Star sign:
Rich or poor, or middle class?
Does this affect their personality, or the story in any way?
Do they like their job?
Birth order:
Siblings (describe relationship):
Spouse or significant other(describe relationship):
Eye Color:
Hair Color:
Glasses or contact lenses?
Shape of Face:
Distinguishing features:
House/Apartment etc (What does it look like?)
Favorite Sayings:
Speech patterns:
Style (Elegant, shabby etc.):
Character's favorite color:
How does character spend a rainy day?
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her:
Attitudes towards politics, religion, money, death, drugs, children:
Dominant characteristics:
Secondary Characteristics:
How he/she feels about self:
Biggest vulnerability:
Optimist or pessimist:
Outgoing, or withdrawn?
What motivates this character?
What is he/she good at?
What is he/she bad at?
Character's darkest secret:
  • Does anyone else know?
    Person character was most influenced by: Why?
    Most important person in character's life? Why?
    What is this character afraid of?
    How does the character deal with anger?
    With sadness?
    With change?
    What do family/friends like most about the character?
    What do family/friends like least about the character?
    How well do friends/family KNOW this character?:
    What sort of impression would the character make on a stranger? (First Impressions etc)
    What does your character want in their future?
    How do they intend to make this happen?
    Is the character ruled by the head, or the heart?
    What talent or skill will he/she need to have to survive this plot? How did he/she aquire this? How does he/she use it?

    Character Trait Chart and Personality Components - This is a Must See Page. Not only does it have a character chart, but a very detailed list of personality traits, and some reminders about things to include to make the character really come alive.
    Fiction Character Worksheet - Nice, simple layout & Content, but it might not set your brain on fire.
    Fiction Writer's Character Chart - This is the longest and most complete Character Chart I have seen. Too long for me to handle, but some of you might enjoy so much detail, and you can always leave some out.
    Rich Hamper's Character Profile Sheet - Very, VERY detailed sheet, with both conventional and more interesting, less expected questions. Worth a look.
    Fundamentals - A slightly shorter chart with conventional, but slightly different questions.

    For a different kind of chart, concentrating on personality, click here.