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These are character flaws that use rules in Unearthed Arcana. It is recommended that one reads these rules and familiarizes themselves with them before using any flaws in a campaign.

If you have an idea for a flaw that does not follow these guidelines, consider adding it to 100 Character Compulsions.


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Flaw Prerequisites Summary
Achievemephobia Trigger: The characters phobia occurs when they roll a natural 20.
Achondroplasiaphobia (Phobia) Trigger: Dwarves
Acrophobia (Phobia) Trigger: Heights of 15 ft or greater.
Alcoholic You need to drink to get through the day.
Amateur's Pride Must have at least 4 ranks in any craft, open lock, or disable device skill. "If you can make fire with a couple of sticks, I can pick locks with sticks." -Amateur Rogue speaking to a Ranger.
Amnesia An Intelligence score. Who am I
Amputee Your race must have a functional version of the selected limb. You are missing a limb.
Animal Enemy Your character doesn't handle animals well.
Anxious You have learned to speak quietly or been shown that speaking louder will get you into trouble.
Anxious Helper Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear what do I do what do I dowhatdoIdo!?
Asthmatic Afflicted with a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing.
Bad Seed It's hard to be good when you're tainted by evil. The character suffers from being easily tempted.
Blind, Partially Your race must have functional eyes. You're as blind as a bat.
Blind Your race must have functional eyes. You are blind.
Blood Lust Character must have the Rage ability. See that thing over there? It has a knife. It has GOT to DIE.
Body Shy Your character doesn't like being exposed or seen.
Brittle Bones You can feel things in your bones, and not in a good way.
Callous Variant You are insensitive to others' feelings, sometimes outright trampling them without notice.
Chivalrous Whether due to a vow or natural inclination, you do not fight women.
Clumsiness Your race must have functional eyes and limbs. You have terrible coordination between your eyes and limbs.
Cold-Blooded You were raised in the arctic and cannot tolerate heat.
Combat Anxiety Must not have immunity against fear effects. You can't handle the pressure of combat.
Combustible In short, when the material that you are comprised is exposed to a very high temperature it violently combusts in the form of a dramatic explosion. You have learned to like rather cool places as a result.
Command Word Must have living construct or construct type. You have a secret command word, known to yourself and your creator, that forces you do the bidding of whomever speaks it.
Corruptible Any non-good alignment The character is easily led astray, even to the potentially fatal detriment of other party members.
Coward Must not be immune to fear. You are susceptible to fear.
Curse Collector You just think they're neat.
Deaf Your race must have functional ears or equivalent organs You cannot hear.
Deep Flaws, BB Variant A set of seven flaws for the Bloodborne Variant campaign.
Deep Scar You have suffered a deep wound somewhere on your body that prohibits you from partaking in greatly strenuous activities.
Ditzy You demonstrate a measure of airheadedness that can make even saints lose patience.
Dyslexia You must be literate. Although you learned to read and write, reading can be difficult, and writing is commonly misspelled. This has affected you throughout your life.
Easily Distracted "Where'd the other shipment of dru...OOH A BUTTERFLY!!"
Family Curse Someone in the your family did something to earn the vengeful curse that has been placed on you all.
Fear of Magic You find magic incredibly frightening.
Fearless Your courage and overconfidence are extreme to the point of foolhardiness.
Forgetful You just can't... re-... rem-... what was that word again?
Froggy Throat You must be able to perform bard spells. There's a frog in your throat, and it sucks at singing.
Fumble Master If Jerry Lewis was a D&D character you would put him to shame with your antics.
Gullible You believe things, no matter how far fetched they seem.
Haemophilia Must have a Constitution score Your blood does not form clots normally.
Haunted Boo!
Hemeralopia Must not be a race that already has light sensitivity, and must not have the daylight adaptation feat You cannot see in bright light.
High Metabolism Must be a race that requires eating regularly You burn calories at a greater rate than average, though you gain no additional weight from such consumption.
Honest You cannot lie, and are disturbed when others do so.
Hot-Blooded You were raised in the desert and cannot tolerate cold.
Hunted You have enemies who will stop at nothing to find you, enemies to whom you are vulnerable.
Hypochondriasis You are constantly worried of becoming sick and every bodily function is heavily scrutinized.
Impatient You find it simply unbearable to wait any longer than necessary.
Incompetent This person can't be trusted to do any thing, save sabotaging the enemy. This character can never get it right. If they ordered soup, he gives them salad.
Informal Training Though you learned the basics of fighting, you lack the skill and flexibility to apply your techniques properly in battle. When faced with a situation you didn't train for, you don't know what to do.
Insane Int of 10+. You’re insane.
Introvert People-ing is hard. And tiring.
Jinxed When you fail, something bad tends to happen.
Loud You are loud in some fashion: Perhaps you can't help but speak your thoughts aloud, or maybe you are heavy-footed.
Love of Nature You do not wish harm upon any natural creature
Lovestruck You love someone with your whole heart and it shows when they're not around.
Magic Corrupting Touch You corrupt magical items that you touch.
Magical Mania Ability to cast arcane spells You are particularly touched by the arcane to the point of it shaking your mind.
Magnetic You must be wholly or partially made of a ferromagnetic material such as iron or steel. You are very attractive, but not in the way you might have hoped.
Malformed Vocal Cords Must be able to cast spells. Must have a breath weapon. In gaining the breath weapon, somehow your vocal cords were altered so that you speak exclusively in draconic.
Masochist You are incapable of spending a day without having pain inflicted upon you from another creature.
Merciful Good alignment Many times you don't have it in your heart to kill.
Motion sickness You have a hard time getting around, on anything else but your feet
Music Hater Character must have ears or similarly functioning organs. You can not stand the noise of performed melodies.
Music Lover You absolutely love to listen to music
Mute Must be a race that can speak intelligently You no longer have the capability to speak.
Narcissistic Your devotion to your own beauty tends to be distracting.
Narcolepsy You have difficulty staying awake.
Near Sighted Character finds it hard to see things at greater distances.
Night Blindness Must have eyes. Cannot have darkvision or low-light vision. Your night vision is horrible due to a birth defect.
Nyctalopia Must have functional eyes. You cannot see in the dark.
Obese Dexterity 13 or lower Let's just say you enjoy a good feast. Ten times a day.
One-Armed Must have functional arms. You spent so much time working on one arm's strength that your other arm has suffered from lack-of-use.
Painful Aberrant Mark Aberrant Dragonmark(ECS) Your aberrant mark is especially painful to use.
Pariah You are suspicious and up to no good, probably...
Petit Mal Seizures You have a neurological disorder than can be quite the interruption.
Phobia You are afraid of something.
Polished Hand Character must have more than one hand. Two hands are better than one, so why didn't you train both of them?
Poor Saves Bad things happen to you: it's rather unfortunate.
Pride No matter the odds, you refuse to retreat from battle due to your overwhelming pride and honor.
Puffer Fish A Str of 15 or less. You appear much stronger then you actually are and NPCs like to challenge you.
Purse Blind You're bad with money and trade.
Reincarnated Misfortune Must have been affected by Reincarnate, or some other means of reincarnation Things in this life remind you of things from your last, and these things make you sad.
Self-Centered Only you can help yourself
Short Attention Span Your mind always switches from one thought to the other and it messes up your foc... oh look a penny!
Short Temper You get enraged easily, going berserk whenever you suffer damage.
Skinny Dipper You like to swim with no clothes on.
Slaughter Fodder You leave yourself open... a lot.
Stiff Your joints are not very flexible.
Storm Chaser You long for the flash of thunder and the wail of wind. Calm days make you painfully uncomfortable.
Substance Abuse You (used to) depend on alcohol/drugs to make it through the day, and it shows.
Substance Addiction You are physically or mentally dependent on some kind of addictive substance.
Sunblind You have difficulty functioning in direct sunlight due to your sensitive eyes.
Superstar Everyone's watching you!
Surgical Scars 3 or more grafts that have been removed. The removal of many grafts has left your body weakened and scared.
Terrible Tumbler Kids roll down hills gracefully; you flail like a dying fish.
Tourette syndrome Your character has Tourette syndrome.
Traplover If you see a Trap you have the urge to set it off.
Uncontrollable Phasing You must exist as a physical form. You will, from time to time, randomly disappear from existence for a short period of time. You then, after a certain amount of time, phase back into existence with no memory of anything that had happened in the time of your disappearance.
Uncontrollable Spell Resistance Spell Resistance You have no control over your Spell Resistance
Unfocused You cannot concentrate on anything for too long.
Unlucky You seem to always fall short at the worst possible moment, right when it matters most.
Unlucky Friends Your friends always seem to have the worst of luck. They should all be happy that you’re around to assist them, as they suck so much.
Unready You are never ready for combat.
Unusually Formed Body Humanoid There are parts of your body that are different from most other humanoids.
Urbanite While you may have travelled extensively at some point in your life, you always feel more at home in a large town or city. Wilderness life simply isn't for you.
Waste Not Your character hates to leave a corpse behind.

Weak Stomach You simply cannot hold food and drink down, resulting in a frail, often malnourished character.
Weakened Power Your lifeblood is greatly weakened.
Weathered Wound The worse the weather gets, the more you hurt.
Wounded Can be wounded. You have a permanent wound that cannot heal.
Ying/Yang For every action that helps the party in some significant way, you find the need to always do something to balance out your help by hindering them.
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