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

Take the Penable course in creating lovable characters here: https://penable.net/2020/10/28/creating-lovable-fictional-characters-the-penable-academy/

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Published by H.R Phoenix, Author

H.R Phoenix is the creator of Penable. She likes to inspire people to write and is an author, editor, proofreader and illustrator. She is currently working on her mystery/thriller debut novel. When she's not working on a short story or writing awesome Penable Posts, she enjoys spending time painting, reading or hanging out with her two cute kittens...

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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