Long Character Sheet for New Writers!

I know I have seen a lot of people complain about one-sided, flat characters with no depth. *cough myself included cough

So, I scoured the internet and took bits and pieces from a few different character sheets to give writers a starting point for developing their characters.

Long List. Be prepared!

Full Name: (Self-explanatory)
Pronunciation: (Self-explanatory)
Nickname/Alias: (Does your character have a pet name, fake identity, or any other thing they like to go by? Put it here.)
Meaning: ([Ex: Emily means “admiring” and William means “protector”] If you aren’t sure your character’s name has a meaning look it up, I’m sure you’ll find something. If it’s a fantasy name you made yourself, give it a meaning.)
Origin: (How did you come up with your character’s name?)
Title: (Do have a title along with their name? [Ex: Sir, Captain, Ms.])
Pet Name: (What do other people call your character? [kid, squirt, babe, ect] May be insulting, endearing, or a combination of both. May have more than one if other characters call them different things.)
Signature: (What is their handwriting like?)
Gender: (Self-explanatory)
Gender Role: (Does your character generally act more feminine or masculine?)
Orientation: (Ex: Straight, Bisexual, Homosexual)
Real Age: (How old your character is in years)
Age Appearance: (How old does your character look? This is mostly for immortal creatures such as deities, but can be used with anybody. [if someone looks older or younger than their age)
Birthday: (Self-explanatory)
Deathday: (May not have one yet)
Birthplace: (Where was your character born?)
Astrological Sign: (Western)
Zodiac Sign: (Eastern)
Immediate Family: (Who was your character raised by?)
Distant Family: (The ones they don’t see every day)
Parenting: (Were their parents strict or fun-loving?)
Upbringing: (What morals and ideals were your characters raised with?)
Infancy: ([0-2] What was it like when your character was a baby?)
Childhood: ([3-12] What was it like for your character growing as a kid ?)
Adolescence: ([13-17] Teen years)
Coming of Age: (When and how did your character “grow up”?)
Evolution: (How has your character changed since they were younger?)
Species: (Human, animal, or a fantasy race)
Ethnicity: (Self-explanatory)
Preferred Hand: (Right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous?)
Facial Type: (Ex: Oval, heart, square, round, )
Eye Color: (Self-explanatory)
Hair Color (Self Explanatory)
Hairstyle: (Self-explanatory)
Skin Tone: (Self-explanatory)
Complexion: (Self-explanatory)
Body Type:
Build: (Long legs, chubby cheeks, or muscular arms?)
Height: (In inches)
Weight: (In pounds)
Facial Hair: (If applicable)
Birthmarks/scars: (Self-explanatory)
Distinguishing Features: (Something unique that stands out)
Health: (How healthy is your character?)
Energy: (How much energy does your character have daily?)
Memory: (How well does your character remember things, and what do they remember?)
Senses: (Are any of your character’s senses better or worse than others?)
Handicaps: ([Ex: A limp, deafness, missing an eye] May be optional.)
Phobias: (Things that simply terrify your character. May be trivial or debilitating. Try to have at least one.)
Addictions: (Drugs, alcohol, gambling, or bad teen romance)
Mental Disorders: ([Ex: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Paranoia.] May be optional.)
Style: (The overall style your character shows, not just limited to clothing. Ex: Punk, Goth, Nerd)
Grooming: (Well-kept or messy?)
Coordination: (How physically fit is your character? Also add things like reflexes, etc.)
Habits and Mannerisms: (Any nervous ticks or unconscious habits your character might have. Ex: Nail biting, crosses arms, or twirls hair)
Mood: (What mood are you most likely to catch your character in?)
Attitude: (How does your character interact with others?)
Stability: (How emotionally consistent are they?)
Expressiveness: (Do they hide emotion or let it out openly?)
When Happy: (Ex: Whistles, sings, skips)
When Depressed: (Ex: locks themself in their room, listens to music, hugs a stuffed animal)
When Angry: (Ex: Punches walls, screams at people, trolls online)
Note: These are generalizations. Different situations will create different reactions.
Current Residence: (Where does your character live right now? May or may not include a geographical location)
Community: (What does the general population act like where your character lives?)
Family: ([Ex: Parents, children, siblings] Include stepfamilies if it applies, and label as such.)
Friends: (Who does your character like to hang out with?)
Enemies: (Who does your character despise?)
Bosses: (Who does your character answer to)
Followers: (Who answers to your character?)
Heroes: (Who does your character look up to?)
Rivals: (Who are they competing with?)
Relates to: (Who is similar to your character?)
Wardrobe: (Describe your character’s closet. What is their formal, casual, or other kinds of wear?)
Equipment: (Refers to tools or weapons your character may use. [Ex: A sword for a warrior]
Accessories: (Tattoos, piercing, jewelry, glasses, etc.)
Trinkets: (Applies to but not limited to good luck charms, purses, watches, or any other items they carry with them almost all the time.)
Funds: (How much cash does your character have on hand, and how much at home/in the bank?)
Home: (What is your character’s house like? Describe it’s overall appearance, [Ex: Shabby, fancy] type of house, [Trailer, mansion] and describe things such as the yard, wallpaper, or any other information.)
Neighborhood: (What are the people and places near your character like?)
Transportation: (How does your character get around? [Ex: Car, bus, bike])
Collections: (Does your character like to hoard or collect anything?)
Most valuable possession: (worth money)
Prized Possession: (What object does your character value above all else?)
Lovers: (From childhood crushes to exes, to a married partner, who does your character love?)
Marital Status: (Ex: Single, Taken, Dating, Available)
Turn-Ons: (What does your character want to see in their ideal mate?)
Turn Offs: (What tends to make them back off)
Occupation: (Self-explanatory)
Work Ethnic: (How hard does your character work? How do they feel about their job?)
Rank: (How high up are they on the corporate ladder?)
Income: (How much money do they make?)
Wealth Status: (How well-financed is your character? Ex: Upper, middle, or lower class)
Experience: (Include things like pasts jobs, or things that contributed to current occupation.)
Organizations/Affiliations: (Who does your character side with?)

IQ: (Self-explanatory)
Education: (How good is their education?)
School: (What was their school like?)
Grade: (What grade are you in?)
Social Stereotype: (ex: nerd, goth, punk)
Degrees: (What degrees did/would they earn in school?)
Intelligence: (Linguistic/logical/spatial/kinesthetic/musical/interpersonal/intrapersonal/naturalist)
Religion: (Self-explanatory)
Morals: (What does your character find morally right or wrong?)
Crime Record: (Relationship with authority, laws broken, and crimes committed.)
Motivation: (What moves your character? [Ex: Power, money, love)]
Priorities: (What does your character place first, second, and third?)
Philosophy: (Your character’s outlook on life)
Etiquette: (How good our your characters manners? Do they bow or chew with their mouth open?)
Culture: (Any things your character may do specifically to a certain culture. [Ex: Bowing in Japan] Do your research on this one or you could offend people. )
Influences: (Who or what inspires your character to change? Do they influence anyone else?)
Relates to: (Who can your character relate to?)
Traditions: (Does your character sit around the table with their family? What holidays do they celebrate?)
Superstitions: (spilling salt, knocking on wood)
Main Goal: (Driving force in the story. May be subject to change.)
Minor Goals/Ambitions: (What is your character trying to accomplish?)
Career: (What would be your character’s dream job?)
Desires: (What does your character want?)
Greatest Achievement: (Self-explanatory)
Biggest Failure: (Self-explanatory)
Secrets: (Everyone has at least one)
Regrets: (Self-explanatory)
Worries: (What do they worry about?)
Best Dream: (What would be the best thing that could possibly happen to your character?)
Worst Nightmare: (The worst thing that could ever happen?)
Best Memories: (A few stand out memories from the past. [keep it short and sweet])
Worst Memories: (A few stand out memories from the past. [keep it short and sweet])
Hobbies/Interests: (What does your character like to do for fun?)
Skills/Talents: (Similar to hobbies, but refers to the level of skill a character has. For example, a character could like playing violin but isn’t very good at it or vice versa.)
Likes: (What does your character like?)
Dislikes: (What can’t they stand?)
Sense of Humor: (Dark/dry/witty/sarcastic/dirty/childish/sophisticated/ironic)
Pet Peeves: (Similar to dislikes, only more relating to human behavior than specific objects.)
Superstitions/Beliefs: (Does your character believe in conspiracy theories or aliens? Do they throw salt over their shoulder or knock on wood?)
Dreams/Nightmares: (What do they dream about? [at night])
Quirks: (The strange little things that your character does to make them unique. Ex: Sleeps with their feet on the pillow or runs their hand along a pole as they walk beside it.)
Savvy: (What is your character particularly well-informed of? [Ex: Politically, nature)
Closet Hobby: (Something that your character likes but isn’t too obvious.)
Strengths: (What makes them stand a bit above the crowd? [Ex: Courageous, good listener, calm under pressure] Not supernatural abilities.)
Flaws: (Refers to negative personality traits, not a weakness. Make sure it’s a deep flaw that could actually affect your character, not something trivial like “She can’t dance”. [Ex: Lies constantly, socially backward, hot-tempered])
Perception: (How does your character generally see the world?)
Conflicts: (What issues make your character want two things, but they can’t have both?)
Instincts: (What they are unconsciously driven to do)
Lures: (What are they inexplicably drawn to be near? Ex: Power, money, the helpless)
Soft Spot: (Their vulnerability, what they feel sorry for or have particularly good feelings toward)
Cruel Streak: (What makes a character act against their usual morals, and act especially mean? (everyone has something that can do this to them))
Favorite Colors:
Favorite Foods:
Favorite Drinks:
Favorite Genre:
Favorite Books:
Favorite Music:
Favorite Bands:
Favorite Sports:
Favorite Subjects:
Favorite Words:
Favorite Quotations: (Can be lengthy and philosophical or just simple clichés such as "Every dog has his day)
Least Favorite Foods:
Least Favorite Drinks:
Least Favorite Genre:
Least Favorite Books:
Least Favorite Movies:
Least Favorite Music:
Least Favorite Sports:
Least Favorite Subjects:
Least Favorite Quotations: (Can be lengthy and philosophical or just simple clichés such as "Every dog has his day)

Languages: (What languages does your character speak and how fluently?)
Accent: (Self-explanatory)
Voice: (High pitched, low pitched)
Speech Impediments: (Stutters, slurs, or whistles)
Greetings and Farewells: (How does your character say hello and goodbye?)
State of Mind: (Ask your character “how are you” and see how they respond)
Compliment: (Have your character say something nice)
Insult: (Have your character insult someone)
Expletive: (Can be an actual cuss (Ex: Dammit) or some kind of substitute. (Ex: Darn it!)
Tag Line: (Something your character says a lot in everyday sentences. Can often be filled with a sound or vocalization. Ex: Lol, dude, uh)
Signature Quote: (Something significant your character says. Doesn’t have to be meaningful, just make it memorable.)
Reputation: (What does the general population think of your character?)
First Impressions: (What would you first think of this character upon meeting them?)
Stranger Impressions: (If someone was told about the character but didn’t know them, what would they think?)
Friendly Impressions: (What do people who are friends or acquaintances of your character think of them?)
Enemy Impressions: (What do people who can’t stand your character think? If you can’t think of anyone who hates your character, we have a problem.)
Familiar Impressions: (What do people very close to your character think of them? Ex: Family, lovers)
Compliments: (What are some good things other people would say of your character? [heroic, good listener])
Insults: (Would anyone like to call your character a whore, jerk, or stupid?)
Self-Impression: (What does your character really think of themselves deep down?)

Enneagram: (The Reformer/The Helper/The Achiever/The Individualist/The Investigator/The Loyalist/The Enthusiast/The Challenger/The Peacemaker)
The Self: (The center/core of your character)
The Shadow: (The opposite qualities your character themselves does not believe they possess, but do subconsciously)
Role: (What purpose does your character serve? [mentor, leader])
Fulfillment: (How well do they serve that role?)
Significance: (Why does your character matter?)
Alignment: (Good/Evil/Neutral/Lawful/Chaotic)
Song: (A song you think best suits your character)
Vice: (Pride/Greed/Gluttony/Lust/Envy/Sloth/Wrath)
Virtue: (Patience/Diligence/Chastity/Temperance/Charity/Kindness/Humility)
One Word: (Use a single adjective to sum up your character in a nutshell)

Really hope that this helps people. :slight_smile:

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Thank you for this :clap:t5:!

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You’re welcome :smiley:

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@itsgaby.p ? I’m confused. lol

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I feel like when you make a character feel like a real person, it’s easier to write a story that doesn’t contradict its own MC. (Like the goody-two shoes who meets a guy and suddenly starts breaking laws without a single qualm about it. Unrealistic and a little annoying. She’d at least have some hesitation, no matter how HoT the guy is.)

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mine is longer.I have never finished it. with any character ever

Basic Character Questions
First name?
Surname?
Middle names?
Nicknames?
Date of birth?
Age?

Physical / Appearance
Height?
Weight?
Build?
Hair colour?
Hair style?
Eye colour?
Eye Shape?
Glasses or contact lenses?
Distinguishing facial features?
Which facial feature is most prominent?
Which bodily feature is most prominent?
Other distinguishing features?
Skin?
Hands?
Make up?
Scars?
Birthmarks?
Tattoos?
Physical handicaps?
Type of clothes?
How do they wear their clothes?
What are their feet like? (type of shoes, state of shoes, socks, feet, pristine, dirty, worn, etc)
Race / Ethnicity?
Mannerisms?
Are they in good health?
Do they have any disabilities?

Personality
What words or phrases do they overuse?
Do they have a catchphrase?
Are they more optimistic or pessimistic?
Are they introverted or extroverted?
Do they ever put on airs?
What bad habits do they have?
What makes them laugh out loud?
How do they display affection?
Mental handicaps?
How do they want to be seen by others?
How do they see themselves?
How are they seen by others?
Strongest character trait?
Weakest character trait?
How competitive are they?
Do they make snap judgements or take time to consider?
How do they react to praise?
How do they react to criticism?
What is their greatest fear?
What are their biggest secrets?
What is their philosophy of life?
When was the last time they cried?
What haunts them?
What are their political views?
What will they stand up for?
Who do they quote?
Are they indoorsy or outdoorsy?
What is their sinful little habit?
What sense do they most rely on?
How do they treat people better than them?
How do they treat people worse than them?
What quality do they most value in a friend?
What do they consider an overrated virtue?
If they could change one thing about themselves, what would it be?
What is their obsession?
What are their pet peeves?
What are their idiosyncrasies?
What would break your character?
How does your character feel about sex?
What past traumas can affect current behavior

Friends and Family
Is their family big or small? Who does it consist of?
What is their perception of family?
Do they have siblings? Older or younger?
Describe their best friend.
Ideal best friend?
How many friends does your character have?
How many friends does your character want?
Describe their other friends.
Describe their acquaintances.
Do they have any pets?
Who are their natural allies?
Who are their surprising allies?

Past and Future
What was your character like as a baby? As a child?
Did they grow up rich or poor?
Did they grow up nurtured or neglected?
What is the most offensive thing they ever said?
What is their greatest achievement?
What was their first kiss like?
What is the worst thing they did to someone they loved?
What are their ambitions?
What advice would they give their younger self?
What smells remind them of their childhood?
What was their childhood ambition?
What is their best childhood memory?
What is their worst childhood memory?
Did they have an imaginary childhood friend?
When was the last time they were crushed with disappointment?
What past act are they most ashamed of?
What past act are they most proud of?
Has anyone ever saved their life?
Strongest childhood memory?

Love
Do they believe in love at first sight?
Are they in a relationship?
How do they behave in a relationship?
When did you character last have sex?
What sort of sex do they have?
Has your character ever been in love?
Have they ever had their heart broken?

Conflict
How do they respond to a threat?
Are they most likely to fight with their fists or their tongue?
What is your character’s kryptonite?
If your character could only save one thing from their burning house, what would it be?
How do they perceive strangers?
What do they love to hate?
What are their phobias?
What is their choice of weapon?
What living person do they most despise?
Have they ever been bullied or teased?
Where do they go when they’re angry?
Who are their enemies and why?

Work, Education and Hobbies
What is their current job?
What do they think about their current job?
What are some of their past jobs?
What are their hobbies?
Educational background?
Intelligence level?
Do they have any specialist training?
Do they have a natural talent for something?
Do they play a sport? Are they any good?
What is their socioeconomic status?

Favourites
What is their favourite animal?
Which animal to they dislike the most?
What place would they most like to visit?
What is the most beautiful thing they’ve ever seen?
What is their favourite song?
Music, art, reading preferred?
What is their favourite colour?
What is their password?
Favourite food:
What is their favourite work of art?
Who is their favourite artist?
What is their favourite day of the week?

Possessions
What is in their fridge:
What is on their bedside table?
What is in their car?
What is in their bin?
What is in their purse or wallet?
What is in their pockets?
What is their most treasured possession?

Spirituality
Who or what is your character’s guardian angel?
Do they believe in the afterlife?
What are their religious views?
What do they think heaven is?
What do they think hell is?
Are they superstitious?
What would they like to be reincarnated as?
How would they like to die?
What is your character’s spirit animal?
What is their zodiac sign?

Values
What do they think is the worst thing that can be done to a person?
What is their view of ‘freedom’?
When did they last lie?
What’s their view of lying?
When did they last make a promise?
Did they keep or break their last promise?

Daily life
What are their eating habits?
Do they have any allergies?
Describe their home.
Are they minimalist or a clutter hoarder?
What do they do first thing on a weekday morning?
What do they do on a Sunday afternoon?
What do they do on a Friday night?
What is the soft drink of choice?
What is their alcoholic drink of choice?

Miscellaneous
What is their character archetype?
Who is their hero?
What or who would your character dress up as for Halloween?
Are they comfortable with technology?
If they could save one person, who would it be?
If they could call one person for help, who would it be?
What is their favourite proverb?
What is their greatest extravagance?
What is their greatest regret?
What is their perception of redemption?
What would they do if they won the lottery?
What is their favourite fairytale?
What fairytale do they hate?
Do they believe in happy endings?
What is their idea of perfect happiness?
What would they ask a fortune teller?
If your character could travel through time, where would they go?
What sport do they excel at?
What sport do they suck at?
If they could have a superpower, what would they choose?

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I did actually share it on the forum some time ago

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Cool. I was just giving new writers an idea of what it takes to have more developed character :slight_smile: Thanks for sharing your list here, too. I want people to add their own. Anything to help not have basic, flat characters.
Edit: Can you collapse your list though. It is quite long LOL :smiley:

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they are a good help. I like to add I often only have a few notes as I start to write. and add more while writhing as I get to know the charatere.

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I usually have a fairly detailed idea about my character before I start really getting into writing. But, along with character development comes personal growth. So I give my characters room to change and grow throughout the story. Sometimes that means abandoning their previous ideal about life or a certain belief/value/moral/etc.

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people write diffreent ways. some like to plan evrything. me I like to discover the story as I write. its not the best metode. but hey works for me. usally I write story first time trying to piece togheter what I want to happen, so i have a finish story, then its second draft where I shall make the story sound good.

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Lol. It really is a “to each their own” situation when it comes to creative writing. But hopefully our lists will cut down on having so many flat, no personality MCs. :joy: That will be good for all readers!

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When you said “long”, I didn’t think you meant THAT.

But, thank you, this is very helpful.

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It is long indeed. Lol :grin::joy: but if people read it through, they’re not really complex questions.

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This is amazing :heart_eyes: Didn’t think there were so many questions that could better shape characters and there they are haha. Thank you for sharing!

@line123462 I’m using yours too!

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You’re welcome. I just thought I’d piece together a list of questions to help new writers work on their character development. I mean, even if someone only answers half of them, their character will be a lot more developed than " this is Carlee. You will play as her. She is shy." :joy: :joy:

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I know :rofl: I usually go with my own, but I still don’t feel like the questions “click” enough. Hopefully this’ll help me not get confused about characters’ decisions.

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Good luck with your writing :smiley: I’m really glad this has helped someone.

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Happy to know I’m not the only one who uses long ass character sheets. :laughing: These surpass even my own though. Nice… :+1:

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Yeah, it is a rather long list. :joy: I tried to add as many different types of questions & descriptions. So people can choose some or all. Any way they choose to do it, at least it would cut down on Boring Brenda MCs that have no personality beyond shy/smart-mouthed/mean. :roll_eyes: lol

I’ve seen so many stories that would be great stories if the MC wasn’t so boring. (small pet peeve rant: If a character is “shy” don’t have them bust out some sarcastic comeback to another character. It’s annoying, especially if there is no cause/outside force that changes that fundamental trait. rant over)

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