Hello writing compatriots!

I've said before how important it is to give your character flaws. Without them, the character is dull, unrelatable, and lacking plot-driving qualities.

Villains, heroes, and even those wishy-washy ones need flaws! To help myself as well as others, I've compiled a reference list to give us all some ideas when thinking up flaws for our characters. Enjoy!


| Positive traits that become flaws in excess

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leadership → controlling
honest → rude
ambitious → greedy
humble → taken advantage of
loyal → misguided
confident → reckless
encouraging → misleading
decisive → impulsive
patient/content → uninspired
responsible → inflexible

| Neutral traits that can become flaws

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meddlesome
independent
sensitive
peaceful
immature
talkative
moody
spoiled
depressed/pessimistic
indifferent

| Negative traits (a.k.a. flaws)

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dishonest
apathetic
lazy
insensitive
jealous
selfish
devious
argumentative
forgetful
aggressive

If you want to talk about writing any time, please message me! I love to hear from other writers.

Aurora ✾
Aurora ✾
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This article was written by @aurorarae on the We Heart It Writers Team.