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Template - Major Character

This is a very detailed template to thoroughly develop major characters. There's far too much information here to be useful for minor characters!

General

Full name:
Reason or meaning behind name:
Nickname:
Reason for nickname:
Race:
Culture:

Physical Characteristics

Gender:
Birthday:
Age / Apparent age:
Eyes:
Hair color, length, style:
Height and weight:
Type of body (build):
Skin tone and type:
Shape of face:
Distinguishing marks:
Predominant feature:
Health:
Voice:
How do they stand?
How do they sit?
How do they sleep? (position, how well, how deeply)

Knowledge / Abilities

Occupation:
Languages spoken / read / written:
Magic known:
Skilled at:
Unskilled at:

Personality

Traits

Optimist or pessimist? Why?
Introvert or extrovert? Why?
Most at ease when:
Most ill at ease when:
Do they act the same alone as when with someone?
Daredevil or cautious?
Drives and motives:
Priorities:
Greatest strength:
Strengths / Merits:
Greatest weakness / vulnerability / fatal flaw:
Weaknesses / Flaws:
Soft spot, and is it obvious? Why/why not? If not, how do they hide it?
Mannerisms / Quirks:
Habits:
Drinks / how much?
What do they do too much of? Why?

Problems / Crisis

How do they react in a crisis?
How do they face problems?
How do they react to change?

Favorites / Least Favorites

Hobbies:
Color:
Music:
Food:
Literature:
Expressions:
Expletives:
Clothing:
Places:
People:
Creatures / Plants / Other:
Most prized possession? Why?
Dislikes / Fears:

Self-Perception

How they feel about themselves:
One word they would use to describe themselves:
One paragraph of how they would describe themselves (in their words):
What do they consider their best physical characteristic, and why? Is this a realistic assessment?
The worst one, and why? Is this a realistic assessment?
How they think others perceive them:
What four things would they most like to change about themselves, and why?
If they were changed, would they be the same person? Why or why not?
Would changing these things make them happier? Why or why not?

Goals

Immediate:
Long-term:
If granted one wish, what would it be and why?

Social

How do they relate to others?
How are they perceived by strangers?
How are they perceived by friends?
How do they view other major characters in the story?
Who do they view as friends / allies? Is this mutual?
Who do they view as enemies? Is this mutual?
Person they are most influenced by, and why?
Most important person in their life before the story starts, and why?

Background

History

Education:
Religion / beliefs:
Social class / spending habits:
Hometown:
Where do they live now?
Where do they want to live?
Type of childhood / youth:
First memory:
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her, and why?
Past romance:
Biggest accomplishments / minor accomplishments:
Biggest regret / minor regrets:
Past failure they would be embarrassed to admit, and why?
Darkest secret and does anyone know? How did they find out?
How do they spend the week just before the story starts?
General history:

Family and Relationships

Mother:
Father:
Spouse / partner:
Children:
Siblings:
Nieces / nephews:
Other family:

Possessions

Money / Finances:
Clothing / Accessories:
Armor:
Weapons:
Food / Food-related:
Utility / Other:
Packs / Pouches:
Horse / Tack: