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 This is a character creation sheet created to write out all the details of your characters. Author's questions are for you, Impersonal are to be written in the third person, and personal are to be written as if dictated to the character by you. Feel free to edit it and have fun!

For Writers...

Author's questions








Sexual Orientation:

Social Class:


Physical Appearance...

Impersonal questions


Age (appearance):

Age (physical):




Psychological Health (1 to 10):

Physical Health (1 to 10):

Skin Tone:

Shape of Face:


Eye Color:

Eye Shape:


Most Remarkable Feature:


Impersonal questions




Legal Guardian(s):


Mother's Age at Birth:

Brief Description:



Father's Age at Birth:

Brief Description:



Relationship with Them:


Relationship with Them:


Relationship with Them:

Children of Siblings:

Extended Family:


Important Relatives:







Unique Traits:


Author's Questions

You enter the characters home. Answer these questions according to what you see, or write it out like a story, with these things in mind. Do this section either now or later, or in pieces, whatever seems easiest.

Describe the front of the house, the lawn, the color, any details you may see. What kind of neighbor hood is it? What kind of vibe do you get?

Walk up to the front door, describe it. What does it look like? What's on the front porch, if there is any?

Check the mail, what do you find there?

Open the door. What's the first thing you see? What strikes you most about the furniture and the décor? What do you smell? Does an animal greet you when you walk in? What shoes are in the closet/by the door? What looks like it's worn most? Walk through the house. Take in any details. Is it old fashioned? Newer? Is it clean?

In the living area, once you get there, take stock of things. What do you notice? Be the nosy writer. Flip through their books. Look under their couch and the pillows. Look at the movies, the DVDs, the CDs. Turn on the radio, take note of which station it was on or which CD was in the player. Turn on the TV, what's on the DVR? What sort of magazines are on the coffee table? Is there a computer anywhere? What model is it? Does it look like it's used often? Turn it on and take note of the background. Check the history. What was the last thing they were doing? Do they have a land-line phone? Is there a pad for messages, and if so, is there anything written on it? Are there dirty dishes? Stains? What else do you see? A photo album or a notebook? A cell phone? A stray purse? Go through all these things, take note of what you find there.

In the kitchen, once you get there, take stock of things. What does it smell like? Are the cabinets well stocked? Are there things on the counter? An abundance of pots and pans, or just the bare necessities? Are there dishes in the sink? Stains or scuffs on the counter tops? Open the refrigerator. What do you see in it? Is there a calendar anywhere? What does it say?

Go into the bathroom and look around. What does it smell like? Open up the cabinet. What do you see there? Is there any medication? What kind of things do you find in the shower? What's on the floor?

Glance in the laundry room. Is it clean and well kept, or is it messy and disheveled? Is the laundry folded? Don't bother taking note of the clothing, you're going to check their closet.

After you're done surveying the rest of the house and the other rooms there might be (library, office, guest room, parents' room, second bathroom, linen closet, etc.) go to the final place you want to snoop: their room. What do you notice when you first see it? What does it smell like? What kind of sheets are on the bed? Is it clean? What's the predominate object here – books, movies, papers, pieces of cloth?

Check the jewelry box, if there is any. You can tell a lot about a woman from her jewelry. What kind of things do you find there?

What's on the bedside table? A favorite book? An alarm clock? A favorite object? A pad and pen? What do you find there? Check the drawer. What nicknacks do you find there?

Open up their sock drawer. What color socks are there? Some people hide keepsakes there. Is there anything odd you find there, or out of place that might have meaning to them?

Open up the rest of the drawers, search through the closet, the armoire. What kind of clothing does your character wear? What looks like it's worn the most? Is there anything with tags or completely unused or out of place? Why do you think they even own it then? What kind of style do you notice? How is it organized?

Take one final look around. Imagine that your character has a journal. What does it look like? How is it used? What do the pages look like What kind of writing does your character use? Is it sloppy or painstakingly neat? What sorts of things are written there? What does it say about them?

On Sight...

Personal Questions

Name one word you would use to describe yourself.:

Describe yourself in a paragraph.:

Describe your style.:

What do you consider your best physical characteristic?:

What do you consider your worst characteristic?:

What do people usually notice about you first?:

What about you is heroic?:

What about you is social? What do you like about people?:

What kind of car do you drive?:

What's your typical outfit?:

What do you wear when you have to dress up?:

What do you wear when you're alone?:

What do you wear to bed?:
Do you wear any jewelry?:


Personal Questions

What's in your pockets right now?:

What drives you?:

What do you believe yourself to be talented at?:

What do others see as your talents?:

Do you view yourself as a daredevil or cautious?:

Where do you consider yourself most vulnerable?:

How often do you cry and why?:

What can make you laugh? Do you laugh a lot? Do you think you have a good sense of humor?:

In your opinion, are you an optimist or pessimist? Why do you believe this?:

In your opinion, are you an introvert or an extrovert? Why do you believe this?:

In your opinion, are you confident? Would others/you consider you(rself) overconfident?:

Describe your current state of mind.:

What are your priorities?:

What are your philosophies?:

What's your darkest secret?:

What do you consider your own personal hell?:

Where do you feel most frightened?:

What's your worst fear?:

Describe your perfect place?:

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?:

Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower?:

Do you consider yourself opinionated? How do you express your opinions?:

What one item would you want to rescue if you could only rescue one item?:

What item do you wish you could get rid of, but feel as if you must keep anyway?:


Personal Questions

What's your first memory?:

What was your favorite childhood toy? Why? How did you get it?:

What's your favorite memory?:

What's your worst memory?:

What was your favorite childhood game?:

Who was your best friend growing up?:

What's a typical birthday for you?:

Have you ever gambled? Are you good at it?:

How old were you when you went on your first date?:

Who was the first person you had sex with? What was it like, and how did it go?

When was the first time you got drunk?

What's the worst thing you've ever done to someone you loved?

Describe your soul mate.

Describe your first fight.

Do you have any distinguishing scars/tattoos/birthmarks that have a story?

What do you consider your greatest failure?

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

What's the wildest thing you've ever done?

Who's the craziest person you've ever known and what was your relationship with them?

What's the strangest thing you've done?

What's the biggest lie you've ever told?

What was the cruelest and most hurtful thing you've ever done?

What college course doe you think you would excel at? What do you want to study?

What was your social status when you were a child? ( i.e. picked on, popular, bad boy, etc.)

What kind of jobs have you had?

Is there anything foolish you did when you were younger? Something you might regret?

Do you have any grudges based on past grievances?

Have you ever been admitted to a hospital? Why? What happened?

Do you have any long-term illnesses or recurring ailments?

Do you have any allergies?

What was the last medical problem you had?

Describe your family.


Personal Questions

How do you think you're perceived by strangers?

the hero/heroine?

your significant other?

the opposite sex?


Who do you consider your confidante?

Who do you think would bail you out if you were arrested?

Have you ever been arrested?

Have you ever killed anyone? Do you feel remorse for it?

Do you have anyone who you consider yourself the protector of? Why is this?

Who does (s)he live with? How does it feel there? Do they get along?

Who do you consider your first love/crush and how did it end?

Name the first three people on your speed dial.

Who do you work with and what is your relationship with them?

Who do you consider your worst enemy and why?

Who did you give a birthday present to last year? What was it?

Is there anyone you think is proud of you?

Is there anyone you think considers you a disappointment?

What sort of traits do you look for in friends? What sort of people do you usually end up making friends with?

Are you friendly with any of your neighbors?

How do you think they view you?

Where do you usually hang out when you're alone?

Where do you usually go with your friends to hang out?

How deep do you let your relationships go – friends and/or lovers?

How well do you think they know you?

Do you think they'd notice if something happened to you? ( i.e. disappearance or coming home with bruises?)

Who do you consider your best friend and why?

Do you get along with your family? Why or why not?

Do you have a family member that you consider your mentor?

Do you keep any secrets in your family, that you have kept or that they have kept from you?

Do you have any phrases that are unique to you, if so what are they?

Do you do a crossword puzzle in pen or pencil?

Do you know how to dance? Where did you learn?

Do you carry weapons? Why or why not?

Is there anyone you'd die for, no questions asked? Why?


Personal Questions

How would you react in a crisis?

How do you like to face problems?

How do you view change?

Are you ticklish? Where?

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

If you could change three things about yourself what would they be and why?

How do you think they'd change you?

Do you think you'd be happier? Why or why not?

If you had $100,000, what would you do with it?

How would you spend a rainy day?

If you could be anyone else for a day who would it be and why?

If you could live in any other time period but your own, what would it be and why?

If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would you do?

What are you like when you're drunk?

What are you like when you're grieving or mourning?

What are you like when you're moody or despondent?

What do you do to celebrate?

How would you like to die?

What was the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?

Where do you feel safe? Why?

When are you most ill at ease?

When are you most at ease?

What do you consider your greatest flaw? The greatest flaw in others?

You come home and see blood on the floor. What do you do?

If you could be any animal, what would you be?

How would you react if someone made a crude comment directed at you?

What's the worst thing that someone could ever say to you, that would resonate in your ears?

If a stray cat showed up on your doorstep, what would you do with it?

Would you let a stranger into your home in the middle of the night if he asked for your help? Would appearance matter to your decision?

Do you look both ways before crossing the street?

Name five possible reasons that could drive you to kill.

Would you ever cheat on your partner?

What would you do if he/she cheated on you?

If you woke up in a room and a bed you didn't recognize, what would you do?

What does the color red make you think of?

the color blue?

the color green?

the color yellow?

the color purple?

the color orange?

Thoughts and Views...

Personal Questions

What does your name mean to you?

Name one person you would consider your enemy and why.

What are your religious views?

What's your personal motto?

How do you regard politics? What are your views?

What qualities do you look for in the opposite sex?

What's your favorite hero of fiction?

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Do you regret that you never made it/ how did you manage to achieve this?

Is their any place you refuse to go? Why?

Is there anything you wish you could do that you can't? What do you think you would do to get it?

What's your favorite type of weather?

Where and when were you the happiest?

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

What's your deepest, most well-hidden sexual fantasy? Would you ever try it?

Do you ever want to get married and have children?

What would you name your children?

What's more important – sex or intimacy? Why?

What do you think of drugs and alcohol?

What's the worst thing that you think can be done to another person? Why?

What do you think everyone is responsible for?

Do you believe the future to be hopeful or bleak? Why is this?

Do you believe that the leader-follower archetype is true or false?

Do you believe in redemption? What are the circumstances involved?

What do you believe is wrong with most people overall?

How do you feel about growing old?

How do you feel about dying?

How easily do you think you get bored?

What sort of diet do you have? Do you have anything you refuse to eat?

Do you dream in color, or in black and white?

Do you typically remember your dreams?

What's your favorite holiday? What's your least favorite?

This character creation sheet is not for the faint of heart. It is over six pages long in a word document, but it will leave very few things to wonder about for your character. 

:bulletblue: If you use this you MUST credit me as the creator.
:bulletblue: Feel free to change anything you'd like.
:bulletblue: Do NOT claim as your own. This was very hard to make.
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Add a Comment:

This sheet would be a beast to fill out, but you're right; every detail is covered. Just filling this out for one of my characters would take days (need to sort out the details) but I would never need to write anything related to anything in this sheet again.
The order that you fill the stuff out in is also something to behold. As you go farther down the outline, the notes and questions get deeper. It's very straight forward like this as the top is top layer of the character (the stuff you know off hand) and the bottom is the stuff you need to work on to get right.

The only downside IS the length. Doing this for every character would be silly and take far to long. I would make a note that this sheet should only be used on the main character(s) or very important side characters. These are the roles that would be best suited for this type of character sheet as the author would get the most out of it if done for these characters.

Now, I could also say that the length of the story would matter. However, if you're a RP-er are write many smaller stories for one character (hi!) then filling out this sheet would also be good.
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TheJaddedWanderer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student General Artist
omg this is exactly what i was looking for! this will be great for all my side characters thank you so much for sharing this with everyone :3
ScarecrowLullaby Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Writer
Of course! I hope it helps!
Toxic--Vision Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Wow! This is pretty long. Pretty helpful though!
ScarecrowLullaby Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Writer
I'm glad you like it!
xxblutixx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't care if this is a super long sheet - it looks like it'll be fun (and useful!) to fill out ^.^ My character might not be so pleased with me poking around his house, but it's all in the name of round characters! ;P
ScarecrowLullaby Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Writer
I hope it helps you out!
Rizathepenguin Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! This goes so far beyond the usual character sheets! this is going to be really useful! Thank you so much! :blowkiss:
ScarecrowLullaby Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Writer
Of course! I'm glad it will be helping. ^^
Shyanne-Kai Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Wow this is a detailed guide! Definitely going to store this for future use. Thank you!
ScarecrowLullaby Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Writer
Of course!
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