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Character Development Quiz

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Your character is in a stable relationship of some description (if they are not in a relationship in the canon of your story, assume this hypothetically). Your character discovers that their partner has been cheating on them. How does your character react?
(Ideas: Does your character panic or assume it was a misunderstanding? Will their feelings change as they "cool off"? Will they storm out without a backwards glance or seek resolution? Would they forgive their partner?)



Does your character hold any religious or otherwise existential beliefs? If so, what inspired them to hold those beliefs? If not, why?



If you asked your character what his/her favorite color is, what would they say? Is there any reason they resonate with that particular color?



Does your character have any deep-seated fears? Do these fears motivate how your character acts in his/her day-to-day life?
(Ideas: Mentioning phobias are OK, but think beyond phobias. Does your character worry about not getting married someday, to the extent that he/she is often motivated to peruse romance or solidify his/her current partner? Does your character fear being taken advantage of and miss out on friends, information and other opportunities because they don't trust the words of others?)



Does your character have any particular pet peeves or annoyances? If so, is there any particular person, thing or event that caused your character to have this annoyance?
(Ideas: Think about your character's traits and how they fit into this question. For example, a person who is quite shy and inhibited might be most annoyed by loud, overbearing individuals.)



How does your character feel about his/her appearance? Has any part of their appearance been changed (e.g. tattoos, unusual hair colors, piercings)? If so, why did your character want to make that change?



What are your character's primary goals/dreams/ambitions? Why does your character want to attain this goal?



If your character fails miserably and loses sight of his/her goal (if you answered that your character doesn't have any huge goals/ambitions, assume this is a short-term or small goal), what happens next?
(Ideas: Will your character continue on with optimism? Will your character turn around and critically assess why things aren't working, seeking to change? Will your character break down and give up?)



When making friends or allies, what qualities does your character look for in others?
(Ideas: Think about how their traits fit into this question. If your character is quiet and serious, does he look for someone likeminded, or someone extroverted to bring him out of his shell?)



If your character was confronted with the news they are terminally ill with no hope of recovery, how would they react? (Note: If your character is immortal, invulnerable or a minor God/Goddess, assume something happens to end their immortality)
(Ideas: What is the initial reaction? What will the character feel later down the line? What sorts of things would they want to do before their time is up?)



Time to think from two different perspectives. Part one: If your character was asked what they thought their weaknesses/flaws were, what would they say?
Part two: If you as the creator were asked what you think your character's greatest weaknesses/flaws were, what would you say?
Part three: Are parts one and two congruent (how your character perceives him/herself is the same as what you know as his/her creator)?




Tag people here if you wish to do so.
Post in the comments if you do this quiz.

I virtually guarantee you that, at the time of posting this, you will not find a character quiz as comprehensive and as in-depth as this.

Inspired by all of the crappy character development quizzes floating around, all with the same, superficial questions (character's name, likes, dislikes, age, etc). The most abstract I've seen anyone get is asking about the character's view on love and/or religion.

My intention with this:

- To encourage the quiz-taker to write a lot more than just one-word or one-lined answers.

- To force the quiz-taker to consider aspects about the character and hypothetical situations that they might not have considered before.
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Laaurell's avatar
Definitely going to use with my characters! Thanks!
Mittz-The-Trash-Lord's avatar
I'll probably use this in a journal. Thank you. ^^
paranoid-pyramid's avatar
Using this in my journal. Gracias.
Vushker's avatar
this'll help me to "get closer" to my characters, thanks c:!
ferret-assassin-nin's avatar
Reading through this makes me realize just how often I fail to really dive into my characters, due to how my writing style is "An idea comes, roll with it, edit and fine-tune it later". I think these questions will really help me get over my writer's block for some of my stories or help me to finally create the bridge between where I want the story to go and where the the story is right now. Beginnings I'm good at, endings I'm not too bad at, but the middle is usually where I find myself struggling. So, I hope these questions help me improve my writing and make my characters more realistic! Thank you!
UltraHero7's avatar
I'll be using this to make my interviews with my characters more detailed and informative! Thanks!
Aristodes's avatar
I posted this in my journal. Thanks!
arbon777's avatar
Copying this quiz for later use, these are very helpful questions to think about. Do you mind if I attempt to expand upon it at any point?
loveobug123's avatar
Using this quiz :)
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xmusic-is-my-escapex's avatar
Taking quizzes and tests like this is essential to the writing process, not only because it gives the readers some supplemental material if the situations presented above don't ever come up, but also because it forces the author to think from the perspective of the character. It's very useful in separating your train of thought from the character's. In addition, it can teach you things about your own character that you didn't know by making you really think about how they would react or what they would be thinking. It can lead to some serious character development.

Tests and quizzes like these really add to the writing and reading experience, and I wish more authors would employ them. Thanks for this great quiz, I will definitely be using it in the future. Right now, actually, I'm going to use it for my YJ character. Thanks a bunch!
Hrolfgard's avatar
I am totally using this for some of mine!
Hrolfgard's avatar
Just used it. Sorry, but I don't know how to link to submissions. :(
strxbe's avatar
I did your quiz here. :) Here's the link: [link]

I love to see quizzes like yours that are actually serious questions that really do make you think about your characters' personalities, etc. I'm so tired of reading through some quizzes where the first few questions are decent and then you see "What would your character do if their best friend was attacked by a crazy rabid gorrilla on speed." It really ruins it hahaha. So thank you! For making a quiz that I can actually enjoy filling out with my most favorite characters. <3
ConsiderablyDin's avatar
Ah, thank you! I'm glad to hear you were able to make use of it. I'm absolutely in agreement with you, too. The reason I made this quiz is because all of the ones floating around on here were very superficial/unhelpful or, as you say, just... kind of had no direction.

So! Yes, thank you very much.
RosieDesign's avatar
I'm going to take this quiz to learn deeper about my OC
Deutschland-Ja's avatar
Fantastically in-depth. Danke!
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I DID IT. YAY ME.
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