Character flaw ideas to use in your next story

What is a character flaw?

A character flaw is a fault or weakness in a person’s character.

Why do readers like characters with flaws?

Flaws make the character more interesting for the reader, and realistic as no one is perfect.

Try not to create a character that is flawless, they cannot go wrong. This is not that intriguing for the reader.

Here are some of ideas for character flaws:

  • Stubbornness
  • Clumsiness
  • Greed
  • Obsessed with something or someone
  • Spoiled
  • Proud
  • Forgetful
  • A loud mouth
  • Childish
  • Immature
  • Gossipy
  • Lust for power
  • Humourless
  • Nosy
  • Jealous
  • Confused
  • Arrogant
  • Selfish
  • Ungrateful

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5 thoughts on “Character flaw ideas to use in your next story

  1. Cool as they are initially, I find it more annoying in a film or book when the central protagonist is brilliant at everything – it completely removes the stakes, because you know they’ll just amazing their way out of any situation

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  2. Thank you for these lists of traits, it’ll be nice to back to when I need it! I agree, no one’s perfect in real life so why make our characters perfect if it’s just unrealistic?

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