No one wants to make a Mary Sue—someone so perfect they're unlikeable because they're just dull. Kind of like the difference between Jean Grey and Wolverine. So, here are some questions dealing specifically with their flaws.
01. How do other people see your character? 02. How much of this is true? 03. How does your character hurt the people around him/her most often? 04. How does he/she deal with them when they are upset? 05. List your character's bad habits: 06. How do these affect the people around them? 07. What irritates others about your character? 08. Can your character form relationships with other people? 09. How long do these last? 10. What difficulties do other people have in forming relationships with your character?
01. Is your character arrogant or vain? 02. Or are they self-loathing to an abnormal degree? 03. Is your character very hostile or aggressive? 04. Or are they extremely placid? 05. Is your character a thrillseeker? Do they take stupid risks? 06. Or are they very, very cautious? 07. Is your character controlling? Do they hate to let other people take the lead? 08. Or are they passive to the point where they refuse to make decisions for themselves? 09. Is your character manipulative? 10. Or are they naive, so that they can never tell when they are being manipulated or taken advantage of? 11. Is your character a user or a taker? 12. Or are they self-sacrificing to the point of martyrdom? 13. Does your character never take anything seriously, even things that need to be taken seriously? 14. Or do they take everything far too seriously? Are they often offended by things other's wouldn't be? 15. Is your character physically or emotionally weak? 16. Or are they strong to the point of not understanding that other's can't cope in the same way as them? 17. Are they independent enough to feel they don't need others? 18. Or are they so extremely dependent? 19. Is your character an 'end justifies the means' type? 20. Or do they think so much in shades or gray it leads to moral dilemmas? 21. Is your character squeamish? 22. Or are they non-squeamish to the point of seeming strange? 23. Is your character prone to violence even when it's completely unneccessary? 24. Or do they avoid it any costs, even when they or someone they love s in danger? 25. Is your character a sadist? 26. Or a masochist? 27. Is your character moody? Do they swing from one emotion to the other? 28. Or do they stick with their baseline emotion and rarely experience highs or lows? 29. Is your character capable of abstract thought and creativity? Is it sometimes so abstract no one else can follow? 30. Are they completely incapable of abstract thought? 31. Are they unpredictable? Does no one ever know what they will do next? 32. Or are they predictable to the point of being dull? 33. Do they make all of their decisions based on how they're feeling at the time, even huge life-affecting ones? 34. Or do they think everything through logically and rationally, even very small things? 35. Do they have low self-control? Are they prone to shopping spress, binges, substance abuse, drinking, promiscuity? 36. Or do they keep so tight a control on themselves that they rarely experience the good things in life? 37. Are they diligent and work-minded t the point that everything else takes second place? 38. Or are they a slacker? Do they do the bare minimum? 39. Are they traditionally moral? Do they have very clear black and white notions on what is right and refuse to change or break them? 40. Or do they have very little consciensce? Do they live by their own personal moral code that would be considered 'immoral' by the majority? 41. Do they need to do everything the 'right' way? From putting socks in the right drawer to alphabetising their CDs? 42. Or do they not care about the right way and do things their own way? 43. Are they a perfectionist? 44. Or are they sloppy and messy? 45. Do they stick to their convictions and opinions, even insignificant ones and does opposition only strengthen their beliefs? 46. Or are they easily swayed and led? 47. Does your character save and collect things that have value, might have value or have had value? Do they accumulate lots of things? 48. Or do they throw everything out, even things that might have sentimental value? 49. Are they thrifty or miserly? 50. Or generous to the point of being self-sacrificing? 51. Does your character prefer being with people? Do they feel upset or awkward when alone? 52. Or do they hate groups of people and tend to be loners? 53. Do they work well in a team? Do they hate tot work independently? 54. Or do they prefer to work alone? Do they prioritise their own feelings over the teams? 55. Does your character use their sexuality to get what they want? 56. Or does their sexuality repuls or confuse people? 57. Is your character eccentric? 58. Or are they "normal"? 59. Does your character live in "their own little world"? 60. Or are they constantly aware of outside events? 61. Is your character a show-off? Flamboyant? Dramatic? 62. Or do they like to sink into the background and not draw attention to themselves? 63. Is your character intelligent? Extremely or abnormally so? 64. Or are they stupid? Abnormally so? 65. Is your character a hedonist? 66. Or do they refuse themselves pleasure? Are they ascetics? 67. Is your character punctual? Do they always arrive ten minutes early and get annoyed when others are late? 68. Or are they tardy? Are others always waiting for them? 69. Is your character entitled? Do they expect to be treated a certain way, expect to be given a better share and think they deserve the best in life? 70. Or are they a doormat? 71. Is your character emotionally reactive and available? Do other people see them as a powder keg? 72. Or are they seen as a "cold fish"? 73. Is your character prone to stress? 74. Or are they so easygoing it's frustrating? 75. Is your character ambitious? Will they step over people to achieve their goals? 76. Or do they drift through life with no goals? 77. Is your character judgemental? 78. Or will they stick with other's even when it's tough and self-damaging for them? 79. Does your character prefer the familiar and hate change? 80. Or are they restless? 81. Does your character care too much about what other people think about them? 83. Or don't they care at all? 84. Is your character overly sensitive? 85. Or are they insensitive? 86. Do they have double standards? 87. Are they prejudiced?
Good Guy or Bad Guy?
01. Is your character evil? 02. Do they think they're evil? 03. Is your character good? 04. Do they think they're good? 05. Why does your character think they're good/evil? 06. Why do you think they're good/evil?
Personality Disorders and Mental Illnesses
01. Does your character have any personality disorders or mental illnesses? 02. How do these affect their daily lives?