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To make characters realistic and relatable they are given flaws, because if there is anything a writer can be sure of it is that no one in their audience will be perfect. Flaws are character traits that have a negative impact in the narrative, unless they are simply Informed Flaw. They can also be exploited. See Good Flaws, Bad Flaws for a scale of flaw acceptability.

Compare Seven Deadly Sins, Ego Tropes. Contrast with the Virtue Index.

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