POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

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HELPFUL TIP:

Characters with this positive attribute will be extra sensitive to certain emotions, so think about how events might specifically trigger feelings in a way that elevates or lowers their moods or causes moral dilemmas to form—whichever best fits your story goals. Try giving a supporting character a negative trait that acts as an opposite of this attribute, causing frustration, disillusionment, or even emotional volatility that leads to poor decisions and mistakes.
DEFINITION:
Having intellectual capacity marked by clever humor

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Droll

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having a strong sense of humor or dry observation that is combined with quick thought
Growing up in a home where intellectual or thoughtful humor was encouraged
A desire for acceptance or admiration
Insecurity
A desire for control; using one’s intellectual prowess to put others in their place
A nervous response to being in an uncomfortable situation

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Making jokes based on high intellect
Avoiding and disdaining the “easy laugh” (potty humor, slapstick comedy, etc.)
Always having the last word
Quick thinking
Naturally seeing the humorous side of things
Reading into what people say; naturally spotting double meanings
Having keen perception of people, particularly noting their flaws and ironies
Translating one’s knowledge into comedic observations
Using one’s wit to chastise or reprimand others
Passive-aggressive behavior
Taking in what others say
Using comparisons to be humorous
Indulging in exaggeration
Quoting movies, books, and pop culture in a humorous way
Speaking in a carefree tone, as if wittiness comes naturally without a lot of work
Knowing one’s context; tailoring quips to one’s audience
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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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CHALLENGING SCENARIOS FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS TRAIT:
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TRAITS IN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THAT MAY CAUSE CONFLICT:
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