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Table of 100 Quirks

Everyone's a little quirky from time to time. (Andrew Smith)
Everyone's a little quirky from time to time. (Andrew Smith)

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Below is a table filled with quirks to apply to any character you want. This is good for players and DM’s to add some extra spice to a particular character. A character that has a noticeable quirk help players remember who they’re talking to.

If you'd like I included a PDF version for your own downloading/printing use.

Roll 1d100 and consult the table below to select a random quirk. If you don’t like it roll again.

 

roll

Quirk

Example

1

Winks at particular characters

An amorous or obsessed individual

2

Scoffs as a Victorian gentleman

“Harumph” by a snobby high class fellow

3

High pitched voice

A young person or eunuch

4

Constantly rubs hands

Nervous or overly cleanly person

5

Speaks slowly

Old or steady-going persons

6

Twirls mustache/hair

Someone who is easily bored or overtly evil

7

Gives nicknames to people

Calls people by hair color or other feature

8

Picks nose/ears often

A young or habitual person

9

Scratches butt

An uncouth person

10

Refuses low quality food

Someone with a fear of germs or rich person

11

Constantly uses hands when talking

A salesperson or someone who likes to exaggerate

12

Rubs eyes and forehead

A person who does not sleep very well/often

13

Animal lover

Has a soft spot for animals

14

Combs hair often

A Dapper Dan man who takes pride in their hair/beard

15

Constantly vulgar

Barbaric or tough individuals

16

Random scratches head

A nervous or lice-ridden person

17

Criticizes everything

Someone with high standards or doesn’t do a lot of work

18

Sniffs things/people

A socially challenged creature/person who likes smells

19

Adjusts clothes/glasses

Someone who doesn’t spend money on well fitting attire

20

Constantly checks the time

A nervous business person with a pocket watch

21

Doesn’t talk

A mute or took a vow of silence

22

Bathes at any opportunity

Cleanliness is a high priority

23

Laid back and easy going

A relaxed or constantly drugged person

24

Yawns

A person who can’t get enough sleep

25

Forgetful

Someone with a head injury

26

Germaphobic

A person uncomfortable around germs/uncleanly

27

Randomly makes noises

Rooster call during a discussion

28

Spurts out words spontaneously

Complex Tourette’s syndrome tics

29

Waves weapons around

A person raised in a barbaric society

30

Very slow blinking

Someone who often zones out

31

Overly chipper

Youthful or naïve person

32

Snorts

Someone with nose problems

33

Randomly uses other language(s)

A person new to the common language

34

Quick to anger/offense

An angry person, like barbarian or gang member

35

Squints eyes

Bad eye sight or someone used to darkness

36

Snaps fingers constantly

Has a nervous tic or likes jazz

37

Speaks quickly

Too many thoughts that need to come out

38

Gravelly voice

Gruff individual or miner of sorts

39

Thinks they’re hilarious

They like to laugh at their own jokes

40

Twiddles fingers

Energetic, nervous or twitchy people

41

Never is without food

Large characters or just someone who likes to eat

42

Cleans weapons often

Someone who takes great pride in their weapons

43

Constantly distracted

Having too much energy or thinking too much

44

Replaces curse word(s) with others

Frak from Battlestar Galactica, curses in other languages

45

Debby downer

Can find sadness in everything

46

Uncomfortable/creepy Smile

Mischievous or evil people

47

Ends every sentences in a phrase

“He was like totally, you know?” “Then he was, you know?”

48

You’re your own favorite person

You talk about yourself a lot

49

Mutters most of the time

A shy, unconfident, or soft-spoken person

50

Overly polite

Someone taught in the ways of etiquette

51

Has and uses a catch phrase

Hero Wannabe or an annoying fairy named Navi

52

Steeples hands during conversation

Mr. Burns or someone who thinks a lot

53

Daydreamer

Young or adventurous people

54

Rubs their chin/beard

Thinkers and plotters

55

Inappropriate joking

Someone raised away from society

56

Refers to the same thing, constantly

Grandpa telling the same stories again and again

57

Falls asleep randomly

Someone who stays up late or suffers narcolepsy

58

Leans on things and people

A person with a limp or who wants to be close to others

59

They speak with an accent

Someone from a distant land

60

Aggressive body language

Thugs or strong

61

Mouth hangs open when not talking

A person who goes deep into thought

62

Turned up nose

Someone of high class that looks down on people

63

Spontaneously twitches head

A nervous person or someone who has had head damage

64

Uses coin in conversation constantly

Someone who flaunts their wealth

65

Acknowledges everyone they see

Friendly, outgoing and/or forgetful person

66

Deep voice

Large and/or menacing people

67

Rarely looks people in the face

Depressed or wanted person

68

Flirty

Anyone looking for love in this trying world of ours

69

Awkward/child-ish body language

Young or child-like people sticks out tongue

70

Kleptomaniac

Tries to steal things constantly

71

Talks a lot

Someone who wants to have the focus on themselves

72

Very energetic greeter

Young or outgoing people who want to meet new people

73

Does not understand idioms

A person not familiar with the language or a construct

74

Says “uh…” a lot while talking

Someone who doesn’t speak the language well

75

Flexes muscles

Strong muscle bound people

76

Has something hang out their mouth

Someone who smokes, chews on hay/straw

77

Has a stutter

Porky Pig who stumbles over words

78

Looks passed people when talking

A person who feels beyond the people they’re talking to

79

Drunkard

You like a good drink and often

80

Constantly chews on something

Someone with an addiction or nervous tic

81

Gives lots of hugs

Outgoing people who lack knowledge of personal space

82

Replaces words with grunts

A person who uses brawns over brains

83

Does not laugh

A dark brooding person or robot

84

Constantly changing/purchasing attire

A fop or someone who likes fashion

85

Heavy breathing

A person with poor respiration

86

Refrains from vulgarity

Proper gentlefolk or persons with strict religious doctrines

87

Has pride in themselves

Prefaces name with their title, every time

88

Always smiles

Someone with too much joy or evil in them

89

Licks their lips

A person with a dry mouth or who is hungry a lot

90

Silly accent

Someone from a distant land or who had an accident

91

Sneezes or sniffles often

A sad or allergic person

92

Plays with knife while talking

Assassins and people who flaunt their skills

93

Always frowns

Judge Dredd or a depressed person

94

Has difficulty with scale

Likes to exaggerate everything

95

Looks over their shoulder

Someone with a dark past or is superstitious

96

Always has a drink in their hand

High-class snob or drunkard, depends on drink

97

Has random spikes of pain

Past injuries flaring up

98

Blinks rapidly

Habitual liars or someone with dry eyes

99

Rolls eyes

Someone who “knows” everything

100

Finds everything funny

Laughs at most anything, anywhere, any point in time

 

If you'd like to add any more just leave a comment! Happy adventuring everyone!

 

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Andrew Smith is one of The Spokesman-Review's IT gurus and resident dungeon master.