
resolute (not wavering)73.934021.742
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)73.938024.545
demanding (not unchallenging)73.862021.129
bossy (not meek)73.456016.1525
hard-work (not natural-talent)73.326026.737
armoured (not vulnerable)73.338121.9517
corporate (not freelance)73.120124.726
emancipated (not enslaved)73.133725.0494
🤖 (not 👻)73.013125.644
suspicious (not trusting)72.934924.9532
self-assured (not self-conscious)72.943022.8524
attentive (not interrupting)72.922226.820
demure (not vain)72.714317.1558
prideful (not envious)72.442512.429
stoic (not expressive)72.417221.8526
politically correct (not edgy)72.314522.2511
smooth (not rough)72.317722.5532
patriotic (not unpatriotic)72.337819.543
fighter (not lover)72.224623.030
quiet (not loud)72.221919.7519
short (not tall)71.719720.4469
frugal (not lavish)71.724817.9453
devout (not heathen)71.622624.7540
bold (not shy)71.683922.2503
🤺 (not 🏌)71.552224.454
stubborn (not accommodating)71.560222.131
technophile (not luddite)71.419821.2462
empirical (not theoretical)71.410831.9550
judgemental (not accepting)71.332922.2439
straight (not queer)71.370327.1203
alpha (not beta)71.252523.1524
profound (not ironic)71.112424.322
interested (not bored)71.042132.722
normie (not freak)70.917821.427
🧗 (not 🛌)70.842523.088
intense (not lighthearted)70.853426.115
master (not apprentice)70.754125.5237
rigid (not flexible)70.531920.7516
penny-pincher (not overspender)70.025715.675
Coke (not Pepsi)70.07128.621
industrial (not domestic)69.921621.9117
linear (not circular)69.912027.926
dominant (not submissive)69.662322.3515
forgiving (not vengeful)69.631021.2502
equitable (not hypocritical)69.627526.5130
self-improving (not self-destructive)69.521923.718
monastic (not hedonist)69.47821.436
introvert (not extrovert)69.219621.4519
young (not old)69.255418.9531
📈 (not 📉)69.132429.947
vegan (not cannibal)69.129527.729
feminine (not masculine)69.036420.6522
preppy (not punk rock)69.047027.623
generous (not stingy)69.044924.836
deep (not epic)68.912225.315
subdued (not exuberant)68.813324.819
secretive (not open-book)68.750819.029
resistant (not resigned)68.556423.7561
spelunker (not claustrophobic)68.532722.720
triggered (not trolling)68.437326.018
extraordinary (not mundane)68.356628.4532
regular (not zany)68.313522.042
thick-skinned (not sensitive)68.232422.6615
tame (not wild)68.222221.9520
pensive (not serene)68.055728.122
gendered (not androgynous)67.995326.1238
French (not Russian)67.931426.517
compersive (not jealous)67.825320.9458
chaste (not lustful)67.720020.3498
basic (not hipster)67.742923.0481
wooden (not plastic)67.752327.513
normal (not weird)67.621123.4551
fast (not slow)67.661324.1491
hurried (not leisurely)67.531220.6551
🤐 (not 😜)67.432420.031
soulful (not soulless)67.274026.6109
fixable (not unfixable)67.137516.111
decisive (not hesitant)67.166026.8566
calm (not anxious)67.023724.3517
focused on the present (not focused on the future)66.724325.4487
vibrant (not geriatric)66.760623.814
charismatic (not uninspiring)66.676224.5673
bright (not depressed)66.435322.8437
vintage (not trendy)66.265722.619
hard (not soft)65.950720.1510
rich (not poor)65.656315.2430
impartial (not biased)65.14127.6503
hard (not soft)65.052120.8122
thin (not thick)64.447821.3409
hoarder (not unprepared)64.345418.2448
monochrome (not multicolored)64.137426.2111
modern (not historical)64.049526.3456
🐮 (not 🐷)63.830922.968
charming (not awkward)63.563925.7506
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)63.444125.6467
involved (not remote)63.374726.9487
🤠 (not 🤑)63.355223.946
dramatic (not comedic)63.273818.911
🐴 (not 🦄)63.147129.445
pessimistic (not optimistic)63.041024.9507
unambiguous (not mysterious)62.944929.0553
tailor (not blacksmith)62.961829.811
patient (not impatient)62.728826.8205
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)62.728820.717
sorrowful (not cheery)62.657518.0539
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)62.632224.1535
cosmopolitan (not provincial)62.341626.7490
grateful (not entitled)62.244722.921
feisty (not gracious)62.176625.2609
haunted (not blissful)62.174327.023
cold (not warm)62.043422.2553
complimentary (not insulting)61.750825.3127
worldly (not innocent)61.580124.3552
humorless (not funny)61.531322.0503
bashful (not exhibitionist)61.419925.818
repetitive (not varied)61.351426.0206
🧕 (not 💃)61.123023.766
sage (not whippersnapper)61.135824.921
vanilla (not kinky)60.746527.1448
individualist (not communal)60.262127.6118
efficient (not overprepared)60.277933.527
enlightened (not lost)60.140925.525
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)60.152227.716
thinker (not doer)60.024030.826
mainstream (not arcane)59.632627.2542
cooperative (not competitive)59.334928.8522
Swedish (not Italian)59.240226.019
gatherer (not hunter)59.250129.131
obedient (not rebellious)59.137426.1522
thrifty (not extravagant)59.152225.726
metrosexual (not macho)59.066826.222
cool (not dorky)58.763428.348
musical (not off-key)58.738128.718
privileged (not oppressed)58.780524.618
dry (not moist)58.548626.221
existentialist (not nihilist)58.466629.1104
🎩 (not 🧢)58.462131.035
democratic (not authoritarian)58.358728.6494
genuine (not sarcastic)58.356227.9516
🥴 (not 🥳)58.258125.146
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)58.241223.718
🐘 (not 🐀)58.150028.472
sad (not happy)58.070418.1523
slow-talking (not fast-talking)58.031526.022
shy (not playful)57.923020.4517
good-cook (not bad-cook)57.945025.717
quarrelsome (not warm)57.865623.0532
orange (not purple)57.745530.1431
👽 (not 🤡)57.757730.135
offended (not chill)57.765122.620
close-minded (not open-minded)57.638524.4562
sexual (not asexual)57.482925.829
insider (not outsider)57.144427.3441
average (not deviant)57.135224.3463
western (not eastern)57.181034.176
sheeple (not conspiracist)56.823023.9474
😀 (not 😭)56.851121.155
fire (not water)56.776429.421
💀 (not 🎃)56.063332.421
chortling (not giggling)55.979727.822
ferocious (not pacifist)55.878025.6511
traumatized (not flourishing)55.882627.733
aloof (not obsessed)55.723026.6504
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)55.745931.354
gloomy (not sunny)55.769316.131
child free (not pronatalist)55.585030.0471
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')55.528036.0431
humble (not arrogant)55.449424.0543
🥾 (not 👟)55.356330.643
reclusive (not social)55.250026.169
Greek (not Roman)55.143125.618
frenzied (not sleepy)55.1114521.117
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)54.960126.1459
🥰 (not 🙃)54.961628.768
mad (not glad)54.674821.854
good-humored (not angry)54.568622.0502
morning lark (not night owl)54.444330.4423
🐿 (not 🦇)54.369727.134
liberal (not conservative)54.281429.948
fortunate (not unlucky)53.956026.1468
miserable (not joyful)53.679516.849
🐐 (not 🦒)53.689429.177
pretentious (not unassuming)53.576726.653
💝 (not 💔)53.365631.168
🥵 (not 🥶)53.269930.816
trusting (not charming)52.955526.0490
narcissistic (not low self esteem)52.883116.827
political (not nonpolitical)52.279428.7484
romantic (not dispassionate)52.297026.425
brave (not careful)51.689428.9496
open to new experinces (not uncreative)51.6102826.1531
explorer (not builder)51.468929.7557
libertarian (not socialist)51.290625.4391
😏 (not 😬)51.278928.643
first-mate (not captain)51.170232.6588
street-smart (not sheltered)51.189227.8491
atheist (not theist)50.885436.7130
sweet (not bitter)50.369021.6531
mild (not spicy)50.549426.1562

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Melinda Warner (0.911)
  2. Chloe Decker (0.899)
  3. Dr. Wendy Carr (0.885)
  4. Teresa Lisbon (0.884)
  5. Janet Fraiser (0.88)
  1. Oscar Bluth (-0.694)
  2. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.693)
  3. Homer Simpson (-0.686)
  4. Barney Gumble (-0.675)
  5. Bob Pinciotti (-0.639)

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 = 0.45)
  2. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.44)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.41)
  4. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.39)
  5. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.38)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.37)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.36)
  8. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.23)
  9. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.2)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.06)
  11. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.05)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.02)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.01)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.01)
  15. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.04)
  16. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.08)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.09)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.09)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.11)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.13)
  21. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.14)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.34)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.37)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.47)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.5)


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