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Walter Skinner Descriptive Personality Statistics

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 1,750 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)89.46410.6510
masculine (not feminine)87.422114.4490
rational (not whimsical)87.24012.2478
🐴 (not 🦄)87.23315.045
self-disciplined (not disorganized)86.626113.2433
gendered (not androgynous)86.517117.9181
studious (not goof-off)86.217614.548
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.912513.3482
valedictorian (not drop out)85.921613.846
deliberate (not spontaneous)85.810913.4438
confidential (not gossiping)85.714916.3548
on-time (not tardy)85.620517.832
workaholic (not slacker)85.533314.4104
factual (not poetic)85.54010.628
scientific (not artistic)85.210412.8488
practical (not imaginative)85.27713.7460
diligent (not lazy)85.153914.1477
mature (not juvenile)84.713015.0120
pointed (not random)84.618416.124
guarded (not open)84.422812.2476
down2earth (not head@clouds)84.17217.4457
work-first (not family-first)84.116015.5551
private (not gregarious)84.09814.4463
tense (not relaxed)83.825712.9460
basic (not hipster)83.67016.4454
vintage (not trendy)83.615111.229
formal (not intimate)83.46317.295
works hard (not plays hard)83.220218.8480
intense (not lighthearted)83.027615.034
conventional (not creative)82.86216.6507
no-nonsense (not dramatic)82.86121.1222
stoic (not expressive)82.74916.9411
orderly (not chaotic)82.613316.6431
businesslike (not chivalrous)82.610820.740
secretive (not open-book)82.522615.032
🤐 (not 😜)82.36221.547
reserved (not chatty)81.913813.6443
straight (not queer)81.933420.3196
coordinated (not clumsy)81.835216.5429
hard-work (not natural-talent)81.77712.734
distant (not touchy-feely)81.514010.513
bossy (not meek)81.341817.1493
driven (not unambitious)81.363216.9458
methodical (not astonishing)81.29514.1466
neat (not messy)81.225914.8397
realistic (not fantastical)81.212822.224
frank (not sugarcoated)81.228718.523
cautious (not impulsive)81.010417.4467
armoured (not vulnerable)80.919017.5443
cynical (not gullible)80.923715.621
modest (not flamboyant)80.711818.1477
serious (not bold)80.65116.7454
pensive (not serene)80.57713.419
presidential (not folksy)80.414716.929
high IQ (not low IQ)80.160215.5581
corporate (not freelance)80.112019.524
sheriff (not outlaw)79.919220.5476
sensible (not ludicrous)79.816118.9480
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)79.736217.544
logical (not emotional)79.611617.7454
skeptical (not spiritual)79.529218.0469
concrete (not abstract)79.310019.046
competent (not incompetent)79.060920.3435
normie (not freak)79.06319.740
classical (not avant-garde)78.910416.8115
utilitarian (not decorative)78.612916.5110
literal (not metaphorical)78.57918.7447
hard (not soft)78.326417.5465
regular (not zany)78.24120.748
persistent (not quitter)78.1102519.637
subdued (not exuberant)78.02917.026
dry (not moist)78.07320.820
winter (not summer)78.018015.424
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)77.916917.647
jaded (not innocent)77.637920.825
realist (not idealist)77.514220.4110
proper (not scandalous)77.420320.9459
gloomy (not sunny)77.424621.427
dominant (not submissive)77.354220.1497
factual (not exaggerating)77.316725.722
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)77.312817.5460
non-gamer (not gamer)77.325324.624
humorless (not funny)77.210518.8503
neurotypical (not autistic)77.128020.7427
real (not philosophical)77.016719.3394
monochrome (not multicolored)77.014219.793
perceptive (not unobservant)77.071021.428
consistent (not variable)76.818123.124
tight (not loose)76.732916.516
thick-skinned (not sensitive)76.615219.2534
civilized (not barbaric)76.649319.4451
high standards (not desperate)76.529624.828
sober (not indulgent)76.49321.6431
hard (not soft)76.430919.0120
confident (not insecure)76.348621.2479
manicured (not scruffy)76.258321.7538
reasoned (not instinctual)76.28720.8468
direct (not roundabout)75.943523.1452
assertive (not passive)75.955420.3455
dramatic (not comedic)75.842417.024
captain (not first-mate)75.737825.3547
suspicious (not awkward)75.635919.2479
master (not apprentice)75.653121.0221
worldly (not innocent)75.551618.6479
monotone (not expressive)75.38818.924
suspicious (not trusting)75.334420.0462
rock (not rap)75.353624.728
prudish (not flirtatious)75.212517.720
OCD (not ADHD)75.133316.921
opinionated (not jealous)75.143424.127
cocky (not timid)75.158317.518
rigid (not flexible)75.023819.2510
strict (not lenient)74.932520.4496
sturdy (not flimsy)74.945319.233
stubborn (not accommodating)74.961227.726
patriotic (not unpatriotic)74.735819.239
alert (not oblivious)74.750219.034
demanding (not unchallenging)74.767926.038
human (not animalistic)74.559521.8434
minimalist (not pack rat)74.512521.035
fighter (not lover)74.523015.221
not genocidal (not genocidal)74.557919.724
cold (not warm)74.426817.7490
🧐 (not 😎)74.418121.754
traditional (not unorthodox)74.319621.7126
sorrowful (not cheery)74.331214.2444
self-assured (not self-conscious)74.142221.6419
decisive (not hesitant)74.055022.2521
tame (not wild)73.915920.0463
permanent (not transient)73.817020.7185
resourceful (not helpless)73.882721.3115
pessimistic (not optimistic)73.822318.0412
frugal (not lavish)73.722119.6372
privileged (not oppressed)73.555823.326
overachiever (not underachiever)73.572923.133
devoted (not unfaithful)73.593723.523
preppy (not punk rock)73.345923.925
healthy (not sickly)73.259722.6470
never cries (not often crying)73.239624.522
resolute (not wavering)73.043122.147
builder (not explorer)72.915920.0486
🤖 (not 👻)72.914422.751
well behaved (not mischievous)72.824424.8481
opinionated (not neutral)72.891624.527
reliable (not experimental)72.733018.817
macho (not metrosexual)72.518324.825
💀 (not 🎃)72.530528.226
conservative (not liberal)72.317122.149
tactful (not indiscreet)72.234924.063
tall (not short)72.140319.5440
Russian (not French)72.111126.220
vanilla (not kinky)72.026226.5402
empirical (not theoretical)72.010825.9468
penny-pincher (not overspender)72.022321.570
bold (not shy)71.999220.1461
old (not young)71.931213.6502
prestigious (not disreputable)71.645722.3405
mad (not glad)71.440418.951
quarrelsome (not warm)71.344819.4463
🙃 (not 🥰)71.325625.570
chortling (not giggling)71.335626.525
authoritarian (not democratic)71.232622.7465
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)71.261925.338
bitter (not sweet)71.135217.0440
tasteful (not lewd)70.945021.6415
reclusive (not social)70.929220.875
prideful (not envious)70.957920.530
alpha (not beta)70.863526.2424
uncreative (not open to new experinces)70.511721.8446
urban (not rural)70.562623.972
clean (not perverted)70.364823.627
child free (not pronatalist)70.343426.9342
white knight (not bad boy)70.351021.819
miserable (not joyful)70.245819.940
angry (not good-humored)70.126316.3471
insider (not outsider)70.114024.6390
objective (not subjective)70.19922.6104
statist (not anarchist)70.126423.981
mighty (not puny)70.068119.9479
official (not backdoor)70.023324.7502
dispassionate (not romantic)70.014121.644
political (not nonpolitical)69.839725.4431
earth (not air)69.741428.926
wise (not foolish)69.646120.2476
judgemental (not accepting)69.643422.0381
repetitive (not varied)69.626821.7191
bookish (not sporty)69.567624.0444
normal (not weird)69.320024.2498
picky (not always down)69.338325.123
pro (not noob)69.284927.051
western (not eastern)69.233328.864
highbrow (not lowbrow)69.145021.1446
active (not slothful)69.099322.6444
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)69.021825.643
concise (not long-winded)69.023018.523
realistic (not ambitious)68.916027.436
cultured (not rustic)68.850321.725
precise (not vague)68.462424.7405
🧠 (not 💪)68.478123.948
intellectual (not physical)68.269125.4475
independent (not codependent)68.266328.1497
🧕 (not 💃)68.212025.191
motivated (not unmotivated)68.2122731.020
sad (not happy)68.152215.8438
still (not twitchy)67.921224.137
🥴 (not 🥳)67.933918.840
sane (not crazy)67.836422.337
predictable (not quirky)67.725425.926
eloquent (not unpolished)67.665222.8503
chaste (not lustful)67.624421.6392
industrial (not domestic)67.628725.993
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)67.627024.057
mathematical (not literary)67.323024.5431
rich (not poor)67.364016.6425
politically correct (not edgy)67.131424.6448
obedient (not rebellious)67.131323.1440
monastic (not hedonist)67.013925.839
believable (not poorly-written)67.0111322.726
geriatric (not vibrant)66.914522.428
loyal (not traitorous)66.9107524.8468
machiavellian (not transparent)66.740423.912
rhythmic (not stuttering)66.481020.434
mild (not spicy)66.226625.1448
hurried (not leisurely)66.142821.8502
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)66.027827.728
wooden (not plastic)65.969027.830
traumatized (not flourishing)65.967020.616
money-focused (not love-focused)65.734225.427
haunted (not blissful)65.676921.033
stoic (not hypochondriac)65.649526.425
contrarian (not yes-man)65.359226.624
introvert (not extrovert)65.234123.2428
mundane (not extraordinary)65.217123.7436
centrist (not radical)65.119731.218
libertarian (not socialist)65.028623.9391
Roman (not Greek)64.923128.421
mainstream (not arcane)64.823328.4416
egalitarian (not racist)64.8122024.445
devout (not heathen)64.449122.6373
fire (not water)64.473931.521
scholarly (not crafty)64.136727.4537
linear (not circular)64.128430.720
genius (not dunce)64.185517.8500
hoarder (not unprepared)64.158718.4409
😬 (not 😏)64.029629.347
important (not irrelevant)63.9119026.382
offended (not chill)63.961127.227
go-getter (not slugabed)63.8120728.449
complicated (not simple)63.783627.4455
reasonable (not deranged)63.667929.739
careful (not brave)63.525325.7462
legit (not scrub)63.5102326.862
unemotional (not emotional)63.521525.725
paranoid (not naive)63.365324.320
compersive (not jealous)63.244323.7373
average (not deviant)63.226824.8380
🎩 (not 🧢)63.262929.039
moderate (not extreme)63.130226.5438
Coke (not Pepsi)63.124233.034
orange (not purple)63.037026.0348
stingy (not generous)63.039623.029
boy/girl-next-door (not celebrity)62.977729.615
honorable (not cunning)62.870227.4467
ferocious (not pacifist)62.877622.7449
💔 (not 💝)62.643624.561
insulting (not complimentary)62.350619.5100
heroic (not villainous)61.7105423.1494
atheist (not theist)61.771126.269
sage (not whippersnapper)61.642028.227
tailor (not blacksmith)61.580332.125
entitled (not grateful)61.262623.229
arrogant (not humble)61.172823.7446
🐐 (not 🦒)61.171132.458
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)61.064730.040
enlightened (not lost)61.048225.026
deep (not shallow)60.981023.460
off-key (not musical)60.857626.221
deep (not epic)60.739125.723
stable (not moody)60.630127.5459
close-minded (not open-minded)60.639924.0493
shy (not playful)60.524318.4405
thrifty (not extravagant)60.360324.223
introspective (not not introspective)60.187526.358
😭 (not 😀)60.152223.049
queen (not princess)60.184631.621
😊 (not 🤣)59.982822.844
respectful (not rude)59.884225.8451
awkward (not charming)59.641522.3505
historical (not modern)59.652325.8397
punchable (not loveable)59.543724.535
dorky (not cool)59.455925.158
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)59.448227.926
slow-talking (not fast-talking)59.433721.617
indie (not pop)59.484429.116
treasure (not trash)59.2124625.058
bashful (not exhibitionist)59.233122.126
depressed (not bright)59.154624.2420
fixable (not unfixable)59.181627.428
🦇 (not 🐿)59.051527.940
quiet (not loud)58.959724.9446
pretentious (not unassuming)58.975527.557
Italian (not Swedish)58.963629.519
refined (not rugged)58.881525.9444
protagonist (not antagonist)58.8110928.324
uninspiring (not charismatic)58.618524.2596
sexist (not feminist)58.440621.940
impatient (not patient)58.390426.4182
asexual (not sexual)58.336332.019
feisty (not gracious)58.2103823.8542
enslaved (not emancipated)58.124727.0415
🐩 (not 🐒)58.170324.334
🥶 (not 🥵)58.148532.626
focused on the present (not focused on the future)57.661527.8460
triggered (not trolling)57.699026.026
nerd (not jock)57.587728.7421
street-smart (not sheltered)57.595226.9414
knowledgeable (not ignorant)57.5114329.938
🏀 (not 🎨)57.554825.824
dog person (not cat person)57.567336.520
resistant (not resigned)57.4123627.3448
badass (not weakass)57.4117530.424
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)57.365228.0491
stylish (not slovenly)57.395726.2447
soulless (not soulful)57.332523.3112
analysis (not common sense)57.376529.920
cannibal (not vegan)57.265021.623
ranged (not melee)57.171119.116
rough (not smooth)57.063625.6446
psychopath (not empath)57.050724.921
😈 (not 😇)56.968825.953
straightforward (not cryptic)56.6109331.4465
altruistic (not selfish)56.685324.4451
🛌 (not 🧗)56.645030.767
narcissistic (not low self esteem)56.689222.019
🥾 (not 👟)56.565427.852
everyman (not chosen one)56.457135.022
trusting (not charming)56.060421.2388
hunter (not gatherer)56.082426.522
oxymoron (not tautology)55.982428.915
self-improving (not self-destructive)55.762324.825
thinker (not doer)55.740729.529
📈 (not 📉)55.6108126.433
claustrophobic (not spelunker)55.641435.322
🐷 (not 🐮)55.442526.448
calm (not anxious)55.255327.7441
cheesy (not chic)55.280222.117
remote (not involved)54.923926.2443
demure (not vain)54.971424.3377
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)54.475228.4396
🏌 (not 🤺)54.430431.848
interested (not bored)54.4123622.920
biased (not impartial)54.3124827.0477
tiresome (not interesting)54.132126.3472
unambiguous (not mysterious)54.188730.4542
👽 (not 🤡)54.085831.040
stuck-in-the-past (not forward-thinking)53.964131.229
💩 (not 🌟)53.837126.950
two-faced (not one-faced)53.853232.336
aloof (not obsessed)53.731626.3431
English (not German)53.7152331.515
high-tech (not low-tech)53.578023.1385
🐘 (not 🐀)53.576830.476
apathetic (not curious)53.332224.1442
ugly (not beautiful)53.130121.2113
fearmongering (not reassuring)53.164022.717
washed (not muddy)53.1104633.713
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.052633.5329
thick (not thin)53.059423.1405
nihilist (not existentialist)52.945026.487
profound (not ironic)52.873427.019
🤑 (not 🤠)52.662925.943
vengeful (not forgiving)52.582823.5392
kind (not cruel)52.4123620.9478
unlucky (not fortunate)52.388223.6393
debased (not pure)52.277124.8422
efficient (not overprepared)52.2131634.119
reactive (not proactive)52.291228.317
sheeple (not conspiracist)52.142325.6390
inspiring (not cringeworthy)52.1101626.1107
fast (not slow)52.0125322.9404
night owl (not morning lark)51.9103930.3282
hypocritical (not equitable)51.973626.5125
salacious (not wholesome)51.870224.145
cosmopolitan (not provincial)51.690728.0418
poisonous (not nurturing)51.664823.5189
generalist (not specialist)51.653430.585
fresh (not stinky)51.4121327.782
interrupting (not attentive)51.478825.227
genuine (not sarcastic)51.388626.9457
receiving (not giving)51.364928.028
goth (not flower child)51.361123.218
competitive (not cooperative)51.2108527.0443
communal (not individualist)51.260830.4114
good-cook (not bad-cook)51.282128.518
repulsive (not attractive)51.140924.1490
luddite (not technophile)51.189624.0391
disarming (not creepy)50.2129123.5185
demonic (not angelic)50.772220.0386
🤫 (not 🤔)50.563130.951
frenzied (not sleepy)50.5154725.426

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. Dr. Eric Foreman (0.879)
  2. Jack Crawford (0.879)
  3. Aaron Hotchner (0.872)
  4. Thomas Matthews (0.87)
  5. Jack Crawford (0.867)
  6. Donald Cragen (0.866)
  7. Cobra Bubbles (0.856)
  8. Carlton Lassiter (0.856)
  9. Dr. Marcus Andrews (0.85)
  10. Captain Jim Brass (0.847)
  1. Jason Mendoza (-0.707)
  2. Alan (-0.695)
  3. Gene Belcher (-0.67)
  4. Midge Pinciotti (-0.666)
  5. Michael Kelso (-0.66)
  6. Brittany Pierce (-0.658)
  7. Dory (-0.648)
  8. Fez (-0.645)
  9. Donkey (-0.64)
  10. Klaus Hargreeves (-0.635)

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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