A characters’ history often defines who he is, but how has that history shaped him? What are his traits? What is his personality like? Can it be defined? There are many different kinds of people in the world. Here are some personality types to help you define what type of person your character is.
This trait is defined by boldness. The want of something more, something exciting, and the willingness to seek it out. They’re often energetic and competitive. They’re leaders; outgoing, stubborn, and courageous.
This personality is not particularly adventurous. They go with the general “flow” of things, and follow the rules. They don’t like change, and they’re very loyal.
A bossy character often likes to be the center of attention.They like to have total control of they’re life, and everyone in it. They’re very stubborn, aggressive, and controlling. The bossy person wants to move up in life, to have control and be important.
Perhaps the opposite of the bossy person. They follow the rules as closely as they possibly can, and they rarely stray. They often play the “sidekick” to the bossy character.
A dependent person’s first goal is to have all his needs met, usually at the expense of another person. They lack self-confidence, and fear abandonment.They’re usually totally reliant, and are afraid to do much of anything on their own.
This person is the life of the party. They flourish in crowds, and love people. They’re very outgoing, and often have lots of friends. They’re very talkative, and usually have a fairly positive outlook.
As writers, we may be able to relate to this personality type. They flourish by creating new ideas, and bringing them to life. They’re often artistic, observant, and imaginative. They’re usually introverted, and tend to see the world in a different way.
This is the person that stands out from the crowd. He may even seem strange to other “normal people”. They tend to be better with abstract ideas, and others that fail to conform. These are often the people that have a hard time throughout their elementary and high school life.
Often takes the role as the “fall guy”, and tends to hang around with the wrong people. This character finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time. Usually very trusting, and good-humored.
Fear often dominates the world for this person. He has a fear of rejection, and failure. He often fails to follow through on his goals, and becomes unmotivated. This character is usually very sensitive (particularly to criticism), and fairly withdrawn.
A character whose life is always active, but usually without any particular direction. This person’s goals and dreams are often changing, and they tend to live in the moment. They tend to look for lives with high levels of activity and excitement.
A flamboyant person’s life is full of love, sex, and excitement… but usually without any real authenticity. They have a hard time creating any “real” relationships, and have a tendency to “flake out” on other people. This character is very dramatic, and seeks attention wherever he can get it.
This character is often very quiet, and tends to move with no particular direction. This person tends to carry an emotional “numbness”, and is very comfortable with solitude. They seem cold to other people, as they often lack a certain amount of compassion.
The masculine character is very dominant, and fears weakness. He only allows certain traits to emerge, and so he appears fairly one-dimensional. He’s very ambitious, adventurous, and aggressive. He sometimes comes across as harsh. They carry exaggerated masculine qualities.
The masculine counterpart. This character is very nurturing, and fairly emotional, though they do tend to avoid negative emotions for as long as they possibly can. They often appear very naive, or innocent. They’re generally dependent, and flirty… carrying exaggerated feminine qualities.
Often paired with the “bossy” personality trait, the manipulative character seeks control via the domination of others. He usually uses charm and deceit to achieve his goals. This character is very controlling, and compelling; he keeps an interest in hiding his true self from others.
This person strives to be perfect. His standards are exceptionally high, and so he becomes extremely frustrated when these standards aren’t met. This person is extremely driven and demanding.
This person is usually very negative. His self-esteem is fairly low, and he often feels misunderstood. He tries fairly hard, but he often doesn’t recognize that trying hard will lead to success.This person is jealous, pessimistic, and reserved.
This person isn’t necessarily extroverted, but they tend to have long-lasting friends and colleagues, due to their personable qualities. They tend to be calm, warmhearted, and hard-working.
This is the character that gets everybody else out of tight situations. He tends to be very capable when it comes to helping other people. However, he often neglects himself. This person is very reliable, mature, and resourceful.
Nothing fazes this character. He has a knack for bouncing back from all of his problems, and carries a very positive attitude. These are very happy and productive characters.
This person suffers from a lack of control and determination. They tend to assume that other people have it better then they do, and that they have no control over their lives. They’re usually unwilling to do anything to better themselves (or for themselves), and they tend to carry a very pessimistic outlook.
This is the character that always needs to be in the limelight, and prefers and audience at all times. He’s always trying to impress, though other people tend to get tired of his theatrics.
How do these traits relate to your character? How has his history brought these traits upon him? In giving your character these traits, be sure to keep these things in mind. Be true to your character.
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