Character Traits

An image showing several words which can be used as affirmations, but also as character traits in writing.

Every person on the face of this earth has positive and negative character traits, and so should the characters in your story. A character can’t be all good, or all negative.

The lists below show positive and negative character traits which you can use to build your character.
As always, make sure you consult a dictionary when you don’t know whether a word means what you think it does!

Tip: Use positive character traits to find negative ones and vice versa.


Positive

accessibleeducatedlovableresponsible
adaptableefficientlovingresponsive
adventurouseloquentloyalromantic
affableempatheticmagnanimousscrupulous
affectionateencouragingmaturesecure
agreeableenergeticmeticulousself-confident
ambitiousenthusiasticmoderateself-disciplined
amicableexuberantmodestselfless
amusingfairneatsensible
articulatefaithfulnon-authoritariansensitive
balancedfearlessobedientshy
benevolentfirmobjectivesincere
braveflexibleopenskillful
brightfocusedoptimisticsociable
brilliantforgivingorderlysolid
broad-mindedfrankorganizedspontaneous
capablefriendlyoriginalsporting
captivatingfunnypassionatestable
carefulgenerouspatientsteadfast
caringgentlepeacefulstoic
charminggenuineperceptivestraightforward
clear-headedgraciouspersistentstrong
clevergregariouspersonablesuave
compassionatehard-workingpersuasivesubtle
confidenthelpfulpioneeringsympathetic
conscientiousheroicplacidtasteful
consideratehonestpluckythorough
courageoushumblepolishedthoughtful
courteoushumorouspolitetidy
creativeidealisticpowerfultolerant
curiousimaginativepracticaltough
daringimpartialpreciseunassuming
decentincisiveprincipleduncomplaining
decisiveindependentprofoundunderstanding
educatedinnovativeprotectiveupright
dependableinsightfulprudentversatile
determinedintelligentpunctualvivacious
dignifiedintuitivequick-wittedwarm
diligentinventivequietwell-read
diplomaticinvulnerablerationalwell-rounded
disciplinedkeenrelaxedwilling
discreetkindreliablewise
dynamicliberalreservedwitty
easy-goinglogicalresourceful

Negative

abrasiveenervatedmechanicalrude
aggressiveenviousmelodramaticruthless
aimlesserraticmiserablesadistic
aloofextravagantmoodysanctimonious
angryextremenaggingscornful
anxiousfacetiousnarcissisticsecretive
arrogantfanaticalnarrow-mindedself-indulgent
artificialfinickynastyselfish
basefixednaughtyshameless
belligerentflippantneglectfulslovenly
bitchyfoolishnervoussly
bluntforgetfulneuroticsneaky
boastfulfussynosysordid
boorishgloomyobnoxiousstingy
boringgreedyobsessivestubborn
callousgrimobstinatestupid
calculatinggrumpyoffhandsuperficial
carelessgullibleopinionatedsurly
causticharshoutrageoustactless
changeablehatefulover-criticaltasteless
charmlesshesitantover-emotionaltemperamental
coldhostileparanoidtense
coarseignorantpassivethoughtless
compulsiveimpatientpathetictouchy
conceitedimpracticalpatronizingtruculent
condemnatoryimpulsiveperverseuncaring
cowardlyinconsideratepettyuncharitable
craftyindecisivepessimisticunfriendly
crazyindiscreetpetulantunkind
cruelinflexiblepickyunrealistic
cunninginhibitedploddingunreliable
deceitfulinsecurepompousunruly
demandinginsensitivepredatoryunstable
dependentinsultingprejudiceduntidy
desperateintolerantpretentiousuntrustworthy
destructiveirrationalprimvague
detachedirresponsibleprocrastinatingvain
difficultjealouspuritanicalvengeful
dishonestjudgementalquick-temperedvindictive
disloyalkilljoyquixoticweak
disobedientlayrashweak-willed
disruptivemaliciousresentfulwilful
dogmaticmaterialisticridiculouswithdrawn
dullmeanrigid

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