Characterization

Take your normal character sheet and shove it. That’s a stats sheet. Here’s a character sheet:

Character’s Full Name:
Reason or meaning of name:
Nickname:
Reason for nickname:
Birthdate:

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

  1. Age
    1. How old does s/he appear?
  2. Eye Color:
    1. Glasses or contacts?
  3. Hair color:
    1. Distinguishable hair feature (bald, receding hairline, etc.):
    2. Type of hair (coarse, fine, thick, etc?)
  4. Typical hairstyle:
  5. Height:
  6. Weight:
    1. Type of body/build:
  7. Accent:
  8. Is s/he healthy:
    1. If not, why not:
  9. Physical disabilities:
  10. Physical abilities (what is character good at? sports, etc.):
For Humans:
  • Nationality:
  • Skin tone:
  • Skin type:
  • Shape of face:
  • Distinguishing Marks:
  • Most predominant feature:
  • Resembles (famous or not):

FAVORITES

  • Color:
  • Music:
  • Expletive(s) (swears):

HABITS

Smokes:
What?
How often?

Drinks:
What?
How often?

Worst bad habit?

Quirks:

BACKGROUND

  • Home:
  • Type of childhood:
  • First memory:
  • Most important childhood event that still affects him/her:
    • Why?
  • Booksmart or streetsmart?
  • Religion and/or religious views and/or tendencies?
FIRSTS:
  • Job?
  • Kiss?
  • Sexual experience?

FAMILY

  • Mother (name):
    • Relationship with her:
  • Father (name):
    • Relationship with him:
  • Siblings:
    • Birth order:
    • Relationship with each:
  • Close to family? Yes/No
CHILDREN
  • Does character have child(ren)?
  • How many?
  • Are all children with the same partner?
  • If no, why not? If no, what is the custody arrangement?
  • Which child is character’s favorite?
    • Why?
  • Is relationship with children good?
  • Is relationship with children important to character?

OCCUPATION

  • Where does character work?
    • How many years?
  • Relationship with co-workers?
  • Like his/her job?
    • Why or why not?
  • Dream job:

ATTITUDE

  • Greatest fear:
  • Worst thing that could happen to him/her?
  • What single event would most throw character’s life in complete turmoil?
  • Character is most at ease when:
  • Most ill at ease when:
  • Priorities:
  • Philosophy:
  • How s/he feels about self:
  • Past failure s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about:
  • If granted one wish, what would it be?
    • Why?
  • Daredevil or cautious?
  • Biggest regret?
  • Character’s darkest secret:
    • Does anyone else know?
      • If yes, did character tell them?
      • If no, how did they find out?

PERSONALITY

  • Character’s soft spot:
    • Is this soft spot obvious to others?
  • Biggest vulnerability:
  • Which of the 7 deadly sins does character fight (or give into, willingly or not)?
    (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride)
  • Which of the 7 virtues does your character have (or fight against)?
    (chastity, abstinence, leberality, diligence, patience, kindness, humility)

TRAITS

  • Optimist or pessimist?
  • Introvert or extrovert?
  • Drives and motivations?
  • Talents (hidden or not)?

SELF-PERCEPTION

  • One word character would use to describe self:
  • How CHARACTER thinks others perceive him/her?
  • What four things would CHARACTER most like to change about self?

INTERRELATION WITH OTHERS

  • Is character Married/divorced? Why?
  • Has character ever cheated on any signficant other?
  • How is s/he perceived by…
    • Strangers?
    • Friends?
    • Wife/Husband/Lover?

GOALS

  • Immediate goal(s):
  • Long range goal(s):
  • How does character plan to accomplish goal(s)?

PROBLEMS/CRISIS

  • How character react in a crisis (calm/panic/etc.)?
  • How does character face problems?
  • How does character react to change?

GENERAL

  • Spending habits (frugal, spendthrift, etc)?
  • What does s/he do too much of?
  • Most prized possession: Why?
  • Does character like animals?

UNCATEGORIZED

  • Person character secretly admires:
  • Person character was most influenced by:
  • Most important person in character’s life before story starts:

Characterization

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