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Character Traits

Characters (and real-life people) have unique attributes called traits. Use the following list of character traits as a guideline when writing book reports and essays about the different characters you've read about. Don't stop with this list, though; you can probably think of many more terms to describe your characters.

Teaching Tip: Use the list to create a "word wall" bulletin board for a literature lesson or specific book!

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This list of 90+ literary character traits belongs in every ELA classroom!

If your students are struggling with identifying and describing the attributes of the characters they encounter in books, movies, or other dramatic works, this list is a must-have! More than 90 of the most common character traits, all gathered in one place, and ready for use in writing book reports, essays, stories, and more.

 

Honest
Light-hearted
Leader
Expert
Brave
Conceited
Mischievous
Demanding
Thoughtful
Keen
Happy
Disagreeable
Simple
Fancy
Plain
Excited
Studious
Inventive
Creative
Thrilling
Independent
Intelligent
Compassionate
Gentle
Proud
Wild
Messy
Neat
Joyful
Strong
Bright
Courageous
Serious
Funny
Humorous
Sad
Poor
Rich
Tall
Dark
Light
Handsome
Pretty
Ugly
Selfish
Unselfish
Self-confident
Respectful
Considerate
Imaginative
Busy
Patriotic
Fun-loving
Popular
Successful
Responsible
Lazy
Dreamer
Helpful
Simple-minded
Humble
Friendly
Short
Adventurous
Hard-working
Timid
Shy
Bold
Daring
Dainty
Pitiful
Cooperative
Lovable
Prim
Proper
Ambitious
Able
Quiet
Curious
Reserved
Pleasing
Bossy
Witty
Fighter
Tireless
Energetic
Cheerful
Smart
Impulsive
Loyal

 

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