Character Creation Questionnaire

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Name:

Physical


Age:

Height:

Eye color:

Hair color:

Skin color:

Species:

Build:

Posture:

Strange or unique physical attributes:

Physical health:

Defining movements: (limp, twitch, shifty eyes)

Speaking style (fast, talkative, monotone, etc.):

Gestures? Vigorous? Weak? Controlled? Compulsive? Energetic? Sluggish?

Voice Pitch:

Voice Strength:

Speech Tempo:

Pronunciation Quality:

Accent?

Favorite clothing style/outfit:

Special skills/abilities:

Background


Where were they born?

What was the economic status of their family?

What was their family structure?

What type of discipline was your character subjected to at home?

Were they overprotected as a child? Sheltered?

Did they feel rejection or affection as a child?

Where did they go to school?

Did they like school? Teachers? Schoolmates?

Were they involved at school? Sports? Clubs? Debate? Were they unconnected?

Graduated?

Highest level of education?

Did they travel? Where? Why? When?

What did they find abroad, and what did they remember?

What were your character's deepest disillusions?

What were the most deeply impressive political or social, national or international, events that they experienced?

Where does he or she live now?

What is it like there?

Deepest, darkest secret:

Does this secret hold them back?

Reason he or she kept this secret for so long:

Fondest memory:

Worst memory:

Personality


Temperament (easygoing, easily angered, etc.):

How do they get along with people?

What are your character's manners like?

What is their type of hero?

Whom do they hate?

Can he or she forgive?

What do they like to ridicule? What do they find stupid?

Do they want to be visible or invisible?

Is your character street-smart, book-smart, intelligent, intellectual, slow-witted?

How is their sense of humor?

How is your character's imagination? Daydreaming a lot? Worried most of the time? Living in memories?

Are they basically negative when facing new things? Suspicious? Hostile? Scared? Enthusiastic?

How does your character react to stress situations? Defensively? Aggressively? Evasively?

Do they always rationalize errors? How do they accept disasters and failures?

Is your character pragmatic? Think first? Responsible? All action? A visionary? Passionate? Quixotic?

Is your character aware of who they are? Strengths? Weaknesses? Idiosyncrasies? Capable of self-irony?

How do they see themselves: as smart, as intelligent, uneducated?

Negative traits:

Do they like to suffer? Like to see other people suffering?

Does your character feel self-righteous? Revengeful? Contemptuous?

What is your character's weaknesses? Hubris? Pride? Controlling?

Insecurities:

Things about his or her appearance he or she would most like to change:

Do they want to project an image of a younger, older, more important person?

How do they feel about their physical body?

Things that upset him or her:

Things that embarrass him or her:

Things that make him or her happy:

Pet peeves:

Why does your character do what she does?

What does your character want compulsively?

What are they willing to do, to sacrifice, to obtain it?

How badly do they want to obtain their life objectives?

How do they pursue them?

What is their Type' or 'ideal' partner?

Quirks/eccentricities:

Any phobias?

Viewpoints


This character is highly opinionated about:

How does your character feel about religion?

What about political beliefs?

Any superstitions:

Religion/philosophy of life:

What do they want from a partner?

What do they think and feel regarding sex?

Relationships


How does your character think of their father?

What do they hate about their father?

What do they love about their father?

What influence - literal or imagined - did the father have?

How does your character think of their mother?

What do they hate about their mother?

What do they love about their mother?

What influence - literal or imagined - did the mother have?

Brothers, sisters? Who do they like? Why?

What do they despise about their siblings?

Does she have a lot of friends, or only a few close friends?

Who are their friends? Lovers?

Who is your character's mate?

How do they relate to their mate?

How did they choose their mate?

Does your character have children?

How do they feel about their parental role?

How do they feel about the children?

How do their children relate to them?

What are other people’s opinions of this character?

What do people like about this character?

What do they dislike about this character?


Lifestyle


What does your character do for a living?

How do they see their profession?

What do they like about it?

Dislike?

What does your character's home look like?

How is their personal taste?

Hair?

Appearance?

How do they relate to their appearance?

How do they wear their clothing?

What Style of Clothing?

What Quality of Clothing?

What social groups and activities does your character attend? What role do they like to play? What role do they actually play, usually?

What are their hobbies and interests?

Do they drink? Take drugs?

Habits?

Any pets?

Arc


What is standing in the way of your character getting what he or she wants?

How do they change over the course of the story.