CHARACTER CHARTDate this chart was completed:
Character's Full Name:
Reason or meaning of name:
Nickname: Reason for nickname:
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE:Age: How old does s/he appear?
Eye Color: Glasses or contacts:
Type of body/build:
Skin tone: Skin type:
Shape of face: Distinguishing Marks:
Distinguishable hair feature (bald,
receding hairline, etc.):
Type of hair (coarse, fine, thick, etc?)
Character's typical hairstyle:
Is s/he healthy?
If not, why not:
FAVORITES:Character's favorite color:
Character's least favorite color:
Least favorite Music:
Mode of transportation:
Daredevil or cautious?
Same when alone?
When and how much?
When and how much?
How does character spend a rainy day?
Type of childhood:
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her:
Relationship with her:
Relationship with him:
How many? Birth order:
Relationship with each:
Children of siblings:
Close? Why or why not?
OCCUPATIONWhere does Character work? For how long?
How does s/he feel about co-workers? Get along with co-workers?
Like his/her job? Why or why not?
Character's dream job:
ATTITUDE:Character's greatest fear:
What is the 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:
Depressive or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?
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?
PERSONALITY:Greatest source of strength in character's personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not):
Greatest source of weakness in character's personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not:
Character's soft spot:
Is this soft spot obvious to others?
If not, how does character hide it?
Which of the 7 deadly sins does your 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, liberality, diligence, patience, kindness, humility)
TRAITS:Optimist or pessimist: Why?
Introvert or extrovert: Why?
Drives and motivations:
Extremely skilled at:
Extremely unskilled at:
Character's darkest secret:
Does anyone else know?
If yes, did character tell them?
If no, how did they find out?
SELF-PERCEPTION:One word CHARACTER would use to describe self:
One paragraph description of how CHARACTER would describe self:
What does CHARACTER consider best physical characteristic?
What does CHARACTER consider worst physical characteristic?
Are these realistic assessments?
If not, why not?
How CHARACTER thinks others perceive him/her:
What four things would CHARACTER most like to change about self? (#1 most
important, #2 second most important, etc.)
If change #1 was made, would character be as happy as s/he thinks?
If not, why not?
INTERRELATION WITH OTHERS:Is character divorced?
Has character ever cheated on significant other?
How does character relate to others?
How is s/he perceived by...
How does character view hero/heroine?
First impression: Why?
What happens to change this perception?
What do family/friends like most about character?
What do family/friends like least about character?
How does character plan to accomplish these goals?
How will other characters be affected?
PROBLEMS/CRISIS:How character reacts in a crisis:
How character faces problems:
Kinds of problems character usually runs into:
How character reacts to NEW problems:
How character reacts to change:
Favorite clothing: Why?
Least favorite clothing: Why?
Where does character live?
Where does character want to live?
Spending habits (frugal, spendthrift, etc): Why?
What does s/he do too much of?
Too little of?
Most prized possession: Why?
Play musical instrument? Which?
How did s/he learn?
UNCATEGORIZED:Person character secretly admires:
Person character was most influenced by:
Most important person in character's life before story starts:
How does character spend the week before the story starts?
Chart from Minnette Meador