Today I’m going to come up with ten character flaws.
EXERCISE FOUR: CHARACTER FLAWS
Shirley is a mermaid. She thinks all humans are scum for ruining the ocean. Shirley needs to learn that not everything is black and white.
Sally hates winning. She doesn’t like to beat her AI robot son at Checkers because she knows it makes him feel bad (because he has feelings!). Sally needs to learn that she’s only harming her son by letting him win all of the time.
Bella seems like the perfect woman. She’s always the person with the best advice for other young Bigfoot Enthusiasts... until one of them finds better methods than hers, and Bella refuses to accept them. Bella needs to learn that she is not always right.
Ron never wants to put anyone out. He always gets his girlfriend to decide where they’re going to have dinner, what they’re going to watch, and when it’s time for bed. Ron needs to learn that his attempts to be kind are actually frustrating as hell, and to make some decisions himself, before his girlfriend casts a dark magic spell on him to make him a different person.
Richard is constantly trying to impress everyone at the Genetic Splicing Enthusiasts Club so he can become one of the boys. Richard needs lose the act if he wants to prove himself.
Christine is a comedian. The audience always starts off loving her, but as her jokes get more and more inappropriate, they always end up feeling awkward. Christine needs to learn where the line is, instead of resorting to hypnotising her audiences to give positive reviews.
Arnold really wants a girlfriend. REALLY REALLY wants a girlfriend. In fact, it’s all he thinks about. Arnold needs to learn that to be a love interest to girls, he’s got to be interesting to himself. And maybe stop kidnapping them too.
Ziggy constantly makes mistakes at his job at the Cracker Factory. When he accidentally tips toxic waste into one of the cracker vats and blames someone else, his workmates become super mutants. Ziggy has to learn to be honest and take responsibility for his mistakes if he wants to get out alive.
Murray is callous to his son Max, who has just told him he’s in a relationship with one of the race of friendly aliens that landed on earth eight months ago. Murray has to learn to show his love for his son if he doesn’t want to lose him.
Rosie is secretly in love with her best friend Anna, but has never told her. Instead she subtly breaks up all of Anna’s relationships. Anna has recently discovered this and won’t even talk to her. When Rosie stalks Anna’s new boyfriend and finds out he’s a serial killer, Rosie must learn to help people for the right reasons, not the selfish ones.
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