January 21, 2013
Character Profile

Character profiles are like guides where you can list details and facts about your characters. It’s a good way to learn more about your character, or to use as a “storage” of your character’s information. Here’s a questionnaire you can use.

Basic Attributes

Name:

Age:

Nationality:

Hometown:

Occupation:

Title/Rank:

Current Residence:

Birth order:

Relationship status:

Sexual Orientation:

History

Past residence:

History

Education:

Important memories and why:

Role model:

Relationship with family/caretakers:

Friends/peers:

Family history:

How they were growing up:

Detailed biography:

Physical Appearance

Height:

Weight:

Race:

Eye color:

Hair color/style/length:

Skin color:

Build:

Style of dress:

Disabilities:

Greatest flaw:

Best quality:

Posture:

Describe their smile:

Describe their posture:

Describe their face:

Tattoos/Piercings:

Glasses/Contacts:

Left/Right handed:

Other accessories:

Hygiene:

Health:

Weapons:

Distinguishing features:

Personality

General summary:

Best qualities:

Worst qualities:

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Intelligence Level:

Learning Experiences:

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:

Emotional/logical/both:

Describe their sense of humor:

Biggest Vulnerability:

Optimist or Pessimist:

Introvert or extrovert:

Fears:

Psychological peculiarities:

Biggest regret:

Biggest accomplishment:

Minor accomplishments:

Character’s darkest secret:

Describe character’s sense of morals:

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? Who?

Reaction to conflict/Danger:

To rejection:

To fear:

To change:

To loss:

To flirting/sex:

To pain:

To stress:

To guilt:

To being criticized:

To being insulted:

How do they 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):

General expression:

Love:

How does this 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:

What discourages this character:

What makes this character happy:

What makes this character sad:

What makes this character angry:

What humiliates this character:

What most describes this character’s personality?

Psychoanalysis (Describe why they act the way they do):

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