NPC Quirks

By Dawn Ibach

Here are 230 quirks for your NPCs. Use them individually or mix and match them. Some of these quirks need a set up to make them noticeable by the group.
 

  1. Scar
  2. Monocle
  3. Gaps between teeth
  4. Rash
  5. Tattoo
  6. Missing limb, joints, fingers, teeth
  7. Spits when talking
  8. Fidgets
  9. Picks ears
  10. Rubs hands together
  11. Sucks on teeth
  12. Mismatched eyes
  13. Acne
  14. Overweight
  15. Underweight
  16. Always eating or drinking
  17. Bites fingernails
  18. Wandering eye
  19. Facial piercing
  20. Limp
  21. Lisp
  22. Foreign clothing
  23. Accent
  24. Uses long words incorrectly
  25. Rubs chin
  26. Tugs on ear
  27. Picks nose
  28. Bites lower lip
  29. Trims or cleans nails with long knife
  30. Twirls hair with finger
  31. Single hair or beard braid
  32. Many hair or beard braids
  33. Rings or bells in hair or beard braids
  34. Smells like sweat
  35. Smells like dogs
  36. Smells like horses
  37. Smells like cheap cologne
  38. Smells like expensive cologne
  39. Smells like cedar wood
  40. Smells like tobacco
  41. Smells like lavender
  42. Smells like alcohol
  43. Smells like soap
  44. Smells like roses
  45. Scratches
  46. Has leaves in hair or clothing
  47. Wears flower in hair or clothing
  48. Squints
  49. Sniffs often
  50. Braggart
  51. Never looks anyone in the eye
  52. Superstitious
  53. Unusual jewelry
  54. Freckles
  55. Pockmarked skin
  56. Eye tic
  57. Bucktoothed
  58. Talks loudly
  59. Whispers
  60. Holier than thou attitude
  61. Makes puns
  62. Clumsy
  63. Quotes famous poet, regularly
  64. Quotes religious text
  65. Refers to self in third person
  66. Chews grass, stick, or leaves
  67. Closely examines everything
  68. Keeps hand on weapon
  69. Keeps hands in pockets
  70. Hairless
  71. Exotic weapon
  72. Claps hands often
  73. Smacks palm with fist
  74. Asks often about his own appearance
  75. Rubs palms on thighs
  76. Stretches often
  77. Seems cold or hot
  78. Yawns often
  79. Polishes brooch or buckle often
  80. Rubs luckstone or fetish
  81. Twirls coin between fingers
  82. Always wears thick, leather gloves
  83. High squeaky voice
  84. Offers exotic beverages or foods
  85. Oily skin or hair
  86. Obvious cosmetics
  87. Lazy eye
  88. Always wears ‘lucky’ hat, scarf, ring
  89. Mole
  90. Always wears favorite color
  91. Wears clothes too big or too small
  92. Wears obvious wig
  93. Uses a parasol
  94. Picks teeth with knife or fingernails
  95. Waxed facial hair
  96. Belches loud and often
  97. Sneezes often
  98. Coughs regularly
  99. Blinks often
  100. Roll twice

  1. Wine colored birthmark
  2. Rubs eyes often
  3. Chews on braid or lock of hair
  4. Bites fingernails or cuticles
  5. Polishes spectacles, never wears them
  6. Twists ring
  7. Picks lint off clothes, his and PCs
  8. Has hiccups
  9. Watering eye(s)
  10. Taps foot or drums fingers
  11. Sunburn and peeling skin
  12. Dark tan
  13. Very pale
  14. Toothless
  15. Dressed in furs or leather
  16. Dressed in formal attire
  17. Dressed in silks and lace
  18. Has black eye
  19. Bruised extremities
  20. Arm in sling
  21. Bandaged extremity
  22. Stutters
  23. Tongue tied
  24. Mixes languages
  25. Mixes gibberish with words
  26. Keeps arms folded
  27. Picks at scabs or loose skin
  28. Dresses colorblind
  29. Has wart on hand, covers it always
  30. Hand covers mouth while speaking
  31. Keeps hand on PCs shoulder
  32. Carries crumbs to feed birds
  33. Hands coppers to beggar children
  34. Speaks to animals like people
  35. Speaks to ‘spirits’
  36. Has paint stained hands and clothes
  37. Wears scarf around ankles or wrists
  38. Wears vest with bell buttons
  39. Fascinated by fire
  40. Fascinated by non human races
  41. Clothes have bulging pouches
  42. Archaic speech
  43. Spotless, glossy boots
  44. Rope burns around neck or wrists
  45. Pasted on moustache or beard
  46. Hair dye covering collar
  47. Writes down everything PC says
  48. Wears armor covered in runes
  49. Has vampire bite scars on neck
  50. Has arthritis in hands
  51. Rubs old knee injury
  52. Avoids crowds
  53. Nose bleeds
  54. Wears notched belt
  55. Wears well tended ancient weapon
  56. Refers to good old days often
  57. Wears heart shaped beauty mark
  58. Has one or more gold teeth
  59. Ogles opposite sex openly
  60. Paper cuts and ink stained fingers
  61. Serious burn scar
  62. Rings sewn on clothes with fetishes
  63. Clothes made of woven leaves
  64. Pregnant woman
  65. Rubs calluses on palms with thumb
  66. Carries cloth covered basket
  67. Sharpens knife with whetstone
  68. Spit polishes thick, fancy bracelet
  69. Hard of hearing
  70. Gives a different name every meeting
  71. Regularly blows stray hair out of eyes
  72. Bows before speaking and after
  73. Flatulent
  74. Hooks thumbs in belt and bounces
  75. Walks like a sailor
  76. Crumbs in beard and clothes
  77. Food stained face
  78. Wine stained ‘moustache’
  79. Carries small snake, mouse, or lizard
  80. Wears foreign style clothes
  81. Has long, lacquered nails
  82. Mute, speaks through sign language
  83. Blind, sees through familiar’s eyes
  84. Uses foul language
  85. Runny nose
  86. Always late
  87. Instructs PCs on latest fashion
  88. Bad cook, begs PCs to eat
  89. Rubs large belly often
  90. Blatantly pouts
  91. Calls PCs by wrong names
  92. Convinced PCs need reforming
  93. Giggles, inappropriately
  94. Wears ancient fashions
  95. Combs hair with fingers
  96. Jingles coins in pocket or pouch
  97. Intoxicated or acting
  98. Talks in rhyme
  99. Plays with charm on necklace
  100. Roll twice

  1. Says “hmm – hmm” often
  2. Asks rhetorical questions and answers
  3. Denies gossiping and proceeds to gossip
  4. Falsely claims he is an adventurer too
  5. Greatly exaggerates
  6. Nods often
  7. Gestures wildly with hands
  8. Carries satchel filled with junk
  9. Hacking cough
  10. Sweats profusely
  11. Shaving cuts on face
  12. Military manner
  13. Animal bite or claw scar
  14. Sleepy
  15. Always out of breath
  16. Sketches PC while talking
  17. Flips key ring with finger
  18. Covered with road dust
  19. Rolls “R’s” while speaking
  20. Snorts while laughing
  21. Complains of heartburn
  22. Talks of health problems
  23. Loses items and asks PCs to help look
  24. Survived torture, has no fingernails
  25. Vegetarian
  26. Only eats meat
  27. Conceited
  28. Pathological liar
  29. Taps foot incessantly
  30. Rubs back of neck

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