Words Used To Describe Characters In Performance

Here is a list of nearly 400 words I have compiled that will assist students of drama and theatre to describe characters in performance. Often as part of their coursework, students need to analyse the play making process of a piece of their own work or evaluate a performance by themselves or others. Questions about character traits and qualities can also appear in written examinations.

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ableextrovertperfectionist
acceptingexuberantperky
accountablefairpersistent
adaptablefair-mindedpersonable
addictivefaithfulpersuasive
adventurousfancyphilosophical
affablefastidiouspicky
affectionatefatpioneering
aggressivefearlesspitiful
agilefeistyplacid
agreeablefighterplain
alertflawedplayful
ambitiousflexiblepleasant
amiablefocusedpleasing
amicablefoilplucky
amusingforcefulpolite
angelicforgivingpoor
annoyingfrankpopular
antagonistfreepowerful
anti-herofriendlypractical
anxiousfrustratedprim
ardentfun-lovingproblem-solver
arrogantfunnyprocedural
articulatefussyproper
artisticgenerousprotagonist
assertivegentleproud
astutegivingprudent
athleticgorgeouspunctual
attentivegraciousquick-witted
autonomousgratefulquiet
availablegregariousrational
awkwardgrouchyrealistic
babyishgrumpyrebellious
bad-temperedgutsyrecluse
benevolenthandsomereflective
big-headedhappyrelaxed
blunthardworkingreliable
boastfulharshreserved
boldheavyresourceful
boringhelpfulresponsible
bossyheroreverent
braveheroinerich
brighthonestrigid
busyhonourableromantic
calmhopefulrotund
candidhospitableround
capablehumblerude
carefulhumoroussad
carelessimaginativesassy
caringimmatureself-assured
causticimmodestself-aware
cautiousimpartialself-confident
charismaticimperfectself-disciplined
charmingimpulsiveselfish
chattyindependentsensible
cheerfulindustrioussensitive
childlikeinsightfulserious
civilintellectualsharp
classyintelligentshort
cleverintimateshrewd
clingyintolerantshy
clumsyintrovertedsilly
coldintuitivesimple
communicativeinventivesimple-minded
compassionateinwardsincere
compellingirritatingskinny
complexjealoussmart
conceitedjocularsneering
condescendingjoyfulsnivelling
confidentjudgementalsober
conscientiouskeensociable
conservativekindsoft
considerateknowledgeablesombre
contentlaid-backspirited
conviviallarger-than-lifesporty
coollazystable
cooperativeleaderstatic
courageouslethargicstock
courteouslightstocky
cowardlight-heartedstraightforward
creativelikeablestrong
creepylikelystrong
curiouslistenerstubborn
cynicalloudstudious
daintyloveablestupid
daringlovingsuccessful
darkloyalsympathetic
dashingluckytactful
decisivemanipulativetalkative
defiantmaterialistictall
demandingmaturetechnological
dependablemeantemperamental
determinedmeekterritorial
deviousmelancholythick-skinned
devoutmellowthorough
diligentmerrythoughtful
dimmessythrifty
diplomaticmeticulousthrilling
directmightytidy
disagreeablemischievoustidy
discerningmodesttimid
discreetmoodytired
disgruntledmotivatedtolerant
disorganisednaivetough
disruptivenastytranquil
distantneattrustworthy
distinctneedytruthful
dramaticnervousugly
dreamernetworkerunassuming
drearyneuroticunderstanding
dullniceunique
dutifulnobleunlucky
dynamicnoisyunselfish
eagernurturingunstable
easy-goingobedientuntidy
effectiveobnoxiousupbeat
efficientobservantvain
egotisticalopinionatedversatile
eloquentoptimisticvirtuous
embarrassedorderlywarm
emotionalorganisedwarmhearted
energeticostentatiouswild
enquiringoutgoingwilling
enthusiasticoutwardwise
ethicaloverweightwise
evasivepassionatewitless
exceptionalpassivewitty
excitablepatientwonderful
excitedpatrioticyouthful
expertperfectzealous

Not sure of the meaning of a word on the list? Look it up in the dictionary.

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