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Walter Skinner 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. 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
serious (not playful)89.36110.6496
masculine (not feminine)87.815813.4478
valedictorian (not drop out)87.414911.336
studious (not goof-off)87.312815.135
rational (not whimsical)86.74613.2492
gendered (not androgynous)86.716517.9181
self-disciplined (not disorganized)86.521213.4433
deliberate (not spontaneous)85.99513.5441
corporate (not freelance)85.84414.516
🐴 (not 🦄)85.63715.436
scientific (not artistic)85.68712.3468
practical (not imaginative)85.55413.2454
confidential (not gossiping)85.414216.8552
workaholic (not slacker)85.427614.2106
scheduled (not spontaneous)85.310814.1496
diligent (not lazy)85.242414.2481
mature (not juvenile)85.29615.0113
factual (not poetic)85.03511.224
guarded (not open)84.417712.4488
work-first (not family-first)84.013615.5558
formal (not intimate)83.96217.379
private (not gregarious)83.77514.4483
down2earth (not head@clouds)83.75917.6478
tense (not relaxed)83.621412.8461
basic (not hipster)83.36016.5455
works hard (not plays hard)83.217118.8486
no-nonsense (not dramatic)83.04520.8230
stoic (not expressive)82.93916.6425
orderly (not chaotic)82.810516.3426
conventional (not creative)82.65716.5498
secretive (not open-book)82.517413.622
straight (not queer)82.330219.6200
reserved (not chatty)82.29713.5450
intense (not lighthearted)82.025015.627
coordinated (not clumsy)81.829116.1441
cautious (not impulsive)81.66816.4467
subdued (not exuberant)81.4814.518
modest (not flamboyant)81.48917.3478
neat (not messy)81.420914.7414
armoured (not vulnerable)81.214016.8447
methodical (not astonishing)81.18114.7478
driven (not unambitious)81.055217.4477
bossy (not meek)80.934017.0499
serious (not bold)80.73516.5453
regular (not zany)80.31718.444
high IQ (not low IQ)80.146815.6577
sheriff (not outlaw)80.114320.0479
🤐 (not 😜)80.07521.842
utilitarian (not decorative)79.99416.1114
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)79.929517.039
sensible (not ludicrous)79.614219.4477
logical (not emotional)79.48718.1451
skeptical (not spiritual)79.224518.3482
competent (not incompetent)78.847520.1440
gloomy (not sunny)78.616719.222
literal (not metaphorical)78.57018.7453
tight (not loose)78.322617.411
concrete (not abstract)78.29719.535
hard (not soft)78.022418.0473
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)77.813715.943
real (not philosophical)77.512418.6409
proper (not scandalous)77.416520.6457
dominant (not submissive)77.443420.1494
perceptive (not unobservant)77.453817.118
realist (not idealist)77.29921.1107
humorless (not funny)77.08318.8508
classical (not avant-garde)77.011320.1112
sober (not indulgent)76.97321.1439
neurotypical (not autistic)76.925420.9446
monochrome (not multicolored)76.911319.391
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)76.810817.7473
confident (not insecure)76.738421.0475
persistent (not quitter)76.683320.434
presidential (not folksy)76.618816.823
thick-skinned (not sensitive)76.513219.2545
civilized (not barbaric)76.339419.9451
assertive (not passive)76.146219.9455
manicured (not scruffy)76.147221.7544
reasoned (not instinctual)76.07820.8471
suspicious (not trusting)75.927619.3460
dry (not moist)75.99824.014
macho (not metrosexual)75.911221.511
worldly (not innocent)75.738818.3478
master (not apprentice)75.641120.8219
direct (not roundabout)75.437223.4459
hard (not soft)75.428019.8117
traditional (not unorthodox)75.314121.4121
captain (not first-mate)75.229525.7565
sturdy (not flimsy)75.137717.021
suspicious (not awkward)75.032619.2479
alert (not oblivious)74.839919.034
rigid (not flexible)74.720019.4501
cold (not warm)74.721017.5490
strict (not lenient)74.627720.1499
human (not animalistic)74.445822.3431
frugal (not lavish)74.218219.1378
sorrowful (not cheery)74.124014.2439
decisive (not hesitant)74.044222.2524
self-assured (not self-conscious)73.937821.5425
permanent (not transient)73.914420.2188
pessimistic (not optimistic)73.618917.9419
healthy (not sickly)73.447122.2470
tame (not wild)73.412720.1449
🧐 (not 😎)73.416222.349
minimalist (not pack rat)73.412321.330
dispassionate (not romantic)73.47016.626
patriotic (not unpatriotic)73.233219.333
builder (not explorer)72.813420.1488
resourceful (not helpless)72.769220.9105
privileged (not oppressed)72.647323.322
reclusive (not social)72.517919.062
tactful (not indiscreet)72.527224.162
well behaved (not mischievous)72.418524.9489
empirical (not theoretical)72.38925.3476
tall (not short)72.230019.1441
consistent (not variable)72.126123.315
preppy (not punk rock)72.138821.818
bold (not shy)72.078420.1461
🤖 (not 👻)71.814622.444
conservative (not liberal)71.813722.742
🙃 (not 🥰)71.719925.567
resolute (not wavering)71.739123.139
penny-pincher (not overspender)71.619022.563
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)71.615024.242
chortling (not giggling)71.629425.613
old (not young)71.524513.7500
vanilla (not kinky)71.421826.7409
quarrelsome (not warm)71.436819.4484
tasteful (not lewd)71.336521.6416
bitter (not sweet)71.129016.8435
alpha (not beta)71.150625.7436
prestigious (not disreputable)71.138522.9417
authoritarian (not democratic)71.126622.9477
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)70.914727.123
insider (not outsider)70.811423.9404
miserable (not joyful)70.734320.635
repetitive (not varied)70.320321.3190
mad (not glad)70.334119.750
reliable (not experimental)70.330819.616
uncreative (not open to new experinces)70.211521.8456
mighty (not puny)70.153319.5468
Roman (not Greek)69.910826.715
angry (not good-humored)69.921116.3469
linear (not circular)69.912224.115
political (not nonpolitical)69.831825.3441
🧠 (not 💪)69.755823.844
official (not backdoor)69.719824.5520
bookish (not sporty)69.550023.8443
urban (not rural)69.549623.360
statist (not anarchist)69.422624.374
wise (not foolish)69.435020.0458
traumatized (not flourishing)69.341117.011
child free (not pronatalist)69.337527.6348
active (not slothful)69.276222.8453
judgemental (not accepting)69.235821.6393
objective (not subjective)69.29623.6100
normal (not weird)69.016924.4498
highbrow (not lowbrow)68.837621.2449
precise (not vague)68.746624.7404
sane (not crazy)68.725822.534
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)68.717723.955
🧕 (not 💃)68.59224.887
sad (not happy)68.338915.7443
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)68.312120.919
🥴 (not 🥳)67.927218.835
chaste (not lustful)67.818721.7393
eloquent (not unpolished)67.851222.7526
intellectual (not physical)67.754125.2484
independent (not codependent)67.751728.7501
rich (not poor)67.548716.1419
politically correct (not edgy)67.321424.2452
western (not eastern)67.329429.058
obedient (not rebellious)67.123023.0440
loyal (not traitorous)67.081325.0468
mathematical (not literary)67.018924.3426
claustrophobic (not spelunker)66.612029.116
geriatric (not vibrant)66.610323.823
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)66.560528.129
Russian (not French)66.416227.612
hurried (not leisurely)66.131821.8524
industrial (not domestic)66.128725.480
monastic (not hedonist)65.911727.035
mild (not spicy)65.820225.4449
libertarian (not socialist)65.722223.7396
offended (not chill)65.544028.023
rhythmic (not stuttering)65.565220.926
introvert (not extrovert)65.424523.3440
egalitarian (not racist)65.490223.939
mundane (not extraordinary)64.814923.7446
mainstream (not arcane)64.617628.4420
devout (not heathen)64.438922.5378
careful (not brave)64.318725.5470
genius (not dunce)64.262617.7507
complicated (not simple)63.862227.2460
hoarder (not unprepared)63.745018.5411
go-getter (not slugabed)63.790328.240
legit (not scrub)63.776625.460
average (not deviant)63.621024.5380
pro (not noob)63.576426.339
reasonable (not deranged)63.550930.535
compersive (not jealous)63.434123.8373
ferocious (not pacifist)63.160122.3460
scholarly (not crafty)63.128127.8543
believable (not poorly-written)63.197724.618
moderate (not extreme)63.022926.6452
important (not irrelevant)63.090226.479
😊 (not 🤣)63.053123.535
sage (not whippersnapper)63.031229.420
honorable (not cunning)62.951127.5462
punchable (not loveable)62.529724.324
💔 (not 💝)62.236725.454
heroic (not villainous)62.177623.0511
orange (not purple)62.031526.3343
atheist (not theist)61.852526.369
🐐 (not 🦒)61.853131.049
insulting (not complimentary)61.342018.6101
stable (not moody)61.222027.4474
arrogant (not humble)61.258023.3454
deep (not shallow)61.259522.455
close-minded (not open-minded)61.130424.1501
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)61.150929.137
fixable (not unfixable)61.053326.322
triggered (not trolling)61.061523.720
enlightened (not lost)60.936827.614
narcissistic (not low self esteem)60.861024.111
🦇 (not 🐿)60.638129.038
shy (not playful)60.518218.3412
historical (not modern)60.338825.6405
sexist (not feminist)60.330522.435
👽 (not 🤡)60.247629.331
introspective (not not introspective)60.064727.258
💩 (not 🌟)60.022422.842
😬 (not 😏)60.031629.140
awkward (not charming)59.931622.1510
dorky (not cool)59.942224.052
tailor (not blacksmith)59.965632.021
respectful (not rude)59.761625.4466
🎩 (not 🧢)59.656830.035
treasure (not trash)59.392524.552
😭 (not 😀)59.143921.940
quiet (not loud)59.044325.0451
English (not German)58.9100324.39
slow-talking (not fast-talking)58.928222.015
depressed (not bright)58.840724.2421
uninspiring (not charismatic)58.615124.4616
enslaved (not emancipated)58.519926.5425
pretentious (not unassuming)58.560027.652
refined (not rugged)58.364125.9445
🛌 (not 🧗)58.230529.261
off-key (not musical)58.053628.316
feisty (not gracious)57.882123.9552
focused on the present (not focused on the future)57.748027.6473
street-smart (not sheltered)57.772526.6413
impatient (not patient)57.769226.8189
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)57.652027.6508
stylish (not slovenly)57.671626.1454
knowledgeable (not ignorant)57.584528.730
soulless (not soulful)57.325422.9115
📈 (not 📉)57.376025.834
ranged (not melee)57.254320.613
nerd (not jock)57.067128.6420
resistant (not resigned)57.095127.0457
rough (not smooth)56.649725.3445
Italian (not Swedish)56.658127.514
altruistic (not selfish)56.562824.7451
😈 (not 😇)56.453226.047
straightforward (not cryptic)56.384831.4471
trusting (not charming)56.342821.4400
🐩 (not 🐒)56.256926.433
calm (not anxious)55.642627.6440
self-improving (not self-destructive)55.647823.320
🥾 (not 👟)55.253827.746
demure (not vain)55.152624.4386
cannibal (not vegan)55.154720.819
remote (not involved)54.918425.8469
biased (not impartial)54.993526.7483
efficient (not overprepared)54.992634.016
tiresome (not interesting)54.625526.2480
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)54.456828.4407
🐷 (not 🐮)54.436927.742
unambiguous (not mysterious)54.366630.4545
aloof (not obsessed)53.825526.6451
🤑 (not 🤠)53.547525.838
ugly (not beautiful)53.223821.1101
🐘 (not 🐀)53.262129.671
apathetic (not curious)53.125324.3458
high-tech (not low-tech)53.157922.9388
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')53.137933.8328
nihilist (not existentialist)53.037926.983
salacious (not wholesome)52.753824.836
kind (not cruel)52.592320.8480
thick (not thin)52.547023.3415
unlucky (not fortunate)52.464623.5408
fresh (not stinky)52.488527.674
vengeful (not forgiving)52.165423.1400
sheeple (not conspiracist)52.133125.7394
hypocritical (not equitable)51.955926.0121
🤺 (not 🏌)51.9100832.137
debased (not pure)51.860524.4425
fast (not slow)51.894423.1409
poisonous (not nurturing)51.750123.7183
🤔 (not 🤫)51.781630.044
repulsive (not attractive)51.630824.1499
hunter (not gatherer)51.670528.719
frenzied (not sleepy)51.5113824.221
night owl (not morning lark)51.381430.1286
genuine (not sarcastic)51.267726.7454
inspiring (not cringeworthy)51.278526.2102
luddite (not technophile)51.168424.0392
cooperative (not competitive)50.148327.1449
demonic (not angelic)50.256319.9383
provincial (not cosmopolitan)50.262428.4419
disarming (not creepy)50.896823.0183
specialist (not generalist)50.388830.584
communal (not individualist)50.449030.3110

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. Thomas Matthews (0.879)
  2. Jack Crawford (0.875)
  3. Donald Cragen (0.872)
  4. Dr. Eric Foreman (0.869)
  5. Cobra Bubbles (0.868)
  1. Jason Mendoza (-0.72)
  2. Gene Belcher (-0.689)
  3. Klaus Hargreeves (-0.686)
  4. Midge Pinciotti (-0.686)
  5. Michael Kelso (-0.679)

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: ENTP (r = 0.15)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.1)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.06)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = -0.04)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.07)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.07)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.11)
  8. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.13)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.16)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.16)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.2)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.26)
  13. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.27)
  14. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.28)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.34)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.35)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.4)
  18. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.41)
  19. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.43)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.47)
  21. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.49)
  22. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.51)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.55)
  24. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.62)
  25. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.64)


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