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NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS
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Memorable characters are complex and should have both flaws and positive qualities. Specific negative traits will not only make your characters more believable, they will provide weaknesses that must be overcome in order to attain success. It’s our hope that you’ll be able to use this thesaurus to round out the dark side of your character’s personality.

ABRASIVE

ADDICTIVE

ANTISOCIAL

APATHETIC

CALLOUS

CATTY

CHILDISH

COCKY

COMPULSIVE

CONFRONTATIONAL

CONTROLLING

COWARDLY

CRUEL

CYNICAL

DEFENSIVE

DEVIOUS

DISHONEST

DISLOYAL

DISORGANIZED

DISRESPECTFUL

EVASIVE

EVIL

EXTRAVAGANT

FANATICAL

FLAKY

FOOLISH

FORGETFUL

FRIVOLOUS

FUSSY

GOSSIPY

GREEDY

GRUMPY

GULLIBLE

HAUGHTY

HOSTILE

HUMORLESS

HYPOCRITICAL

IGNORANT

IMPATIENT

IMPULSIVE

INATTENTIVE

INDECISIVE

INFLEXIBLE

INHIBITED

INSECURE

IRRATIONAL

IRRESPONSIBLE

JEALOUS

JUDGMENTAL

KNOW-IT-ALL

LAZY

MACHO

MANIPULATIVE

MARTYR

MATERIALISTIC

MELODRAMATIC

MISCHIEVOUS

MORBID

NAGGING

NEEDY

NERVOUS

NOSY

OBSESSIVE

OVERSENSITIVE

PARANOID

PERFECTIONIST

PESSIMISTIC

POSSESSIVE

PREJUDICED

PRETENTIOUS

PROMISCUOUS

PUSHY

REBELLIOUS

RECKLESS

RESENTFUL

ROWDY

SCATTERBRAINED

SELF-DESTRUCTIVE

SELF-INDULGENT

SELFISH

SLEAZY

SPOILED

STINGY

STUBBORN

SUBSERVIENT

SUPERSTITIOUS

SUSPICIOUS

TACTLESS

TEMPERAMENTAL

TIMID

UNCOMMUNICATIVE

UNCOOPERATIVE

UNCOUTH

UNETHICAL

UNGRATEFUL

UNINTELLIGENT

VAIN

VERBOSE

VINDICTIVE

VIOLENT

VOLATILE

WEAK-WILLED

WHINY

WITHDRAWN

WORKAHOLIC

WORRYWART

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