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147 Examples of Character Flaws

 , April 30, 2020
A character flaw is a limitation, fear, bias, personality shortfall or deficiency in a person who may be otherwise capable, likeable and talented. These can be used to describe a real person. However, the term character flaw is associated with storytelling whereby fictional characters are given weaknesses that make them more interesting, likeable or realistic. Audiences commonly find perfection to be unrelatable, boring or irritating such that even heroes are given flaws that make them more appealing. The following are common examples of character flaws.
Absent-Minded Professor
Aimless
Aloof
Antisocial
Anxiety
Arrogance
Audacious
Backstabber
Bad Liar
Biases
Bleak
Bluntness
Boring
Breaks the Law
Callous
Can't Keep a Secret
Childish
Commitment Issues
Compulsive
Cowardice
Craves Attention
Cruel
Defensiveness
Delusional
Directionless
Dishonest
Disloyal
Easily Distracted
Easily Offended
Egotistical
Evil Genius
Excessive Curiosity
Fails At Humor
Fake
Feelings of Inadequacy
Forgetful
Frivolous
Goofy
Gossipy
Greed
Gullibility
Hater
Heavy Sleeper
Hubris
Humorless
Hypocrisy
Idealist
Immature
Impulsive
Incompetent
Indecisiveness
Indulgent
Infamy
Irrational Fears
Jaded
Jealous
Judgemental
Laziness
Low Intelligence
Manipulative
Messy
Mischievous
Mistrust of Others
Mysterious Dark Past
Mysterious Dark Side
Naivety
Narcissist
Neat-Freak
Need for Validation
Nerdy
No Self-Control
Nosy
Obsessive
Out of Touch
Overambitious
Overly Competitive
Overly Dramatic
Overly Emotional
Overly Logical
Overly Practical
Overly Privileged
Overly Talkative
Own Worst Enemy
Paranoia
Passive Aggressive
Perfectionism
Pettiness
Phobias
Picky Eater
Points Out the Obvious
Poor Hygiene
Poser
Power Hungry
Preachy
Predictable
Prejudice
Prone to Well-Intentioned Failures
Prudishness
Pushover
Pushy
Rebellious
Reckless
Repeats Same Mistakes
Rude
Sarcastic
Schadenfreude
Self-Doubt
Self-Pity
Selfishness
Senile
Sense of Entitlement
Sensitive About a Weakness
Shallow
Shy
Smothers People
Snobbery
Social Anxiety
Social Climber
Socially Awkward
Sociopath
Solemn
Sore Loser
Spiteful
Spoiled
Spreads Rumors
Stubborn
Stuck in the Past
Superstitious
Tactlessness
Talks To Self
Temperamental
Theatrical
Thinks Out Loud
Timid
Too Nice
Tragic Flaw
Unfaithful
Unlucky
Unrealistic
Unreasonable
Unskilled at Something e.g. driving
Unstable
Unstable Relationships
Use of Profanity
Vain
Vice
Workaholic

Notes

A tragic flaw is a weakness that ultimately leads to a hero's downfall.
The term character flaw refers to the personality of an individual. In the context of storytelling, this is sometimes extended to include physical and mental conditions of a character. For example, a character with a chronic sleep disorder.

Character Flaws

This is the complete list of articles we have written about character flaws.
Biases
Character
Character
Hubris
Idealist
Pathologizing
Personal Attributes
Sarcastic
Schadenfreude
Storytelling
Superficial
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