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90 Examples of Character Weaknesses

 , updated on December 15, 2023
Character weaknesses are aspects of an individual's personality and repeated behavior that have a negative impact. With perhaps a few exceptions, everyone has such weaknesses. Where an individual has many strengths a few weaknesses can be charming. This is the reason that writers almost always give characters, including heroes, character flaws. It is human to be weak and characters without a weakness come off as unappealing. Nevertheless, it is important to personal development that an individual look at themselves in a realistic light, including examination of weakness to try to improve. The following are commonly cited character weaknesses.
Absent-Minded
Aloof
Antisocial
Apathetic
Biased
Careless
Childish
Compulsive
Conceited
Condescending
Controlling
Cowardly
Cranky
Cynical
Disagreeable
Dishonest
Disloyal
Disrespectful
Distrustful
Dreary
Dull
Egotistical
Envious
Foolish
Gossipy
Greedy
Hostile
Hypocritical
Impatient
Impractical
Inattentive
Incompetent
Inconsiderate
Inconsistent
Insecure
Insensitive
Irrational
Irresponsible
Jealous
Judgmental
Know-it-all
Lazy
Malevolent
Materialistic
Mediocrity
Melodramatic
Naive
Narcissistic
Needy
Nervous
Nosy
Obsessive
One-sided
Overly Critical
Overly Dramatic
Oversensitive
Paranoid
Passive
Passive Aggressive
Perfectionist
Pessimistic
Possessive
Prejudiced
Pretentious
Reckless
Resentful
Self-Indulgent
Selfish
Short-tempered
Snobby
Supercilious
Superficial
Suspicious
Tactless
Temperamental
Touchy
Uncooperative
Undisciplined
Unethical
Unfair
Unfriendly
Unimaginative
Unintelligent
Unmotivated
Unrealistic
Unreliable
Unstable
Unsympathetic
Vain
Volatile

Charming Character Weaknesses

Characters of film and literature tend to be unlikable or unrelatable where they lack weaknesses. This is a reflection of life whereby you may like others as much for their weaknesses as their strengths. The following character weaknesses are potentially charming.
In some cases, characteristics that are usually weaknesses can be a strength of a particular individual. For example, a dreary artist who finds this a source of self-expression such that they create works of remarkable value. Likewise, character strengths taken to an extreme can become weaknesses such as an unusually social person who forgets the joys of being alone such as quiet reflection.
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