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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)94.91712.442
competent (not incompetent)94.8198.7524
high IQ (not low IQ)94.8388.9633
diligent (not lazy)94.3439.2531
scientific (not artistic)93.189.0534
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)92.9510.841
self-disciplined (not disorganized)92.3559.1553
studious (not goof-off)91.9356.832
🧠 (not 💪)91.13210.445
attractive (not repulsive)91.02512.0486
rational (not whimsical)90.9611.4527
beautiful (not ugly)90.77711.4107
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)90.5810.545
confidential (not gossiping)90.32911.2575
civilized (not barbaric)90.04212.6494
workaholic (not slacker)90.0919.7114
heroic (not villainous)89.78012.2516
works hard (not plays hard)89.52611.8493
loyal (not traitorous)89.414613.5525
genius (not dunce)89.24911.7527
treasure (not trash)89.25017.533
feminist (not sexist)89.15013.659
sensible (not ludicrous)89.0813.7517
down2earth (not head@clouds)88.91115.6528
orderly (not chaotic)88.82612.5548
precise (not vague)88.82912.3461
resourceful (not helpless)88.712515.0136
eloquent (not unpolished)88.65012.2632
driven (not unambitious)88.517712.9537
legit (not scrub)88.54013.172
egalitarian (not racist)88.28911.835
important (not irrelevant)88.111314.676
manicured (not scruffy)87.712613.5563
neat (not messy)87.67013.4490
methodical (not astonishing)87.01514.8525
mature (not juvenile)87.05515.9110
reasonable (not deranged)86.83010.439
scheduled (not spontaneous)86.77213.0563
🌟 (not 💩)86.78815.944
intellectual (not physical)86.59813.4501
tasteful (not lewd)86.43113.6518
scholarly (not crafty)86.32014.3601
active (not slothful)85.914013.0536
deliberate (not spontaneous)85.88115.6569
reasoned (not instinctual)85.8617.7520
practical (not imaginative)85.74415.5527
logical (not emotional)85.53014.9530
bookish (not sporty)85.414713.9499
coordinated (not clumsy)85.314514.8497
human (not animalistic)85.39114.1487
prestigious (not disreputable)85.35814.3521
wise (not foolish)85.15413.8530
concrete (not abstract)84.91918.236
persistent (not quitter)84.836520.634
straightforward (not cryptic)84.72918.3559
fresh (not stinky)84.67016.074
cautious (not impulsive)84.52613.7531
realist (not idealist)84.51317.3141
proper (not scandalous)84.24315.3514
serious (not playful)83.913013.5513
direct (not roundabout)83.710715.4516
sane (not crazy)82.92414.742
no-nonsense (not dramatic)82.83918.4216
nerd (not jock)82.716118.1555
modest (not flamboyant)82.26715.3518
sober (not indulgent)82.12317.7517
literal (not metaphorical)81.73217.9523
refined (not rugged)81.711316.0549
tactful (not indiscreet)81.55717.637
wholesome (not salacious)81.410514.936
private (not gregarious)81.310114.0519
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)81.22120.463
pro (not noob)81.123720.748
skeptical (not spiritual)80.914924.0542
official (not backdoor)80.83419.1581
🤔 (not 🤫)80.81720.138
sheriff (not outlaw)80.810018.9499
guarded (not open)80.721213.6546
go-getter (not slugabed)80.424317.934
alert (not oblivious)80.218524.243
stylish (not slovenly)80.016818.6521
well behaved (not mischievous)79.86218.7523
highbrow (not lowbrow)79.78617.8444
mighty (not puny)79.221317.1500
formal (not intimate)79.18015.971
confident (not insecure)78.923218.2439
🐩 (not 🐒)78.99919.127
interesting (not tiresome)78.815420.4509
reserved (not chatty)78.211015.8543
angelic (not demonic)78.113615.8477
inspiring (not cringeworthy)78.011521.9125
deep (not shallow)78.014121.052
respectful (not rude)77.918619.2533
kind (not cruel)77.929918.0494
assertive (not passive)77.732619.0490
real (not philosophical)77.69222.6429
altruistic (not selfish)77.514118.4524
work-first (not family-first)77.518122.2564
healthy (not sickly)77.226621.8524
strict (not lenient)77.118317.8516
objective (not subjective)77.01225.2104
independent (not codependent)76.922724.9595
😊 (not 🤣)76.711216.543
utilitarian (not decorative)76.713818.6111
mathematical (not literary)76.66122.5507
🧐 (not 😎)76.38823.337
curious (not apathetic)76.217322.1543
minimalist (not pack rat)76.25222.148
suspicious (not awkward)76.021819.0535
permanent (not transient)75.98921.5201
classical (not avant-garde)75.910319.994
complicated (not simple)75.823522.5487
neurotypical (not autistic)75.723221.9526
disarming (not creepy)75.720816.1211
tense (not relaxed)75.732916.2515
serious (not bold)75.57121.9519
honorable (not cunning)75.417223.1490
specialist (not generalist)75.410422.3118
introspective (not not introspective)75.314420.383
stable (not moody)75.34521.8505
😇 (not 😈)75.315418.942
traditional (not unorthodox)75.210820.5111
urban (not rural)75.123019.769
statist (not anarchist)75.08421.669
nurturing (not poisonous)74.924516.5212
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)74.632524.843
moderate (not extreme)74.55320.1560
resolute (not wavering)74.423221.741
conventional (not creative)74.311021.6476
pure (not debased)74.316918.7509
patriotic (not unpatriotic)74.223417.740
high-tech (not low-tech)74.115620.2489
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)74.025624.744
armoured (not vulnerable)73.426121.9513
bossy (not meek)73.339616.0516
suspicious (not trusting)73.225324.5525
emancipated (not enslaved)73.023125.1490
demure (not vain)72.610417.2543
self-assured (not self-conscious)72.631922.9510
stoic (not expressive)72.414421.8523
politically correct (not edgy)72.49822.2509
quiet (not loud)72.317719.6505
smooth (not rough)72.313222.5532
short (not tall)71.813520.5467
bold (not shy)71.757921.7490
frugal (not lavish)71.719317.9452
empirical (not theoretical)71.68031.8538
devout (not heathen)71.618124.8537
technophile (not luddite)71.513821.1458
judgemental (not accepting)71.423822.1437
straight (not queer)71.352827.1203
alpha (not beta)71.236823.1523
master (not apprentice)70.738925.4222
rigid (not flexible)70.523120.7516
🤖 (not 👻)70.212226.134
penny-pincher (not overspender)70.018215.673
📈 (not 📉)70.020029.044
🤺 (not 🏌)69.837426.038
industrial (not domestic)69.715622.0108
🧗 (not 🛌)69.728222.281
forgiving (not vengeful)69.621221.2500
equitable (not hypocritical)69.621126.4110
dominant (not submissive)69.443822.3510
introvert (not extrovert)69.213621.3504
young (not old)69.138718.9530
feminine (not masculine)69.124520.6519
resistant (not resigned)68.737423.5540
extraordinary (not mundane)68.338428.2521
regular (not zany)68.39621.736
tame (not wild)68.215821.9510
thick-skinned (not sensitive)68.123022.6612
gendered (not androgynous)68.068025.9236
compersive (not jealous)67.916420.9457
chaste (not lustful)67.813520.2497
monastic (not hedonist)67.86121.333
basic (not hipster)67.732523.1478
fast (not slow)67.640724.1491
normal (not weird)67.415123.4547
decisive (not hesitant)67.347426.6561
hurried (not leisurely)67.322020.5543
calm (not anxious)67.017824.3516
charismatic (not uninspiring)66.651524.6663
soulful (not soulless)66.651726.8105
focused on the present (not focused on the future)66.518925.4479
bright (not depressed)66.423922.8437
hard (not soft)65.935620.2502
🤐 (not 😜)65.727120.228
rich (not poor)65.539715.2429
impartial (not biased)65.14027.7495
hard (not soft)64.936821.0119
🤠 (not 🤑)64.735822.942
thin (not thick)64.435221.3403
hoarder (not unprepared)64.132618.2443
monochrome (not multicolored)64.127326.2111
modern (not historical)64.032726.3456
🐮 (not 🐷)63.621722.967
charming (not awkward)63.543125.6503
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)63.432225.6467
involved (not remote)63.351726.9486
🐴 (not 🦄)63.232428.142
unambiguous (not mysterious)63.132528.9548
pessimistic (not optimistic)63.030625.0505
sorrowful (not cheery)62.740818.0536
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)62.623124.1532
patient (not impatient)62.521426.8202
repetitive (not varied)62.434225.8193
cosmopolitan (not provincial)62.129726.8482
feisty (not gracious)62.153025.1598
cold (not warm)62.031622.2543
complimentary (not insulting)61.934825.3126
humorless (not funny)61.623521.9492
worldly (not innocent)61.556324.2538
vanilla (not kinky)60.632827.1444
mainstream (not arcane)59.821327.2539
individualist (not communal)59.844227.9108
liberal (not conservative)59.445528.436
cooperative (not competitive)59.325428.8519
obedient (not rebellious)59.126126.1521
🧕 (not 💃)58.921124.557
existentialist (not nihilist)58.845029.3102
👽 (not 🤡)58.538830.234
genuine (not sarcastic)58.439827.8501
🎩 (not 🧢)58.444431.035
democratic (not authoritarian)58.341728.6492
🥴 (not 🥳)58.240526.141
sad (not happy)58.050918.1515
cool (not dorky)58.045728.246
shy (not playful)57.916920.4516
🥰 (not 🙃)57.936428.759
🐘 (not 🐀)57.934528.571
orange (not purple)57.831330.1426
quarrelsome (not warm)57.847222.9523
close-minded (not open-minded)57.726624.4560
average (not deviant)57.125124.4460
insider (not outsider)56.932527.0431
sheeple (not conspiracist)56.817423.9466
western (not eastern)56.259134.074
ferocious (not pacifist)55.954225.5499
aloof (not obsessed)55.715526.7501
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')55.717636.0430
😀 (not 😭)55.735820.335
child free (not pronatalist)55.659130.1455
humble (not arrogant)55.533324.0542
reclusive (not social)55.536726.267
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)55.042026.0449
🥾 (not 👟)54.840031.138
good-humored (not angry)54.548122.0502
mad (not glad)54.452522.053
morning lark (not night owl)54.331630.4415
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)54.235332.644
pretentious (not unassuming)54.155026.140
miserable (not joyful)54.056916.945
fortunate (not unlucky)53.939626.1460
🐿 (not 🦇)53.749927.333
💝 (not 💔)53.345131.168
🐐 (not 🦒)52.966029.171
trusting (not charming)52.837526.0487
political (not nonpolitical)52.053628.7480
first-mate (not captain)51.650732.4580
street-smart (not sheltered)51.562627.7487
brave (not careful)51.461228.8491
open to new experinces (not uncreative)51.470425.9522
😬 (not 😏)51.440828.141
libertarian (not socialist)51.364925.3381
explorer (not builder)51.348129.8553
atheist (not theist)51.058836.5127
sweet (not bitter)50.347121.6526
mild (not spicy)50.435926.1555

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 (0.929)
  2. Janet Fraiser (0.898)
  3. Cedric Daniels (0.894)
  4. Teresa Lisbon (0.894)
  5. Dr. Lisa Cuddy (0.875)
  1. Oscar Bluth (-0.742)
  2. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.722)
  3. Homer Simpson (-0.703)
  4. Barney Gumble (-0.698)
  5. Bob Pinciotti (-0.666)

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: ESFP (r = 0.47)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.45)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.45)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.39)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.38)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.31)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.3)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.2)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.09)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.12)
  11. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.12)
  12. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.17)
  13. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.23)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.24)
  15. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.24)
  16. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.26)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.27)
  18. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.27)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.28)
  20. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.3)
  21. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.34)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.35)
  23. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.37)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.42)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.43)


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