Here's a list of character traits. Use it as an inspiration when you're creating characters.

I was going to divide it into 'good' traits and 'bad' traits, but I decided not to, for the reason that 'good' and 'bad' are subjective in many ways. One person's lazy is another person's relaxed. One person's bossy is another person's organised or assertive, after all.

Also, many of the words used here are deliberately vague so you can use the traits as jump-off platforms for your own ideas. For example, the word 'obliging' is given as a character trait. How you use that is up to you: it could be a nice and kind trait for a character, or it could be a burden to them as they put being obliging to others over their own needs. Maybe part of their back story is that they somehow learned they had to subjugate themself to others. How did that happen? Does it have much bearing on the plot? Is overcoming that tendency part of their character arc? Do you see how that one word, 'obliging' can be applied in different ways. As Shakespeare said, there's nothing good nor bad but thinking makes it so.

I've also used word like 'annoyed' which strictly speaking isn't a character trait at all, as it's a temporary condition. But you might consider that as applying to a character who tends to be easily annoyed, for example.

There's a suggestion on how to use this list of character traits on the page on character sketches

  1. Able
  2. Absent-minded
  3. Active
  4. Adventurous
  5. Affable
  6. Affected
  7. Affectionate
  8. Afraid
  9. Aggressive
  10. Alert
  11. Ambitious
  12. Amiable
  13. Angry
  14. Animated
  15. Annoyed
  1. Committed
  2. Communicative
  3. compassionate
  4. Competent
  5. Complacent
  6. Conceited
  7. Concerned
  8. Confident
  9. Confused
  10. Conscientious
  11. Considerate
  12. Consistent
  13. Contented
  14. Cooperative
  15. Courageous
  1. Easygoing
  2. Effervescent
  3. Efficient
  4. Eloquent
  5. Embarrassed
  6. Encouraging
  7. Energetic
  8. Enthusiastic
  9. Equable
  10. Ethical
  11. Evil
  12. Exacting
  13. Excessive
  14. Excitable
  15. Excited
  1. Grumpy
  2. Guilty
  3. Gullible
  4. Handsome
  5. Happy
  6. Hard-working
  7. Hardy
  8. Harried
  9. Harsh
  10. Hateful
  11. Haughty
  12. Healthy
  13. Helpful
  14. Hesitant
  15. Honest
  1. Languid
  2. Lazy
  3. Leader
  4. Lean
  5. Left-brain
  6. Liar
  7. Licentious
  8. Light
  9. Light-hearted
  10. Limited
  11. Lively
  12. Logical
  13. Lonely
  14. Loquacious
  15. Loud
  1. Playful
  2. pleasant
  3. Pleasing
  4. Polite
  5. Poor
  6. Popular
  7. Positive
  8. Precise
  9. Pretty
  10. Prim
  11. Primitive
  12. Proper
  13. Proud
  14. Prudent
  15. Punctual
  1. Short
  2. Shrewd
  3. Shy
  4. Silly
  5. Simple
  6. simple-minded
  7. Sincere
  8. Single-Minded
  9. skillful
  10. Sly
  11. Smart
  12. Sneaky
  13. Soft-hearted
  14. Solitary
  15. Sorry
  1. Ungrateful
  2. Unhappy
  3. Unkind
  4. Unmerciful
  5. Unselfish
  6. Unsuitable
  7. Upset
  8. Useful
  9. Vacant
  10. Violent
  11. Virtuous
  12. Warm
  13. Weak
  14. Wicked
  15. Wild
  1. Anxious
  2. apologetic
  3. Appreciative
  4. Argumentative
  5. Arrogant
  6. Attentive
  7. Austere
  8. Average
  9. Awkward
  10. Babyish
  11. Bad
  12. Bashful
  13. Bewildered
  14. Blasé
  15. Blowhard
  1. Cowardly
  2. Crafty
  3. Creative
  4. Critical
  5. Cross
  6. Cruel
  7. Cultured
  8. Curious
  9. Dainty
  10. Dangerous
  11. Daring
  12. Dark
  13. Dauntless
  14. Decisive
  15. Deferential
  1. Expert
  2. Exuberant
  3. Facetious
  4. Fair
  5. Faithful
  6. Faithless
  7. Fanciful
  8. Fearful
  9. Fearless
  10. Feisty
  11. ferocious
  12. Fidgety
  13. Fierce
  14. Fighter
  15. Finicky
  1. Hopeful
  2. Hopeless
  3. Hospitable
  4. Hot-tempered
  5. Humble
  6. Humorous
  7. Ignorant
  8. Ill-bred
  9. Imaginative
  10. Immaculate
  11. Immature
  12. immobile
  13. Impartial
  14. Impatient
  15. impolite
  1. Lovable
  2. Loves challenge
  3. Loving
  4. Loyal
  5. Lucky
  6. Malicious
  7. Mannerly
  8. Mature
  9. Mean
  10. Meek
  11. Merciful
  12. Messy
  13. Meticulous
  14. Mischievous
  15. Miserable
  1. Purposeful
  2. Quarrelsome
  3. Quick
  4. Quick-tempered
  5. Quiet
  6. Rational
  7. Reasonable
  8. Reckless
  9. Relaxed
  10. Reliable
  11. Religious
  12. Repugnant
  13. Repulsive
  14. Reserved
  15. Resourceful
  1. Spendthrift
  2. Spoiled
  3. Sterile
  4. Stern
  5. Stingy
  6. Strange
  7. Strict
  8. Strong
  9. Stubborn
  10. Studious
  11. Submissive
  12. Successful
  13. Superstitious
  14. Supportive
  15. Suspicious
  1. Wise
  2. Wishy-washy
  3. Withdrawn
  4. Witty
  5. Worried
  6. Wrong
  7. Young
  8. Zany
  1. Boastful
  2. Bold
  3. Boorish
  4. Bored
  5. Bossy
  6. Brainy
  7. Brave
  8. Bright
  9. Brilliant
  10. Brutish
  11. Busy
  12. Calm
  13. Candid
  14. Capable
  15. Carefree
  1. Demanding
  2. Dependable
  3. Depressed
  4. Desiccated
  5. Despondent
  6. Determined
  7. Devoted
  8. Diligent
  9. Disaffected
  10. Disagreeable
  11. Discerning
  12. discontented
  13. Discouraged
  14. Discreet
  15. Dishonest
  1. Flexible
  2. Foolish
  3. Forgetful
  4. Forgiving
  5. Formal
  6. Fortunate
  7. Foul
  8. Frank
  9. fresh
  10. friendly
  11. Frightened
  12. Frustrated
  13. Fun loving
  14. Funny
  15. Furious
  1. Impudent
  2. Impulsive
  3. Inactive
  4. Inconsiderate
  5. Inconsistent
  6. Indecisive
  7. independent
  8. Indiscriminate
  9. Indolent
  10. Industrious
  11. Inefficient
  12. Inimitable
  13. Innocent
  14. Insecure
  15. Insincere
  1. Moody
  2. Mysterious
  3. Nagging
  4. Naïve
  5. Naughty
  6. Neat
  7. Negligent
  8. Nervous
  9. Nice
  10. No purpose
  11. Noisy
  12. Not trustworthy
  13. Obedient
  14. Obliging
  15. Observant
  1. Respectful
  2. Responsible
  3. Restless
  4. Rich
  5. Rigid
  6. Risk-taking
  7. Rough
  8. rowdy
  9. Rude
  10. Ruthless
  11. Sad
  12. Safe
  13. Satisfied
  14. Scared
  15. Scatty
  1. Sweet
  2. Tactful
  3. Tactless
  4. Talented
  5. Talkative
  6. Tall
  7. Tardy
  8. Temperate
  9. Thankful
  10. Thorough
  11. Thoughtful
  12. Thoughtless
  13. Thrifty
  14. Thrilled
  15. Timid
  1. Careful
  2. Careless
  3. Caring
  4. Caustic
  5. Cautious
  6. Changeable
  7. Charismatic
  8. Charming
  9. Cheerful
  10. Civilised
  11. Clever
  12. Clumsy
  13. Coarse
  14. Cold-hearted
  15. Commitment-phobe
  1. Disillusioned
  2. Disloyal
  3. Dismayed
  4. Disorganized
  5. Disparaging
  6. Disrespectful
  7. Dissatisfied
  8. Distressed
  9. Domineering
  10. Doubtful
  11. Dreamer
  12. Dreamy
  13. Dull
  14. Dutiful
  15. Eager
  1. Fussy
  2. Garrulous
  3. Generous
  4. Gentle
  5. Giddy
  6. Gives up easily
  7. Giving
  8. Glamorous
  9. Gloomy
  10. Glum
  11. Good
  12. graceful
  13. Greedy
  14. Gregarious
  15. Grouchy
  1. Insipid
  2. Insistent
  3. Insolent
  4. Intelligent
  5. Intolerant
  6. Intrepid
  7. Inventive
  8. Jealous
  9. Jolly
  10. Jovial
  11. Joyful
  12. Keen
  13. Kind
  14. Kindly
  15. Lackadaisical
  1. Open
  2. Optimistic
  3. Organised
  4. Outspoken
  5. Patient
  6. Patriotic
  7. Peaceful
  8. Perserverant
  9. Persistent
  10. Persuasive
  11. Perverse
  12. Pessimistic
  13. Picky
  14. Pitiful
  15. Plain
  1. Scheming
  2. Scrawny
  3. Scruffy
  4. Secretive
  5. Secure
  6. Self-centered
  7. Self-confident
  8. Self-controlling
  9. Selfish
  10. Sensitive
  11. Sentimental
  12. Serious
  13. Sharp
  14. Sharp-witted
  15. Shiftless
  1. Tired
  2. Tireless
  3. Tolerant
  4. Touchy
  5. Tough
  6. Trusting
  7. Trustworthy
  8. Truthful
  9. Ugly
  10. Unconcerned
  11. Uncoordinated
  12. Undependable
  13. Understanding
  14. Unforgiving
  15. Unfriendly

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