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Character Traits Meme by pichu4850 Character Traits Meme by pichu4850
Edit: Hey everyone. There's been a lot of disagreement in how I chose to categorize these traits, but I hope you all noticed at the bottom that I stuck in a mini disclaimer: By no means are all traits strictly "negative" or "positive", black or white, nor are all traits strictly opposite to each other despite the fact I've written them as such but I apologize for any offense or dissatisfaction I've caused. This was all obviously very subject, however, at the time, this was the best I could do with a meme like this so please interpret or manipulate it as you see fit. It's been a few years and even I disagree with how I worded and formatted the traits.
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But whatever you do, please link back to this original deviation so that others who are interested may also use it! Here's another character balance sheet meme to further your development goals by Fyuvix

Don't be afraid to ask me any questions :) Unfortunately I am rather inactive now so I apologize for any late replies.
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NotYourGina Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing, this seems like it will be very helpful.
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MesuYoru Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa this is really awesome meme - thank you for that. :3 
mesuyoru.deviantart.com/art/Ch…
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DarkWolfAngel-98 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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casprus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The world hates the cerebral, the reserved, the skeptical, the one who breaks the cave, the quiet one, the one who resigns from conversation, and gravitates towards one's thoughts.
The world has instilled and forced that prejudice into your mind and your heart, now purge yourself of it and you will no longer be in the state of sin with the other two-thirds of the world that knows nothing about them.
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WerewolfUlrich Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Posted. :D The Character Traits Meme by WerewolfUlrich
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cedarwolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding work.  I thank you for your generosity.  I teach Freshman Comp I&II, and I will put this to work very quickly.
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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Wow, that's really cool that you'll incorporate this as a teaching tool. Good luck! 
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TheWhovianHalfling Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a lot of fun doing this!
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JesterOfLullaby Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Cool!
Thanks for sharing this!
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45GunsAndaRope Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
This is amazing!
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The-Viking-Waterbear Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you so much! I don't take any offence or disagree on where you placed the traits, it's only a meme for crying out loud XD
I'm going to use this and I'll link back when I'm done! Thanks for taking the time to do this!
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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Haha, you'd be surprised at how much criticism it's gotten. Only thing I can say is that I won't be offended if someone makes a better one! hahaha. Enjoy :)
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SythraNightshade Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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x-Trin-x Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice! I love it
I don't think being reserved is negative though, it can be good in some situations :D
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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thanks! And of course. there are many interpretations and opinions on what is or isn't negative, if they can be placed on a binary spectrum at all.
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Astrotonik Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a disclaimer in the description addressing that. OTL 
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x-Trin-x Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm saying that being reserved is also positive, not that it's not negative :)
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Astrotonik Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I see. Haha. 
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ArcLikesToBark Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used! Thank you!
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Lily-Lyn-Rain Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this. I think I'll use it sometime. At least I hope to.
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LavenderLynx-2014 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Trencher7809 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student General Artist
This was quick and fun :)
http://trencher7809.deviantart…
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L33tInMyOwnWay Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student General Artist
*drools*
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alphawolf1212 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Trinket16 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Mizu1993 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
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iCrescendoll Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is genius! Thanks for sharing!! :)
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SymphonicCatastrophe Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student
Did it! symphoniccatastrophe.deviantar…

I loved it, it was so helpful and offered some great insight on my characters! 
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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
I'm glad it helped! :)
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killerninja123 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Artist

This is really helpful, but can you help me with my character? I don't know what flaws she has.

 

She is a non human, but she has a human form. Anyway, she's calm, serious, and very straightforward because she was abandon when she was born. She always speaks what on her mind and she's not very forgiving. Although, she does have a kind side and she rarely smiles. She can be cold hearted and arrogant too at times. She does like a guy who is human, but she gets very shy and timid when she's alone with him, but she doesn't let her feelings get in the way if there's something serious going on. She does have grudges too. Also she only cried two times, but she's really good with strategies. She has the knowledge of nature, animals, and archery and swordsmanship.

 

In the second series, she's changed a lot two and a half years later, but she's still calm, serious, straightforward, and al of those other traits from above, but she still tries not to have grudges. She became very opened to others and is very concern. She always let others speak what's on her mind first before herself. She's still shy and timid when she's around with the guy she likes.

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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Hi - hm, well from the description you just gave me, I feel like you've actually got a decent handle on what your characer's flaws and strengths are! Really, though, whatever flaws and strengths you think she has are relative to you and your other characters if any - so in other words, it really depends how you, as the creator of this character, view those traits (someone else might think a certain flaw is a strength and vice versa). 

In general, it is my opinion that a flaw is something that would hinder your character from achieving something she wants, hinders them from functioning in a society, acts as a balancing element to their strengths, or something along those lines. So for example, one shouldn't say being timid is strictly a flaw, or a negative character trait, but in the context of maybe speaking out or acting in public or trying to reach a goal, this could be a flaw. 

It sounds like your character has a pretty decent mix of traits. She sounds like a knowledgeable character with some talents and intelligence that puts her above the rest, has a kind but cold temperament, might have some insecurity issues with the guy she likes, but over time sounds like she may have softened up, but is still somewhat reserved in some aspects. It sounds like you've thought her story out and she isn't "flawless" or "flawed" to the extreme.

So those are my thoughts, but like I said, how you view your own character, not someone else, and the personality traits you combine with your characters should determine what you view as a flaw or not. :) I hope that helps.

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killerninja123 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Artist
It helps, thank you!
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TealXUltimate Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist

I'd say go through the list twice for each series to see how she's changed as a character.

Be open to possibilities and try to balance the good and bad. (however a character having slightly more negative or positive traits isn't going to kill them).

 

Right now your character has a lot of positive traits and not as many negative.

 

Maybe she's good at strategies, but lacks skills in another facet of her life.

Maybe she's good with animals but bad with children, good at archery but her cooking will kill you.

 

Also keep in mind the setting or your story and the culture. Both can shape a character.

Someone from medieval Europe would be very different than someone from steampunk mars colony.  

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killerninja123 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Artist
Okay, but she can be very arrogant and has a lot of hatred in her. Is that a flaw?
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TealXUltimate Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist

It can be, yes.

However most of her traits are positive (and I didn't notice and negative physical traits) and the ones that are "negative" are a lot that are given to (usually) stereotypical "bad ass" characters.

This may not be a bad thing, if done right.

Right now all her negative traits are very similar.

Her skill set seems to lack negatives.

 

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killerninja123 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Artist
Actually, I did forgot to mention that she's not good at accuracy because she's a beginner in archery and she's not really forgiving and doesn't trust ppl. Technically, she acts very mature like an adult. Her accuracy improves in the second series. She also believes her mom and her family doesn't love her because she was abandon as a newborn and was raised by a bear, and then by wolves. All she ever wanted is to be loved and acknowledge. Also with all of that arrogance and hatred in her, she starts to forget about her dream and almost killed her brother.
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TealXUltimate Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist

Why raised by two different animals?

 

 

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killerninja123 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Artist

Did I told you she wasn't human? I'm not sure I did, but yeah, she's not human. She takes on a human form because of her clan. In her clan they take on three forms Human, Part Animal (ears, tail), and full form (Full animal). My character is a gray wolf at birth. Even though her mother was human, but the genes are too strong that can't allow human genetic to pass, but only 0.1% of it, which is the hair color and her appearance as human. Even if they married a human or a member of their clan, the children will end up non human and become any kind of animal that they are meant to be. Meaning if you're born as a lizard, you are a lizard, if your brother is born as a penguin, then he's a penguin. 

 

Anyway, like I said she was abandon by birth, because her mother died from child birth. By this, her father was in grief and gave her punishment by abandoning her to the forest, where nature can do the killing. But it was underestimated. a mother bear came and took her and raised her, herself because the bear lost her cub by a cougar. Three years later, the mother bear died and wolves found her and raised her. A year later, by learning from the wolves, she was found by elves.

I guess you're wondering, why bears, huh? In the book, it stated that her mother had a soul like a bear, meaning she's very motherly and nurturing. Before her mother died, her last words were. "From now on the bears will always protect you no matter what!"

By that her will is inside of her, having the bears will protect her if she's is close to death in battle.

Of course, my character never knew about that because her own father lied to her about her mother loving her. So she assumed her mother never loved her. That causes her to have an unfriendly relationship towards her family.

She believes her older brother is a failure by fate and hates him for being a disgrace for the clan. She is arrogant, has anger issues and can't control her emotions when she gets overly emotional, very stubborn, she's not forgiving, she doesn't even trust people, even if she's related to them, she at times have low self-confidence, which can cause her to have a mental breakdown, she is overly ambitious, which can turn into hubris, if she doesn't control it. She believes having hatred and being a prodigy than her brother will make her strong.

Also think her personality as a wolf. Even though each wolf is different, but they all have something in common. They're very emotional, arrogant thinking they're better than everyone else, they don't trust ppl that easily, stubborn, and can get very angry really easily. Wolves most flaws are arrogance, and emotion. With emotions, they can die easily because they care for each other in their pack.

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TealXUltimate Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist

It was in your first post.

You have an interesting idea for a species there.

Being raised by two different animals could come off as excessive. It really depends on how well you handle it and tie it into the rest of the story.

 

The anger problem sounds a lot more serious (and better) now that you explained it a bit more.

 

How come she gets so timid around her love interest though?

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TealXUltimate Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist

Also since she's non-human keep in mind her species traits and culture.

Are there many prejudice on either side?

How may have this affected your character?

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ImaginationKing Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
This sheet is nice. It helps a lot, especially when ur trying to make a more in-depth character.
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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
I am glad you find it helpful!
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ImaginationKing Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks. Thanks again for the sheet. Great job, again :) keep it up.
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Dino-Dude Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Awesome! I could really use this when developing characters :D
Have you got a table version in word or something so I'd be able to make use of it digitally?
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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Hi - I'm glad you will be able to use this. You can still use this through a digital means (an image editing program), but, unfortunately, I no longer have the table version I originally set up in Word :/ Many others have asked as well. If you want to though, you're more than welcome to take up the (daunting) task of typing up the traits and creating your own table. 
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Dino-Dude Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Meh, got nothing better to do XD
See you soon with digital table! (as if I have any idea how I'm supposed to share resulting file) :D
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pichu4850 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
haha maybe if you want to actually make it a sharable file, you could make one on a shared google document, keep editing disabled, and have people download the document or something? that way i could post the link here.
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Dino-Dude Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Okai ^_^
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EnjeruVanSkittles Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Neska-chan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeess this would be useful - i make up new charactesr all the time that their personalities started to meld together after a while :S it's really bad -.-" this way i remember which trait is whose lol
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