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Walter Skinner Descriptive Personality Statistics

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Walter Skinner 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
serious (not playful)89.37810.7514
masculine (not feminine)87.424114.4490
rational (not whimsical)87.14312.4479
🐴 (not 🦄)87.03314.946
self-disciplined (not disorganized)86.630213.1435
gendered (not androgynous)86.519217.8182
studious (not goof-off)86.520014.451
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.914013.3482
valedictorian (not drop out)85.924013.846
deliberate (not spontaneous)85.812013.4439
factual (not poetic)85.83610.330
confidential (not gossiping)85.718216.3549
on-time (not tardy)85.524317.334
workaholic (not slacker)85.438914.3105
scientific (not artistic)85.212512.8489
practical (not imaginative)85.28713.7461
diligent (not lazy)85.160914.1480
mature (not juvenile)84.716015.0121
guarded (not open)84.427912.2477
down2earth (not head@clouds)84.17817.4457
private (not gregarious)84.011814.4463
work-first (not family-first)84.018715.6553
tense (not relaxed)83.829012.9461
pointed (not random)83.725116.628
basic (not hipster)83.66216.4454
vintage (not trendy)83.617211.030
formal (not intimate)83.47817.295
works hard (not plays hard)83.322818.8481
intense (not lighthearted)83.031615.034
distant (not touchy-feely)83.013310.921
conventional (not creative)82.86616.6508
stoic (not expressive)82.75916.9411
orderly (not chaotic)82.714816.6433
no-nonsense (not dramatic)82.67621.4226
businesslike (not chivalrous)82.212820.741
secretive (not open-book)82.128114.933
straight (not queer)81.835520.2198
reserved (not chatty)81.817313.9447
coordinated (not clumsy)81.740816.4431
🤐 (not 😜)81.79621.050
hard-work (not natural-talent)81.78412.734
realistic (not fantastical)81.414121.725
bossy (not meek)81.345617.1494
neat (not messy)81.328414.8400
driven (not unambitious)81.272017.0459
methodical (not astonishing)81.210714.1466
cautious (not impulsive)81.011917.3469
armoured (not vulnerable)80.921317.5446
modest (not flamboyant)80.714118.0479
factual (not exaggerating)80.713924.327
frank (not sugarcoated)80.635517.925
serious (not bold)80.45517.1456
high IQ (not low IQ)80.167115.5585
corporate (not freelance)80.113719.524
presidential (not folksy)80.017916.730
sheriff (not outlaw)79.921420.4478
sensible (not ludicrous)79.818819.0482
cynical (not gullible)79.831614.625
concrete (not abstract)79.710618.947
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)79.739917.544
logical (not emotional)79.614317.7454
skeptical (not spiritual)79.532918.0470
dry (not moist)79.56320.124
side character (not main character)79.424920.613
competent (not incompetent)78.969220.3436
tight (not loose)78.730616.019
utilitarian (not decorative)78.715216.5112
literal (not metaphorical)78.58918.7450
hard (not soft)78.429217.5466
classical (not avant-garde)78.411617.3118
persistent (not quitter)78.3115619.438
regular (not zany)78.34520.549
normie (not freak)78.37620.041
gloomy (not sunny)78.226320.830
subdued (not exuberant)78.13516.727
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)77.920517.647
pensive (not serene)77.715915.924
realist (not idealist)77.515020.4110
jaded (not innocent)77.544419.828
proper (not scandalous)77.424920.8461
consistent (not variable)77.419322.825
dominant (not submissive)77.360620.0498
neurotypical (not autistic)77.227720.7430
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)77.214217.5463
monochrome (not multicolored)77.215619.794
non-gamer (not gamer)77.229324.626
humorless (not funny)77.112118.7504
real (not philosophical)77.019519.3395
perceptive (not unobservant)77.080521.428
prudish (not flirtatious)76.911917.124
hard (not soft)76.832419.1122
thick-skinned (not sensitive)76.716719.2535
civilized (not barbaric)76.655519.4452
sober (not indulgent)76.411021.6431
dramatic (not comedic)76.246516.426
winter (not summer)76.223717.625
reasoned (not instinctual)76.210820.7469
confident (not insecure)76.254721.4480
manicured (not scruffy)76.164721.6542
assertive (not passive)75.962020.3455
captain (not first-mate)75.843725.3550
direct (not roundabout)75.749523.2454
alert (not oblivious)75.655418.936
monotone (not expressive)75.69918.625
master (not apprentice)75.560421.0222
worldly (not innocent)75.457518.6480
suspicious (not awkward)75.439919.5483
fighter (not lover)75.424615.424
suspicious (not trusting)75.139120.2464
rigid (not flexible)74.927619.2514
sturdy (not flimsy)74.952119.233
stubborn (not accommodating)74.968726.728
strict (not lenient)74.837820.4497
demanding (not unchallenging)74.775326.038
traditional (not unorthodox)74.621021.6129
high standards (not desperate)74.640426.529
cold (not warm)74.529817.7493
never cries (not often crying)74.542722.926
rock (not rap)74.467424.729
human (not animalistic)74.469321.9436
sorrowful (not cheery)74.336414.2444
self-assured (not self-conscious)74.244521.6421
OCD (not ADHD)74.240716.724
resourceful (not helpless)74.193921.3117
preppy (not punk rock)74.148222.529
decisive (not hesitant)74.062822.2521
tame (not wild)73.918520.0463
pessimistic (not optimistic)73.824418.0415
🧐 (not 😎)73.722422.055
permanent (not transient)73.620220.8189
minimalist (not pack rat)73.616921.536
🤖 (not 👻)73.615222.155
frugal (not lavish)73.525319.8374
overachiever (not underachiever)73.584123.133
privileged (not oppressed)73.462222.927
patriotic (not unpatriotic)73.345821.040
conservative (not liberal)73.317821.753
healthy (not sickly)73.267422.5472
opinionated (not jealous)73.260325.031
devoted (not unfaithful)73.2108622.126
resolute (not wavering)73.050922.147
builder (not explorer)72.916620.0488
well behaved (not mischievous)72.828224.8483
💀 (not 🎃)72.833527.727
opinionated (not neutral)72.8103024.527
penny-pincher (not overspender)72.323521.571
not genocidal (not genocidal)72.281021.329
tactful (not indiscreet)72.238424.063
tall (not short)72.145919.8466
reliable (not experimental)72.139721.223
vanilla (not kinky)72.029026.5402
empirical (not theoretical)72.011625.9468
old (not young)72.034613.7507
cocky (not timid)72.078421.627
bold (not shy)71.9113620.0463
prestigious (not disreputable)71.751622.3406
quarrelsome (not warm)71.449319.3466
motivated (not unmotivated)71.4131629.625
reclusive (not social)71.333020.578
Russian (not French)71.313825.523
chortling (not giggling)71.340926.525
authoritarian (not democratic)71.235822.7465
bitter (not sweet)71.139317.0445
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)70.872925.041
tasteful (not lewd)70.853421.6416
🙃 (not 🥰)70.729825.971
mad (not glad)70.748220.754
macho (not metrosexual)70.724726.026
uncreative (not open to new experinces)70.513521.8448
alpha (not beta)70.573126.4427
miserable (not joyful)70.551319.841
urban (not rural)70.469423.873
clean (not perverted)70.374323.627
child free (not pronatalist)70.349826.9342
prideful (not envious)70.368720.531
predictable (not quirky)70.319924.731
insider (not outsider)70.214724.5391
angry (not good-humored)70.131316.4475
objective (not subjective)70.111822.6104
mighty (not puny)70.076519.9480
official (not backdoor)70.026424.7503
dispassionate (not romantic)70.015921.146
political (not nonpolitical)69.944525.3433
cultured (not rustic)69.951920.828
wise (not foolish)69.651720.2476
judgemental (not accepting)69.549722.0383
bookish (not sporty)69.477323.9445
pro (not noob)69.495726.852
🥴 (not 🥳)69.433219.642
repetitive (not varied)69.331421.9194
statist (not anarchist)69.232725.285
🧠 (not 💪)69.186723.854
normal (not weird)69.022424.4500
highbrow (not lowbrow)69.049721.2447
active (not slothful)69.0116922.6447
sane (not crazy)69.038622.140
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)68.924625.444
realistic (not ambitious)68.918727.436
picky (not always down)68.943724.425
still (not twitchy)68.723423.640
precise (not vague)68.569524.7406
western (not eastern)68.545429.265
independent (not codependent)68.375328.0501
intellectual (not physical)68.277925.4477
sad (not happy)68.260515.8440
white knight (not bad boy)68.266822.325
stoic (not hypochondriac)67.948726.028
traumatized (not flourishing)67.870419.522
chaste (not lustful)67.729021.6393
eloquent (not unpolished)67.674022.8503
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)67.631924.057
wooden (not plastic)67.472127.935
rich (not poor)67.471416.6428
mathematical (not literary)67.326224.5432
politically correct (not edgy)67.135324.5450
obedient (not rebellious)67.135623.1440
linear (not circular)67.122128.225
concise (not long-winded)67.133220.224
industrial (not domestic)67.134926.394
monastic (not hedonist)67.016325.839
believable (not poorly-written)67.0127522.726
🧕 (not 💃)66.917626.493
loyal (not traitorous)66.9125624.7469
earth (not air)66.858430.028
geriatric (not vibrant)66.715921.531
rhythmic (not stuttering)66.393520.135
mild (not spicy)66.229425.1452
offended (not chill)66.161327.030
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)66.129828.030
hurried (not leisurely)66.049021.8504
off-key (not musical)66.044125.727
money-focused (not love-focused)66.036025.330
Roman (not Greek)65.623227.826
fire (not water)65.478831.126
mundane (not extraordinary)65.319823.6440
contrarian (not yes-man)65.369126.624
reasonable (not deranged)65.272929.841
introvert (not extrovert)65.140523.3429
libertarian (not socialist)65.030523.9392
unemotional (not emotional)64.922526.226
mainstream (not arcane)64.727028.5417
haunted (not blissful)64.691322.037
egalitarian (not racist)64.6141323.947
devout (not heathen)64.555922.6374
🎩 (not 🧢)64.170729.240
Coke (not Pepsi)64.123732.436
genius (not dunce)64.197518.0503
scholarly (not crafty)64.041227.4540
hoarder (not unprepared)64.068118.5410
important (not irrelevant)63.9136726.382
legit (not scrub)63.8113426.763
complicated (not simple)63.695127.4456
go-getter (not slugabed)63.6138628.552
stingy (not generous)63.642222.830
careful (not brave)63.529225.7462
😬 (not 😏)63.534629.248
asexual (not sexual)63.533731.324
average (not deviant)63.329524.8382
compersive (not jealous)63.253723.7373
orange (not purple)63.143026.0349
moderate (not extreme)63.035326.5439
centrist (not radical)63.030530.025
honorable (not cunning)62.980927.4468
deep (not epic)62.935624.428
ferocious (not pacifist)62.887122.7449
tailor (not blacksmith)62.884931.227
sage (not whippersnapper)62.644228.228
insulting (not complimentary)62.456619.3102
💔 (not 💝)62.350624.562
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)61.969829.542
heroic (not villainous)61.7121723.1494
atheist (not theist)61.782826.269
🐐 (not 🦒)61.680032.459
entitled (not grateful)61.268923.229
arrogant (not humble)61.181523.7450
deep (not shallow)60.994623.460
queen (not princess)60.994130.924
close-minded (not open-minded)60.745423.9498
stable (not moody)60.534427.5460
shy (not playful)60.528718.4405
protagonist (not antagonist)60.4121927.928
introspective (not not introspective)60.1101626.358
😭 (not 😀)60.159723.049
respectful (not rude)59.996025.7452
🦇 (not 🐿)59.956827.542
😊 (not 🤣)59.996022.545
thrifty (not extravagant)59.870923.824
historical (not modern)59.761925.8398
awkward (not charming)59.647122.3506
treasure (not trash)59.5142224.859
enlightened (not lost)59.558624.728
dorky (not cool)59.462925.361
punchable (not loveable)59.349724.037
depressed (not bright)59.263524.2422
quiet (not loud)59.069924.9448
badass (not weakass)58.9131030.527
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)58.9102427.819
refined (not rugged)58.891525.9445
paranoid (not naive)58.891327.224
sexist (not feminist)58.744721.542
uninspiring (not charismatic)58.620824.2597
🏀 (not 🎨)58.560626.328
machiavellian (not transparent)58.570028.219
triggered (not trolling)58.4109825.827
impatient (not patient)58.3100726.4182
pretentious (not unassuming)58.387427.758
analysis (not common sense)58.381829.621
enslaved (not emancipated)58.227627.0416
feisty (not gracious)58.2116323.8542
🥶 (not 🥵)58.152932.626
bashful (not exhibitionist)57.941522.729
indie (not pop)57.9105527.918
focused on the present (not focused on the future)57.670727.8460
nerd (not jock)57.699528.7429
soulless (not soulful)57.635923.3116
knowledgeable (not ignorant)57.5129529.539
profound (not ironic)57.566127.023
street-smart (not sheltered)57.4108427.0417
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)57.373228.0491
resistant (not resigned)57.3141127.2449
😈 (not 😇)57.375625.755
stylish (not slovenly)57.2108726.2450
narcissistic (not low self esteem)57.296921.322
oxymoron (not tautology)57.278728.416
washed (not muddy)57.2106831.320
psychopath (not empath)57.057925.125
cannibal (not vegan)56.973321.224
rough (not smooth)56.873625.6448
🐩 (not 🐒)56.884925.035
straightforward (not cryptic)56.7125031.4469
fixable (not unfixable)56.7103328.336
altruistic (not selfish)56.699724.4452
self-improving (not self-destructive)56.669624.127
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)56.669128.828
everyman (not chosen one)56.665333.625
🛌 (not 🧗)56.450630.668
🥾 (not 👟)56.377928.954
interested (not bored)56.2136425.026
hunter (not gatherer)56.194425.524
trusting (not charming)56.069021.2388
ranged (not melee)56.087520.018
🐷 (not 🐮)55.845626.349
Italian (not Swedish)55.584530.021
📈 (not 📉)55.4124926.335
slow-talking (not fast-talking)55.452322.724
calm (not anxious)55.163727.7444
demure (not vain)55.081024.3378
remote (not involved)54.927126.1444
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)54.484128.4396
biased (not impartial)54.3142627.0478
tiresome (not interesting)54.134626.3473
unambiguous (not mysterious)54.198530.4542
👽 (not 🤡)54.098431.040
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)53.971431.229
thinker (not doer)53.852430.131
aloof (not obsessed)53.735126.2432
claustrophobic (not spelunker)53.753633.626
high-tech (not low-tech)53.490823.2388
💩 (not 🌟)53.442726.453
two-faced (not one-faced)53.461331.638
cheesy (not chic)53.496523.921
apathetic (not curious)53.336324.1442
reactive (not proactive)53.299027.925
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.157933.6332
thick (not thin)53.066923.1405
English (not German)52.7173830.518
vengeful (not forgiving)52.693723.4394
ugly (not beautiful)52.634021.6115
nihilist (not existentialist)52.652826.589
🐘 (not 🐀)52.690730.578
🏌 (not 🤺)52.638532.350
overprepared (not efficient)52.636834.224
unlucky (not fortunate)52.4102023.5397
kind (not cruel)52.4142220.9478
🤑 (not 🤠)52.470325.746
dog person (not cat person)52.494736.523
debased (not pure)52.387124.8425
inspiring (not cringeworthy)52.1117226.3109
fast (not slow)52.0144422.9404
sheeple (not conspiracist)52.048825.7391
receiving (not giving)52.071227.829
night owl (not morning lark)51.9118230.3283
good-cook (not bad-cook)51.990526.622
salacious (not wholesome)51.880424.145
cosmopolitan (not provincial)51.7103428.1419
poisonous (not nurturing)51.773123.4191
hypocritical (not equitable)51.784526.7127
generalist (not specialist)51.660530.585
fresh (not stinky)51.6136427.683
sleepy (not frenzied)51.421525.427
interrupting (not attentive)51.489625.227
competitive (not cooperative)51.3122327.0444
genuine (not sarcastic)51.3102926.9457
luddite (not technophile)51.2102724.0392
repulsive (not attractive)51.144624.1494
🤔 (not 🤫)51.1124230.952
goth (not flower child)51.172022.619
communal (not individualist)50.972630.4115
reassuring (not fearmongering)50.1122426.124
disarming (not creepy)50.2148823.5185
demonic (not angelic)50.782519.9387

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Jack Crawford (0.882)
  2. Dr. Eric Foreman (0.877)
  3. Jack Crawford (0.874)
  4. Thomas Matthews (0.872)
  5. Donald Cragen (0.872)
  6. Aaron Hotchner (0.868)
  7. Cobra Bubbles (0.858)
  8. Carlton Lassiter (0.857)
  9. Dr. Marcus Andrews (0.856)
  10. Inspector Kido (0.85)
  1. Jason Mendoza (-0.708)
  2. Alan (-0.697)
  3. Patrick Star (-0.681)
  4. Gene Belcher (-0.674)
  5. Brittany Pierce (-0.662)
  6. Michael Kelso (-0.66)
  7. Midge Pinciotti (-0.66)
  8. Dory (-0.65)
  9. Fez (-0.646)
  10. Donkey (-0.641)

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 Walter Skinner to see what personality types people who describe themselves in ways similar to the way Walter Skinner is described identify as.

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


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