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Basic Statistics

Name:
Nickname:
Meaning of name:
Origin of name:
Age:
Sex:
Blood type:
Nationality:
Ethnicity:
Race:
Sexual Orientation:
Current status:
Political Party:
Police/Criminal/Legal record:
Socioeconomic level as a child:
Socioeconomic level as an adult:
Birth date:
Birth place:
Current residence:
Occupation:
Title/Rank:
Hobbies/Pastimes:
Talents/Skills/Powers:

Past History

Hometown:
First Memory:
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her:
Why/How?
Other memories/events that still affects him/her and why/how:
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why:
Biggest role model:
Why?
Biggest disillusions from childhood:
Backstory:

Physical Characteristics

Height:
Weight:
Posture:
Build:
Skin:
Hair:
Widow's peak?
Ears:
Eyes:
Nose:
Mouth:
Face shape:
Expressions:
Describe their smile:
Hands:
Feet:
Tattoos/Scars?
Glasses/Contacts?
Left/Right handed?
Distinguishing features:
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc):
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?
Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe:
Jewelry:
Other accessories:
Weapons:  
Health:
Hygiene:
Physical Flaws:
Physical Qualities:

Characteristics

Are they generally balanced or clumsy?
Mannerisms/Poses/Movement:
Describe their walk:
Describe their fighting style:
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions:
Speech Patterns:
Unique phrases/words:
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent?
Write a piece of dialogue that this character might say (can be between someone else):
Voice:
Describe their laugh:
Describe their sleep patterns (light/heavy sleeper, no sleep, sleeps too often, etc):
Describe their dwelling/house:
Describe their bedroom:
Describe their daily rituals:

Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Intelligence Level:
Known Languages:
Character's long-term goals/desires in life:
Character's short-term goals/desires in life:
Secret desires:  
How self-confident is the character?
How do they see him/herself?
How do they believe s/he is perceived by others?
What is the character most proud of?
What does the character like least about themselves?
How do they express themselves?
Is this character generally dominant or submissive?
Patience level:
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
Most at ease when:
Ill at ease when:
Describe their sense of humor:
If granted one wish, what would it be?
Why?
Character/Personality/Mental/Social Strengths:
Character/Personality/Mental/Social Flaws:
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?
Biggest Vulnerability (non physical):
Optimist or Pessimist:
Introvert or extrovert:
Greatest Fear:
Other Fears/Insecurities/Phobias:  
Emotional/psychological/social peculiarities:
Biggest regret:
Other regrets:
Biggest accomplishment:
Minor accomplishments:
Musical talents/instruments:
Character's darkest/deepest secret:
Minor Secrets:

Likes/Dislikes

Likes:
Dislikes:
Favorite:
Color:
Clothing:
Place:
Room in the house and why:
Food/drinks:
Music genre:
Songs and Singers/Bands:
Movies/TV Shows/Performances:
Actors/Performers:
Book(s):
Historical figure:
Subject in school:
Animal:
Least Favorite:
Clothing:
Place:
Food:
Music genre:
Subject in school:
Simple Pleasures:
Greater Pleasures:
Where does this character like to hang out?
Where is this character's dream place to live?
What sorts of books are most likely to be found on their shelves?
Motto/Personal quote:
Mode of transportation:
Most prized possession:
Why?

Emotional Characteristics

Describe character's sense of morals:
If they could sum up the meaning of life, what would they say?:
What do they consider taboo (something they personally would never do):
Describe character's etiquette:
Describe character's sense of self-control:
Spontaneous or structured?
Instinctual or logical?
How does this character act in public?
How does this character act in privacy?
How does this character act around strangers vs. how they act around friends?
How does this character act around family?
How has this character most changed from youth?
How have they remained the same?
Has this character dealt with the loss of someone they knew?
If so, who?
How has it affected them?
How does this character deal with or react to:
Conflict/Danger:
Rejection:
Fear:
Change:
Loss:
Sex/Flirting:
Pain:
Stress:
Peer pressure:
Guilt:
Being wrong:
Being criticized:
Being insulted (superficially: name calling, etc):
Offending others:
Praise:
Being loved:
Being hated:
Humiliation:
How does this character express?
Anger:
Sadness:
Fear:
Happiness/Excitement:
Love (Consider the "Five Languages of Love"):
Lust:
Stress/anxiety:
Dislike (of a person, thing, or idea):
Approval (of a person, thing, or idea):
How does this character generally express themselves?
What does this character think/feel about?
Marriage:
Children:
Family/Family Values:
Children/Youth:
Old age:
Sex:
Love:
Friendship/Other relationships:
Homosexuality:
The opposite sex:
The same sex:
Money/Material things:
Politics:
Religion:
Destiny/Duty:
Magic/Myth:
Racism/Races in general:
Science/Technology:
Nature/Animals:
Modernity:
Antiquity:
Their past:
Their future:
Their role in society/job/etc:
Drugs and alcohol:
Killing/Murder:
Education:
The foreign/unknown:
How does the character view life?
How does the character view death?
How does the character view society?
How does the character imagine his/her own death?
What does the character want out of life?
What does this character consider "success" to be?
What would  the character like to change in his/her life?
What motivates this character?
Why?
What discourages this character?
Why?
What makes this character happy?
Why?
What makes this character sad?
Why?
What makes this character angry?
Why?
What humiliates this character?
What most describes this character's personality?
Psychoanalysis (Describe why they act the way they do):
Does it stem from childhood or an event, or chemical?

Relationships with Others (Non-Married)

Relationship Skills:
Loves (non sexual):
Lusts:
Crushes:
Girlfriend/Boyfriend(s):
Other lover(s):
Marital status:
First crush:
Did it last?
Why or why not?
Best Friends:
Friends:
Confident/Mentor:
Hates:
Dislikes:
Rivals:
Pets:
What kind of person would s/he consider to be the perfect partner?
Is the character judgmental of others and how so?

How is s/he perceived by...
Strangers?
Friends?
Coworker/Colleague?
Lovers?

What happens to change this perception if at all?
Describe their sense of trust
What type of individuals does s/he like or associate with?
What type of individuals doesn't s/he like or associate with?
How do they treat members of the opposite sex?
How do they treat members of the same sex?
What do family/friends like most about character?
What do family/friends like least about character?
Do they know anyone who's died, and if so who and how were they affected?

Sex/Romantic Life

What do they consider to be a romantic setting/activity/date?
What did they do on their first date?
How does a normal date go for this character?
How would they like to propose or be proposed to?
Virgin?
Describe his/her sex life:
How often does this character have sex?
How long can he/she go without sex?
How does this character feel emotionally, after sex?
Does this character have self control around individuals of their sexual desire? Describe:
Does sex play an important role in their relationships, if so, how?
Turn-ons:
Turn-offs:
Fetishes/Fantasies:
Sexual peculiarities:
Sexual perks:
Sexual flaws:
Usually on the top or bottom?
Dominant or Submissive?
Describe their first sexual experience:
At what age?
Was it planned/originally intended?
Was it consensual?
How did they feel emotionally, afterwards?
How has this affected the character, if substantially at all?
Have they ever impregnated someone, or been impregnated?
If so...
Whom?
Was it planned?
Was it consensual?
Was it a successful pregnancy (did it live)?
Did they keep, adopt, or abort the child and why?
Did he/she stay with the child/family/partner, and why or why not?
Have they ever had intercourse or a sexual experience with the same sex?
With whom?
Was it planned/originally intended?
Was it consensual?
How did they feel afterwards?
Possible psychological reasons for their sexual fantasies or behavior:

Family (they were raised with)

Immediate family members and their ages:
Ethnicity and/or species of the mother:
Ethnicity and/or species of the father:
Birth order:
Extended family:
Any important/infamous/famous ancestors, and if so, who?
Describe their ancestral history, if anything of particular note:
Birthparent(s):
Are they still alive?
Did they raise this character?
If not, why not, and/or what happened?
At what age was the character when this happened?
What did they do for a living?
Are they still together?
If not, how, when and why did they separate?
How did each parent treat the character, growing up?
How does each parent treat the character now?
What does each parent think of the character?
What changes their opinion of the character, if at all, and how so?
How did the character treat each of their parents growing up?
How does the character treat each of their parents now?
Caretaker(s) (if someone other than birthparents):
What is their relationship to the character?
Are they still alive?
At what age did the caretakers begin to raise this character?
Did the caretakers know the birth parents and if so, how was their relationship?
Did the character know the birth parents?
How did the father/caretaker1 treat the character?
How did the mother/caretaker2 treat the character?
How did the character treat their father/caretaker1?
How did the character treat their mother/caretaker2?
Siblings (if any):
Are they still alive, if not who died and when?
Describe how each one treats this character:
Describe how this character treats each one of his siblings:
Does this character still keep in contact with their siblings?
How has this character's relationship changed with their siblings since childhood?
How did s/he get along with the family as a whole?
How did s/he get along with the siblings, if any?
Describe their family life/dynamic, growing up:
Describe their family life/dynamic now:
Favorite parent:
Why?

Family (that they have created, if at all)

Partner(s):
Is this their first marriage/family? (if not, copy, paste, and answer these questions for the previous marriages/families too):
How, why and when did they divorce/split?
Was it mutual?
If they had children, who kept them?
If it was a death, what happened, and when?
Did they get remarried, and if so to whom?
How did the children, if any, respond to that?
Are they legitimately married?
If not, are the other characters aware of this?
When did they get married?
How did they meet?
How did he propose, or how was she proposed to?
Mistress(es)/Secret Lover(s)/ Lover(s) outside of marriage:
Does the spouse/partner know?
If so how and when did they find out?
How did they react, and what was the end result?
Any illegitimate children with them, and if so who?
Does anyone know?
If so, how and when did they find out?
How did they react and what was the end result?
Children and their ages:
Who are each of their parents (ie: from which marriage, if any other)?
Were any conceived/born out of wedlock, if so, which ones?
How does (each) son/daughter treat of this character?
How does this character treat (each) son/daughter?
How does (each) son/daughter think of this character?
How does this character think of (each) son/daughter?
How does this character's relationship change with their child/children as they grew older?

Spiritual Characteristics

Religion:
Does the character believe in a god or goddess?
What are the character's spiritual beliefs?
Is religion or spirituality an important part of this character's life?
If so, what role does it play?
Superstitions:
Chinese Zodiac:
Astrological Zodiac:
Element:

What If

If this character were an animal, what would they be?
Why?
If this character were the opposite sex what would they . . .
Do?
Say?
Feel?
If this character were to be characterized by an object, what would it be?
Why?
What would/does this character do if confronted with someone identical in personality?
What would/does happen if this character became physically handicapped, and how would that change them?
What would/does this character do if spontaneously placed in a whole new and unfamiliar environment/country/planet/etc?
If they don't already, what would this character do/act like if they had a child?

Other

What song best fits this character?
If you could compare this character to an existing character, who would s/he be and why?
If you could choose an actor for this character, who would it be?
If you could choose a voice actor for this character, who would it be?
Who/what was your character inspired by?

How the Character is Involved in the Story

Character's role in the story (main character? hero? Villain? etc):
Scene where character first appears:
Relationships with other characters:
Where, how and when did s/he first interact with other characters:
What was this character's life like before something, if anything, happened to change it all:
How Character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began:
Background Story:
Additional Notes on This Character:

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Adaptations from The Writer's Guide to Character Traits
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Notes on creating effective characters

Motivation: When considering a character, always ask yourself 'why'? Question your character's motive for everything they do, think, or say. Delve into the psychology of your character. Don't just make them 'insane' for no reason, or 'just always happy,' or anything that can't have backup. Every thing has a reason, and this should be relatively obvious to your readers, unless you mean to keep it a secret; but a good, solid character has depth. One creates depth through a deep understanding of their character's past, psychology, and motives. For instance, it doesn't make sense for a female character in a sexist society, to "just suddenly have the will to rebel." No, rebellion comes from a catalyst, an instigator, something has to happen for this character to want to rebel; afterall, if you've built that society to generally accept sexist ideals, what would make this female character different from the others? What happened in her childhood to make her think otherwise? How did her father treat her that may have inspired this desire to break the norm? How about her mother? Was there a role model, tv show, event, etc, that inspired this character to break the mold? People never do anything without reason, be it conscious or subconscious, and as a writer, it is your job to write their history and motivations.

Stick to what you know: It's hard to have a deep understanding for your character, if they have no basis in reality. It doesn't mean you can't have superheroes or fantasy elements, but their traits and personality must still realistic and believable within that realm of reality. Even in an alternate universe, there is a state of consistency. Lack of consistency creates an unbalance and a poor foundation for your character, and they will be loose and shallow to the reader. A reader connects with a character when they can sympathize, or feel an emotion from them. Keep at least that much realistic in anything you do. In order to understand your character, you have to understand, or research them. Do you know enough about the period in which they were born, or their habitat? Do you know anything about their demographic, their race, their age? All of these things you must familiarize yourself with in reality before you attempt to recreate it in your story. It is the same with an artist; an artist can not learn to exaggerate reality before they learn to replicate it, at least to some extent. Therefore, you must truly know your characters inside and out, and practically live them. These above mentioned traits only come from putting yourself in your character's shoes. "If I were him/her, how WOULD I wake up in the morning? What would be my daily rituals? What would I order if I were them, at a restaurant?" Think about your characters all the time, even when you're waiting on a bus, or standing in line, constantly ask yourself "what would my character do in this situation?" This is how you can come up with truly unique character traits, that are both believable AND relatable. Draw from people you know, situations you've been in, or even yourself (but don't be one of those writers who just writes their fantasy self into everything they do).

Clichés, Stereotypes, and Archetypes: Clichés are not the same as archetypes or stereotypes, mind you, and to some extent these things are necessary for a story, however a cliché should never be used as an important story element. That being said, this does not mean that all clichés are bad. You can have a cliché storyline, but a diverse range of characters with depth and personality interesting enough to keep your reader into what you're writing. Cliché characters may run the risk of becoming flat and undeveloped if they are not subject to change. If you do not move beyond it, they will remain stagnant, and thus hinder the potential of your story. Avoid them when you can, and work around them when you have them. What is the difference, you ask? In my personal opinion, archetypes are 'genres' of stories or characters, a very basic and general 'theme.' These are hard to avoid. Archetypes of stories could include: love triangles, the classic Romeo and Juliet fate, jealousy, etc. Archetypes of character may include: the stubborn king, the blinded-by-love youth, the whore or even beast/monster with a heart of gold, the corrupt official, etc.  These are things in which you base your story on, but build off of. Stereotypes are only acceptable in moderation. You have to make a character believable. Certain fashions, dialects, and generally accepted truths about a stereotyped character might be necessary to get your point across. This is especially helpful for minor characters. Let's say you have a bartender, who is in only one or two scenes. He needs no real development, as he only acts as a prop for your main characters to interact with. It's okay to go with a stereotype or cliché. If you start going to the extreme opposite, and try to create the 'super unique, most original awesome character ever,' or as I like to call it, the 'anti-stereotype,' you run the risk of 'obviously trying too hard,' which will come off to your reader as amateur. If he's only a minor character, or someone in passing, don't make the bartender "a midget, old woman with a beard, who's lesbian for no reason, has wings, and speaks backwards in French." It doesn't make sense, and is completely unnecessary for a minor character. It is, therefore, unbelievable and leaves the reader questioning "why did they even bother?" Don't try too hard to create something no one has ever seen, because you'll inevitably fail. It doesn't mean that you can't create something original. Originality comes from making the particular character just unique enough from the others to stand out, however many aspects of this character probably have their inspirations from other sources. Don't be afraid of that, but at the same time, don't let your inspirations be all you draw from.

Conclusion: Most of all, keep practicing. Writing is like an art, no one is perfect the first time they start. No one creates masterpieces with their first works. Don't bank all your money on one story, or one character. Continue to create, because you never know which one might be the big hit. Even when you have created something people like, don't stop there. A true artist or writer is never pleased with their work. Continue to aspire to create more, create something new, and most of all, let your love of the hobby inspire you to never stop.
If you find this helpful, and use it, please link back to the original or to the link above

For all you writers out there who are looking for a way to add depth to characters in stories, RPs, comics, or anything, this form will help you get to know them way better than you thought you ever could. It causes you to think about the why's and how's of your character's psyche.

Arrow-Right by NyssaCreativeFor profiles for minor characters see the abridged version HERE
Here's info on how and when to use a character sheet!

Finnish translation: himwath.deviantart.com/art/Cha…
Hungarian Translation: voldemortia.deviantart.com/art…
French translation: fav.me/d39n2tr & fav.me/d42wsef
Spanish translation: fav.me/d56vl09
German translation: yutaki.deviantart.com/art/Char…
Italian translation: fav.me/d5lwh6e
Russian translation: Character trofile form (Russian) - Part 1, Character profile form (Russian) - Part 2, Notes to creating effective characters (Russian)

Further reading/resources: Dr. Linda Edelstein's "Writer's Guide to Character Traits", and Roleplayer's character questionnaire.

For further notes on character development, please read my follow up here: fav.me/d36rfvw

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Skysplash8's avatar

This is the first thing to come up when I search "simple character fill out form."



this is not simple. (good job though!)

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this will really help me since i'm typing a story its so amazing and it will be a awesome help for any also making a oc and might need some help making one!

i would love if you could allow me to use it for my ocs and stuff and i would totally link you in on the the one who let me use it

its easy to see where everything is and it has everything you would need and anything anyone might need to know its exactly every every thing

what really caught me the most was that you had way more than just the basics you had the past history the physical characteristics its mind blowing to me ! = D
ThirdPotato's avatar
Thanky ou! And of course you can use it n.n That's what it's there for! And ja, do link back to the original so others can find it too!
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I have to say, this really did help me when it came to making characters for stories and the usual OCs for Roleplaying. All of the different elements and tips that you added really do help people put something new into their characters. This is much more than I could think of when it comes to characters. My friend, you have a great talent for writing, and this would help anyone. I will be sure to add this in my favorites for future reference!
Thank you so much for making this template! I'll have to show all my friends this.
ThirdPotato's avatar
Thank you kindly for the review!
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Of course! And thank you for the deviation!
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Oh my goodness, this is positively brilliant! I've used skeletons for role plays before that are considered more "in depth" than average, but nothing to quite this extent!

This really makes you think, truly makes you get into the heads of the characters you are writing for and helps to develop them into more believable, realistic characters that can be related to, and more readily understood. It makes you take a deeper look into what makes them function, and what makes them tick. I also loved the advice you gave at the end of the profile, and the encouragement and advice that you offered all writers.

I will definitely be trying this skeleton to see if I can better tune myself into my OC's heads. Thank you for creating this, it's so helpful!
ThirdPotato's avatar
Thank you so much for leaving feedback! I really appreciate you taking the time to rate this! n.n
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This is a very in depth analysis sheet. I very much enjoyed this (and cringed a little) when I read through the entire thing. The structure was very well thought out. You can clearly tell that the writer thought of everything. I very much intend to use this... well, most of it. Personally, I didn't like the sexual section, because it made me think about my character's love life. Thankfully, he has some good morals, so I already know that he would never do that. You also gave some really good advice on the bottom and it made the think a bit about what my character's motivation would be. The only other thing I didn't like is that it seemed a little repetitive. I noticed the words "background, childhood experiences" being repeated a couple times, but that's forgivable, considering that it must have taken forever to write this thing.

Thank you for being awesome!
ThirdPotato's avatar
Howdy! Thank you very much for the C&C! I really appreciate the feedback. Ja, it can definitely be redundant in some parts and maybe its time I go back and edit it! Some items are repeated because they are different depending on the category they're in. I can't think of any off hand without reading through it, but I think I did repeat some categories based on physical vs emotional traits.
Thanks again! I'll look it over again and do some editing n.n
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Oh, you're welcome, buddy.
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I absolutely <3 this! I have been searching for a character personality creation thingy, or whatever you call this, and I have never found one I really, really liked. Usually they have basics, like what they look like, and basic personality stuff, but they're NEVER this detailed; you're really good at this. You got me thinking about stuff I would have never thought of on my own for my characters, and it also helped me go back on it and sort out any information that didn't make any sense. I had no idea that I was using a detail from one of my character's love life, and accidentally used it in her daughter's love life instead! That would've been a disaster! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>
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XD Ha oh man, well thank you for the comments and for sharing! n.n
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Thanks for posting this! I've never actually created a list of descriptors like this one. You've brought to my attention things that may be very important in giving depth to a character. I especially like the basic statistics. I also like how you broke down the "Past History" section into concise and interesting questions, as subconscious fears and drives are what motivate characters and their development. It's all very psychological, which makes me wonder whether you have some experience with or appetence for the field. Another thing you might include could be the character's personality type--I've heard of authors using the Enneagram or MBTI to try to guage their characters.
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Thank you kindly for the feedback! I actually have a passion and love for psychology! And you've got a good point; a Meyer Briggs one would be pretty good, though most of those personality types require filling out a test. It would definitely be a fun challenge, but one would have to be very good at getting into character to answer the questions accurately outside of themselves.
I can agree with you there--some of those tests can be really tedious.

I'd ask you to do a critique of one of my stories, but that would require premium membership, and I'm not a fan of the fee, however small it may be. If you could comment that would be great (I'm attention-starved), but don't feel obliged.

Once again, great job, I'll be sure to use your model in the future.
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THank you n.n Sure thing!
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It helps me a lot, and now I can finally add things to my character profile that I never thought of. Thank you so much for doing this, and I hope that other people appreciate it as much as I do. I can now fill this out and make my character come alive in my head. Thank you for making that as possible as you have now. You are so great, and thank you again for doing this. If I hadn't have found this, I would be looking for it still. But at least I found this. This will help me a lot, so thank you so much <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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Thank you for the feedback! >w<
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No worries my friend :D
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This is a beautiful character development sheet. It is great for the people who want to write a story and develop each and every piece of a character. If you think it's too wordy, you personally could always not include select pieces of it. I think it is near perfectly done and will give your mind a tease to see if you really know the character you are talking about.

Thank you to the creator for creating this beautifully done character development. I am definitely going to favorite this for future reference, as I am a story / script writer myself.
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Everyone has a different, personalized method to creating a protagonist's personality and background. But we all - or most of us - agree to start with the basics - the name, the age, the social background, the immediate environment, friends maybe - that are vital for the protagonist as well as the storyline they are participating in.

But these are things we know. These are things we have in our heads or scribbled down in a matter of mintues. While this is the cage, the base the protagonist feeds off, it is - here, too, depending on the story and the form in which it will be written - the little things that get the motor running. Things we might deem as unimportant, but all in all add to the story and benefit the protagonist. Which is why, personally, I do not think there is a thing such as "too much information". You cannot have too much information on a major character of your story. These little questions, seemingly without any consequence, can topple a stone over and create an avalanche - simply by connecting dots in your head.

This questionnaire can be used to flesh out a character. The information you derive from it might not make it into your final work the same way you answered the question, but it will be there. Ignore what you cannot answer at this point in character creation or what you deem information that will add nothing to either character or story. There is no pressure to have an answer to everything. It would be a mistake, though, to look at this work simply as what I named it: a questionnaire.

I think it is something to play around with, an adventure of the mind. Answer a question and see what happens, what information is linked with the information you just gave. One thing leads to another and then to another. The trick is to think outside the box. The trick is not to go about it with the sincerity of your annual tax return.

Just play.
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Oh thank you for stating every thing so well XD " There is no pressure to have an answer to everything" YES. I keep telling people that this is not a set-in-stone-charater-creation tool. This is to help people flesh out their characters, give them things to think about and this is something that will grow as you get to know a person. When I teach my character writing/design classes, I tell people it's no different than getting to know a stranger. Given a sheet like this, you will obviously not fill it out when you first meet them, but as your relationship grows with them, you will learn the answers to these questions. And yes, I like how you put it at the end "The trick is not to go about it with the sincerity of your annual tax return. Just play."
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This has too much in it. It is a good profile template, I just feel it has too many unnecessary details squeezed between everything.

I don't think zodiacs needs to be known, for example. It sounds as useful as "What's their favorite soda? What's their favorite diet soda?" It's such an insignificant detail of the character that might never be brought up in a story, nor does it need time to be thought out to have a well-developed character. If I filled this out, I'd be putting many blanks. I believe I have a deep character, but a lot of what was put isn't needed to have a good or deep character. It adds a lot of length, making it inconvenient to use if you have many characters. I couldn't imagine using it for all of mine. It could be cut in half, or trimmed even more, and be just as useful and descriptive. Sometimes less is more, right?

You do include a lot of useful details for developing a character, and good job on that! You have enough meat, it's just there's too much filling.
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