What Are Some Common D&D Personality Traits? Personality Ideals And Bonds

Updated October 27, 2022 by BetterHelp Editorial Team

For many Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) enthusiasts, the magic of the game comes from the fact that you can create a character with personality traits, ideals, and bonds straight from your head to go on an adventure. Some people create a character that is an idealized version of themselves, with various ideals, bonds, and characteristics. Others take a different route and create a character who is entirely different from who they are, with an array of different mannerisms. There is no right or wrong way to play DnD. In this post, we’ll discuss a few common attributes players like to put in their characters.

Explore these common D&D personality traits.

How A Personality Attribute Plays Personal Significance In The Game

In the game, a character's traits can have an impact on the story or no impact at all, as personality traits are small, simple additions to a character. Someone's traits may be positive or negative personality traits depending on how you look at them.

For example, say your character is very trusting of others. In some campaigns, when thinking about personality traits, this can be seen as a weakness. You trust someone a bit too much, and they may end up betraying you. However, in some cases, this can be seen as a strength. Because you come off as trusting, more people may open up to you. Then, there are times when this characteristic has no impact on the story at all.

Your character being aggressive is another good example. In some stories, your aggression can be a strength. It intimidates others and gets the job done. On the other hand, it can end up destroying diplomacy and causing a war. Maybe a character likes to try to hide their weakness or find others who have that trait to bond and form unions.

Alternatively, characters don't have to acknowledge certain traits. Sometimes, they may not be aware of their aggression, or they may be in denial about it. Another option is that they just don't care. This can apply to people in real life as well. For additional information on personality traits, check out the Myers-Briggs personality test to determine whether you are the protagonist personality type, the campaigner, or one of 14 others. Knowing your name, tradition, and the place you thrive can help you unpack your personality trait in sections.

Common Personality Traits And Attributes

D&D is customizable in that you can create your own house rules or your own unique traits, mannerisms, habits, beliefs, and character dislikes or fears. If you are interested in the game or you just want to know more about it, below is an easy-to-understand list of traits. It can also be fun to dive into role-playing, which includes storytelling, thinking creatively, and collaborating with others. These games also allow you to use criticalthinking skills, as they include teamwork, social skills, and communication.

Abrasiveness

Abrasiveness can be seen as a negative trait because it describes having trouble being nice in a conversation. Someone abrasive can be demanding, and although they may get what they want, they may end up hurting others. It can increase your intimidation stat, but people will find you insufferableand it can destroy civil discourse.

Absent-Minded

A character who is absent-minded may be seen as someone who is smart but is always thinking too much. Because of this, they may end up being lost in the conversation or not being aware of where they are. If your character is absent-minded, they may be someone people rely on for knowledge, but when it comes to being in the present, you might count them out.

Aggression

Aggression is when a character is often ready to fight and is quite a menace. They may end up starting fights when there is a more peaceful solution, and their anger and brute force may be a weakness when the battle requires more strategy. Gestures that might demand power are included in this personality.

Brawler

A brawler is someone who likes to use their fists rather than any weapons. They believe that what they always have with them is the best weapon. A brawler may be quick on their feet because they are less encumbered, but may find it difficult to win a battle where weapons are used. They value anything they can naturally use on their body.

Cautious

A cautious player often takes steps to make sure they are safe in combat, taking note of everything in nature, considering every background noise, and using their history and experience to make decisions. Cautious and cowardice can be mutually exclusive or come hand in hand depending on the character. Someone cautious may use different strategies to get out in the safest way possible but may be weak and fear attacks. If you need a character who can solve problems in the most peaceful way possible, however, a cautious person may be the way to go.

Detached

A detached character is oftenin their own world when it comes to the group. They are often behind and don’t talk much. This can give them an advantage, but it can mean that no one trusts them, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you are playing the game. These members may not use a ton of language or share ideas with other characters. They often keep details and aspects to themselves, but not out of greed or without reason.

 

    Dishonesty

    A dishonest character tends to lie. This character has mastered the art of lying and can use it to get what they want. However, if the tower of lies falls, it can ruin your character as everyone will find out that you have been dishonest, especially if you have been exposed and then say something which is the truth. It can end up being a boy-who-cried-wolf situation, and you might lose money or your spot at the table.

    Distinctive

    This is when someone has a physical trait that sets them apart. They can have big ears, a scar, or another characteristic that makes them different. As you can imagine, this can be a bit of a disadvantage if your character is trying to hide or disguise themselves. However, it can give your character a bit of a reputation. If your character has a limp, they may use it to get sympathy, for example.

    Easygoing

    This is a friendly character. Being friendly means that people tend to like talking to you, and you generally have no problem making friends. However, you may have a hard time standing up for yourself or getting into fights, and you may have a problem if you need to be more aggressive in your actions. An easygoing character may be gullible as well. Gaining respect while also maintaining freedom and accomplishments tends to be a great skill of these characters.

    Farsighted

    In a character's traits, a flaw might be farsightedness. In many worlds of D&D, glasses are not a thing, so a character may havechallenges with their vision. A farsighted person has a hard time seeing what's nearby them, but they can see ahead very well.

    Focused

    Someone who is focused can often keep their eyes on the prize no matter how many things try to distract them. However, those who are too focused on one thing may ignore something else important that passes them by. 

    Hard Of Hearing

    This type of character is deaf or has trouble hearing. Despite their disability, they may have enhanced their other senses to compensate.

    Hardy

    These people often consider themselves strong, and they may judge those who aren't as strong. The problem is that they can sometimes overestimate their strength, and they may end up getting hurt as a result.

    Honest

    This is someone who doesn’t want to tell a lie. Sincerity means that more people will likely flock to you and trust you. However, there are times when you may need to tell a white lie to survive. In those cases, you may have trouble keeping up a lie, and you may not be able to spot other liars.

    Illiterate

    In the fantasy world, reading can sometimes be a privilege, and someone illiterate won't be able to read. However, they may have other skills they use. Sometimes, a character may learn to read over time.

    Inattentive

    Someone who is inattentive may be able to deal with smaller tasks, but when it comes to big projects, they often won't do them.

    Polite

    A character who is polite may try to be as wellspoken as possible, even if they don't like the person they're speaking to. They can be genuinely polite, or they may be using politeness to their advantage.

    Quick

    Someone quick is usually faster than other people. They may be able to escape faster, but they may be less skilled in other areas.

    Relentless

    Someone who is relentless usually won't give up no matter what. This can be great for situations that require persistence, but characters who are relentless may over-exhaust themselves. This can lead to fatigue.

    Slow

    Slowness often gives a character two personality traits. They may not be able to escape as fast, but they may be sturdier. When it's time to run, they'll be left behind. However, they may be able to fight easier.

    Specialized

    Someone specialized may be skilled in one particular subject but have fewer skills in other subjects. For example, a character may be a master at crafting but be poor at fighting. You may want to makesure your skills are balanced or learn to deal with your weaknesses.

    Suspicious

    Suspicious characters tend to be skeptical of everyone they meet. This can help them spot people who are trying to do them wrong, but the problem with that is that it can turn people away because of how distrustful they are.

    Uncivilized

    An uncivilized person was likely raised in the wild or simply identifies witha trait related to animals. They may be awkward when it comes to various situations where they must speak, so they may benefit from sociable people to prop them up.

    Explore these common D&D personality traits.

    Takeaway

    Character attributes reflect a lot about a person. You may be able to improve upon your character traits and tendenciesand use them to your advantage. If you want to improve your traits and bonds in real life beyond DnD, consider reaching out to an online therapist. Online therapy has been proven to be effective for a variety of challenges, including anxiety and depression. With BetterHelp, you can talk to a therapist from your own home, and you get access to in-app messaging in between sessions. A therapist can help you work on your challenges and goals, helping you improveyourself based on what you want to achieve.

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