The Ultimate List of 100 Character Flaws

We provide your one-stop list for character flaws, as well as a fun exercise to create dynamic characters!


Creating a character is a difficult task. There are several things to consider from what do they look like, how do they sound, how do they act, and what makes them who they are? All of these things and more should be focused on when building a character. But you should also focus on their weakness or flaws.

These types of traits can be anything from fear, a vice, or failing. They could also be something another character can use against them or hold over their head. It may even be another person. Someone they are afraid to speak with or even see. Whatever it is, characters with weaknesses are more engaging to readers as they are more realistic.

Character Building Exercise: Choose five numbers randomly, or use one of those random number generation tools online. Or roll a d100 five times! Write down those five traits and create a character out of them. Decide how this personality happened. What in the character’s past caused these traits to form? How do they use them? Do they fully understand them? If there are contradicting ones, what caused this internal battle?

  1. Absent-Minded
  2. Abusive
  3. Anxious
  4. Arrogant
  5. Bashful
  6. Belligerent
  7. Betrayal
  8. Bigmouth
  9. Blunt
  10. Bold
  11. Childish
  12. Clumsy
  13. Compulsive
  14. Covetous
  15. Coward
  16. Crude
  17. Cruel
  18. Curious
  19. Daydream
  20. Deceitful
  21. Disloyal
  22. Driven by Goals
  23. Drunkard
  24. Egotistical
  25. Emotionless
  26. Envious
  27. Fanatical
  28. Fearful
  29. Fickle
  30. Finicky
  31. Flawless
  32. Flirty
  33. Forgetful
  34. Gambling
  35. Gluttony
  36. Greedy
  37. Grumpy
  38. Hubris
  39. Hunted for betraying someone
  40. Ignorant
  41. Immature
  42. Impatient
  43. In Debt
  44. Infamy
  45. Inquisitive
  46. Jealous
  47. Judgmental
  48. Kleptomaniac
  49. Klutz
  50. Lazy
  51. Lewd
  52. Lies
  53. Lustful
  54. Manipulative
  55. Materialistic
  56. Messy
  57. Meek
  58. Mischievous
  59. Naïve
  60. Nervous
  61. Nosey
  62. Obsessed
  63. Obsessive
  64. Pacifist
  65. Paranoid
  66. Perfectionist
  67. Pessimistic
  68. Poor Hygiene
  69. Powerless
  70. Predictable
  71. Prideful
  72. Procrastination
  73. Rapacious
  74. Rebellious
  75. Reckless
  76. Remorseless
  77. Rude
  78. Sacrilegious
  79. Sarcastic
  80. Seducer
  81. Selfish
  82. Shallow
  83. Shameful
  84. Showy
  85. Shy
  86. Skeptical
  87. Solemn
  88. Spoiled
  89. Stern in Thought
  90. Stubborn
  91. Superstitious
  92. Suspicious of Others
  93. Swindler
  94. Timid
  95. Too Trusting
  96. Unable to Trust
  97. Unfaithful
  98. Unreliable
  99. Vain
  100. Wrathful
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