Since a few people have been curious, I’ll elaborate on some of the characteristics I sort by.
Keep in mind, again, that this is something I do for fun, so this is by no means an absolute rule list or how all characters should be sorted or even ‘official’ characteristics for all houses. Keep in mind not everyone in these houses will have ALL the characteristics. Some characters may have all the positives, or all the negatives, or a mix - say, half the positives, half the negatives, or maybe all the negatives and three positives, or 10 of the positives and 5 of the negatives!
A lot of these houses also have similar and interconnecting traits, and that’s the idea - to be truly great, they must work together.
Positive: Chivlarous, brave, daring, headstrong, forwards-thinking, rebellious, strong nerve, determined, hard-shelled, steadfast, sense of justice and right/wrong, fiery, playful, loyalty (often to one person or ideal), success, mischief, defiance, utilitarian, leader, and always goes for the goal of being ‘good’.
Negative: Reckless, haughty, overbearing, over-emotional, arrogance, pride, easily engages in fights and quarrels over moral ideals and ethics, ‘rightful vengeance’, extreme, doesn’t care for minor petty rules if they get in the way, sometimes uses reckless or potentially destructive means to get to the ‘good’ end.
Positive: Ambitious, self-preserving, cunning, clever, smooth-talking, good at picking out advantageous opportunities, good at creating schemes on the spot, charming, strategic, emphatic, misunderstood, resourceful, leadership, pragmatic, mischief, discreet, daring, mysterious, fluid and adaptive.
Negative: Power-hungry, picky with their loyalty and friends, carelessness, lack of outwards emotion, good at lying and blackmail, gossip, judgemental, egotism, envy, vanity, brutal honesty, insensitivity, sharpness, bias, authority, greedy, distrusting, vindictive, duplicit, have a ‘public’ face and a ‘real’ face, untrustworthy, fickle, reluctant to self-sacrifice, misanthropic, deceptive, believe their means justify their ends.
Positive: Wise, exceptional, planning, eccentric, gains joy from learning, unusual, innovative, whimsical, dreamy, creative, imaginative, artistic, contemplative, philosophical, careful with decision-making, critical thinking, impulsive, wordy, accuracy, exceptional and specific knowledge, individual, intellectual, open-minded, clear-minded and rational.
Negative: Idealistic, nitpicky, compulsive, ever-changing, overcomplicated, aloof, flighty, too forward, obsessive, might annoy others with overspill of jargon and technicalities others are not aware of, over-philosophizing, overthinking, focus too often on details, prideful, distant,
Positive: Loyal, just, interconnected, emotional, emphatic, sympathetic, hard-working, patient, grounded, trustworthy, honest, obedient, activist, humanist, selflessness, accepting, discreet, humble, warm, faithful, calm and dependable.
Negative: Easily influenced, too interested in others so that they might possibly ignore the self and one’s own personal needs, hard to change from basic position and ideas, trouble differentiating true evil from superficial evil, old-fasioned, sometimes too quiet, naivety, over-emotional, workaholic, indiscretion, frustration, stress, tedious, tend to fade into the background as the machine or workers behind the tough leader.