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Character Flaw Reference Sheet by AnikaandAj Character Flaw Reference Sheet by AnikaandAj
I have seen so many Oc attempts that fall flat because their strengths overpower the amount of flaws. They would always use an excuse that they couldn't think of any flaws to use and this was born. Voila!

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:iconarchwings99:
archwings99 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
What other flaws go good with Arrogant and acts superior? Holds grudges maybe? Over all, he is a brave, serious, and caring person. He is also kind and independent. I'm trying to avoid a Gary Stu character. Maybe Yato from Noragami is a good inspiration for his character? I've also inspired his character traits from Tadashi from Big Hero 6 and Indiana Jones.
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Phoenixmaster13 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds awesome
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:iconarchwings99:
archwings99 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks.
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Cool!
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RoseAddict1 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2014
Thank you!  I'm among the worst at being afraid to give my heroes any flaws (or fears), feeling like that would turn them into villains, instead.  Your lists are very helpful.
Karla
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Destiny58 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful, thanks so much! ^^
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Dazgood Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist
I've been using this list to help me create OCs! Thank yoooo~u! :3
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AngelicusCadere Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I tend to make characters who's qualities are also flaws... Let's say, a character who is very conscientious, but is old-schooled and full of strong prejudices, or one that is very reliable and devoted, but is to complient and lets everyone use him as a doormat. I think the key to good characters is to mingle flaws with qualities so they become indistinguishable from one another, but such a sheet can clearly be very useful to pinpoint which qualities to flaw. 
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ImprovmanZero Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Been trying to avoid going heavy on positive traits, but now I'm concerned that it may have fliped.  How do I know when it is too many faults:positives?
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AnikaandAj Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Usually when balancing out the flaws and positives I do two more flaws than I would put positive traits.
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SilverTsubasa45 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is going to help a lot for me!
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:iconpixieeye7295:
PixieEye7295 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I have a lot of problems XD
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:iconbitani49:
Bitani49 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so helpful<3 I think I have it in varied^^ Half my characters are good (with few defects) and then there are a couple other that have very few good qualities^^
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Bladebrent Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Assertiveness can be a positive attribute. Its the opposite of being shy actually, where you aren't scared to speak your mind or so. It just kinda depends on your definition of the word
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Polarisey123 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually know someone who tried to tell me that one of my OCs were overpowered just because she was immortal (she couldn't die) :unimpressed: Mind you, this same OC was pacifist and didn't believe in violence, thus she is also very unskilled in any form of combat. She could also experience pain to any degree. She just couldn't die :hmm: Does that make her overpowered?
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AnikaandAj Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
It depends on the type of world the OC is in. If they are set in a modern day world where she is the only one with powers and no explanation is given for it, then your OC would be in danger of being overpowered. But if you explained why she was immortal or put her in a world where powers weren't uncommon, then I would say your OC is fine. From what it sounds like, you did a good job of balancing out her power with her flaws.
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Polarisey123 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She's actually a neko spirit whose soul purpose of being created was to keep her crazy demonic other half at bay. Sort of like a draining parasite, if you will. She lives in a realm where demons, Hunters (people who hunt ANYTHING considered 'mystical' or 'fairytale-ish'), fairies, and all sorts of majestic things live. It's essentially a realm where modern day and fairytales mix, but the mystical proportion hides in fear of coming across a Hunter.

So...yeah. Her kind are semi-common :meow:
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Hessanite Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are just regular humans, then?
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:iconpolarisey123:
Polarisey123 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, pretty much. Begs the question of why the hunted don't just turn and fight, right? There are some who do, known as the Marauders.
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thakillswitch Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
this really helps, thanks
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thelonelyfruitcake Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually fit into most of these.... o.o
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thelonelyfruitcake Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gonna make my role playing games a lot more interesting ;) thanks
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JaybieJarrett Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is highly useful. It's so cool that you made this.

I tend to add a load of flaws into my characters but it sorta fits the world because I tend toward crapsack worlds.
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BlackOliveRootBeer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I think I'll use this for my characters!
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:iconairgirl13:
AirGirl13 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Writer
Huh. Being big mouthed and sarcastic is bad? Well, I guess my character that's most loved by readers has plenty of flaws!
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Isabella-Monroe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Sarcasm is flaw? ; ) Thanks this is awesome.
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Isabella-Monroe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
...is a flaw. No coffee yet.
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akky3210 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FINALLY!!! I'm awful at giving my characters flaws. This is being faved AND going into my computer bookmarks right away! Thanks so much!
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wolfinmyheart Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
THANK YOU
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:iconochaonomu:
ochaonomu Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Awesome Sue/Stu antidote! Or placebo, anyway XD
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Sango-Armash Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Holy crap. This is amazing.
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SweetGothicLullaby Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reading over this and noticed that assertive was on this list, my only question is why is it considered a character flaw?
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:iconanikaandaj:
AnikaandAj Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Assertive is a pretty controversial trait. Sometimes more confidence can be shown, but other times a person can be more forceful. It is based towards when a person is being more forceful.
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SweetGothicLullaby Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If the person is being forceful then its considered aggressive not assertive. Looking through all the negative traits, I realized that aggressive wasn't on the list. Other than that, the list of traits was done rather well.
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TobiObito4ever Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, by the way, codependent. That's a big flaw right there.

And I've also came up with lustful, tattletale, gluttonous, judgemental, crazy, clingy...
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TobiObito4ever Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As a novelist, I have to say that every character (even inhuman characters) should have flaws. Because Gary Stus/Mary Sues are freaking stupid/annoying/overrated.
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YesNoDooDooDooDoo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought it said shellfish instead of selfish :D
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midorisumataro Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
THis is great! I hate it when peoples characters are so freaking good they could kill a demon with a flick of their fingre.
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samoholic Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa what a list.
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Cerise-XIII Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is going to come in handy for me. I do add flaws to my characters, but I think I tend to use the same ones over and over.
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shishousama Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Lol, Shishou has many of those flaws. :C

Highly talented, but impractical, sensitive, angsty, closed off, and reckless.

Does anyone else think of their characters flaws first? xD

Loving this sheet. Though I fail to see how 'Assertiveness' is a flaw. Just my two cents.
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PointedEarsGirl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I try ti
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:iconcarcinogenic-mar:
CaRcInOgEnIc-mAr Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011   Digital Artist
This deserves a llama! Seriously, flawless OCs get on my nerves.
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:iconanikaandaj:
AnikaandAj Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Thanks, they get on my nerves too. Especially when I read a lot of published books that have flawless characters that are mindlessly praised.
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Cute-Tomato Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful! :D But I noticed that "spaz" was in there twice.
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:iconanikaandaj:
AnikaandAj Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
I noticed that a few days ago, but was too lazy to change it, so I'll do it now.
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I-Am-Pandora Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Love it! It's definitely useful, but I have to point out that "Temper" is on there twice.
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:iconanikaandaj:
AnikaandAj Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Thanks, and I guess I was too tired to notice it since it took me forever. I'll update it now.
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I-Am-Pandora Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
No prob!
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