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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
Abandonment Issues Daddy left me.
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.
Anxious Helper Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear what do I do what do I dowhatdoIdo!?
Attention Deficit Disorder You have a hard time focusing on a subject, often finding yourself off track; especially when there is a shiny object involved.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder You struggle with patience, focus, and concentration. But who cares, wanna ride a bike?
Beady Eyes Must have eyes The form your eyes appear in make you seem untrustworthy.
Callous You are naturally insensitive to others' feelings, sometimes outright trampling or snubbing them
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.
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 Scar You have suffered a deep wound somewhere on your body that prohibits you from partaking in greatly strenuous activities.
Defenestrative Urge Ooh! A Window!
Devil Curse summary: Horns sprout from the head (or a tail, wings or other devil quality's) of person a who use magic or power from the underworld or mess with the laws of the world. They are considered a curse since they indicate a loss in humanity.
Disorganized You are disorganized and clutter seems to follow you where ever you go.
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.
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.
Introvert People-ing is hard. And tiring.
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.
Naïve You Lack Experience and are lacking in wisdom and Judgement. This causes some detriment to your team mates after all your decisions sometimes lead to poor outcomes. You give everyone the benefit of the doubt and all of your trust, As such you believe others have the same trust in you.
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.
No I in Team Who ever said those posters were good for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vendetta A race, monster, or group (DM's discretion) has wronged you in the past, and your hatred for them has left you ill-tempered and seeking revenge.
Waste Not Your character hates to leave a corpse behind.

Weak Mind You have a weak mind, and pretty much anything scares you with ease.
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.
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