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Hello, folks! The purpose of this exercise is to delve deep into a character's mind and tease out interesting eccentricities about them, the bits and pieces of unique information that make them special. Each question is designed to help think about the character more and understand them. Whether you're responding to one question or all of them, hopefully your character speaks to you all through it!

   1. People don't behave the same way all the time. In fact, they generally have a mask for every social group -- friends, family, business. Sometimes they have a different mask for different groups of friends. How does your character act around different people? How does their personality shift and change?

   2. Your character has been brought to a party and promptly ditched. They don't have a ride back home. How does this work? How comfortable are they around all of these strangers? Do they interact?

   3. It's kind of awkward - what subjects are likely to make your character hesitate, flush, stumble on their words, etc.?

   4. Is your character more dominant or submissive to the people around them? Do they tend to follow others' orders and wait for people to give them instruction in life, or do they charge ahead and make decisions on their own?

   5. What happens when your character doesn't get what they want?
   6. What's the character's self-esteem like?
       a. Does it change over the course of the story?

   7. What's one flaw about themselves that they hate the most and wish they could change?

   8. How does their personality shift when someone gets to know them well?

   9. Do they prefer time alone, or with other people?

   10. Is it easy for this character to tell someone "no" when they don't want to do something?

   11. If this character were to describe their own personality, how would they do it?

   12. Is this character aware of their flaws?

   13. How has this character's personality changed from childhood to adulthood?

   14. Who influenced this character's personality? Did they pick up any mannerisms or traits from someone?

   15. Does this character express affection? Are they comfortable doing so?

   16. When frightened, will the character "fight" or "flight"?

   17. Does this character ever put someone else's needs in front of their own?
       a. If there are only rare exceptions, why is that the case?

   18. If this character suffered amnesia and lost all their memories, what would they be like?

   19. How does the character's living space reflect their personality?

   20. What's one thing that other characters wish they could change about this character's personality?


   1. How easy is it for your character to feel anger? What's usually a good tip off that they're experiencing it? (Physical reactions, movements of appendages, etc.)
       a. Sadness?
       b. Happiness?
       c. Fear?

   2. What state of mind is the character usually in?

   3. Are there any emotions the character is particularly afraid of, or really resents having to feel?

   4. How easily does this character trust their feelings with others?
       a. Has anyone ever betrayed them?
       b. How did it affect their ability to trust?

   5. Can this character easily hide their emotions?
       a. Do they find it difficult to express emotion, thus tend to look neutral?

   6. How well can this character resist their emotions and impulses?

   7. Does this character ever get violent (with others, objects, themselves) when feeling any certain emotions?

   8. Has this character contemplated suicide?
       a. Self-harm?
       b. Physically injuring others?
       c. Killing others?

   9. Does the character have any triggers? Why do these things trigger them?

   10. What would hurt this character so badly they couldn't even breathe?

   11. What is guaranteed to make this character smile?

   12. If the character could remove one emotion from their life, which would they choose?

   13. If they're feeling upset, who are they likely to talk to for comfort? Or do they keep it inside?

   14. How would this character cope with losing someone extremely close to them?

   15. How does this character look and feel when crying?

   16. If the character had to live out the rest of their life either perpetually angry, sad, or frightened, which would they choose?

   17. Does this character tend to blame or punish others for their own emotions?

   18. Is this character empathetic, and tends to be influenced by the emotions of others?

   19. What is the strongest emotion they have felt?
       a. What event caused that?
       b. How would they react if that happened again?

   20. If the character were to come face to face with their darkest fears in a nightmare, what would be the scene?


   1. Based on the current diet and exercise your character has, where do you see them physically in five years?

   2. How agile is this character? Can they dodge easily? Or are they clumsy?

   3. Describe the muscle content of your character. Are they untrained and soft? Or lithe and powerful?

   4. What kind of body fat percentage do you suppose they have?

   5. Do they have any scars? Where did those scars come from, and how did they get them?

   6. Describe some hairstyles your character has had in the past.
       a. How about the present? What's their hair like now?

   7. What are their teeth like? Any cavities? Root canals? Does their dentition ever hurt?

   8. Do their arches ever fall? That's painful.

   9. How much endurance do they have? Do they easily get tired during a workout?

   10. How easily can they bear pain?

   11. How long can this character sit still?
       a. Do they shift a lot when sleeping?

   12. What do their nails look like? Do they bite them?

   13. How hairy is this character?
       a. Arms?
       b. Legs?
       c. Underarms?
       d. Eyebrows?
       e. Everywhere else

   14. What is the most imperfect part of this character's body?

   15. Do they get cold easily?
       a. How about overheated?
       b. Seasick?
       c. Do barometric changes in pressure affect them?

   16. How do they react to getting an illness? Think about sore throats, achy bodies, headaches, stuffy noses, runny noses...

   17. Is this character's body sensitive to touch?
       a. Do they have any unusual erogenous zones?

   18. How strong are this character's basic senses? Sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell.

   19. If this character had to permanently lose one of their senses, which would they choose?
       a. What if they could only have one sense, and had to lose the others?

   20. Does this character have any unusual limbs or physical features?


   1. What's the state of your character's kitchen? What kind of foods do you find in it? Is it... clean?

   2. If they could only eat one type of food for the rest of their life, what would they choose?

   3. What kind of clothing does this character like wearing and why?

   4. How does this character feel about piercings?
       a. Tattoos?
       b. Dyed hair?
       c. Revealing clothing?
   5. What's something that turns this character on?
       a. And what's a definite turn-off?
       b. Do they have any kinks?

   6. How does this character feel about animals?
       a. Would they want any pets?
       b. What animals are their favorite?

   7. What type of movie is this character most interested in watching?

   8. If this character could master a skill instantly, which would they choose?

   9. Are there any behaviors that other characters do that irk this character?
       a. Does the character ever voice their annoyance?

   10. Would this character rather create something or destroy something?

   11. What kind of comedy does this character prefer? Toilet humor, vulgar, slapstick, morbid, etc.

   12. If they could stay at one age forever, which age would they choose and why?

   13. If the character could only wear clothing of one color, which would they choose?

   14. Describe the character's favorite possession. Where did they get it, and why are they so attached?

   15. What is the character's favorite weather?

   16. Do they prefer sweet, salty, sour, meaty, spicy, or neutral tastes?

   17. Would they rather sleep in a cold room or a warm one?

   18. Are there any hobbies this character absolutely hates and would never want to do?

   19. What's the easiest way to annoy this character?

   20. Are their interests and likes socially appropriate?


   1. Describe a scenario that has impacted your character and caused them extreme happiness.
       a. Fear?
       b. Disappointment?
       c. Depression?

   2. What is the character's first memory?

   3. Has the character ever experienced deja vu? Do you happen to know why?

   4. Sensations are powerful things, and often certain scents, sounds, touches, etc. can invoke memories strongly associated with them. Which have imprinted in your character's mind?

   5. How'd they get along with their parents and/or other relatives?

   6. If your character had to choose one friend they've valued over all others, who would it be?

   7. What's the worst injury they've ever gotten?

   8. How many places has this character lived in? What stands out most about those places to them?

   9. If the character could erase one memory from their mind, what would it be?

   10. What was the character's economic situation?

   11. What are the character's three clearest memories?

   12. If the character could go back and speak to a younger version of themself, what would they say?

   13. If the character could go back and choose their sex at birth, what would they choose?

   14. Describe the character's love life throughout the years.

   15. How did the family that raised this character influence them?

   16. If this character could "unmeet" someone in their life, who would they choose?

   17. If the character could choose different parents for themselves, who would they choose and why?

   18. Does this character feel guilty about anything in the past?

   19. If the character were asked to associate an adjective with different stages of their life, what would they choose and why?

   20. If the character could choose to have themselves born at a specific time period, which would they pick and why?

Hope you enjoyed the questions!
Care to get to know your OC better? You'll definitely know them a little more if you ask them one of these questions, or even all one hundred.

Good for members of :iconotherworlde:!

I'm going to tag some people I'd like to write some (or all) of these, primarily because I want to read about your characters! Pleasewriteaboutyourcharactersletmeread
:iconbootsiel: (Kazu) :iconitsdead: (Lux) :iconcarneeval: (Saylem) :iconleaglem: (Phillip) :iconbokurac: (Kaori) :iconutsuro-chan: (Everett and Destry) :iconkokeshidork: (Lilitu) :icony0uko: (Bart), :icontwenguin: (Fefin), :iconadmirala: (Veronique), :iconangelz-devil: (Alan), :iconkinghush: (Era)

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TheMountainBear Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! This is SO handy for developing characters and getting to know them! 
PixieHobbit Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Would it be alright if I filled this in for a fan-character of mine? :) It's really great!
AwesomeDrawsAlot Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this! I'll most likely use this soon, cutting out some that don't apply because of specific reasons, of course. And I'll be sure to credit! Great questionnaire. :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
eener9lilly Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ScissorBoy1995 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You!  I actually need more information for my oc's. Since I created years ago when I was at school. :D :)
MaxdragonxX Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
do we have to link back?
AlmaSakii Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to use this when I have the chance! :D
TwiddleMcScrub Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh! this looks great, I'm going to use your questions and make an interview, and then use it for my characters! I'll link you to it when I'm done!
SketchingStuff Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017
Would you mind if I used this to help develop one of my characters please?
Hannah29K9 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I actually learnt a lot about my character, and me!
TheTurtleThatShipped Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this is the exact thing I was looking for to develop my OC's with. thank youuuuuuuuuu.
TNTVixsun Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
Super bored right now, and yep.... GONNA DO IT
NinjaSamuraiX Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for creating this. I've been struggling with giving my characters personality. It's easily one of my biggest issues so this'll help me out a lot.
SilverPeryton Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could I use this please?
SilverPeryton Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
in the meantime ill just do it
HalliCuteness Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now.... If only I could get someone to ask any of these on my Ask the OCs segment lol Llama-Emoji-12 (Left and Right) [V1] 
AquaDog757 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, maybe i will sometime
HalliCuteness Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
X'D no pressure, I was just being a saltine lol X'DDDD
AquaDog757 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, seriously tho, I wanna do some oc review stuff soon :3
HalliCuteness Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool cool~
Virasol Featured By Owner Edited Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
This is great. I mean really. I have this original story, but the main character seemed too much like me and so I couldn't picture them in my head with out it relating to me.
Just the first 20 helped me distance myself from them and now I'm certain I can develop them more.
Atlasavion Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Student General Artist
Hey, just wanted to say these questions are really good. Often times, OC questionnaires are bland and predictable, but I really like this one. Thanks so much for making this! 
QuiiyNerd Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need this, My characters don't really have any...
so to speak.
Imma use :3
Dead-Lee Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an OC named Lux and her younger sister's named Salem....woah....that's weird, bro
SilverFeatherMelody1 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did it X3 
TheElfDruid Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Kittygames50 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Vixensphere04 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im going to do this .
cakebytes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I already imagined lots of OC's.
I'm the only one who knows them exist.
Because  can't draw.
I can't request or buy a commision.
Beause she has no ref.
777wolf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Writer
Same. Same.
LadyPeri Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Can i do this? :3
OJLemonade Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
This is so cool! It brought up a lot of things about my OC that I'd never thought of before.
Adrafox Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have over 400 OCs. All of my star characters are 100% original and have deep backstories and diverse personalities. They are the pride and joy of my life.
SubZeroFlame Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i should use this lol
IdiotsInCosplay008 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could I do this? ;3
Annabeth5110 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional Writer
I used it. Can you make another one, just like that please? Meow :3 
CloudxFoxyxJay Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
Wow, I just had a convo with two of my wolf OC's... It was kinda funny listening to their reactions to specific questions lol XD Yes, I did actually talk to them, don't judge me!
WolfLinkCrazy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
Thank you for this! I love making characters of my own, but I have a lot of trouble dwelling deeper in their own personalities and such and this is a very, very big help! <3
troyrich93 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist
Annabeth5110 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Professional Writer
Did it! Thank you!
Annabeth5110 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Writer
I think I'll do it!
Loza-LaSphinx Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Soooo inspiring and fun! Good job!
tf-mistress Featured By Owner May 26, 2015   Writer
Can I repost this, with answers from my own OC?
0rang3App3aL Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
May I use some of these questions for a form of my own if I credit you for them?
Charlatan-Stable Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, you covered so much in this! Thank you, this is amazing! 
Hokova Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ohh, this is super helpful.
kastwilightgem Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
This is so helpful, I can't think of a word to describe it. Thank you.
OcarinaLink24 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Can't think of a word huh? How about 'Delo' :v
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