Talent & Skill Thesaurus

Everyone has a special skill or talent, including our characters! Try our selection below to jump start ideas on what you’re character might be good at (that will help him within the scope of your story!)

What is a Talent and Skill Thesaurus?

A Knack for Languages

A Way with Animals

Archery

Astral Projection

Astrological Divination

Baking

Basic First Aid

Good Listening Skills

Blending In

Carpentry

Gaining the Trust of Others

ESP (Clairvoyance)

Empathy

Enhanced Hearing

Enhanced Sense of Smell

Enhanced Taste Buds

Farming

Fishing

Foraging

Gaming

Gardening

Haggling

Charm

Herbalism

Hospitality

Hot-Wiring a Car

High Pain Tolerance

Knife Throwing

Knowledge of Explosives

Lip-Reading

Lying

Making People Laugh

Mechanically Inclined

Mentalism

A Knack for Making Money

Mimicking

Multitasking

Musicality

Organization

Parkour

Photographic Memory

Promotion

Psychokinesis

Reading People

Predicting the Weather

Regeneration

Repurposing

Sculpting

Self-Defense

Sewing

Sharpshooting

Sleight-of-Hand

Strategic Thinking

Strong Breath Control

Super Strength

Survival Skills

Swift-footedness

Talking With The Dead

Throwing One’s Voice

Whittling

Wilderness Navigation

Wrestling

Visit our other Descriptive Thesaurus Collections HERE.

44 Responses to Talent & Skill Thesaurus

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  2. Samuel Lee says:

    Since I’m half-obligated as a writer, and half-obligated by my friend Archer, I’m going to throw some talents up for consideration:

    -Debating
    -Communicating
    -Cooking
    -Scavenging
    -Programming
    -Hacking
    -Teaching
    -Painting
    -Writing
    -Instrument Playing
    -Information of Assimilation (essentially a walking encyclopedia)
    -Piloting
    -Dog-fighting (not with dogs, in the air or space combat)
    -Improvisation

  3. Claire Sayers says:

    Great list.

    Lock picking, public speaking, and riding a unicycle should be on this list.

  4. Valencia says:

    Thank you very much for this list! I always use this as reference on my works. It would be nice if you can make one for dancing (dances such as ball and waltz). Thank you again!

  5. Brittney says:

    I love your website so much. I’m on it everyday! Would you mind adding someone who is good with sailing?

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  7. Grace says:

    Love the site. it helps me out so much! Is there a chance you could add Arcobatics to the list?

  8. Great list. I’m sure you have many more, but wanted to throw out Tactician or Strategist. I consider them vastly different, but can see lumping them together. It’s one of those skills that many think they have but few truly do.

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  11. Dan says:

    Please consider adding, Swordfighting (Two handed, cutlass and sabres )

    Thanks!
    D

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  15. Great article and ideas! However, I think you mean “Speaking With A SILVER Tongue,” not “Speaking With A Sliver Tongue.” 😉

  16. Gina Scott Roberts says:

    What about garroting? So many people think it’s done the way Hollywood shows it….

  17. Sarah Lilliendahl says:

    Just rummaging through the new talents and skills thesaurus and Survival Skills caught my eye, but when I click on it, it led me to the Fishing entry. I tried it several times with the same result. Just thought I’d say something in case you weren’t aware and others had had the same experience 🙂 Thanks for all of your amazing work!

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  21. Don’t forget horseback riding, you guys. I did use this though for the wilderness navigation. EXCELLENT! xoxo

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  23. Annette Taylor says:

    I hope you include gardening and sculpturing in your skills and talents thesaurus. I’m thinking about a characters who might need those skills and it would be a great help to me.

    • Annette, those are on our list. I’ve already scheduled this week’s entry, and we’re taking a break after that for the holidays, but I’ll bump them to the top of the list for January :).

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