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Character Flaw Index

Discussion in 'Writing Resources' started by Creed, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. Creed

    Creed Sage

    It's included in my recent post on the character creation process, but I thought it warranted its own page.

    This morning I found a long list of possible character flaws that may be useful to some Scribes who are looking for new ways to make their characters different. I definitely find it informative, and there are some funny entries too. :)

    You can find the list here: Character Flaw Index

  2. Ekorus

    Ekorus Dreamer

    Thank you for this referrence! It also leads to some other very useful Indexes.
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  3. La Volpe

    La Volpe Sage

    This keeps happening when I go to TV Tropes:
    xkcd: Tab Explosion
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  4. I KNOW!! That site is so...addictive...
  5. caters

    caters Sage

    Do characters really need flaws? I mean sure different personalities is fine by me but flaws? Especially those phobias, are they really needed?

    I mean sure in prehistoric times phobias might have been useful but now they are just annoying and can actually predispose us to more problems, especially heart problems. I personally have never had a phobia in my life. I have been scared before but mostly when young and I was able to endure it every single time. I might have been scared of lions in the past but not anymore(Not that I want to be close to lions but I think I could easily defend myself without looking scared if I was in that situation).
  6. Ireth

    Ireth Myth Weaver

    Everyone has flaws. Everyone. It's part of what makes us human (or in the case of non-human but equally sentient characters, people). It doesn't have to be a phobia, it can be a mindset or a bad habit.
  7. Personally I love to give my characters phobias...

    I also have quite a lot of them myself...
  8. La Volpe

    La Volpe Sage

    Flaws help with a few things:
    a) Helps readers identify with the character
    b) Allows the character to grow (this is an important one; if your character doesn't have flaws, how can s/he have a character arc?)
    c) Makes interactions more interesting

    You'll also note that 7 of the bucketload of flaws in that list could be classified as phobias. Most are other things.

    I don't think anyone perceives phobias as being useful.

    I don't think a fear of lions is a phobia. Most people would be afraid of lions (when faced with one), because lions can legitimately murder you, no problem. Phobias, as far as I understand it, are irrational fears.
  9. DragonGurl

    DragonGurl New Member

    Thank you so much for sharing this! This list is a great jumping off point for the "lie the character believes" which is where I like to start when planning a new project.
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