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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
competent (not incompetent)95.2248.3524
high IQ (not low IQ)94.8569.3648
factual (not exaggerating)94.4813.828
diligent (not lazy)94.3659.3528
scientific (not artistic)93.0109.8533
self-disciplined (not disorganized)92.3859.2550
valedictorian (not drop out)92.36115.255
beautiful (not ugly)92.012210.6117
attractive (not repulsive)91.25412.1471
studious (not goof-off)91.2598.254
treasure (not trash)91.24514.171
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)90.91915.965
rational (not whimsical)90.51012.3529
feminist (not sexist)90.57012.170
workaholic (not slacker)90.41389.4125
🧠 (not 💪)90.17112.077
heroic (not villainous)90.010311.9508
civilized (not barbaric)90.06312.3490
confidential (not gossiping)89.95412.2583
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)89.91515.659
motivated (not unmotivated)89.924410.023
loyal (not traitorous)89.523813.4509
genius (not dunce)89.56611.6547
works hard (not plays hard)89.54111.6481
on-time (not tardy)89.511020.034
down2earth (not head@clouds)89.41314.9515
reliable (not experimental)89.32510.932
sensible (not ludicrous)89.11313.9514
orderly (not chaotic)88.93712.6552
precise (not vague)88.83513.0463
eloquent (not unpolished)88.76712.1612
resourceful (not helpless)88.618715.2150
driven (not unambitious)88.623413.2537
egalitarian (not racist)88.515211.049
important (not irrelevant)88.416316.690
overachiever (not underachiever)88.413817.333
mature (not juvenile)88.27214.9122
manicured (not scruffy)87.918613.6556
one-faced (not two-faced)87.87017.635
persistent (not quitter)87.742318.746
perceptive (not unobservant)87.721519.430
neat (not messy)87.610313.5497
reasonable (not deranged)87.5309.849
queen (not princess)87.310812.830
scheduled (not spontaneous)87.19412.6560
badass (not weakass)87.128117.731
methodical (not astonishing)86.92416.1539
legit (not scrub)86.97016.377
intellectual (not physical)86.714613.7508
realistic (not fantastical)86.64216.626
tasteful (not lewd)86.53613.5514
practical (not imaginative)86.25515.2533
scholarly (not crafty)86.23214.4612
deliberate (not spontaneous)86.19915.5561
active (not slothful)85.921913.4536
reasoned (not instinctual)85.8818.2505
🌟 (not 💩)85.817116.060
coordinated (not clumsy)85.720315.0502
pointed (not random)85.715017.930
clean (not perverted)85.714715.330
logical (not emotional)85.64014.7538
factual (not poetic)85.63820.328
bookish (not sporty)85.523213.6490
human (not animalistic)85.313214.9482
prestigious (not disreputable)85.37614.4500
wise (not foolish)85.08713.9549
straightforward (not cryptic)85.03618.0568
tight (not loose)84.810512.147
cautious (not impulsive)84.73813.2521
protagonist (not antagonist)84.614321.617
proper (not scandalous)84.56215.0502
rhythmic (not stuttering)84.410213.620
fresh (not stinky)84.315915.981
pro (not noob)84.229617.657
serious (not playful)84.018013.3512
direct (not roundabout)84.016315.7515
believable (not poorly-written)84.011424.528
realist (not idealist)83.83618.2143
cultured (not rustic)83.78218.021
frank (not sugarcoated)83.719619.027
non-gamer (not gamer)83.610824.133
concrete (not abstract)83.53623.649
nerd (not jock)83.324617.8536
sane (not crazy)83.04114.543
alert (not oblivious)82.920722.546
empath (not psychopath)82.816713.834
washed (not muddy)82.810015.723
not genocidal (not genocidal)82.722022.030
high standards (not desperate)82.614820.131
no-nonsense (not dramatic)82.56519.1218
modest (not flamboyant)82.47815.0521
sober (not indulgent)82.12617.7523
literal (not metaphorical)82.14217.6519
🎨 (not 🏀)81.826620.821
refined (not rugged)81.715316.5555
private (not gregarious)81.513513.8508
tactful (not indiscreet)81.57519.248
devoted (not unfaithful)81.254423.218
opinionated (not jealous)81.016316.029
skeptical (not spiritual)80.923224.0540
sheriff (not outlaw)80.917018.8485
knowledgeable (not ignorant)80.936917.223
guarded (not open)80.733613.7542
go-getter (not slugabed)80.740117.638
sturdy (not flimsy)80.726217.426
official (not backdoor)80.55619.9568
wholesome (not salacious)79.920016.144
stylish (not slovenly)79.827019.0513
well behaved (not mischievous)79.79919.0520
formal (not intimate)79.612515.583
mighty (not puny)79.433016.9485
confident (not insecure)79.336218.5442
businesslike (not chivalrous)79.317311.926
highbrow (not lowbrow)79.113518.5439
interesting (not tiresome)78.928420.5500
analysis (not common sense)78.814527.725
🤔 (not 🤫)78.73521.446
objective (not subjective)78.61424.7112
deep (not shallow)78.619020.980
inspiring (not cringeworthy)78.517721.8121
consistent (not variable)78.115320.630
respectful (not rude)78.130219.1526
reserved (not chatty)78.117116.2534
work-first (not family-first)78.124621.7554
🧐 (not 😎)78.09823.861
earth (not air)78.014423.325
stoic (not hypochondriac)77.911422.023
kind (not cruel)77.848718.3488
healthy (not sickly)77.837521.7533
presidential (not folksy)77.818917.830
real (not philosophical)77.714522.6424
assertive (not passive)77.747719.3485
angelic (not demonic)77.623416.3474
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)77.66625.174
altruistic (not selfish)77.523118.2527
independent (not codependent)77.235724.9579
specialist (not generalist)77.111221.8122
utilitarian (not decorative)77.017818.7122
😇 (not 😈)77.021817.357
strict (not lenient)76.727418.4507
OCD (not ADHD)76.726817.624
mathematical (not literary)76.59622.8507
minimalist (not pack rat)76.58121.550
curious (not apathetic)76.427922.2539
complicated (not simple)76.337922.2468
statist (not anarchist)76.310720.777
urban (not rural)76.234521.977
never cries (not often crying)76.228920.419
🐩 (not 🐒)76.122920.038
suspicious (not awkward)76.132519.2523
disarming (not creepy)76.033216.8202
realistic (not ambitious)75.95730.027
loveable (not punchable)75.930530.225
neurotypical (not autistic)75.837021.6517
tense (not relaxed)75.755315.8506
permanent (not transient)75.613121.4197
contrarian (not yes-man)75.422215.922
traditional (not unorthodox)75.416421.9117
serious (not bold)75.310622.2512
introspective (not not introspective)75.322321.3100
😊 (not 🤣)75.322619.864
opinionated (not neutral)75.277025.742
classical (not avant-garde)75.117719.794
honorable (not cunning)75.129123.6495
stable (not moody)75.16522.0507
still (not twitchy)75.08824.037
demanding (not unchallenging)74.964020.437
moderate (not extreme)74.87120.0548
corporate (not freelance)74.820423.234
attentive (not interrupting)74.819626.824
conventional (not creative)74.716221.3480
nurturing (not poisonous)74.441516.6206
white knight (not bad boy)74.435720.525
high-tech (not low-tech)74.325219.9487
concise (not long-winded)74.311025.125
hard-work (not natural-talent)74.226726.442
pure (not debased)74.126418.6499
rock (not rap)74.158220.126
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)73.754124.560
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)73.643923.749
bossy (not meek)73.562216.1519
intense (not lighthearted)73.352327.023
armoured (not vulnerable)73.341222.0508
emancipated (not enslaved)73.237324.8478
self-assured (not self-conscious)73.145322.6507
English (not German)73.060126.134
demure (not vain)72.914416.8537
stoic (not expressive)72.417521.9494
quiet (not loud)72.325119.6507
suspicious (not trusting)72.340325.7521
politically correct (not edgy)72.218022.3510
resolute (not wavering)72.143722.247
bold (not shy)72.193421.4480
cynical (not gullible)72.145229.126
ranged (not melee)71.910225.223
smooth (not rough)71.920322.8523
🤺 (not 🏌)71.856424.459
secretive (not open-book)71.748018.437
devout (not heathen)71.625124.7528
frugal (not lavish)71.526517.9443
short (not tall)71.522720.7467
linear (not circular)71.59226.634
triggered (not trolling)71.527023.824
fighter (not lover)71.528120.140
master (not apprentice)71.360025.5237
winter (not summer)71.329731.524
prideful (not envious)71.252916.036
chic (not cheesy)71.223127.322
judgemental (not accepting)71.137322.4422
empirical (not theoretical)71.012132.4526
straight (not queer)71.076927.2196
cat person (not dog person)71.026129.227
technophile (not luddite)70.922121.2448
rigid (not flexible)70.935120.2502
interested (not bored)70.951133.421
reassuring (not fearmongering)70.935325.027
alpha (not beta)70.960223.6497
self-improving (not self-destructive)70.821522.820
patriotic (not unpatriotic)70.749020.447
tailor (not blacksmith)70.742327.716
🧗 (not 🛌)70.647923.791
giving (not receiving)70.547423.923
regular (not zany)70.212721.046
🤖 (not 👻)70.120427.650
dominant (not submissive)69.968522.2508
subdued (not exuberant)69.812924.925
equitable (not hypocritical)69.731326.3134
vegan (not cannibal)69.632028.134
introvert (not extrovert)69.621921.1498
monastic (not hedonist)69.69121.738
prudish (not flirtatious)69.423521.321
forgiving (not vengeful)69.335221.2498
fixable (not unfixable)69.334015.813
feminine (not masculine)69.340020.3523
generous (not stingy)69.349924.341
penny-pincher (not overspender)69.231616.678
profound (not ironic)69.016726.528
young (not old)68.963418.9523
vibrant (not geriatric)68.959922.220
stubborn (not accommodating)68.876824.838
gendered (not androgynous)68.5103425.4231
spelunker (not claustrophobic)68.535122.720
tame (not wild)68.425822.0521
industrial (not domestic)68.425822.6117
deep (not epic)68.413024.920
thick-skinned (not sensitive)68.436522.3602
extraordinary (not mundane)68.364928.5514
resistant (not resigned)68.364024.0539
chaste (not lustful)67.822120.1498
compersive (not jealous)67.828521.1454
Coke (not Pepsi)67.812129.424
normie (not freak)67.827123.531
normal (not weird)67.623823.5536
basic (not hipster)67.647023.2465
hurried (not leisurely)67.435520.9531
pensive (not serene)67.465727.025
fast (not slow)67.469424.4483
calm (not anxious)67.424324.5503
centrist (not radical)67.313622.724
decisive (not hesitant)67.273527.0548
📈 (not 📉)67.047330.643
vintage (not trendy)67.070821.926
transparent (not machiavellian)67.028123.030
picky (not always down)67.042428.824
charismatic (not uninspiring)66.986324.3666
focused on the present (not focused on the future)66.827325.5472
soulful (not soulless)66.885326.1112
French (not Russian)66.638126.620
bright (not depressed)66.638623.0421
dramatic (not comedic)66.671021.223
🤐 (not 😜)66.538821.432
🐮 (not 🐷)66.422622.069
predictable (not quirky)66.028427.527
hard (not soft)65.855920.3497
distant (not touchy-feely)65.749616.825
love-focused (not money-focused)65.476819.424
rich (not poor)65.364915.2425
impartial (not biased)65.05727.7486
hoarder (not unprepared)64.752218.0424
hard (not soft)64.557320.6117
thin (not thick)64.354621.4405
modern (not historical)63.955026.7440
sage (not whippersnapper)63.931825.523
pessimistic (not optimistic)63.844324.8498
monochrome (not multicolored)63.743726.0110
🤠 (not 🤑)63.563123.151
goth (not flower child)63.530620.419
charming (not awkward)63.471625.7501
involved (not remote)63.386826.9480
jaded (not innocent)63.377723.416
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)63.148925.7460
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)63.035924.0514
patient (not impatient)62.930627.2202
sorrowful (not cheery)62.765918.1512
feisty (not gracious)62.784225.1596
unambiguous (not mysterious)62.752929.0526
preppy (not punk rock)62.069131.630
wooden (not plastic)62.080731.122
🐴 (not 🦄)61.958929.549
cosmopolitan (not provincial)61.849027.1474
cold (not warm)61.749322.3537
repetitive (not varied)61.655926.1198
bashful (not exhibitionist)61.622825.126
worldly (not innocent)61.590824.4529
humorless (not funny)61.436822.3489
chosen one (not everyman)61.358028.621
proactive (not reactive)61.326333.324
complimentary (not insulting)61.260925.3133
grateful (not entitled)61.152123.424
thinker (not doer)61.025131.830
👽 (not 🤡)60.953930.239
efficient (not overprepared)60.983033.838
vanilla (not kinky)60.752626.9439
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)60.738728.853
fire (not water)60.776729.729
sexual (not asexual)60.386526.232
🎩 (not 🧢)60.263530.340
monotone (not expressive)60.233025.429
mainstream (not arcane)60.134727.1519
individualist (not communal)59.871027.7116
haunted (not blissful)59.788529.138
offended (not chill)59.667622.026
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)59.537823.423
obedient (not rebellious)59.444126.0501
good-cook (not bad-cook)59.446424.719
cooperative (not competitive)59.240128.9503
democratic (not authoritarian)59.265328.3491
gatherer (not hunter)59.254529.534
cool (not dorky)58.770427.952
🐘 (not 🐀)58.655128.375
🧕 (not 💃)58.629925.172
gloomy (not sunny)58.570118.340
metrosexual (not macho)58.477226.527
💀 (not 🎃)58.465031.028
slow-talking (not fast-talking)58.332924.831
privileged (not oppressed)58.292427.121
western (not eastern)58.087233.976
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)58.065626.726
shy (not playful)57.925220.4499
sad (not happy)57.979418.3519
genuine (not sarcastic)57.964028.0504
orange (not purple)57.752830.0422
close-minded (not open-minded)57.743324.5540
frenzied (not sleepy)57.7122619.127
thrifty (not extravagant)57.762626.735
quarrelsome (not warm)57.573723.3519
average (not deviant)57.339524.7453
🥾 (not 👟)57.358029.652
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)57.383932.423
insider (not outsider)57.248827.5418
indie (not pop)57.284831.924
existentialist (not nihilist)57.083429.2107
Greek (not Roman)57.035727.327
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)57.053626.523
sheeple (not conspiracist)56.923724.2458
enlightened (not lost)56.856025.031
traumatized (not flourishing)56.788427.438
😀 (not 😭)56.362221.159
🥴 (not 🥳)56.172525.251
chortling (not giggling)56.089926.136
ferocious (not pacifist)55.887825.7503
child free (not pronatalist)55.893230.1449
Swedish (not Italian)55.854426.024
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')55.731936.2419
💝 (not 💔)55.470030.173
aloof (not obsessed)55.324826.6483
pretentious (not unassuming)55.381125.951
humble (not arrogant)55.257324.1527
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)55.165726.2438
unemotional (not emotional)54.936325.323
cocky (not timid)54.9110417.718
dispassionate (not romantic)54.737026.435
good-humored (not angry)54.680122.1488
narcissistic (not low self esteem)54.688815.036
morning lark (not night owl)54.550530.7413
reclusive (not social)54.059926.776
liberal (not conservative)53.693829.648
dry (not moist)53.570826.926
fortunate (not unlucky)53.465326.2453
🐿 (not 🦇)53.285227.040
trusting (not charming)52.964726.3470
mad (not glad)52.987423.664
miserable (not joyful)52.990716.450
🥰 (not 🙃)52.976530.271
🐐 (not 🦒)52.5106730.081
oxymoron (not tautology)52.596929.713
political (not nonpolitical)52.489328.5462
musical (not off-key)52.361128.827
theist (not atheist)52.257836.2134
brave (not careful)51.8101729.0486
paranoid (not naive)51.7101020.723
🥶 (not 🥵)51.666530.422
explorer (not builder)51.478729.8531
first-mate (not captain)51.479132.5560
street-smart (not sheltered)51.3100328.0471
😬 (not 😏)51.066227.246
uncreative (not open to new experinces)50.142426.2511
mild (not spicy)50.955926.0555
socialist (not libertarian)50.355425.6380
sweet (not bitter)50.379121.7509

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 (0.914)
  2. Melinda Warner (0.906)
  3. Chloe Decker (0.906)
  4. Dr. Wendy Carr (0.89)
  5. Teresa Lisbon (0.887)
  6. Kim Wexler (0.881)
  7. Janet Fraiser (0.877)
  8. Cedric Daniels (0.876)
  9. Clarice Starling (0.873)
  10. Karen Vick (0.872)
  1. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.682)
  2. Homer Simpson (-0.667)
  3. Oscar Bluth (-0.667)
  4. Barney Gumble (-0.647)
  5. The Deep (-0.631)
  6. Jeff Portnoy (-0.628)
  7. Bob Pinciotti (-0.619)
  8. George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (-0.615)
  9. Erlich Bachman (-0.598)
  10. Krusty the Clown (-0.594)

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.



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