NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

MISCHIEVOUS



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HELPFUL TIP:

Characters with this flaw will be extra sensitive to certain emotions, so think about how events in your story might specifically trigger these feelings to generate compelling tension and conflict. Another idea is to give a supporting character a positive attribute that is an opposite of this flaw, which will get under the skin of both characters and cause friction in their relationship.
DEFINITION:
Maliciously or impishly troublesome

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Devilish, impish, tricky

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Overconfidence; believing oneself to be more clever than others
Desiring power; liking to push people’s buttons
A playful nature; wanting to have fun
Boredom
Curiosity; wanting to see how far one can go without getting caught
High intelligence
Immaturity

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Playing practical jokes
Easy laughter
Coming up with crazy ideas
Getting oneself and others into frequent trouble
Talking others into mischievous behavior
Leading a crew or gang of one’s peers
Competitiveness
Embellishing stories of one’s activities
Being fidgety or restless
Curiosity; wondering what will happen
Becoming easily bored
Needing constant stimulation
Taking foolish risks
Being charismatic
Taking a prank too far
Cockiness
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ASSOCIATED THOUGHTS:
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ASSOCIATED EMOTIONS:
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POSITIVE ASPECTS:
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NEGATIVE ASPECTS:
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EXAMPLE FROM TV:
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OVERCOMING THIS TRAIT AS A MAJOR FLAW:
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TRAITS IN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THAT MAY CAUSE CONFLICT:
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