Character Sheet Profile Template

Updated : 23/05/2014

Updated : 28/05/2014

 

So here it is. The reference sheet that I use to make my characters and all their info. The left most column are just tips to help you out. Have fun filling the blanks. 😀

The grayed out (pink) areas are not meant to be filled up.
I might or might not update it again in the future, so stay tuned ! 😀

 

 

**GENERAL INFO :

Major or minor (secondary) character ?

Major / Minor :

Are they good or a villain ? What alignment ? (Lawful Good ? Neutral Good ? Chaotic Good ? Lawful Neutral ? True Neutral ? Chaotic Neutral ? Lawful Evil ? Neutral Evil ? Chaotic Evil ?)

*Position :

There are plenty of character archetypes throughout the web…search for them if you’re confused.

*Archetype :

 

**NATIVE FORM :

Name, pronunciation of name, title (Mr, Mrs, baron, lord, etc…?), nickname, meaning of name / nickname…

*Name :

What species are they ? What are their most prominent features ?

*Species :

The physical sex, and what gender the character identifies themselves with. (Male or female ? Trans ? Something Else ?)

*Sex and Gender :

 

*Age :

 

*Height and weight :

Athletic ? Stocky ? Fat ? Short ? Tall ? Etc…

*Build :

Skin color and texture. Any tattoos ? Piercings ? Birthmark ? Scars ? Body paint ? Makeup ?

*Skin :

Hair color (Natural or dyed ?) and texture (Is it wavy? Straight ? Etc…) Hair cut type (Any bangs ?)

*Hair :

Color, shape, eyebrow description.

*Eyes :

Shape, and color, etc…

*Nose and mouth :

(If the character can perform magic and what type. Name of the “magic class” they are. Also what skills they have. (Sometimes I lose track of things my cast can and can’t do.  I list what they are competent at here, to avoid scenes where the characters perform actions outside their capacity, like having a rich man with no survival skills being the one to start a campfire. Just not gonna happen.)

*Powers and skills :

If any. What does it / they look like (briefly) ? How and why did they got them / it ? Are they born with it ? Is it a learned ability ? Did they had a ritual performed on them ? What for do they use it ? How do they consider it (a curse or an awesome power) ?

*Shapeshifter forms :

What type of armor do they wear ? (Cloth, Leather, chain mail, plate, scaled armor mail, elven mail (or any variations…) ?) (If any)

*Armor :

Assuming they have one.

*Weapon of choice :

 

*Other :

If they are a shapeshifter with a main form. (Theria means “animal”)

**THERIAN FORM :

 

*Body :

 

*Size :

 

*Fur :

 

*Legs :

 

*Tail :

 

*Paws :

 

*Eyes :

 

*Ears :

 

*Nose and mouth :

 

*Abilities :

 

*Other :

 

**WAY OF LIFE :

(A brief summary of the character’s background before the story begins.  If your character’s background is ten times more exciting than the story, you might want to rethink a few things.)

*Bio :

This section will tell from what cultural background they come, obviously. And probably how they are more likely to think.

*Culture / Country :

Where were they born ? What does their birthplace represent for them ? Do they like it and like to go back there ? Are they indifferent to it ? Do they hate it ? What is their birthday ? Their horoscope ?

*Birthplace and birthday :

Name of parents, relatives, friends, and relationship type they have with them : the closest people to them. Do they have a mate ?

*Family / Friends / Mate :

Straight ? Gay ? Bi ? Something else ? Do they feel at ease with their sexual orientation ?

*Sexual Orientation :

The character’s job and social class. Their economic level (rich, poor ?)

*Occupation and social class :

How do they dress on a daily basis ? For their job ? For important receptions ?

*Outfit / clothing :

Where ? How much ? What subject(s) ? Did they go to the university or work as an apprentice ? Something else ? Did they enjoy it ?

*Schooling :

What is their religion ? What idea of religion do they have in general ?

*Religion :

What is their political opinion ? What idea do they have of politics in general ?

*Political opinions :

Do they like pets ? Do they have any animal pets ? Or minions ? Something else ?

*Pets :

Anything else about their way of life that haven’t been stated here.

*Other :

 

**AT HEART :

Personality described in some lines.

*Overall Personality :

(I am a…) What the character designate themselves as.

*Designation :

(This is the character’s idea of a fun time, what they would choose to do if they had the freedom and resources to do so. This can kind of be a stepping stone to discovering Goals and Motivation.) (Likes can say a lot about a character, especially if he has weird ones, like “putting kittens in blenders”.)

*Likes / Hobbies / Fun Time :

From simple dislikes and then down the slippery slope of terror…

(Knowing what your character dislikes is prime fodder to make him confront it.  It puts him out of his comfort zone, and we get to see if he’ll learn to tolerate it, becomes a better person, have a meltdown, or whatever.  Conflict will inevitably ensue if another character’s dislike is on someone else’s like list.  A good rule of thumb is to start out with dislikes, then to move the character towards confronting their Greatest Fears and Greatest Regrets.)

(I’m amazed at the number of people who can’t tell me the thing their character is most afraid of.  This and this alone can be your entire story.  Sitting down and really asking yourself what would render your character incapable of speech and paralyzed, out of sheer terror, opens up a lot of doorways for their development.  Once you know what your character fears, get to work finding a way for them to be confronted by it.)

*Dislikes and Worst Fears :

(I am liked because…)

*Positive traits :

(The big negative aspect of the character.  Short-temper, selfish, arrogant, affronted by bathing, whatever.  Usually the big thing the character overcomes throughout the story, but not always.  Please keep in mind that this should be something pretty major, not a food allergy.  A flaw is what makes a character human and interesting.  If your flaw sucks, odds are your story and character will, too. I’ve also noticed that the more words someone needs to describe his character’s flaw, the more angsty and Mary-Sueish they’re bound to be.) *Negative traits :

(“Makes me great yet could destroy me…”) *Ego flaw :

Things a character can’t help doing. (Habit / Compulsion). The Static Trait is the small personal HABIT an individual character displays which reveals their personal Neurosis, their driving NEED, especially in stressful situations. This habitual or even ritual behavior acts as both their greatest source of trouble and the linchpin to their success. It’s the individual character’s “Accident Waiting to Happen”.  *Static trait(s) :

(“I want…”)

*Ambition / Goal(s) :

(The character’s own justification and reasoning for pursuing his goals.) (“I want this because…” “I desire…”)

*Motivation :

(“I am troubled by…”)

*Internal Conflict :

(“I am thwarted by…”)

*External Conflict :

(“I don’t know or I am hiding…”)

*Secret :

(“Last thing I ever want to happen…?”)

*Ordeal/Reversal :

(“I will discover…”) What should the character “learn” ?

*Epiphany :

What Premise / Theme / Conflict ?

*Represent :

Action or Emotion or Motive ?

*Drive :

 

**BONUS :

(This is what the character themselves view as their greatest accomplishment, that which they are most proud of.  If a multi-billionare CEO regards the time he saved a small boy from drowning as his greatest accomplishment, it says a lot about his character.  Conversely, if he’s most proud of the day he bought out his biggest competitor and watched all the employees fired, that says a lot, too. ) *Greatest Accomplishment :

(Same deal: what the character regards as their greatest failing.  Batman might be a kickass superhero, but I can tell you his greatest regret was not doing anything when Ma and Pa died. Accomplishments and Regrets are great for character revelation moments, especially when supporting cast have their labels and judgements completely shaken. “Your mom died, you couldn’t save her, and that’s why you’re such a jerk? Wow …”) *Greatest regret :

(The thing that makes a character stand out in a memorable way; or what your reader is most likely to remember them for.  Not quite the opposite of Flaw, but just as important.  Examples would be Harry Potter being The Boy Who Lived, Frodo’s “the everyman can accomplish anything” aspect, Samwise’s loyalty, Superman’s Man of Steel status, etc.  This is probably the surest sign of a Mary Sue, since they have no memorable traits beyond “They’re perfect”.  This also has something to do with the story; you can’t have a story about shark hunting when someone’s Out of Ordinary is dance ability, unless you’re really stretching.) *Out of Ordinary :

(This is a more pragmatic and physical equivalent of Out of Ordinary; your character is rich, or was born a lord, or is exceptional at gymnastics, is quick-witted or has an IQ of 300. Examples would be Batman’s training and fortune, Nightcrawler’s ability to teleport, Wolverine’s healing factor, etc.  Please keep in mind that this is a singular term, Mary Sue writers.) *Advantage :

  *Other :

 

 

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