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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 NyssaBFor 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

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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Updated often, and translated in several languages the Character Profile Form by =fyuvix has helped out many writers to create unique characters with depth. The form is both very well thought out and easy to use. ( Featured by shelldevil )
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Critique by ZmrazenyVlk Aug 17, 2009, 7:28:15 PM
Things I like: That you separated socioeconomic status of childhood from adulthood, 7 sins/7 virtues, disillusions from childhood, chinese zodiac (this is very neglected by most :D), separated nationality and ethnicity.

In the "vital statistics" field, I know what you were going for, but by including birthplace, political party, hobbies, and other non-innate characteristics, it feels sort of redundant because similar information is required elsewhere. For example: political party under vital statistics...If you put Nazi there, and then under their feelings about politics under emotional characteristics, it's similar information but broken up into two sections. IMO, vital statistics should include only physical, objective traits such as age, height, weight, ethnicity, etc. Political party and soc-eco status would fit better under personality and history, respectively. Some of the information under the physical characteristics grouping were already included in vital statistics. With the exception of birthdate, the things pertaining to birth place, hometown, etc. should be included under history.

Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes and Relationships with others groupings are fairly solid, as is the Likes/Dislikes and Emotions. The Sex Life grouping was really solid and you came up with things that aren't really super-obvious (ie. how they feel after sex, their first experience, pregnancy)

I liked your ideas at the end about development of character, realism, depth, Mary-Sue prevention :) I'm not really a stranger to character development and I found it helpful and somewhat thought-provoking. Everything was very clearly written and understandable...grammar was all there as far as I know.
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I must say, this is a HUGE Character profile template, one of the most in-depth I have ever seen.

The Good: I like how each section is separated based on the information given, making it easier to find the details you are looking fore easily.

Extremely in-depth. It takes appearance and spreads it out! This is really helpful for those trying to create new characters, because it gives them the things they need to perfectly create another person.

Great tips. I love the small tutorial on character creation at the bottom. It really is great for people creating a new character for a first time, or for those who have to find ways to make better characters or improve there own.

The bad: there isn't much to not like! this is extremely well done. excellent work.
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IZZAME123 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome I am so using this for writing in the future. thanks for putting it up!
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H3lly-H0lly 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn dude, this is so... complete...
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Danny-Senpai Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I did this! I'd like to say that is is very helpful for character development and whatnot. Definitely made my character less dull and boring :D
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EnvysLoveMalice Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I do this a lot x3 I'm gonna use it an link back later x3 mine takes met several days lolZ!
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BTR88tuxedoblack Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
May I use this and credit you in my journal? :)
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Fyuvix Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Of course, but credit back in the profile submission by linking back to the original. Thanks!
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BTR88tuxedoblack Apr 2, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem and will do! :)
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Silverwolf51 Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
SO DETAILED AND HELPFUL! I'll be sure to use this!
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dinokeig Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks now I can create my characters so much better, though I hope that some of my quadrupeds will be able to have some good depth. Thanks for this anyway🐘🐗👊✌
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DrawingMerry Mar 19, 2014  New member
Thanks for making this sheet, I really appreciate it :)
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