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Dana Scully Descriptive Personality Statistics

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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. This website has recruited more than 3 million volunteers to rate characters on descriptive adjectives and other properties, which can be aggregated to create profiles that users can be matched to as part of a personality test. For more information about how the ratings were collected and how they are used, see the documentation.

Aggregated ratings for 400 descriptions

The table shows the average rating the character received for each descriptive item on a 1 to 100 scale and what that character's rank for the description is among all 2,000 characters in the database. It also shows the standard deviation of the ratings and how many different individuals submitted a rating for that description.

ItemAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
competent (not incompetent)95.2238.3529
high IQ (not low IQ)94.8629.3653
diligent (not lazy)94.4709.3529
factual (not exaggerating)94.4513.430
scientific (not artistic)93.0149.8535
valedictorian (not drop out)92.65514.761
self-disciplined (not disorganized)92.3889.2552
beautiful (not ugly)91.617611.2122
studious (not goof-off)91.3658.256
attractive (not repulsive)91.17412.2474
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)91.02615.669
rational (not whimsical)90.61112.3531
motivated (not unmotivated)90.62439.628
workaholic (not slacker)90.51419.3129
treasure (not trash)90.27414.578
🧠 (not 💪)90.29212.080
heroic (not villainous)90.011811.9511
civilized (not barbaric)89.97112.7494
confidential (not gossiping)89.96612.2583
overachiever (not underachiever)89.810516.341
loyal (not traitorous)89.527713.4514
feminist (not sexist)89.511315.973
works hard (not plays hard)89.44111.8484
down2earth (not head@clouds)89.31714.9517
genius (not dunce)89.29312.1553
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)89.22415.867
sensible (not ludicrous)88.91514.2518
orderly (not chaotic)88.94012.7557
precise (not vague)88.83813.0467
important (not irrelevant)88.721116.394
egalitarian (not racist)88.717811.050
eloquent (not unpolished)88.67612.1620
persistent (not quitter)88.644317.952
badass (not weakass)88.627516.936
driven (not unambitious)88.528713.2539
resourceful (not helpless)88.421715.1155
main character (not side character)88.422418.414
mature (not juvenile)88.29114.9122
on-time (not tardy)88.115421.437
one-faced (not two-faced)88.07716.840
manicured (not scruffy)87.921313.6560
reliable (not experimental)87.83811.840
neat (not messy)87.611813.5498
reasonable (not deranged)87.64310.056
scheduled (not spontaneous)87.111212.6564
methodical (not astonishing)86.92416.1542
intellectual (not physical)86.716213.7513
legit (not scrub)86.78916.380
realistic (not fantastical)86.64916.626
tasteful (not lewd)86.54213.7517
🌟 (not 💩)86.321515.962
practical (not imaginative)86.26915.2536
scholarly (not crafty)86.23114.4617
perceptive (not unobservant)86.231820.138
pointed (not random)86.214517.532
deliberate (not spontaneous)86.111615.5565
clean (not perverted)86.016314.833
active (not slothful)85.927813.4541
coordinated (not clumsy)85.825114.9511
reasoned (not instinctual)85.7918.4509
logical (not emotional)85.65414.7545
bookish (not sporty)85.528713.5495
human (not animalistic)85.315514.8485
prestigious (not disreputable)85.38814.4504
washed (not muddy)85.27215.336
wise (not foolish)85.011013.9556
tight (not loose)84.910611.853
devoted (not unfaithful)84.944821.324
straightforward (not cryptic)84.84718.3573
queen (not princess)84.817816.135
cautious (not impulsive)84.65113.5524
proper (not scandalous)84.57514.9506
fresh (not stinky)84.520015.687
direct (not roundabout)84.118815.7517
frank (not sugarcoated)84.121718.031
factual (not poetic)84.16121.636
serious (not playful)83.922513.4520
realist (not idealist)83.94418.2144
pro (not noob)83.739516.963
protagonist (not antagonist)83.723222.026
sane (not crazy)83.64514.446
concrete (not abstract)83.64623.451
nerd (not jock)83.229117.9538
rhythmic (not stuttering)83.214916.926
high standards (not desperate)83.016119.733
alert (not oblivious)82.925121.855
believable (not poorly-written)82.918423.732
no-nonsense (not dramatic)82.67619.1221
not genocidal (not genocidal)82.632123.538
modest (not flamboyant)82.49715.1530
sober (not indulgent)82.23017.6530
non-gamer (not gamer)82.215025.946
knowledgeable (not ignorant)82.237916.726
literal (not metaphorical)82.04817.6523
empath (not psychopath)81.822015.937
cultured (not rustic)81.812117.427
opinionated (not jealous)81.716515.533
refined (not rugged)81.717316.5561
private (not gregarious)81.518713.7512
tactful (not indiscreet)81.58518.850
skeptical (not spiritual)80.927124.0544
sheriff (not outlaw)80.819119.1490
sturdy (not flimsy)80.630917.229
guarded (not open)80.643513.8547
official (not backdoor)80.36720.1572
go-getter (not slugabed)80.350520.546
businesslike (not chivalrous)80.217611.632
wholesome (not salacious)79.822916.347
well behaved (not mischievous)79.712919.0521
stylish (not slovenly)79.733619.0516
formal (not intimate)79.714815.390
mighty (not puny)79.339716.9489
confident (not insecure)79.243118.5444
🤔 (not 🤫)79.24021.447
highbrow (not lowbrow)79.115118.5441
🎨 (not 🏀)79.143122.823
interesting (not tiresome)79.035020.5502
OCD (not ADHD)79.019916.730
inspiring (not cringeworthy)78.820821.8123
objective (not subjective)78.72224.5115
🧐 (not 😎)78.510723.364
respectful (not rude)78.236619.1530
reserved (not chatty)78.223916.1542
consistent (not variable)78.216920.632
work-first (not family-first)78.029921.6557
deep (not shallow)77.925821.384
kind (not cruel)77.862818.3493
😇 (not 😈)77.824617.366
presidential (not folksy)77.823517.033
healthy (not sickly)77.746721.7537
analysis (not common sense)77.720629.935
assertive (not passive)77.754719.3487
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)77.68925.174
angelic (not demonic)77.529816.4477
real (not philosophical)77.517022.7426
independent (not codependent)77.343724.8582
altruistic (not selfish)77.328418.3533
specialist (not generalist)77.213421.5127
statist (not anarchist)77.110220.384
stoic (not hypochondriac)76.918121.328
strict (not lenient)76.831918.4508
utilitarian (not decorative)76.721219.8125
🐩 (not 🐒)76.626719.840
curious (not apathetic)76.435922.2544
mathematical (not literary)76.411622.8512
never cries (not often crying)76.436220.126
complicated (not simple)76.346922.1474
attentive (not interrupting)76.320424.432
urban (not rural)76.241021.778
concise (not long-winded)76.29324.628
suspicious (not awkward)76.136819.2524
disarming (not creepy)76.041916.8203
traditional (not unorthodox)76.017621.7122
minimalist (not pack rat)76.011220.955
loveable (not punchable)76.037828.830
neurotypical (not autistic)75.937721.6523
introspective (not not introspective)75.827421.2103
corporate (not freelance)75.820823.036
😊 (not 🤣)75.729519.868
tense (not relaxed)75.766315.8509
opinionated (not neutral)75.590025.444
rock (not rap)75.459619.432
permanent (not transient)75.415521.6199
still (not twitchy)75.311523.241
serious (not bold)75.213722.1517
honorable (not cunning)75.035723.7501
stable (not moody)74.97922.1512
moderate (not extreme)74.79120.2552
demanding (not unchallenging)74.676019.442
conventional (not creative)74.619321.4482
nurturing (not poisonous)74.551316.6208
white knight (not bad boy)74.544520.931
high-tech (not low-tech)74.232420.1491
pure (not debased)74.033618.8506
contrarian (not yes-man)74.032518.928
English (not German)73.972326.142
classical (not avant-garde)73.724721.098
bossy (not meek)73.673216.1521
realistic (not ambitious)73.69829.930
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)73.566124.165
armoured (not vulnerable)73.448221.9512
hard-work (not natural-talent)73.434926.547
earth (not air)73.330128.130
self-assured (not self-conscious)73.250022.6511
emancipated (not enslaved)73.144824.9484
triggered (not trolling)73.027823.227
cynical (not gullible)72.952027.537
demure (not vain)72.818016.8542
intense (not lighthearted)72.766129.826
resolute (not wavering)72.653222.151
linear (not circular)72.69125.538
profound (not ironic)72.614424.936
stoic (not expressive)72.523421.9502
suspicious (not trusting)72.447125.6523
quiet (not loud)72.333519.5511
bold (not shy)72.3112221.3487
politically correct (not edgy)72.123022.4515
smooth (not rough)71.926422.8525
self-improving (not self-destructive)71.723822.326
secretive (not open-book)71.662417.245
devout (not heathen)71.528224.7534
patriotic (not unpatriotic)71.552820.451
ranged (not melee)71.411123.731
frugal (not lavish)71.433218.0447
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)71.469725.854
master (not apprentice)71.373525.7240
short (not tall)71.127621.1496
empirical (not theoretical)71.012932.4528
judgemental (not accepting)71.045622.4428
🧗 (not 🛌)71.062723.495
technophile (not luddite)70.925821.1452
alpha (not beta)70.872223.6500
straight (not queer)70.886627.2200
chic (not cheesy)70.829326.933
rigid (not flexible)70.742020.3508
🤺 (not 🏌)70.675325.564
regular (not zany)70.516122.253
prideful (not envious)70.269216.040
fighter (not lover)70.039921.649
dominant (not submissive)69.982122.2515
giving (not receiving)69.960723.528
generous (not stingy)69.761023.748
monastic (not hedonist)69.611721.439
introvert (not extrovert)69.529621.2501
🤖 (not 👻)69.526127.853
fixable (not unfixable)69.539220.821
stubborn (not accommodating)69.591224.440
feminine (not masculine)69.452120.3526
forgiving (not vengeful)69.347921.2503
winter (not summer)69.341430.428
equitable (not hypocritical)69.241326.4138
young (not old)69.082618.9527
pensive (not serene)68.768225.736
centrist (not radical)68.712722.333
industrial (not domestic)68.530122.5121
tame (not wild)68.430721.9527
gendered (not androgynous)68.4128925.3234
thick-skinned (not sensitive)68.443422.4607
resistant (not resigned)68.380124.0541
spelunker (not claustrophobic)68.342422.123
predictable (not quirky)68.325724.738
prudish (not flirtatious)68.231219.529
transparent (not machiavellian)68.131325.338
extraordinary (not mundane)68.183328.6521
interested (not bored)68.180234.426
penny-pincher (not overspender)67.941917.283
picky (not always down)67.947628.230
normal (not weird)67.826423.6545
📈 (not 📉)67.857230.644
vegan (not cannibal)67.850628.145
tailor (not blacksmith)67.863328.127
chaste (not lustful)67.729020.2502
basic (not hipster)67.754323.2467
compersive (not jealous)67.736821.1458
fast (not slow)67.687124.3490
hurried (not leisurely)67.541821.0538
distant (not touchy-feely)67.556616.731
reassuring (not fearmongering)67.460830.035
calm (not anxious)67.330724.5507
decisive (not hesitant)67.387927.0553
soulful (not soulless)67.1109225.9115
charismatic (not uninspiring)67.0109024.3670
subdued (not exuberant)66.924426.331
focused on the present (not focused on the future)66.832525.6478
🐮 (not 🐷)66.827922.072
bright (not depressed)66.445522.9427
love-focused (not money-focused)66.198219.926
deep (not epic)65.926427.425
hard (not soft)65.866820.3499
vintage (not trendy)65.793822.529
wooden (not plastic)65.482828.728
rich (not poor)65.377115.1428
sage (not whippersnapper)65.235024.628
normie (not freak)65.239824.436
hoarder (not unprepared)64.963318.0428
impartial (not biased)64.87427.7489
hard (not soft)64.869620.5120
French (not Russian)64.858328.626
vibrant (not geriatric)64.891625.525
cat person (not dog person)64.851533.433
dramatic (not comedic)64.594923.024
thin (not thick)64.370221.4405
🤠 (not 🤑)64.182123.252
jaded (not innocent)64.194223.326
modern (not historical)63.967926.7446
🤐 (not 😜)63.960424.437
monochrome (not multicolored)63.853226.0115
charming (not awkward)63.787425.6508
pessimistic (not optimistic)63.754924.9502
involved (not remote)63.3105827.0484
patient (not impatient)63.239527.0206
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)63.155825.7461
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)63.042724.0518
preppy (not punk rock)63.083930.634
chosen one (not everyman)63.065428.630
unambiguous (not mysterious)62.863429.0531
🎩 (not 🧢)62.873330.444
sorrowful (not cheery)62.783018.0518
feisty (not gracious)62.7100925.1597
🐴 (not 🦄)62.773329.251
Coke (not Pepsi)62.430230.632
sexual (not asexual)62.0101725.840
cosmopolitan (not provincial)61.859427.1474
cold (not warm)61.759522.3543
good-cook (not bad-cook)61.650522.929
worldly (not innocent)61.5110724.4533
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)61.594331.931
repetitive (not varied)61.467026.3201
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)61.444728.555
privileged (not oppressed)61.4103026.225
complimentary (not insulting)61.378025.2135
humorless (not funny)61.246322.4496
bashful (not exhibitionist)61.132224.430
👽 (not 🤡)61.066829.344
efficient (not overprepared)60.8104234.047
vanilla (not kinky)60.766326.9441
cool (not dorky)60.782228.156
monotone (not expressive)60.740525.130
gloomy (not sunny)60.281718.546
proactive (not reactive)59.937033.227
mainstream (not arcane)59.842727.3526
obedient (not rebellious)59.552026.0503
democratic (not authoritarian)59.482328.3497
individualist (not communal)59.491527.6118
offended (not chill)59.483220.734
goth (not flower child)59.448523.729
cooperative (not competitive)59.252428.9503
frenzied (not sleepy)59.2144919.030
🐘 (not 🐀)59.164528.476
💀 (not 🎃)59.076330.131
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)58.956826.329
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)58.947822.825
metrosexual (not macho)58.895425.831
🧕 (not 💃)58.736924.876
haunted (not blissful)58.7114528.542
western (not eastern)58.6111433.980
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)58.680626.229
🥾 (not 👟)58.271229.658
enlightened (not lost)58.163426.837
sad (not happy)58.0101718.3522
🥴 (not 🥳)58.083625.156
genuine (not sarcastic)57.983428.0508
close-minded (not open-minded)57.851724.5545
grateful (not entitled)57.876623.835
orange (not purple)57.767230.0426
shy (not playful)57.734820.5503
indie (not pop)57.7106731.034
thinker (not doer)57.640332.434
average (not deviant)57.549624.7459
quarrelsome (not warm)57.488323.4526
fire (not water)57.3102930.332
insider (not outsider)57.259227.5420
Swedish (not Italian)56.967328.835
sheeple (not conspiracist)56.830624.1466
Greek (not Roman)56.845027.539
thrifty (not extravagant)56.882226.541
existentialist (not nihilist)56.6108229.4110
traumatized (not flourishing)56.3117027.249
💝 (not 💔)55.889829.978
ferocious (not pacifist)55.7107825.7509
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')55.743336.2421
child free (not pronatalist)55.6117930.2454
humble (not arrogant)55.475724.1532
aloof (not obsessed)55.230426.6486
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)55.181526.2441
unemotional (not emotional)55.040625.025
pretentious (not unassuming)54.9100325.455
😀 (not 😭)54.980221.165
cocky (not timid)54.9135819.623
chortling (not giggling)54.8116426.139
morning lark (not night owl)54.761530.6419
good-humored (not angry)54.5102222.1494
miserable (not joyful)54.5107816.755
dispassionate (not romantic)54.545825.441
gatherer (not hunter)54.579431.238
narcissistic (not low self esteem)54.4106814.439
🐿 (not 🦇)54.3103227.243
reclusive (not social)53.479026.585
fortunate (not unlucky)53.380126.1458
liberal (not conservative)53.2121529.953
mad (not glad)53.1104723.465
trusting (not charming)52.981526.3473
naive (not paranoid)52.959421.327
slow-talking (not fast-talking)52.662324.641
tautology (not oxymoron)52.649128.619
political (not nonpolitical)52.5110428.6465
dry (not moist)52.592327.730
theist (not atheist)52.470436.1138
🥰 (not 🙃)52.2101829.874
brave (not careful)51.8129429.1496
🐐 (not 🦒)51.7138530.189
😬 (not 😏)51.776126.649
explorer (not builder)51.5103029.8534
street-smart (not sheltered)51.4124928.0473
first-mate (not captain)51.398132.5564
musical (not off-key)51.282427.631
open to new experinces (not uncreative)51.1148826.3518
mild (not spicy)50.970726.1562
🥶 (not 🥵)50.283231.024
socialist (not libertarian)50.474625.8386
sweet (not bitter)50.4102421.7514

The lowest rating for any description in the table is 50.0 despite a 1 to 100 scale being used. This is because descriptions that had values lower than the midpoint were reversed. For example, a score of 1/100 for "hot (not cold)" is equivalent to a score of 100/100 for "cold (not hot)". This was done so that all the traits that are most distinctive for a character are at the top of the table.

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. Camille Saroyan (0.918)
  2. Chloe Decker (0.913)
  3. Teresa Lisbon (0.901)
  4. Melinda Warner (0.9)
  5. Kim Wexler (0.888)
  6. Karen Vick (0.882)
  7. Dr. Wendy Carr (0.882)
  8. Cedric Daniels (0.879)
  9. Clarice Starling (0.879)
  10. Janet Fraiser (0.879)
  1. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.682)
  2. Oscar Bluth (-0.675)
  3. Barney Gumble (-0.661)
  4. The Deep (-0.659)
  5. Homer Simpson (-0.655)
  6. Jeff Portnoy (-0.64)
  7. Bob Pinciotti (-0.624)
  8. George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (-0.609)
  9. Erlich Bachman (-0.603)
  10. Krusty the Clown (-0.6)

Personality types

Users who took the quiz were asked to self-identify their Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types. We can look at the average match scores of these different groups of users with Dana Scully to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Dana Scully is described identify as.

Myers-Briggs Self-type Average match score with character Number of users


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