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Stan Berry’s GURPS Quirks Page

Quirks by Category
Eating Habits • Collects firearms. low IQ characters).
• Vegetarian 2 days a week (a character in a CyberPunk • Keeps a collection of "war trophies" from his/her • Prefers to work for room and board, ‘cause he never
campaign). conquests. misses a meal, but he often misses money….
• Craves red meat (another example). • Won’t carry pennies; will toss them away in streets if he
• Sweet tooth (one of my mage characters and me!). Apparel can’t spend them.
• Dislikes chocolate (my 2nd daughter, for a while). • Always wears something red [or other color] (a • Always has to stop and shop, no matter the
• Hates broccoli (George Bush). common quirk). circumstances. (male or female).
• Never wears anything red [or other color] (another • Carry wad of cash and counts it in public (for Wealthy+
• Hates onions (my mother).
common quirk). characters).
• Really likes Ice cream (my sister-in-law).
• Always wears boots. • Hates carrying pennies and will happily toss them in the
• Uses fork and knife only with his left hand.
• Wears only name brand (expensive) apparel. street.
• Likes tea.
• Lives on Italian food. • She wear trousers (medieval character).
• Thinks that any restaurant that you can’t wear jeans to • Can never find clothes that fit just right. Physical Quirks
• Wears red socks with everything. (Anything that makes the character easy to identify
isn’t worth visiting.
• Wears only gold (or silver or turquoise...) jewelry. in a police line-up is worth a quirk point)
• Doesn’t drink alcohol.
• Noticeable Tattoo of [fill in blank] on [fill in body part].
• Ethnic diet or religious diet. • Always wears a watch.
• Noticeable scar on [fill in body part].
• Only loves one type of food. Such as Pizza and Beer. • Only wears rock band t-shirts.
• Noticeable burn scar on [fill in body part].
• Won’t drink booze, but will usually taste any unknown • Can’t figure out what color clothing matches.
• Pierced [fill in body part] (only allowed if noticeable and
substance. • Always wears boots.
uncommon for the character’s culture).
• Prefers to eat out every meal. • Always wears thigh-length boots.
• Hair dyed [fill in unusual or un-natural color].
• Hates Chinese food. • Always wears shorts, especially in Winter.
• Extremely hairy arms.
• Doesn’t like fish. • Always wears funny hats - jester hats, cat-in-the-hat
• Bald.
• Always eats when working, always carry snacks: hats, pith helmets etc.
• Noticeable birthmark.
[crunch] “This lock is darn tricky” [munch] “...here, I’ve • Likes to dress like people half his/her age - "It’s hip."
• Looks just like [fill in name of celebrity].
got it!” [click]). • Always wears two different colored socks, and type….
• His feet are incredibly bad-smelling.
• Only drinks tea. • Always wear his "lucky" jacket (or she wears her lucky
• No beard (male only) (Could grow a beard but shaves).
• Sucks on lemon-flavored candy; offers some to people jacket).
• Loves jewelry. • Has allergies. A lot of sneezing on dry days in spring-
upon meeting.
• Always carries an apple. • Always wear a hat, never leaves without it (the Indiana fall. [To give more depth, give strong allergic reactions
to the common nasty ones like nuts, bee stings,
• Always <gulps> beer. Jones syndrome).
strawberries, MSG, cow’s milk, etc.].
• Likes to suck back a pint of warm lard nightly. • Wear prop glasses, but has 20/20 visions.
• Hay fever.
• Looks for worms in all fruit. • Always wear cheap clothes/ill-fitting suits/overalls (fun
• Allergic to cats (others).
• Won’t eat red vegetables. with Status or Wealthy).
• Gaseous (and no, that doesn’t mean transparent or
• Won’t use artificial sweetener. • Always wears as little clothing as possible.
foggy).
• Can’t eat Bavarian cream pie without saying • Always wear tattered clothes (even when he has
• Always gets a sunburn.
"Mmmmmm Mmmmmm San Antone!" money for good clothes).
• Urinates frequently.
• Forms dirty words in his alphabet soup. • Always wear expensive clothes (even when he doesn’t
• Sneezes extra loud.
• Eats potato-chip sandwiches (on white bread, yet). really have money for it).
• Always cowled. • Foams at the mouth when excited/angry.
• Cuts her dessert in half and pours pepper on one half
• Always worried about latest fashions. • Thrives in cold weather, hates warm weather.
so she won’t eat it all.
• Always wears shirts that reveal buff stomach. Comfortable in T-shirt and shorts in mid-50s weather;
• Will wait for a booth at a restaurant rather than sit at a
starts sweating when the temperature goes above 75.
table or counter. • Dresses in suits.
• Loves to have pierced ears, nose, lip, or whatever.
• Likes garlic and puts it in everything. • Hates it when someone else wears black.
• Loves to use body as a Tattoo Canvas.
• Drinks beer with an egg in it. • Can’t stand to wear "frilly" clothes.
• Large beard and proud of it.
• Eats porridge for every meal. • Incessantly cracks knuckles.
• Hates to eat porridge. Fandom • Large burn scar on left forearm.
• Dislikes Strong Liquor. • Fan of the Chicago Bulls (another example). • Drools.
• Fond of Drink. • Fan of Jenny Longitude, the Holovid Star (used in a
• Strict carnivore. Space campaign).
• Likes to taste new types of food. • Thinks college football is the most important sport. Roll Biscuit Related
(submitted by JLJ with respects to S. John Ross)
tide! (that’s me!).
• Insists only his biscuit process is correct.
Sleeping Habits • Never misses an episode of "Friends".
• Thinks that biscuits are cookies (see character’s IQ).
• Like to sleep late. • Always relates things to TV shows, movies, books, or
• Early riser. songs. (Pick one or two.).
• Quotes song lyrics (especially of a particular cult band.). Vehicles
• Sleeps in the nude.
• Fascinated by end-of-the-world novels. (If the campaign will involve active use of vehicles,
• Sleeps in flannel pajamas. vehicle quirks make sense)
• Needs soft music in background to get to sleep quickly • Has a favorite TV/radio show.
• Bumper sticker that says [fill in blank].
(probably TL6+). • Roots for the predators on nature programs.
• Unique vehicle decorations [give details].
• Likes to sleep. • Loves mysteries.
• Won’t drive faster than 40 miles per hour.
• Wakes at night to check on his • Loves the violin.
• Won’t ride in German cars (concentration camp
equipment/horses/car/starship engines. • A REAL BIG Village People fan.
survivor).
• Always sleep with the windows wide open (bad in a • Trivia student of pop culture.
• Will not ride in anything Japanese (or non-American, or
horror campaign!). • Loves the Ballet, and traditional dance, but hates to
non-Japanese, or what ever).
• Sleeps with a teddy bear. admit it.
• Prefers to steal German cars over all others
• Sleeps a lot. • Gets up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons.
• Needs milk and honey before sleeping. • Loves to Listen to Music.
Speech
• Needs a story before sleeping.
• Irish brogue
• He has nightmares (related to a phobia/mental Money and shopping • Accent [specify type of accent; Note that some accents
disadvantages/recent shock). • Greatly enjoys free perks (one of my bosses).
could cause a social stigma disadvantage in some
• Dislikes malls and avoids them whenever possible.
settings]
Collections • Carries a $100 bill for emergencies (name withheld to • Sometimes speaks of self in 3rd person.
• Collects baseball cards. protect the individual). • Mutters poetry under his breath.
• Collects stamps. • Prefers small bills.
• Says "Thwap" when he fires his bow.
• Collects teeth/claws/lock of hair/DNA sample from slain • Carefully checks bills and/or coins for counterfeits.
• Uses big words to impress listeners.
opponents. • Loves garage sales.
• Doesn’t talk much; uses short simple words when he
• Collects a weapon from defeated opponents. • Coupon clipper.
does talk.
• Collects [fill in the blank]. • Thinks twenty coppers is better than a silver piece any • Talks very softly, especially when involved in major
• Collects Royal Assassins, up to 13 so far. day (for low IQ characters). arguments.
• Thinks 7 or 8 pennies is better than a dime any day (for
• Never uses contractions. shileighle, ahan." • Likes to tie nooses in ropes.
• Calls everyone (males and females) "babe." • Says "hoo hoo hoo" if poked in the stomach. • Can’t stop "improving" on a good thing until it becomes
• Repeatedly states "see, you really get it" when a full-blown disaster: "Yeah, three times the speed of
conversing with someone. Religious light is OK, I guess, but let me bypass the flummery
• Says "see I always knew this would happen" whenever • Will not work after sunset on Friday. (Seventh day controller...... <WHUMPH>."
something weird happens. Adventists for one example.) • Has to critique everything: "I’d say the battle was a
• Says "Oh, crap, it’s gone south on me" when something • Frequently quotes scripture. dubious success. Though Rodin fought at nearly his full
bad happens. • Tithes regularly. (10% of all income might be more than ability, Shila and Walt seemed to be holding back,
• In conversation, if a word has slipped his mind, he’ll a quirk in some campaigns!) possibly doubting their own abilities."
stop and think and not give up until he finally recalls the • Insists on a prayer before every meal. (Not a good quirk • Shutterbug.
right word. if the standard in the society.) • Writes his name/initials/mark as graffiti everywhere.
• Puts hand on your hand/arm/shoulder/leg when talking. • Doesn’t drink alcohol (for religious reasons.) (mostly harmless, but probably a -15 point disad for a
• Distracted easily during conversation. • Carry bible and hipflask in coat pocket. member of the Status.
• Often seems to go out of his way to answer the exact • Laughs to himself at intervals, for no apparent reason.
• Believes the Assassins’ Guild is a religious organization.
question that was asked of him instead what the • Always identifies himself as "a student", though it’s 15
• Attempts to turn every discussion into a religious
questioner obviously meant. years since he dropped out of university.
argument.
• Calls everyone "Darling" -- even close friends. • Always treats members of the opposite sex with
• Tells "stories" with no point or conclusion. courtesy.
Nervous Habits • Sharpens his knife, counting each stroke, for hours.
• Argues points with people who agree with him. • Rarely passes a mirror without checking his/her hair.
• Uses lingo coined in books in regular speech (i.e. • Taunts foes.
• Scratches his nose. • Dances about fallen foes.
"embleer," "horrorshow", "grok") • Always drumming on things.
• Uses the word "psychic" instead of psychological. • Likes to yell "Splat" when assailants hit the ground.
• Fiddles with glasses when talking. • Usually very happy, smiles a lot.
• Is fond of malapropisms, or cannot help making them
• Strokes head when thinking. • Squints a lot.
(e.g. psychotic for psychic).
• Smiles nervously when pausing in a conversation. • Listens to traveler’s tales at every opportunity (this
• Drones when she talks.
• Rolls eyes when bored or annoyed. explains his approach to PC group).
• Hates quiet pauses in conversations.
• Stretches every time after standing, lifting something, • Tries to impress the local girls.
• Hesitates before speaking; always considers his words
during casual conversation, etc. • Inspects and comments on horse shoes and other
first.
• Absently bounces leg while sitting.
• Nervous laugh before talking. blacksmith work (his father was a blacksmith).
• Constantly cracks knuckles, back, and/or joints. • Enjoys books - Lingers in libraries or book stores.
• Always laughs at his own jokes.
• Combs hand through hair often, especially when
• Tells dirty jokes, even when not appropriate.
nervous.
• Off-color joker.
• Picks scabs.
Superstitious
• Makes goofy TV references for every occasion. • Thinks Friday the 13th is his lucky day (that’s the day
• Bites finger nails.
• Stutters when excited. his concentration camp was liberated).
• Gratuitously pats other people’s necks.
• Poor vocabulary, spelling, & grammar. • Believes in astrology.
• Nosepicker (odious personal habit - more points?).
• Makes derogatory comments about people who aren’t • Believes all animals can talk to each other.
• Always smoothes the wrinkles out of what he/she’s
there.
wearing.
• Voice gets higher when he/she drinks.
• Constantly tapping fingers or feet. Mild Mental Disadvantages (Phobias,
• Talks to inanimate objects. Manias, Delusions, Ineptitudes, etc.)
• Calls home all the time to check in.
• Speaks without an accent. • Vindictive.
• Nervous twitch.
• Constantly interrupts others. • Thinks he is a great strategist.
• Grips genitals when nervous.
• Speaks with poetic flair. • Ineptitude for strategy (in the same character).
• Fidgets with glasses when speaking.
• Grunts for "yes", snarls for "no", shrugs for "maybe." • Thinks mules are faster than horses.
• Smiles and pats his head during lectures.
• Cackles. • Fears to suffocate.
• Chews fingernails.
• Talks to himself. • Computer dyslexic.
• Always drums a rhythm with fingers/hands on
• Talks of objects as if they were people. • Can never remember names.
table/knees/thighs.
• Ends every sentence with the word "dude." • Likes to twiddle his hair. • Annoyed that he’s losing his hair.
• Always gives the vaguest possible answer to questions. • Is constantly chewing gum. • Lets women walk all over him.
• Always speaks at far to high a volume. • Loathes confrontation and will do anything to avoid it.
• Conversations always turns to cats. • Thinks New Year’s is on the 4th of July.
Other Habits
• Never speaks unless spoken to. • Hates leaving the house (not a very good one for most
• Always carries a water bottle/flask, but hardly ever
• Always answers a question with a question. PCs).
drinks from it.
• Always complains, starting with "when I was young.…" • Likes to make arcane references. • Tries to make everyone fall in love with her.
• Always talks about his/her lost love. • Always saying something like "You know, I’m gonna quit • Wants everyone to be his friend; tries too hard.
• Constantly tells jokes that aren’t funny. this job any day now," but never does. • Sees the world in a negative light.
• Mispronounces names. • Hugs all his friends. • Worries about making her boyfriend jealous by just
• Calls all women mother. • Chases dogs with electrical appliances. saying "Hi" to another guy.
• Says "erm…" a lot. • Always has a book under arm or in pocket. • Refers to his black cat as "a matching accessory" at
• Always speaks about [adj]ness of things (I know a guy • Carefully opens packages and saves wrapping paper least twice an evening.
who talks about the deadness of stones in a game of (this is probably rather common in fantasy worlds). • Always exasperated.
go, the buggedness of programs, beautifulness, and • Always carries an umbrella. • Everything’s a joke.
whatever else you can think of). • Always remembers everyone’s birthday. • Takes him/herself very seriously.
• Always answers a question with another. • Big ego.
• In spare time, whittles wood/carves small bones.
• Tells children stories about the "Children Hawk." • Has trouble saying "no".
• Bums people for small change, even if there is no real
• Tells people "I’ll learn ya!" • Thinks he/she can sing.
need.
• Uses the word "weasel" in conversation far too often. • Carries yo-yo and practices elaborate • Sings to himself, but can’t actually sing, and doesn’t
• Rhymes peoples’ names: "Well, hello there, Arthur- tricks/juggles/does coin tricks. know the words.
barthur! Saw Geno-jalapeno the other day, you know." • Taunts foes. • Insists on discussing things he doesn’t know about.
• Mumbles/Mutters. • Affects a consumptive cough. • Relates every new experience back to childhood ones,
• Calls anyone younger than himself "sonny" or "my girl" • Always looks around in a certain particular way. whether or not it’s appropriate.
(best for elderly characters). • Follows orders in letter, not in spirit. • Concerned about going bald.
• Always talk of "the good old days" (ditto). • Takes everything personally.
• Grins evilly.
• Always opens conversation on a new subject with the • Can never remember own age.
• Laughs evilly.
same phrase ("Funny, I don’t know how I got to think of • Can’t spell for sh*t.
• Carry a pack of sundry medications for heartburn,
this, but...")
• Swears at the least opportunity - like when he grabs in stomachache and headaches, and always complain of • Reads and quotes Dr. Seuss.
those selfsame afflictions. • Fascinated by the Unnatural.
the wrong pocket for his wallet etc. • Secretive about Past.
• Always double-checks everything.
• Mispronounces names.
• Pessimist - always assume nothing will work. • Vain.
• Tags -[noun] onto the end of all sentences, i.e.: "that’s a
• Always looks around and gawks like a tourist, even in • Convinced that cars are "people" too and can talk. They
Rodger, rodger", "come in, bob, rodger" or "I’d like
well known places. are usually just to shy to respond.
coffee with that, rodger” (works well in fantasy games
• Won’t go out without an elaborate hairdo. • Considers himself a ladies man (rarely true, however).
as well) i.e.: "I’m from the O’Callaghan clan, ahan", "I’ll
have an ale, ahan", "Watch it, or I’ll swat ya with my • Refuses to let anyone walk behind him/her if possible. • Holds a grudge.
• Fancies himself a forgery expert (its untrue).
• Becomes obsessed with whatever mission he is on. • Collects weapons of fallen foes. • Smiles when angry or annoyed (a great
• Believes magic is the supreme power. • Has memorized the statistics for most 20th century characterization).
• Believes purple rays emanate from his eyes. guns. • Always quotes some obscure personage (great if you
• Believes the Soul resides in human blood! • Wants to handle new weapons that he sees. run off at the mouth when you roleplay).
• Couldn’t care less about politics. • Prefers to use a crowbar as his weapon of choice. (The • Always, always exceedingly polite and formal in all
• Doesn’t take no for an answer. character was named "Thud".) dealings and situation ("I’m afraid you will have to
• Drawn to the moon. remove yourself from the premises, sir, for if not I will
• Fancies himself a lord. Miscellaneous (no categories—yet) threaten you with bodily harm.").
• Listens to organ music on the stereo while he/she • Has this huge watch; always check what time is it.
• Has a certain obsession with spores.
vacuums the house. • Smokes only particularly foul cigars, or drinks only this
• Likes to torture people.
• Loves the sea and the ships. one brand of cheap whisky - and enjoys it.
• Likes to watch torture.
• Walks very fast (a 4’10 tall 150 lbs character). • Likes to smoke a pipe.
• Lusts for an Elfish maiden.
• Prefers the Pru to the Hancock. (For you fellow • Only wears black (or other color) clothes.
• Obeys all orders unquestioningly.
Bostonians). • Likes to run a little, instead of walk normally.
• Obsessed with cavalry tactics.
• Poisons small animals. • Spends most of his work day frittering away time on the • Always carries ground glass.
Net. • Always goes for leg shots: likes to watch ’em limp!
• Practices punches and kicks on hanging meat.
• Pretentiously spiritual about his sword. • Enjoys being left alone (gotta have common quirks too! • Always wears heavy armor.
J. • Aspires to be eternally young.
• Respects the Undead!
• Enjoys thunderstorms, and finds them quite relaxing. • Carries a sap, knife and garrote he has no skill with.
• Sensitive about the appearance of his beard.
• Is consistently two to three hours late anyway. • Has little use for honor codes.
• Vengeful.
• Walks with an unusually quick pace. Once, after • Hates civilization.
• Will not turn his back on a boiling pot.
breaking his toe. • Hates puns.
• Mentally types out thoughts with his toes.
• Discovered that he could hobble faster than most • Kicks dogs.
• Put things in his pockets and forget them ("What’s this?
people walked. • Knowledge-hungry.
My lunch from last Tuesday? So that’s where it went!")
• Refuses to delete the body of long posts when replying. • Makes small-talk with foes in battle.
• Mildly Overconfident.
• Easily confused by game rules. • Matter-of-fact about everything.
• Mildly Paranoid.
• Makes up characters who can’t work with the party. • Nominal Satanist.
• Shy with Women.
• Can’t say no to players who make up characters that • Outspoken.
• Suspicious of Men.
can’t work with the party. • Smiles like a goon all of the time.
• Chauvinistic.
• Talk to people in other states or countries via the • Somber.
• Mildly fanatical about whatever he happens to be doing.
internet more than to people he sees face-to-face. • Spiteful.
• Somewhat afraid of windows. • Won’t see movies that were entirely plotted out in the • Stares obsessively at hooks and spikes.
• Broadminded. preview, unless they’re not going to be really plot-heavy • Takes a good sniff of his boot from time to time.
• Proud. anyway. • Total atheist.
• Suspicious of Women. • Perfectly groomed nails.
• Likes signing name.
• Thinks He’s Lucky. • Calm under pressure.
• Won’t travel without going to the bathroom first.
• Messing with angels makes you tired, got to rest and • Has an unexplained dislike for a particular organization.
• Thinks that New Year’s falls on July 4th.
pray a bit. Not quite a prejudice, just not-explained.
• Asks angels not to drop victims onto houses. • Smokes cigarettes backwards (lit part resting on
• I can run down a list, but, I might dup something….
• Imaginative. tongue).
• Likes building elaborate dwellings underground via
• EXTREMELY brand name conscious.
• Very panicky. earth spells J.
• Actively hates fads.
• Mild fear of dogs. • Likes to help underdogs.
• Morbid sense of humor.
• Thinks beer is inherently magical. • Loves Potions and unknown liquids in flasks.
• Whiner.
• Wanderlust. • Alternately Callous then Tender.
• Quo police force in a time travel campaign).
• Very Mild Pyromania. • Likes the cold.
• Fickle about his health - always worrying whether he
• Curious about new insects. • Likes to befriend children.
has dressed warm enough etc.
• Likes to play matchmaker.
• Enjoys sent of own armpit.
Goals and Self-Improvement • Loves doing yard work.
• His shield is solid red.
• Wants to learn to read. • Prefers moonless nights.
• Fond of cats.
• Wishes he could become more Zen-like. • Admires professionalism.
• Likes blood.
• Wants to be a pimp someday. • Thinks Americans are lazy dogs.
• Likes to punch things.
• Wants to become a bartender someday. • Loves heights but cant climb.
• Dislikes mages.
• Plans to return home after proving himself. • Believes he is smarter than the average bear.
• Enjoys eye shots.
• Wants to earn the respect of his [high school, • Prefers to be called by last name.
• Combat should always be at 10 yards or more.
swordsmanship, etc.] teacher. • Likes to pretend to be lost.
• Uncomfortable around humans.
• Wants to get enough money to retire comfortably. • Likes to sneak up on people.
• Tries to intimidate people (default skill 5).
• Wants to find and marry a man who is her equal with a • Likes to be a mount for others when in tiger form.
• Hates being small.
sword. • Likes to associate with mages .... the sillier the better.
• Crafts small trinkets for the ladies in town.
• Wants to find and marry a woman who is healthy, • Always trying to set up his own private deal.
• Irritated by children.
beautiful, smart and faithful. • Resents being confused with Michaelites.
• Dislike of magic.
• Tries to determine origins via accents.
• Always uses Illusion Disguise; likes to look flashy.
Weapon Related • Considers horses superior to commoner.
• Likes to cast spells drunk.
• Names her/his weapons. • Always sucks on this huge smokepipe and use it to
• Will try any drug that isn’t likely to kill him.
• Calls his halberd "Hal". point at things.
• Trademark: black ’D’ symbol.
• Red fletching is his trademark. • Carries extraneous amount of ID on his person - old
• The Ice Man Cometh (character is an Ice Mage).
• Doesn’t like fine weapons. (Sells it if he gets one.) credit cards, library cards, fan club cards.…
• "Revenge is a dish best served - Frozen!"
• Conceals minimum of x knifes/guns/small weapons on • Often tries to open "push" door by pulling, and vice-
• Wears all white, black top hat, round black buttons.
his person; carries them at all times. versa.